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Activision Blizzard (NAS:ATVI) Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

: $315 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2022)
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Activision Blizzard's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Sep. 2022 was $37 Mil. Its depreciation, depletion and amortization for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2022 was $315 Mil.


Activision Blizzard (NAS:ATVI) Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Historical Data

The historical data trend for Activision Blizzard's Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Activision Blizzard Annual Data
Trend Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 1,199.00 998.00 553.00 446.00 440.00

Activision Blizzard Quarterly Data
Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 96.00 96.00 99.00 83.00 37.00

Activision Blizzard Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Calculation

Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.

Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.

Generally:
The term depreciation is used when discussing man made tangible assets
The term depletion is used when discussing natural tangible assets
The term amortization is used when discussing intangible assets

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2022 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $315 Mil.


* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Activision Blizzard  (NAS:ATVI) Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Explanation

One of the key tenets of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is the matching principle. The matching principle states that companies should report associated costs and benefits at the same time.

For example:

If a company buys a $300 million cruise ship in 1982 and then sells tickets to passengers for the next 30 years, the company should not report a $300 million expense in 1982 and then ticket sales for 1982 through 2012. Instead, the company should spread the purchase price of the ship (the cost) over the same time period it sells tickets (the benefit).

To create income statements that meet the matching principle, accountants use an expense called depreciation.

So, instead of reporting a $300 million purchase expense in 1982, the company might:

Report a $30 million depreciation expense in 1982, 1983, 1984...and every year after that for the 30 years the company expects to sell tickets to passengers on this cruise ship.

To calculate depreciation, a company must make estimates and choices such as:

The cost of the asset
The useful life of the asset
The salvage value of the asset at the end of its useful life
And a way of spreading the cost of the asset to match the time when the asset provides benefits

The range of different ways of spreading the cost under GAAP accounting is too long to list. However, public companies in the United States explain their depreciation choices to shareholders in a note to their financial statements. It is critical that investors read this note. Investors can find this note in the company's 10-K.

Past depreciation expenses accumulate on the balance sheet. Most public companies choose not to show this contra asset account on the balance sheet they present to shareholders. Instead, they simply show a single item. This single asset item may be marked Net. Such as Property, Plant, and Equipment - Net. It is actually the asset account netted against the contra asset account.

A contra asset account is an account that offsets an asset account. So, for example a company might have:

Property, Plant, and Equipment - Gross: $150 million
Accumulated Depreciation: $120 million
Property, Plant, and Equipment - Net: $30 million

In this case, the only item likely to be shown on the balance sheet is Property, Plant, and Equipment - Net. This is the cost of the company's property, plant, and equipment (asset account) minus the accumulated depreciation (the contra asset account). It means the company's assets cost $150 million, the company has reported $120 million in depreciation expense over the years, and the company is now reporting the assets have a book value of $30 million.

It is possible for a company to have fully depreciated assets on its balance sheet. This means the company's estimate of the useful life of the asset was shorter than the asset's actual useful life. As a result, the asset - although it is still being used - is carried on the balance sheet at its salvage value.

This is a reminder that depreciation involves estimates and choices. It is not an infallible process.

Companies do not have cash layout for depreciation. Therefore, depreciation is added back in the cash flow statement.

Although depreciation is not a cash cost, it is a real business cost because the company has to pay for the fixed assets when it purchases them. Both Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger hate the idea of EDITDA because depreciation is not included as an expense. Warren Buffett even jokingly said We prefer earnings before everything when criticizing the abuse of EDITDA.


Be Aware

Depreciation estimates make the calculation of net income susceptible to management's accounting choices. These choices can be either overly aggressive or overly conservative.


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Activision Blizzard (NAS:ATVI) Business Description

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Address
2701 Olympic Boulevard, Building B, Santa Monica, CA, USA, 90404
Activision Blizzard was formed in 2008 by the merger of Activision, one of the largest console video game publishers, and Blizzard, one of largest PC video game publishers. The combined firm remains one of the world's largest video game publishers. Activision's impressive franchise portfolio includes World of Warcraft, which boasts more than $8 billion of lifetime sales, and Call of Duty, which has sold over 175 million copies across 14 titles over 12 years.
Executives
Meservey Lulu Cheng director 2701 OLYMPIC BOULEVARD BUILDING B SANTA MONICA CA 90404
Bulatao Brian officer: Chief Administrative Officer C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Dixton Grant Michael officer: Chief Legal Officer C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Zerza Armin officer: Chief Financial Officer C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Macartney Claudine officer: Chief People Officer AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC. 175 WATER ST. NEW YORK NY 10038
Ostroff Dawn director 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 91405
Yang Jesse officer: Chief Accounting Officer C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Alegre Daniel officer: President and COO 9800 59TH AVENUE NORTH MINNEAPOLIS MN 55317
Wereb Stephen G officer: Principal Accounting Officer C/O ACTIVISION, INC. 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Walther Christopher B officer: Chief Legal Officer C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Bowers Reveta F director C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Johnson Collister officer: President and COO C/O ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. 3100 OCEAN PARK BOULEVARD SANTA MONICA CA 90405
Neumann Spencer Adam officer: Chief Financial Officer SIERRA INCOME CORPORATION 375 PARK AVE., SUITE 3304 NEW YORK NY 10152
Asac Ii Lp 10 percent owner C/O CHADWICK & COMPANY 225 HIGHWAY 35, SUITE 102C RED BANK NJ 07701
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