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Toys"R"Us Withdraws IPO After Dismal Earnings

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It seems equity markets at all-time highs, high-yield funding markets near all-time low yields, and supposed money on the sidelines flooding back into stocks are just not enough to provide cover for the latest IPO:


Not citing any specific reasons for the withdrawal, we suspect the weather and market conditions will be blamed as they just reported abysmal earnings of $239mm vs $343mm last year and sales down $155mm from last year (with Q4 comp sales -4.5% domestically and 5.4% international). Back to the drawing board for KKR and Bain to push this off to the next greater fool.



The Registration Statement was filed in connection with the proposed initial public offering by Toys “R” Us, Inc. of its common stock, which Toys “R” Us, Inc. has determined not to pursue at this time.

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Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:37 | 3389025 HulkHogan
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I tried to work at Toy R Us when I was in college. I didn't pass the drug test.



Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:42 | 3389039 Lost Wages
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You should have applied at Trip Toys R Us.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:08 | 3389092 SafelyGraze
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IPOus interruptus

aka aristocratican roulette

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:53 | 3389627 Xibalba
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Wait...earnings matter?!?!?!  Somebody tell AMZN

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:25 | 3389178 bank guy in Brussels
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When I spent some time in the USA a couple decades ago, one day was with a mom talking about going shopping there for her kids but for some reason she called it

We Be Toys

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:37 | 3389213 BLOTTO
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No need to go to Toys "R" Us when one can go to Walmart or Target and get everything else for the house while you're there. You can even go to the $Store and pick a fishnet stocking full of toys for $2.

As cool as the Star Wars Lego Millenium Falcon is...the average person cant pay $179.99 for it...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:42 | 3389233 Bunga Bunga
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Thrift Store, Goodwill, Craigslist or just share toys. Toys Are Us.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:42 | 3389234 natronic
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It's called Spencers

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:42 | 3389235 natronic
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It's called Spencers

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:45 | 3389047 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is try to join Russian Army but is cannot pass drug test. Must is drink two magnum but Boris is passed out after only drink one.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:05 | 3389082 Sudden Debt
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yeah... they just have to high of a standard for us...


In the meanwhile...

a burglar killed a woman who was waiting for the police...
a second plan flew into the twin towers because no figher jets where in the air...
a man died of a hart attack because the medics didn't come in time...
A house burnt to the ground because the fire brigade didn't come...
.. ... ...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 18:36 | 3389755 palmereldritch
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Hey Boris, You weren't part of Putin's security detail in Durban were you?


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:25 | 3390648 Boris Alatovkrap
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No, Boris is fail civil service examination, but funny story because Boris is once carry "nuclear suitcase" like Putin Security Detail. Boris is was custodial engineer at Chernobyl and must is evacuate quickly with all personal effects can fit in one bag.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:48 | 3389056 Cycle
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Illegal Drug Deficiency Syndrome (IDDS)  happens to the best.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:56 | 3389074 Sudden Debt
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I applied for police academy just to freak my dad out when I was a student :) I said I wanted to do something totally different :)

I had him going for a year untill he said: if that's what you wanne do...
than I said: HELL NO!!!! HAHAHAHA :)

A full year :)

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:00 | 3389085 DaveyJones
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lucky bastard

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:08 | 3389514 ThisIsBob
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You have to worry about people who can work there all day unmedicated.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:10 | 3391089 Go Tribe
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Cheap fucking crap, overpriced. I hope they go under.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:42 | 3389037 denverdolomte
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You'd think the Vatican at the very least would have "vested" interest in keeping this place going. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:58 | 3389078 DaveyJones
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who knew capital "sins" and cardinal "virtues" could get so confused

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:43 | 3389044 Peter Pan
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You can't always toy with investors.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:49 | 3389057 Chuck Walla
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But you can play with yourself.


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:57 | 3389075 Sudden Debt
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... name one that doesn't....

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:54 | 3389067 Sudden Debt
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The biggest company on earth is also a toymaker!!! TOYSRUS COULD EASELY BE VALUED AT 400 maybe 500 BILLION DOLLAR!!!


