Hasbro Beats Q3 Earnings Forecasts

by Christopher Freeburn | October 22, 2012 10:36 am

Hasbro Beats Q3 Earnings Forecasts

Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS[1]) announced on Monday that it earned $164.9 million during the third quarter[2], down from $171 million in the same time last year. Adjusted EPS came in at $1.28, topping the $1.20 anticipated by Wall Street, the Associated Press noted.

The toymaker reported quarterly revenue of $1.35 billion, down 2% from $1.38 billion in 2011. Excluding the negative impact of currency exchange rates, revenue was $1.39 billion. Analysts had estimated revenue of $1.38 billion.

Shares of Hasbro rose more than 1% in Monday morning trading.

Company officials noted that international revenue dropped 7%, mostly due to currency fluctuations caused by a rising U.S. dollar.  North American sales rose 1%. Sales of girls’ toys rose 17%, while the boys’ segment fell 12%, compared to last year.

Hasbro said it planned to make a major marketing push into the holiday shopping season, promoting a variety of toys, including its Marvel product line. Retail inventories are low this year, the company noted, predicting higher full-year earnings and revenue compared to last year, after currency exchange rates are excluded.

Last week, toy-making rival Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT[3]) reported higher third-quarter earnings and revenue[4] that topped analysts’ estimates.

Endnotes:
  1. HAS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HAS
  2. during the third quarter: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/hasbro-3rd-quarter-profit-falls-sales-weak-in-europe-and-the-asia-pacific-region/2012/10/22/89655940-1c36-11e2-8817-41b9a7aaabc7_story.html
  3. MAT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MAT
  4. higher third-quarter earnings and revenue: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/mattel-shares-rise-on-q3-results/

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