Shutterfly Shares Flew: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of online photo publisher Shutterfly (Nasdaq: SFLY  ) surged 19% on Friday after announcing an initial offer to buy bankrupt Eastman Kodak's online-picture business for $23.8 million.

So what: With the deal, Shutterfly would basically remove a large competitor from the online-photo sharing space, strengthen its leadership position, and likely lead to lower costs over time. The transfer of Kodak Gallery's 75 million customer accounts could even help Shutterfly thwart tech threats like Apple and Amazon from entering the fray.  

Now what: If Shutterfly can close the deal, analysts estimate that its annual earnings could increase by at least 10 cents per share. But while Shutterfly is certainly the likely buyer at this point, rivals like Snapfish and Vistaprint still have the opportunity to bid for Kodak Gallery in a court-supervised auction. Given Shutterfly's already-lofty price multiples, the risk/reward trade-off seems rather unfavorable.

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  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2012, at 1:12 PM, ExEmployee001 wrote:

    I worked for ShutterFly as an Engineer for over a year. Their technology is not very good. A good percentage of their engineers are in phoenix. They have set up a software development environmnet that focuses on form not substance. As a result their products are either par or sub-par.

    My point, ShutterFly is a marketing play not technology. If they can't out market thier competition they are doomed.

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