Nintendo has reported financial results for their fiscal year 2021. The Big N reported very strong results for the year with revenues topping $15.5 billion. That 34% year-over-year growth comes at a price, as the company now faces tough comparisons in FY 2022. Nintendo issued a tepid financial forecast with revenues expected to decline 9% and earnings to drop over 20% from the previous year.
Here's some more information from Nintendo's Q4 2021 earnings release.
- FY 2021 net sales topped $15 billion (up 34% from FY 2020)
- overseas sales represent 77.4% of revenue for the company
- FY 2021 earnings were up over 80% from FY 2020
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars sold 9.01 million units
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury sold 5.59 million units
- Hardware sales reached 28.83 million units during FY 2021
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold 32.63 million copies since launching in Q4 of FY 2020
- Ring Fit Adventure cumulative sales topped 10 million during the quarter
- FY 2022 revenues projected to be $14.6 billion, down 9% from FY 2021
- As of the close in Japan, Nintendo trades at a 15.3 trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio
- As of the close in Japan, Nintendo trades with a 21.6 forward P/E ratio based on their guidance
- Nintendo's expected dividend payout will create an effective year of 2.3% for shareholders
- a decrease of 35% from FY 2021
- Nintendo expects to sell 25.5 million Switch units in FY 2022, down 11.5% from FY 2021
- Nintendo expects to sell 190 million software units in FY 2022, down 17.7% from FY 2021
- Nintendo Switch now boasts 22 First-Party Titles that are Million-Sellers
- Nintendo Switch passed the lifetime unit sales of Game Boy Advance
- Only Wii, Game Boy, and Nintendo DS are ahead of Switch in cumulative unit sales
- Digital Sales comprised 49.6% of Q4 2021 revenues, and 42.8% of sales for FY 2021
- Nintendo currently has $8.5 billion of cash and equivalents on their balance sheet
- The company spent a record $880 million on research and development during FY 2021
- Nintendo now has 6,574 employees, up 6% from FY 2021
Nintendo Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Outlook
In our mobile business, we are collaborating with Niantic to develop a new application featuring Pikmin for smart devices. This title is expected to be released by Niantic in the second half of 2021. We will also focus on efforts that encourage consumers to continue to enjoy playing the mobile applications we have previously released. Through these initiatives, we expect to see results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 of 1,600.0 billion yen in net sales, 500.0 billion yen in operating profit, 480.0 billion yen in ordinary profit, and 340.0 billion yen in profit attributable to owners of the parent. Assumed exchange rates for the major currencies are 105 yen per US dollar, and 120 yen per euro.
Regarding the risk associated with COVID-19, while the impact on business results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 was limited, the supply of products might be affected if production and shipments are hindered. Other risk factors which are difficult to predict also continue to exist, involving areas such as development and marketing of products and services.
In addition, the production of products might be affected by obstacles to the procurement of parts, including the increase in global demand for semiconductor components. The consolidated earnings forecast is based on the premise that we will be able to secure the parts needed for the manufacture of products in line with our sales plans.
The Nintendo group will take the necessary measures and continue business operations to provide an environment in which consumers can continue to enjoy Nintendo products and services.
This report will likely be received in a bittersweet fashion by investors. On the one hand, fiscal 2021 was a banner year for the financial results of Nintendo, but with those great results come very tough year-over-year comparisons. Many companies that were beneficiaries of the lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 experienced record years, and Nintendo is only guiding for a 9% decrease in sales. The more material drop in earnings guidance will hopefully lower the bar for the company, as they are known to be very conservative when projecting out for a full year. It is important to note that Nintendo does not include sales expectations for unannounced games in their financial forecasts.
Shares of Nintendo are currently trading about 3% lower in Germany. Many analysts are still sleeping, because they probably have families or something, so we will have to see how NTDOY shares in the United States will react when the market opens on Wall Street.
Nintendo is doomed— Nintendo Memories (@NintendoMemo) May 6, 2021
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There’s so much potential future revenue for them. Theme parks are hopefully gonna drive meaningful new revenue in the next 2-4 years.
If their animation/movie division takes off that’ll be huge. Detective pikachu was very profitable.
For me I think I’ll decide to sell/hold depending on how good their Mario movie does.
I think it depends on the contracts for the Theme Parks. Is it just a flat annual licensing fee, or does Universal track the number of attendees in the Marioland and then pay based on that.
There's no way that the payment is foot-traffic based. That would be a logistical nightmare and a system that's easily gamed. It's assuredly a pre-negotiated annual licensing fee.
Do you think they get a cut of ticket/merch/food sales? I wonder how Harry Potter world works because that’s similar.