Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call

Transformers News: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 11:29PM CST

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The transcript for Hasbro's latest Quarterly Investors call is up on Seeking Alpha, as are the presentation slides. In it, we realize a major talking point was how Star Wars toys had under-performed while the Transformers brand was very strong. As a matter of fact, as Brian Goldner states, "TRANSFORMERS in the fourth quarter was in dollar terms, our biggest growing brand".

The slides that accompanied the numbers shown today, which were posted earlier, mention Transformers as a major component of growth in Franchise Brands in 2017 (more than 10% growth in net revenue) while they also particularly call out Star Wars as a loss when it came to partner brands (aka brands Hasbro do not own) that could not be offset by any gain for other partner brands. Please remember that performance is all about percentages and this does not mean that one sold more than the other. It simply means that Transformers sold better than anticipated (and compared to previous years) while Star Wars sold less than anticipated. But of course, since the inventory is linked to the anticipated sales, unsold inventory will translate to losses for the company regardless of how many units did sell.

Goldner spoke specifically about the contrast between the Star Wars and Transformers brand on an international scale.

Goldner about Star Wars

Look, I view it through the lens of the fact that we saw challenges in Europe and we saw challenges particularly in the U.K. that's a major market for properties like STAR WARS. So, I would say that clearly both the paid marketing and earned marketing, the fans in the U.S. really helped to deliver a strong box office here, it also delivered a very strong box office, globally.

But in terms of the retail takeaway and sell-in, was lower in particularly outsized impact in places like Europe and in our international market, just represent more of the line share, the decline in percentage terms. And that's what we've seen.


Followed directly by his comments on the Transformers brand.

So, right. It's a great global property. But by contrast, just to give you an example; TRANSFORMERS international business was incredibly strong; the U.S. business was strong; the brand overall was strong.


There was also a very interesting tidbit about how Hasbro now has a plan in place in case Toysrus no longer exists.

Our team has built a plan for the right sizing of the Toys "R" Us business.

We have continued to grow the number of doors and continued to grow our revenues outside of Toys "R" Us. We continue to be supportive of them but most importantly we continue to manage our risk and inventory as they streamline the amount of inventory they can take. And we are prepared for any eventuality.


Another Transformers related question came about when discussing how the 2018 Bumblebee movie, coming out December 22nd, will have some tough competition with Spider-man, Aquaman, and Star Wars all being out at the same time. The analyst asked if this would make things challenging for Bumblebee.

Brian Goldner was not worried in the least:

No. look, if you look at TRANSFORMERS, I think that we go from strength-to-strength. This year, TRANSFORMERS in the fourth quarter was in dollar terms, our biggest growing brand. And overall for the year grew very strong double-digits. It's because we are perpetually engaged with our audience by demographic and psychographic.

We have a preschool RESCUE BOTS show, we have our Cyberverse focused on our core kid six-to-nine year-old. We continue to run more adult oriented content on Machinima for that fan. Fan business is growing in a very significant manner. And then of course we have our movies. It was a movie year but our products were about the movie but also about all these other dimensions of TRANSFORMERS.

So, this is a brand that's working everywhere globally, it's a brand that's exceedingly strong and getting stronger in China. We'll talk more at Toy Fair about the major global initiatives and in gaming and how this brand comes to life. So, when we talk about our Bumblebee movie, it's really the focal point of an entire blueprint activation that will take place around that time of year.

And we will bring to bear all of the different strengths and power inside the blueprint to bring Bumblebee and TRANSFORMERS to life at that time. So, we know that there is an amazing array of entertainment with the beneficiaries of a lot of that that's in the world today and we think our brand like Bumblebee and TRANSFORMERS holds its own.


Hopefully this last bit about the Bumblebee movie being key to Hasbro's "blueprint" means we will see some reveals from this film at Toyfair, two Saturdays from now, though nothing is really confirmed as to which toys will be shown there.

