NP Newswire - 07 February 2014
Release date- 06022014 - BELLEVUE, Wash - Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.
'Outerwall reported a strong finish to 2013 as we delivered solid results at the top and bottom line and executed on strategic decisions to drive increased profitability and value creation for our consumers, partners, employees, and shareholders,' said J. Scott Di Valerio, chief executive officer of Outerwall. 'Our results reflect the value consumers recognize in our core Redbox and Coinstar brands, with Redbox driving over 775 million rentals in 2013 and Coinstar pushing through $300 million in annual revenue for the first time. We are managing these strong, profitable, cash-generating businesses for additional profitability and cash flow by optimizing our consumer relationships and kiosk networks. We will continue to invest in ecoATM and other targeted, compelling growth opportunities.'
Di Valerio continued, 'We believe strong, effective leadership is a cornerstone in extracting the most value from our businesses, and today we separately announced a new president for Redbox and executive leadership transitions at Coinstar and ecoATM. We believe that each candidate will build on the respective business' strong foundation in order to continue to drive success and new avenues for growth and enhanced profitability.'
'We also announced our intent to purchase $350 million of Outerwall's common stock via a modified 'Dutch auction' tender offer, demonstrating our confidence in Outerwall's business and long-term growth potential,' said Di Valerio.
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'We continue to execute on several initiatives, including working to reach our recently adjusted targeted leverage ratio in the first quarter, that build on our strong financial foundation, optimize our capital structure and create value for our shareholders,' said Galen C. Smith, chief financial officer of Outerwall. 'In 2013, we were pleased to return more than 100% of our free cash flow to shareholders. Looking ahead, we remain committed to our capital return priorities, as illustrated by a $350 million tender offer we expect to launch tomorrow.'
Smith concluded, 'We are focused on operating Outerwall efficiently and will continue to manage costs and capital expenditures across the organization, keeping them aligned with our revenue growth opportunities. We are also on track to achieve $22 million of savings in 2014. We intend to further leverage the shared services organization we built over the past few years to deliver improved results.'
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 5.4% to $593.7 million compared with $563.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Redbox segment revenue increased 1.7% to $496.4 million compared with $488.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Coinstar segment revenue increased 8.4% to $80.7 million from $74.5 million in the prior year quarter. New Ventures segment reported revenue of $16.6 million in the fourth quarter compared with $293,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012, with the increase primarily due to the acquisition of the ecoATM business completed in July 2013.
Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $73.0 million, which resulted in an operating margin of 12.3%, compared with operating income of $52.0 million and an operating margin of 9.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The change in operating margin was driven by several factors, including the reversal of a bonus accrual; a benefit from the change in amortization for content costs in the Redbox business; and greater efficiencies in shared services.
Income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $42.9 million, or diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.55, compared with $25.5 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Core diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1.68, which excluded non-core adjustments, net of tax, of $0.13 per share, compared with $1.01 per diluted share, which excluded non-core adjustments, net of tax, of $0.18 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Non-core adjustments for the fourth quarter of 2013 included restructuring costs associated with actions to reduce costs in our continuing operations primarily through workforce reductions across the company, compensation expense for rights to receive cash issued in conjunction with our acquisition of ecoATM, the loss from equity method investments, benefits from release of indemnification reserves upon settlement of the Sigue Note, and a tax benefit of $16.7 million related to the recognition of a worthless stock deduction in a corporate subsidiary.
For 2013, full year revenue was $2.3 billion, an increase of 4.9% compared with 2012. Operating income for 2013 was $261.0 million, which resulted in an operating margin of 11.3%, compared with operating income of $279.4 million and an operating margin of 12.7% in 2012. The decrease in operating margin reflects the increased operating loss in the New Ventures segment, which was primarily the result of investments to support ecoATM. Income from continuing operations for 2013 was $208.1 million, or $7.33 per diluted share, compared with income from continuing operations of $160.5 million, or $4.99 per diluted share, in 2012, an increase in diluted earnings per share of 46.9%, primarily attributable to the impacts of a decrease in income tax expense, income from equity method investments arising from the gain on our acquisition of ecoATM and higher interest expense. Core diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year 2013 was $5.92, which excluded non-core adjustments of $(1.41) per share, compared with $5.15 per diluted share, which excluded non-core adjustments of $0.16 per share, in 2012.
Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $191.7 million, compared with $152.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Cash capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $49.1 million, compared with $74.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $142.6 million, compared with $77.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily driven by changes in working capital, higher non-cash expenses included in net income in the current period and lower capital expenditures, bringing total free cash flow to $166.4 million for the full year 2013.
