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Booking Holdings Slumps on Q1 Results

By Eric Volkman – May 8, 2020 at 7:15PM

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The travel industry is one of the hardest hit by the current pandemic; the company's financials bear this out.

To no one's surprise, online travel agency Booking Holdings (BKNG -2.13%) reported serious downturns in its financials for its Q1 of fiscal 2020.

In its earnings release, Booking Holdings revealed that its total revenue came in at just under $2.29 billion, representing a 19% year-over-year decline. Non-GAAP (adjusted) net income fell at a much steeper rate, landing at $156 million ($3.77 per diluted share), versus the Q1 2019 result of $508 million.

A well-dressed traveler with his luggage, standing in an airport.

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While the company's revenue was only slightly under the average analyst projection of $2.31 billion, its per-share profitability came in well under the average $6.10 modeled by those prognosticators.

The reason for the declines was obvious. As Booking Holdings stated in its earnings release, "The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted our Company and the entire travel industry."

The travel giant added that, "We have taken immediate steps to stabilize the Company by reducing costs and bolstering our liquidity position." In recent weeks, Booking Holdings has floated new debt to shore up its finances.

Previously, the company withdrew its full-year 2020 guidance, citing the pandemic's withering effect on the global travel industry. This has come to a near standstill due to "shelter in place" and social distancing measures undertaken in many places throughout the world. Booking Holdings is very active in both the transportation and lodging segments of the travel sector.

Much of this seems to have already been priced into the stock. Shares of Booking Holdings fell by a relatively light 0.9% on Friday, although other consumer goods companies and the main equity indexes rose at healthy rates on the day.

Eric Volkman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Booking Holdings. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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