JAKKS Pacific Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Company Reiterates Growth in 2016 Financial Guidance

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JAKKS Pacific, Inc. [NASDAQ: JAKK] today reported financial results for
the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Sales increased 8 percent
  • Gross margin increased 180 basis points
  • Operating margin improved 150 basis points
  • Net loss attributable to JAKKS Pacific decreased 23 percent
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 166 percent
  • Inventory levels declined 22 percent year over year

Net sales for second quarter 2016 increased 8 percent to $141.0 million
from $131.1 million reported in the comparable period in 2015. The
reported net loss attributable to JAKKS Pacific for second quarter 2016
was $4.4 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, down from a net loss of
$5.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, reported in the comparable
period in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased to $4.0
million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $1.5 million in 2015. See note
below on “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

First Half 2016 Financial Overview

Net sales for the six months ending June 30, 2016 were $236.8 million
compared to $245.3 million in 2015. The reported net loss attributable
to JAKKS Pacific for the six month period was $21.8 million, or $1.30
per diluted share. This compares to a net loss for the first six months
of 2015 of $13.3 million, or $0.69 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA
for the first six months of 2016 was negative $5.1 million, compared to
Adjusted EBITDA of $0.6 million for the first six months of 2015.

“We had a solid second quarter performance in line with expectations,
and we delivered better than consensus revenue and earnings with
continuing margin improvement and operating efficiencies reflected in
the increased Adjusted EBITDA year over year. This marks the third
consecutive second quarter showing year-over-year growth in revenue and
earnings,” said Stephen Berman, JAKKS Pacific Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer.

“We believe we have created a strong foundation as we head into the
important second half of the year. I am confident we can continue the
momentum of growth and profitability with our compelling portfolio of
brands, and innovative product introductions in the back half of the
year,” said Berman.

In second half 2016, JAKKS Pacific is set to unveil several new exciting
products across a number of categories for the upcoming Fall and holiday
seasons. From magical dolls to mini-collectibles to radio controlled
vehicles, JAKKS Pacific has a robust line-up of on-trend and engaging
products for kids and kids at heart. A few highlights include Northern
Lights Elsa, the next iteration of JAKKS Pacific successful large-scale
Frozen dolls this year features a magical light show on Elsa’s dress;
kids can transform Cinderella’s look with Disney Princess Magical Wand
Cinderella which features lights, sounds and music; Gift ‘ems, the only
collectible mini-doll line which features the universally known gift box
to surprise girls with a “friend” from different cities around the
world; XPV Skateboarding Mikey inspired by the popular Michelangelo
character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; BIG-FIGS large-scale
figures based on the popular Star Wars franchise as well as the DC
Universe; Nintendo characters are all the rage and we will release new
World of Nintendo action figures and vehicles; new waves of the Tsum
Tsum line of collectible figures featuring characters from the vast
library of both Disney and Marvel; and, two new additions to our Disney
line with the introduction of Elena of Avalor and Disney/Pixar’s Moana.
In addition, JAKKS Pacific is geared up to serve as global distributor
for Glow Friends by Roxo, an innovative line of interactive light-up
characters; and as U.S. distributor for Ooshies by Headstart, a line of
collectible characters featuring popular licenses.

Working Capital and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2016, the Company’s working capital was $216.5 million,
including cash and cash equivalents of $86.7 million, compared to
working capital of $232.0 million including cash and cash equivalents of
$110.5 million as of June 30, 2015. Net cash used in operating
activities for the second quarter was $11.2 million, compared to net
cash provided by operating activities of $11.5 million in the year ago
period.

Reiterating 2016 Guidance

For 2016, JAKKS Pacific continues to forecast net sales to increase 7
percent to approximately $800.0 million; diluted earnings per share to
increase 10 percent to approximately $0.78 per share, subject to share
count changes; and Adjusted EBITDA to increase 28 percent to
approximately $65.0 million. This guidance reflects anticipated gross
margin expansion and operating margin growth in 2016.

