Candy Crash

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Who could have seen that coming? Oh apart from all the 14 analysts that cover it (9 Buys, 5 holds). KING is down 25% after hours, at record lows after missing on revenues, gross bookings, and active users and slashing outlook:

  • *KING 2Q REV. $593.6M, EST. $605.7M

In a desperate attempt to save the stock price they announced a huge $150 million (46.9c per share) special dividend...but it's not working.





Don;t worry these guys have your back...


The data:

  • King Digital 2Q adj. EPS 59c, est. 59c.
  • 2Q rev. $593.6m, est. $605.7m
  • Gross bookings $611.1m vs $641m q/q; says q/q decrease in gross bookings due to lower gross bookings from
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Sees 3Q gross bookings $500m-$525m; sees q/q bookings growth in 4Q
  • Sees year gross bookings $2.25b-$2.35b
  • 2Q monthly active users up 1% q/q to 485m; daily active users down 3% q/q to 138m


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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:22 | 5083566 _ConanTheLibert...
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What a saga.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:23 | 5083579 Aknownymouse
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Candy Crushed

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:29 | 5083642 Hugh G Rection
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Does this mean I wont get 12 annoying game requests from my half retarded cousin on facebook every hour?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:47 | 5083770 Aknownymouse
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Actually it probably means you will get 36

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:54 | 5083811 max2205
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Slight PE problem

That mobile ad is on ZH btw....I fucking hate it and the others

Make this a paid site please!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:46 | 5084147 ebworthen
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AdBlock Plus or AdBlock Edge - work like a charm.

I'm going to get out my Pet Rock and polish it, and fire up the old SEGA.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:12 | 5085733 Four chan
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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:23 | 5083570 RacerX
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Hail to the KING, baby!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:42 | 5083738 JuliaS
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The KING is dead. Long live the KING.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:22 | 5083997 S.M.T.U.Q.I.
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King cobra, king kong. Donkey kong. Kongo

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:42 | 5086003 _ConanTheLibert...
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What are you waiting for, Christmas?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:25 | 5083594 Dr. Engali
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Nobody could have seen that coming.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:58 | 5083841 Agent P
Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:07 | 5083890 Dr. Engali
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Lol..... That's funny. Did you see nodebt's comment in that thread?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:24 | 5084012 Agent P
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Yep....I'm so glad we get to have fun with this again....I was laughing my ass off that day. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:25 | 5084018 disabledvet
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I was laughing at mine actually. We're well beyond the lipstick phase looks like the bacon ain't going over too well either.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:27 | 5083625 youngman
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They advertise some new game down here all the time...a witch thing..and its a terrible does not make sense at all....

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:40 | 5083727 thethirdcoast
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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:43 | 5083743 Keltner Channel Surf
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"Candy Says, I've come to hate my stock price . . ."


Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:43 | 5083744 JuliaS
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What I find shocking is the $600m posted revenue. I was expecting a dollar.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:46 | 5083764 Cognitive Dissonance
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If it was considered 'outperform' and 'overweight' before, imagine how much gooder it will be now that it has lost a few pounds.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:29 | 5086301 Septicus Maximus
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"Even more better" FTFY



Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:48 | 5083777 astoriajoe
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Special dividend?

They're supposed to lever up and announce a repurchase program equal to half the company.


Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:02 | 5083872 Fuku Ben
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The F-1 reads like an F-U

You get what you deserve when you listen to an ANALyst

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:03 | 5083874 Impoverished Ps...
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I think it is highly probable that these games are used to identify those who need to be culled.

Anyone who spends hours joining up groups of coloured blobs using a machine which is an order of magnitude or two more powerful than the computer that landed men on the moon needs to be thrown in a ditch.

We built the internet to join up dots.... come on guys.


Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:21 | 5083988 starman
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It's not all well in Candy Land.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:22 | 5083994 juggalo1
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Why would they have a special dividend within a year of going public?  What the hell is wrong with them?  Why don't they just admit that they are no longer entertaining and pull a Robin Williams?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:25 | 5084019 kito
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doesnt this company make one popular game? one? its like putting the knack in the rock and roll hall of fame because they hit big with my sharona........................

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:40 | 5084124 Catflappo
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Hey - I know - let's do an IPO and then pay some of the money straight back via a dividend!

I'm sure the underwriters, and other assorted investment bank leeches will be more than happy to refund their fees on this portion of it...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:46 | 5084150 Rouge Trader
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Finally, some sanity restored in the market. Should have loaded the truck with puts on this fat pig the past few days. 

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 18:22 | 5084310 bluskyes
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Hind-sight is always 20/20. Fore-sight, is always a fog.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 18:14 | 5084274 adr
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The biggest travesty was they were allowed to IPO and made the sacks of shit running the company millions of dollars.

The company copies a game that has been out for years, tries to trademark the word candy, and still gets called a successful business.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 18:24 | 5084318 SheepDog-One
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A whole generation of 'gamers' who can't throw a ball 10 feet and have a real street smarts IQ of a turnip.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:47 | 5085818 zeronero
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That's nothing. How is Facebook worth $190 billion? It has a declining user base.

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