It seems that the strategy of focusing on fewer, but bigger and better, games is paying off for Midway Games
Midway's fourth-quarter revenues jumped 156% to $77.2 million, helping the company reverse last year's $27.8 million loss to come up with a $17.6 million profit. The video game publisher's $0.19-per-share profit came in a penny short of the analyst estimate, but it is remarkable nonetheless.
Three Midway titles passed the 1-million-units-shipped mark during the fourth quarter: the latest Mortal Kombat game for the Sony
A few weeks ago, Midway also signed a license to make games based on Time Warner's
While Midway is clearly making progress, an annual profit will have to wait at least another year. The company posted a net loss of $19.9 million for the year; though revenues are expected to climb 40% to $225 million in 2005, the net loss is expected to almost double to $38 million, since the company plans to invest heavily in games to be released in 2006 and 2007 on the next generation gaming platforms.
Midway also expects to lose $18 million during the first quarter on $14 million in revenues.
Midway may have missed the analyst estimate, but the bottom line here is that it was a solid quarter to cap off a year of progress.
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