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Airbnb's Q1 Surge vs. Market Scepticism

Published by MEXEM EUROPE

May 9, 2024 10:10 AM
(GMT+2)

Airbnb's {{ m-tag option="price" ticker="ABNB" currency="USD" }} fiscal Q1 2024 results showcased a robust performance. Earnings per share (EPS) were $0.41, decisively beating analysts' anticipated $0.23. The company also reported revenue of $2.14 billion, surpassing expectations of $2.06 billion. This marked a significant year-over-year increase from the previous year's revenue of $1.82 billion.
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Despite the strong quarterly performance, Airbnb's shares dropped about 8% in after-hours trading. The company projected Q2 revenues to be between $2.68 billion and $2.74 billion, slightly below the analyst consensus of $2.74 billion. This guidance and concerns over a weaker (EBITDA) Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization outlook and slower growth in Nights & Experiences bookings contributed to the adverse market reaction.
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YoY Growth and Booking Dynamics: 
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Year over year, Airbnb's revenue grew by 18%, and the total value of nights and experiences booked increased by 12% to $22.9 billion. The growth was notably strong in the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions. North American bookings remained stable, with a particular strength in larger group travels.
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Stock Performance and Technical Ratings: 
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Before the earnings announcement, Airbnb's stock was already tracking a decline, closing down 1.2% on Wednesday.
However, on a year-to-date basis, the stock had risen by 16%, significantly outperforming the S&P 500's 8.8% gain.
Over the past 12 months, Airbnb's stock had advanced 32%, again outstripping the S&P 500's 25% increase.
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Analyst Insights and Future Expectations: 
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KeyBanc analyst Justin Patterson highlighted the company's potential to exceed first-quarter expectations due to resilient near-term travel demand. Moreover, Mizuho Securities analyst James Lee suggested that sponsored listings could significantly boost Airbnb's (EBITDA), raising his price target from $150 to $200.

While Airbnb's Q1 2024 earnings report highlighted stronger-than-expected financial performance, concerns over future revenue and profitability led to decreased stock value post-announcement, however, with solid booking growth and optimistic analyst projections.

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