Earnings Results: Mattel stock falls 8% as holiday-season sales drop 22%, profit shrinks

by | Feb 8, 2023 | Stock Market

Shares of Mattel Inc. dropped more than 8% in the extended session Wednesday after the toy maker missed Wall Street expectations for quarterly profit and revenue and called for another flat year in sales, saying that the economy was worse than it expected and that retailers are shrinking their orders. Mattel
earned $16 million, or 4 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, compared with $226 million, or 63 a share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted for one-time items, the company earned 18 cents a share.

Revenue fell 22% to $1.4 billion, the company said, listing declines in nearly all of its toy lines including Fisher-Price, games and action figures, and a 17% drop for sales of American Girl dolls. The drop was partly offset by gains for Hot Wheels and other toy-vehicle sales. Analysts polled by FactSet expected the company to report adjusted EPS of 29 cents on sales of $1.68 billion. Net sales for 2022 of $5.44 billion were flat year-on-year, compared with expectations of $5.72 billion. The company guided for another year of flat sales in 2023, while the same analysts forecast $5.9 billion. “Our fourth-quarter results were below our expectations, as the macroeconomic environment was more challenging t …

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