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Mattel Rejects Takeover Offer from Hasbro

Transformers News: Mattel Rejects Takeover Offer from Hasbro
Date: Friday, November 17th 2017 12:18am CST
Category: Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): reuters

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It looks like it is back to the drawing board for any possibility of Hasbro purchasing Mattel. According to the latest from Reuters, Mattel has flat out rejected Hasbro's offer to purchase the company, which we reported on a week ago. Here is a quote from the article saying exactly why the offer was rebuffed:

Mattel has informed Hasbro its proposal undervalues the company and does not take sufficiently into account the potential for regulators to reject the deal based on antitrust concerns, the sources said.


The sources are, of course, anonymous and the details of Hasbro's offer was never disclosed.
What is interesting is that while the offer was rejected, talks of acquisition have not ceased (they haven't for a decade now) and Mattel would still be up for selling if the offer was right, according to reuters:

Mattel’s rebuttal indicates that Margaret Georgiadis, who took over as the company’s chief executive in February, is seeking to drive a hard bargain in negotiations with Hasbro, even though Mattel’s stock has significantly underperformed that of Hasbro in the last year.


Mattel's stock is expected to lower from the rise it incurred after the news of a potential purchasing agreement.

Transformers News: Mattel Rejects Takeover Offer from Hasbro

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles Licensed Hasbro Figures, Including Transformers, GI Joe and More

Transformers News: Pop Culture Shock Collectibles Licensed Hasbro Figures, Including Transformers, GI Joe and More
Date: Tuesday, November 14th 2017 10:34pm CST
Categories: Company News, Collectables
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PCS

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We receive news of some newly licensed material coming out of Hasbro's dealings with Pop Culture Shock Collectibles, Inc., who have recently confirmed they will be producing items and figures for a number of franchises owned by the toy maker, including Transformers, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony, GI Joe and other members of the Hascon franchises.

PCS are makers of highly detailed and nicely sculpted statues, and have dedicated themselves to high-end collectibles and more affordable figures alike, from franchises like Capcom, Power Rangers, Robocop, and more. You can browse their Facebook page for more information, here. We have no images yet, but you can check out the announcement for yourselves below!

PCS Collectibles is pleased to announce we have now secured a licensing agreement with Hasbro Inc. We are excited about the opportunity to team with Hasbro in creating collectibles based on characters from properties like TRANSFORMERS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY to name a few. Stay tuned for further details!

G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, and MY LITTLE PONY are trademarks of Hasbro. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast LLC.

Hasbro Has Made an Offer to Buy Mattel

Transformers News: Hasbro Has Made an Offer to Buy Mattel
Date: Friday, November 10th 2017 9:01pm CST
Category: Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): wall street journal

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Back in February 2016, we posted an article about a possible merger between Hasbro and Mattel. Now, a year and a half later, the Wall Street Journal reports that sources familiar with the matter have told them that Hasbro has recently approached Mattel regarding a takeover offer. Very little else is said apart from that since any detail regarding the offer has not been divulged by these anonymous sources.

What is interesting is that whatever talks of a merger that we may have had are now evolved into a talk of a takeover which could possibly mean that the end goal would be less about keeping both brands, ala Takara Tomy, but instead absorbing Mattel as a part of Hasbro, like what they eventually did with Kenner before. For those curious, Mattel has a market value of about $5 billion, while Hasbro is worth about $11 billion, so more than double. Hasbro's stock has jumped slightly since the news. Below is a quote from the Wall Street Journal regarding these talks.

Hasbro Inc. has made a takeover offer for rival Mattel Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, a potential combination that would unite the two biggest U.S. toy makers and put Barbie and G.I. Joe under the same roof.

Hasbro’s approach to Mattel was made recently, one of the people said. The terms of any possible deal couldn’t be learned, and the approach may go nowhere.


To read more, you can find the article here. While you need a subscrition to read the full article, this CNBC article is free to read and is based on said Wall Street Journal article.

Let us know what you think can come of this potential takeover and what opportunities for cross branding you see.

