Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥10.225 billion (approximately $130 million) net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013.
Dragon Ball once again made the list of best-performing franchises this quarter, raking in ¥1.8 billion this quarter, up (just barely) from the ¥1.7 billion the same quarter last year. Namco-Bandai is already projecting a drop from the (somewhat unexpected to us) relative-high of ¥11.8 billion for the full fiscal 2012 year down to ¥8.5 billion for fiscal 2013.
Interestingly, Namco-Bandai only listed three total games and their performances for this quarter — Dragon Ball is nowhere to be seen, though with Ultimate Blast/Tenkaichi being released last year, there is no real surprise there.
In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped ever-so-slightly in net sales from ¥0.9 billion last year in Q1 2012 to ¥1.0 billion this quarter. The company is forecasting ¥4.0 billion for the year, a slight drop from the actual net sales of ¥4.4 billion in fiscal 2012.
It is a slow time of year for Dragon Ball and merchandise — there is always more juicy information down the later-year-pipeline, so we will just have to stay tuned!