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THQ shares drop by almost 50% amid bankruptcy fears

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 17:37 GMT By Dave Cook

THQ posted its financial report last night, suggesting that all was not well at the Californian publisher. Aside from stating losses of $21 million, the company also announced delays of Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and South Park. The move has made investors nervous.

Reuters reports that THQ’s stock has plummeted due to the ‘let down’ of Darksiders 2, reports of proposed lay-offs and the hiring of financial firm Centreview Partners in an attempt to dig the company back from the brink.

The site states that today’s share drop of 46% marks THQ’s biggest single-day loss in years, and comes as the publisher has ceased to accept any further questions on its current financial situation.

Part of the issue – the site explains – comes from the failure of Vigil Game’s sequel Darksiders 2 to turn a profit. It has sold 1.4 million units since launch, but needed at least 2 million to break even. The shortcomings, along with a wealth of other issues has resulted in THQ’s stock falling to $1.59 per share at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that THQ will see sale or bankruptcy as a result of its loss, stating “Should its financial position continue to deteriorate, we expect THQ to raise financing through an equity sale that could lead to dilution of existing shareholders.

“We expect creditors to be asked to renegotiate terms at a discount; if they are unwilling, bankruptcy is possible. Although THQ has been able to lower its cost structure through layoffs and a streamlined release slate in order to temporarily improve profitability, it is unlikely to return to profitability unless its revenues once again begin to grow.”

What do you make of THQ’s financial situation? Can it be saved? Let us know what you think below.

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28 Comments

  1. wowtgp

    I think THQ has lost the battle now.Do you think they can survive?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    Daarksiders 2 just improve everything compare with darksiders, i started playing it the past weekend on my ps3, and it is a great game overall, and they add the loot incentive to make a round product more rounder product, well words cannot said what iam feeling right now reading this news about THQ, i hope this doenst mean no more darksiders and the collapse of this publisher, they have great interesting IP,s, i like all their games, and i wait with great anticipation the south park game.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    They are potentially looking for a partner to bail them out. I hope they can stay alive, but if they cant, I just don’t want EA or Acti to buy them.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Night Hunter

    They just can’t catch a break, can they?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    @2: I’m surprised at the amount of comments I have seen today blaming and kicking Darksiders 2. What more did people want from Vigil? :( The most irritating, though, is that many of the comments will be from people raring to sign the enrollment form in a couple of weeks, that had scant interest in DS to begin with…

    @3: problem there is that investors need something to invest in. They expect/anticipate a return. I just saw a piece from a Pachter report on them where he said “You cannot save your way to prosperity.” and “We do not believe THQ is investable for most institutions.”

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    This makes me very sad.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    @5
    The IPs.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. jacobvandy

    @7 And the development studios themselves. HOWEVER, neither of those are reasons for people to come and throw money at the problem in order to save THQ, the publisher. They’d rather let them be crushed under all that debt, then come around later to pick up the pieces for pennies on the dollar. Good news for gamers is that all the big games currently in the works there will most likely come out unscathed, but the bad news for gamers is that’ll be one less major publisher out there. The EA, Activision, Ubisofts, etc. are in great positions to absorb some Company of Heroes or Vigil Games or whatever else.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hunam

    There goes my hopes of Homeworld 3.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    @8
    “Good news for gamers is that all the big games currently in the works there will most likely come out unscathed”
    We don’t know that now with certainty.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. silkvg247

    Just goes to shows that genuinely good IP and solid gameplay experiences aren’t the way to make money any more.

    Roll on COD6 and FIFA 2013. The future of gaming apparently.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    THat has nothing to do with it. It just shows bad mangement create horrible consequences. You need good business sense along with a great team of developers. THQ only has a handful of developers and they are mediocre at best as far as sells and games go. THQ just thought it was a good idea to buy a shit load of studios and throw what money they had at them and just wait for the money to come in.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ali

    What’s the point of surviving if it only means more useless struggle. They are just in a very bad situation and it appears that their last man standing plans aren’t really working.

