Hasbro's Financial Woes Continue After Reporting Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results

by Jay Cochran
February 13, 2024
Hasbro today released it's fourth quarter and full year 2023 financial results which in turn has caused shares to take a 11.9% dive in premarket trading which puts it on track to surpass the companies biggest one-day decline which happened back on March 16, 2020 when it fell 18.7%, at the height of the COVID pandemic.

Hasbro for 2023 reported a 19% decline in the Consumer Products segment and 31% decline in it's Entertainment segment. Last years sale of eOne and conservative inventory planning by big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target played a part in this. Hasbro did see a 10% growth in Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming segment for 2023, however they say they expect to see a 3% to 5% decline in those areas in the coming year. Hasbro's Q4 revenue declined 23%.

Hasbro's executive team of course tried to put a positive spin on things for Wall Street:

“Guided by our strategy of “Fewer, Bigger, Better,” we had important wins across both toys and games while making progress in our transformation during a challenging 2023. Despite the macroeconomic backdrop, we are entering 2024 with a healthier balance sheet, a leaner cost structure, and a diverse portfolio of industry-leading toy and game brands that support our capacity to invest in the business and maintain our commitment to returning cash to shareholders via our category-leading dividend,” said Chris Cocks, Hasbro chief executive officer. “Our refreshed leadership team is bringing innovative new products to our fans. At the same time, we are taking the necessary actions to transform Hasbro and deliver long-term profitable growth starting with driving significant profit growth across our segments in 2024 and building momentum in our innovation pipeline between now and 2025.”

"2023 was a productive year for Hasbro, although not without some challenges." said Gina Goetter, Hasbro chief financial officer. “As we navigated the current environment, we took aggressive steps to optimize our inventory, reset the cost structure, and sharpen our portfolio focus on play with the eOne film and TV divestiture. Taken together, the actions throughout the full year have positioned the company for improved financial performance in 2024 and beyond. We are encouraged by our recent progress and remain laser focused on execution to deliver on our transformation objectives.”


To see Hasbro's entire financial report, CLICK HERE!




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kILLMonger - 2024-02-20 @ 1:45 pm

And they are STILL refusing to look at external/internal inflation. People's money doesn't do what it used to do. And there are the new figure bought to the market NOBODY asked for. Why the hell am I going to pay 10-15 dollars for a basic fig with 5 points of articulation?

Why do I have to "waste gas" (If I am compelled to look) searching for a wave I'll never find except for mark up on eBay?

Why are they rehashing figs and not dipping into the stable or never done ones?

Why are Black figs now 25 and vintage 15? I used to be able to go crazy with figs with the same articulation in vintage size for like 6 bucks?

Someone needs to really take a deep sip of common sense and see if the prices keep going up....purchases will go down.

The Mando Naboo fighter would have been like 20-40 dollars about 10-15 years ago....now y'all want 100? I'll pass and just get the Mission Fleet/Micro Galaxy one.

Goldbug - 2024-02-14 @ 4:08 am

PAST time for a change in leadership

RobertD - 2024-02-13 @ 6:05 pm
1 hour ago, Rhanen said:

And still, they dismiss big markets like South America and Europe with terrible or no distribution at all. They keep feeding that nonsense exclusiveness on certain items and then flood shelves with figures like Eternals or similar

Eternals wave came out in 2021. Nobody bought them, so you still see them around, but let's not pretend it's the reason last year's financial drops for Hasbro. A poorly selling wave here or there does not sink the ship. What has really been killing them over the past two years has been the closed box initiative, which while I personally don't mind that much, generally went over like a lead balloon. You make an excellent point about their poor South American/European distribution, though.