Transformers News: Hasbro Has Made an Offer to Buy Mattel

Paramount and Huahua Media Ending Their Financing Deal

Transformers News: Paramount and Huahua Media Ending Their Financing Deal
Date: Friday, November 10th 2017 12:42am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Company News
Posted by: Bounti76 | Credit(s): Variety

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As filming on the Bumblebee Movie wraps/is wrapping up, and with the last of the Transformers: The Last Knight toyline trickling out, we bring to you more news, though of the business side of making the live-action movies.

As we reported earlier, HuaHua media, via it's funding agreement with Paramount Studios, had incurred larger than expected losses, due to underperforming Paramount films (including this summer's The Last Knight). Well, it now looks as though that agreement is ending, via this story in Variety.

What does this mean for the live-action movies? Jim Gianapoulos, Paramount CEO said “The actions we are announcing today establish a financing model that is better aligned to Paramount’s new strategic approach to film production,” [he] said in a statement. Click on the link above to read the full article, and feel free to discuss this in the Energon pub forums below!

Speculation: Hasbro Looking to Acquire Takara Tomy

Transformers News: Speculation: Hasbro Looking to Acquire Takara Tomy
Date: Wednesday, November 8th 2017 1:57am CST
Categories: Rumors, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Seeking Alpha

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A preamble before the write-up: the original article is entirely speculative, and given that it was originally posted in July 2017 and we have heard nothing from either Hasbro or Takara Tomy since, please only consider it as such - speculation.

With that out of the way, you may be interested in reading an analysis over on SeekingAlpha concerning rumours of Hasbro acquiring Takara Tomy as part of itself (rather than the current partnerships they operate on certain franchises, such as Transformers), after Takara Tomy lost the license to one of its more lucrative products: Pokémon. The full piece is behind a register-to-read wall, but you can read the summary and the opening paragraphs below.

What do you make of this potential, but not at all confirmed or suggested anywhere else, circumstance? Would you be happy with the change? Let us know in the Energon Pub!

Summary

  • Takara Tomy is losing one of its best licenses, and its revenue outlook is negative for the next two years.
  • The company has failed in its effort over the past six years to diversify from a declining Japanese toy market.
  • The company has incurred massive losses since 2012.
  • It has hence become a takeover target and this possibly from the side of Hasbro.

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with an old friend of mine, a senior buyer at a large Japanese toy retailer, who asked me whether I had seen the announcement about Pokemon pulling its license from Takara Tomy (OTC:TKHIY) and giving it to Wicked Cool Toys Company as of July 2018. I said that I had, and the follow-up question was whether I thought it likely that one of the two large American toy companies would buy Takara Tomy. Japanese executives are not in the habit of asking flippant questions, and this one made me think that there could in fact something major be happening and meriting further investigation.

First, some background.

In a Toy News Magazine article dated April 6, 2011, I said that:

“Takara Tomy is buying RC2 and challenging the leading US and European toy manufacturers on their own turf. With this move the company is transforming itself from a local giant into one with a decent presence in all major markets and a viable competitor to Mattel, Spin Master and JAKKS. I have omitted Hasbro from that statement because there are ties between the two companies effectively ruling out competition between them.”

There was a solid reason why Takara Tomy was anxious to diversify away from its home market. Japan toy sales have been declining for since 2010 due to negative population growth, a trend that is unlikely to reverse itself in a hurry:

Paramount and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content

Transformers News: Paramount and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content
Date: Friday, November 3rd 2017 3:15pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Press Releases, Company News
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Transformers News: Paramount and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro to Produce and Distribute Live Action and Animated Content Under Five Year Exclusive Relationship

November 03, 2017 08:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HOLLYWOOD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. today announced that they will be teaming up to produce and distribute content based on Hasbro brands, as well as original stories. The two companies will collaborate on live action and animated films, with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation playing an active role alongside Paramount Pictures in development and production.

This announcement expands upon an existing relationship between the two companies. Hasbro and Paramount have partnered on five Transformers movies to date, as well as two G.I. Joe films, and the first Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, is slated for December 2018.

