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THQ Reports Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Results
Holiday Results Exceed Guidance on Shipments of 1.2 Million uDraw GameTablets(TM)
Company Well Positioned for FY12 Growth with Robust Product Pipeline

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2010, that exceeded the company's guidance due to strong sales of its new uDraw GameTablet.

For the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2010, THQ reported net sales of $314.6 million, compared with $356.7 million in the prior-year period. On a non-GAAP basis, for the three months ended December 31, 2010, the company reported net sales of $323.1 million, compared with $357.0 million a year ago.

For the three months ended December 31, 2010, the company reported a net loss of $14.9 million, or $0.22 per share, compared with net income of $542,000, or $0.01 per share, in the prior-year period. On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported net income of $28.5 million, or $0.37 per share, compared with net income of $26.6 million, or $0.35 per share, in the same period a year ago. Fiscal 2011 and 2010 third quarter non-GAAP earnings per share would have been $0.42 and $0.39, respectively, if the company had not been required to use the "if-converted" method of calculating earnings per share.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results is provided in the accompanying financial tables.

"We posted a strong holiday quarter led by our new uDraw GameTablet, which shipped 1.2 million units. This owned intellectual property provides THQ with a new growth opportunity focused on innovative and creative game play," said THQ President and CEO Brian Farrell. "Our fiscal fourth quarter continues our robust release schedule of high quality, high profile games including Homefront, WWE All Stars, andde Blob 2."

Farrell added, "THQ is poised for significant net sales and earnings growth in fiscal 2012 as a result of aggressive investment in owned intellectual properties and major franchises, a lean cost structure, and growing digital revenues. Fiscal 2012 will be driven by the strongest core games line-up in our history, including: Red Faction Armageddon, Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine, MX vs. ATV Aliveand the newest installment of our Saints Rowfranchise."

FISCAL 2011 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Product Performance

  • In November, THQ launched in North America the uDraw GameTablet, a first-of-its-kind, innovative gaming accessory, which quickly became one of the top-ranked gaming products of the 2010 holiday season. THQ shipped 1.2 million units of the uDraw GameTablet during the holiday quarter. The company plans to release the uDraw GameTablet in international territories during the March quarter.
  • During the holiday quarter, THQ shipped approximately 2.7 million units of WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2011.

New Intellectual Property Agreements

  • Furthering its strategy to partner with top creative talent, in December, the company announced a new multi-year agreement with Guillermo del Toro, writer and director of Hellboy and the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth, to create inSANETM, an original trilogy of triple-A titles to be developed by THQ's Volition, Inc.(R) studio.

Q3 Accounting Charges

  • The company reevaluated the sales potential of games based on its kids movie-based licenses during the preparation of its fiscal third quarter financial statements. Consistent with recent industry trends, the company lowered expectations for this category, which resulted in an impairment of $30.3 million of kids movie-based licenses for games that are expected to be released in fiscal 2012 and beyond. This impairment was excluded from the company's fiscal 2011 third quarter non-GAAP results.
  • In the fiscal third quarter, the company reevaluated its strategy of adapting certain Western content for free-to-play online games in Asian markets. As a result, the company's fiscal third quarter non-GAAP results exclude a charge of $9.9 million related to the cancellation of Company of Heroes(R) Online and WWE(R) Online.

Repositioning of Kids, Family and Casual Business

  • THQ's Kids, Family and Casual Business Unit is increasing its focus on popular new play patterns and devices such as Kinect(TM) for Xbox 360(R), PlayStation(R)Move, the uDraw GameTablet and Nintendo 3DS, with a strong fiscal 2012 line-up scheduled for these platforms, as well as online network games and games for mobile devices.
  • In January 2011, THQ and Mattel, Inc. announced an alliance whereby THQ plans to produce and distribute interactive entertainment based on Mattel's leading brands. THQ plans to publish these brands on the uDraw GameTablet as well as other popular gaming platforms, including mobile devices and social networks.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2011

THQ issued new guidance for fiscal fourth quarter non-GAAP net sales in the range of $245 - $260 million, and non-GAAP EPS of $0.05 - $ 0.15, before applying the "if converted" method of calculating EPS; after applying the "if converted" method of calculating EPS, the top end of the range would decline by one cent.

