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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2005 Financial Results
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NEW YORK, Sep 07, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended July 31, 2005.

Net sales in the third quarter increased 6% to $169.9 million, compared to $160.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2004. Net loss for the quarter was $28.8 million, compared to a net loss of $14.4 million last year, with a net loss of $(0.41) per share compared to a net loss per share of $(0.21) last year.

Net sales for the nine months ended July 31, 2005 increased 30% to $894.4 million, compared to $689.7 million for the same period a year ago. Net income for the first nine months increased to $18.3 million from net income of $2.7 million in the comparable period last year. Diluted earnings per share of $0.26 increased from $0.04 per diluted share in the prior year's first nine months.

Take-Two attributed its increased third quarter sales to the launch of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox and PC and Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition for the PSP(TM), along with the release of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on multiple platforms and Sid Meier's Pirates! for Xbox.

The Company initiated its stock repurchase program during the third quarter and completed the entire $25 million program shortly after the end of the quarter. Approximately 925,000 shares were purchased at an average price of $26.96 per share.

Guidance

Take-Two is updating its fiscal 2005 guidance primarily to reflect the movement of Bully for PlayStation 2 and Xbox out of the current fiscal year to provide additional development time for the title, the movement of the Japanese launch of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for PlayStation 2 out of the current fiscal year, and the movement of Sid Meier's Civilization IV for PC from fiscal 2006 into fiscal 2005. The Company now expects $1.22 to $1.27 billion in net sales and $0.85 to $0.90 in diluted net income per share for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2005.

Take-Two is issuing initial guidance for fiscal 2006, excluding the estimated impact from adoption of FASB 123(R):

-- For the fiscal year ending October 31, 2006, $1.4 to $1.5 billion in net sales and $1.25 to $1.55 in diluted net income per share.

-- For the first quarter ending January 31, 2006, $350 to $400 million in net sales and $0.14 to $0.20 in diluted net income per share.

The Company's diluted earnings/(loss) per share for all periods above do not include the impact of adopting FASB 123(R), requiring the expensing of employee stock options. With the adoption of FASB 123(R) beginning on November 1, 2005, the Company's estimated diluted net income per share guidance will be $1.05 to $1.30 for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2006 and $0.10 to $0.15 for the first quarter ending January 31, 2006.

Rockstar Games

In the third quarter, Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox and PC and Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition for the PSP system. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition was the best selling PSP title in the United States in July, according to NPD Funworld(R) estimates. Also in the third quarter, Rockstar launched the PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits version of Red Dead Revolver, bringing Take-Two's catalog of Greatest Hits products for PlayStation 2 to eleven titles.

Rockstar released Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition for the PSP in Europe last week in conjunction with the European launch of the PSP system. Later in the fourth quarter Rockstar is introducing an all new Grand Theft Auto title: Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, for the PSP in North America and Europe. Returning to Liberty City, the setting of Grand Theft Auto 3, the title has an entirely original storyline with all new missions and the freedom, production value and gameplay of all Grand Theft Auto titles.

Also planned for fourth quarter release is The Warriors(TM) for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, a new Rockstar title based on the Paramount Pictures feature film. Developed by Rockstar Toronto, The Warriors expands the cinematic journey of the film, reinventing the street brawler to create an intense, stylized and unparalleled gameplay experience.

Rockstar's fiscal 2006 pipeline includes the release of Bully on PlayStation 2 and Xbox in the second quarter and a sequel of a Rockstar brand in the third quarter. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for PlayStation 2 is expected to be released in Japan in the first quarter. A title based on a new brand for the Xbox 360(TM) is planned for the second quarter. Additional fiscal 2006 products include two new titles for the PSP system, as well as extensions of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

2K Games, 2K Sports and Global Star

Products released in the third quarter included Sid Meier's Pirates! for Xbox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on multiple platforms.

Fourth quarter titles from 2K Games will include Sid Meier's Civilization IV for PC; Shattered Union and Serious Sam II, both for Xbox and PC; Zathura for PlayStation 2 and Xbox; Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth(TM) for Xbox; and the North American release of Conflict: Global Terror on multiple platforms.