"Paramount has been a valuable partner of Hasbro’s for more than a decade, and we’re looking forward to taking our relationship to the next level," said Brian Goldner, Chairman and CEO, Hasbro. "Storytelling, in its many forms, is revolutionizing our business and differentiating Hasbro in all sectors where we operate. We look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Paramount to create powerful new stories for kids, fans and families globally."

While terms of the relationship are not being disclosed, Paramount and Hasbro will partner on financing projects at varying levels of investment, and Paramount will distribute the projects produced during the five year term of this deal worldwide. Paramount and Hasbro will also collaborate on television programming.

"Hasbro has an enormous array of exceptional brands, so this expansion of our relationship is incredibly exciting," said Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos. "We look forward to working with Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis and the Hasbro and Allspark teams to create extraordinary film properties for all audiences."

Hasbro recently hired Greg Mooradian as president of Allspark Pictures, with responsibility for live action film and television. Allspark Animation, the company’s label for animated film and television content, is led by Hasbro’s Meghan McCarthy. Hasbro acquired Boulder Media in 2016, a leading animation studio based in Dublin, Ireland, to produce its television and film animation. Hasbro Studios, its distribution arm which the company founded in 2009, distributes TV and digital content to more than 190 territories globally. The entertainment division reports to Hasbro’s Chief Content Officer, Stephen Davis.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through Hasbro Studios and its film labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 #HASCON Event

Transformers News: Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 #HASCON Event
Date: Monday, October 30th 2017 11:19am CDT
Categories: Event News, Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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The title is not a typo: the next iteration of the Hasbro-run event that brings together all their franchises under one roof in their own backyard will not be back for another year - but it will be back! Taking place in Providence again, Hascon will return on September, 6-8 2019. You can find out the whole information we have so far in the press release below, and revisit our Hascon 2017 coverage through our galleries and stories!

Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 HASCON Event

Second-Ever HASCON FANmily Event Scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2019 in Providence, R.I.


PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today announced that it will host its second-ever HASCON event Sept. 6 - 8, 2019, in Providence, R.I. at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Hasbro hosted its inaugural HASCON event this past September, offering families and fans of all ages a completely new way to experience its brands, and a behind-the-scenes pass to the world of Hasbro. The event featured three days of hands-on brand experiences, meet-and-greets, sneak peeks, concerts, exclusive reveals, star-studded panels and fan-centric surprises.

"We couldn’t be happier with the feedback we’ve received from our inaugural HASCON event," said John Frascotti, president, Hasbro, Inc. "We’re looking forward to once again delivering immersive entertainment experiences around our brands for fans and families in 2019."

The 2017 event featured dozens of meet-and-greet opportunities with celebrities, athletes and influencers, including Mark Wahlberg, Stan Lee, David Ortiz, James White, Dude Perfect, Maddie Ziegler, James Gunn, Zach King, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, and Isabela Moner, among others. Concerts by Flo Rida and Daya were included with the purchase of a general admission HASCON ticket. Guests were also invited to audition for a Hasbro video, and to select a toy or game to donate to the Marine Toys for Tots for children impacted by recent hurricanes.

More details about the 2019 HASCON event, including information about ticket packages, will be posted on http://hascon.hasbro.com.
About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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A Message from Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys'R'Us

Transformers News: A Message from Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys'R'Us
Date: Sunday, October 29th 2017 3:33am CDT
Categories: Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TRU

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We have received communication from Dave Brandon, the CEO of Toys'R'Us, given all the news about their Chapter 11 process and its repercussions on Hasbro and toy sales in general for this year, speaking on how the stores will be dealing with it all, and how they plan on assuaging some fears of the general public. You can read the whole message below, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub.

Dear Valued Customer,

As you may know, in September we announced that we were beginning a formal process – known as Chapter 11 – designed to strengthen our financial position and allow us to reinvest in our business. This was a proactive and voluntary move that gives us the opportunity to reset and do the things necessary to continue to earn your business now and well into the future.

I’m writing today because I want to assure you that you can continue to shop with us with confidence, in store or online. Your local Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores are open and our team members are standing by ready to help. You should also know that we are continuing to honor our various customer programs including Registry, Endless Earnings, Geoffrey's Birthday Club, gift cards and warranties.

