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July 17, 2014
10:55 EDTLF, HAS, JAKK, MATMattel 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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April 20, 2015
08:27 EDTHASHasbro sees favorable product mix and low cost inflation in 2015
Seeds 2015 as a strong entertainment year consistent with 2014. Expects product development to be 5%-5.5% of revenue due to Disney Princess and Frozen Investments ahead of revenues. Targets advertising level consistent with last two years. Projects $44M in 2015 as additional assets becoming fully amortized. Expects to invest in content across mediums, primarily television expense. Expects FY15 interest expense is consistent with historical trends as % of revenues. Expects FY15 tax rate anticipated at 26.5%-27.5%. Comments taken from slides for Q1 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTMATAutodesk, Mattel to bring 3D printing experience to Mattel toy line
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07:28 EDTMATMattel management to meet with B. Riley
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06:46 EDTJAKKJAKKS Pacific downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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06:34 EDTHASHasbro reports Q1 US and Canada revenue $345.7M
Reports Q1 International revenue $305.7M; Reports Q1 Entertainment and Licensing revenue $60.6M. Reports Q1 Boys revenue $272.6M; Reports Q1 Games revenue $235.6M; Reports Q1 Girls revenue $117.1M; Reports Q1 Preschool revenue $88.1M.
06:33 EDTHASHasbro: Several factors helped mitigate negative impact of foreign exchange
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06:31 EDTHASHasbro reports Q1 adjusted EPS 21c, consensus 8c
Reports Q1 revenue $713.5M, consensus 660.27M
April 17, 2015
16:24 EDTMATOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The losses were broad based, with the S&P 500 losing 1% and the Dow and Nasdaq each sliding about 1.5%. There was little in the way of buying, as the number of declining stocks dwarfed the number of advancing stocks. Fears about Greece exiting the euro, steps taken by securities regulators in China and inflation data here at home were all pointed to as potential contributors to the down day in the market. The slide also coincided with the expiration of options, which can lead to volatility and heavy volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The "core" rate, excluding food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, as expected. The leading economic index rose 0.2% to 121.4 in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumped 2.9 points to 95.9 in the preliminary print for April, topping expectations for a 94.0 reading. In China, announcements by Chinese securities regulators, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and related bodies raised fears of a selloff in China. The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed sanctions to try to control margin buying of stocks with borrowed money and the Securities Association of China said it will allow fund managers to lend stocks for short selling to increase the supply of shares. In Europe, strategists reportedly said a lack of progress in negotiations between Greece and its creditors had substantially increased the risk of Greece defaulting on its debt and even exiting the euro. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) dropped after Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that lawyers at the Justice Departmentís antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block the companies' proposed merger. Spokespeople for Comcast and TWC reportedly told Bloomberg they see "no basis" for a lawsuit to block the transaction. Comcast ended the day down $1.25, or 2.09%, to $58.42, while Time Warner Cable shares slid $8.59, or 5.43%, to $149.61... First the Wall Street Journal, then Bloomberg, reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is internally discussing a potential takeover bid for Mylan (MYL). Shares of both moved higher following the reports, which Mylan responded to by stating that it is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy, including its proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). Mylan Chairman Robert Coury said that rumors of potential interest from Teva have been "circulating for some time," but that such a combination is "without sound industrial logic or cultural fit" and would be unlikely to receive antitrust regulatory clearances. Coury added that Mylan's board would "carefully consider" a bid if any party makes an "actual offer" to acquire the company. Shares of General Electric (GE) reported a loss of $1.35 per share due to large charges related to its planned exit from the majority of its GE Capital business. Adjusting for special items, GE's operating earnings per share of 31c topped the consensus forecast by 1c. Additionally, GE said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Celanese (CE), which rose $9.04, or 15.55%, to $67.18, and Mattel (MAT), which advanced $1.48, or 5.84%, to $26.75. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were SerivceNow (NOW), which fell $9.55, or 11.53%, to $73.29, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped 29c, or 10.28%, to $2.58. INDEXES: The Dow declined 279.47, or 1.54%, to 17,826.30, the Nasdaq fell 75.98, or 1.52%, to 4,931.81, and the S&P 500 dropped 23.81, or 1.13%, to 2,081.18.
10:14 EDTMATOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:14 EDTMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:52 EDTMATMattel CEO says committed to dividends, sees maintaining at current level
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April 16, 2015
19:00 EDTMATOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:56 EDTMATMattel announces partnership with Quirky
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16:12 EDTMATMattel trades up after results, levels to watch
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16:06 EDTMATMattel reports Q1 adjusted EPS (8c), consensus (9c)
Reports Q1 revenue $922.7M, consensus $896.54M.
15:23 EDTMATNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:43 EDTMATMattel management to meet with MKM Partners
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10:00 EDTMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:51 EDTMATMattel upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Mattel to Outperform citing a favorable risk/reward following the recent underperformance of shares. Wells views the stock as an attractive value play, with downside protection given the potential for a leveraged buyout. It has a $28-$30 price target range for shares.
April 15, 2015
08:51 EDTMATMattel April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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