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   Non-TechJAKKS Pacific (JAKK)


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To: David Howe who wrote (219)9/21/1999 1:58:00 AM
From: levy
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David...great link....did you notice that many Jacks products were "out of stock" or "very limited supply"...I would imagine that is a very bullish sign...can't wait to see where this stock is after the holidays!

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To: levy who wrote (220)9/23/1999 10:31:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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JAKKS Pacific Inc. Announces Proposed Acquisition of Flying Colors Division

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 1999--JAKKS Pacific Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:JAKK - news) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Flying Colors business of privately held, Michigan-based Colorbok Paper Products Inc.

Flying Colors, which achieved sales of approximately $54 million in its fiscal year ended May 31, 1999, is a leading brand in the activity segment of the toy industry. Products include molded plastic activity sets, clay compound playsets and lunch boxes. Licensed characters used in conjunction with is products include Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Blue's Clues, Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes, Mattel's Barbie and Sanrio's Hello Kitty.

JAKKS Pacific plans to retain two senior divisional executives in sales, product development and licensing, and the product design and launch team. But, to achieve greater operational and cost efficiency, JAKKS expects to transfer certain of the Flying Colors operations to JAKKS Pacific's U.S. and Hong Kong offices.

JAKKS believes that its strength in manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution will enable it to take advantage of Flying Colors' quality products and licenses to enhance the product line. In addition, Flying Colors' extensive distribution among specialty chains may provide an opportunity to expand the distribution of JAKKS Pacific's other product lines through these channels.

Commented Jack Friedman, chairman and chief executive officer of JAKKS Pacific: ''Flying Colors represents our largest acquisition to date, and will immediately give us a significant presence in a core sector of the expanding toy arts and crafts business. The acquisition also continues our strategy of diversifying and expanding our product lines and distribution channels.

''JAKKS Pacific has expanded its product offering from dolls and action figures to include die-cast vehicles and collectibles, then to include infant and preschool toys, and now to include toy arts and crafts activity sets.

''Given Flying Colors' rapid growth, creativity, key licenses and strong management, we see it as a natural fit with JAKKS Pacific. And, we are pleased to have two very talented Flying Colors' executives and their team join the JAKKS Pacific organization,'' added Friedman,

Commented Stephen Berman, president and chief operating officer of JAKKS Pacific: ''We are very excited about the addition of Flying Colors. Consistent with our previous acquisitions, we believe that we will be able to realize various efficiencies through the synergy created by this acquisition.

''Yet, even without these efficiencies and anticipated operational cost-saving, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to earnings immediately. Closing is expected to be within 30 days.''

Shareholders of Colorbok will retain the Colorbok specialty business, which manufactures and distributes gifts, stationery, scrapbooking and children's products to specialty retailers under the Colorbok Paper Products name.

JAKKS Pacific Inc. and its affiliates develop, manufacture and market toys and related products for children, including action figures featuring characters from the World Wrestling Federation, die-cast collectible and toy vehicles under the Road Champs and Remco brand names, Child Guidance® preschool toys, foam puzzle mats and playsets, and a line of fashion dolls and accessories.

''Safe Harbor'' Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual future results or events may vary materially from those described herein.
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Contact:

JAKKS Pacific Inc., Malibu
Stephen Berman, 310/456-7799
or
Silverman Heller Associates, Los Angeles
Ruth Shaer/Eugene Heller, 310/208-2550

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (221)9/23/1999 1:08:00 PM
From: levy
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This looks like a great acquisition and I hope they got it at a good price....now if this holiday season is really big, as I expect it will be, then that will make our springtime even better....if todays favorable stock action is any indicator and I suspect it is, then it would appear the street thinks this was a good move as well !

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To: levy who wrote (222)9/24/1999 2:17:00 PM
From: David Howe
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All shareholders or potential shareholders should listen to the conference call. The call was yesterday, but you can listen to it today. See the following info.

Dave

For those unable to attend, a playback of the call will be available from 3:15 p.m. PDT (6:15 p.m. EDT) on September 23 through 5:00 p.m. PDT (8:00 p.m. EDT) on Friday, September 24. You may access the playback by calling (800)633-8284 and providing reservation number 13215803.

Jack Friedman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Stephen G. Berman, President and Chief Operating Officer; and Joel Bennett, Chief Financial Officer, will represent the company. We anticipate the teleconference will last approximately 45 minutes.

