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JAKKS Pacific® Reports First Quarter Results for 2012

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Declares Cash Dividend for Q2 2012</b></i> </p>

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JAKKS Pacific® Reports First Quarter Results for 201206:30 EDT Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MALIBU, Calif. (Business Wire) -- JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) reported results for the Company's first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Net sales for the first quarter of 2012 were $73.4 million, up from $72.3 million reported in the comparable period in 2011. The reported net loss for the first quarter was $16.0 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, which includes $1.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to financial and legal advisory fees and expenses. This compares to net loss of $10.6 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, reported in the comparable period in 2011, which included $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, of financial and legal advisory fees and expenses. “2012 started off favorably for JAKKS Pacific, with net sales and operating results exceeding our guidance ranges for the first quarter,” commented Stephen Berman, President and CEO, JAKKS Pacific. “We are very pleased that the recent launch of the Monsuno™toy line at retail exceeded our expectations, selling out at many of the major retailers. Our expansion plan for international retail distribution for the Monsuno toy line is on track with over 30 countries slated to offer thetoy line this fall. Critical response to Monsuno has been extremely positive so far, and we anticipate continued strong sales due to upcoming promotions, retail ads and circulars, in-store events, end-caps and events planned at most major retailers.” “In addition to the success of Monsuno, we expect substantial contributions throughout 2012 from across all JAKKS divisions,” added Berman. “We are excited about the launch this fall of our new Winx Club and Disney products, as well our range of superhero figures based on the upcoming feature films The Amazing Spiderman, The Avengers and The Dark KnightRises. We expect that the toys currently planned for release this year will appeal to a broad age group, with products ranging from a robust electronics lineup to our iconic Original Big Wheel ride-on. We anticipate a strong positive response this year from consumers and industry experts alike, and look forward to generating growth and value through these strategic projects.” The Monsuno animated series premiered on Nicktoons on February 23, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET. New episodes premiered every Thursday with encore airings throughout the week bringing the total number to 7 airings per week. Monsuno is continuing to find an audience and has grown since its debut. The new episode on March 22 was the highest rated premiere to date with kids, tweens, boys and total viewers, ranking as the #6 show on all TV during its time period with Boys 6-11. During its first five weeks on Nicktoons, Monsuno has reached 3.6 million total viewers for new and repeat episodes. As of March 31, 2012, the Company's working capital was $354.7 million, including cash and equivalents and marketable securities of $254.8 million, compared to working capital of $370.7 million including cash and equivalents and marketable securities of $274.7 million as of March 31, 2011. 2012 Guidance & Dividend For 2012, the Company continues to expect an increase in net sales of 6.2% to 7.4% to approximately $720 million to $728 million, with diluted earnings per share in the range of approximately $1.01 to $1.07, excluding any financial and legal advisory fees. The JAKKS Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per common share. The dividend is payable on July 2, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2012. Conference Call JAKKS Pacific will webcast its first quarter earnings conference call today, April 18, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. ET (6:00 a.m. PT). To listen to the live webcast, go to, and click on the earnings webcast link under Events and Presentations at least 10 minutes prior to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A telephonic playback will be available from 11:00 a.m. ET on April 18 through May 18, 2012. The playback can be accessed by calling 888-286-8010, or 617-801-6888 for international callers, pass code 33551047. About JAKKS Pacific, Inc. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS' diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, and Pet Toys sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Creative Designs International™, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!™, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Monsuno™. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Hello Kitty®, Graco®, Cabbage Patch Kids® and Pokémon®. This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. Continued payment of the quarterly cash dividend will depend on many factors, including, but not limited to, JAKKS' earnings, financial condition, business development needs, and is at the discretion of the Board of Directors. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. © 2012 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)                           March 31,December 31,   2012     2011   (In thousands)   ASSETS   Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 254,555 $ 257,258 Marketable securities 214 214 Accounts receivable, net 58,403 103,637 Inventory, net 44,998 47,019 Income taxes receivable 24,008 24,166 Deferred income taxes 34,723 34,505 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   34,404     30,686   Total current assets   451,305     497,485     Property and equipment 84,349 81,399 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   66,804     65,213   Property and equipment, net   17,545     16,186     Goodwill 24,725 24,015 Trademarks & other assets, net 27,069 27,731 Deferred income taxes 47,101 47,081 Investment in joint venture   3,400     2,736   Total assets $ 571,145   $ 615,234       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 59,278 $ 77,210 Reserve for sales returns and allowances 29,547 43,440 Income taxes payable   7,767     2,183   Total current liabilities   96,592     122,833     Long term debt 92,870 92,188 Other liabilities 1,858 1,630 Income taxes payable   4,550     4,992   Total liabilities   195,870     221,643     Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $.001 par value 25 26 Additional paid-in capital 274,856 274,532 Treasury Stock - - Retained earnings 104,587 123,174 Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (4,193 )   (4,141 )   375,275     393,591   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 571,145   $ 615,234     Working Capital $ 354,713 $ 374,652     JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and SubsidiariesFirst Quarter Earnings Announcement, 2012Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)                           Three Months Ended March 31,     2012     2011   (In thousands, expect per share data)   Net sales $ 73,405 $ 72,323 Less cost of sales Cost of goods 40,245 39,819 Royalty expense 8,345 6,866 Amortization of tools and molds   1,249     1,367   Cost of sales   49,839     48,052   Gross profit 23,566 24,271 Direct selling expenses 9,490 8,165 Selling, general and administrative expenses 32,430 29,246 Depreciation and amortization   1,056     1,650   Loss from operations (19,410 ) (14,790 ) Other income (expense): Equity in net income of joint venture 54 9 Interest income 199 105 Interest expense, net of benefit   (2,035 )   (2,040 ) Loss before provision for income taxes (21,192 ) (16,716 ) Provision for income taxes   (5,192 )   (6,141 ) Net loss $ (16,000 ) $ (10,575 ) Loss per share $ (0.62 ) $ (0.39 ) Shares used in loss per share 25,831 27,217 JAKKS Pacific, Inc.Joel Bennett, 310-455-6210orAnne-Marie Feliciano, 310-455-6235