Booking Holdings guidance shows confidence in growth rates, says Piper Jaffray
Booking Holdings reported Q3 bookings 5% above and earnings 1% below the Street while room night growth of 13.4% was ahead of consensus at 10.6%, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson tells investors in a post-earnings research note. Further, he notes the company's Q4 guidance is above his estimate for bookings and above consensus for earnings based on Booking's confidence in near-term growth rates. Unpredictability around Booking's spend on performance marketing will continue to be the norm, and while there may be less certainty around timing of marketing spend quarter-to-quarter, on a full year basis, Booking's Q4 guidance implies that the company will drive top and bottom line growth rates in the mid-teens, says Olson. He keeps an Overweight rating on the shares with a $2,100 price target.