2K Sports' fourth quarter releases will include NBA 2K6 and NHL 2K6, both for PlayStation 2 and Xbox; Top Spin for PlayStation 2; and World Poker Tour on multiple platforms.

Global Star's fourth quarter releases will include Ford vs Chevy for PlayStation 2 and Xbox and console titles for Codename: Kids Next Door and Dora the Explorer.

Fiscal 2006 first quarter releases include The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for PC and Xbox 360 from 2K Games; and NBA 2K6, NHL 2K6, College Hoops 2K6, Top Spin 2, and Amped 3, all for the Xbox 360 from 2K Sports. Additionally, 2K Sports will ship College Hoops 2K6 on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and Top Spin 2 on the Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo DS(TM).

Additional products planned for fiscal 2006 include Prey, Snow, and 24: The Game from 2K Games and various MLB, NBA and other sports titles from 2K Sports.

Jack of All Games

The Company's Jack of All Games distribution business realized reduced sales in the third quarter primarily attributable to a decrease in average selling prices of interactive entertainment products as the industry transitions to next-generation technology along with increased competition in the value software market. Jack of All Games is focused on improving fourth quarter and fiscal 2006 performance through increased sales of value added product bundles, multi-game compilations and exclusive product offerings.

Management Comments

Paul Eibeler, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Take-Two is in an excellent competitive position as our industry enters its next cycle of growth. We have a high quality line-up that is the most diverse in our history--including the latest versions of established franchises, as well as newer titles that will become tomorrow's hits. Our Rockstar, 2K Games, 2K Sports and Global Star labels are building a product pipeline that will appeal to a broad range of consumers."

Mr. Eibeler continued, "We are particularly excited about the capabilities of the next generation hardware, which play to our strength--the ability to produce creative and engaging games that generate enthusiastic responses from gamers and reviewers alike. And, we have the financial and operational resources to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the current installed base and the millions of next generation console and handheld units that will be added in the coming months and years."

Conference Call

Take-Two will host a conference call today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to review its third quarter results and to discuss its outlook. A live webcast of the call is available by visiting http://ir.take2games.com and a replay will be available following the call at the same location.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, the Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands) and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

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Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them. The Company has no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary significantly from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of factors. These important factors are described in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2005 in the section entitled "Risk Factors".

TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the three and nine months ended July 31, 2005 and 2004
(In thousands, except per share data)



                              Three months ended   Nine months ended
                                   July 31,            July 31,
                                2005      2004      2005       2004
                              --------  --------  --------   --------

Net sales                     $169,899  $160,858  $894,441   $689,738
Cost of sales
   Product costs                92,525   101,156   453,514    430,107
   Royalties                    25,608    14,600   127,755     47,614
   Software development costs    4,046     2,242    13,031      7,797
                              --------  --------  --------   --------
      Total cost of sales      122,179   117,998   594,300    485,518
                              --------  --------  --------   --------

      Gross profit              47,720    42,860   300,141    204,220

Operating expenses
   Selling and marketing        32,437    24,677   119,643     82,850
   General and administrative   32,539    24,685    89,931     72,775
   Research and development     19,736    10,529    56,938     32,186
   Depreciation and
    amortization                 5,691     4,327    15,579     11,982
                              --------  --------  --------   --------
      Total operating expenses  90,403    64,218   282,091    199,793

      Income (loss) from
       operations              (42,683)  (21,358)   18,050      4,427

Interest income, net             1,261       530     2,965      1,604
                              --------  --------  --------   --------

      Income (loss) before
       income taxes            (41,422)  (20,828)   21,015      6,031

Provision (benefit) for income
 taxes                         (12,642)   (6,393)    2,732      3,284
                              --------  --------  --------   --------

      Net income (loss)       $(28,780) $(14,435) $ 18,283   $  2,747
                              ========  ========  ========   ========

Per share data:

   Basic:
      Weighted average common
       shares outstanding       70,556    67,260    69,768     66,923
                              ========  ========  ========   ========

                              --------  --------  --------   --------
      Net income (loss) per
       share - Basic          $  (0.41) $  (0.21) $   0.26   $   0.04
                              ========  ========  ========   ========

