Jakks Reports Q2 2014
Jakks Pacific, Inc., reported results for the company’s second quarter ended June 30, 2014.
Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 increased to $124.2 million, up 16.9 percent from net sales of $106.2 million reported in the comparable period in 2013. The reported net loss for the second quarter was $9.1 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, which includes pre-tax restructuring charges of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, higher than anticipated product testing and development costs of $2.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, due to higher sales in the quarter and to support new products in response to increasing consumer demand for some of its licensed product lines, and the aggregate dilutive impact of $.03 per diluted share resulting from the incremental interest expense of $0.4 million associated with the recently completed convertible note issuance ($0.02 per diluted share) and the reduction in the aggregate number of outstanding common shares resulting from the recently completed 3.1 million share repurchase ($0.01 per diluted share). This compares to the 2013 reported net loss of $46.9 million, or $2.14 per diluted share, which included charges for license minimum guarantee shortfalls of $14.1 million and inventory impairment of $12.2 million.
Net sales for the six months ending June 30, 2014, increased 12.1 percent to $206.7 million compared to $184.3 million in 2013. The reported net loss for the six month period was $25.4 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, which included restructuring charges of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, higher product testing and development costs of $2.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, and the impact of the convertible note issuance and stock buyback of $0.03 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss for the first six months of 2013 of $74.4 million, or $3.40 per diluted share, which included charges for license minimum guarantee shortfalls of $14.4 million and inventory impairment of $14.9 million.
Stephen Berman, president and CEO, Jakks Pacific, Inc., said in a statement, “The positive momentum we achieved in our first quarter carried into the second quarter with sales results exceeding our expectations. Highlights for the second quarter included dolls, dress-up and roleplay in our Frozen line, Disney Princess dolls and dress-up, seasonal outdoor toys, foot-to-floor ride-ons and ball pits, and Disguise Halloween costumes among others, but we did see Frozen taking away sales from some of our other lines.”
Berman continued. “Looking ahead to our fall offerings, we expect the demand to continue at retail for our new Frozen dolls, dress-up and roleplay items, Disney licensed dolls, dress-up and roleplay including Princess, Fairies, and Sofia the First, Disguise Halloween costumes, and our preschool foot-to-floor ride-ons and ball pits. For Boys, we are looking forward to launching large-scale figures such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Wars Rebels, new Hero Portal Plug It In & Play TV Games titles based on Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and DC Comics, and Nintendo plush and figures, and Max Tow Truck vehicles.”
The company currently expects increased net sales for the full year of 2014 to be in the range of $660 million to $670 million, an increase from its previously issued guidance of net sales in the range of $633 million to $640 million. Giving effect to the full year impact of the net dilution of $0.15 per share relating to the recent convertible note issuance and stock buyback, previous earnings guidance would have been in the range of $0.15 to $0.25 per diluted share, and, now, earnings guidance is in the range of $0.20 to $0.30 per diluted share. The company’s previous reported earnings guidance was in the range of $0.30 to $0.40 per diluted share, and, excluding the impact of the convertible note issuance, stock buyback and restructuring charges, revised guidance for earnings per share would have been in the range of $0.40 to $0.45 per diluted share. EBITDA is now expected to be in the range of $42 million to $44 million, an increase from the previous EBITDA guidance in the range of $41 million to $43 million.
As of June 30, 2014, the company’s working capital was $198.5 million, including cash and equivalents and marketable securities of $162.9 million, compared to working capital of $117 million including cash and equivalents and marketable securities of $69.9 million as of June 30, 2013.
Convertible Senior Note Issuance and Stock Buyback
The company recently completed the issuance at par of $115 million principal amount of 4.875 percent Convertible Senior Notes due 2020. The notes, which mature on June 1, 2020, are initially convertible at $9.64 per share. The company received net proceeds of approximately $110.4 million from the offering, of which $24 million was used to repurchase 3.1 million shares of the company’s common stock pursuant to a prepaid forward purchase contract and $39 million will be used to retire at par the company’s 2014 convertible notes maturing on November 1, 2014. The remainder of the net proceeds will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.
World Congress of Play Speakers Announced
The World Congress of Play returns this September to San Francisco featuring an impressive list of speakers (one of whom is TTPM’s own Chris Byrne) representing a large cross-section of what the organization calls the “play industry.”
The second annual conference brings together global manufacturers and retailers of traditional toys and games, video games, music, entertainment, and digital play, as well as theme parks, industry associations, analysts, and trade media. The World Congress of Play takes place at the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco—Union Square on September 8-10, 2014.
Some of the speakers include:
• David Zlotnik, Director, Global Marketing, McDonald’s Corp.
• Harry Chang, EVP of LF Products, subsidiary of Li & Fung Corp.
• Chris Byrne, Content Director, TTPM
• Hugo Malan, President, Sporting Goods and Toys, Sears Holding Corp.
• Manuel Torres, SVP Global Toys & Publishing, Nickelodeon
• John Barbour, CEO, LeapFrog
• John Coyne, VP, Consumer Marketing, Activision
Cra-Z-Art, Laser Pegs Issue Statements about USPTO Decision
Cra-Z-Art issued a statement saying that, “The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a final decision in Cra-Z-Art’s favor concerning its challenge of Capriola Corp.’s U.S. Patent No. 7,731,558, which allegedly covered Capriola’s Laser Pegs products. The Patent Office held that all of the claims of Capriola’s ‘558 patent are unpatentable.”
Cra-Z-Art also said in its statement that, “it was sued in Florida federal court by Capriola Corp. and Laser Pegs Ventures, LLC, alleging that Cra-Z-Art’s Lite Brix building systems infringed the ‘558 patent. In response, Cra-Z-Art challenged the patent at the USPTO under its new Inter Partes Review proceedings, which resulted in a stay of the lawsuit.”
Cra-Z-Art says that, “The decision rendered by the Patent Office affirms Cra-Z-Art’s continuous position all along that Capriola’s ‘558 patent was illegitimately issued by the USPTO and that the lawsuit was completely without merit.”
In response to the above statement, John Capriola of Laser Pegs, says, “It is far from over. There are multiple issued patents and pending patent applications throughout the world covering aspects of Laser Pegs toys that are unaffected by the USPTO’s decision in the Inter Partes Review proceeding, including several additional pending U.S. patent applications for various innovative Laser Pegs features that were not even under consideration in that proceeding.”
Hasbro, Shapeways in 3-D Printing Deal
Hasbro, Inc., and Shapeways, the 3-D printing marketplace and community, announced earlier this week the launch of SuperFanArt, a website that enables fans, inspired by Hasbro brands, to showcase their artwork and sell their 3-D printed designs on Shapeways.
SuperFanArt will launch with the My Little Pony franchise. Additional Hasbro brands and artists will be introduced in the coming months.
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The Passing of Karl Albrecht, Founder of Aldi
Karl Albrecht, co-founder of Aldi, passed away at age 94. Karl, along with his brother Theo, created discount mass-market shopping in post-World War II Germany. Read his obituary from The New York Times here. Theo Albrecht died at age 88 in 2010. Click here for more information about Theo.