Mattel Girls & Boys Brands
Fourth quarter worldwide gross sales for the Mattel Girls & Boys Brands business unit were $1.41 billion, up 5% versus a year ago. Worldwide gross sales for the Barbie brand were down 4% and worldwide gross sales for Other Girls Brands were up 55%, primarily driven by Monster High®. Worldwide gross sales for the Wheels business, which includes the Hot Wheels, Matchbox® and Tyco R/C® brands, were down 1%, primarily driven by Matchbox. Worldwide gross sales for the Entertainment business, which includes Radica® and Games, were down 13% for the quarter, primarily driven by decreases in the CARS 2® movie property.
For the year, worldwide gross sales for the Mattel Girls & Boys Brands business unit were $4.19 billion, or up 2%. Worldwide gross sales for the Barbie brand were down 3%. Worldwide gross sales for Other Girls Brands were up 57% for the year, primarily driven by Monster High. Worldwide gross sales for the Wheels business, which includes the Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Tyco R/C brands, were flat, with growth in Hot Wheels offset by decreases in Matchbox. Worldwide gross sales for the Entertainment business, including Radica and Games, were down 21%, primarily driven by decreases in the CARS 2 movie property.
Fisher-Price BrandsFourth quarter worldwide gross sales for the Fisher-Price Brands business unit, which includes the Fisher-Price Core, Fisher-Price Friends and Power Wheels brands, were $744.5 million, up 6%. For the year, worldwide gross sales for the Fisher-Price Brands business unit were $2.25 billion, up 4%, driven by strength in Fisher-Price Friends with the addition of the HIT Entertainment portfolio and Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates™ property. American Girl Brands Fourth quarter gross sales for the American Girl Brands business unit, which offers American Girl branded products direct to consumers, were $320.8 million, up 13%. For the year, gross sales for the American Girl Brands business unit were $567.5 million, up 11%, primarily driven by strong sales of McKenna™, the 2012 Girl of the Year, and the expansion of retail locations. Live Webcast Mattel will webcast its 2012 fourth quarter and full-year financial results conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today. The conference call will be webcast on the "Investors & Media" section of the Company's corporate website: http://corporate.mattel.com/. To listen to the live call, log on to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 90 days and may be accessed beginning two hours after the completion of the live call. A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time the morning of the call until Friday, Feb. 8 at midnight Eastern time and may be accessed by dialing + 1 (404) 537-3406. The passcode is 84924461. Presentation slides relating to the conference call, as well as other financial and statistical information, will be available at the time of the webcast on the “Investors & Media” section of http://corporate.mattel.com/, under the sub-headings “Financial Information” – “Earnings Releases.” Information required by Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G regarding non-GAAP financial measures is set forth in the Exhibits to this press release. About Mattel Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, Fisher-Price® brands, including, Little People®, Power Wheels®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the sixth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 28,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements on a variety of matters, including without limitation, the Company’s expected quarterly cash dividend payments in 2013. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial, economic and other information and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual future results to differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements. Some of these factors are described in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section of Mattel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and Mattel's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for fiscal year 2012, as well as in Mattel's other public statements. Mattel does not update forward-looking statements and expressly disclaims any obligation to do so.