July 24 (Reuters) - Hasbro Inc, the No. 2 U.S. toymaker, reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales and profit, helped by strong demand for its Transformers and Nerf toys in the United States.
Sales in Hasbro's franchise brands, which include Transformers and Nerf toys, rose nearly 21 percent, the company said on Monday.
Hasbro rolled out its "Transformers: The Last Knight" merchandise and toys like Autobots, Decepticons and others based on the main characters of the film such as Megatron, Bumblebee and Steelbane in February, ahead of the film's release in June.
The company's "Spiderman: Homecoming" toys, which include the Vulture and Spider-Man figures were also launched in May.
Net revenue from the company's partner brands rose 1 percent in the second quarter ended July 2, driven by a rise in shipments of Hasbro's line of Disney Princess and Frozen dolls.
The games segment saw a 5.9 percent jump in net revenue on strong demand for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Operation.
Excluding certain items, the company earned 53 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected 46 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Net income attributable to Hasbro was $67.72 million, or 53 cents per share, in the quarter, compared with $52.11 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.
The Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company's revenue rose 10.6 percent to $972.5 million, edging past analysts' average estimate of $972.4 million. (Reporting by Gayathree Ganesan in Bengaluru; Editing by Martina D'Couto)