Transformers News: Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call

Transformers News: Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call

Transformers News: Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call

Transformers News: Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call
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Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1936728)
Posted by DMSL on February 8th, 2018 @ 10:35am CST
That's no surprise, their Star Wars toys are horrible. No weathering or much detail on the ships, only 5 points of articulation on the 3.75" figures and distribution to Europe is a disaster.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1936735)
Posted by Rated X on February 8th, 2018 @ 11:13am CST
It doesnt suprise me because transformable robot figures are just way cooler than action figures. (I never considered them the same thing) And "cooler" equals more sales to adult collectors. While the star wars fandom is much larger than Transformers fandom, many star wars fans dont collect toys. Its not uncommon to find hardcore star wars fans who just have the most expensive DVD sets and a few posters. For them its all about the fiction, not toys. However the connection between Transformers fans and toys is much deeper. Most Transformers fans collect at least some toys. Its just not the same mentality. So of course Transformers will out-sell star wars in toy sales.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1936743)
Posted by william-james88 on February 8th, 2018 @ 12:07pm CST
Rated X wrote:So of course Transformers will out-sell star wars in toy sales.

We do not know if Transformers out sold Star Wars toys. I specifically made it clear in the article that they outperformed Star Wars toys along with how that is a big difference. It means that Transformers sold more than anticipated while Star Wars sold less than anticipated (and thus created lots of loss). We do not have the actual sales figures, just the percentages.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1936881)
Posted by Dan14thPrime on February 8th, 2018 @ 6:36pm CST
OK everyone, here is your chance to bitch and whine about Transformers prices and how HasTak is price gouging you. Look at those results! Killing it. I'm happy for the brand. :HASBRO:
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1937002)
Posted by Quint on February 9th, 2018 @ 3:57am CST
He really needs to work on his Powerpoint composition. What a mess!
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1937058)
Posted by ScottyP on February 9th, 2018 @ 8:58am CST
Quint wrote:He really needs to work on his Powerpoint composition. What a mess!
Found Drew Gulak's Seibertron account :lol:
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1937112)
Posted by DeathReviews on February 9th, 2018 @ 12:13pm CST
Well as lackluster as Star Wars has been lately, that's no surprise....
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1955420)
Posted by Va'al on April 23rd, 2018 @ 7:59am CDT
We received from Hasbro their report for the first quarter of 2018, regarding the company's faring during the Toys R Us troubles, and everything else taking place since the start of this financial year. The full text of the release can be found below, but if you're also interested in additional numbers, you can take a look here.

  • First quarter 2018 revenues decreased to $716.3 million due to the liquidation of Toys“R”Us and retail inventory overhang, primarily in Europe;
  • Reported net loss of $112.5 million or $0.90 per diluted share, includes after-tax expenses of $61.4 million associated with Toys“R”Us; $15.7 million of severance costs associated with an acceleration of the Company’s ongoing commercial organization transformation; and a net charge of $47.8 million related to U.S. tax reform (the “Non-GAAP Adjustments”);
  • Adjusted net earnings of $12.4 million or $0.10 per diluted share;
  • Ended the quarter with $1.6 billion in cash and returned $109.6 million to shareholders; $70.8 million in dividends and $38.8 million in share repurchases.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 23, 2018-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the first quarter 2018. Net revenues for the first quarter 2018 decreased 16% to $716.3 million versus $849.7 million in 2017. The decrease in revenues is the result of the liquidation of Toys“R”Us in the U.S. and U.K., along with uncertainty in its other operations, as well as retail inventory overhang, primarily in Europe.

Net loss for the first quarter 2018 was $112.5 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $68.6 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in 2017. Excluding the Non-GAAP Adjustments noted above, adjusted net earnings for the quarter were $12.4 million or $0.10 per diluted share. The first quarter 2018 was a 13-week period versus the first quarter 2017 which was a 14-week period.

