JAKKS Pacific, Inc [NASDAQ: JAKK] has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.
JAKKS First Quarter 2023 Overview:
● Net sales were $107.5 million, down 11% compared to $120.9 million in Q1 2022
● Back-to-back $100+ million net sales Q1s for the first time since 2008-2009
● Gross margin of 29.2%, up 450 basis points vs. Q1 2022
● Gross profit of $31.4 million, up 5% compared to $29.9 million in Q1 2022
● Higher selling expenses of $7.7 million vs. $4.9 million in Q1 2022, driven by costs associated with temporary warehouse capacity.
● Net loss attributable to common stockholders of $5.7 million compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $4.2 million in Q1 2022
● Adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders (a non-GAAP measure) of $4.0 million, compared to an adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.6 million in Q1 2022
● Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was negative $1.1 million, compared to positive $1.9 million in Q1 2022
● Trailing twelve month adjusted EBITDA of $73.3 million (9.4% of net sales) up 37% from $53.6 million (8.1% of net sales) in the trailing twelve months ended March 2022
“We are pleased with our year-to-date performance as we close the first quarter,” said Stephen Berman, JAKKS Pacific Inc.’s Chairman and CEO, “and are excited about the possibilities for the remainder of the year. We shipped over $100 million worth of product in Q1 for the second consecutive year and it is the first time we’ve done that in back-to-back years since 2009. We have challenging revenue comparisons all year, but our significant gross margin improvement lessened the impact in the first quarter. Our Q1 gross profit dollars haven’t been this high since 2015. We managed inventory down further and eliminated most of our temporary warehouse capacity. And, as we previously disclosed, earlier in the quarter we paid down our long-term debt to less than $30 million.
“Our Q1 International business grew, with Toys/Consumer Products increasing 7% to $20.0 million and Costumes increasing 64% to $3.0 million, with Latin American being particularly strong. On a global basis, our Action Play and Collectible business was up 19% or $6.1 million which helped compensate for a decline in our Dolls, Role Play business which was down 23%, or $14.2 million.
“There’s a lot more work to do in the short-term to set us up for a strong holiday season, but the team is engaged and aggressively focused on continuing the positive momentum we’ve generated in recent years. It’s a great time to be at JAKKS Pacific.”
JAKKS First Quarter 2023 Results
Net sales for the first quarter 2023 were $107.5 million down 11% versus $120.9 million last year. The decrease was driven primarily by lower sales in North America, which were down 16% to $77.9 million in Toys/Consumer Products and down 17% to $6.6 million in Costumes. Net sales of Disguise costumes were down to $9.6 million from $9.8 million last year, a decrease of 2% globally.
Gross profit in the first quarter of 2023 was $31.4 million or 29.2% of net sales, compared to $29.9 million or 24.7% of net sales in the prior year, driven by drastically reduced container and import-related costs offset by higher royalty and product costs as a percent of sales. SG&A costs were $35.8 million, up from $30.7 million in the prior year, driven in part by higher warehousing expenses. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A costs were 33.3%, up from 25.4% in the prior year.
The net loss attributable to common stockholders was $5.7 million, or $0.58 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $4.2 million, or $0.43 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2022. The adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders (a non-GAAP measure) was $4.0 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2023 compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.6 million or $0.28 per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of 2022.
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was negative $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2023, compared to positive $1.9 million a year ago. For the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2023, adjusted EBITDA was $73.3 million, up 37% compared to $53.6 million for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2022. (See note below on “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information.”)
JAKKS First Quarter 2023 Balance Sheet
The Company’s cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) totaled $38.3 million as of March 31, 2023 compared to $85.5 million as of December 31, 2022, and $39.2 million as of March 31, 2022. The Company’s inventory totaled $64.0 million as of March 31, 2023 compared to $80.6 million as of December 31, 2022, and $85.3 million as of March 31, 2022. As previously disclosed, the Company made $38.1 million in additional principal payments in the quarter, reducing the debt total to $29.4 million net of issuance costs and debt discounts.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the preliminary results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP included in this release, the Company has provided certain non-GAAP financial information including Adjusted EBITDA which is a non-GAAP metric that excludes various items that are detailed in the financial tables and accompanying footnotes reconciling GAAP to non-GAAP results contained in this release. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors because the information may allow investors to better evaluate ongoing business performance and certain components of the Company’s results. In addition, the Company believes that the presentation of these financial measures enhances an investor’s ability to make period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s operating results. This information should be considered in addition to the results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered a substitute for the GAAP results. The Company has reconciled the non-GAAP financial information included in this release to the nearest GAAP measures. See the attached “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information.” “Total liquidity” is calculated as cash and cash equivalents, plus availability under the Company’s $67.5 million revolving credit facility.