Hasbro Reports Revenue and Operating Profit Growth for the First Quarter 2015

20 Apr, 2015

  • First quarter 2015 revenues grew 5% to $713.5 million; Absent a negative $62.6 million impact of foreign exchange, first quarter 2015 revenues grew 14%;
  • Revenue and operating profit grew in the U.S. and Canada and Entertainment and Licensing Segments; International segment revenues increased 20% absent foreign exchange;
  • Franchise Brand revenues grew 20%; Boys, Games and Preschool category revenues increased in the quarter;
  • Operating profit increased 25%; Net earnings of $26.7 million or $0.21 per diluted share; Net earnings increased 43% excluding $13.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, of favorable tax adjustments in the first quarter 2014;
  • Generated $315.3 million in operating cash flow; $1.1 billion in cash at quarter end;
  • Repurchased approximately 436,000 shares of common stock at a total cost of $25.2 million and an average price of $57.80 per share.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today reported financial results for the first quarter 2015. Net revenues for the first quarter 2015 increased 5% to $713.5 million versus $679.5 million in 2014. Excluding a negative $62.6 million impact from foreign exchange, revenues increased 14%.

Net earnings for the first quarter 2015 were $26.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to $32.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in 2014. Net earnings for the first quarter 2015 increased 43% versus adjusted net earnings of $18.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in 2014. As reported first quarter 2014 net earnings included favorable tax adjustments of $13.5 million or $0.10 per diluted share.

"2015 is off to a good start with continued momentum in our business, led by growth in all of our Franchise Brands and the underlying strength in demand across international markets, including the emerging markets," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's President and Chief Executive Officer. "For the first quarter, we grew revenue, improved profitability and delivered growth in adjusted net earnings despite significant foreign exchange headwinds. While the first quarter is the least significant quarter of the year, the global Hasbro team delivered a strong start to the year."

"Our first quarter results highlighted the strength of our brands, our global reach and our balance sheet," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's Chief Financial Officer. "Foreign exchange did negatively impact both revenues and earnings in the quarter; however, several factors helped mitigate the negative impact to profitability. These included the continued momentum in our Franchise Brands, the benefit of favorable foreign exchange product cost hedges and a larger contribution of higher-margin Entertainment and Licensing revenues. Our first quarter results keep us on track to achieve our previously stated targets."

First Quarter 2015 Major Segment Performance

      Net Revenues ($ Millions)     Operating Profit ($ Millions)
    Q1 2015     Q1 2014     % Change     Q1 2015     Q1 2014     % Change
U.S. and Canada     $345.7     $337.7     +2%     $41.4     $35.8     +16%
International     $305.7     $305.5     --     $1.9     $2.4     -21%
Entertainment and Licensing     $60.6     $34.9     +74%     $16.4     $6.0     +174%

U.S. and Canada Segment net revenues increased 2% to $345.7 million compared to $337.7 million in 2014. The Segment's results reflect growth in the Boys, Games and Preschool categories, partially offset by a decline in the Girls category. The U.S. and Canada Segment reported 16% operating profit growth to $41.4 million compared to $35.8 million in 2014.

International Segment net revenues were $305.7 million compared to $305.5 million in 2014. Revenues in the Boys and Preschool categories increased but were offset by declines in the Games and Girls categories. On a regional basis, growth in Asia Pacific and Latin America was offset by a decline in Europe. The emerging markets increased revenues 3% in the quarter. Excluding an unfavorable $61.0 million impact of foreign exchange, primarily in Europe, net revenues in the International Segment grew 20% and approximately 25% in the emerging markets. The International Segment reported operating profit of $1.9 million compared to $2.4 million in 2014.

Entertainment and Licensing Segment net revenues increased 74% to $60.6 million compared to $34.9 million in 2014. Segment performance was driven by licensing revenues for Franchise Brands, in particular MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS, during the 2014 holiday period and a multi-year digital streaming deal for Hasbro Studios television programming. The Entertainment and Licensing Segment reported 174% operating profit growth to $16.4 million compared to $6.0 million in 2014.