“The Hasbro teams executed extremely well during a challenging first quarter,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Hasbro brands are resonating with consumers and consumer takeaway is positive. However, as we discussed earlier in the year, our first quarter was expected to be difficult. We are working to put the near-term disruption from Toys“R”Us behind us. Our global retailers view this as an opportunity in a key consumer category and are partnering with Hasbro to develop growth plans for our brands. New Hasbro initiatives shipping in this quarter and beyond won’t be caught up in the Toys“R”Us liquidation process. With the rapid shift to a converged retail environment, we accelerated plans we originally had spread throughout the year to transform our commercial organization on a more immediate basis.”

“Our underlying financial strength is sound, and despite the near-term challenges associated with a major customer liquidation, Hasbro is positioned to manage a challenging 2018 and drive growth in 2019 and beyond,” said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro’s chief financial officer. “The quarter’s revenue and profits were negatively impacted by lower revenues and higher expenses associated with events that do not reflect the health of our underlying business. We remain on track to meet our goal of generating $600 to $700 million in operating cash flow this year while investing to build our brands, transform our organization and return cash to shareholders.”

First Quarter 2018 Major Segment Performance



Net Revenues
($ Millions)


Operating Profit (Loss)
($ Millions)


Adjusted Operating
Profit (Loss) ($M)
Q1 2018 Q1 2017 % Change Q1 2018 Q1 2017 Q1 2018
U.S. and Canada $364.3 $451.6 -19% $(23.4) $64.8 $28.9
International $287.9 $345.3 -17% $(56.1) $0.5 $(44.9)
Entertainment and Licensing $64.0 $52.7 +21% $13.9 $11.3 $13.9


First quarter 2018 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues decreased 19% to $364.3 million compared to $451.6 million in 2017. The segment reported an operating loss of $23.4 million compared to an operating profit of $64.8 million in 2017. The segment’s first quarter performance reflected the Toys“R”Us liquidation both in lower revenues and $52.3 million of pre-tax expenses, primarily bad debt.

First quarter 2018 International segment net revenues were $287.9 million compared to $345.3 million in 2017. Revenues in the segment were negatively impacted by efforts to clear excess inventory in Europe, as well as the Toys“R”Us U.K. liquidation and uncertainty in its other international operations. International segment revenues include a favorable $19.5 million impact of foreign exchange. On a regional basis, Europe net revenues decreased 28%, Latin America increased 2% and Asia Pacific increased 3%. Emerging markets net revenues decreased 5% in the quarter. The International segment reported an operating loss of $56.1 million compared to an operating profit of $0.5 million in 2017. The decline in operating profit reflects lower revenues and includes $11.2 million of pre-tax expense associated with Toys“R”Us.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 21% to $64.0 million compared to $52.7 million in 2017. Operating profit increased 23% to $13.9 million, or 21.7% of net revenues, compared to $11.3 million, or 21.5% of net revenues, in 2017. Revenue growth was driven by consumer products and digital gaming. During the quarter, the Company adopted ASC 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers which favorably impacted the timing of revenue recognition in the quarter.

Additional pre-tax expense of $7.0 million associated with Toys“R”Us and $17.3 million from accelerating the commercial organization transformation are included in the Corporate and Eliminations segment.

First Quarter 2018 Brand Portfolio Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q1 2018 Q1 2017 % Change
Franchise Brands $361.7 $449.2 -19%
Partner Brands $200.6 $213.0 -6%
Hasbro Gaming* $105.2 $135.8 -22%
Emerging Brands $48.8 $51.8 -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 $203.5 million for the first quarter 2018, down 20%, versus $253.3 million for the first quarter 2017. Hasbro believes its gaming portfolio is a competitive differentiator and views it in its entirety.

First quarter 2018 revenues were negatively impacted across all Brand Portfolio categories by the liquidation of Toys“R”Us in the U.S. and U.K., along with uncertainty in its other operations, as well as retail inventory overhang, primarily in Europe.

First quarter 2018 Franchise Brand revenues decreased 19% to $361.7 million. Growth in MONOPOLY was offset by declines in all other Franchise Brands in the quarter. Franchise Brand revenues grew in the Entertainment and Licensing segment and declined in the U.S. and Canada and International segments.

