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Bandai's Top Franchises: Gundam, Rangers, Dragon Ball

posted on 2008-02-18 14:54 EST
Gundam expected to take in 48 billion yen this year; Dragon Ball at 17.8

Namco Bandai Holdings, the parent company of Bandai, Namco, Bandai Visual, Bandai Entertainment, Sunrise, and dozens of other corporations, reported its financial highlights for the third quarter of the current fiscal year on February 8. The company is forecasting that net sales will inch slightly up from last year's 459,132,000,000 yen (about US$4,298,390,000) to 465,000,000,000 yen (US$4,350,000,000). However, it is also forecasting that net income will drop from last year's 24,252,000,000 yen (US$227,050,000) to 16,500,000,000 yen (US$154,000,000).

The following are the character franchises that are bringing in the most net sales for Namco Bandai Holdings:

Fiscal Year (Ending March 2008)
Franchise First 9 Months Full Year Forecasts
Yen US$ Yen US$
Mobile Suit Gundam 34,800 326 48,000 450
Power Rangers 16,900 158 25,000 230
Dragon Ball 12,800 120 17,800 167
Masked Rider 10,500 98 12,700 119
Tamagotchi! 10,000 94 12,000 110
*Numbers in millions

Namco Bandai Holdings had targeted 60 billion yen (US$560 million) in Gundam sales at the beginning of this year, so the new forecast of 48 billion yen reflects lowered expectations. The new forecast is also lower than the last fiscal year's net sales for Gundam. The company forecasts that Pretty Cure and Anpanman will bring in 10 billion yen (US$94 million) and 9 billion yen (US$84 million), respectively, in its fiscal year forecasts for just its toys and hobby business.

Source: Gunota Headlines


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