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February 21, 2014
11:29 EDTOWW, PCLN, EXPEpriceline.com advances after results beat expectations
Shares of online travel agency priceline.com (PCLN) are climbing after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results last night. WHAT'S NEW: priceline.com's Q4 earnings per share and revenue both exceeded analysts' consensus estimates. However, the online travel agency provided first quarter EPS guidance of $6.35-$6.85, versus the consensus estimate of $7.19. It predicted that its revenue would jump about 15%-25% in Q1 versus the same period a year earlier. The company said that it would expand its ad campaign for its Booking.com website to additional markets and launch similar campaigns for other websites. The later start of Easter this year versus last year will hurt priceline.com's Q1 margins, the company stated. The company said it intends to increase its investments in personnel, offices and IT this quarter as it prepares for the peak travel season. ANALYST REACTION: Many research firms reacted to priceline.com's results and guidance by raising their price targets on the shares. Pacific Crest hiked its price target on the stock to $1,580 from $1,220, Benchmark Co. increased its target to $1,550 from $1,200, and Deutsche Bank raised its price target to $1,425 from $1,240. Pacific Crest kept an Outperform rating on the stock, while Deutsche Bank and Benchmark kept Buy ratings on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online travel agencies include Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) and Expedia (EXPE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Priceline.com gained $47, or 3.7%, to about $1,330.
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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 EDTEXPE, OWWExpedia, Orbitz receive second information request from DoJ
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March 20, 2015
07:00 EDTPCLNPriceline bookings tracking towards upper end of guidance, says Cantor
After conducting checks on global search traffic to Booking.com and other Priceline brands through mid- March, Cantor thinks the checks suggest that the company's bookings are tracking towards the upper end of management's guidance this quarter. The firm keeps a $1,360 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
March 18, 2015
06:02 EDTPCLNPriceline shares inexpensive 'by many measures,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its conclusion from several valuation analyses is that shares of Priceline are inexpensive "by many measures." When compared to a comp group of hotel companies, the stock trades at a "material discount," Piper states. It believes shares are worth in excess of its $1,375 price target. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
March 16, 2015
14:02 EDTOWWMagnetar Financial reports 5.6% stake in Orbitz
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