PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 15, 1999--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS - news) today reported record second quarter revenues, earnings and earnings per share.
Worldwide net revenues increased approximately 53% to $874.6 million, compared to $572.1 million a year ago. Revenue growth was driven primarily by significantly higher shipments of STAR WARS and Tiger Electronics products, and increased sales of computer-based games from Hasbro Interactive. Net earnings and diluted earnings per share increased approximately six-fold to $32.3 million and $0.16, respectively, compared to $5.5 million and $0.03, respectively, last year. The Company also reported record second quarter Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $118.3 million, more than double the year-ago EBITDA of $52.5 million.
For the first half of 1999, worldwide net revenues increased approximately 46% to $1.543 billion, compared to $1.055 billion a year ago. Net earnings and diluted earnings per share in the first half more than tripled, to $46.1 million and $0.22, respectively, compared to $13.2 million and $0.06 last year.
``We are very pleased to report a record second quarter in all respects and to significantly exceed expectations, which were already high,'' said Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. ``We are also excited about the rest of the year and our outstanding diversified brand and product portfolio, led by STAR WARS and the POWER OF THE FORCE.''
``We are firing on all cylinders,'' Hassenfeld continued. ``Our awesome STAR WARS product line, launched in early May in the U.S. for the May 19 release of STAR WARS: EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, has in many cases exceeded our high expectations. The international rollouts of STAR WARS product and the movie continue to be met with great enthusiasm. Tiger Electronics' interactive FURBY is a smash hit internationally and continues selling briskly in the U.S. Hasbro Interactive again achieved significant double-digit sales increases. MECHWARRIOR 3 was the number one PC software title one week after its launch in early June and remains in the top ten.
``We continue working hard to enhance shareholder value,'' Hassenfeld added. In June, Hasbro common stock was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. During the second quarter, we invested a total of $147 million to repurchase almost 5 million shares of our common stock. This includes approximately $90 million to repurchase most of Dreamworks' equity interest in Hasbro, substantially eliminating future dilution from this interest. We seized this significant opportunity to accelerate repurchases because we are bullish on the strength of our business and we believe in our future. Under the $500 million repurchase authorization of December 1997, we have invested a total of more than $380 million to repurchase almost 15 million shares. Earlier this month, we filed a shelf Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $350 million of public debt securities, which would bring Hasbro's total public debt authorization to $500 million and further enhance our financial flexibility.``
``We look forward to a strong second half. We are shipping new STAR WARS action figures and other terrific EPISODE I product. The successful rollout of the POWER OF THE FORCE continues around the world. Tiger Electronics' French and Italian FURBY TOYS are shipping, FURBY BABIES debut in third quarter, and we will ship two more limited edition holiday FURBY TOYS. Hasbro Interactive plans several new titles, including the first from its newly-formed Hasbro Sports unit: TRIVIAL PURSUIT NASCAR CD-ROM, Hasbro Sports Digital Camera and em@il NFL FOOTBALL. We will ship our expanded POKEMON offering, including the electronic interactive plush ''I CHOOSE YOU PIKACHU``. The U.S. release of the first animated POKEMON feature film on November 12 will extend the excitement of POKEMANIA into next year. With POKEMON, plus other wonderful new product including NASCAR SUPERCHARGERS, BEAST MACHINES, TITAN AE, DRAGON TALES and TWEENIES, we have even more visibility for the year 2000,'' Hassenfeld concluded.
Hasbro is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys, games, interactive software, puzzles and infant products. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, KENNER, TONKA, ODDZON, SUPER SOAKER, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, HASBRO INTERACTIVE, and GALOOB products provide children and families with the highest quality and most recognizable toys and games in the world.
Certain statements contained in this release contain ``forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual actions or results may differ materially from those expected or anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Specific factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, the timely manufacture and shipping by the Company of new and continuing products and their acceptance by customers and consumers in a competitive product environment; economic conditions, currency fluctuations and government regulation and other actions in the various markets in which the Company operates throughout the world; the inventory policies of retailers, including the continuing trend of concentration of the Company's revenues in the second half and fourth quarter of the year, together with increased reliance by retailers on quick response inventory management techniques, which increases the risk of underproduction of popular items, overproduction of less popular items and failure to achieve tight and compressed shipping schedules; the impact of competition on revenues, margins and other aspects of the Company's business; the Company's incurring higher than expected costs to achieve, or not achieving, ``Year 2000'' readiness with respect to the Company's systems, or the Company's customers, vendors or service providers failing to achieve such readiness; and the risk that anticipated benefits of acquisitions or the Company's Global Integration and Profit Enhancement program may not occur or be delayed or reduced in their realization. The Company undertakes no obligation to make any revisions to the forward-looking statements contained in this release or to update them to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this release.
EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) represents operating profit plus depreciation and all amortization. EBITDA is not adjusted for all noncash expenses or for working capital, capital expenditures or other investment requirements and, accordingly, is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. Thus, EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings or cash provided by operating activities, each prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, when measuring Hasbro's profitability or liquidity as more fully discussed in the Company's financial statements and securities filings.
HASBRO, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS Quarter Ended Six Months Ended June 27, June 28, June 27, June 28, 1999 1998 1999 1998 (Thousands of Dollars and Shares Except Per Share Data) Net Revenues $874,574 $572,057 $1,542,972 $1,054,877 Cost of Sales 345,026 247,095 601,543 451,407 Gross Profit 529,548 324,962 941,429 603,470 Amortization 31,918 15,880 57,844 30,023 Royalties, Research and Development 179,776 82,129 291,718 149,465 Advertising 101,274 73,213 182,358 128,970 Selling, Distribution and Administration 158,368 141,479 321,649 276,728 Operating Profit 58,212 12,261 87,860 18,284 Interest Expense 13,625 6,416 25,598 8,728 Other (Income) Expense, Net (2,209) (2,417) (4,527) (10,514) Earnings Before Income Taxes 46,796 8,262 66,789 20,070 Income Taxes 14,507 2,809 20,705 6,824 Net Earnings $32,289 $5,453 $46,084 $13,246 Per Common Share Net Earnings Basic $ .17 $ .03 $ .24 $ .07 Diluted $ .16 $ .03 $ .22 $ .06 Cash Dividends Declared $ .06 $ .05 $ .12 $ .10 Weighted Average Number of Shares Basic 195,330 198,839 195,614 199,252 Diluted 207,052 207,341 205,836 207,327 HASBRO, INC. CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS June 27, June 28, (Thousands of Dollars) 1999 1998 ASSETS Cash and Temporary Investments $ 97,765 $ 180,595 Accounts Receivable, Net 843,580 600,254 Inventories 433,460 331,638 Other 586,115 223,740 Total Current Assets 1,960,920 1,336,227 Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 308,420 281,327 Other Assets 1,631,797 1,410,211 Total Assets $3,901,137 $3,027,765 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Short-term Borrowings $ 823,202 $ 527,259 Payables and Accrued Liabilities 786,176 676,860 Total Current Liabilities 1,609,378 1,204,119 Long-term Debt 409,937 -- Deferred Liabilities 77,700 77,886 Total Liabilities 2,097,015 1,282,005 Total Shareholders' Equity 1,804,122 1,745,760 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $3,901,137 $ 3,027,765
Hasbro, Inc. John T. O'Neill, 401-727-5600 or Renita E. O'Connell, 401-727-5401
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