Benchmark Maintains a 'Hold' on TripAdvisor (TRIP); Less Revenue, Higher Profit

July 25, 2012 9:03 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Benchmark maintains a 'Hold' on TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP) price target of $39.00.

Analyst, James T. Dobson, said, "TripAdvisor reported 2Q12 results with revenue below expectations but lower marketing expense drove higher profits. TripAdvisor announced a new marketing strategy aimed at improved traffic quality and long-term user growth, which will result in lower revenue growth. Europe was noted as a meaningful drag on growth as well...We project 2012 revenue growth of 19% y/y, down from 21% previously. Our sales and marketing expense is projected at 35% of revenue. For 2012, we estimate $757 million in total revenue with EBITDA of $350 million, up 8%."

"Aggressive search spending by OTAs could be lowering the yield TripAdvisor gets from SEM. Our channels with advertising agencies and SEM firms noted travel as a strong category in 2Q12. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) also highlighted travel strength on its call."

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Shares of TripAdvisor closed at $43.47 yesterday.


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