Capital Structure and Share Repurchases
During the fourth quarter, the company repurchased $100.0 million of its common stock representing approximately 1.51 million shares at an average price of $66.06 per share. For full year 2013, the company repurchased $195.0 million of its common stock representing approximately 3.31 million shares at an average price of $58.98 per share, which represents a return to shareholders of more than 100% of free cash flow for the year. In January 2014, the company executed on an additional $50 million share repurchase through a 10b5-1 stock trading plan, which was completed by the end of the month.
On January 30, 2014, Outerwall's Board of Directors increased the share repurchase authorization by $500 million, bringing the total available for repurchases to approximately $650 million.
In connection with this increased authorization, the Board of Directors also authorized a tender offer for $350 million of Outerwall's common stock through a modified Dutch auction that is expected to launch on February 7, 2014. We expect to launch with a price range based on a 5-20% premium over today's last reported sale price.
During the fourth quarter, the company amended its existing credit facility to increase its debt capacity by $350.0 million through a combination of a $200 million term loan and an additional $150 million of capacity under the revolving line of credit. As of December 31, 2013, the company had no outstanding borrowing on the revolving line of credit. The company previously announced a target net leverage ratio of 1.75x to 2.25x net debt to core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, and expects to move into this range in the first quarter of 2014 pending the successful execution of the tender offer.
Redbox segment revenue increased 1.7% to $496.4 million from the fourth quarter of 2012. Redbox generated 192.0 million rentals in the quarter, up 2.2% year over year. Net revenue per rental was $2.58, up 0.4% from the fourth quarter of 2012.
Redbox segment operating income was $111.3 million, an increase of 39.2% over the fourth quarter of 2012, and segment operating margin was 22.4%, up 6.0 percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2012. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 58.5%, up 4.6 percentage points from 53.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012, as the company adjusted its content purchases to better align with revised rental and revenue expectations. Gross margin also benefitted from $7.0 million lower amortization than expected as a result of the accounting change implemented in the second quarter of 2013. The benefit is expected to reverse in the first quarter of 2014.
Coinstar segment revenue was $80.7 million, an increase of 8.4%, and same store sales were up 5.9% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with a decline of 1.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily due to the price increase for all U.S. grocery retail locations for the coin voucher product implemented on October 1, 2013. The average transaction size was also up 5.8% to $43.82.
Coinstar segment operating income was $30.8 million, an increase of 17.2% over the fourth quarter of 2012, and segment operating margin was 38.2%, up 2.9 percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2012. Segment operating income increased due to the U.S. price increase and cost reductions driven by efficiencies implemented across its field organization.
New Ventures reported segment revenue of $16.6 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the increase driven by the acquisition of ecoATM. During the fourth quarter, ecoATM expanded its pilot in the mass channel and ended the year with approximately 880 kiosks. Outerwall continued to invest to support the growth of ecoATM as it begins to scale the business in 2014. SAMPLEit is included in the New Ventures segment and the company expects to continue testing the concept with a limited investment in 2014.
In December 2013, Outerwall exited three New Ventures concepts, Rubi, Crisp Market and Star Studio, which were classified as discontinued operations, and recorded associated impairment and restructuring charges of $29.5 million for the fourth quarter. The company expects to complete the shutdown process by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
For the 2014 full year, Outerwall management expects:
Consolidated revenue between $2.358 billion and $2.498 billion;
Core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations between $472 million and $517 million;
Core diluted EPS from continuing operations between $5.16 and $5.76 on a fully diluted basis; and
Free cash flow between $200 million and $240 million.
For the 2014 first quarter, Outerwall management expects:
Consolidated revenue between $570 million and $600 million;
Core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations between $93 million and $108 million; and
Core diluted EPS from continuing operations between $0.77 and $0.97 on a fully diluted basis.
Outerwall has provided additional comments on guidance in prepared remarks that also review the company's 2013 fourth quarter and full year operating and financial results. The prepared remarks and supplemental slides, as well as this press release, are posted on the Investor Relations section of the corporate website at ir.outerwall.com. The 2013 fourth quarter Segment Supplement, which provides historical data in Excel format, is also posted on the website.
CEO J. Scott Di Valerio and CFO Galen C. Smith will host a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST) to answer questions related to the company's performance and guidance. The conference call will be webcast live and archived on the Investor Relations section of Outerwall's website at ir.outerwall.com. A recording of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call ends through February 20, 2014, at 1-888-843-7419 or 1-630-652-3042, passcode 3641 5281.
About Outerwall Inc.
Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR) has more than 20 years of experience creating some of the most profitable spaces for their retail partners. The company mission is to create a better everyday by delivering breakthrough kiosk experiences that delight consumers and generate revenue for retailers. As the company that brought consumers Redbox entertainment, Coinstar money services and ecoATM electronics recycling kiosks, Outerwall is leading the next generation of automated retail and paving the way for inventive, scalable businesses. Outerwall kiosks are in neighborhood grocery stores, drug stores, mass merchants, malls, and other retail locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Learn more at www.outerwall.com.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words 'believe,' 'estimate,' 'expect,' 'intend,' 'will,' 'anticipate,' 'goals,' variations of such words, and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding Outerwall Inc.'s anticipated growth and future operating results, including 2014 first quarter and full year results, as well as stock repurchases, including the announced tender offer, bank loans, potential cost savings and tax benefits, leadership transitions and timing and integration of such leadership changes. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may vary materially from the results expressed or implied in such statements. Differences may result from actions taken by Outerwall Inc. or its subsidiaries, as well as from risks and uncertainties beyond Outerwall Inc.'s control. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
competition from other entertainment providers,
individual personnel decisions,
the ability to achieve the strategic and financial objectives for our entry into new businesses, including ecoATM, SAMPLEit and Redbox Instant by Verizon,
our ability to complete the tender offer, the occurrence of any conditions to completing the tender offer, and our decision to waive the occurrence of any condition to completing the tender offer,
our ability to repurchase stock and the availability of an open trading window,
the achievement of anticipated cost savings and tax benefits,
results of our restructuring and cost initiatives, including discontinuation of affected new ventures and workforce reduction,
the termination, non-renewal or renegotiation on materially adverse terms of our contracts with our significant retailers and suppliers,
payment of increased fees to retailers, suppliers and other third-party providers, including financial service providers,
the timing of new DVD releases and the inability to receive delivery of DVDs on the date of their initial release to the general public, or shortly thereafter, or in sufficient quantity, for home entertainment viewing,
the effective management of our content library,
the ability to attract new retailers, penetrate new markets and distribution channels and react to changing consumer demands,
the ability to adequately protect our intellectual property, and
the application of substantial federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations specific to our business.
The foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is illustrative, but by no means exhaustive. For more information on factors that may affect future performance, please review 'Risk Factors' described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other documents filed therewith. These forward-looking statements reflect Outerwall Inc.'s expectations as of the date of this press release. Outerwall Inc. undertakes no obligation to update the information provided herein.
Important Information Regarding the Expected Tender Offer
This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to buy nor the solicitation of an offer to sell any shares of Outerwall's common stock. The expected tender offer described in this press release has not yet commenced, and there can be no assurances that Outerwall will commence the tender offer on the terms and conditions described in this press release or at all. If Outerwall commences the tender offer, the tender offer will be made solely by an Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and related materials, as they may be amended or supplemented. Stockholders should read Outerwall's commencement tender offer statement on Schedule TO expected to be filed with the SEC in connection with the tender offer, which will include as exhibits the Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and related materials, as well as any amendments or supplements to the Schedule TO when they become available, because they will contain important information. If Outerwall commences the tender offer, each of these documents will be filed with the SEC, and, when available, stockholders may obtain them for free from the SEC at its website (www.sec.gov) or from the Company's information agent in connection with the tender offer.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP measures may be provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles ('GAAP').
We use the following non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our financial results:
Core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations;
Core diluted earnings per share ('EPS') from continuing operations; and
Free cash flow.
These measures, the definitions of which are presented below, are non-GAAP because they exclude certain amounts which are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.
Core and Non-Core Results
We distinguish our core activities, those associated with our primary operations which we directly control, from non-core activities. Non-core activities are primarily nonrecurring events or events we do not directly control. Our non-core adjustments include i) restructuring costs associated with actions to reduce costs in our continuing operations primarily through workforce reductions across the Company, ii) acquisition costs primarily related to the NCR Asset Acquisition and acquisition of ecoATM, iii) compensation expense for rights to receive cash issued in conjunction with our acquisition of ecoATM and attributable to post-combination services as they are fixed amount acquisition related awards and not indicative of the directly controllable future business results, iv) income or loss from equity method investments, which represents our share of income or loss from entities we do not consolidate or control and the impact of the gain on re-measurement of our previously held equity interest in ecoATM upon acquisition, v) a gain on the grant of a license to use certain Redbox trademarks to Redbox Instant by Verizon, vi) benefits from release of indemnification reserves upon settlement of the Sigue Note and vii) a tax benefit related to the recognition of a worthless stock deduction in a corporate subsidiary ('Non-Core Adjustments').
We believe investors should consider our core results because they are more indicative of our ongoing performance and trends, are more consistent with how management evaluates our operational results and trends, provide meaningful supplemental information to investors through the exclusion of certain expenses which are either non-recurring or may not be indicative of our directly controllable business operating results, allow for greater transparency in assessing our performance, help investors better analyze the results of our business and assist in forecasting future periods.
Core Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations
Our non-GAAP financial measure core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as earnings from continuing operations before depreciation, amortization and other; interest expense, net; income taxes; share-based payments expense; and Non-Core Adjustments.
A reconciliation of core adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to net income from continuing operations, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, is presented in the following table:
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