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Mattel's (MAT) Underperforming Brands to Hurt Q4 Revenues


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Mattel, Inc. MAT is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2017 numbers on Feb 1, after market close.

Last quarter, the company's earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 83.93%. In fact, Mattel saw earnings misses in each of the trailing four quarters, the average negative surprise being 68.48%.

Further, shares of the company have lost 38.8% in the past year, against the industry 's gain of 49.6%.

We note that Mattel is particularly plagued by weak topline performance. The consensus estimate for fourth-quarter revenues is pegged at $1.76 billion, reflecting a 4.2% year-over-year decline. This is reflective of the downward trend, with revenues declining 9.7% year over year in the first nine months of 2017.

Now, let's take a look at how this Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) company's top line will shape up around each of its brands in the to-be-reported quarter.


Top-Line Performance Weak

Mattel's top line has been facing a number of challenges for quite some time. As it is, the industry has been tricky for toymakers due to declining demand for traditional toys. Owing to the growing demand for a broad array of alternative modes of entertainment, including video games, MP3 players, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices from the likes of Electronic Arts EA , the U.S. toy industry is facing declining sales.

Moreover, the recent Toys 'R' Us bankruptcy aggravated matters for major toy makers like Mattel, Hasbro HAS and JAKKS Pacific JAKK . Owing to the bankruptcy, Mattel witnessed a year-over-year decline in third-quarter 2017 revenues and profits. The effect of the bankruptcy is expected to affect the to-be-reported results as well.

Notably, per a recent regulatory filing, the company expects sales to decline in the fourth quarter as the company's key retail partners are moving toward tighter inventory management.

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Major Brands Likely to Underperform

All of Mattel's major brands have seen a decline in gross sales in the first nine months of 2017 from the year-ago level. The company expects 2017 sales to decline mid-to-high single digits compared to 2016.

The Mattel Girls & Boys Brands witnessed a 6% decline in gross revenues in the first nine months of 2017. The trend is expected to continue in the to-be-reported quarter. The fourth-quarter consensus estimate for gross sales of the brand is pegged at $1.04 billion, reflecting a 1% year-over year decline.

The Fisher-Price Brands recorded year-over-year gross revenue decline of 11% in the first nine months. The trend is expected to persist as the consensus estimate for the same in the to-be-reported quarter is pegged at $596 million, reflecting a 1.9% decrease from the year-ago quarter.

The fourth-quarter consensus estimate for the American Girl Brands' gross sales is pegged at $259 million, showing an 8.8% year-over-year decline, which again is reflective of the downward trend. Gross sales of the brand declined 18% year over year in the first nine months of 2017.

Similarly, Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands saw a 30% year-over-year decline in gross sales in the first nine months of 2017. The consensus estimate for gross sales for the said brand is pegged at $103 million, reflecting a 17.5% decline from the year-earlier quarter.

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