by Christopher Freeburn | October 16, 2012 11:08 am
Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) announced on Tuesday that it earned $365.9 million during the third quarter, up from $300.8 million in the same period last year. EPS was $1.04, which exceeded the 99 cents that Wall Street was looking for, Reuters noted.
The toymaker recorded quarterly sales of $2.08 billion, up 4% from last year. That narrowly beat analysts, who forecast sales of $2.07 billion.
Shares of Mattel climbed almost 4% in Tuesday morning trading.
The company noted that sales of its American Girl line of dolls and accessories jumped 16%. The iconic Barbie line, by contrast, saw sales dip 4%. Fisher-Price branded toys posted a 6% sales increase compared to last year.
Analysts said that the company’s gross margin had improved to 53.7%, topping estimates of 50.7%.
Mattel officials also noted that costs declined 8% to $962.4 million compared to 2011.
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