Sabre Corporation SABR reported wider-than-expected loss for second-quarter 2020. The company’s adjusted loss per share of $1.30 came in much wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of loss of 78 cents. The bottom-line figure also compared unfavorably with the year-ago quarter’s earnings of 24 cents per share.
The company’s revenues plunged to $83 million from the $1 billion reported in the second quarter of 2019. Moreover, the top-line figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $178 million. Revenues were primarily affected by significant reductions in air, hotel and other travel bookings due to the coronavirus pandemic’s adverse impact on the global travel industry.
Travel Network revenues came in at negative $33 million mainly due to net negative bookings in the quarter, as cancellations exceeded new bookings. The Global Distribution System environment witnessed a slump of 105% on higher cancellations than new bookings. Net air bookings were also negative due to higher cancellations.
Airline Solutions revenues came in at $90 million, down 58% from the year-ago quarter, primarily on a 75% decline in reservation revenues, and 32% in commercial and operations revenues.
Sabre Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Hospitality Solution revenues plummeted 61% year over year to $29 million on a 62% decline in central reservation system transactions.
The company reported an adjusted gross loss of $129 million, as against the adjusted gross profit of $350.4 million recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Adjusted operating loss was $306.8 million in the June-end quarter as against the operating income of $127 million in the year-earlier period.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Sabre ended the second quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.31 billion compared with the previous quarter’s $684.5 million.
During the first half of 2020, the company used $395 million of cash for operational activities.
Zacks Rank and Key Picks
Currently, Sabre carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Benefitfocus BNFT, Cogent Communications Holdings CCOI and Synaptics SYNA, all carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
The long-term earnings growth rate for Benefitfocus, Cogent and Synaptics is currently pegged at 30%, 10.6%, and 10%, respectively.
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