Sailor Moon and the Myth of Toei’s “Multi-Billion“ Dollar Franchise

If there is anything that I have seen thrown around a lot lately, it is the idea that Sailor Moon is one of Toei’s shining gems of revenue, a “multi-billion dollar franchise” that somehow nets them oodles of money on a yearly basis. “But why,” fans cry, “isn’t Toei spending this money on Sailor Moon products? On making Sailor Moon Crystal better?”

Well, I would tell you that 1: this isn’t how it works in business, and 2: because someone decided at some point that this was a legitimate claim and began spreading it around.

The thing is that Toei Animation has publicly released it’s annual business earnings reports for years, and even has them on their official website:

Toei Animation Earnings Reports

So I decided to do some digging (aka I did the research for you guys. You’re welcome) and pulled up their reports on Earnings by Franchise for the last 10 years.

(for clarification, the end of the fiscal year for Toei is March, which means a fiscal earnings report will usually encompass months from two separate years.)

These three reports show the annual earnings for the fiscal years as far back as 2004, focusing on the top 4 franchises by their sales revenue in Domestic Licensing, Overseas Licensing, and Overseas Film.

Sailor Moon was not one of the top earning Franchises for Toei in any of these categories from 2004-2009. That’s 6 full years in a row of no significant revenue from Sailor Moon. Not only that, but in 2004-2008, the total franchise sales amounts to approximately $318,197,935 USD by today’s conversion - a far cry from BILLIONS in revenue, and that is in a 5 year period.

In 2010, Sailor Moon hopped up to the number four spot in sales for Overseas Licensing Sales, netting 65 million yen ($527,918 USD by today’s conversion and $899,000 by 2011 conversions. I guess the yen was worth a bit more).

In 2012, Sailor Moon jumped up to the number three spot for Overseas Film, netting 89 million yen ($527,918 USD by today’s conversion).

Sailor Moon skipped another 2 years, where in 2014 it once again climbed into spot number three for Overseas Film Sales and netted 277 million yen ($2,249,564 USD by today’s conversion rate). Another far cry from several billion.

Considering that November 2014 (about halfway through the fiscal year) was the year that ViZ began licensing and releasing the DVD/Bluray box sets, it’s safe to assume a large portion of these sales is from the licensing for the ViZ dub.

So there you have it folks.

I said it before, I will say it again -






Toei 2008 Case Report (pdf) (released Q3 2009)

Toei 2010 Case Report (pdf) (released Q3 2011)

Toei 2014 Case Report (pdf) (released Q3 2015)

tl;dr It is literally impossible for Sailor Moon to be a multibillion dollar franchise when Toei’s franchise earnings aren’t even IN the billions within a 5 year period and according to Toei Sailor Moon has not been netting them significant revenue for over 10 years.

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One Direction is ranked at No. 7 on Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid musicians.

One Direction is ranked at No. 7 on Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid musicians. According to Forbes, One Direction made $75 million (before taxes). Forbes explained how the list was compiled: “To form this year’s list, we considered income from touring, recorded music, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and lawyer fees were not deducted. Earnings were calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the RIAA and Nielsen, and on interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and some artists themselves.”

After taxes, management, agent and lawyer fees, that’s about $5 million each.  Nothing to sneeze at, but Zayn was right, not as many zeroes on the account as people like to think.

[KOREABOO] 15/02/26 You Will Be Amazed When You Find Out How Much K-Pop Groups REALLY Make

1. Super Junior - 30.8 billion won ($28.4 million)
2. SNSD - 30 billion won ($27.7 million)
3. Big Bang - 28.9 billion won ($26.7 million)
4. BEAST - 27.4 billion won ($25.3 million)
5. 2NE1 - 27.1 billion won ($25 million)
6. 2PM - 25.4 billion won ($23.4 million)
7. TARA - 23.4 billion won ($21.6 million)
8. CNBLUE - 22.4 billion won ($20.7 million)
9. EXO - 21.9 billion won ($20.2 million)
10. 4MINUTE - 21.4 billion won ($19.8 million)

* in the second half of 2014

Source: koreaboo

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We're not cattle, we're Millennials. Where's the nearest Whole Foods?

Let the truth be told: Millennials hate being called millennials by old people.

It’s as if those born pre-1980 are treating us (yes, I am one) millennials as fat, stupid cattle – grouping us in holding pens and imagining clever ways from which to prosper. 

This latest round of earnings has lent itself to ever more companies using the word millennial. The term is being used to explain anything from subpar performance to justification for a new round of initiatives orchestrated by 70-year-old white men. And I suspect the usage of this buzzword will only rise in coming years.

So – What are the millennial characteristics that will drive the value of investments? Bank of America has grouped them into catchy traits. 

Some of those traits:

  • Adventure
  • Collaboration
  • Connected
  • Digital
  • Diverse
  • Educated
  • International
  • Liberal
  • Me
  • Now
  • Sharing
  • Skeptical
  • Social
  • Special
  • Values

In the words of this youthful, social-media-friendly group, “WTF?" 

Top 10 Secrets About Michael Jackson You Didn't Know!