Partner Brand revenues declined 6% to $200.6 million. Revenue growth in MARVEL and BEYBLADE was more than offset by declines in other Partner Brands. Partner Brand revenues increased slightly in the U.S. and Canada segment, but declined in the International segment.

Hasbro Gaming revenue decreased 22% to $105.2 million. Revenue gains in DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS, JENGA and several new game launches were offset by declines in other properties. Hasbro’s total gaming category was down 20% to $203.5 million. Hasbro Gaming revenues declined in all three major operating segments.

Emerging Brands revenue declined 6% to $48.8 million. Revenue increases from STRETCH ARMSTRONG and LITTLEST PET SHOP products were offset by declines in other Emerging Brands. Emerging Brands revenues grew in the Entertainment and Licensing segment and declined in the U.S. and Canada and International segments.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $70.8 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the first quarter 2018. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.63 per common share is scheduled for May 15, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2018.

During the first quarter, Hasbro repurchased 427.1 thousand shares of common stock at a total cost of $38.8 million and an average price of $90.81 per share. At quarter-end, $139.2 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

During the first quarter, the Company recorded lower revenues in part due to the loss of revenues from Toys“R”Us in the U.S. and Europe, as a result of the related liquidations as well as uncertainty in the other Toys“R”Us operations. In association with this, the Company recorded after-tax expenses of $61.4 million, primarily bad debt.

Hasbro also recorded $15.7 million of after tax expense associated with accelerating its commercial organization transformation. Over the past several years, the Company has invested in developing an omni-channel retail presence, and in 2018 is bringing onboard new skill sets and talent to lead in today’s converged retail environment. These actions were initially planned to occur over time, commencing later this year. Given the current retail environment the Company chose to accelerate its actions.

In 2017, the Company recognized a provisional net charge of $296.5 million from the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additional changes and guidance issued since year end resulted in a first quarter 2018 charge of $47.8 million, or $0.38 per diluted share. This charge is related to an increase in the Company’s repatriation tax liability and a reversal of tax benefits no longer permitted under the new guidance. The Company expects its full-year underlying tax rate to be at the high end of its previously projected range of 15% to 17%.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its first quarter 2018 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, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment 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 seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2018 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 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 recover the Company’s costs and earn a profit; (ii) downturns in economic conditions impacting one or more of the markets in which the Company sells products, such as the economic downturns which impacted the United Kingdom and Brazil in 2017, which can negatively impact the Company’s retail customers and consumers, and which can result in lower employment levels, lower consumer disposable income, lower retailer inventories and lower 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) consumer interest in entertainment properties, such as motion pictures, for which the Company is developing and marketing products, and the ability to drive sales of products associated with such entertainment properties, (v) potential difficulties or delays the Company may experience in implementing cost savings and efficiency enhancing initiatives; (vi) 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; (vii) 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; (viii) 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; (ix) 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; (x) 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; (xi) delays, increased costs or difficulties associated with any of our or our partners’ planned digital applications or media initiatives; (xii) work disruptions, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xiii) the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers, such as the bankruptcy of Toys“R”Us in the United States and Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the beginning of liquidation of those businesses, as well as economic difficulty of Toys“R”Us in other markets, which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; (xiv) 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; (xv) 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, including without limitation, the potential application of tariffs to products the Company purchases from vendors in China, which would significantly increase the price of the Company’s products and harm sales; (xvi) the risk of product recalls or product liability suits and costs associated with product safety regulations; (xvii) 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; (xviii) changes in tax laws or regulations, or the interpretation and application of such laws and regulations, such as what may occur as the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is interpreted and applied, which may cause the Company to alter tax reserves or make other changes which significantly impact its reported financial results; (xix) the impact of litigation or arbitration decisions or settlement actions; and (xx) 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 non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, specifically Adjusted net earnings and adjusted earnings per diluted share, excluding the impact of charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation; severance costs and U.S. tax reform in the first quarter of 2018, as well as adjusted operating profit absent the impact of the charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation and severance costs. Also included in the financial tables attached to this release are the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes the impact of charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation and severance costs in the first quarter of 2018. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliation on the attached schedule of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that Adjusted net earnings, Adjusted earnings per diluted share and adjusted operating profit absent the impact of charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation and severance costs in the first quarter of 2018 provides investors with an understanding of the underlying performance of the Company’s business absent these unusual events. Management believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because they reflect the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet and make strategic acquisitions. These non-GAAP measures 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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Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1955433)
Posted by Aimless Misfire on April 23rd, 2018 @ 10:06am CDT
Whatever! I don't care anymore. After what happened with Titans Return wave 5 I'm pretty much done with Hasbro. I can no longer go into a store & find anything but empty pegs so I'm moving on. Misfire is my favorite character from Titans Return & I never ever saw him in any store not even once. To me that is 100% unacceptable! I can understand a figure being hard to find but if they're going to make it impossible then I'm not playing anymore.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1955484)
Posted by Cheetron on April 23rd, 2018 @ 1:13pm CDT
I'm done looking in stores. Empty pegs everywhere. I have barely seen anything new since tlk, oh, the wave before cogman. Now it's pop and poor distribution. It's not the stores. They order and get none or wave 1 deluxes.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1955714)
Posted by LevelRage on April 23rd, 2018 @ 11:55pm CDT
It'd probably help them if they'd keep their own online store stocked with the figures people wanted, such as Cogman and Studio Series (out of stock). You'd think Hasbro would put their own store in front of others.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1956881)
Posted by WreckerJack on April 30th, 2018 @ 12:07am CDT
They should learn from ToysRus's mistake and give the fans what they want to buy.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1973596)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2018 @ 8:08am CDT
In amidst of all the consumer news out this past weekend, there was also some big investor news from Hasbro out of their second quarter conference call, which dealt with the closing of Toys R Us among the usual factors (and the subsequent stock move up 13%), and the move of production definitely out of China. All of the information can be seen in the official press release below, but you can follow the links above for some additional thoughts on those two points in particular!

