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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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March 27, 2015
13:32 EDTEXPESabre in talks for non-U.S. acquisition in travel network business
In a regulatory filing, Sabre (SABR) reports that the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this month that Expedia's (EXPE) Travelocity is not subject to Hawaii’s transient accommodation tax but is subject to its general excise tax. The court further ruled that an income splitting provision that benefits Travelocity applies to the general excise tax. Sabre initially paid $34M in 2013 in order to appeal the matter and expects to receive a majority of this amount back as a result of this ruling. The company also reports that as of the date hereof, Sabre is involved in active negotiations for a potential non-U.S. acquisition within the travel network business segment for which it is possible that it will enter into an agreement in Q2. If consummated, it anticipates that the acquisition would close in Q2/Q3 and require approximately $500M in funds. With respect to its consolidated income statement for the year ended December 31, on a pro forma basis, it expects the acquisition would have resulted in a revenue increase of approximately $250M and would have resulted in a modest increase in adjusted EBITDA. In 2015, it expects the transaction would be approximately neutral to adjusted EPS, and would have a positive impact on adjusted EPS thereafter.
March 25, 2015
17:37 EDTEXPEExpedia, Orbitz receive second information request from DoJ
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