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Trip.com Group reports over 100% rise in Q1 outbound bookings

Trip.com Group

Trip.com Group reported robust Q1 2024 financial results with a 29% revenue increase and 100% growth in outbound bookings. Net income reached RMB4.3 billion, driven by increased travel demand and improved product offerings.

SINGAPORE – Trip.com Group a leading one-stop travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management, announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2024.

Key Highlights for the First Quarter of 2024
  • Both domestic and international businesses maintained robust growth momentum in the first quarter of 2024
    • Domestic hotel and air bookings each increased by over 20% year over year.
    • Outbound hotel and air bookings both increased by over 100% year over year.
    • Total revenue generated from the Company’s global OTA platform, Trip.com, increased by around 80% year over year.
  • The Company delivered strong results in the first quarter of 2024
    • Net revenue for the first quarter increased by 29% compared to the same period in 2023.
    • Net income for the first quarter was RMB4.3 billion (US$599 million), compared to RMB3.4 billion for the same period in 2023.
    • Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was RMB4.0 billion (US$550 million). Adjusted EBITDA margin was 33%, improved from 31% for the same period in 2023.

“The year 2024 has begun with a significant increase in both domestic and outbound travel demand in China, facilitated by a more stabilized supply and further relaxation of visa requirements,” said James Liang, Executive Chairman. “Additionally, our global business has experienced robust growth, driven by our improved product offerings. We are committed to investing in product and technology innovations to deliver a superior travel experience to our users.”

“We are delighted to see that our first quarter results have demonstrated the resilience of the travel market and the strong execution of our team,” said Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer. “Recognizing the importance of creating a sustainable future, we are dedicated to generating greater value for our stakeholders by creating more job opportunities and contributing to the development of the travel industry through collaboration with our partners.”

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Business Updates

For the first quarter of 2024, Trip.com Group reported net revenue of RMB11.9 billion (US$1.6 billion), representing a 29% increase from the same period in 2023. Net revenue for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 15% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Accommodation reservation revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB4.5 billion (US$623 million), representing a 29% increase from the same period in 2023 primarily driven by an increase in accommodation reservations. Accommodation reservation revenue for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 15% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Revenue

Transportation ticketing revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB5.0 billion (US$692 million), representing a 20% increase from the same period in 2023 primarily driven by an increase in ticketing reservations. Transportation ticketing revenue for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 22% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Packaged-tour revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB883 million (US$122 million), representing a 129% increase from the same period in 2023 primarily driven by an increase in packaged-tour reservations. Packaged-tour revenue for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 25% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

Corporate travel revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB511 million (US$71 million), representing a 15% increase from the same period in 2023 primarily driven by an increase in corporate travel reservations. Corporate travel revenue for the first quarter of 2024 decreased by 19% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality as corporates clients generally have relatively mild traveling activities in the first quarter in light of the Chinese New Year holiday.

Cost of revenue for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 37% to RMB2.2 billion (US$310 million) from the same period in 2023 and increased by 11% from the previous quarter, which was generally in line with the increase in net revenue. Cost of revenue as a percentage of net revenue was 19% for the first quarter of 2024.

Product development expenses for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 16% to RMB3.1 billion (US$431 million) from the same period in 2023 and increased by 7% from the previous quarter, primarily due to the increase in product development personnel related expenses. Product development expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 26% for the first quarter of 2024.

Sales and marketing expenses

Sales and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 32% to RMB2.3 billion (US$320 million) from the same period in 2023 primarily due to the increase in expenses relating to sales and marketing promotion activities. While, Sales and marketing expenses remained relatively stable compared to the previous quarter. Finally, Sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 19% for the first quarter of 2024.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 4% to RMB931 million (US$129 million) from the same period in 2023 and increased by 7% from the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 8% for the first quarter of 2024.

Income

Income tax expense for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB664 million (US$92 million), compared to RMB341 million for the same period in 2023 and RMB399 million for the previous quarter. The change in Trip.com Group’s effective tax rate was primarily due to the combined impacts of changes in respective profitability of its subsidiaries with different tax rates, changes in deferred tax liabilities relating to withholding tax, certain non-taxable income or loss resulting from the fair value changes in equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes recorded in other income/(expense), and changes in valuation allowance provided for deferred tax assets.

Net income for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB4.3 billion (US$599 million), compared to RMB3.4 billion for the same period in 2023 and RMB1.3 billion for the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB4.0 billion (US$550 million), compared to RMB2.8 billion for the same period in 2023 and RMB2.9 billion for the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 33% for the first quarter of 2024, compared to 31% for the same period in 2023 and 28% for the previous quarter.

Net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB4.3 billion (US$597 million), compared to RMB3.4 billion for the same period in 2023 and RMB1.3 billion for the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges, fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes recorded in other income/(expense), and their tax effects, non-GAAP net income attributable to Trip.com Group’s shareholders for the first quarter of 2024 was RMB4.1 billion (US$561 million), compared to RMB2.1 billion for the same period in 2023 and RMB2.7 billion for the previous quarter.

Earnings

Diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS was RMB6.38 (US$0.88) for the first quarter of 2024. Excluding share-based compensation charges, fair value changes of equity securities investments and exchangeable senior notes recorded in other income/(expense), and their tax effects, non-GAAP diluted earnings per ordinary share and per ADS was RMB6.00 (US$0.83) for the first quarter of 2024. Each ADS currently represents one ordinary share of the Company.

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