   Diluted:
      Weighted average common
       shares outstanding       70,556    67,260    70,974     68,331
                              ========  ========  ========   ========

                              --------  --------  --------   --------
      Net income (loss) per
       share - Diluted        $  (0.41) $  (0.21) $   0.26   $   0.04
                              ========  ========  ========   ========



OTHER INFORMATION               Three months ended   Nine months ended
-----------------                     July 31,            July 31,
                                  2005      2004      2005      2004
                                --------  --------   -------  --------
 Total revenue mix
 -----------------

      Publishing                  75%        61%       70%       61%
      Distribution                25%        39%       30%       39%

 Geographic revenue mix
 ----------------------

      North America               64%        75%       66%       76%
      International               36%        25%       34%       24%

 Publishing platform revenue mix
 -------------------------------

      Sony PlayStation 2          16%        61%       68%       55%
      Microsoft Xbox              43%        26%       18%       34%
      Nintendo GameCube            2%         1%        -         1%
      PC                          25%         6%        9%        3%
      Sony PSP                     9%         -         -         -
      Other Platforms and
       Accessories                 5%         6%        5%        7%



TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of July 31, 2005, April 30, 2005 and October 31, 2004
(In thousands, except share data)


ASSETS                                 July 31,  April 30, October 31,
                                         2005      2005       2004
                                      ---------  --------- -----------

Current assets
 Cash and cash equivalents             $195,355   $210,241   $155,095
 Accounts receivable, net of allowances
  of $81,720, $ 56,496, and $72,215 at
  July 31, 2005, April 30, 2005 and
  October 31, 2004, respectively         61,735    127,278    285,709
 Inventories, net                       104,414    116,568    154,345
 Software development costs              51,423     50,802     33,980
 Licenses                                 6,787      5,981      4,240
 Prepaid expenses and other current
  assets                                 94,645     73,871     60,018
 Deferred tax asset                      11,686     11,701     11,554
                                       --------   --------   --------
     Total current assets               526,045    596,442    704,941


Fixed assets, net                        46,644     43,075     34,291
Software development costs, net of
 current portion                         61,365     47,423     30,342
Licenses, net of current portion          2,146      2,650      1,425
Goodwill, net                           175,316    166,417    135,477
Intangibles, net                         62,612     59,934     36,104
Deferred tax asset                        6,219      6,219      6,219
Other assets, net                         1,875      2,061      1,714

                                       --------   --------   --------
     Total assets                      $882,222   $924,221   $950,513
                                       ========   ========   ========

LIABILITIES and STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities
 Accounts payable                      $ 76,839   $ 90,524   $163,961
 Accrued expenses and other current
  liabilities                           102,428     84,982    125,567
 Income taxes payable                     7,452      8,758     17,319
                                       --------   --------   --------
     Total current liabilities          186,719    184,264    306,847

Other long-term liabilities               2,933      2,741      2,963
Deferred tax liability                   12,950     11,026      5,233

                                       --------   --------   --------
     Total liabilities                  202,602    198,031    315,043
                                       --------   --------   --------

Stockholders' equity
 Common stock, par value $.01 per share;
  100,000,000 shares authorized;
  71,589,309, 71,193,228 and 68,159,477
  shares issued and outstanding at
  July 31, 2005,  April 30, 2005 and
  October 31, 2004, respectively            716        712        682
 Additional paid-in capital             442,918    436,477    381,928
 Deferred compensation                   (8,329)   (13,095)    (3,896)
 Retained earnings                      268,685    297,465    250,402
 Treasury Stock, at cost                (23,309)         -          -
 Accumulated other comprehensive income
 (loss)                                  (1,061)     4,631      6,354
                                       --------   --------   --------
     Total stockholders' equity         679,620    726,190    635,470

                                       --------   --------   --------
     Total liabilities and
      stockholders' equity             $882,222   $924,221   $950,513
                                       ========   ========   ========


All share and per share data reflect a three-for-two stock split
distributed on April 11, 2005 to stockholders of record on March 28,
2005.

SOURCE: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
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