The new guidance primarily reflects the move of UFC(R) Personal Trainer into fiscal 2012, and lower expected sales of kids movie-based licensed games.

Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2011

THQ expects to report non-GAAP fiscal 2011 net sales in the range of $800 - $815 million and a non-GAAP net loss per share for fiscal 2011 in the range of $0.25 - $0.35.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to results determined in accordance with GAAP, the company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the following:

  • stock-based compensation expense,
  • the impact of certain deferred revenue and related costs,
  • business realignment expense,
  • other-than-temporary impairment on investments and any subsequent realized gains on those investments, and mark-to-market adjustments on investments, and
  • other significant charges and benefits.

For non-GAAP purposes, the company uses a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of 15% to evaluate its operating performance, as well as to forecast, plan and analyze future periods.

THQ may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures it uses.

The company excludes these expenses from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because its management does not believe they reflect the company's primary business, ongoing operating results or future outlook. THQ's management believes that the use of non-GAAP financial measures provides meaningful supplemental information regarding its financial condition and results of operations, and helps investors compare actual results to its long-term operating goals as well as to its performance in prior periods. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this earnings release have been reconciled to the comparable GAAP results in the accompanying tables, and should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items THQ excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, the company's management uses certain of the non-GAAP financial measures for the following reasons:

Stock-Based Compensation. THQ does not consider stock-based compensation charges when evaluating the performance of its business or formulating its operating plans. Stock-based compensation charges are subject to significant fluctuation outside of the control of management due to the variables used to estimate the fair value of a share-based payment, such as THQ's stock price, interest rates and the volatility of the company's stock price. Further, when considering the impact of equity award grants, THQ places a greater emphasis on the use of such grants as retention tools for long-term stockholder value creation, as well as overall stockholder dilution, rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants.

Deferred Revenue/Costs. The company recognizes the revenue and related costs from the sale of certain titles for which the online service is determined to be a deliverable over the estimated online service period. Although the company defers the recognition of all or a portion of its net revenue and costs with respect to these titles, there is no impact to its operating cash flow. THQ's management excludes the impact of deferred net revenue and costs when evaluating the company's operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team.

Business Realignment Expense. Although THQ has incurred business realignment expenses in the past, each charge relates to a discrete event based on a unique set of business objectives. Management does not believe these charges reflect the company's primary business, ongoing operating results or future outlook. As such, the company believes it is appropriate to exclude these expenses from its non-GAAP financial measures.

Other significant charges and benefits. THQ does not consider certain significant charges and benefits that are related to discrete events or market conditions to be indicative of ongoing operating results or future outlook. As a result, the company believes it appropriate to exclude expenses and benefits such as legal settlements or market-related impairments, from its non-GAAP financial measures.

Fiscal Periods

The company reports its fiscal year on a 52/53 week period with its fiscal year ending on the Saturday nearest March 31st. For simplicity, the company presents all fiscal periods as ending on a calendar month end. The company's fiscal 2011 third quarter ended on January 1, 2011, and its fiscal 2010 third quarter ended on January 2, 2010. The fiscal three month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 consisted of 13 and 14 weeks, respectively.

Investor Conference Call

THQ will host a conference call to discuss fiscal 2011 third quarter results today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Eastern. Please dial (877) 356-8075 domestic or (706) 902-0203 international, conference ID 36888172to listen to the call or visit the THQ Inc. Investor Relations Home page at investor.thq.com. The online archive of the broadcast will be available approximately two hours after the live call ends. In addition, a telephonic replay of the conference call will be provided approximately two hours after the live call ends through February 4, 2011, by dialing (800) 642-1687 domestic, or (706) 645-9291 international, conference ID 36888172.

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ, de Blob, Homefront, MX vs. ATV Alive, Red Faction Armageddon, Saints Row, uDraw GameTablet and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, the Xbox logos, and the Xbox LIVE Arcade logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi are trademarks of Nintendo.

