Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 8:08AM CDT

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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.

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Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (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 Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1973607)
Posted by carytheone on July 24th, 2018 @ 8:54am CDT
Dang slow mobile double post.
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (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 Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (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 Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (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 Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (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 Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1983710)
Posted by Dr. 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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Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 13th, 2018 @ 12:09pm CDT
"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."

The official press release seems to have forgotten about the 1986 MLP movie. According to Wikipedia it was only in 421 theaters and tanked so hard it took down a potential Jem movie and helped send G.I.Joe the Movie straight to video, but that was the actual first time the ponies hit the big screen.

Our golden age of toy franchises was so brief and fleeting. In hindsight, we were lucky TF:TM got made at all.
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1983758)
Posted by Acolyte on September 13th, 2018 @ 5:16pm CDT
Time for Mr. Berkowitz to get HOT on the gaming piece. And I'm not talking Freemium games for mobile, as much as I do enjoy TF:EW and TF:FTF. Where the hell have the console games been since FOC? Where is the vision? This is a criminal failure to capitalize on a massively suitable-for-console IP.

There should be a Triple Threat play in motion in Hasbro every day, 24/7/365: Toy sales, movie licensing, video games. A weakness on any of these three is a weakness in the brand. Help save our collective entertainment consciousness and get a major studio into play and releasing trailers at CES/SXSW or whatever STAT.
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1983896)
Posted by Coptur on September 14th, 2018 @ 10:13am CDT
Caelus wrote:*Cue triggered misogynists whinging about a woman being promoted to a leadership role.*



I would hope it was on merit

and not just because she is a woman due do some affirmative action or percentage quotas!
>:oP
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Posted by fenrir72 on October 18th, 2018 @ 11:44pm CDT
Some investors are reportedly planing to file a lawsuit on the corporate suits at HB for misleading the investors/shareholders of Hbs actual financial standing. Were the profit figures (in the black?) or is Hb actually in the red?

Given how the Star Wars franchise (a Hb exclusive last I heard)has under performed with inventories piling up............this might have punched an Optimus Prime semi trailer scale into their profit margins :(

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/2 ... rm-layoffs

https://www.wpri.com/business-news/amid ... 1530857102

www.golocalprov.com/news/hasbro-to-make ... it-pending

https://www.marketwatch.com/press-relea ... 2018-10-02
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Posted by Va'al on October 19th, 2018 @ 3:19am CDT
We're getting news, alongside the quarterly investor calls and reports, that Hasbro seems to be having some issue at the moment, on a number of fronts.

According to a number of source, including the WPRI and the Providence Journal, there are indeed some 'difficult changes' happening over at the toy maker's, meaning that - despite no official confirmation - there may be some layoffs happening in the coming period (not ideal, given the holiday season approaching, and way too similar to the Toys R Us situation last year).

While the company won't confirm layoffs, Hasbro said Wednesday it is making "meaningful organizational changes" that will affect "a single-digit percentage" of its global workforce.

The Providence-based toymaker sent a statement to Eyewitness News after inquiries about possible layoffs at the company.

"While some of these changes are difficult, we must ensure we have the right teams in place with the right capabilities to lead the company into the future," spokeswoman Julie Duffy said in a statement. "We continue to add new capabilities based on our understanding of the consumer and how our retailers are going to market, while evolving the way we organize our business across our Brand Blueprint."


This, however, also follows what seems to be an investor lawsuit, conducted by Pomerantz Law Firm, concerning 'whether Hasbro and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices'. This apparently relates back to the financial report from last October, too.

The announcement of Hasbro making changes comes a day after Pomerantz Law Firm said that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Hasbro, Inc. as to whether Hasbro and certain of its officers and/or directors "have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices."

"The claims have no merit and we intend to vigorously defend against them," said Duffy and that the staff cuts are unrelated.

According to reports, in October of 2017 Hasbro said they saw a 5% decline in the Company’s U.S. and Canada segment’s operating profit to $217.3 million, compared to $228 million in 2016.

After the disclosures, Hasbro’s stock dropped $8.44 per share and closed at $89.75 per share on October 23, 2017.


We'll keep an eye on updates on this story, and bring them to you as soon as any developments arise, but do let us know your thoughts in the comments.

EDIT:

AcademyofDrX wrote:The excerpt below is directly from PR wire copy:

"According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Hasbro's relationship with Toys ''R'' Us was becoming increasingly important to Hasbro's business, but Toys ''R'' Us was in far worse financial condition than was being publicly reported; (2) Hasbro was experiencing significant undisclosed adverse sales issues in two key markets - the United Kingdom and Brazil - which were negatively impacting Hasbro's efforts to grow sales in those markets; and (3) as a result of foregoing, defendants' statements about Hasbro's business and prospects were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages."

Companies are required by law to tell their shareholders how their business is doing. These statements have to be truthful. The alleged fraud is basically that before the TRU bankruptcy, Hasbro said that things were okay, and after they weren't very okay. That's the gist of it. Ther no expectation that there are fudged numbers in a ledger, but if Hasbro knew the risks of the bankruptcy and didn't tell investors, that would make those statements false. I wouldn't recommend reading too much into this stuff.
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Posted by fenrir72 on October 19th, 2018 @ 5:14am CDT
This is SERIOUS folks!

