Shares of the video game publisher Devolver Digital went down by 47% to 72.5 GBX this Tuesday. This occurred right after Devolver downgraded its annual sales expectations.
The company informed that sales from new games released in the first five months of FY22 have been slower than expected, reflecting a competitive release window and specific factors for each title that are being actively addressed for future titles.
Devolver continued their statement by saying that at the same time there has been an expected step-up in amortization costs related to these heavier-investment games upon release as well as increases in general operating expenses due to inflation, headcount, and marketing.
The company’s revenue expectations for the full year of 2022 are estimated to be between $130 million and $140 million, which is a revenue increase of 30%. The EBITDA is expected to grow by 15% to somewhere between $27 million and $32 million.
The majority of the company’s sales are expected to be accounted for by more than 90 of their previously released titles.
The company has also indicated that the board expects revenues and profit to be weighted towards the second half of FY22. This will become possible by highly anticipated new title releases, a strong demand from subscription platforms, and the continued evergreen back catalog sales at year-end.
The publisher started trading on AIM, which is a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, in November 2021, for the price of 185 GBX. The price reached its peak at around 222 GBX per share in January 2022. Since then, the price has kept steadily declining and culminated in this week’s sharp drop.
This year, the publisher launched more than a few great titles such as Trek to Yomi, Weird West, and Shadow Warrior 3.