With the holidays just around the corner, we have a number of exciting things in store for you:

Price Match Promise¹ – If you find a toy or baby product at a lower price at one of our competitors, Toys"R"Us will match the price. Not only will we match competitor’s prices in store, we’ll donate an additional $1 to Toys for Tots every time you price match now thru 12/24, up to $1 million.

Parents Night Out² – As a parent, I found it was always tough to find time to shop when the kids weren’t looking, so this year Toys"R"Us is hosting special events on Sunday, November 12 and Thursday, November 30 from 8-10pm local time. During these very special events, customers will have access to a shopping expert, hot toy demonstrations, games and treats (think hot chocolate bar, raffles and more) plus a sweepstakes where Rewards"R"Us members have a chance to win a trip for 4 to New York City.

Layaway and Then Some³ – We will once again offer free layaway services this holiday season, waiving the usual fee. Plus, every single day from Sunday, November 5, through Saturday, December 9, Toys"R"Us will select one layaway customer who will receive a $200 TRU gift card to put towards their layaway.

Play Lab – I have seven grandkids who would love nothing more than to visit one of our stores to test drive the newest toys. On Sunday, November 1, forty-two Toys"R"Us locations across the country will open designated play spaces in their stores. Shopping list meets play time.

Play Chaser™ – Our new augmented reality gaming app is turning our toy stores into an interactive playground. It’s also connected to our much-awaited holiday catalog, The Ultimate Guide to Play. Kids can now build their favorites list using the app.


These are just a few of the exciting changes I’m most excited for this holiday. No matter how you choose to shop with us, know that you can continue to count on us for an outstanding experience. We have been in the business of bringing joy to kids for nearly seven decades, and we welcome the opportunity to serve you this holiday season and long into the future.


Sincerely,

Transformers News: A Message from Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO, Toys'R'Us

Toys "R" Us Bankruptcy Filing causing Holiday woes for Toy Companies

Transformers News: Toys "R" Us Bankruptcy Filing causing Holiday woes for Toy Companies
Date: Wednesday, October 25th 2017 6:03pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Store News
Posted by: Bounti76 | Credit(s): d-maximus_prime

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Fellow Seibertronian d-maximus_Prime has pointed us to an article on CNN's Money Section, regarding Toys "R" Us' bankruptcy, and how it's expected to affect toy sales this Christmas shopping season. Hasbro's CFO, Deborah Thomas, said that while 3rd quarter sales and profits were above forecasts, 4th quarter sales were now expected to be only slightly higher than last year, which is a significant drop from where they had been expected to be.

You can read the full article by clicking here. What do you think of this latest development? Discuss it in our forums below!

Hasbro Reports Revenue, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Growth for Third Quarter 2017

Transformers News: Hasbro Reports Revenue, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Growth for Third Quarter 2017
Date: Monday, October 23rd 2017 1:39pm CDT
Categories: Press Releases, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Directly from Hasbro HQ, we've received a condensed report on their quarterly report (Q3 2017, specifically), and links to their full presentation from their webcast and more. You can find the number-dense report copied below, and head here for the PowerPoint slides - plus take a look at the infographic they also shared below, with Tony Stark Brian Goldner's face to promote the entire company to investors!

Hasbro Reports Revenue, Net Earnings and Earnings Per Share Growth for Third Quarter 2017

Third quarter 2017 revenues increased 7% to $1.79 billion, including 7% revenue growth in the U.S. and Canada segment; 7% in the International segment, including a favorable $27.9 million in foreign exchange; and 4% in the Entertainment and Licensing segment;
Revenue growth in Franchise Brands, Hasbro Gaming and Emerging Brands;
Operating profit essentially flat at $360.9 million, or 20.1% of net revenues;
Net earnings increased 3% to $265.6 million, or $2.09 per diluted share; Reported net earnings include a $0.04 per diluted share benefit versus third quarter 2016 from the adoption of FASB ASU No. 2016-09;
Company returned $164.3 million to shareholders during the quarter: $71.4 million in dividends and $92.9 million in share repurchase;
Quarter-end cash and cash equivalents of $1.2 billion.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2017. Net revenues for the third quarter 2017 increased 7% to $1.79 billion versus $1.68 billion in 2016. Third quarter 2017 revenues include a favorable $29.6 million impact from foreign exchange.

