After smashing through Wall Street profit projections for three consecutive quarters, toymaker JAKKS Pacific
The good news is that this is the seasonally forgettable second quarter. JAKKS expects to make up the difference with healthy shipments to retailers as we head into the holidays.
"With an exciting roster of new products hitting retail late summer and early fall, we are very comfortable with our previously issued full-year guidance of $800 million in net sales and net income of $75.8 million, or $2.39 per diluted share," notes CEO Jack Friedman in this morning's press release. That's good, since the company's reaffirmed guidance slightly exceeds Wall Street's 2007 projections.
JAKKS saw strength in its action figure, dress-up, and role-playing toys. The company also makes electronic games and playthings for pets. With a cash-rich balance sheet, JAKKS is looking to invest in brand acquisitions, and it'll continue to expand its licensing deals as well. Ties to Disney
The company's report may come as a downer after Hasbro's
With its profit outlook intact, JAKKS is now trading for just 10 times this year's guidance after this morning's lower opening. That's a bargain compared to Hasbro and Mattel
That should keep today's share-price decline in check after the initial dip. JAKKS may be a disappointment today, but it's at a bargain price compared to its potential future.
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