Square Enix Annual Report 2007

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Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2007.

Software Shipments for Games (Offline)

Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
1.68 North America
1.10 Europe

Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
0.70 Europe

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2)
0.46 North America
0.27 Europe

Final Fantasy III (NDS)
0.99 Japan
0.46 North America

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (NDS)
1.41 Japan


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lol.. they give pokeman its own color in the second graph...

"...we expected that the next generation handheld game devices would penetrate the market ahead of the next generation consoles in fiscal 2006 and fiscal 2007, and adjusted development resources accordingly."

lots of talk about how they have to difersify....

I didn't know sony was the third largest shareholder of square...

euclid said:

lol.. they give pokeman its own color in the second graph...

I didn't know sony was the third largest shareholder of square...

Pokemon is co-published in Japan by a Nintendo affiliate company known as the Pokemon Company. In many reports it is given it's own share of overall publishing totals instead of accumulating them with Nintendo's.

Sony at one point owned 18% but after the Square Enix merger the total ownerhip dropped into the signle digits.


Looks like SE is making good annual strides.

The rEVOLution is not being televised

Thanks for posting this. I can't remember if Square's financials were available earlier or not (this info only goes up to March 2007), but fun to look through this again.

Square is doing better than most third party developers: they made a nice profit of $98 million last year in fiscal 2006. But although their sales were up significantly (31%), their profits were actually down as well by the same margin (32%). Square's net income actually dropped from $144.6 million to the aforementioned $98 million. So although it certainly wasn't a bad year, their profits were $50 million less than last year!

Square explains this with the typical PR:

"In fiscal 2007, the video game industry remained in a period of major transition. Our challenge in this period of time would be to transform ourselves to be capable in the new business environment, while maintaining sales and profits." (p. 3)

Square has actually done a pretty good job of this, as they've remained profitable. Most third parties have not been; in fact, just about everyone except Nintendo is losing money these days. (Although that's not as unsual as you might think; the video game industry has always been a high-risk environment.) The main reason Square has done OK is that they've wisely shifted resources from the console market to the handheld one (witness all those DS/PSP remakes and spin-off games.) While the sales breakdown in FY2006 was 88%/12% for consoles/handhelds, in FY2007 that split had changed to 68%/32%. Now that's a huge difference! Someone at Square made a VERY good call there, especially for the current Japanese market.

Square doesn't say where the higher costs come from, but my best guess is that they come from higher R&D expenses. That's where most of the other developers are seeing high costs this year, and it would certainly explain why profits are down. Although Square's done pretty well this year, I would definitely be concerned about their direction in the future, if this is the philosophy they are planning to adopt going forward:

"...we have no intention of relying solely on handheld game devices in the future. In fact, over the next few years we aim to put our resources in research and development of cutting edge technologies in the next generation consoles and personal computer (PC)." (p. 4)

If this is a serious statement and not just PR about "cutting edge" technology, expect Square to concentrate on PS3 and PC development. (Sony fans rejoice!) That seems suicidal from a financial standpoint, but it's the impression I get from reading their financial report.

On a related note, Square is projecting DECREASES in sales and operating income for next year (FY2008), and static profits (p. 20). I don't know if this is just them being conservative or not with the estimates... but it looks like they're expecting a not-so great upcoming year. Needless to say, I personally would not invest in this company right now.

Interestingly, Square still does 77% of their sales in Japan. American and European sales remain peripheral concerns to the company. That's something I didn't know... and makes those "Final Fantasy XIII on 360!" rumors look MUCH less likely to happen.

I look forward to seeing what the rest of you can pull out of these numbers. :)

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