Date
20 November 2019
Airbnb is preparing for a stock market listing in the first half of 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photo: Bloomberg
Airbnb is preparing for a stock market listing in the first half of 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. Photo: Bloomberg

Airbnb records 31% booking value growth in first quarter: report

Airbnb Inc. recorded US$9.4 billion in total booking value in the first quarter, up 31 percent from the year-ago quarter, a key number that could help pull in investors as the home-sharing company plans its foray into the public market, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.

The San Francisco-based home rentals company booked 91 million nights on its platform in the quarter, leading to the surge in total booking value, which measures the transaction dollars on its platform, the source said.

Airbnb had about US$3.5 billion in cash on its balance sheet as of March 31, the source said. The company reported a 40 percent revenue growth rate in 2018 compared with the previous year, according to the source.

Airbnb is readying for a listing in the first half of 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported Airbnb’s first-quarter financials earlier in the day.

This year marked several high-profile IPOs including Uber Inc. and Lyft Inc., but the companies have fared poorly after their launch, amid investor skepticism over their lack of a concrete plan to profitability.

WeWork owner The We Company, which is preparing for an initial public offering as early as next month, revealed breakneck revenue growth and soaring losses earlier this month.

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