Net earnings for the third quarter 2017 increased 3% to $265.6 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, compared to $257.8 million, or $2.03 per diluted share, in 2016. Reported net earnings include a $0.04 per diluted share benefit versus third quarter 2016 from the adoption of FASB ASU No. 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.

"The global Hasbro team delivered another good quarter. Our Brand Blueprint strategy is successfully driving the business despite a challenging economic environment in the U.K. and Brazil, as well as a short-term retailer disruption," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's chairman and chief executive officer. "As a result of the Toys"R"Us bankruptcy filing in the U.S. and Canada, there was a negative impact on our quarterly revenues and operating profit. However, our multi-platform content strategy, combined with an industry leading investment in innovation and an omni-channel commercial approach, is driving strong consumer takeaway heading into the holiday season as consumers engage with Hasbro brands across a multitude of experiences."

"The quarter presented several obstacles, but the team delivered with higher revenue and earnings, as well as executing nearly $93 million of share repurchases," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's chief financial officer. "We are well positioned for the holiday, including good quality inventory at Hasbro and at retail, backed by strong consumer momentum. We continue to work closely with Toys"R"Us as we head into the holiday period. Given our new view to the holiday based on Toys"R"Us and the economic outlook in certain markets, our updated expectation is fourth quarter revenues will increase in a range of 4% to 7% versus the fourth quarter 2016."

Third Quarter 2017 Major Segment Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
Q3 2017 Q3 2016 % Change Q3 2017 Q3 2016 % Change
U.S. and Canada $993.8 $932.8 +7% $217.3 $228.0 -5%
International $739.2 $690.7 +7% $132.0 $133.1 -1%
Entertainment and Licensing $58.4 $56.1 +4% $16.9 $14.1 +20%


Third quarter 2017 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues increased 7% to $993.8 million compared to $932.8 million in 2016. The segment was negatively impacted by the Toys"R"Us bankruptcy in the U.S. and Canada. In combination with a shift in product mix, this contributed to the 5% decline in the U.S. and Canada segment quarterly operating profit to $217.3 million, or 21.9% of net revenues, compared to $228.0 million, or 24.4% of net revenues, in 2016.

International segment net revenues increased 7% to $739.2 million compared to $690.7 million in 2016. Third quarter 2017 International segment revenues include a favorable $27.9 million impact of foreign exchange. On a regional basis, Europe revenues increased 3%, Latin America increased 13% and Asia Pacific increased 17%. Emerging markets revenues increased 8% in the quarter. International segment operating profit decreased $1.1 million to $132.0 million, or 17.9% of net revenues, compared to $133.1 million, or 19.3% of net revenues, in 2016.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues grew 4% to $58.4 million compared to $56.1 million in 2016, behind higher consumer products and entertainment revenues. The Entertainment and Licensing segment operating profit increased 20%, to $16.9 million, or 28.9% of net revenues, compared to $14.1 million, or 25.1% of net revenues, in 2016.

Third Quarter 2017 Brand Portfolio Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q3 2017 Q3 2016 % Change

Nine Months
2017


Nine Months
2016


%
Change
Franchise Brands $827.3 $773.4 +7% $1,803.8 $1,642.1 +10%
Partner Brands $485.7 $493.7 -2% $928.7 $979.1 -5%
Hasbro Gaming* $280.1 $229.9 +22% $549.7 $456.5 +20%
Emerging Brands $198.4 $182.8 +9% $331.4 $312.3 +6%


*Hasbro's total gaming category, including all gaming revenue, most notably MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY, which are included in Franchise Brands in the table above, totaled $424.8 million for the third quarter 2017, up 4%, versus $409.5 million in the third quarter 2016 and up 10% to $951.4 million for the nine months 2017 versus $868.4 million for the nine months 2016. Hasbro believes its gaming portfolio is a competitive differentiator and views it in its entirety.

Third quarter 2017 Franchise Brand revenues increased 7% to $827.3 million driven by revenue growth in NERF, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY and MONOPOLY. Franchise Brand revenue grew in all three major operating segments.

