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TheStreet.com  Aug 5  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of HomeAway were gaining 7.5% to $30.62 Wednesday after the vacation home rental marketplace beat analysts' estimates for revenue in the second quarter. HomeAway reported revenue of $125.84 million for the second...
Benzinga  Aug 5  Comment 
Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ: Z) shares climbed 11.11 percent to $82.44 in pre-market trading as the company reported a narrower-than-expected loss for the second quarter. First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) shares rose 10.22 percent to $49.05 in...
Forbes  Aug 5  Comment 
Dark side trade moves against me
Motley Fool  Aug 4  Comment 
From travel insurance to software sales and the like, HomeAway now gets over 20% of its quarterly sales from high-margin extras that didn't exist when the business was born.
Forbes  Aug 4  Comment 
Looking for downside in both
MarketWatch  Jul 22  Comment 
Investors are betting on listed sharing-economy startups, while waiting for a large initial public offering this fall.




 
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HomeAway (NASDAQ:AWAY) is an online vacation rental company that provides a virtual market space where users can post their privately-owned homes for rent. The company has funished villas, resort homes, cabins, secondary vacation living spaces from all over the world with over 9.5 million unique viewers per month. The company's business model allows viewers to browse the website freely at no charge while the property managers and owners pay an annual listings fee. Additional tools and software add-ins are also available for a fee in order to facilitate postings and updates. [1]

Business Overview

For the full year 2010, KiOR posted $168M in revenue and $16.9M in net income. This was a 40% increase in revenue and 120% increase in net income as compared to the previous year.[2]

New Updates

The company's initial public offering of stock on the NASDAQ occurred on June 28, 2011. The company offered 8M shares each for $27 at the high end of the the $24-$27 initial price range. The offering raised only a total of $216M. The lead managers of the IPO were Morgan Stanley (MS), Deutsche Bank AG (DB), Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and J P Morgan Chase (JPM). [3]

Trends & Forces

Opportunity to Improve Inefficient Vacation Rental Market

The vacation rental market is a highly fractionated and inefficient market space with significant opportunity for online advertising. In the past, vacationers have not had very many consolidated locations to compare offers or explore new travel locations. Historically many property managers have also had issues being to maximize revenues by renting locations during low periods. These inherent market inefficiencies have largely been reduced with online marketing services similar to the ones that HomeAway provides. Similar to EBay (EBAY) and other e-commerce companies, the sellers rely on customer feedback ratings and reviews to develop credibility with potential renters. [4]

  1. HomeAway S-1/A 2011 SUMMARY "Overview" pg 1-2
  2. HomeAway S-1/A 2011 SUMMARY "SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA" pg 8
  3. Renaissance Capital - IPO Home "HomeAway prices IPO at $27, at high end of the range" 28 June 2011
  4. HomeAway S-1/A 2011 PROSPECTUS SUMMARY "The Vacation Rental Industry" pg1-3
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