Ctrip Has Been Thrown Out With The Bathwater
Alpha Gen Capital
Alpha Gen Capital
Dec. 14, 2015, 7:40 AM
- Added to the Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ), effective Dec. 21 will be: Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP), Endo International (NASDAQ:ENDP), Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), Maxim Integrated (NASDAQ:MXIM), Norwegian Cruise Lines (NASDAQ:NCLH), T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS), and Ulta Salon (NASDAQ:ULTA).
- To be removed: C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ:CHRW), Expeditors International (NASDAQ:EXPD), Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR), Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), VimpelCom (NASDAQ:VIP), and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN). Also to be removed: LiLAC Class A Shares (NASDAQ:LILA), and LiLAC Class C Shares (NASDAQ:LILAK).
Dec. 10, 2015, 9:14 AM
- Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN) and an unnamed investment firm firm are each investing $500M in Chinese online travel leader Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) via convertible bonds. Priceline is now free to own up to 15% of Ctrip; its cumulative investment in the company (all in convertible bonds) has risen to $1.9B (45.5M shares).
- The investments come less than two months after Ctrip struck a deal to buy Baidu's stake in #2 Chinese online travel firm Qunar, thus leaving Ctrip with 45% of Qunar's voting interests and Baidu with 25% of Ctrip's voting interests.
- Ctrip has risen to $52.33 premarket.
- PRs: Priceline, Ctrip
Nov. 19, 2015, 12:44 PM
Nov. 19, 2015, 9:14 AM
Nov. 18, 2015, 5:44 PM
Nov. 18, 2015, 5:40 PM
- In addition to beating Q3 estimates, Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) is guiding for 45%-50% Y/Y RMB-based revenue growth, above a 40.2% consensus. Shares have jumped to $108.50 after hours. Peer Qunar (NASDAQ:QUNR), which Ctrip now has a large stake in, has risen to $39.25 ahead of its Nov. 24 Q3 report.
- Q3 EPS benefited from $377M in "other income" stemming largely from the de-consolidation of Chinese Airbnb clone Tujia.com from Ctrip's results, thanks to the loss of control of Tujia following a new funding round.
- Financials: EPS also benefited from moderating spending growth: R&D, sales/marketing, and G&A spend respectively rose 36%, 40%, and 8% Y/Y to $131M, $132M, and $41M, after growing 66%, 42%, and 34% in Q2. The Qunar deal has been expected to yield further spending moderation. Gross margin rose to 735 from Q2's 71% and Q3 2014's 72%.
- Top-line performance: Accommodation revenue rose 45% Y/Y to $215M, transportation ticketing 51% to $190M, packaged tours 66% to $93M, and corporate travel 19% to $20M. Hotel reservation volume rose 50%, and ticketing volume 150%.
- Ctrip's Q3 results, PR
Nov. 18, 2015, 5:03 PM
- Ctrip.com (NASDAQ:CTRP): Q3 EPS of $2.20 may not be comparable to consensus of $0.09
- Revenue of $501M (+49% Y/Y) beats by $10.36M.
- Shares +4% AH.
Nov. 17, 2015, 5:35 PM
Nov. 13, 2015, 11:38 AM
- Raymond James has downgraded Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) to Outperform from Strong Buy.
- The move comes after Ctrip soared in late October in response to a deal to acquire Baidu's stake in top Chinese online travel rival Qunar, thus potentially ending a costly price war/advertising battle between the companies. Shares remain up 112% YTD.
Nov. 13, 2015, 2:02 AM
- MSCI has outlined which overseas-listed Chinese shares will be added to its Emerging Markets Index (ETF: EEM) from Dec. 1, a move that is likely to draw investments of $70B.
- ADRs to be included: 58.com (NYSE:WUBA), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), Ctrip.com (NASDAQ:CTRP), JD.com (NASDAQ:JD), NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES), New Oriental Education (NYSE:EDU), Qihoo 360 (NYSE:QIHU), Qunar (NASDAQ:QUNR), SouFun (NYSE:SFUN), TAL Education (NYSE:XRS), VipShop (NYSE:VIPS), Youku Tudou (NYSE:YOKU) and YY.