Partner Brand revenues decreased 2% to $485.7 million. BEYBLADE, STAR WARS, DISNEY DESCENDANTS and SESAME STREET posted revenue gains in the quarter. This was more than offset by declines in certain brands, including YO-KAI WATCH as well as DREAMWORKS' TROLLS which was down versus last year's launch of movie product. Partner Brand revenues increased in the U.S. and Canada segment and declined in the International segment.

Hasbro Gaming revenues grew 22% to $280.1 million driven by Hasbro's diverse gaming portfolio, including face-to-face and digital gaming. New social games drove significant growth, including SPEAK OUT and FANTASTIC GYMNASTICS along with revenue growth in several other games brands. Hasbro Gaming revenue grew in the U.S. and Canada and International segments. Hasbro's total gaming category grew 4% to $424.8 million, including revenue growth from MONOPOLY and an expected decline in MAGIC: THE GATHERING.

Emerging Brands revenue increased 9% to $198.3 million, driven primarily by growth in BABY ALIVE and FURREAL FRIENDS. Emerging Brand revenue grew in the U.S. and Canada and Entertainment and Licensing segments.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $71.4 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the third quarter 2017. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.57 per common share is scheduled for November 15, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 1, 2017.

During the third quarter, Hasbro repurchased 947,300 shares of common stock at a total cost of $92.9 million and an average price of $98.06 per share. Hasbro repurchased $111.5 million worth of common stock during the first three quarters of 2017. At quarter-end, $216.5 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its third quarter 2017 earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. To listen to the live webcast and access the accompanying presentation slides, please go to http://investor.hasbro.com. The replay of the call will be available on Hasbro's web site approximately 2 hours following completion of the call.

About Hasbro: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Certain statements in this release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include expectations concerning the Company's potential performance in the future and the Company's ability to achieve its other financial and business goals and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: (i) the Company's ability to design, develop, produce, manufacture, source and ship products on a timely and cost-effective basis, as well as interest in and purchase of those products by retail customers and consumers in quantities and at prices that will be sufficient to profitably recover the Company's costs; (ii) downturns in economic conditions affecting the Company's markets which can negatively impact the Company's retail customers and consumers, and which can result in lower employment levels, lower consumer disposable income and spending, including lower spending on purchases of the Company's products; (iii) other factors which can lower discretionary consumer spending, such as higher costs for fuel and food, drops in the value of homes or other consumer assets, and high levels of consumer debt; (iv) potential difficulties or delays the Company may experience in implementing cost savings and efficiency enhancing initiatives; (v) other economic and public health conditions or regulatory changes in the markets in which the Company and its customers and suppliers operate which could create delays or increase the Company's costs, such as higher commodity prices, labor costs or transportation costs, or outbreaks of disease; (vi) currency fluctuations, including movements in foreign exchange rates, which can lower the Company's net revenues and earnings, and significantly impact the Company's costs; (vii) the concentration of the Company's customers, potentially increasing the negative impact to the Company of difficulties experienced by any of the Company's customers or changes in their purchasing or selling patterns; (viii) consumer interest in and acceptance of the Discovery Family Channel, and programming created by Hasbro Studios, and other factors impacting the financial performance of the network and Hasbro Studios; (ix) the inventory policies of the Company's retail customers, including retailers' potential decisions to lower their inventories, even if it results in lost sales, as well as the concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, which coupled with reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve compressed shipping schedules; (x) delays, increased costs or difficulties associated with any of our or our partners' planned digital applications or media initiatives; (xi) work disruptions, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xii) the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; (xiii) the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business, including the ability to offer Company products which consumers choose to buy instead of competitive products, the ability to secure, maintain and renew popular licenses and the ability to attract and retain talented employees; (xiv) concentration of manufacturing for many of the Company's products in the People's Republic of China and the associated impact to the Company of social, economic or public health conditions and other factors affecting China, the movement of products into and out of China, the cost of producing products in China and exporting them to other countries; (xv) the risk of product recalls or product liability suits and costs associated with product safety regulations; (xvi) the impact of other market conditions, third party actions or approvals and competition which could reduce demand for the Company's products or delay or increase the cost of implementation of the Company's programs or alter the Company's actions and reduce actual results; (xvii) the impact of litigation or arbitration decisions or settlement actions; and (xviii) other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in the Company's public announcements and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

