Corgi International Limited To Do Halo Products
Corgi International Ltd, (Nasdaq:CRGI) a NASDAQ listed company, announced today that in early July 2007, Jack Lawrence will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Group Managing Director, heading the company's North American operations. Until recently, Mr. Lawrence was Chief Financial Officer and head of Operations for the Seattle based, privately-held Cranium, Inc. Cranium is one of the fastest growing games and toys company in the world. Over a long operations and finance career of 24 years, Mr. Lawrence has previously held Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer positions with Consumer Products, Technology, Media, and Broadcast companies including Cranium Inc, AT&T Multi-Media, Chambers Communications and Dotcast Inc.
Corgi International CEO, Michael Cookson commented, “Corgi International is already an industry leader in the production and distribution of high-quality licensed and other pop-culture collectibles – from high-end movie prop replicas to lower price-point gifts and toys – throughout the world. Now, with the recent hire of Denis Horton, formerly Managing Director of Europe for Radica, Inc. as the Managing Director of Europe, and Mr. Lawrence heading up finance and operations in North America, we have our top management team in place, and look forward to continued growth.”
Comments Lawrence: “Corgi is an established and well-recognized brand in the toy and collectibles industry. It has a diverse and loyal customer base with expansive distribution throughout the world. The combination of Corgi, Master Replicas, PopCo and Cards Inc. into a complete licensing, distribution, manufacturing and marketing company makes it unique in the industry. The company holds licenses for many of the highest grossing film franchises of all time and has broad distribution into collector, gift, and toy channels. I am excited to lead this business as it expands in North America.”
Mr. Lawrence will be replacing Jennifer Klatt, the company’s current Chief Financial Officer, who is resigning to pursue other interests. On behalf of the former Master Replicas Inc. Board of Directors and on behalf of the current Corgi International Ltd. Board of Directors, the company would like to thank Jennifer for her tireless efforts.
The company has also announced that it has entered into four new licensing agreements, including:
- A Master Toy/Collectible License Agreement on a multi-category range of products with Nintendo of America Inc.
- A range of Beatles and Yellow Submarine Die Cast Collectibles with Apple Corps, utilizing iconic Beatles imagery on a range of die cast collectibles at different scales.
- A partnership with Microsoft to bring the exciting and interactive world of Microsoft’s “Halo” franchise to life with stunning 3-D merchandise, in conjunction with the highly-anticipated release of “Halo 3” later this year.
- A Master License for a product line of toys and collectibles for Exodus’ CG-animated feature film “Igor.”
All four new licenses will be incorporated into Corgi International’s product plans shortly, with Halo products launching in the fall of 2007, and the other three beginning in 2008.
Lastly, the company is providing the following guidance: The year ending March 31st, 2008 is expected to be profitable, excluding any merger-related charges, with revenues ranging from $110 to $115 million US dollars.
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