Rhanen - 2024-02-13 @ 4:46 pm

And still, they dismiss big markets like South America and Europe with terrible or no distribution at all. They keep feeding that nonsense exclusiveness on certain items and then flood shelves with figures like Eternals or similar

interoceptive - 2024-02-13 @ 4:38 pm

In regards to the earnings report story I will say one of my favorite quotes It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life. Jean Luc Picard.Now, I'm not saying they have made every correct choice but I'm not going to armchair quarterback and pretend I know what they could've done better. Publicly traded companies have to chase endless growth at the behest of shareholders and they have to do it quickly. A business should be allowed ebbs and flows but when you have to focus on the day, the month, the quarter and make decisions to change your course so the next small bracket of time looks marginally better, sometimes you have to do things that could hurt in the long term or can't make changes that will take longer to make things better.

A_Spidey_Fan - 2023-12-16 @ 7:44 pm

Looks like Hasbro isn't the only Grinch this Christmas, as GM is laying off 1314 workers. However, it seems that they may offer some of them placements at other GM places, so maybe not as Grinchy as Hasbro. Still, it to me, makes it seem like those employees will be competing against each other. Here's a link from The Detroit News for more info and references:

-https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/chrysler/2023/12/14/gm-layoffs-autoworkers-uaw-chevrolet-camaro-bolt-production-end/71923598007/

Either way, I sort of understand how both GM and Hasbro employees that are now or will be layoff feel, at least to some degree. Though I will admit, not the same extent of course, but still. Sometime ago, shortly after a Black Friday, the store I was working at was told by our HQ that they were not going to be renewing the lease, and that we would be layoff sometime in January. Many of us did our best to work through this bad news through Christmas. Though there were some rumours of hope, but those were to be not. And I'm not going to go into major details, but lets just say HQ did a move that would really hit us in the gut that I and many would come across as disrespectful.

Many of us were upset, worried about our future, what was going to happen, but we still had to work through it all. At the very least, they paid for our final party. Me and I assume others had a downer Christmas that year, however, I was able to find a bit of joy and happiness after I had finished work on Christmas Eve. I will admit, there were tears, both sadness and joy at the same time, as I walked around a Christmas setup on Christmas Eve, as if the Spirit of Christmas was trying to uplift me, which I guess, it did.

As for buying toys in 2023, I had to do a sever cut back, mainly due to price of items, and less sales(As far as I can tell). For Hasbro, it didn't help that they has done a huge amount of Markups on the prices of their items. Heck, I was kind of starting to do so back in late 2021 or 2022, but 2023 was a huge cut back for me personally. Stuff I would of gotten for sure or maybe I would of consider, I left on the pegs. So that didn't help, especially for Hasbro.

Satam - 2023-12-12 @ 10:18 pm

I obviously contributed my two cents, but let's not turn this into an Emily thread, okay, folks?

Jscott991 - 2023-12-12 @ 10:13 pm
2 hours ago, RecklessEndangerment said:

I don't understand the hate that Emily gets from a certain segment of the collector community.

I have no desire for anything bad to happen to her, but I would be very grateful if Emily were working in a great job somewhere where I didn't have to listen to her.

She is a big reason I do not watch any of the livesteams. Frankly I hope they save money by ending that entire livestream production and just announce figures the way McFarlane does.

Satam - 2023-12-12 @ 10:03 pm

Huh. I don't find Emily annoying at all. In fact I think she's pretty likeable. Also for someone who was a newcomer to GI Joe, she shows more genuine enthusiasm and clearly does more research to learn about the product, characters, and lore than a number of people I've seen in the same position on other brands over the years. She's been an integral part of Classified's success over the last couple of years, and the idea of her no longer being a part of the Joe team, let alone Hasbro at all, bothers me almost as much as the idea of losing Lenny.

Frozentenderloin - 2023-12-12 @ 9:50 pm
2 hours ago, RecklessEndangerment said:

I don't understand the hate that Emily gets from a certain segment of the collector community.

Im with you. While I admit that she can be a little annoying during live streams and stuff, I certainly wouldnt wish job loss on her! Thats just mean. Losing your job sucks, especially when it is unmerited. I genuinely feel sorry for those who are going to have to deal with finding another job, especially during the holiday season.

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