On Monday, Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection Marvel Entertainment (NYSE:MVL) released Q2 2006 earnings for the period ended June 30.

  • Both sales and earnings handily beat estimates, though EPS benefited from a massive $163 million stock buyback executed during the quarter.
  • Marvel also slightly raised earnings guidance to $0.50 to $0.60 per share for 2006, from $0.46 to $0.57. Thank the buybacks and the lower effective tax rate.
  • The comic-book king is on track with new flicks. Three releases are planned for 2007, including a sequel to Fantastic Four.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Avg. Est.

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change

Sales

$80,490

$84,363

$88,140

(4.3%)

Net Profit

--

$16,297

$25,787

(36.8%)

EPS

$0.11

$0.19

$0.24

(20.8%)

Diluted Shares

--

86,746

109,428

(20.7%)



Get back to basics with a look at the income statement.

Margin Checkup

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change*

Gross Margin

72.89%

87.37%

(14.48)

Operating Margin

31.47%

48.88%

(17.41)

Net Margin

19.32%

29.26%

(9.94)

*Expressed in percentage points.

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$10,997

$105,759

(89.6%)

Accounts Rec.

$59,777

$63,535

(5.9%)

Inventory

$13,614

$8,053

69.1%



Liabilities

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change

Accounts Payable

$6,913

$25,101

(72.5%)

Long-Term Debt

$124,700

$0

N/A



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Cash Flow Checkup

No cash flow statement provided. (Whatever.)

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Related companies:

  • Hasbro (NYSE:HAS)
  • Mattel (NYSE:MAT)
  • Time Warner (NYSE:TWX)

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