Second quarter 2018 revenues of $904.5 million;
U.S. and Canada segment revenues down 7%; International segment revenues down 11%; Entertainment and Licensing revenues up 26%;
Operating profit margin of 9.7%;
Reported net earnings of $60.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share;
Strengthened brand portfolio with acquisition of POWER RANGERS;
Ended the quarter with $1.2 billion in cash and returned $152.8 million to shareholders; $78.7 million in dividends and $74.1 million in share repurchases.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 23, 2018-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the second quarter 2018. Net revenues for the second quarter 2018 decreased 7% to $904.5 million versus $972.5 million in 2017. The lower revenues reflect the liquidation of Toys“R”Us in the U.S. and many other global markets. In addition, revenues declined internationally, most notably in Europe, as a result of managing retail inventory amid a rapidly evolving retail landscape.

Net earnings for the second quarter 2018 were $60.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to $67.7 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017.

“2018 is unfolding as expected as our teams manage the liquidation of Toys“R”Us in many markets and address the rapidly evolving European retail landscape,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are investing in our business - in innovation, entertainment and a modern global commercial organization, to drive profitable growth in 2019 and beyond. Consumer takeaway is up for our brands, and we further strengthened our brand portfolio through the acquisition of POWER RANGERS. We are focused on moving beyond the near-term disruption of losing a major customer, with a clear path forward including new retailer activations to meet the consumer demand made available by the Toys“R”Us departure.”

“Our global teams executed well despite the disruption in the market,” said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro’s chief financial officer. “With $1.2 billion in cash, and a healthy balance sheet, our financial position is strong. Our diverse portfolio enabled us to partially offset the negative margin impact from lower revenues, but not entirely. We are working with our retailers to successfully execute their plans for Hasbro’s innovative portfolio this holiday season.”

