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The Pokémon Company’s profits were up by more than 2,400 percent last year

Shoutout to Pokémon Go

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The Pokémon Company made a huge amount of money during the most recent fiscal year, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sun and Moon helped the company generate more than $143 million in profit for the year ending in February 2017 — a jump of more than 26 times its previous fiscal year.

Analyst Serkan Toto broke down the year-by-year profits for the private company, which has posted its earnings in Japan’s official government paper several times over the years.

“According to the disclosure, net profit reached a staggering US$143.3 million in the fiscal year that ended on February 28, 2017 (there are no sales figures given),” Toto wrote on his blog, translating the company’s most recent annual earnings report.

Last year (which ended Feb. 29, 2016), the Pokémon Company made just $5.6 million. Even in the fiscal year encompassing Pokémon X and Y’s release, the company posted just $10.6 million in profits.

It makes sense that Pokémon’s 2016-17 led to such a boost in income. The series celebrated its 20th anniversary throughout 2016, culminating in the massive launch of Sun and Moon that November. It was Pokémon Go that seems most accountable for the company’s success, though; the mobile game became an unforgettable phenomenon not long after its release in July. Even as a free-to-play download, Pokémon Go generated a wild amount of money for everyone involved.

This fiscal year has gone off to a quieter start for The Pokémon Company. Two separate mobile games launched this spring, but there has been little else in the way of big announcements. We’ll see if that changes around E3 2017 time next month.

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