Industry: consumer goods
Mattel markets and sells toys around the world. Company brands include Barbie, Fisher-Price, and American Girl.
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|Book value of equity per share||$1.93||-68%||-25.6%||-11.4%|
|BV including aggregate dividends||-65.5%||-0.9%||7.5%|
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A company creates wealth for its long-term shareholders in 2 main ways - through dividend payments and through the accumulation of retained earnings. This graph shows the accumulation of per-share equity of long-term shareholders (green bars), which consists of the retained earnings plus all capital invested in the company, and the cumulative dividends the company has paid over time per share of its stock (blue bars).
In the words of Warren Buffett: "We're looking for... businesses earning good returns on equity while employing little or no debt."
Return on equity is a key metric of financial performance, indicating a company's ability to generate earnings using shareholder capital. Over time, ROE is one of the major determinants of the rate at which a company creates shareholder wealth. The average ROE for large U.S. companies is 12%, and many investors use it as a threshold for attractive investments.
Companies can boost ROE by increasing leverage, which reduces the safety of the investment. Therefore, it is useful to look at the return on assets (ROA), which measures a company's earning power regardless of its capital structure. A widening gap between ROE and ROA may be a warning sign that should be thoroughly investigated.
Earnings per share is a popular metric used to value a company (using P/E ratio); growth in EPS is often used to judge company growth potential. However, many investors believe that EPS is an inferior metric to ROE, because it ignores the amount of capital the company used to generate earnings.
Free cash flow shows how much cash a company generates from operations, above and beyond what is required to maintain or expand its productive assets. This cash can be returned to investors, or spent by management on growing the company or paying back its debts.
Balance sheets of many companies contain intangible assets such as goodwill, trademarks, patents, etc. Many investors consider intangibles more difficult to value than physical assets. If intangible assets had been valued incorrectly, they must be impaired, resulting in a loss charged against shareholder equity. This chart demonstrates the potential loss to shareholder equity from such impairments.
Companies often use debt financing to increase their return on equity. However, as the amount of debt financing increases relative to the amount of equity financing, the company becomes more sensitive to down turns and other negative events. As a result, many investors use the ratio of debt to equity as a measure of a company's financial risk, and avoid companies that have this ratio above 1.
This chart shows shareholder equity as a percentage of total assets, allowing investors to judge the overall leverage. Companies with a higher proportion of equity can be viewed as safer investments. This metric is particularly important for highly leveraged institutions, such as banks, where it must be at least 4% according to government regulations.
The ratio of current assets to current liabilities is known as the current ratio. This metric is a quick measure of the company's ability to pay its short-term obligations. A current ratio below 1 is a warning sign that should be investigated, especially for companies that cannot count on adequate cash flow from operations.
This chart shows the cumulative dilution of investor ownership in a company over time. Dilution reduces an investor's participation in the future earnings. Dilution increases when a company issues new shares, and decreases when a company buys its shares back. Many investors avoid companies with large chronic dilution.
analysis provides insight into factors affecting the Return On Equity of a company.
The DuPont equation decomposes ROE as follows:
ROE = (Net margin) * (Asset turnover) * (Asset to equity ratio)
Net margin indicates operating efficiency, Asset turnover measures the total asset use efficiency, and the Asset to equity ratio is a measure of financial leverage.
The dividend payout ratio tells investors what percentage of earnings a company returns to shareholders, and what percentage it retains and reinvests. This ratio represents a major capital allocation decision by the company, and can be used to judge management rationality. Rational management should pay out all earnings that cannot be productively reinvested. Therefore, a low dividend payout ratio for a profitable company with a low growth potential may be a warning sign.
Many investors use the P/B ratio as a quick way of judging company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - specifically seek out companies with low P/B ratios. However, investors should be careful not to make investment decisions on this metric alone, without considering a company's earning and growth potential, since a low P/B ratio can be a sign of a bleak future for the business.
P/E ratio is a popular way of making a quick judgment of a company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - often seek solid companies with low P/E ratios as investment opportunities. However, P/E ratio represents an oversimplified approach to business valuation, and can often lead to incorrect investment decisions.
On November 30, 1993, a merger was consummated between the Company and Fisher-Price, one of the world's largest manufacturers and marketers of infant and preschool toys and juvenile products. The stock-for-stock transaction was approved by the shareholders of both companies, after which Fisher-Price became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. The merger agreement provided for the exchange of 1.275 shares of Mattel common stock for each outstanding Fisher-Price common share, and resulted in the issuance of 39.1 million shares, before stock splits (61.1 million shares after stock splits), valued, on the merger's effective date, at $1.19 billion. This transaction was accounted for as a pooling of interests, and accordingly, financial information for periods prior to the merger reflect retroactive restatement for the companies' combined financial position and operating results. Prior to July 1, 1991, the business of Fisher-Price was operated as a division of The Quaker Oats Company, and therefore, any such financial data are excluded from the Company's combined consolidated results presented herein.
