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Bratz maker MGA Entertainment considers initial public offering

March 11, 2010 | 12:44 pm

MGA Entertainment Inc., the maker of Bratz dolls and other toys, is considering selling shares in an initial public offering, according to a Bloomberg report on Thursday.

The Van Nuys company manufactures toys, games, dolls, consumer electronics, home decor, stationery and sporting goods. Its products include Little Tikes, Moxie Girlz and Rescue Pets, but the company is best known for its sexily dressed Bratz dolls that are at the center of a bitter copyright dispute between MGA and toy giant Mattel Inc.

Bratz Gerrick Johnson, a toy analyst at BMO Capital Markets, said he thought an IPO would be well-received by the investment community and would help MGA gain access to capital as it looks to expand its products.

“They have a nice product portfolio that investors would be interested in, so it doesn’t seem like a completely far-fetched idea,” Johnson said. “The toy industry’s doing well right now; the toy stocks are doing well. There’s appetite for that kind of investment.”

In December, after the Bratz dolls were found to infringe the copyrights of rival Mattel, a U.S. appeals court stayed an order to transfer ownership of the line to Mattel until it ruled on the case.

The two parties were also ordered to attempt to settle the dispute themselves, but Johnson said he doubted the two sides would reach an agreement.

“These guys are so far apart and they hate each other, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “It’s personal at this point.”

On Thursday, Mattel spokeswoman Lisa Marie Bongiovanni said the El Segundo company was awaiting the appeals court ruling and declined to comment on the progress of mediation discussions.

-- Andrea Chang

Image: One of the Bratz dolls. Credit: MGA