First Quarter 2015 Product Category Performance

      Net Revenues ($ Millions)
    Q1 2015     Q1 2014     % Change
Boys     $272.6     $247.8     +10%
Games     $235.6     $220.5     +7%
Girls     $117.1     $138.7     -16%
Preschool     $88.1     $72.5     +22%

First quarter 2015 net revenues in the Boys category increased 10% to $272.6 million. This growth was driven by year-over-year revenue gains in Franchise Brands TRANSFORMERS and NERF, as well as from growth in MARVEL products and initial shipments of JURASSIC WORLD.

Games category revenues increased 7% in the quarter. Franchise Brands MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY increased revenues in the quarter and were partially offset by declines in several other brands, including ANGRY BIRDS games.

The Girls category revenues declined 16% in the first quarter 2015, primarily due to declines in FURBY, FURREAL FRIENDS and EASY BAKE products. Growth in LITTLEST PET SHOP and PLAY-DOH DOHVINCI products partially offset these declines.

Preschool category revenues increased 22% in the first quarter 2015. The PLAY-DOH brand and PLAYSKOOL HEROES products, fueled by growth in TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS and initial shipments of JURASSIC WORLD, continued to be strong performers in the category and more than offset declines in core PLAYSKOOL products.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $53.5 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the first quarter 2015. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.46 per common share is scheduled for May 15, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2015.

During the first quarter, Hasbro repurchased approximately 436,000 shares of common stock at a total cost of $25.2 million and an average price of $57.80 per share. At quarter-end, $539.0 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its first quarter 2015 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 company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the Company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews).

© 2015 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, including with respect to anticipated future benefits from investments in the Company's business and strategic efforts to grow the Company's brand portfolio and content delivery over the longer-term, and the Company's ability to achieve its other financial and business goals and may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements due to both known and unknown risks and uncertainties. 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This press release includes a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules, specifically EBITDA. EBITDA represents net earnings attributable to Hasbro, Inc. excluding net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. As required by SEC rules, we have provided reconciliation on the attached schedule of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management believes that EBITDA is one of the appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company because it reflects the resources available for strategic opportunities including, among others, to invest in the business, strengthen the balance sheet, and make strategic acquisitions. The press release also includes the Company's 2014 net earnings and diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of favorable tax adjustments related to the settlement of tax examinations, which is also a non-GAAP measure. Management believes that presenting this data excluding these tax adjustments assists investors in understanding the performance of the Company's underlying business and the results of operations. However, these 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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(Tables Attached)

(Thousands of Dollars)
March 29, 2015 March 30, 2014
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 1,081,397 $ 792,249
Accounts Receivable, Net 563,301 552,471
Inventories 340,654 390,824
Other Current Assets   419,956   406,561
Total Current Assets 2,405,308 2,142,105
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 243,589 236,898
Other Assets   1,611,945   1,650,434
Total Assets $ 4,260,842 $ 4,029,437


Short-term Borrowings $ 231,914 $ 12,858
Current Portion of Long-term Debt - 426,356
Payables and Accrued Liabilities   588,813   654,507
Total Current Liabilities 820,727 1,093,721
Long-term Debt 1,559,895 959,895
Other Liabilities   392,479   337,219
Total Liabilities 2,773,101 2,390,835
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests 42,234 44,180
Total Shareholders' Equity   1,445,507   1,594,422

Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests and Shareholders' Equity

$ 4,260,842 $ 4,029,437
Quarter Ended
(Thousands of Dollars and Shares Except Per Share Data)