All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

THQ Inc. Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, the company's expectations for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, and for the company's product releases in future periods. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ") and are based upon management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products, services and pricing of THQ. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ's financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2010, and particularly the discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth therein. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
Net sales $ 314,589 $ 356,678 $ 541,021 $ 701,469
Cost of sales:
Product costs 123,852 127,644 219,558 246,548
Software amortization and royalties 50,011 73,202 104,526 142,429
License amortization and royalties 78,775 71,676 109,248 95,166
Total cost of sales 252,638 272,522 433,332 484,143
Gross profit 61,951 84,156 107,689 217,326
Operating expenses:
Product development 17,992 21,960 52,367 63,422
Selling and marketing 50,522 49,252 108,171 106,723
General and administrative 9,405 13,959 33,127 44,592
Restructuring 140 336 147 2,858
Total operating expenses 78,059 85,507 193,812 217,595
Operating loss (16,108 ) (1,351 ) (86,123 ) (269 )
Interest and other income (expense), net 1,223 (1,698 ) (4,358 ) (1,349 )
Loss before income taxes (14,885 ) (3,049 ) (90,481 ) (1,618 )
Income taxes 62 (3,105 ) 1,561 (1,951 )
Net income (loss) prior to allocation of noncontrolling interest (14,947 ) 56 (92,042 ) 333
Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest -- 486 -- 1,048
Net income (loss) attributable to THQ Inc. $ (14,947 ) $ 542 $ (92,042 ) $ 1,381
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to THQ Inc. - basic $ (0.22 ) $ 0.01 $ (1.36 ) $ 0.02
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to THQ Inc. - diluted $ (0.22 ) $ 0.01 $ (1.36 ) $ 0.02
Shares used in per share calculation - basic 67,965 67,525 67,841 67,488
Shares used in per share calculation - diluted 67,965 67,704 67,841 67,734
THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP net income (loss) to Non-GAAP net income (loss) (a)

(In thousands, except per share data)
For the Three Months For the Nine Months
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
Net sales $ 314,589 $ 356,678 $ 541,021 $ 701,469
Changes in deferred net revenue 8,527 279 12,759 (10,232 )
Non-GAAP net sales $ 323,116 $ 356,957 $ 553,780 $ 691,237
For the Three Months For the Nine Months
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
Operating loss $ (16,108 ) $ (1,351 ) $ (86,123 ) $ (269 )
Non-GAAP adjustments affecting operating loss:
JAKKS preferred return rate reduction (b) -- -- -- (24,221 )
JAKKS and WWE settlement (c) -- 29,488 -- 29,488
Change in deferred net revenue 8,527 279 12,759 (10,232 )
Change in deferred cost of sales (d) (1,077 ) (122 ) (1,256 ) 5,159
License impairment charges (e) 30,296 -- 30,296 --
Business realignment expenses (d) 10,906 269 10,913 3,097
Stock-based compensation and related costs (d) 2,469 3,959 6,826 7,661
Total non-GAAP adjustments affecting operating income 51,121 33,873 59,538 10,952
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) $ 35,013 $ 32,522 $ (26,585 ) $ 10,683
For the Three Months For the Nine Months
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
Net income (loss) attributable to THQ Inc. $ (14,947 ) $ 542 $ (92,042 ) $ 1,381
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Non-GAAP adjustments affecting operating income (loss) 51,121 33,873 59,538 10,952
Gain on sale of investments (f) (107 ) -- (107 ) (640 )
Mark-to-market adjustments on investments (g) (2,524 ) (60 ) -- (155 )
Interest and other income (expense), net (72 ) -- (72 ) (63 )
Income tax adjustments (h) (4,968 ) (7,721 ) 6,229 (3,223 )
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ 28,503 $ 26,634 $ (26,454 ) $ 8,252
Non-GAAP Earnings (loss) per share - diluted (i) $ 0.37 $ 0.35 $ (0.39 ) $ 0.12

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Notes:

(a) See explanation above regarding the company's practice on reporting non-GAAP financial measures.
(b)

Represents the one-time reduction in accrued joint venture partner expense resulting from the settlement of the preferred return rate with JAKKS Pacific.

