Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥17.320 billion (approximately $215 million) net income for the first half of fiscal year 2013.
Dragon Ball once again made the list of best-performing franchises this half, raking in ¥3.7 billion this first half, down slightly from the ¥4.1 billion the same first half last year. Namco-Bandai is sticking with their projection for the full fiscal year of ¥8.5 billion, a drop from last year’s ¥11.8 billion.
In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise jumped ever-so-slightly in net sales from ¥2.1 billion last first half in fiscal 2012 to ¥2.4 billion this half. The company is still 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, its merchandise, and its video games — Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, and Soul Calibur V (still!) were some of the top-performing video games this half of the year. It will be interesting to see if this week’s upcoming Budokai HD Collection or last month’s Dragon Ball Z for Kinect make their way to the list next quarter… not that any of us are really expecting that.
I was expecting that the figure sale would have gone up, but like you I do not think that the two video games would help much.