Michael Jackson

Darling artist, performer, and musician Michael Jackson and his appalling passing in June of 2009 stunned the globe, with fans crosswise over different countries as yet grieving the loss of the “Ruler Of Pop.” With his image still solid and his legacy generally in place, Jackson was as baffling as he was gifted. While today (August 29) would have denoted his 54th birthday, Newsone affectionately recollects Michael Jackson as a superior superstar that has impacted some of music’s greatest current stars. Underneath, we list 10 certainties that easygoing fans might not have thought about the famously private Michael Jackson.

1. Michael Jackson Is The Highest-Earning Deceased Artist: Besting the vaunted Rock and Roll craftsman Elvis Presley and previous Beatles part artist musician John Lennon, Michael Jackson has been perceived by the Guinness Book Of World Records in another class for Highest-Earning Deceased Artist, picking up the top honor. In the first year after his passing in 2009, Jackson’s bequest raked in a reported $1 billion.

2. Michael Jackson Was A Shrewd Businessman: While numerous saw Jackson as a boyish and fun loving figure, Michael Jackson birthday underneath that outside was the psyche of a man who made ventures that keep on paying off right up ‘til the present time. In 1985, he shrewdly bought the rights to 250 Beatles multiplied melodies penned by Lennon and Paul Mccartney for $47 million. In 1995, Jackson sold a part of the index to Sony for $95 million, ensuing in the influential joint wander music distributed organization Sony/ATV, with yearly incomes floating around $1 billion. This does exclude his numerous support arrangements, authorizing, and different streams of income Jackson has created from his name.

3. Michael Jackson Owns The Distinction Of Having The Biggest Recording Contract Ever: Nine months after his passing, the domain of Michael Jackson marked an arrangement with Sony Records that gives the organization access to a boundless vault of unreleased recordings for an astounding $250 million. Ten collections are relied upon to be discharged by 2017, including the late soundtrack to the visit narrative “This Is It.”

4. Programmers Broke In To Online Servers And Got Access To 50,000 Michael Jackson Tracks: Michael Jackson’s music was a casualty of an online programmer assault, with the cheats downloading 50,000 tunes not proposed for people in general. Sony immediately connected the opening to their security and pledged to push forward with the arrival of new music.

5. Djs And Clubs Nationwide Have Sparked Off Annual Parties In Michael Jackson’s Name: From Washington, D.c.; Los Angeles; New York City; and all focuses in the middle of, huge name Djs host created themed gatherings to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Praised maker and hip-jump craftsman DJ Spinna has additionally taken his decently went to (and neighborly) “MJ versus Sovereign” move parties all over the country.

6. “Billie Jean” Was First Video From A Black Artist To Air On MTV: “Billie Jean” was the second single from Michael Jackson’s sixth solo collection, “Thriller.” Produced by Jackson and the incredible Quincy Jones, the track got the feature treatment and started off an upset of sorts. Fans across the nation would try to impersonate Jackson’s haircut and move moves and the cut is considered to a great extent in charge of placing MTV into the standard discussion.

7. Thriller Wasn’t The Only Hit Album In Jackson’s Catalog: Five of Michael Jackson’s performance studio collections consider as a real part of the most astounding offering records ever. Thriller’s forerunner, “Off The Wall,” which was discharged in 1979, has sold an overall 20 million, which withered significantly by “Thriller,” sitting at 110 million sold. The collections “Awful,” “Hazardous,” and “History” have likewise sold well into millions also.

8. Michael Jackson Is The Most-Awarded Artist Of All Time: With 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards, Michael Jackson has won a bigger number of honors than whatever other musical craftsman. Jackson has additionally gotten congressional respects for his humane effort endeavors.

9. Michael Jackson Inspired Artists Outside Of His Genre: Usher, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Justin Bieber owe an incredible credit to Michael Jackson and have all called him an impact. In any case even rockers, for example, Adam Lambert, Green Day, and female superstars like Beyoncé and Madonna, have all said they’ve turned toward Jackson. Indeed the brash Diddy called Jackson a “saint” of his.

10. Michael Jackson’s Death Shifted MTV’s Programming In Tribute: In the hours after his passing, media titan MTV – which had generally moved from its unique music feature just programming – about-faced to its roots and circulated hours upon hours of Michael Jackson features and footage. The in-house news group even detracted time from talking standard celeb toll and concentrated singularly on the vocation of Jackson.

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Why hasn’t Nationstar Mortgage been sued yet?

Underwriters Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan may also face questions tied to a $500 million stock sale, which was rendered even more troubling by the subsequent departure of two executives.

by Dan Freed

Market watchers are questioning a $500 million stock offering by Nationstar Mortgage (NSM) that came just before the end of first-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations by a wide margin, causing a more than 25% drop in shares of the mortgage servicer on May 5.

Companies are not supposed to sell shares when they are aware of material information that hasn’t been disclosed to investors. The resignation of two senior Nationstar executives in recent days makes the picture more troubling. The earnings miss was Nationstar’s fifth in a row, according to Bloomberg data.

In an interview, Nationstar CEO Jay Bray said the latest miss – the largest of the five – was due to a sudden shift in interest rates, causing a surge in refinancing activity. Ten-year Treasury yields hit 2.24% on March 6 and finished the month at 1.94%.