- Stocks listed in mainland China, known as A-shares, are still under review for inclusion in the index.
- Previously: MSCI paves road for A-share inclusion through ADRs (Nov. 02 2015)
Oct. 26, 2015, 1:27 PM
- Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN) is up strongly following news Chinese online travel leader Ctrip (CTRP +21.1%), in which Priceline has an 11.6% stake, announced it's acquiring Baidu's stake in top rival Qunar (QUNR +15.9%) in exchange for shares.
- Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), which formed an alliance with Ctrip earlier this year as part of a deal to unload its 62.4% stake in struggling Ctrip/Qunar rival eLong, is also doing well.
- The deal leaves Ctrip owning 45% of Qunar's voting interests, and Baidu owning 25% of Ctrip's voting interests. It brings together China's two biggest online travel firms, and could lead each company to pare back the aggressive promotions and heavy marketing spend it has supported in the name of taking share from the other.
- HSBC's Chi Tsang: "Essentially it’s a merger between the two companies. If you look at the travel market, it’s such an obvious way to drive synergy through consolidation.” As part of the deal, Ctrip has won seats on Qunar's board, and Baidu seats on Ctrip's board.
- At current levels, Priceline's 17.5M-share stake in Ctrip is worth $1.58B. Expedia reports on Thursday afternoon, and Priceline on the morning of Nov. 9.
Oct. 26, 2015, 12:45 PM
Oct. 26, 2015, 9:15 AM
Oct. 26, 2015, 7:41 AM
- Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) announces it completed a share exchange transaction with Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) involving travel site player Qunar Cayman Islands.
- Baidu will receive 11,488,381 shares of Ctrip in exchange for 178.7M class A ordinary shares and 11.45M class B shares of Qunar Cayman Islands (NASDAQ:QUNR).
- After the transaction closes, Baidu will own shares representing 25% of Ctrip's voting interests.
- Baidu and Ctrip also say they agreed to work together on more products and services.
- CTRP +20.4% premarket to $89.50. Baidu +8.47% to $170.95. QUNR +33.1% to $52.60.
Oct. 2, 2015, 11:58 AM
- It's a big day for companies with an association to gambling and tourism in China after reports of increased cooperation from the government set off some buying enthusiasm.
- Outside of the main group of Macau casino names, gainers today include Qunman Cayman (NASDAQ:QUNR) +10.4%, Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP) +5.7%, Iao Kun Group (NASDAQ:IKGH) +4.1%, Galaxy Entertainment (OTCPK:GXYEF) +8.5%, and Tunio (NASDAQ:TOUR) +6.4%.
- Previously: Beijing to the rescue in Macau
- Previously: Huge rip for Wynn Resorts amid sunny day in Macau
Sep. 16, 2015, 2:06 PM
- The beaten-down Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges respectively rose 4.9% and 6.5% overnight thanks to late-session surges - many suspect fresh government intervention was responsible. U.S. traded Chinese Web/mobile names have risen sharply (CQQQ +4.4%) on a day the Nasdaq is up just 0.3%.
- Big gainers include search giant Baidu (BIDU +5.4%), rival Qihoo (QIHU +6.5%), auto sites Bitauto (BITA +6.4%) and Autohome (ATHM +5.3%), travel sites Ctrip (CTRP +7.4%) and Qunar (QUNR +6.5%), online real estate plays SouFun (SFUN +6.1%) and Leju (LEJU +4.5%), and online retailers JD.com (JD +4.8%) and Vipshop (VIPS +6.3%). Priceline announced yesterday afternoon it had hiked its Ctrip stake to 11.6%.
- Other winners include ChinaCache (CCIH +8.1%), Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +6.2%), Sina (SINA +6.7%), Weibo (WB +4.3%), Youku (YOKU +5.7%), and YY (YY +4.1%).
- ETFs: KWEB, QQQC, EMQQ
Ctrip.com International Ltd. engages in the provision of travel-related services. It provides hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours, corporate travel management services, property management systems, and advertising services. The company was founded by Jian Zhang Liang, Min Fan,... More
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