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Hasbro (HAS)

Participants
Debbie Hancock SVP, IR
Brian Goldner Chairman & CEO
Deb Thomas CFO
Steph Wissink Jefferies
Mike Ng Goldman Sachs
Tim Conder Wells Fargo
Drew Crum Stifel
Gerrick Johnson BMO Capital Markets
Arpiné Kocharyan UBS
Linda Bolton Weiser D.A. Davison
Fred Wightman Citi
Eric Handler MKM Partners
Raymond Stochel Consumer Edge
Priya Ohri-Gupta Barclays
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Operator

Good morning. Welcome to Hasbro's Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all parties will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions]. Today's conference is being recorded.

you at objections, time. any you've may this disconnect If

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Debbie Hancock

everyone. you good Thank and morning

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Brian Goldner

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now the turn Deb? call to I’ll Deb. over

Deb Thomas

good and everyone. you, Thank morning Brian

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Brian Goldner

Thank you, Deb.

Before you acquisition. of to we on One. the take overwhelmingly your questions, update eOne approved shareholders the Last week, our want acquisition Entertainment the progress I of of

We are delighted with support. their

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to Deb your happy take and are now questions. I

Operator

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Steph Wissink

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Brian Goldner

for Well, Thanks question. the thanks.

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Steph Wissink

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Brian Goldner

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Operator

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Mike Ng

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Deb Thomas

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Operator

Conder Please of your Tim is Wells next proceed Fargo. with the line from The question. with question

Tim Conder

you. Thank

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Brian Goldner

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Operator

Crum is with next of with question. proceed Drew the The question Please line from Stifel. your

Drew Crum

year. morning, during everyone. Good expectations us for the are you remind what your ad thanks. spend Okay, Deb, can

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Deb Thomas

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Drew Crum

Okay, got it.

Brian Goldner

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Operator

Please question. the with from BMO Markets. proceed Johnson is with question line Gerrick your next Capital The of

Gerrick Johnson

morning. good Hey,

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Brian Goldner

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Gerrick Johnson

that you Okay, not were some cancelled rewritten. mentioned makes okay, that orders sense. But or

cancelled? the So what were what orders not that rewritten those are was of products and

Brian Goldner

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we said, we As products would, once our portfolio. certain that the in tariffs on were are enacted

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Operator

is the with question Kocharyan next of Please coming line Arpiné with UBS. proceed The question. your from

Arpiné Kocharyan

much. you Thank very

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Deb Thomas

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Arpiné Kocharyan

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Brian Goldner

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we'll close the then give we'll a be So perspective. to deal broader and able you

Operator

Bolton Please Weiser the of from Linda proceed comes question with with Davison. D.A. line next question. your Our

Linda Bolton Weiser

comment you Hi, more to tariffs to to can to going they're so, and could actually higher price related been the consumers related that making to you any reduction terms comments the did are in think going that by I saying sensing in said that demand the Target you reaction different the retailers Walmart any of you price the have are in take consumers been data, pricing? kind because with to regard And volume pricing not already of has any talk on the increases increases demand if about whereas prices, accept openly face also tariffs.

the So Thanks. can about situation? whole talk whole-- you pricing the

Brian Goldner

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Linda Bolton Weiser

have if second Thanks. question. a I And then could

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demand possible? something So or the the XXXX that product the consumers pushes early make Is such it the that's and the demand first part into constraint, early over into something supply that you fulfillment chain that just of part still of want over is year. quarter carry will

Brian Goldner

you've the on initiatives of QX. we think something as Well, I think hit launching some that are in really important about

Let's initiatives. just three, take three

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Operator

the is Citi. Badishkanian Please question your Our with proceed line with from question. Greg next of

Fred Wightman

morning. good for guys, Greg. It’s Wightman Hey on actually Fred

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Brian Goldner

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Operator

Handler MKM is The you. question. proceed Partners. next the from line Please Thank your of with Eric question with

Eric Handler

family year, Yes. its and business, bit you when if they wondered, Good reached expected talk the little of fundamentals I eOne, of could -- morning, the Brian, little out revenue the segment saying a to year-over-year bit. its, for its with about in see company year of thanks you fiscal and come growth the statement current strong eOne question. end year first XXXX. family has QX about margins the kids for talked statement and flat fiscal a is half have The the in and the weeks contracted revenue recent EBITDA fiscal last in that

of you business core look expected and perspective So is in -- business see always what's provide that wonder you first, the that books? could in the and was changed that if anything backend first business to you some with when of be Has a at what expected weighted. to took

Brian Goldner

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-- And were not they periods the then they interim all when recently results, full-year also not spoke, so the they were same.

to So I close or communication year. think advance shareholders in was our to potential try of in QX get to that that this some out just correspondence

Eric Handler

least perspective. changed on term, on fundamental fully Okay, the with at basis I long-term near-term understand them? perspective, the nothing the overall, but least you view, so at the has long-term for near is nothing

Brian Goldner

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Operator

Raymond next Edge. question. Stochel you. is Thank question with The Consumer proceed line of with your the from Please

Raymond Stochel

talk do taking on question. you're this the you're competition? about Ultra update the Great, thanks an NERF context you NERF and what of both there? timing you hopefully for in for just as strike far within the seeing the And for innovation my think trending then overall holiday of out timing, as Can where terms year-end

Brian Goldner

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Raymond Stochel

some Got then a around it, on details And guidance. be would follow-up thanks. incremental

contemplating So, royalties, be a sort what than of of higher sort or you of also what contemplating. Street SG&A was were And what flat than different at percent all maybe least contemplating sales. were could we as

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Deb Thomas

our to partner with it on the think with I to way that we originally our mix we that what sure has expected of because brands out out there that is the guidance make put franchise And royalties, from the seeing we've are previously we're provided. frankly our our brands exceeding actually wanted new demand do right now. and guidance playing exceeding

you we that's royalties. update So this developing. know trend to we saw that's we And really why when wanted

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Operator

Barclays. Priya is The you. from question question. with with the of next line Thank proceed Please your Ohri-Gupta

Priya Ohri-Gupta

for much Thank question. you so the

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Deb Thomas

good So morning, for question. thanks and asking

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Priya Ohri-Gupta

be at further affected, sort delineation ability you would how were Tier access between of no if liquidity to And all? say, could CP X your your falter needs X Tier versus borrowing that impair

Deb Thomas

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Operator

We've the session. of And the Hancock the now Thank Debbie end question-and-answer reached over to for you. will I turn closing call remarks.

Debbie Hancock

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Operator

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