Canadian Manufacturing

Spin Master accelerates shift from China to dodge tariffs, share up on results

The Toronto-based toy company says it was already shifting away from the country

August 1, 2019  The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Spin Master Corp. says it has accelerated plans to diversify production out of China as a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies drags on.

The Toronto-based toy company, which saw its shares jump more than 12% Thursday on earnings, says it was already shifting away from the country but that the high-profile trade dispute between China and the U.S. has made it act faster.

Chief operating officer Benoit Gadbois says Spin Master started to diversify away from China in 2015 as costs rose at a time that 90% of its production was based in the country.

He said on a conference call Thursday that about 65% of the company’s production is now in China and the plan is to have it below 50% next year.

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China and the U.S. have imposed hefty tariffs as a trade dispute drags on. U.S. President Donald Trump rattled markets Thursday when he said he would impose a 10% tariff on US$300 billion in Chinese goods not already facing tariffs.

Spin Master’s shares shrugged off a wider stock market reversal to close up $4.57, or 12.19%, to $42.07 Thursday after reporting adjusted profits of 19 cents per share to beat analyst expectations of 13 cents per share according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.