Remedy Entertainment Plc | Stock Exchange Release, April 26, 2023, at 09:00 a.m. (EEST)
Remedy Entertainment Plc | Business Review January–March 2023
Steady progress with Alan Wake 2 towards its 2023 launch
Revenue and profitability affected by the timing of project milestones and investments in ongoing projects
The Business Review is unaudited. Figures in parentheses refer to the comparison period in the previous year, unless otherwise stated.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM JANUARY-MARCH 2023
- Revenue decreased by 45.4% to EUR 6.9 (12.7) million.
- EBITDA decreased to EUR -4.9 (3.3) million, mainly due to a significantly lower level of revenue than in the comparison period.
- Operating profit (EBIT) was EUR -5.6 (2.8) million, and operating profit margin was -81.0% (21.8%) of revenue.
- Cash flow from operations was EUR -3.9 (18.0) million.
|MEUR, IFRS, Group||1–3/2023||1–3/2022||1–12/2022|
|Growth in revenue, %||-45.4%||55.9%||-2.5%|
|Operating profit (EBIT)||-5.6||2.8||-0.6|
|Operating profit, % of revenue||-81.0%||21.8%||-1.3%|
|Result for review period||-5.6||2.0||-1.7|
|Result for review period, % of revenue||-81.6%||16.0%||-4.0%|
|Balance sheet total||94.2||104.5||99.6|
|Cash flow from operations||-3.9||18.0||11.1|
|Net gearing, %||-52.3%||-74.0%||-56.4%|
|Equity ratio, %||89.1%||86.4%||88.8%|
|Average number of personnel during review period (FTE)||328||289||307|
|Headcount at the end of period||342||301||334|
|Earnings per share, €||-0.42||0.15||-0.13|
|Earnings per share, € (diluted)||-0.41||0.15||-0.13|
|Number of shares at the end of period||13,469,100||13,302,700||13,448,600|
COMMENTS BY CEO TERO VIRTALA
In the first quarter of 2023, we continued our investment phase with a larger share of projects co-financed by us and our publishing partners. Out of the five games we have in development, we are co-financing four games that are based on Remedy-owned brands and one game is fully funded by our publishing partner. This has an impact on our profitability in the short term but will increase the royalty potential for the upcoming years. Our game projects have advanced well during the first quarter, with the prime examples of Alan Wake 2 moving towards the final stage of full production and Control 2 and Max Payne 1&2 remake progressing to the proof-of-concept stage. In the beginning of the year we were able to continue hiring more talent across the organization.
In the first quarter, we recognized an unusually low amount of development fees due to project milestone timing. As our cost base is largely fixed in the short term, lower revenues are reflected almost entirely in our profitability. Given the status of our games roadmap and the nature of our business, quarterly variations in revenue and profitability are things that we must live with now and in the future. We expect quarterly variation to decrease once we have more games in the market generating royalty revenue.
Alan Wake 2 is on its way to becoming a great game and has everyone excited at Remedy. We have started the last major phase of full production to get the game ready for launch later this year. The project is fully staffed, but we will be able to start scaling down the team size gradually as we progress towards the launch. These freed-up developers will contribute to our other game projects that are being driven towards the next stages of development.
Control 2, which moved into the proof-of-concept stage in January, has progressed well. During the first quarter, the development team focused on world building and gameplay mechanics. In addition, we have been developing the visual target of the game. Codename Condor, a co-operative multiplayer game in the world of Control, has continued its steady progress in the proof-of-concept stage. We have been able to prove key designs for gameplay and have found new ways to use existing assets and locations from the world of the original Control. Codename Condor, together with Control 2, will expand the Control brand, which will be one of Remedy’s cornerstones for years to come.
Codename Vanguard, being a free-to-play co-operative game, is a new type of game for Remedy. The game is in the proof-of-concept stage. New key hires at the end of last year have resulted in better momentum for the project and its leadership team has been strengthened, but there is still much to be done. We have especially focused on the core gameplay, the game’s core loop and meta game designs.
Max Payne 1&2 remake has progressed well and during the first quarter the project moved into the proof-of-concept stage. The development team has worked efficiently in proving the key elements of what Max Payne is all about and in bringing the game in high quality to today’s consoles and PCs. We expect the project to keep advancing well and with that, the team size will expand gradually towards year-end.
Our firm focus is on the upcoming launch of Alan Wake 2. While work still remains, I am impressed with the quality of the work and the development velocity of the team. The game holds a lot of promise. This will be our first new game launch since Control in 2019. Alan Wake 2 will be a game that we will all be proud of and most importantly I am sure it will be a game that players will love to play.
2023 OUTLOOK (UNCHANGED)
Remedy expects its revenue to decline from the previous year and its operating result to be negative.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS PROSPECTS
We have several games in development, each with a world-class partner and agreed long-term development fees. These development fees form a strong and predictable revenue basis for many years. On top of these revenues, we have the less predictable but highly scalable revenue streams arising from game royalties.
Our assumptions for individual game royalties are inherently conservative, due to the amount and nature of the variables impacting game sales. However, each high-quality game that stands out in the market has the potential to succeed in a bigger way, which would drive significant revenue and operating profit growth. Our games and brands are transforming into longer-lasting experiences that typically continue to sell for years.
In relation to our longer-term game roadmap, we now have five game projects in development and will have major game launches starting from 2023. The timing of individual game launches and new game development agreements may cause variation from quarter to quarter and year to year. With several games out in the market accruing royalties and several new ones in development, this variation is expected to decrease in the coming years.
Webcast and conference call
Remedy will host a webcast and conference call in English on its financial results for investors, analysts and media on Wednesday April 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. (EEST). Remedy’s financial results will be presented by CEO Tero Virtala and CFO Terhi Kauppi.
The Business Review will be available after publication on Remedy’s Investor Relations website: https://investors.remedygames.com/announcements-and-releases/
Register in advance for the webcast:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webcast.
Conference call details:
Dial in by calling your local phone number a few minutes before the briefing begins. International numbers are available at: https://remedy.zoom.us/u/kdUdjayamQ
Finland: +358 9 7252 2471
Sweden: +46 850 539 728
United Kingdom: +44 330 088 5830
United States: +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 842 1102 8520
A recording of the webcast will be available after the briefing at https://investors.remedygames.com/presentations/
Veli-Pekka Puolakanaho, Corporate Development Director
Phone: +358 50 430 0936
Remedy in brief
Remedy Entertainment Plc is a pioneering, globally renowned video game company founded in 1995 and headquartered in Finland with an office in Stockholm, Sweden. Known for its story-driven and visually stunning action games, Remedy has created multiple successful, critically acclaimed franchises such as Control, Alan Wake and Max Payne. Remedy also develops its own Northlight® game engine and tools technology that powers many of its games.
The company employs over 340 game industry professionals from 34 different countries. Remedy’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki’s official list.