This press release includes a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliation on the attached schedule of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that EBITDA is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because it reflects the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions. This non-GAAP measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, net earnings or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and filings with the SEC. As used herein, "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

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HASBRO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

(Thousands of Dollars)
October 1, 2017

September 25,
2016
ASSETS
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 1,244,778 $ 830,372
Accounts Receivable, Net 1,655,752 1,452,931
Inventories 629,120 607,701
Other Current Assets 232,590 255,983
Total Current Assets 3,762,240 3,146,987
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 263,862 247,231
Other Assets 1,518,546 1,560,929
Total Assets $ 5,544,648 $ 4,955,147


LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Short-term Borrowings $ 189,012 $ 178,666
Current Portion of Long-term Debt - 349,611
Payables and Accrued Liabilities 1,295,745 1,087,442
Total Current Liabilities 1,484,757 1,615,719
Long-term Debt 1,693,261 1,198,461
Other Liabilities 410,378 364,378
Total Liabilities 3,588,396 3,178,558
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests - 34,829
Total Shareholders' Equity 1,956,252 1,741,760
Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests
and Shareholders' Equity $ 5,544,648 $ 4,955,147

HASBRO, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended

(Thousands of Dollars and Shares Except Per Share Data)

Oct. 1,
2017


% Net
Revenues


Sept. 25,
2016


% Net
Revenues


Oct. 1,
2017


% Net
Revenues


Sept. 25,
2016


% Net
Revenues
Net Revenues $ 1,791,502 100.0 % $ 1,679,757 100.0 % $ 3,613,671 100.0 % $ 3,389,882 100.0 %
Costs and Expenses:
Cost of Sales 730,656 40.8 % 658,986 39.2 % 1,404,971 38.9 % 1,270,902 37.5 %
Royalties 139,222 7.8 % 134,294 8.0 % 282,754 7.8 % 273,671 8.1 %
Product Development 67,386 3.8 % 70,083 4.2 % 192,765 5.3 % 190,918 5.6 %
Advertising 168,926 9.4 % 154,132 9.2 % 342,236 9.5 % 320,948 9.5 %
Amortization of Intangibles 6,492 0.4 % 8,691 0.5 % 22,254 0.6 % 26,073 0.8 %
Program Production Cost Amortization 5,394 0.3 % 6,282 0.4 % 16,152 0.4 % 17,501 0.5 %
Selling, Distribution and Administration 312,482 17.4 % 285,188 17.0 % 813,268 22.5 % 756,978 22.3 %
Operating Profit 360,944 20.1 % 362,101 21.6 % 539,271 14.9 % 532,891 15.7 %
Interest Expense 25,072 1.4 % 24,305 1.4 % 73,752 2.0 % 72,263 2.1 %
Other Income, Net (13,969 ) -0.8 % (8,528 ) -0.5 % (42,045 ) -1.2 % (11,929 ) -0.4 %
Earnings before Income Taxes 349,841 19.5 % 346,324 20.6 % 507,564 14.0 % 472,557 13.9 %
Income Taxes 84,258 4.7 % 90,162 5.4 % 105,659 2.9 % 120,005 3.5 %
Net Earnings 265,583 14.8 % 256,162 15.2 % 401,905 11.1 % 352,552 10.4 %
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests - 0.0 % (1,636 ) -0.1 % - 0.0 % (6,103 ) -0.2 %
Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc. $ 265,583 14.8 % $ 257,798 15.3 % $ 401,905 11.1 % $ 358,655 10.6 %

Per Common Share
Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc.
Basic $ 2.12 $ 2.05 $ 3.21 $ 2.86
Diluted $ 2.09 $ 2.03 $ 3.16 $ 2.82

Cash Dividends Declared $ 0.57 $ 0.51 $ 1.71 $ 1.53

Weighted Average Number of Shares
Basic 125,170 125,500 125,204 125,414
Diluted 127,150 127,178 127,248 127,056

