|Bid||558.00 x 0|
|Ask||542.50 x 0|
|Day's Range||558.00 - 559.00|
|52 Week Range||333.20 - 616.00|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.25|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Nov 18, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.01 (0.27%)|
|1y Target Est||422.43|
Hasbro shares were eyeing their biggest sell-off in more than 18 years, after the toy maker said the threat of more tariffs caused retailers to cancel or change orders during the third quarter. Like other companies manufacturing goods in China, Hasbro has been caught in the crossfire of the trade battle between Beijing and the US. Some of the group’s games were hit by tariffs enacted in September, leading Hasbro to increase pricing to offset their impact on margins.
Entertainment One Ltd on Friday posted a wider first-quarter loss, dented by lower sales in its film, television & music segment, as the Canada-based company prepares to be acquired by U.S. toy maker Hasbro Inc. Quarterly sales were dragged by leaner performance in the film, television & music division due to lower broadcasting and licensing revenues, the entertainment firm said. In August, Hasbro said it will buy Entertainment One for about $4 billion in cash, adding the independent studio with preschool brands such as Peppa Pig to the U.S. company known for Nerf and Power Rangers.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today placed under review for upgrade the Ba3 corporate family rating (CFR) and the Ba3-PD probability of default rating (PDR) of Entertainment One Ltd. (Entertainment One or the company). Moody's has also placed under review for upgrade the B1 instrument rating on the GBP425 million backed senior secured notes due 2026 issued by the company. The rating action follows the announcement on 23 August 2019 that Hasbro, Inc. (Hasbro, Baa1 senior unsecured rating under review for downgrade) and Entertainment One have entered into a definitive agreement under which Hasbro will acquire Entertainment One in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately GBP3.3 billion or USD4.0 billion.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") today placed Hasbro, Inc.'s ("Hasbro") Baa1/Prime-2 ratings on review for downgrade following its announcement that it will acquire UK-listed Entertainment One Ltd. for GBP3.3 billion or approximately $4.0 billion. Hasbro plans to fund the acquisition with debt and $1-$1.25 billion of equity. Moody's expects that if the deal closes and is funded as contemplated, that Hasbro's senior unsecured rating would be downgraded by at least one, but not more than two notches.
Hasbro has acquired Entertainment One for $4 billion, a deal that comes with Peppa Pig and lots of other assets.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- At first glance, Entertainment One Ltd. and Hasbro Inc. make for ideal bedfellows. The former makes kids TV hit Peppa Pig, the latter is the world’s biggest toymaker. Merge one with the other and you get a combined video and merchandising giant.That’s why there’s sound strategic rationale for Hasbro’s planned 3.3 billion-pound ($4 billion) acquisition of the Toronto-based studio. It gets its trotters on some valuable kids’ franchises that it can turn into more toys, and it can use eOne’s TV and film production chops to exploit its own catalog of games, which span from Monopoly to Buckaroo! to Jenga.Hasbro has a decent if not stellar track record of turning its game franchises into films. The Transformers and G.I. Joe movies have done well at the box office, though no one would accuse them of being critical successes.That’s where reservations about the eOne deal come in. While it might be known as the firm behind Peppa Pig, the cartoon represents just 10% of its total revenue. The company’s family and brands business is expanding quickly, but its film and television division, which has made films such as Green Book and TV shows including The Walking Dead, contributes more sales and profit. It has something that Hasbro lacks: prestige.Darren Throop, the eOne chief executive, prides himself on the quality of the film and TV productions. It’s easy to see how eOne stalwarts might find the prospect of churning out spinoffs from Hasbro’s board games and toys hard to stomach. Sure, the deal logic holds up on paper: 130 million pounds of anticipated synergies by 2022 could lead to returns from the deal nearing 8% based on analyst earnings forecasts, just about covering the cost of capital. And that's before any upside from selling more toys or making more films.But are these firms as good a cultural fit as they insist? That might be the biggest hurdle to realizing the deal’s potential. That’s assuming it even completes. Right now, that’s in doubt. The stock traded as high as 5.90 pounds on Friday, above Hasbro’s 5.60 pounds-per-share bid, suggesting investors anticipate either an activist pushing the purchase price higher, or a counterbidder sticking their snout in. Rivals might include the Walt Disney Co., John Malone’s Liberty Global Plc, Vincent Bollore’s Vivendi SA, Comcast Corp. or even toymaking rival Mattel Inc.The plethora of competing TV and film streaming services has sparked a fight for high-quality content, and eOne has some of the best, helped by relationships with Steven Spielberg, with whom it has a production joint venture, and super-producer Mark Gordon.Disney expanded from a production company into a merchandising and theme park giant, and its success under CEO Bob Iger has been built around recognizable franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar’s output. Hasbro is making a play to do the same but in the opposite direction. High-quality content is increasingly scarce and expensive, though. That might make eOne an equally tasty morsel for someone else.To contact the author of this story: Alex Webb at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Alex Webb is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Europe's technology, media and communications industries. He previously covered Apple and other technology companies for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
U.S. toy maker Hasbro has agreed to buy Peppa Pig and PJ Masks owner Entertainment One but the $4 billion offer could start a bidding war.
European shares fell on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump furiously reacted to China's latest imposition of tariffs on certain U.S. goods, while a lack of direction in the U.S. central bank's rate outlook somewhat frustrated investors. In a surprise move Beijing imposed additional tariffs on thousands of U.S. products effective Sept. 1, infuriating Trump who hit back asking U.S. companies to start looking for alternatives to their China operations.
The deal agreed by the Nerf and Power Rangers-maker was four times the 1 billion-pound ($1.22 billion) takeover offer which eOne rejected from UK commercial broadcaster ITV in 2016 as undervaluing the company. Some analysts, however, suggest the deal may not be cast in stone, questioning how the part of eOne's business that is not aimed at infants and preschoolers will fit in with Hasbro's offering of children's toys or dolls. Entertainment One also distributes movies aimed at an adult audience in a number of markets, which might make its film production and distribution arms of interest to Disney or another leading company in a media and streaming sector that is deep in flux, according to analysts.
The boards of the two companies said on Thursday that they had agreed a price of roughly $4 billion (3.27 billion pounds) in cash for the deal, which gives Hasbro access to Entertainment One's lucrative shows aimed at infants and preschoolers. Under the deal, Entertainment One's shareholders will receive 560 pence per share, representing a premium of 26.4% to Thursday's close. Entertainment One's shares rose to as much as 579 pence on Friday.
Toy giant Hasbro recently bought Entertainment One, known for shows like "Peppa Pig" and "PJ Masks" for $4 billion. Yahoo Finance's Brian Sozzi had a chance to chat with the CEO about what this means for the future of Hasbro in the streaming industry.
Hasbro is buying Entertainment One, the owner of 'Peppa Big' and 'PJ Masks,' for $4 billion cash. Yahoo Finance's YFi AM break down the details.