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Friday, February 8, 2013 - Page updated at 03:00 p.m.

Coinstar profit drops in 4Q


The Associated Press

Coinstar’s fourth-quarter profit fell 27 percent due to poor performance at its new ventures. The Bellevue company forecast disappointing earnings ahead, and its shares tumbled in after-hours trading Thursday.

The company owns the Redbox DVD kiosks and its namesake coin-counting sites. It also offers DVD rentals through additional kiosks that it acquired from NCR in June. Coinstar recently expanded its business to include streaming movies, a ticket-selling service and kiosk coffee dispensers. The new ventures took a toll on profitability during the quarter.

Net income was $22.9 million, or 75 cents a share, for the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That’s down from $31.5 million, or $1 a share, in the same quarter a year ago. Sales rose 8.4 percent to $564.1 million on gains at Redbox kiosks.

Analysts forecast a profit of 74 cents a share on revenue of $577.2 million.

Coinstar expects to earn 77 to 92 cents a share from continuing operations in the first quarter on revenue of $568 million to $593 million. Analysts polled by FactSet estimated $1.22 a share on revenue of $628.8 million.

For the full year, the company expects to make $4.91 to $5.51 a share on revenue of $2.38 billion to $2.56 billion. Analysts forecast earnings of $5.15 a share on revenue of $2.5 billion.

Coinstar shares fell $4.53, or 8.7 percent, to $47.57 in after-hours trading.


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