Second Quarter 2018 Major Segment Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
Q2 2018 Q2 2017 % Change Q2 2018 Q2 2017 % Change
U.S. and Canada $459.3 $494.4 -7% $76.2 $81.6 -7%
International $380.4 $426.6 -11% $0.2 $16.9 -99%
Entertainment and Licensing $64.7 $51.5 +26% $18.6 $11.3 +64%


Second quarter 2018 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues decreased 7% to $459.3 million compared to $494.4 million in 2017. The segment reported an operating profit of $76.2 million, or 16.6% of net revenues, compared to an operating profit of $81.6 million, or 16.5% of net revenues, in 2017. The segment’s quarterly performance was negatively impacted by the loss of Toys“R”Us revenues and the near-term disruption of its stores’ liquidation in the marketplace. Favorable product mix helped offset the negative impact of lower revenues on operating profit margin.

Second quarter 2018 International segment net revenues were $380.4 million, down 11%, compared to $426.6 million in 2017. Revenues in the segment were negatively impacted by efforts to clear excess retail inventory in Europe, as well as the loss of Toys“R”Us revenues in many Europe and Asia Pacific markets. International segment revenues include a favorable $2.6 million impact of foreign exchange. On a regional basis, Europe net revenues decreased 16%, Latin America decreased 3% and Asia Pacific decreased 5%. Emerging markets net revenues decreased 9% in the quarter. The International segment reported an operating profit of $0.2 million compared to an operating profit of $16.9 million in 2017. The decline in operating profit reflects lower revenues combined with fixed cost deleveraging.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 26% to $64.7 million compared to $51.5 million in 2017. Operating profit increased 64% to $18.6 million, or 28.8% of net revenues, compared to $11.3 million, or 22.0% of net revenues, in 2017. The adoption of ASC 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers favorably impacted the timing of revenue recognition in the quarter, in addition to the continued underlying success in our licensing and entertainment businesses.

Second Quarter 2018 Brand Portfolio Performance




Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q2 2018 Q2 2017 % Change

Six Months
2018


Six Months
2017
% Change
Franchise Brands $506.5 $552.4 -8% $868.2 $1,001.6 -13%
Partner Brands $208.0 $230.0 -10% $408.6 $443.0 -8%
Hasbro Gaming* $134.3 $133.9 -- $239.5 $269.6 -11%
Emerging Brands $55.6 $56.2 -1% $104.5 $108.0 -3%

*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 $312.8 million for the second quarter 2018, up 14%, versus $273.3 million in the second quarter 2017.This category was down 2% to $516.3 million for the six months 2018 versus $526.6 million for the six months 2017.Hasbro believes its gaming portfolio is a competitive differentiator and views it in its entirety.

Second quarter 2018 revenues were negatively impacted by the liquidation of Toys“R”Us in the U.S. and many other global markets, including lower Toys“R”Us revenues and the near-term disruption of its stores’ liquidation in the marketplace, as well as managing retail inventory, primarily in Europe.

Second quarter 2018 Franchise Brand revenues decreased 8% to $506.5 million. Growth in MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY and BABY ALIVE were offset by declines in the other Franchise Brands in the quarter, including TRANSFORMERS which declined versus the movie launch in the second quarter 2017. Franchise Brand revenues grew in the Entertainment and Licensing segment and declined in the U.S. and Canada and International segments.

Partner Brand revenues declined 10% to $208.0 million. Revenue growth in BEYBLADE and MARVEL was more than offset by declines in other Partner Brands. Partner Brand revenues decreased in the U.S. and Canada and International segments.

Hasbro Gaming revenue increased slightly to $134.3 million. Revenue gains in DUNGEONS and DRAGONS, DUEL MASTER, JENGA and DON’T STEP IN IT were partially offset by declines in other properties. Hasbro Gaming revenues increased in the International segment and the Entertainment and Licensing segment; but declined in the U.S. and Canada segment. Hasbro’s total gaming category was up 14% to $312.8 million, including growth in MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.

