Angry Birds Maker Rovio Reports Increase in Number of Downloads

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Rovio Entertainment, maker of the 10-year-old Angry Birds mobile game series, on Tuesday reported an almost 75 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by lower costs. The Finnish company, which listed its shares in 2018, said its adjusted operating profit rose to EUR 13 million (roughly Rs. 107 crores) from EUR 7.5 million (roughly Rs. 61.9 crores) while revenue fell 6 percent to EUR 66.6 million (roughly Rs. 549 crores).

“The high operating profit of the quarter was driven by the low level of user acquisition and the stability of our key games, especially Angry Birds 2,” Chief Executive Kati Levoranta said in a statement.

Levoranta said it was too early to quantify and distinguish the impact of the coronavirus pandemic for its business.

“In our games, we have seen an increase in the number of downloads as well as user engagement and also some uptick in revenues in March and April, Rovio said in reference to the pandemic.

Rovio stuck to its 2020 target for adjusted operating profit to improve from the previous year, although it refrained from providing a full-year revenue forecast.

“Due to lower user acquisition investments and the planned cost savings in Hatch Entertainment, our adjusted operating profit improves,” the company said.

In February, Rovio said Hatch, its 80 percent-owned subsidiary developing a cloud-based game streaming service, was seeking annual cost savings of 6 million euros and refocusing on a subscription and streaming service for children and families.

During 2020, Rovio aims to launch one to three new games, the company said.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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