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Jakks Pacific Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Company Reiterates 2016 Growth in Financial Guidance

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 21, 2016--JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter Highlights

Company achieved second highest first quarter net sales in 7 years

Gross margin improved 150 basis points year-over-year

Operating margin impacted by marketing expenses due to earlier Easter

Inventory level decreased 33 percent year-over-year

2016 guidance reiterated: net sales to increase 7 percent to approximately $800.0 million and diluted EPS to increase 10 percent to approximately $0.78 per share

Consistent with Company guidance issued on February 23, 2016, net sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $95.8 million compared to $114.2 million reported in the comparable period in 2015. The net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $17.4 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $7.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, reported in the comparable period in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was negative $9.2 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of negative $0.9 million in 2015. See note below on “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

The year-over-year reduction in first quarter 2016 net sales and earnings reflects a decline in sales of a product line in international markets, and the increase in the quarterly loss also includes the impact of a loss of $0.05 per share due to fewer common shares outstanding during the quarter. The reduced share count is a direct result of the Company’s ongoing stock buy-back program. On a static share count, the Company’s earnings would have been a loss of $0.96 per share, in the middle of the range of previously announced guidance for the quarter. As reflected in the Company’s guidance for the quarter, higher marketing expenses, including the timing of expenses associated with an earlier Easter holiday season, contributed to the decline in earnings from the year ago period.

“Our performance in the first quarter is in line with our expectations going into 2016. We remain committed to maximizing the value of our portfolio with customers and consumers,” Stephen Berman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated. “As expected, our gross margin continues to improve due to ongoing margin enhancement initiatives,” said Berman.

Partnering with best-in-class content creators, this summer JAKKS Pacific is launching several new entertainment-licensed products inspired by major theatrical releases, including

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,

Warcraft, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

Finding Dory

“Looking beyond summer, our Fall lines are proceeding as planned and we expect our broad category of products to have wide placement at retail in the second half,” said Berman.

Working Capital and Cash Flow

As of March 31, 2016, the Company’s working capital was $226.9 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $118.9 million, compared to working capital of $234.2 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $105.3 million, as of March 31, 2015. Net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter was $32.6 million, compared to $38.8 million in the year ago period.

Reiterating 2016 Guidance

For 2016, JAKKS 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 through open market purchases or in privately negotiated transactions. Approximately 2.9 million shares of common stock at an aggregate cost of $23.0 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 first quarter. At quarter end, approximately $5.0 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 first 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’s website approximately one hour following completion of the call through May 21, 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 “4232 5232#” 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 as 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

™ recognition technology. Through JAKKS Cares, the company’s commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Visit us at

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

December 31,

(In thousands)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

118,914

102,528

Accounts receivable, net

85,471

163,387

Inventory, net

53,470

60,544

Income taxes receivable

24,008

Prepaid expenses and other

32,912

31,901

Total current assets

314,775

382,368

Property and equipment

115,116

112,088

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

95,256

93,653

Property and equipment, net

19,860

18,435

Goodwill

44,024

44,199

Trademarks & other assets, net

44,912

47,618

Investment in DreamPlay, LLC

7,000

Total assets

430,571

499,620

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

52,988

89,067

Reserve for sales returns and allowances

13,104

17,267

Income taxes payable

21,741

21,067

Total current liabilities

87,833

127,401

Long term debt, net

207,797

209,166

Other liabilities

5,303

5,155

2,199

Deferred tax liability

2,293

Total liabilities

305,331

346,214

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $.001 par value

20

21

Additional paid-in capital

180,363

194,743

Treasury stock

(24,000

(28,322

Accumulated deficit

(20,806

(3,391

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(10,775

(10,051

Total JAKKS Pacific, Inc. stockholders' equity

124,802

153,000

Non-controlling interests

438

406

Total stockholders' equity

125,240

153,406

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

Working Capital

226,942

254,967

First Quarter Earnings Announcement, 2016

Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

(In thousands, except per share data)

Net sales

95,809

114,201

Less cost of sales

Cost of goods

52,178

62,501

Royalty expense

11,234

15,517

Amortization of tools and molds

1,214

805

Cost of sales

64,626

78,823

Gross profit

31,183

35,378

Direct selling expenses

11,559

6,862

Selling, general and administrative expenses

30,618

30,757

Depreciation and amortization

2,822

1,958

Loss from operations

(13,816

(4,199

Other income (expense):

Other income

75

Interest income

16

19

Interest expense

(3,226

(2,974

Loss before provision for income taxes

(16,951

(7,154

Provision for income taxes

432

427

Net loss

(17,383

(7,581

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

32

Net loss attributable to JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

(17,415

Loss per share

(1.01

(0.40

Shares used in loss per share

17,218

19,090

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 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.

4,036

2,763

Restricted stock compensation expense

623

504

Adjusted EBITDA

(9,157

(932

CONTACT:

Sara Rosales Montalvo, 424-268-9363

Joel Bennett, 310-455-6210

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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