Share Repurchase

In June 2015, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to
repurchase up to $30.0 million worth of shares of the Company’s
outstanding common stock and/or convertible notes. Approximately 3.2
million shares of common stock at an aggregate cost of $25.2 million,
$0.7 million face amount of our 2018 convertible notes at a cost of $0.7
million and $2.0 million face amount of our 2020 convertible notes at a
cost of $1.9 million were repurchased through the end of the second
quarter. At quarter-end, approximately $2.2 million remained available
in the current buy-back authorization.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to the preliminary results reported in accordance with U.S.
GAAP included in this release, the Company has provided certain non-
GAAP financial information including Adjusted EBITDA which is a non-GAAP
metric that excludes various items that are detailed in the financial
tables and accompanying footnotes reconciling GAAP to non-GAAP results
contained in this release. Management believes that the presentation of
these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to
investors because the information may allow investors to better evaluate
ongoing business performance and certain components of the Company’s
results. In addition, the Company believes that the presentation of
these financial measures enhances an investor’s ability to make
period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s operating results. This
information should be considered in addition to the results presented in
accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for the
GAAP results. The Company has reconciled the non- GAAP financial
information included in this release to the nearest GAAP measures. See
the attached “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

Conference Call Live Webcast

JAKKS Pacific will webcast its second quarter earnings call at 9 a.m.
Eastern Time/6 a.m. Pacific Time today. To listen to the live webcast
and access the accompanying presentation slides, go to www.jakks.com/investors
and click on the earnings website link under Presentations at least 10
minutes prior to register, download and install any necessary audio
software. A replay of the call will be available on JAKK Pacific’s
website approximately one hour following completion of the call through
August 19, 2016 ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time/8:59 p.m. Pacific
Time. The playback can be accessed by calling (888) 843-7419 or (630)
652-3042 for international callers, passcode “4293 5558#” for both
playback numbers.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer
and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world,
with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific’s
popular proprietary brands include BIG-FIGS™, XPV®, Real Construction®,
Max Tow™ and Friends, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®,
Kids Only!®, as well a wide range of entertainment-inspired products
featuring premier licensed properties. DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint
venture between JAKKS and NantWorks LLC to develop, market and sell toys
and related consumer products incorporating NantWorks’ proprietary iD
recognition technology. Through JAKKS Cares, the Company’s commitment to
philanthropy, JAKKS Pacific is helping to make a positive impact on the
lives of children. Visit us at www.jakks.com and
follow us on Instagram (@jakkstoys),
Twitter (@jakkstoys)
and Facebook (JAKKS
Pacific
).

© 2016 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.

Forward Looking Statements

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 Pacific’s products, product mix, the timing of customer orders
and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and
difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. 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.

 
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
       
 
June 30, December 31,
2016 2015
(In thousands)
 
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 86,693 $ 102,528
Restricted cash 9,933
Accounts receivable, net 132,892 163,387
Inventory, net 71,468 60,544
Income taxes receivable 23,435 24,008
Prepaid expenses and other   28,102     31,901  
Total current assets 352,523 382,368
 
Property and equipment 121,111 112,088
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   97,011     93,653  
Property and equipment, net 24,100 18,435
 
Goodwill 43,631 44,199
Trademarks & other assets, net 42,638 47,618
Investment in DreamPlay, LLC   7,000     7,000  
Total assets $ 469,892   $ 499,620  
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 105,166 $ 89,067
Reserve for sales returns and allowances 8,960 17,267
Income taxes payable   21,926     21,067  
Total current liabilities 136,052 127,401
 
Long term debt, net 207,526 209,166
Other liabilities 5,173 5,155
Income taxes payable 2,325 2,199
Deferred tax liability   2,297     2,293  
Total liabilities 353,373 346,214
 
