What happened

MakeMyTrip (NASDAQ:MMYT) shares spiked after the company reported second-quarter earnings on Nov. 4. The India-based travel company's stock lost some ground in the trading following its post-earnings pop, but it still closed out the month with gains of roughly 13.1%, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence 

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Sales for the quarter grew roughly 14.2% year over year on a currency-adjusted basis to come in at roughly $118 million, and currency-adjusted non-IFRS (adjusted) revenue grew 13.6% year over year to come in at $181.1 million. MakeMyTrip's adjusted revenue came in roughly $1.1 million ahead of the average analyst target, and its adjusted earnings per share were in line with the market's expectations.

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So what

Gross bookings on the company's platform grew 20.6% year over year to reach $1.5 billion. Operating loss for the period came in at $19.3 million, narrowing from an adjusted operating loss of $25.4 million in the prior-year quarter. The company reported that its lifetime customer base in the quarter rose 25% year over year to reach 44 million customers. Adjusted air-ticketing revenue increased 17.2% on a currency-adjusted basis to reach roughly $66 million, and adjusted constant-currency bus ticketing revenue went up 38.3% year over year to roughly $16.6 million.

MakeMyTrip continued to grow its user base and service offerings, but there were also signs of pressure from increased competition and less favorable deals with supplier partners. Adjusted hotels-and-packages sales increased just 2.4% year over year in the quarter on a constant currency basis, reaching roughly $87.1 million. Adjusted revenue margin for the segment in the quarter slipped to 22.7% from 24.4% in the prior-year quarter. However, management seemed to have a more optimistic growth outlook for the segment in the third quarter.

Now what

MakeMyTrip has dipped roughly 5.4% in December amid a pullback in the broader market. The company is now valued at roughly 3.3 times this year's expected sales.

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MakeMyTrip faces increasing competition and isn't currently profitable, but it is operating in a large, expanding market and has leading positions in its core service categories. Research from Bain suggests that only 25% of India's travel bookings were made online in 2018, but that the online market will account for 35% of travel bookings in 2021. The country's online travel industry is growing quickly, and increased per capita purchasing power will likely be a long-term tailwind. Investors looking for exposure to the Indian market should keep an eye on MakeMyTrip.  

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