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July 17, 2014
10:55 EDTJAKK, MAT, LF, HASMattel topples after Q2 earnings miss estimates
Shares of global toy product manufacturer Mattel (MAT), are toppling over after the company's second quarter earnings results fell below analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Mattel's reported Q2 earnings per share of 8c, which was not comparable to a consensus of 18c since the company said its EPS number included a tax benefit of 11c per share and a negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Excluding both of these items, EPS was 3c per share. Mattel's Q2 revenue was $1.06B, which missed analysts' consensus estimates of $1.19B. For Q2, the company reported that its Girls and Boys Brands sales were down 13%, Fisher-Price Brands sales were down 17%, American Girl Bands revenue was up 6% and revenue from its Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands was $61.6M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its earnings conference conference call, Mattel said that it plans to increase advertising spending in the second half of the year to build momentum for key brands. It sees improving global trends in point-of-sale but says the company still has a lot of work to do to improve those trends. As Mattel looks to the third quarter, it sees continued challenges from current headwinds. With the MEGA brands deal now closed, the company aims to improve profitability of MEGA brands on a global basis and believes the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2015. It expects lower international sales and is investing heavily in markets in Russia and China. Mattel is looking to maintain gross margins in the low to mid-50% range in near term. It noted that it aims to achieve a modest increase in SG&A due to severance and ongoing growth investments, excluding the MEGA Brands acquisition. Inventory fair value adjustment related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3, the company said. Amortization is expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mattel are down $2.31, or 5.92%, to $36.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Mattel peer Hasbro (HAS), which reports quarterly earnings on July 21, is relatively flat at $52.59. JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) is up almost 1.5% to $8.20 and and LeapFrog (LF) is up 3.02% to $7.66.
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January 26, 2015
11:15 EDTMAT, HASMattel cash should be sufficient to cover dividend, says Wells Fargo
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09:47 EDTMATMattel falls, levels to watch
Shares are trading lower by over 5% at time of writing, last at $26.56. That price is off the earlier low of the session at $24.88 which is now support. Resistance is at $28.04, the prior session closing price.
09:23 EDTHAS, MAT, LFMattel drops after CEO resigns, Q4 results miss expectations
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09:07 EDTMATMattel sees FY14 EPS with items $1.45, consensus $1.92
For FY14, the company reported preliminary EPS $1.45, which includes a negative impact of 16c per share from MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs and a tax benefit of 13c per share. Reports preliminary FY14 worldwide net sales $6.02B, down 7%, including an unfavorable impact from changes in currency exchange rates of 2 percentage points.
09:05 EDTMATMattel reports preliminary Q4 EPS with items 44c, consensus 92c
Q4 preliminary results includes a negative impact of 5c per share from MEGA Brands integration costs and a negative tax impact of 3c per share. Reports preliminary Q4 worldwide net sales $1.99B, down 6%, including an unfavorable impact from changes in currency exchange rates of 3 percentage points. Consensus $2.12B. Q4 gross margin decreased by 410 basis points of net sales to 50.4%, which was partially due to the acquisition of MEGA Brands.
09:03 EDTMATMattel announces resignation of chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton
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09:02 EDTMATMattel names Christopher Sinclair as chairman, interim CEO
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06:31 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific secures license agreement for Halo video game products
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January 23, 2015
16:32 EDTLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:02 EDTLFOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Infinera (INFN), up 13.2%... E-Trade (ETFC), up 5.6%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... ResMed (RMD), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: IVUS (VVUS), up 6.2% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 12.3% after 3M share Secondary priced at $11.90... lululemon (LULU), up 3.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly Clark (KMB), down 4.6%... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), down 2.1%... Altera (ALTR), down 4.4%... Kansas City Southern (KSU), down 3.3%... McDonald's (MCD), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: LeapFrog (LF), down 32.8% after reporting preliminary third quarter results and withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance... Molycorp (MCP), down 10.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Dreamworks (DWA), down 12% after announcing that it will cut 500 jobs, reduce films released per year, and seeing a $55M charge for 'The Penguins of Madagascar' and 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'... Otonomy (OTIC), down 1.8% after secondary increased to 2.55M shares, priced at $29.25.
07:26 EDTLFLeapFrog downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi
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January 22, 2015
18:34 EDTLFLeapFrog withdraws guidance for FY15
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18:31 EDTLFLeapFrog CFO sees Q4 sales declining
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18:28 EDTLFLeapFrog reports preliminary Q3 EPS ($1.77), consensus 19c
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January 20, 2015
06:06 EDTHASDreamWorks planning to lay off 'substantial' number of staff, LA Times reports
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January 15, 2015
10:07 EDTHASHigh option volume stocks
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January 13, 2015
17:50 EDTMATMattel names new Chief Brands Officer, Chief Commercial Officer
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