In January 1987, an ESOP was established for employees of IGI. The ESOP is a defined contribution plan satisfying the requirements of ERISA. In connection with the February 1992 merger, IGI convertible preferred stock held by the ESOP was exchanged for 55.8 thousand shares of the Company's common stock and 864.3 thousand shares of the Company's 12.5% Convertible Preference Stock, Series F. The ESOP debt was repaid in August 1994 through a series of dividend and cash contributions paid by the Company to service the debt. On October 20, 1995, the Company repurchased all shares of Series F and common stock from the ESOP for a total of $75.1 million. The Company intends to terminate the ESOP and has received a determination letter from the IRS permitting termination.
In March 1997, a merger was consummated between the Company and Tyco Toys, Inc. The stock-for-stock transaction was approved by the shareholders of Tyco, after which Tyco was merged with and into Mattel, with Mattel continuing as the surviving corporation in the merger. As a result of the merger, the separate existence of Tyco ceased. Under the Tyco Merger Agreement, each outstanding share of Tyco common stock was converted into the right to receive 0.48876 Mattel common shares and resulted in the issuance of approximately 17 million shares. In addition, each share of Tyco Series B and Series C Preferred Stock was converted into like Mattel preferred stock. This transaction has been accounted for as a pooling of interests, and accordingly, financial information for periods prior to the merger reflect retroactive restatement of the companies' combined financial position and operating results.
Pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 13, 1998, a merger was consummated between Mattel and Learning Company on May 13, 1999. The stock-for-stock transaction was approved by the stockholders of each company, after which Learning Company was merged with and into Mattel, with Mattel being the surviving corporation. Each share of Learning Company Series A Preferred Stock was converted into 20 shares of Learning Company common stock just prior to the consummation of the merger. Pursuant to the merger agreement, each outstanding share of Learning Company common stock was converted into 1.2 shares of Mattel common stock upon consummation of the merger. As a result, approximately 126 million Mattel common shares were issued in exchange for all shares of Learning Company common stock outstanding as of the merger date. The outstanding share of Learning Company special voting stock was converted into one share of Mattel Special Voting Preferred Stock. Each outstanding exchangeable non- voting share of Learning Company's Canadian subsidiary, Softkey Software Products Inc., remains outstanding, but upon consummation of the merger became exchangeable into the right to receive 1.2 shares of Mattel common stock. This transaction has been accounted for as a pooling of interests, and accordingly, financial information for periods prior to the merger reflect retroactive restatement of the companies' combined financial position and operating results.
On February 1, 2012, Mattel acquired Helium Holdings 1A Ltd, a private limited company existing under the laws of Jersey (HIT Entertainment), pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement dated as of October 23, 2011, between the Companys wholly owned subsidiary, Mattel Entertainment Holdings Limited, a private limited company existing under the laws of England and Wales (the Purchasing Sub), HIT Entertainments parent company, HIT Entertainment Scottish Limited Partnership, a limited partnership existing under the laws of Scotland and majority owned by a consortium of funds led by Apax Partners, LLP and its affiliates (the Selling Stockholder) and, with respect to certain provisions thereof, the Company (the Purchase Agreement). Pursuant to the terms set forth in the Purchase Agreement, the Company indirectly acquired, through the Purchasing Sub, 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of HIT Entertainment from the Selling Stockholder for a total cash consideration of $714.3 million, including payment for acquired cash, subject to customary adjustments. HIT Entertainment owns and licenses a diverse portfolio of pre-school entertainment brands, including Thomas & Friends. The total consideration was allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values. As a result of the acquisition, Mattel recognized $510.7 million of identifiable intangible assets (primarily related to intellectual property rights), $38.9 million of net liabilities assumed (primarily related to deferred tax liabilities), and $242.5 million of goodwill, which is not deductible for tax purposes.
On April 30, 2014, Mattel acquired MEGA Brands Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada, pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement dated as of February 27, 2014, between MEGA Brands, Mattel Overseas Operations Ltd., a corporation incorporated under the laws of Bermuda, Mattel-MEGA Holdings Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada (the Purchasing Subsidiary), and, with respect to certain provisions thereof, Mattel (the Arrangement Agreement). Pursuant to the terms set forth in the Arrangement Agreement, Mattel indirectly acquired, through the Purchasing Subsidiary, 100% of the issued and outstanding common shares and warrants of MEGA Brands for total cash consideration of $454.9 million, including payment for cash acquired of $31.6 million. The acquisition of MEGA Brands will build upon Mattels portfolio of brands by expanding into the construction building sets and arts and crafts categories. The total purchase consideration was allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values. As a result of the acquisition, Mattel recognized $95.0 million of identifiable intangible assets (primarily related to trade names and existing product lines), $39.6 million of net assets acquired (which included $31.6 million of cash, $35.3 million of accounts receivable, $83.3 million of inventory, $32.5 million of property, plant, and equipment, $66.6 million of accounts payable and accrued liabilities, $44.6 million of long-term debt, and $31.9 million of other net liabilities), and $320.3 million of goodwill, which is not deductible for tax purposes.