Emerging Brand revenue declined 1% to $55.6 million. The category benefited from several new initiatives, including LOST KITTIES and LOCK STARS. This was offset by declines in other Emerging Brands. Emerging Brands revenues grew in the International segment and declined in the U.S. and Canada segment and the Entertainment and Licensing segment.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $78.7 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the second quarter 2018. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.63 per common share is scheduled for August 15, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 1, 2018.

During the second quarter, Hasbro repurchased 820,343 shares of common stock at a total cost of $74.1 million and an average price of $90.33 per share. Through the first six months of 2018, the Company repurchased 1.2 million shares of common stock at a total cost of $112.9 million and an average price of $90.50. At quarter-end, $565.1 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorizations, including the additional $500 million authorized by the Board of Directors during the second quarter.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its second quarter 2018 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, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment 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 seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2018 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 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 recover the Company’s costs and earn a profit; (ii) downturns in economic conditions impacting one or more of the markets in which the Company sells products, such as the economic downturns which impacted the United Kingdom and Brazil in 2017, which can negatively impact the Company’s retail customers and consumers, and which can result in lower employment levels, lower consumer disposable income, lower retailer inventories and lower 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) consumer interest in entertainment properties, such as motion pictures, for which the Company is developing and marketing products, and the ability to drive sales of products associated with such entertainment properties; (v) potential difficulties or delays the Company may experience in implementing cost savings and efficiency enhancing initiatives; (vi) 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; (vii) 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; (viii) 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; (ix) 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; (x) 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; (xi) delays, increased costs or difficulties associated with any of our or our partners’ planned digital applications or media initiatives; (xii) work disruptions, which may impact the Company's ability to manufacture or deliver product in a timely and cost-effective manner; (xiii) the bankruptcy or other lack of success of one of the Company's significant retailers, such as the bankruptcy of Toys“R”Us in the United States and Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the beginning of liquidation of those businesses, as well as economic difficulty of Toys“R”Us in other markets, which could negatively impact the Company's revenues or bad debt exposure; (xiv) 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; (xv) 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, including without limitation, the potential application of tariffs to products the Company purchases from vendors in China, which would significantly increase the price of the Company’s products and harm sales; (xvi) the risk of product recalls or product liability suits and costs associated with product safety regulations; (xvii) 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; (xviii) changes in tax laws or regulations, or the interpretation and application of such laws and regulations, such as what may occur as the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is interpreted and applied, which may cause the Company to alter tax reserves or make other changes which significantly impact its reported financial results; (xix) the impact of litigation or arbitration decisions or settlement actions; and (xx) 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.

The financial tables accompanying this press release include non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, specifically Adjusted net earnings and Adjusted earnings per diluted share, excluding the impact of charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation; severance costs and U.S. tax reform in the first quarter of 2018, as well as Adjusted operating profit absent the impact of the charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation and severance costs. Also included in the financial tables are the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes the impact of charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation and severance costs in the first quarter of 2018. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliations on the attached schedules of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that Adjusted net earnings, Adjusted earnings per diluted share and Adjusted operating profit absent the impact of charges associated with the Toys“R”Us liquidation and severance costs in the first quarter of 2018 provides investors with an understanding of the underlying performance of the Company’s business absent these unusual events. Management believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because they reflect the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet and make strategic acquisitions. These non-GAAP measures 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.

HAS-E
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1973606)
Posted by carytheone on July 24th, 2018 @ 8:53am CDT
So if they're moving production out of China, does that mean less cheap KOs?
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1973607)
Posted by carytheone on July 24th, 2018 @ 8:54am CDT
Dang slow mobile double post.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1973638)
Posted by Flashwave on July 24th, 2018 @ 10:42am CDT
carytheone wrote:So if they're moving production out of China, does that mean less cheap KOs?


Thats an Interesting question, but I doubt it. It may depend on what moves and where. the first link says "Back Stateside" and the others just say "Out of China." the Model Train Manufacturers have been going to Vietnam I believe, so the Toy Makers may follow suit.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1973660)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2018 @ 12:06pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:
carytheone wrote:So if they're moving production out of China, does that mean less cheap KOs?