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, $.001 par value 21 21
Additional paid-in capital 179,421 194,743
Treasury stock (24,701 ) (28,322 )
Accumulated deficit (25,175 ) (3,391 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (13,709 )   (10,051 )
Total JAKKS Pacific, Inc. stockholders’ equity 115,857 153,000
Non-controlling interests   662     406  
Total stockholders’ equity   116,519     153,406  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 469,892   $ 499,620  
 
Working Capital $ 216,471   $ 254,967  
 
 
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Second Quarter Earnings Announcement, 2016
Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
               
 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(In thousands, except per share data) (In thousands, except per share data)
 
Net sales $ 140,977 $ 131,106 $ 236,786 $ 245,307
Less cost of sales
Cost of goods 74,815 73,338 126,993 135,839
Royalty expense 19,299 16,797 30,533 32,314
Amortization of tools and molds   2,063     1,684     3,277     2,489  
Cost of sales   96,177     91,819     160,803     170,642  
Gross profit 44,800 39,287 75,983 74,665
Direct selling expenses 8,892 9,239 20,451 16,101
Selling, general and administrative expenses 34,415 30,662 65,033 61,419
Depreciation and amortization   2,593     2,394     5,415     4,352  
Loss from operations (1,100 ) (3,008 ) (14,916 ) (7,207 )
Other income (expense):
Income from joint ventures 861 1,684 861 1,684
Other income 75
Interest income 18 16 34 35
Interest expense   (3,220 )   (3,106 )   (6,446 )   (6,080 )
Loss before provision for income taxes (3,441 ) (4,414 ) (20,392 ) (11,568 )
Provision for income taxes   704     1,313     1,136     1,740  
Net loss (4,145 ) (5,727 ) (21,528 ) (13,308 )
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests   224     (47 )   256     (47 )
Net loss attributable to JAKKS Pacific, Inc. $ (4,369 ) $ (5,680 ) $ (21,784 ) $ (13,261 )
Loss per share – basic and diluted $ (0.27 ) $ (0.30 ) $ (1.30 ) $ (0.69 )
Shares used in loss per share   16,402     19,108     16,818     19,115  
 
 
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2016 and 2015
               
 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures:

 

This press release and accompanying schedules provide certain
information regarding Adjusted EBITDA, which may be considered
non-GAAP financial measures under the rules of the Securities and
Exchange Commission. The non-GAAP financial measures included in
the press release are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP
financial measures below, as required under the rules of the
Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the use of non-GAAP
financial measures. We define Adjusted EBITDA as income (loss)
from operations before depreciation, amortization and adjusted for
certain non-recurring charges incurred, primarily related to
reorganization expenses and certain non-cash charges for
restricted stock compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA is not a
recognized financial measure under GAAP, but we believe that it is
useful in measuring our operating performance. We believe that the
use of the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA enhances an
overall understanding of the Company’s past financial performance,
and provides useful information to the investor by comparing our
performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis and the
use of Adjusted EBITDA by other comparable companies as a measure
of performance.

 

Investors should not consider these measures in isolation or as a
substitute for net income, operating income, or any other measure
for determining the Company’s operating performance that is
calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because these
measures are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they may not
necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by
other companies.

 
 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(In thousands) (In thousands)
 
Net loss $ (4,145 )

 

$ (5,727 ) $ (21,528 )

 

$ (13,308 )
Income from joint ventures (861 )

 

(1,684 ) (861 )

 

(1,684 )
Other income

 

(75 )

 

Interest income (18 )

 

(16 ) (34 )

 

(35 )
Interest expense 3,220

 

3,106 6,446

 

6,080
Provision for income taxes   704  

 

    1,313     1,136  

 

    1,740  
Loss from operations (1,100 ) (3,008 ) (14,916 ) (7,207 )
 
Depreciation and amortization 4,656 4,078 8,692 6,841
Restricted stock compensation expense   461     440     1,084     944  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 4,017   $ 1,510   $ (5,140 ) $ 578  

Contacts

JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Sara Rosales Montalvo, 424-268-9363
or
Joel
Bennett, 310-455-6210