Founded in 1923 and headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, Hasbro (HAS - Free Report) engages in design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys. The company offers traditional, high-tech and digital toys, games and licensed products under various well-known brands.
Their brands include NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands.
Weak Results Lead to Falling Estimates
The company reported weak results for Q1, missing on both the top and bottom lines.
Adjusted EPS of 10 cents was way short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 31 cents and also down sharply from 54 cents reported in the prior-year quarter.
Net revenues of $716.3 million also missed the consensus of $825 million and were down 16% from the prior-year quarter. Decline in revenues was mainly due to liquidation of Toys “R” Us in the US and the UK. Retail inventory overhang, primarily in Europe also contributed to the decline.
Analysts have slashed their estimates after weak results.
Toys ‘R’ Us Liquidation
Toys ‘R’ Us filed for liquidation of its US operation earlier this year. It also plans to sell its businesses in some other countries. This is a major blow to toy makers like Hasbro and Mattel.
With its 700 stores, Toys “R” Us accounted for about one-fifth of toy sales in the US. According to WSJ, Toys “R” Us’ “50,000 square-foot stores were cathedrals to play, places where children explored and discovered new toys.”
Mass retailers like Walmart and Target do not have enough space for that and choose to focus on top-selling toys.
The Bottom Line
Toys ‘R’ Us’ bankruptcy and planned liquidation has created a lot of headaches for this company. In addition to Zacks Stock Rank #5 (Strong Sell), the industry and sector ranks are in the bottom 6% and 19% respectively.
It is better to avoid the stock for the time being.
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