JAKKS Pacific, Inc. has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
- Net sales were $120.9 million, up 44% compared to $83.8 million last year
- Highest Q1 net sales since 2008
- Costume business more than doubled vs. Q1 2021
- Net loss attributable to common stockholders of $4.2 million (or $0.43 per share) compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $24.4 million (or $4.54 per share) in Q1 2021
- Adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders (a non-GAAP measure) of $2.6 million (or $0.28 per share), compared to an adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders of $9.5 million (or $1.77 per share) in Q1 2021
- Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was $1.9 million, compared to negative $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2021
- Trailing twelve month adjusted EBITDA of $53.6 million (8.1% of net sales) up 36% from $39.5 million (7.4% of net sales) in the trailing twelve months ended March 2021
“Our 2022 is off to an exceptional start,” says Stephen Berman, JAKKS Chairman and CEO. “For several years we have talked about maintaining a disciplined focus on growing evergreen toy categories and brands to deliver consistently improving, yet sustainable, results. In addition, this approach can also benefit from the excitement and enthusiasm new entertainment content can generate.
“As the year begins, we are starting to see strong results as more consumers discover and embrace films like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Disney’s Encanto, and want to deepen their relationships with the characters by engaging with a broad array of our toys, Halloween Costumes, day-to-day role play and many other related products.
“While that endorsement and enthusiasm is exciting and reaffirming for the teams who bring the product ranges to market, I am equally excited to share that in addition to the growth of these two theatrical releases, the balance of the Toy/Consumer Products business was up mid-single digit percentage in the quarter compared to prior year. We appreciate the continued support from all of our stakeholders in working together to overcome continuing pandemic-driven manufacturing and supply-chain challenges to deliver these results.
“As anticipated, higher inbound freight expenses continued to weigh down gross margins, as we expect to be the case for the balance of the year. Nonetheless, tight cost controls paired with our higher revenues still generated positive Q1 EBITDA for the first time since 2008. We have a lot of work to do as we continue to navigate the unpredictable nature of current events, but are excited by the opportunities we see ahead of us this year and thinking ahead to 2023.”