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- Oct 18, 2006
Gamesindustry.biz reports that the Embracer Group (formerly THQ Nordic AB) lost $431 million last year. While Valheim was an unexpected success ELEX II didn't live up to the expectations:
Thanks Pladio!Embracer lost $431 million last year
Publisher posts soaring revenues on acquisitions but says it doesn't need to buy more companies to grow; Elex 2 disappoints
Embracer Group today reported its financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year, showing that its string of high-profile acquisitions helped push net revenues higher, but did not have the same effect on the bottom line.
For the quarter ended March 31, Embracer reported net sales up 117% to SEK 5.23 billion ($525 million), but a loss of SEK 1.67 billion ($168 million), compared to the previous fourth quarter's profit of SEK 159m ($16 million).
The sales gains were driven by acquisitions like Gearbox, Easybrain, and Asmodee, as Embracer reported organic growth of negative 34% for the quarter.
It blamed that number on a tough comparison from the previous year, when its Coffee Stain Publishing division had a breakthrough hit with Valheim.
Revenues from Coffee Stain sank 78% year-over-year for the quarter, from SEK 781 million ($78.5 million) to SEK 171 million ($17.2 million).
While the scope of Valheim's success was unexpected, Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors believed the phenomenon is repeatable, saying, "We hope and believe we have many more of those successes in the pipeline in the year to come."
Beyond that, the company also said the fourth quarter's biggest release, THQ Nordic's open-world RPG Elex 2, did not live up to financial expectations, although it believes it will provide a positive return on investment eventually.