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Hasbro Reports Revenue and Net Earnings Growth for First Quarter 2017

HasbroHasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) reported financial results for the first quarter 2017. Net revenues for the first quarter 2017 increased 2% to $849.7 million versus $831.2 million in 2016.

Net earnings for the first quarter 2017 increased 41% to $68.6 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to $48.8 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in 2016. Reported net earnings include a $0.11 per diluted share benefit versus first quarter 2016 from the adoption of FASB ASU No. 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The first quarter 2017 was a 14-week period versus the first quarter 2016 which was a 13-week period. Given the timing of the week, the extra week adds an additional week of expense, but does not contribute a comparable level of revenue.

“Our first quarter results are in line with our previously communicated expectations and we are well positioned to execute against 2017’s rich content slate and diverse new initiatives,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Revenue grew in the quarter and we drove strong consumer takeaway at retail, both compared to a robust first quarter last year and with a shift of Easter into this year’s second quarter. Over the coming quarters, we are supporting significant new initiatives including major theatrical films for both Franchise and Partner Brands.”

“Hasbro remains in a strong financial position, with positive trends to start the year and a healthy balance sheet,” said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro’s chief financial officer. “As anticipated, operating profit in the quarter was negatively impacted by an extra week of expenses without the comparable revenue increase. This decline was more than offset by a favorable foreign exchange impact in non-operating income and the tax benefit from the new accounting standard. Based on our first quarter’s performance, our full-year expectations remain in line with our previously stated objectives.”

First Quarter 2017 Major Segment Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions) Operating Profit ($ Millions)
Q1 2017 Q1 2016 % Change Q1 2017 Q1 2016 % Change
U.S. and Canada $451.6 $443.6 +2% $64.8 $78.3 -17%
International $345.3 $345.0 $0.5 $2.9 -81%
Entertainment and Licensing $52.7 $42.5 +24% $11.3 $5.4 +108%

First quarter 2017 U.S. and Canada segment net revenues increased 2% to $451.6 million compared to $443.6 million in 2016. Revenue growth in Hasbro Gaming and Emerging Brands offset a decline in Franchise Brands and Partner Brands. The U.S. and Canada segment reported operating profit of $64.8 million, or 14.3% of net revenues, compared to $78.3 million, or 17.7% of net revenues, in 2016.

International segment net revenues of $345.3 million were essentially flat with $345.0 million in 2016. First quarter 2017 International segment revenues include a favorable $3.0 million impact of foreign exchange. Revenue growth in Franchise Brands, Hasbro Gaming and Emerging Brands was offset by a decline in Partner Brands. On a regional basis, Europe revenues declined 4%, Latin America increased 16% and Asia Pacific declined 1%. Emerging markets revenues increased 20% in the quarter. International segment operating profit was $0.5 million compared to $2.9 million in 2016.

Entertainment and Licensing segment net revenues increased 24% to $52.7 million compared to $42.5 million in 2016. Digital gaming drove the quarterly revenue increase, including higher revenues at Backflip Studios. The Entertainment and Licensing segment operating profit increased 108% to $11.3 million, or 21.5% of net revenues, compared to $5.4 million, or 12.8% of net revenues, in 2016.

First Quarter 2017 Brand Portfolio Performance

Net Revenues ($ Millions)
Q1 2017 Q1 2016 % Change
Franchise Brands $423.6 $416.4 +2%
Partner Brands $213.0 $258.2 -18%
Hasbro Gaming* $142.9 $100.2 +43%
Emerging Brands $70.2 $56.4 +25%

*Hasbro’s total gaming category, including all gaming revenue, most notably MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY, which are included in Franchise Brands in the table above, totaled $253.3 million for the first quarter 2017, up 10%, versus $231.1 million in the first quarter 2016. Hasbro believes its gaming portfolio is a competitive differentiator and views it in its entirety.

First quarter 2017 Franchise Brand revenues increased 2% to $423.6 million driven by revenue growth in NERF, TRANSFORMERS and MONOPOLY.

Partner Brand revenues declined 18% to $213.0 million. Revenue growth from BEYBLADE and DREAMWORKS’ TROLLS was more than offset by expected declines in STAR WARS and MARVEL ahead of major theatrical releases later this year.

Hasbro Gaming posted 43% revenue growth to $142.9 million driven by Hasbro’s diverse gaming portfolio. The strong revenue increase was led by several new games, including SPEAK OUT, TOILET TROUBLE and FANTASTIC GYMNASTICS, digital gaming, and several other gaming brands, including DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, BOP-IT and PIE-FACE. Hasbro’s total gaming category grew 10% to $253.3 million.

Emerging Brands revenue grew 25% to $70.2 million. Revenue increases from BABY ALIVE and FURREAL FRIENDS products were the primary contributors to growth in the quarter.

Dividend and Share Repurchase

The Company paid $63.4 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the first quarter 2017. The next quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.57 per common share is scheduled for May 15, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2017.

During the first quarter, Hasbro repurchased 218,000 shares of common stock at a total cost of $18.1 million and an average price of $82.82 per share. At quarter-end, $309.9 million remained available in the current share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call Webcast

Hasbro will webcast its first quarter 2017 earnings conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. To listen to the live webcast and access the accompanying presentation slides, please go to http://investor.hasbro.com. The replay of the call will be available on Hasbro’s web site approximately 2 hours following completion of the call.

About Hasbro: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

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