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July 31, 2014
14:16 EDTEXPEEarnings Preview: Analysts expects strong Q2 results for Expedia
Expedia (EXPE) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 31 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Expedia is an Internet-based travel website that offers airplane, hotel and car reservations, and other vacation and business travel services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 76c on revenue of $1.44B. The consensus range is 57c-95c for EPS and $1.34B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Expedia reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 16c against estimates of 15c on revenue of $1.2B against estimates of $1.14B. Reports Q1 room nights grew 24% and Q1 domestic room night growth of 20%. It also reported Q1 gross bookings increased 29%, primarily driven by air ticket and room night growth. Domestic gross bookings increased 35% and international gross bookings increased 21%. STREET RESEARCH AND NEWS: In the past quarter, the company agreed to acquire Wotif Group and Auto Escape Group, while also signing strategic agreements with Sabre and Sixt. Oppenheimer said Expedia's acquisition of Wotif is positive and should allow the company to expand in the Asia Pacific region. Piper Jaffray said travel industry data indicates material improvement in the U.S. and points towards a strong Q2. Cantor agreed, expecting Expedia to beat expectations due to relative strength in U.S. paid search, robust growth at Hotels.com, and improving European room rates. FBR Capitals says channel checks on Expedia indicate positive upside in Q2, with bookings growth of 30%-35%. PRICE ACTION: Expedia shares have gained around 6.9% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Thursday midday trading ahead of its Q2 report, Expedia shares are trading down almost 3%.
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February 9, 2016
14:00 EDTEXPEExpedia volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 4, 2016
06:14 EDTEXPETripAdvisor risk/reward now favorable into earnings, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that following the significant underperformance of shares, the risk/reward for TripAdvisor (TRIP) is now favorable into the company's Q4 results. The slowdown in travel is already reflected into consensus estimates and concerns regarding the magnitude of the upcoming 2016 guide-down are overblown, Olson tells investors in a pre-earnings research note on the Online Content space. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target. The analyst recommends avoiding Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) into the Q4 reports.
January 27, 2016
10:20 EDTEXPEGoldman says sell TripAdvisor as Airbnb adds to industry challenges
The outlook for online travel agencies, or OTAs, has become less favorable, partly due to increased competition from alternative lodging providers like Airbnb, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm downgraded one of the stocks in the sector, Priceline (PCLN), to Neutral from Buy, and cut another online travel agency, TripAdvisor (TRIP), to Sell from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Amid high lodging occupancy rates and below average supply growth, more travelers are embracing alternative lodging options like Airbnb, cutting out the OTAs, wrote Goldman analyst Heath Terry. Additionally, high occupancy rates are enabling hotels to seek better terms from OTAs, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, OTAs have increased their penetration of the hotel sector, leaving less room for share gains, Terry stated. Turning to specific stocks, the analyst expects Priceline to be hurt by the stronger dollar as well as increased competition from alternative lodging options. He anticipates that TripAdvisor's bottom line will be lowered by its efforts to convince hotels to join its Instant Booking program by granting them more favorable deal terms. Terry kept a Neutral rating on Expedia, but said that the stock could drop further, given the company's high exposure to large hotel chains, the competitive challenges it's facing, and integration risks from four major acquisitions it has made over the last two years. He cut his price target on Priceline to $1,200 from $1,500 and on TripAdvisor to $59 from $68. Terry has a $93 price target on Expedia. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Priceline fell 3.5% to $1,073, TripAdvisor lost 3.2% to $67.44, and Expedia declined 2.2% to $102.61.
06:02 EDTEXPEPriceline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry downgraded Priceline (PCLN) to Neutral saying the environment for online travel agents is becoming less favorable amid high occupancy and rising competition from alternative accommodation providers. Terry cut his price target for the shares to $1,200 from $1,500. He continues to believe Priceline is the best positioned in the space, however. The analyst this morning also downgraded TripAdvisor (TRIP) to Sell and kept a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE).

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