Booking (NASDAQ:BKNG) Delivers Strong Q2, Rooms Booked Exceed Expectations
Online travel agency Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG) beat analysts' expectations in Q2 FY2023, with revenue up 27.2% year on year to $5.46 billion. Booking made a GAAP profit of $1.29 billion, improving from its profit of $857 million in the same quarter last year.
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Booking (BKNG) Q2 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $5.46 billion vs analyst estimates of $5.17 billion (5.55% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $37.62 vs analyst estimates of $29.16 (29% beat)
- Free Cash Flow of $1.65 billion, down 41.3% from the previous quarter
- Room Nights Booked: 268 million, up 22 million year on year
Formerly known as The Priceline Group, Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) is the world’s largest online travel agency.
Because of the enormous number of flights, hotels, and accommodations available, travel is a natural fit for marketplaces that aggregate suppliers, simplifying the shopping process for consumers. Online travel platforms today make up over 50% of the industry’s bookings, a percentage that has been rising for 20 years, and will likely continue in the years ahead.
Booking's revenue growth over the last three years has been exceptional, averaging 55.6% annually. This quarter, Booking beat analysts' estimates and reported decent 27.2% year-on-year revenue growth.
Ahead of the earnings results, analysts covering the company were projecting sales to grow 12.9% over the next 12 months.
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As an online travel company, Booking generates revenue growth by increasing both the number of stays (or experiences) booked and the commission charged on those bookings.
Over the last two years, Booking's nights booked, a key performance metric for the company, grew 52.2% annually to 268 million. This is among the fastest growth rates of any consumer internet company, indicating that users are excited about its offerings.
In Q2, Booking added 22 million nights booked, translating into 8.94% year-on-year growth.
Key Takeaways from Booking's Q2 Results
Sporting a market capitalization of $107 billion, more than $15.2 billion in cash on hand, and positive free cash flow over the last 12 months, we believe that Booking is attractively positioned to invest in growth.
We enjoyed seeing Booking's revenue and earnings exceed analysts' revenue expectations this quarter. Unit economics are also moving in the right direction. Overall, we think this was a really good quarter that should please shareholders. The stock is up 3.87% after reporting and currently trades at $2,949 per share.
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