It was a rough quarter for toymakers even before Hasbro
Larger rival Mattel
Hasbro's report wasn't pretty. Net revenue slipped 3% to $648.9 million, well short of the $666.5 million that the pros were expecting. If you're ready for more bad news, consider that this year's quarter consisted of 14 weeks, one more than last year's freshman quarter. It's a continental tug-of-war here. International sales climbed 14% during the period, but that was more than offset by a 16% decline in North America.
It only gets more disappointing on the bottom line, where Hasbro's severance-adjusted profit of $0.04 a share is short of both the $0.12 a share it delivered a year earlier and the $0.08 a share in earnings that Wall Street was waiting for this time around. The miss shouldn't come as a surprise. Hasbro has now come up short on the bottom line in four of the past five quarters.
The stock understandably opened lower on the news, but there are reasons to feel opportunistic.
For starters, Hasbro still expects net revenue and earnings per share to climb this year. There will also be more chances for Hasbro to milk its gaming franchises on the silver screen in the coming months. No, there won't be a fourth Transformers movie until probably 2014, but Battleship hits a multiplex near you next month and G.I. Joe: Retaliation follows a month later.
In February, Hasbro beefed up its licensing rights -- which were already pretty strong as a result of toy deals for Marvel and Star Wars -- by agreeing to make toys based on Zynga's
Hasbro also continues to buy back shares and even raised its dividend back in February. This morning's drop pushes Hasbro's yield above 4%, rewarding the patient players here who are willing to wait until Hasbro comes back into favor.
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