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To: David Howe who wrote (223)9/24/1999 2:33:00 PM
From: David Howe
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You should definitely listen to the conference call to get the full story, but here's a few notes.

1. They got a great deal. Flying Colors is a rapidly growing product line with great licenses and similar gross margins to JAKK lines. The retailers are similar to JAKK's retailers and the synergies will be beneficial. Without factoring in increases in profitability due to efficiency / synergies, this acquisition will add $.05 to Q4 and $0.30 to FY 2000. Two top managers at Flying Colors will stay with the team and add considerable experience to the team. JAKK has acquired great management skills as well as a great product line.

2. Jakks Pacific is now the 5th largest toy company based on US sales.

3. Jakks Pacific is possibly the favorite vendor of the retailers. There are indications that they are preferred over all toy vendors including Hasbro and Mattel.

4. The THQI / JAKK video games have been reviewed and are virtually the number 1 game in the near future. The games are getting great reviews and the retailers are tripping all over themselves to order them.

5. JAKK recommends that analysts add another $.05 to Q4 in addition to their current estimates based on the prospects for the THQI JV.

6. The TRON has hit some stores and is selling very well. This is a HUGE hit.

7. The interactive action figure will be in stores in a week or two. Also expected to be a big hit.

8. The JakksPacific web site is up and running. It only sells specialty products and the prices should result in some very nice margins. Get in line if you want to buy one of these products because they are specialty, non-stock items only.

9. All JAKK product lines are growing rapidly. WWF, Wheels, Child Guidance, Dolls, Flying Colors, etc. etc.

10. I found no signs of weakness in any product line that was discussed.

11. JAKK guidance is normally very conservative. This time they suggested that analysts raise their estimates. This certainly had something to do with the new $2.47 estimate that just hit the wires.

12. There were no negatives of any kind that I could find. Analysts asked tough questions and came away please with each and every answer.

WOW.

Dave

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To: David Howe who wrote (224)9/24/1999 4:37:00 PM
From: ST Trader
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David, thanks for posting the number, and your summery!!! I just listened to the call, and it looks like a very rosey future!!

Scott

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To: ST Trader who wrote (225)9/28/1999 9:06:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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JAKK Says Board Sets 3-for-2 Stock Split...

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (226)9/28/1999 10:24:00 AM
From: David Howe
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JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Announces Three-for-Two Stock Split


MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 1999--JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM:JAKK) announced today that its board of directors has approved a three-for-two split of the Company's common stock, which will take the form of a stock dividend of one-half share for every share held.

The stock dividend will be payable on or about Nov. 10, 1999 to all shareholders of record as of Oct. 27, 1999. The stock split will increase the number of shares of common stock outstanding from approximately 10.7 million to approximately 16 million shares.

Commented Stephen Berman, president and chief operating officer of JAKKS Pacific, Inc.: "We are pleased to announce this three-for-two stock split, which should make JAKKS Pacific stock a more attractive investment to a wider range of investors both by providing more liquidity in the stock through a 50-percent increase in the float, and a price that should encourage further investment by institutional and individual shareholders.

"This stock split also reflects the board of directors' and management's continuing confidence in the growth and future success of JAKKS Pacific," added Mr. Berman.

JAKKS Pacific and its affiliates develop, manufacture and market toys and related products for children, including action figures featuring characters from the World Wrestling Federation(R), die-cast collectible and toy vehicles under the Road Champs(R) and Remco(R) brand names, Child Guidance(R) preschool toys and a line of dolls and accessories.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual future results or events may vary materially from those described herein.

CONTACT:

JAKKS Pacific Inc., Malibu

Stephen Berman, 310/456-7799

or

Silverman Heller Associates

Ruth Shaer/Eugene Heller, 310/208-2550

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To: ST Trader who wrote (225)9/30/1999 9:35:00 AM
From: JakeStraw
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fnews.yahoo.com
"The growth has been as phenomenal as it has been consistent. Over the last 12 quarters the company has managed year-over-year growth in both sales and earnings. That is an impressive feat in light of what is typically a fickle industry. JAKKS has also shown sustainable profits in and out of season, which is rare in the realm of toy companies that normally report losses in the first half of the year leading up to the holiday payday."

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To: David Howe who wrote (227)10/25/1999 6:20:00 PM
From: Todd D. Wiener
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Does anyone have the conference call information? I heard it is 11:30 ET Tuesday, but I have only the replay number.

Thanks.

Todd

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