A mortgage servicer is essentially a debt collector. Nationstar claims to be the fourth largest collector of mortgage debt in the U.S. behind Wells Fargo Corp. (WFC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC). When interest rates fall and homeowners refinance their mortgages, debt collectors such as Nationstar lose out on fee revenues as their contracts are terminated. They often have the opportunity to originate the new loan, however, and take over as servicer.

“We saw a huge increase in payoffs, frankly, that was not expected and we also saw a movement in interest rates more than I think anybody would have expected and the analysis around all the servicing asset comes post quarter end so that was where the huge miss was,” Bray said.

Mortgage servicing assets can be highly volatile and move sharply with shifts in interest rates. Still, Bray’s explanation was unsatisfactory to several experts following the company.

“Is their credibility questioned right after raising $500 million and missing earnings as big as they missed out of the gate? Yes,” said Paul Miller, analyst at FBR Capital Markets, who downgraded Nationstar shares to underperform May 6.

Underwriters Citigroup Inc. ©, Barclays (BCS) and JPMorgan are also expected to face scrutiny. Spokesmen for Citi and JPMorgan declined comment. A Barclays spokesman did not respond to questions.

Because of the share price drop, some company watchers have expressed surprise it hasn’t been sued yet.

Roy Smith, a professor at the NYU Stern School and a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) partner, said the absence of litigation isn’t necessarily surprising. “There’s a lengthy statute of limitations: they don’t have to do it right away. But that litigation could include the underwriters,” he said, adding “this big a miss does raise the questions you’re asking without any doubt.”

Two senior Nationstar executives have announced their resignations since the earnings miss was announced. Harold Lewis “is retiring and will resign as President and Chief Operating Officer,” according to a May 14 regulatory filing. A May 19 filing indicated that David Hisey informed Nationstar he “is leaving the Company and will resign as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and External Affairs Officer,” effective June 19.

Bray said Lewis had made it clear from the start of the year that he had wanted to retire. As for Hisey, “he lives in D.C. I think he wanted to continue to pursue something that was closer to home and he has been a financial guy from a background standpoint and would like to continue to focus his career in that direction.”

Bray said the departures are “part of the natural evolution of a company. We’re always going to look to continue to improve talent and frankly, let people continue to pursue their dreams and I think both of those guys are going to do that and we wish them the best.”

Hisey declined to comment through a Nationstar spokesman. A call to Lewis was not returned.

Nationstar is majority-owned by Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG), a private equity-focused firm that is one of the world’s largest investment companies with some $70 billion under management. Fortress co-founder and co-chairman Wes Edens (pictured) is chairman of Nationstar.

Seventeen of Nationstar’s 18 largest shareholders added to their stakes in the first quarter, consistent with such a large equity offering. Fortress, however, was not among them.

Through a statement emailed from a spokesman, Edens said “we acquired Nationstar in 2006, and did not sell any shares in the company’s successful IPO in 2012. We have maintained our ownership position in its entirety, and are excited about the company’s prospects going forward.”

Executives at Nationstar’s second-largest shareholder, Herndon Capital Management, did not respond to calls or email messages. A spokesperson for Citadel Advisors, the eighth-largest shareholder, declined to comment. Kyle Bass, principal and founder of hedge fund Hayman Capital Management, which would have been the third-largest shareholder but sold its entire stake of more than three million shares during the quarter, declined to comment.

In the offering announced March 24, Nationstar sold 17.5 million shares in a deal that closed March 30. Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan paid $28.49 for the shares, according to a March 24 filing.

That $28.49 price was at a discount to the March 24 close of $31.14. Typically in such an offering, known as a “block sale,” banks buy shares at a discount to the market price, hoping to offload them immediately to investors at a slight premium. That effort was successful, according to two sources close to the underwriters, one of whom said investors paid $28.95.

The announcement of the offering triggered a sharp sell-off, presumably due to investor fears about the dilution of their ownership stake. Nationstar shares opened March 25 at $28.12 and finished the day at $25.99-a 24% drop versus the previous day’s close.

More troubling, however, was when Nationstar on May 5 announced a first quarter loss of $48 million, or $0.53 per share, compared to analyst expectations of a gain of more than $63 million, or $0.70 per share. Shares fell by 25.4% that day, closing at $19.51. They have moved sideways since then, and traded at $19.94 late Tuesday.

Underwriters of a stock offering “want to be sure the information that’s going into the prospectus is correct and complete and doesn’t withhold anything such as knowledge that the quarter is going to be terrible,” said NYU professor Smith. That said, underwriters in a hot market “tend to be, shall we say, less than fully enthusiastic about their due diligence efforts,” according to Smith.

Still, the banks “do have institutional procedures where they hire these lawyers and they do all this stuff by the book so as to protect them anyway.”

The extensive procedures followed by big banks like Citigroup JPMorgan and Barclays are “one reason why it takes a while to prepare a lawsuit,” according to Smith. “Somebody has to go over all this stuff very carefully to be sure you actually have a case and you’re not just going to get stonewalled by the procedural defense that these underwriters are able to launch.”