Thats an Interesting question, but I doubt it. It may depend on what moves and where. the first link says "Back Stateside" and the others just say "Out of China." the Model Train Manufacturers have been going to Vietnam I believe, so the Toy Makers may follow suit.


Vietnam has been the location for a while now, so I'd agree with this.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1973730)
Posted by Emerje on July 24th, 2018 @ 3:21pm CDT
Yeah, Hasbro has been using Vietnam for Transformers for a few years now. I'm curious if they're going to move the storage of their molds out of China as well since they're still having reissues produced there (like the current run of Walmart exclusives).

And before people jump on the decline in Transformers sales as proof that the franchise is failing, this is compared to last year when The Last Knight was in theaters and sales are always higher when there's a movie. Sales would be up this year, too, if it weren't for the failure that was Solo taking they're summer slot instead of their usual winter slots forcing Bumblebee to move to December throwing everything off. I'm sure they're slightly regretting the move since they could have probably destroyed Solo. Revenue will be up again next year regardless.

Emerje
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1983690)
Posted by Va'al on September 13th, 2018 @ 9:12am CDT
We have news of a big shift and appointment over at Hasbro, as we see the promotion of Samantha Lomow to head of Hasbro Entertainment and John Berkowitz to Hasbro Brands, both still operating under John Frascotti, President and COO of the company. The full press release can be found here, and copied below, but what is worth noting is that Lomow has been working on Transformers since Armada and even had the Transformers Animated character Slo-Mo named after her- so we wish her all the best with her expanded duties and role!

Samantha Lomow promoted to President, Hasbro Entertainment Brands; Jonathan Berkowitz promoted to President, Hasbro Brands


PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced the promotion of Samantha Lomow to President, Hasbro Entertainment Brands, and Jonathan Berkowitz to President, Hasbro Brands. Both leaders will continue to report to John Frascotti, Hasbro President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Samantha and Jonathan are exceptional leaders, passionate about innovation and dedicated to our mission to create the world’s best play experiences,” said Frascotti. “We are confident that in their new roles, they will help us accelerate the momentum behind our business and brands.”

During her 18-year tenure at the company, Ms. Lomow has played a tremendous role in growing Hasbro brands and expanding them beyond the toy space. She has been instrumental in the TRANSFORMERS franchise since the first movie in 2007, and she helped bring MY LITTLE PONY to the big screen for the first time.

In her new role, she will be responsible for leading all of Hasbro’s current, new and vault entertainment-driven, story-led brands. This includes oversight for MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS and POWER RANGERS, among others, and continuing to partner with Allspark on emerging entertainment brands. She will also continue to lead Hasbro’s strategic partner portfolio, including relationships with The Walt Disney Company, Universal, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop and Blizzard Entertainment.

In his 15 years at Hasbro, Mr. Berkowitz has led a number of brands across the portfolio, including NERF, which he led to its Franchise Brand status in 2011. Most recently, he has overseen the Hasbro Gaming portfolio, which has grown significantly under his leadership with new products and brands, as well as reimagined classics. He has also been instrumental in rolling out the Company’s Quick Strike approach, which has become an important differentiator for Hasbro in getting trends and new product ideas to market in record time.

In his new role, Mr. Berkowitz will oversee the Hasbro Gaming portfolio, including MONOPOLY, as well as NERF, PLAY-DOH, BABY ALIVE, FURREAL, and initiatives driven by the Quick Strike team, among others. He will also manage all new and vault brands not driven by entertainment.

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, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment 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. 5 on the 2018 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 seven years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

© 2018 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Re: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner Speaks of Transformers Outperforming Star Wars and more at Q4 2017 Earnings Call (1983710)
Posted by Caelus on September 13th, 2018 @ 12:00pm CDT
*Cue triggered misogynists whinging about a woman being promoted to a leadership role.*

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