JAKKS Pacific® Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results for 2012

JAKKS Pacific® Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results for 2012

Declares Cash Dividend for First Quarter 2013

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NAS: JAKK) reported results for the Company's fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $133.5 million, compared to $141.1 million reported in the comparable period in 2011. The reported net loss for the fourth quarter was $119.5 million, or $5.45 per diluted share, which includes a one-time non-cash charge of $91.7 million or $4.18 per diluted share, related to the impairment of deferred tax assets, and $0.8 million of pre-tax charges, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to legal and financial advisory fees and expenses associated with the unsolicited indication of interest and activist shareholder activities. This compares to a net loss of $20.0 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, reported in the comparable period in 2011, which included $1.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, of legal and financial advisory fees and expenses. Excluding the legal and financial advisory fees and expenses and the deferred tax asset impairment charge, the fourth quarter net loss in 2012 would have totaled $27.2 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $18.8 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, in 2011.

Net sales for the full year of 2012 were $666.8 million compared to $677.8 million in 2011. The reported net loss for the full year was $104.8 million, or $4.37 per diluted share, which included $4.8 million or $0.16 per diluted share of pre-tax charges and legal and financial advisory fees and expenses, and $91.7 million or $3.83 per diluted share, for the deferred tax asset impairment charge. This compares to net income for the full year of 2011 of $8.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, which included $3.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, of legal and financial advisory fees and expenses. Excluding the deferred tax asset impairment charge and legal and financial advisory fees and expenses, the full year 2012 results would have been a loss totaling $9.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to earnings of $10.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in 2011.

Stephen Berman, President and CEO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. stated, "We are disappointed by our performance in the fourth quarter. The difficult and challenging toy environment did not generate the sales that had been anticipated, and several of our key products did not achieve the sales levels that we had planned for, also resulting in license royalty minimum guarantee shortfalls."

"However, we are optimistic for our future growth and profitability. We believe that our core business lead by our infant/preschool, seasonal and Halloween segments, in conjunction with meaningful reductions in operating costs, will return the Company to profitability in 2013."

Berman continued, "We believe that the difficult environment for toys in 2012 resulted from rapid changes in children's play patterns as tablet and smartphone devices and interactive games and toys have more and more become cornerstones of their play and fun experiences. We recognize that it is critical for us to provide new, more exciting and magical experiences for today's child compatible with these new play patterns. We believe that our partnership with NantWorks in creating our DreamPlay line of toys using NantWorks proprietary iD recognition technology will place JAKKS in the forefront of the play revolution we are witnessing."

"We believe that applying this technology to a broad array of characters and play patterns will create new consumer demand for JAKKS products and will help JAKKS achieve substantial long range growth and profitability, warranting the investment in technology and content that we are making."

2013 Guidance & Dividend

For 2013, the Company anticipates an increase in net sales of 4.0% to 5.0% to approximately $694 million to $700 million, with diluted earnings per share in the range of approximately $0.63 to $0.68. This guidance anticipates first-quarter 2013 net sales in the range of $70 to $73 million, with a loss per share in the range of $0.83 to $0.85, which reflects 17.6% fewer common shares outstanding primarily as a result of the July 2012 self-tender of 4.0 million shares and includes incremental operating expenses associated with the recent acquisition of Maui Toys in a seasonally low sales volume quarter, and incremental operating and marketing expenses associated with the launch of our DreamPlay product lines. This is compared to net sales of $73.4 million and a loss per share of $0.62 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012.

The JAKKS Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per common share payable on April 1, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2013 reflecting a current annual yield of 2.1%.

As of December 31, 2012, the Company's working capital was $179.5 million, including cash and equivalents and marketable securities of $189.5 million, compared to working capital of $374.7 million including cash and equivalents and marketable securities of $257.5 million as of December 31, 2012.

Conference Call

JAKKS Pacific will webcast its fourth quarter earnings conference call today, February 21, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET (6:00 a.m. PT). To listen to the live webcast, go to www.jakks.com/investors, and click on the earnings webcast link under Events and Presentations at least 10 minutes prior to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A telephonic playback will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET on February 21 through March 21, 2013. The playback can be accessed by calling (888) 843-7419, or (630) 652-3042 for international callers, pass code "34214746".

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NAS: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS' diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Creative Designs International™, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!®, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui ®. JAKKS is also the creator of the underlying Monsuno® property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Hello Kitty®, Graco® and Cabbage Patch Kids®. www.jakks.com

This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. Continued payment of the quarterly cash dividend will depend on many factors, including, but not limited to, JAKKS' earnings, financial condition, business development needs, and is at the discretion of the Board of Directors. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

© 2013 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31,December 31,
 2012  2011 
(In thousands)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$189,321$257,258
Marketable securities218214
Accounts receivable, net105,455103,637
Inventory, net59,69047,019
Income taxes receivable24,00824,166
Deferred income taxes-34,505
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 20,306  30,686 
Total current assets 398,998  497,485 
Property and equipment94,79981,399
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 78,973  65,213 
Property and equipment, net 15,826  16,186 
Trademarks & other assets, net73,94627,731
Deferred income taxes-47,081
Investment in joint venture3,1612,736
Investment in DreamPlay 7,000  - 
Total assets$547,767 $615,234 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$101,470$77,210
Reserve for sales returns and allowances34,37343,440
Income taxes payable12,9222,183
Short term debt, net of current portion 70,710  - 
Total current liabilities 219,475  122,833 
Long term debt94,91892,188
Other liabilities18,3451,630
Income taxes payable4,6874,992
Deferred tax liability 3,122  - 
Total liabilities 340,547  221,643 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, $.001 par value2226
Additional paid-in capital202,577274,532
Retained earnings8,836123,174
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,215) (4,141)
Total stockholders' equity 207,220  393,591 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$547,767 $615,234 
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Fourth Quarter Earnings Announcement, 2012
Condensed Statements of Income (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,
 2012  2011  2012  2011 
(In thousands, expect per share data)(In thousands, expect per share data)
Net sales$133,507$141,079$666,762$677,751
Less cost of sales
Cost of goods81,65286,878374,549379,573
Royalty expense20,17232,92082,87492,830
Amortization of tools and molds 917  2,324  11,402  11,358 
Cost of sales 102,741  122,122  468,825  483,761 
Gross profit30,76618,957197,937193,990
Direct selling expenses25,55520,63964,36653,078
Selling, general and administrative expenses34,60232,189137,313128,525
Depreciation and amortization 1,824  2,125  9,480  11,107 
Income (loss) from operations(31,215)(35,996)(13,222)1,280
Other income (expense):
Income from video game joint venture--3,0006,000
Equity in net income (loss) of joint venture126(9)130(34)
Interest income6183671412
Interest expense, net of benefit (3,143) (2,068) (9,228) (8,196)
Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes(34,171)(37,990)(18,649)(538)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 85,286  (17,972) 86,151  (9,010)
Net income (loss)$(119,457)$(20,018)$(104,800)$8,472 
Earnings (loss) per share$(5.45)$(0.77)$(4.37)$0.32
Shares used in earnings (loss) per share21,92325,83923,96326,893

JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Joel Bennett, 310-455-6210
Anne-Marie Feliciano, 310-455-6245

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