Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, Barbie dolls, a Mattel product, are displayed in a Walmart store in Robinson Township, Pa. Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings released Friday Jan. 30, 2015 gave the first details on what contributed to a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO. Barbie sales fell 12 percent, though that wasn't as bad as the third quarter's 21 percent drop. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.

Mattel’s fourth-quarter earnings release Friday drilled down into the details of a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO.

Barbie sales fell 12 percent, though that wasn’t as bad as the third quarter’s 21 percent drop. Fisher-Price sales fell 11 percent. While American Girl slipped 4 percent, it was better than the 7 percent decline in the third quarter.

Hot Wheels sales rose 5 percent.

Interim CEO Christopher Sinclair said he will spend the next few months evaluating the company’s businesses to “revitalize our brands.”

The results for the quarter that ended Dec. 31 are important because they include the holiday season, a make-or-break time of year for toy makers.

Mattel’s fourth-quarter performance fell far short of Wall Street’s expectations when the toy maker provided preliminary results Monday, the same time it announced the departure of CEO Bryan Stockton.

Stockton became CEO in January 2012 and then was named chairman a year later. A former Kraft Foods executive, he served as a Mattel’s chief operating officer before becoming CEO. Sinclair has served as aMattel Inc. director since 1996.

For the fourth quarter, Mattel posted an adjusted profit of 52 cents per share on revenue of $1.99 billion. That was below the 83 cents per share on revenue of $2.07 billion that analysts polled by FactSet predicted.

Mattel’s full-year adjusted profit was $1.48 per share on revenue of $6.02 billion.

The company’s stock dropped 90 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $26 in premarket trading.

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