HASBRO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(Thousands of Dollars)

Nine Months Ended
Oct. 1, 2017 Sept. 25, 2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net Earnings $ 401,905 $ 352,552
Non-cash Adjustments 185,413 182,142
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities (385,522 ) (339,287 )
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 201,796 195,407

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Additions to Property, Plant and Equipment (102,512 ) (103,639 )
Acquisitions and Investments, Net of Cash Acquired - (12,436 )
Other 5,516 25,576
Net Cash Utilized by Investing Activities (96,996 ) (90,499 )

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Proceeds from Borrowings with Maturity Greater Than 3 Months 493,878 -
Repayments of Borrowings with Maturity Greater Than 3 Months (350,000 ) -
Net Proceeds from (Repayments of) Short-term Borrowings 15,663 14,160
Purchases of Common Stock (112,241 ) (104,273 )
Stock-based Compensation Transactions 29,432 37,515
Dividends Paid (206,012 ) (185,265 )
Employee Taxes Paid for Shares Withheld (31,973 ) (21,914 )
Other - 762
Net Cash Utilized by Financing Activities (161,253 ) (259,015 )

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash 18,946 7,729

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year 1,282,285 976,750

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 1,244,778 $ 830,372


Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior year cash flow statement to conform to the
current year presentation.

HASBRO, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Thousands of Dollars) Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended


Oct. 1,
2017


Sept. 25,
2016


%
Change


Oct. 1,
2017


Sept. 25,
2016


%
Change

Major Segment Results


U.S. and Canada Segment:

External Net Revenues $ 993,833 $ 932,844 7 % $ 1,939,837 $ 1,802,391 8 %
Operating Profit 217,278 228,034 -5 % 363,589 364,322 0 %
Operating Margin 21.9 % 24.4 % 18.7 % 20.2 %


International Segment:

External Net Revenues 739,229 690,745 7 % 1,511,074 1,436,911 5 %
Operating Profit 132,007 133,075 -1 % 149,435 165,582 -10 %
Operating Margin 17.9 % 19.3 % 9.9 % 11.5 %


Entertainment and Licensing Segment:

External Net Revenues 58,440 56,130 4 % 162,663 150,521 8 %
Operating Profit 16,910 14,095 20 % 39,580 33,367 19 %
Operating Margin 28.9 % 25.1 % 24.3 % 22.2 %


International Segment Net Revenues by Major Geographic Region

Europe $ 467,740 $ 452,834 3 % $ 921,467 $ 905,081 2 %
Latin America 174,446 154,985 13 % 339,071 307,949 10 %
Asia Pacific 97,043 82,926 17 % 250,536 223,881 12 %
Total $ 739,229 $ 690,745 $ 1,511,074 $ 1,436,911


Net Revenues by Brand Portfolio

Franchise Brands $ 827,282 $ 773,415 7 % $ 1,803,744 $ 1,642,057 10 %
Partner Brands 485,747 493,738 -2 % 928,724 979,051 -5 %
Hasbro Gaming 280,097 229,850 22 % 549,736 456,516 20 %
Emerging Brands 198,376 182,754 9 % 331,467 312,258 6 %
Total Net Revenues $ 1,791,502 $ 1,679,757 $ 3,613,671 $ 3,389,882


Hasbro's total gaming category, including all gaming revenue, most notably MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY,
totaled $424,836 and $951,386 for the three and nine months ended October 1, 2017, respectively, up 4% and 10%, respectively, from
revenues of $409,528 and $868,373 for the three and nine months ended September 25, 2016, respectively.



Reconciliation of EBITDA

Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc. $ 265,583 $ 257,798 $ 401,905 $ 358,655
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests - (1,636 ) - (6,103 )
Interest Expense 25,072 24,305 73,752 72,263
Income Taxes 84,258 90,162 105,659 120,005
Depreciation 42,062 32,236 107,853 89,327
Amortization of Intangibles 6,492 8,691 22,254 26,073
EBITDA $ 423,467 $ 411,556 $ 711,423 $ 660,220


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