RealD Shares Hammered Again Despite Posting Strong Quarterly Profit

3:32 PM PST 11/02/2011 by Paul Bond

The company misses slightly on the top line and discloses that a deal for 3D televisions has fallen through.

Shares of RealD were taking a beating again on Wednesday after the company announced fiscal second-quarter earnings that handily beat per-share profit estimates but fell short of revenue expectations.

The company also said Wednsday that a deal with Samsung Electronics for 3D television display panels has fallen through, so RealD is pursuing other potential partners.

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The company earned $18.8 million, up from a loss of $5.1 million in the same quarter last year. On a per-share basis, it earned 33 cents, blowing away estimates it would earn just 22 cents. Revenue that grew 35 percent to $88 million, though, fell about $2 million shy of estimates.

RealD shares surged 10 percent during the regular session to $11.26, though the gains were wiped out in the after-hours session when the stock was down as much as 14 percent. Shares of RealD have been sinking steadily since touching $35 in May as investors worry about the cost of 3D glasses and whether audiences share the company's enthusiasm for 3D movies.

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In its earnings announcement, RealD highlighted a dozen movies released during the quarter where its 3D technology was used, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Lion King 3D and Dolphin Tale 3D.

Upcoming movies in RealD 3D include The Adventures of Tintin, Hugo, Arthur Christmas and Immortals.

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