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:19 | 3389152 bloostar
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They pay in plastic tiddlywinks is why.. :-)

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:44 | 3389244 Bunga Bunga
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Those plastic tiddlywinks always appriciating against the Dollar.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:53 | 3389068 DaveyJones
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A giraffe can only stretch the numbers so far

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:55 | 3389073 dark pools of soros
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I thought the only thing a kid wants these days is an E-Trade account

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 14:59 | 3389077 ParkAveFlasher
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Drone Geoffrey's ass!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:00 | 3389084 JP McManus
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100% Bullish

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:07 | 3389104 NotApplicable
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Next up: Reverse IPO with Zynga.

For teh lulz, of course.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:14 | 3389131 bloostar
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I tried to buy a toy at Toys R Us. Gave up after crossing the threshold of the door. Blaring music, rude staff, chuggers (charity muggers) on the way out and, frankly (but with respect to said man), a pile of cheap plastic cr&p on dispay everywhere. The business is doomed.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:22 | 3389164 DaveyJones
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I had the exact same experience in the halls of congress

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:14 | 3389133 neutrinoman
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Quit toying with us :)

"Weather" ... "market conditions" ... this is starting to sound a lot like the old days of the Soviet Union, when some hiccup in central planning would embarrass the powers that were.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:18 | 3389148 Cursive
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I'm picturing the PE guys wrapping their lips around this shit sandwich much Michele Bachmann.  Gag on it!

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:24 | 3389168 wonderatitall
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the rich democrat gangstas will find it was bush's fault...damn him trying to make our racist vacationer in drone look bad

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:24 | 3389173 q99x2
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Fuck Toys R Us

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:26 | 3389184 spentCartridge
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Box of (strike anywhere) matches and a rubber band.


That's all you need to entertain any kid.


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:36 | 3389216 NotApplicable
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Add some black powder and I'm sold.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:41 | 3389229 DaveyJones
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army men and a bb gun

lighter fluid and balsa wood fliers

a catholic dress code and girls who refuse to honor it


Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:36 | 3389217 otto skorzeny
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a Lego toy consisting of 10 pieces is like $50-of course half of that goes to royalties to yids like spielberg and lucas if it is a movie-themed set.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:42 | 3389232 Village Smithy
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Just like Apple, Toys R Us has been running on its share of the $50 billion per year of unpaid mortage payments or "squatter's rent". Starting up the foreclosure machine again meant drying up that source of discretionary income. Oh those unintended consequences hey Mr. Bernanke.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:55 | 3389268 I am a Man I am...
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Who needs fucking toys when you have an iPad.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 17:31 | 3389579 dolph9
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Kids can't eat an iPad.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:26 | 3389880 mkhs
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Not many vitamins in legos.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:54 | 3390148 SokPOTUS
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They *can* eat the tiny plastic pieces of the cheap Chinese crap toys at Toys R Us.... 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 15:58 | 3389274 Hongcha
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Cheap Chinese sweatshop toxic sludge-drawn plastic crap, planned obsolescence.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:02 | 3389281 Yen Cross
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     We be " Toys" and shit.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:24 | 3389350 virgilcaine
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This co. peaked in the early 90.s and WS is trying to get the carcass off their books. They should ask how Barnes and Nobles is doing with their ploy..toy sales (lol).  Notice at all of these retail chains you have to walk through a gauntlet of useless cra,,p to get to the checkout counter?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 16:50 | 3389455 WTF_247
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Toys R Us is in the same predicament that other retail is in.  They have way, way overused "sales" to lure customers in.  Toys R Us regularly has 1 day sales, 2 day sales and the like.

People will not buy unless its on sale - people also realize that the sale price is likely all the item is worth in the first place (and so does the store).  Toys R Us sells board games (sorry, monopoly) for like $25.00 - its a piece of cardboard with a few pieces of plastic - its not worth 25 bucks.  So people wait for sales to buy stuff - hence the missed earnings. 

No different than Guitar Center - every weekend is "mondo blowout prices" ... why would anyone shop there during the week?

All retail is falling into this same trap.  The internet has made it much easier to price compare so now the only tool they have left is putting crap on sale to be the cheapest for a few days.  There is very little brand loyalty - no one cares if you buy the cheap crap china toy from Toys R Us, Target, Walmart - whoever has it the cheapest will get the sale.

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