HomeAway shares soar on strong earnings

Jul 25, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Austin-based HomeAway Inc. saw its stock soar Thursday after posting second-quarter revenue that beat analysts’ expectations


Shares of the company, which operates the world’s leading network of online vacation rentals, rose as much as 8.73 percent to $35.50 in after-hours trading


For the second quarter ended June 30, HomeAway reported revenue of $114.3 million, up 31.9 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Analysts expected revenue of $110.36 million for the quarter


The company posted net income of $3.4 million, or 4 cents a share. That compares with net income of $5.5 million, or 6 cents a share, for the same quarter in 2013


HomeAway reported adjusted earnings of 15 cents a share for the quarter, in-line with Capital IQ consensus estimate of 15 cents, according to Briefing.com


“We’ve had another great quarter, once again delivering results above our expectations,” HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples said in a written statement. “We also achieved a significant milestone, reaching one million live listings on our global network of sites.”


Earnings were released after markets closed. Before the announcement, HomeAway shares closed at $32.65, down $1.23, or 3.63 percent


Founded in 2005, Home­Away’s websites have more than 890,000 paid listings in more than 190 companies. The company has more than 1,400 employees worldwide, including more than 700 in Austin


In recent months, the company has made a push into the Asia-Pacific region. In December, it paid $198 million in cash for the Stayz Group, which operates the leading Australia-based vacation rental website


In November, HomeAway bought an ownership stake in New Zealand vacation rental website Bookabach for an undisclosed price. Prior to that, it purchased Singapore-based travelmob.com and formed a partnership with Webo.com, a leading travel search engine in the Asia Pacific



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