Hasbro Reported better-than-expected Revenue

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) on Monday report first quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates, helped by robust revenue from its entertainment and licensing business.

The company said revenue rose 2.2 percent to $849.7 million in the quarter ended April 2. Net income rose to $68.6 million, or 54 cents per share, compared with $48.8 million, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected a profit of 38 cents per share on revenue of $822.1 million.

"Hasbro remains in a strong financial position, with positive trends to start the year and a healthy balance sheet," said Deborah Thomas, Hasbro's chief financial officer. "As anticipated, operating profit in the quarter was negatively impacted by an extra week of expenses without the comparable revenue increase. This decline was more than offset by a favorable foreign exchange impact in non-operating income and the tax benefit from the new accounting standard.”

The second largest U.S. toymaker won a contract from Mattel for dolls based on Walt Disney’s princesses in 2014. Revenue was also boosted by higher demand for digital gaming unit, including "Transformers: Earth Wars" and "Nerf Hoops".

Hasbro shares rose as much as 5.9 percent to $101.7 per share on Monday.

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