Activision Blizzard stock (NASDAQ: ATVI) reported its Q3 results in the second week of November, with revenue and earnings falling above the street expectations. Activision Blizzard’s revenue of $1.8 billion reflected a 14% y-o-y decline on a GAAP basis, while its net bookings of $1.8 billion were down 3% y-o-y. This can be attributed to a decline in monthly active users (MAUs) for both Activision and King segments. The gaming industry is witnessing a slowdown in user engagement after robust growth during the pandemic. For perspective, Activision Blizzard’s total average MAUs rose 15% to 401 million in 2021, compared to 349 million in 2019, before the pandemic. This metric has now fallen to 368 million as of September 2022.
Looking at the bottom line, the company reported earnings of $0.68 on a per-share and adjusted basis, down 24% y-o-y but well above the consensus estimate of $0.50. The y-o-y fall can be attributed to higher costs, with the adjusted operating margin falling over 900 bps to 34% during the quarter.
We maintain Activision Blizzard’s Valuation to be $94 per share, over 20% above its current market price of $74. ATVI stock has seen a rise of 2% in a month, while it’s up around 12% year-to-date. However, it remains well below the $95 price offered by Microsoft, implying that the investors may be weighing the possibility of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission blocking the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger.
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The deal has faced regulatory hurdles in the U.S., Europe, and the U.K. As per a media report, Microsoft may be willing to offer concessions, such as a long-term licensing deal with Sony.  The near-term stock movement for ATVI will likely depend on the decisions made by the regulatory authorities.
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