Do a double-take on Tuesday night: Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick Take-Two Interactive Software (Nasdaq: TTWO) reports fourth-quarter earnings in the middle of a simmering takeover battle with Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) -- and possibly a few other suitors. Check out the third-quarter results, then come back for a fresh look.

What Fools say:
Here's how Take-Two's CAPS rating stacks up against some of its peers and competitors:

Market Cap (millions)

Trailing P/E Ratio

CAPS Rating

Electronic Arts

$14,670

N/A

***

Activision (Nasdaq: ATVI)

$8,021

29.8

*****

Konami (NYSE: KNM)

$5,270

27.8

***

Take-Two

$1,948

N/A

***

THQ (Nasdaq: THQI)

$1,210

213.7

**

Data taken from Yahoo! Finance and Motley Fool CAPS on March 10.

The CAPS crowd straddles the fence, with some thinking that the EA deal is in the books and others expecting the offer to fall through entirely. Who's right? Read on.

What management does:
It's been a while since Take-Two had a bona fide hit -- but that's surely about to change now that Grand Theft Auto IV is due to hit store shelves next month. The last multiplatform release in the money-making franchise came four years ago -- eons in the fast-moving entertainment software world.

Margins

7/2006

10/2006

1/2007

4/2007

7/2007

10/2007

Gross

24%

22.5%

24.4%

27.4%

26.4%

26.1%

Operating

(10.9%)

(13.8%)

(11.2%)

(10.5%)

(12.4%)

(10.1%)

Net

(14.1%)

(17.8%)

(16.9%)

(18%)

(15.2%)

(14.1%)

FCF/Revenue

(1.2%)

1.8%

(1%)

(3.9%)

(14.3%)

(8.7%)

Y-O-Y Growth

7/2006

10/2006

1/2007

4/2007

7/2007

10/2007

Revenue

(19.1%)

(13.6%)

9%

(1.6%)

(11.3%)

(5.4%)

Data courtesy of Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's. Data reflects trailing-12-month performance for the quarters ended in the named months.

One Fool says:
Given the acquisitive back story, the results at hand hardly matter. Take-Two's share price originally jumped above the proposed but unwelcome $26-per-share buyout offer, but has declined steadily since then. That's a sign that investors large and small are losing faith in raised offers or competing bids, and I've found that these inklings are rarely far off the mark. In other words, expect an EA deal to go through, and buy this stock only if you're happy to unload it for $26 a share.

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Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies discussed here, though he has a long history of video game addictions. You can check out Anders' holdings if you like, and Foolish disclosure is the Punxsutawney Phil of financial forecasting.