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doubled its revenue in the fourth quarter but offered mixed guidance for the first quarter.

The Washington State-based company, which owns and operates a multinational, fully automated network of self-service coin-counting machines, said income was $4.6 million, or 20 cents a share, vs. $4.4 million, or 21 cents a share, a year ago. Excluding charges, Coinstar earned $5.9 million, or 26 cents a share. Revenue jumped to $109.8 million from $46.4 million.

The consensus expectation was 25 cents a share and revenue of $108.6 million, according to Thomson First Call.

The results were released after markets closed Thursday.

"We are pleased with our 2004 performance which saw growth in our coin counting business complemented by significant contributions from our acquisitions," the company said. "As we enter 2005, we are moving forward with a broader portfolio of products and services. Our goal is to help our customers generate higher sales and more profit from the front wall of their stores and in the process create long-term value for our shareholders."

Looking ahead, the company expects first-quarter revenue of $99.0 million to $106.0 million. GAAP-based earnings are seen at 14 cents to 21 cents a share. On an adjusted basis, Coinstar expects to earn 17 cents to 24 cents a share.

The consensus forecasts are $106.2 million and 26 cents, respectively.

Shares ended at $24.34 Thursday.