Investors who've followed Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation Hasbro's
All three divisions -- domestic toys, games, and international -- saw significant sales and operating income increases for both the quarter and the year. The games business continues to perform especially well. As we discussed when Hasbro's third-quarter results were announced, this high-margin segment delivers more operating income than the other two operations, despite having lower revenues than either one.
This year was no exception. Fourth-quarter game revenues improved more than 9% to $294 million, while operating profit for the division jumped 41% for the full year to $125 million -- or some 43% of the company's total. Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Twister, and Magic: The Gathering were all cited as popular brands this year.
Hasbro has succeeded by introducing new products, but also by focusing on its proven brands. Competitor Mattel
An example is G.I. Joe, best known as a line of popular military action figures: Last year Hasbro made G.I. Joe construction toys, and is developing a trading card game and full-length live action movie based on the brand.
Meanwhile, management believes it can continue to improve operating margins down the line, which would only help profits. (It took one step in late December by announcing plans to close its unprofitable retail stores.) Hasbro, in short, continues to please kids and investors alike.
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