Hb has its mitts on TF, SW,Marvel and Disney! The last 3 are Disney territory. Whether we like to admit it or not, SW and Marvel have been getting a bit too left political, heck, even ESPN (another Disney property) aka the boring sports channel because it no longer talks about sports has suffered greatly with low ratings and subscribers leaving.

https://awfulannouncing.com/espn/bob-ig ... field.html

Nothing wrong being SJW and all but there is a time and place for it (not with our suspension of disbelief hobbies playtime). Not to mention a recent study (see link)

https://www.moreincommon.com/hidden-tribes/

shows only about 8% to 10% of the American populace are the noisy nutjobs! The rest are just the busy normal average Joe and Jane who care for nothing of the white noise (i.e. APOLITICAL).

Yet when big companies like Disney placate to these groups who don't even invest (i.e. SPEND) in such products, alienating the silent majority, ..........there bye damaging the brand. :(

Trouble is, it was Hb who also got hit with huge INVENTORIES of unsold SW products (Marvel Comics isn't doing too good either). I am willing to bet this took a huge chunk of the "black" Hb profits leading it to bleed red (don't get me started with the clusterfrck of the last two TF movies and the overkill with Bumblebee).

Let's pray that Hb and its stockholders recover from this or ELSE......might take TF down with them in the drain. :-(
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989819)
Posted by kurthy on October 19th, 2018 @ 5:38am CDT
fenrir72 wrote:This is SERIOUS folks!

Hb has its mitts on TF, SW,Marvel and Disney! The last 3 are Disney territory. Whether we like to admit it or not, SW and Marvel have been getting a bit too left political, heck, even ESPN (another Disney property) aka the boring sports channel because it no longer talks about sports has suffered greatly with low ratings and subscribers leaving.

https://awfulannouncing.com/espn/bob-ig ... field.html

Nothing wrong being SJW and all but there is a time and place for it (not with our suspension of disbelief hobbies playtime). Not to mention a recent study (see link)

https://www.moreincommon.com/hidden-tribes/ I

shows only about 8% to 10% of the American populace are the noisy nutjobs! The rest are just the busy normal average Joe and Jane who care for nothing of the white noise (i.e. APOLITICAL).

Yet when big companies like Disney placate to these groups who don't even invest (i.e. SPEND) in such products, alienating the silent majority, ..........there bye damaging the brand. :(

Trouble is, it was Hb who also got hit with huge INVENTORIES of unsold SW products (Marvel Comics isn't doing too good either). I am willing to bet this took a huge chunk of the "black" Hb profits leading it to bleed red (don't get me started with the clusterfrck of the last two TF movies and the overkill with Bumblebee).

Let's pray that Hb and its stockholders recover from this or ELSE......might take TF down with them in the drain. :-(


Take your politics elsewhere.
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989830)
Posted by frogbat on October 19th, 2018 @ 7:19am CDT
howwwwww... I give them so much money!!! aherm

hope it gets sorted for our hobby's sake and for their employees
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989834)
Posted by Skritz on October 19th, 2018 @ 7:41am CDT
Like it or not, the more the Disney stuff circles the drain the more this will affect Transformers. Take whatever stance you want on all this, from looking at it economically to talking about the culture but the cold hard reality is: Hasbro will lose money if nobody wants to buy the MCU and Star Wars stuff and, as it happen, Star Wars merchandise has been doing poorly for a variety of reasons which go far beyond debates about the movie qualities, including having too much products on the shelves which cost too much and children not buying them. >:oP
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989860)
Posted by ScottyP on October 19th, 2018 @ 9:20am CDT
fenrir72 wrote::-(
This was a poorly written, borderline irrelevant post that reflects poorly on the Seibertron.com community. I urge you to do better in the future and focus on the facts presented rather than associate them with carefully selected talking points that have nothing to do with the article posted.
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989878)
Posted by Coptur on October 19th, 2018 @ 10:09am CDT
Truth hurts?
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989880)
Posted by fenrir72 on October 19th, 2018 @ 10:14am CDT
Coptur wrote:Truth hurts?


It sure does. :-D
Re: Hasbro Second Quarter 2018 Report: Stock up 13%, Production Moving out of China (1989881)
Posted by fenrir72 on October 19th, 2018 @ 10:16am CDT
The "Man Children" aren't buying them anymore. That's what hurts.

Fact: Iger is Disney CEO. He knows more than we do.
Fact? Too much SW every year diluted the brand. Open to debate. As if He'll admit to the public the real reason.

My linking to his statement on the status of ESPN not related? Really? Not related?

Hb got the exclusive rights to distribute a lot of Disney products. Star Wars being one of them. It's underperforming to put it lightly (the toys). Why it ain't moving? Some say the kids don't buy them anymore. Trouble is, it's the demographic with a lot of disposable income that isn't buying (i.e. the Man Children aka as you and me).

Why aren't they buying? What has dampened their appetite to buy? Aren't media like movies, comics etc the means to brainwash "encourage" the fans to buy? I only posited a very probable reason why no one is buying.

With SW hurt, Hb got hurt too! Hb get hurt, TF is affected too! Now we get these investor revolts.

Again, let's hope sanity returns to both sides (Hb and Disney) and just produce great APOLITCAL products that promotes escapism/suspension of disbelief.

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