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Shares of HomeAway
Fortunately, that's where the bad news ends. Every other metric looks solid to me. To review:
- Overall revenue improved 40.9% to $58.7 million while listing revenue -- i.e., sales directly related to listing properties at HomeAway's sites -- grew 33.9%.
- Paid listings grew 19.3% to 626,661, while average revenue per listing increased 13.8% to $339. HomeAway is demonstrating pricing power as it grows.
- Cash from operations for the first six months of 2011 improved 19.5% to $40.5 million.
To be fair, HomeAway is like Oracle
Yet this doesn't concern me as much as it does other Fools. HomeAway's biggest and most important purchases -- such as VRBO.com -- were completed years ago. In Q2, the company added auto-renewal options to both HomeAway.com and VRBO.com, and already high renewal rates went higher as a result. (Up to 76.2% from 75.1% at the end of last year's second quarter.)
Why? Scale matters to property owners in the same way that scale matters to airlines and hotel chains. The larger the database, the greater the chance an unsold seat or room will find a buyer. This is why priceline.com
Venture capitalists also love the model. A group of them recently put $112 million into AirBnB, a social network for connecting homeowners and short-term couch crashers. Headline writers appear to see the funding -- and the underlying business model -- as massively disruptive to HomeAway. I'm not buying it. Vacationing families need more than a spare bedroom.
Is today's sell-off reflective of a disruptive shift, or a buying opportunity? You tell me. Please vote in the poll below and then leave a comment to tell us your thoughts about HomeAway's business. You can also add HomeAway to your watchlist for up-to-date analysis on the stock as soon as it's published.
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