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What: Shares of online travel expert Expedia
So what: Fourth-quarter revenue at Expedia registered a 16% gain from last year and a came in a few million above Wall Street's expectations. However, adjusted earnings per share grew just 10%, to $0.32, well shy of the $0.36 bar that analysts had set. Operating income before amortization -- a non-GAAP measure that the company tracks -- was even more sluggish, posting 7% growth and highlighting the jump in the company's cost of revenue and its sales and marketing expenses.
Now what: Shares of Expedia currently trade at a bit more than 12 times its just-reported full-year adjusted earnings per share. Is that an opportunity? On one side of the balance, there's the strong brand recognition from brands like Expedia, hotels.com, and Hotwire along with the continued growth of online travel bookings. On the other side, there's stiff competition from foes like priceline.com
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