Media provider giant Netflix (NFLX) has some competition with Redbox, and from the looks of things, they’re losing.
Redbox, which is owned by Coinstar (CSTR), did not begin by streaming content like Netflix, but instead reverted back to renting out DVDs. The major difference is that Netflix requires a monthly subscription, while at Redbox you pay as you go, $1.20 for a DVD.
What could be making Redbox more competitive is the current economic climate. For casual movie-watchers Netflix’s subscription of $8 a month to stream content, and another $8 for DVDs, is less attractive than $1.20 per DVD. Redbox has also recently come to an agreement with Verizon (VZ) to get into the streaming business, becoming a direct competitor to Netflix. For more on this partnership click here.
The 1-year return on Netflix is -74.5%. Coinstar’s is +34.1%
Differences in Growth
One of the main areas where the stocks differ is in the analyst prediction for growth.
Netflix was at first predicted to operate at a loss this year, but now it’s possible that they will get out of the red and see some profit. Netflix is expected to see a 13% sales growth this year, and 15% the next.
Coinstar, on the other hand, is projected 23% sales growth this year and 35% the next.
Zacks analysts rate NFLX at “Hold” and CSTR as a “Moderate Buy”.
There is also more to Coinstar then just Redbox and entertainment rentals. They recently came to terms with Starbucks to provide Seattle’s Best Coffee in kiosks similar to their coin counting machines. The stock jumped up 6% following the news.
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Netflix has about $300 million more in sales, but looking towards the future, the growth predictions along with the Verizon partnership explains the analyst ratings that favor Coinstar. How do you see this battle of content providing companies playing out?
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1. Netflix, Inc. (NFLX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $3.48B, most recent closing price at $62.66.
2. Coinstar, Inc. (CSTR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Market cap at $1.97B, most recent closing price at $62.80.
(Written by Ryan Horch)
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