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Mattel, Inc.

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Ratings Distribution as of July 19, 2017 % with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 143 74.9%
Neutral 47 24.6%
Sell 1 0.5%
Total 191 100%
Ratings Distribution as of October 4, 2016 % with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 24 96.0%
Neutral 1 4.0%
Sell 0 0.0%
Total 25 100%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect "Buy" rated stocks to materially outperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly attractive.
  • Neutral: We generally believe "Neutral" rated stocks will perform roughly in line with the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 over the intermediate and long term.
  • Sell: We generally expect "Sell" rated stocks to materially underperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly unattractive.

Risks and Considerations

  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company actively evaluates potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy. Acquisitions pursued by the Company could be dilutive to financial results and result in a difficult, dilutive or expensive integration.
  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company recently completed acquisition(s). If the Company fails to successfully integrate the acquisition, the deal may lead to disappointing returns.
  • Commodity Costs - Should commodity prices for the Company's resources increase, the Company's operating margins could be harmed.
  • Currency Exposure - Since the Company purchases its finished goods from foreign manufacturers and sell its products in transactions denominated in U.S dollars, a weakening of the U.S dollar could negatively impact the Company.
  • Cyclical Nature of the Company's Business - Revenue from the Company's businesses have historically correlated positively with both US and world GDP. A cyclical downturn in GDP growth domestically and/or abroad may lead to a material deterioration in the Company's results.
  • Discretionary Spending - The products the Company sells are largely discretionary in nature and any slowdown in consumer spending would have an unfavorable impact on the Company.
  • Distribution/Sales Dependency - The Company relies heavily on its indirect sales channel for much of its sales. A loss of a major distributor or changes in a distributor's payment practices could prove to be detrimental to future sales growth.
  • Dividend - The Company could choose to eliminate its dividend.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Financial Results - Unpredictable timing of customer orders.
  • Freight costs - Increases in freight costs caused by high gasoline prices or other factors could cause margin erosion or lost market share if the Company raises prices.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • Intellectual Property - The Company's business is dependent upon the licensing of its intellectual property (IP) to customers. Should the Company fail to maintain its IP or should the Company infringe upon another vendor's IP, financial results could be negatively impacted.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • License Agreement Expiration - Stores that the Company operates within may choose not to extend their license agreements upon maturity, which could significantly impact revenues and financial results.
  • Licensee Risk - There is always a risk that a licensee could execute poorly and temporarily hurt the brand for its respective category/classification. Licenses also are subject to renewal.
  • Litigation - The industry is litigious and the Company is likely to be involved in lawsuits, whether future or current. Negative results in these cases could result in significant cash payments by the Company.
  • Loss of Key Personnel - In our opinion, the current management team will be instrumental in executing the Company's growth strategy. The resignation of a key member of management would have a negative impact on the Company.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Seasonality - The Company's results are highly seasonal.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.