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4Kids Entertainment Reports 2010 First Quarter Results

NEW YORK, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), the global children's entertainment and merchandise licensing company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

Net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2010 totaled $4.2 million, compared to $9.3 million for the same period in 2009. The Company's net loss attributable to 4Kids Entertainment for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $(3.5) million, or $(0.26) per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $(2.0) million, or $(0.15) per diluted share, for the same period in 2009.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had approximately $9.3 million in cash and $11.7 million in investment securities at their fair market value.

The Company announced that it had received a non-binding indication of interest from a third party to acquire 4Kids for a price representing a premium over the recent closing prices for the Company's common stock, subject to the satisfactory completion of due diligence and negotiation of definitive agreements during a requested exclusivity period. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors formed in 2009 in connection with the Board of Directors' evaluation of strategic alternatives has authorized the Company's management to provide the potential acquirer with due diligence information regarding the Company's assets and operations and intends to enter into discussions with the potential acquirer regarding exclusivity and the acquirer's indication of interest. There can be no assurance that any transaction with the potential acquirer will be concluded.

The Company also announced that its market capitalization had slipped below the minimum $15 million market capitalization that New York Stock Exchange listed companies are required to maintain in order to remain listed and that the Company's shares could be delisted at any time.

"In the first quarter of 2010, our revenue decreased from the comparable period in 2009 due to lower licensing revenue and reduced television advertising revenue. Although first quarter 2010 Yu-Gi-Oh! revenues were essentially flat, the Company received reduced licensing revenues from several properties formerly represented by the Company," said Alfred R. Kahn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 4Kids Entertainment.

"Our first quarter results benefited from the cost cutting measures we put into place over the past year, with SG&A down 41%. Although our reported loss was $3.5 million, our cash loss from operations in our traditionally weak first quarter without giving effect to the $3.6 million tax refund we received, was $400,000," said Alfred R. Kahn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 4Kids Entertainment.

"Although 4Kids is a smaller, more streamlined company, we continue to have the necessary skills, experience and liquidity to promote our current properties, invest in new properties and generally rebuild the business. We believe that we have a promising pipeline of new properties, some of which will debut at next month's Licensing Show in Las Vegas. With the dramatic reductions to our cost structure, we can become profitable if any of our new properties gain traction," concluded Mr. Kahn.

About 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing and manufacturing of children's entertainment products.

Through its subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids' produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids' owned or represented properties, operates Websites to support 4Kids' owned or represented properties, and produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the Company programs and sells the national advertising time in "TheCW4Kids" five-hour Saturday morning block on The CW television network.

Additional information is available on the www.4KidsEntertainment.com corporate Website and at the www.4Kids.tv game station site.

The information contained in this press release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct.

Important factors beyond the Company's control, including general economic conditions, consumer spending levels, competition from toy companies, motion picture studios and other licensing companies, the uncertainty of public response to the Company's properties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations.

(Financial tables below) 4 KIDS ENTERTAINMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS MARCH 31, 2010 and DECEMBER 31, 2009 (In thousands of dollars, except share data) M D arch 31, ecember 31, ------------ ------------ ASSETS: 2 2 010 009 ------------ ------------ Current assets: (Unaudited) Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,299 $ 3,621 Accounts receivable - net 9,560 14,470 Inventories - net 1,149 1,273 Income taxes receivable 447 4,044 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,451 2,612 ------- ------- Total current assets 22,906 26,020 Property and equipment - net 2,546 2,898 Long term investments 11,713 14,180 Accounts receivable - noncurrent, net 89 153 Film and television costs - net 6,381 6,832 Other assets - net (includes related party amounts of $935 and 6,189 6,570 $1,215, respectively) ------- ------- Total assets $ 49,824 $ 56,653 ======= ======= LIABILITIES AND EQUITY: Current liabilities: Due to licensors $ 6,108 $ 6,578 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 10,752 12,304 Deferred revenue 1,988 2,279 ------- ------- Total current liabilities 18,848 21,161 Deferred rent 378 375 ------- ------- Total liabilities 19,226 21,536 ------- ------- Commitments and contingencies 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. shareholders' equity Preferred stock, $.01 par value - authorized 3,000,000 shares; none -- -- issued 154 154 Common stock, $.01 par value - authorized 40,000,000 shares; issued 15,411,099 shares; outstanding 13,352,053 shares; in both 2010 and 2009 Additional paid-in capital 66,991 66,991 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,690 ) (4,644 ) Retained earnings 15,819 19,298 ------- ------- 78,274 81,799 Less cost of 2,059,046 treasury shares in both 2010 and 2009 36,434 36,434 ------- ------- Total shareholders' equity of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. 41,840 45,365 Noncontrolling interests (11,242 ) (10,248 ) ------- ------- Total equity 30,598 35,117 ------- ------- Total liabilities and equity $ 49,824 $ 56,653 ======= ======= 4 KIDS ENTERTAINMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND 2009 (In thousands of dollars, except share data) T hree Months Ended ---------------------- M arch 31, ---------------------- 2 2 010 009 ---------- ---------- Net revenues: Service revenue $ 4,230 $ 8,895 Product revenue 7 437 ---------- ---------- Total net revenues 4,237 9,332 Costs and expenses: Selling, general and administrative 7,097 12,031 Cost of sales of trading cards 364 502 Amortization of television and film costs 1,358 1,191 ---------- ---------- Total costs and expenses 8,819 13,724 ---------- ---------- Loss from operations (4,582 ) (4,392 ) Interest income 105 401 Impairment of investment securities -- (89 ) ---------- ---------- Total other income 105 312 ---------- ---------- Loss before income taxes (4,477 ) (4,080 ) Benefit from income taxes -- -- ---------- ---------- Net loss (4,477 ) (4,080 ) Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 998 2,040 ---------- ---------- Net loss attributable to 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. $ (3,479 ) $ (2,040 ) ========== ========== Per share amounts: Basic loss per share attributable to 4Kids Entertainment Inc. common $ (0.26 ) $ (0.15 ) shareholders ========== ========== Diluted loss per share attributable to 4Kids Entertainment Inc. $ (0.26 ) $ (0.15 ) common shareholders ========== ========== Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 13,352,053 13,227,019 ========== ========== Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 13,352,053 13,227,019 ========== ========== SOURCE: 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

CONTACT: 4Kids Entertainment Samuel R. Newborn, 646-822-4235 snewborn@4kidsent.com Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

North America

New York INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Entertainment

Licensing (Entertainment)

TV and Radio

Other Entertainment

Film & Motion Pictures

General Entertainment

Children

Retail

Specialty

Other Retail

Consumer SUBJECT CODE: Earnings