March 29,

% Net

March 30,

% Net

Net Revenues $ 713,500 100.0 % $ 679,453 100.0 %
Costs and Expenses:
Cost of Sales 247,735 34.7 % 258,545 38.1 %
Royalties 59,089 8.3 % 49,581 7.3 %
Product Development 51,897 7.3 % 47,257 7.0 %
Advertising 67,742 9.5 % 67,259 9.9 %
Amortization of Intangibles 12,951 1.8 % 13,402 2.0 %
Program Production Cost Amortization 11,096 1.6 % 4,658 0.7 %
Selling, Distribution and Administration   208,785   29.3 %   195,303   28.7 %
Operating Profit 54,205 7.6 % 43,448 6.4 %
Interest Expense 24,585 3.4 % 22,428 3.3 %
Other (Income) Expense, Net   (4,695 ) -0.7 %   (4,975 ) -0.7 %
Earnings before Income Taxes 34,315 4.8 % 25,995 3.8 %
Income Taxes   8,494   1.2 %   (5,519 ) -0.8 %
Net Earnings 25,821 3.6 % 31,514 4.6 %
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   (846 ) -0.1 %   (573 ) -0.1 %
Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc. $ 26,667   3.7 % $ 32,087   4.7 %
Per Common Share
Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc.
Basic $ 0.21   $ 0.24  
Diluted $ 0.21   $ 0.24  
Cash Dividends Declared $ 0.46   $ 0.43  
Weighted Average Number of Shares
Basic   124,853     131,232  
Diluted   126,342     132,733  
(Thousands of Dollars)
Quarter Ended
March 29, 2015 March 30, 2014
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net Earnings $ 25,821 $ 31,514
Non-cash Adjustments 51,669 50,910
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities   237,791     159,617  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   315,281     242,041  
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Additions to Property, Plant and Equipment (31,151 ) (22,239 )
Other   (1,960 )   (4,839 )
Net Cash Utilized by Investing Activities   (33,111 )   (27,078 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Net (Repayments of) Proceeds from Short-term Borrowings (20,325 ) 5,035
Purchases of Common Stock (26,507 ) (79,913 )
Stock-based Compensation Transactions 17,463 23,879
Dividends Paid (53,470 ) (52,388 )
Other   350     -  
Net Cash Utilized by Financing Activities   (82,489 )   (103,387 )
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash (11,451 ) (1,776 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year   893,167     682,449  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 1,081,397   $ 792,249  
(Thousands of Dollars)     Quarter Ended    
March 29, 2015     March 30, 2014 % Change

Major Segment Results

U.S. and Canada Segment:

External Net Revenues $ 345,690 $ 337,699 2 %
Operating Profit 41,423 35,763 16 %
Operating Margin 12.0 % 10.6 %

International Segment:

External Net Revenues 305,713 305,475 0 %
Operating Profit 1,903 2,414 -21 %
Operating Margin 0.6 % 0.8 %

Entertainment and Licensing Segment:

External Net Revenues 60,631 34,874 74 %
Operating Profit 16,402 5,982 174 %
Operating Margin 27.1 % 17.2 %

International Segment Net Revenues by Major Geographic Region

Europe $ 195,871 $ 207,542 -6 %
Latin America 57,608 53,284 8 %
Asia Pacific   52,234     44,649   17 %
Total $ 305,713   $ 305,475  

Net Revenues by Product Category

Boys $ 272,598 $ 247,775 10 %
Games 235,649 220,526 7 %
Girls 117,127 138,700 -16 %
Preschool   88,126     72,452   22 %
Total Net Revenues $ 713,500   $ 679,453  

Reconciliation of EBITDA

Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc. $ 26,667 $ 32,087
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (846 ) (573 )
Interest Expense 24,585 22,428
Income Taxes 8,494 (5,519 )
Depreciation 21,404 21,505
Amortization of Intangibles   12,951     13,402  
EBITDA $ 93,255   $ 83,330  
(Thousands of Dollars)
Quarter Ended

Net Earnings and Earnings per Share Excluding Discrete Tax Benefits

March 29, 2015

Diluted Per
Share Amount

March 30, 2014

Diluted Per
Share Amount

Net Earnings Attributable to Hasbro, Inc., as Reported $ 26,667 $ 0.21 $ 32,087 $ 0.24
Discrete Tax Benefits, Net   -   -   (13,480 )   (0.10 )
Net Earnings, as Adjusted $ 26,667 $ 0.21 $ 18,607   $ 0.14  

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