October 18, 2019 - The case was voluntarily dismissed.
September 28, 2018 - An investor in shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Hasbro, Inc. in connection with certain allegedly false and misleading statements made between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017.
Pawtucket, RI based Hasbro, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a play and entertainment company. On October 23, 2017, Hasbro, Inc. announced its third quarter 2017 financial results for the period ended October 1, 2017. Hasbro, Inc. reported that the United States and Canada were negatively impacted by the Toys “R” Us bankruptcy. This contributed to a 5% decline in the U.S. and Canada segment quarterly operating profit to $217.3 million, or 21.9% of net revenues, compared to $228 million, or 24.4% of net revenues in 2016. Hasbro’s CEO stated that, “[a]s a result of the Toys “R” Us bankruptcy filing in the U.S. and Canada, there was a negative impact on our quarterly revenues and operating profit.” And the Company’s CFO warned that the challenges in the U.K. and Brazil were anticipated to continue for the remainder of the year and sales would be up only 4% to 7% from a year ago in the fourth quarter.
Shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) declined from $166.20 per share in July 2017 to as low as $89.10 per share in late October 2017.
On February 7, 2018, Hasbro, Inc. announced its fully year 20917 financial results. Hasbro, Inc. reported that its Total Revenue rose from over $5.01 billion in 2016 to over $5.2 billion in 2017 and that its Net Income declined from $551.38 million in 2016 to $396.6 million in 2017.
Shares of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) declined to as low as $82.81 per share on April 16, 2018.
According to the complaint the plaintiff alleges on behalf of purchasers of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) common shares between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017, that the defendants violated Federal Securities Laws.
More specifically, the plaintiff claims that between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017, the defendants knew or recklessly disregarded that Hasbro’s relationship with Toys “R” Us was becoming increasingly important to Hasbro’s business, as Toys “R” Us was the primary retail brick-and-mortar toy store in the United States, and that Toys “R” Us was in far worse financial condition than was being publicly reported and it would have to dramatically scale back its operations or file for bankruptcy and liquidate, that Hasbro was experiencing significant undisclosed adverse sales issues in two key markets – the United Kingdom and Brazil – which were negatively impacting the Company’s efforts to grow sales in those markets, and that as a result of this information being withheld from the market, the price of Hasbro common stock was artificially between April 24, 2017 and October 23, 2017 to over $115 per share and Hasbro insiders were able to sell $147 million worth of their personally held Hasbro stock to the public at inflated prices.
On September 28, 2018, NASDAQ: HAS shares closed at $105.12 per share.