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Zynga’s game is on: Record sales and bookings push stock up 5%

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By Jon Swartz

Zynga Inc.’s stock climbed 5% in extended trading Wednesday after the gaming company reported a surge in revenue and bookings.

Zynga /zigman2/quotes/209662259/composite ZNGA -0.66% said revenue skyrocketed 52% to $616 million, though analysts polled by FactSet were expecting $679 million. Just as important, Zynga recorded quarterly bookings of $699 million, up 61% year-over-year.

“We continue to see gains from customers playing games from home,” Zynga Chief Executive Frank Gibeau told MarketWatch in a phone interview. “In an unprecedented year, we delivered the highest quarterly revenue and bookings in Zynga’s history.”

Average mobile daily active users surged 77% to 36 million as home-bound consumers looked for entertainment options during a deadly pandemic — an enduring trend that has benefited other videogaming companies such as Electronic Arts Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206954087/composite EA -0.77% , Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204008930/composite TTWO +0.23% and Activision Blizzard Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200717283/composite ATVI -0.70% .

The San Francisco-based company also profited from strength in mobile live services and, in particular, the popularity of five titles — “CSR Racing 2,” “Words With Friends,” “Zynga Poker,” “Empires & Puzzles” and “Merge Dragons!”

Additionally, contributions from Rollic’s hyper-casual games portfolio and the rollout of “Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells” helped expand Zynga’s gaming portfolio and buttressed its international audience.

Zynga shares are up 65% over the past 12 months, while the broader S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.77% is up 16% in the past year.

/zigman2/quotes/209662259/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 10.61
-0.07 -0.66%
Volume: 11.29M
April 9, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$11.51 billion
Rev. per Employee
$879,644
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/zigman2/quotes/206954087/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 140.46
-1.09 -0.77%
Volume: 1.77M
April 9, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
34.81
Dividend Yield
0.48%
Market Cap
$40.40 billion
Rev. per Employee
$557,755
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/zigman2/quotes/204008930/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 184.02
+0.42 +0.23%
Volume: 850,926
April 9, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
43.07
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$21.19 billion
Rev. per Employee
$532,581
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/zigman2/quotes/200717283/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 95.78
-0.68 -0.70%
Volume: 4.30M
April 9, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
33.89
Dividend Yield
0.49%
Market Cap
$74.21 billion
Rev. per Employee
$851,474
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
4,128.80
+31.63 +0.77%
Volume: 1.88B
April 9, 2021 5:15p
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