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July 17, 2014
10:55 EDTMAT, HAS, LF, JAKKMattel 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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October 23, 2014
06:04 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific raises FY14 EPS to 64c-67c, consensus 35c
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06:01 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific reports Q3 EPS $1.03, consensus 99c
Reports Q3 revenue $349.36M, consensus $321.74M
October 22, 2014
12:24 EDTHASHasbro management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meetings to be held on Europe on October 27-29 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
October 21, 2014
06:09 EDTMATMEGA brands announces global partnership with UP&L
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October 20, 2014
16:20 EDTHASOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:36 EDTMATOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:18 EDTHASHasbro sees FY14 CapEx $115M-$125M
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06:34 EDTHASHasbro reports pre-tax charge due to restructuring of Hub Network
On September 25, Hasbro (HAS) and Discovery (DISCA) announced Hub Network would become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime. As a result of restructuring the Company’s investment in the Hub Network joint venture, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $11.6M, or 6c per diluted share, in the third quarter 2014. This net charge is primarily related to the costs associated with recording the fair value of a put/call option exercisable at the end of 2021 that the Company and Discovery entered into related to this transaction.
06:33 EDTHASHasbro reports Q3 Franchise brands up 36%
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06:31 EDTHASHasbro reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.46, consensus $1.45
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October 17, 2014
14:28 EDTHASHasbro technical comments ahead of results
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08:20 EDTHASHasbro volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Hasbro November call option implied volatility is at 26, January is at 22, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 20.
07:48 EDTMATMattel looks to maintain margins in low to mid-50% range in near term
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October 16, 2014
11:21 EDTMATOptions with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS ATLS LOCO MAT
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06:13 EDTMATMattel reports Q3 Girls and Boys Brands sales down 11% to $1.32B
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06:11 EDTMATMattel: While Q3 did not meet expectations, they reflect progress
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06:03 EDTMATMattel reports Q3 EPS 97c, consensus $1.04
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October 15, 2014
15:28 EDTMATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 14, 2014
15:20 EDTHASHasbro Chief Strategy Officer David Hargreaves to retire in February
Hasbro announced that David D.R. Hargreaves, executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer, plans to retire in February of 2015.
14:17 EDTMATMattel October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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