(c) Represents the expense related to the settlement of litigation with WWE and JAKKS Pacific in December 2009.
(d) See table below for further detail related to income statement classification of these adjustments.
(e)

The company reevaluated the sales potential of games based on its kids movie-based licenses. Based on recent industry trends, the company lowered expectations for this category, which resulted in a $30.3 million impairment of kids movie-based licenses for games that have not yet been released; this charge is included in "Cost of sales - License amortization and royalties" in our GAAP statement of operations for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2010.

(f) Realized gains on sales of investments to the extent we had previously excluded a related other-than-temporary impairment from non-GAAP amounts.
(g) Mark-to-market adjustments, including the impact of changes in foreign currency rates, related to certain of our available-for-sale investment securities; these amounts are recorded in "Accumulated other comprehensive income," a component of stockholders' equity, on our balance sheet until realized. Adjustment also may include unrealized gains on trading Auction Rate Securities (ARS), partially offset by related unrealized losses on a put option received in connection with the ARS; this amount is recorded in "Interest and other income (expense), net."
(h) For non-GAAP purposes, the company uses a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of 15% to evaluate its operating performance, as well as to forecast, plan and analyze future periods.
(i) For the three months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share - diluted has been calculated using the "if-converted" method relative to the Convertible Senior Notes (Notes) issued in August 2009. For the nine months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share - diluted has not been calculated using the "if-converted" method relative to the Notes as their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive.

The following table provides further detail on the income statement classification of certain non-GAAP adjustments that impact cost and expenses:

For the Three Months For the Nine Months
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
Change in deferred cost of sales:
Change in deferred product costs $ 80 $ (186 ) $ 547 $ 2,507
Change in deferred software amortization and royalties -- 64 -- 2,652
Change in deferred license amortization and royalties (1,157 ) -- (1,803 ) --
Total change in deferred cost of sales $ (1,077 ) $ (122 ) $ (1,256 ) $ 5,159
Business realignment expenses:
Cost of sales - software amortization and royalties (a) $ 9,882 $ -- $ 9,882 $ --
Product development 798 (69 ) 798 (322 )
Selling and marketing 37 -- 37 497
General and administrative 49 2 49 64
Restructuring 140 336 147 2,858
Total business realignment expenses $ 10,906 $ 269 $ 10,913 $ 3,097
Stock-based compensation and related costs:

Cost of sales - software amortization and royalties

$ 1,323 $ 1,359 $ 2,142 $ 2,726
Product development (b) (71 ) 855 552 1,177
Selling and marketing (b) 270 447 946 511
General and administrative (b) 947 1,298 3,186 3,247
Total stock-based compensation and related costs $ 2,469 $ 3,959 $ 6,826 $ 7,661

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Notes:

(a)

In the third quarter of fiscal 2011, the company reevaluated its strategy of adapting certain Western content for free-to-play online games in Asian markets. This resulted in a write-off of $9.9 million related to the cancellation of Company of Heroes Online and WWE Online.

(b)

Stock-based compensation expense for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2010 and the nine months ended December 31, 2009 is net of the impact of the reversal of a portion of payroll tax accruals established in fiscal 2007 during our historical stock option grant investigation.

THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
December 31, March 31,
2010 2010
ASSETS
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $ 109,399 $ 271,319
Short-term investments, pledged -- 22,774
Accounts receivable, net of allowances 96,104 41,318
Inventory 23,479 13,970
Licenses 31,664 56,555
Software development 188,173 132,223
Deferred income taxes 7,817 5,590
Income taxes receivable -- 4,914
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 18,020 13,864
Total current assets 474,656 562,527
Property and equipment, net 30,164 28,374
Licenses, net of current portion 82,896 83,752
Software development, net of current portion 45,226 26,792
Deferred income taxes 433 433
Long-term investments 1,524 1,851
Other long-term assets, net 12,967 10,600
TOTAL ASSETS $ 647,866 $ 714,329
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 69,622 $ 40,305
Accrued and other current liabilities 136,720 137,332
Secured credit line -- 13,249
Total current liabilities 206,342 190,886
Other long-term liabilities 96,071 98,825
Convertible senior notes 100,000 100,000
Total liabilities 402,413 389,711
Total THQ Inc. stockholders' equity 245,453 324,355
Noncontrolling interest -- 263
Total equity 245,453 324,618
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 647,866 $ 714,329
THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended GAAP Nine Months Ended GAAP
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
Platform Revenue Mix 2010 2009 2010 2009
Consoles
Microsoft Xbox 360 $ 45,681 14.5 % $ 62,204 17.5 % $ 104,454 19.3 % $ 181,356 25.8 %
Nintendo Wii 141,423 44.9 90,371 25.3 173,594 32.1 113,023 16.1
Sony PlayStation 3 40,188 12.8 57,362 16.1 99,921 18.5 153,096 21.8
Sony PlayStation 2 13,227 4.2 32,498 9.1 19,833 3.6 47,388 6.8
Other -- -- 3 -- -- -- 8 --
240,519 76.4 242,438 68.0 397,802 73.5 494,871 70.5
Handheld
Nintendo Dual Screen 48,988 15.6 75,040 21.0 85,900 15.9 114,902 16.4
Sony PlayStation Portable 13,079 4.2 24,497 6.9 24,282 4.5 37,115 5.3
Wireless 1,705 0.5 2,285 0.6 4,793 0.9 9,259 1.3
63,772 20.3 101,822 28.5 114,975 21.3 161,276 23.0
PC 10,298 3.3 12,418 3.5 28,244 5.2 45,322 6.5
Total net sales $ 314,589 100.0 % $ 356,678 100.0 % $ 541,021 100.0 % $ 701,469 100.0 %
Geographic Revenue Mix
Domestic $ 234,140 74.4 % $ 226,638 63.5 % $ 380,528 70.3 % $ 445,423 63.5 %
Foreign 80,449 25.6 130,040 36.5 160,493 29.7 256,046 36.5
Total Net Sales $ 314,589 100.0 % $ 356,678 100.0 % $ 541,021 100.0 % $ 701,469 100.0 %
Three Months Ended Non-GAAP Nine Months Ended Non-GAAP
December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
Platform Revenue Mix 2010 2009 2010 2009
Consoles
Microsoft Xbox 360 $ 49,417 15.3 % $ 62,212 17.4 % $ 110,628 20.0 % $ 181,316 26.2 %
Nintendo Wii 141,423 43.8 90,371 25.3 173,594 31.3 113,023 16.3
Sony PlayStation 3 44,874 13.9 57,395 16.1 106,621 19.2 144,915 21.0
Sony PlayStation 2 13,227 4.1 32,497 9.1 19,833 3.6 47,388 6.9
Other -- -- 3 -- -- -- 8 --
248,941 77.1 242,478 67.9 410,676 74.1 486,650 70.4
Handheld
Nintendo Dual Screen 48,988 15.2 75,040 21.0 85,900 15.5 114,902 16.6
Sony PlayStation Portable 13,079 4.0 24,497 6.9 24,282 4.4 37,115 5.4
Wireless 1,704 0.5 2,285 0.6 4,792 0.9 9,259 1.3
63,771 19.7 101,822 28.5 114,974 20.8 161,276 23.3
PC 10,404 3.2 12,657 3.6 28,130 5.1 43,311 6.3
Total net sales $ 323,116 100.0 % $ 356,957 100.0 % $ 553,780 100.0 % $ 691,237 100.0 %
Geographic Revenue Mix
Domestic $ 237,704 73.6 % $ 227,052 63.6 % $ 386,841 69.9 % $ 441,314 63.8 %
Foreign 85,412 26.4 129,905 36.4 166,939 30.1 249,923 36.2
Total Net Sales $ 323,116 100.0 % $ 356,957 100.0 % $ 553,780 100.0 % $ 691,237 100.0 %

SOURCE: THQ Inc.

THQ Investor & Media Relations
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