    If only they were hit in a year where they have a Saint’s Row game ready, they could have survived but I am not really sure now. That’s sad actually, I have always been a fan of THQ.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    @silk +1

    #14 2 years ago
  15. MegaGeek1

    What a bummer year 2012 has been for me personally. First 38 studios goes tits up and it looks like we will never see another Kingdom of Amalur game (which I loved), then Joe Mad peaces out from Vigil (one of the big reasons I even took notice of DS) and THQ looks like it will go bankrupt. I dont care who buys these IPs, a good game is a good game.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. jacobvandy

    @10 The ones that they’ve been hyping up already — including Company of Heroes 2, Metro Last Light, South Park, and maybe even Saints Row 4 (which has grown from an expansion pack for The Third) — uh, yeah, that IS pretty much a certainty. Those are so close to done that, even if THQ closed up shop tomorrow, it would be super easy for someone else to buy and publish them.

    It would be a similar situation to what happened with True Crime: Hong Kong AKA Sleeping Dogs, except they probably wouldn’t even have to put in the effort of switching intellectual property. They would likely have further delays, sure, but near-complete AAA games based on established franchises, for CHEAP, are way too juicy to pass up in this free market.

    Hell, if worst comes to worst, say nobody wants to pick up and push out COH 2 because it’s a PC-only RTS, I could see Relic doing a Kickstarter drive and raising a million bucks or two so that they could finish it up themselves.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dodg3r

    It’s really a shame. I liked Darksiders 2 for the most part. So Darksiders 3 +4 probably won’t happen, which means the whole series ends with a cliffhanger :/

    #17 2 years ago
  18. AmiralPatate

    Homefront failed miserably (which in my opinion is the only thing Homefront deserves) after they put so much money into it. uDraw was also a massive, costly failure. They dropped their franchises one after the other, like Red Faction or UFC. Darksiders II is just another failure.

    Their one big franchise left is Saints Row, and it’s nowhere near GTA in term of sales. They are screwed.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Khan979

    It really will be a shame if they close up and no other company picks them up. I really enjoyed several of their games ( Metro, Darksiders 1+2, SR the third). Darksiders would be the most missed for me and one heck of a story not to be finished.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. LuLshuck

    I see bethesda publishing metro

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    @11: Yeah, gaming mainstream is going to become the all, and the little gems are just gonna disappear, or take a massive dive in quality, because the userbase apparently isn’t there. I’d have thought that there was at least 2 million gamers brought up in the Zelda era who’d have bought this game, at least!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. El_MUERkO

    I dream of Relic leaving THQ and Kickstarting a Homeworld sequel.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Hunam

    @22

    Except to do that, they’d probably still have to let go of most of their staff. 3 Mill wont keep a studio of that size going for too long alone.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Digital Bamboo

    What a kick in the dick. I’m extremely interested in playing Darksiders 1 & 2, just haven’t got around to picking them up yet.

    Company of Heroes is at the top of my list for wanted PC games, & I’m defiantly planning on buying the South Park game.

    What a bloodthirsty industry, only the great whites survive.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. roadkill

    @11 I always said that those gamers are going to destroying the industry. Looks like I was right.. This is only the beginning.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. silkvg247

    I wonder if we could change this somehow? We being a collective gaming community. I mean if we were to somehow make a “save THQ” campaign across the magic interweb encouraging people to buy THQ games would it make a difference? Are they too far down the pipe now?

    I really don’t wanna see these guys go. Sure the managers have made shitty decisions but the designers/developers are the guys making those great games. Surely everyone here is a fan of at least one THQ franchise. For me it’s Warhammer, Saint’s Row and Darksiders. Also looking forwards to South park TSOT.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    @25
    Them and those nasty pirates eh?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. roadkill

    @27 I’m not so sure about those pirates anymore.

    #28 2 years ago

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  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]