The stock is up more than 5% in after-market trading following the earnings report — plus an announcement that the company behind the Redbox kiosks plans to change its name to Outerwall. Whatever it’s called, it reported Q1 net income of $22.6M, -57.9% vs the period last year, on revenue of $574.7M, +1.1%. The revenue number is short of the $579.4 that analysts expected. But core earnings per share, factoring out one-time gains and losses, came to 93 cents — well ahead of the 86 cents the Street anticipated. The Redbox disc rental kiosk unit generated $92.7M in operating income (-15.3%) on revenue of $507.9M (+1%). The slight top-line growth was mostly due to the additional kiosks in the field. Profits took a hit as a result of “an increase in product costs related to higher DVD content purchases” — including increased buys from Warner Bros resulting from the deal they struck late last year. Coinstar says that “the physical market is stabilizing following further Blockbuster store closings and Netflix’s continued efforts to shift their disc customers to streaming.” Meanwhile, Blu-ray disc rentals “exceeded our expectations” and represented 14.2% of Redbox revenue, and 12% of total rentals. The company expects the HD discs to account for as much as 16% of Redbox revenue in Q2. CEO J. Scott Di Valerio says that the “continued growth in Redbox market share shows our ability to win with consumers.” As for the name change, he said that Outerwall “unifies our growing portfolio of products and services under one name and reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to think beyond the limits to make a better everyday possible for everyone.” When the change is official, the stock symbol will become “OUTR”.
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