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Booking (BKNG)

Participants
Glenn Fogel Chief Executive Officer and President
David Goulden Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lloyd Walmsley Deutsche Bank
Mark Mahaney RBC
Kevin Kopelman Cowen
Justin Post Bank of America
Brian Nowak Morgan Stanley
Justin Patterson Raymond James
Deepak Mathivanan Barclays
Eric Sheridan UBS
Naved Khan SunTrust
Stephen Ju Credit Suisse
Doug Anmuth JPMorgan
Heath Terry Goldman Sachs
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Operator

Welcome to Booking Holdings Fourth Quarter 2019 Conference Call. Booking Holdings would like to remind everyone that this call may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those expressed, implied or forecasted in any such forward-looking statements. Expressions of future goals or expectations and similar expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Safe factors materially cause the earnings from please and to of results Holdings' forward-looking Commission. press list the Exchange filings refer differ at with as to those the most release a as that Booking Booking Booking could actual statements, end well For of statements Holdings' Holding's recent Harbor described Securities in the

of whether new obligation by future to undertakes update as law, a forward-looking any required otherwise. result Unless or no statements, information, events Booking publicly Holdings

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gentlemen. Holdings' now, for David Glenn this like afternoon, ahead, and introduce And I'd Booking speakers Fogel Go to Goulden.

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Operator

our Walmsley question line from Presenters, from Deutsche comes the of first Instructions] Bank. [Operator Lloyd

Your line is open.

Lloyd Walmsley

just the first question a a guess Thanks. clarification. of I bit

some changing particular you the there of same you certain the can ex as the I kind gain virus of that seeing and know, I impact kind lines certain room pullback you sustaining, in is I share you geographies. in virus? think brands, are David that if about sure the said with And expecting the heard deceleration in marketing along in the share competitors or of including with before nights. impact ROIs something anything some wasn't correctly, virus, of

a with if changing particular seeing spread some anything guess could regard SEO that know be to second impacts to last from are quarter, of with I great? that would or then geographies change I share question just you intensity? you And Anything the you in new can Thanks. the channel either

David Goulden

Sure, Lloyd. you. Thank

our first year. of which for question, the the talked I year. Let we're initial - times we answering plans at so of me clarify to about start start for we turn to the yes is around when our outlook XXXX Obviously together what was the said our the putting outlook

the delivered of continuation a we reflects that about talked same XXXX. model operating We in

So in on nights, and pressure share operating margins some of with my our modest combinations about EPS give for year comments deceleration the was the coming our benefit of coronavirus. a before into the shape for the room buybacks some share flavor gaining to from year you profile

And period of want channel challenges, that remind the your for has a we kind and just a on as on the then pick SEO of of is been SEO small time. up said business to relatively the to I second. people our part

know, than continues that the channel, You to the research. that channel primary rather be focus pressure as - more paid provides SEO they're search, under that upon

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share with pleased are We in that channel. our

before, continued said it under business. contributes as a part overall As channel pressure really of is a we our minor very

Lloyd Walmsley

Okay, and impact the ROIs of outside on virus competitive the are marketing fairly dynamics? just then anything of

David Goulden

QX saw because quarter was talk many to Yeah, few having about behind weeks things. I'll it's us. very we a a only obviously not and relative clean virus that a Again, QX

we with performance overall it's pleased our any saw QX. grow talk our We time major We spend in about in than channels less continue margin to we business. to in didn't because think leverage a channels the ROIs were still performance I continued rapidly market see shifts. QX the mentioned our So good

mix So leverage. leverage mathematical of we the driven that leverage or kind was demonstrated

in much your as quarter that didn't we also we're with note, ROIs you're about pleased where were. think all of to really very QX. the question or And Nothing genesis I really asking was change well. current

Lloyd Walmsley

unless great. assume add you is I’ll pretty but that something? to That's virus making messy, things want

David Goulden

wanted that's I stop. there, the place right No, to I – think just stop I to

Lloyd Walmsley

Great. you. Thank

Operator

question another have Mark do of from We the RBC. from line Mahaney

open. is line Your

Mark Mahaney

and growth you opportunity. ask unit December Rentalcars to attach how I opportunities the and things. with about are of But - you're getting much in days know you want ticket airline you of trip you I and greater rate comp some far Thanks. both know airline growth in like kind along nicely tickets. that's noticed with it called cross-selling tapping think that connected Rentalcars. rates accelerated you out kind that into easier quarter, looks two This the

So that much just the sense are where this in is attempted know Rentalcars? results about how a in you can get of you've we better talk could doing be how that, process even you at so the it percentage - of small a

to then when costs outlook, streamlining were the Glenn don't was about in more And I seem little you emphasize that related think you a talking to XXXX. bit coronavirus.

I that, behind little a it unless bit sounded like I I or why you like but was the think or why bit about it explain Thanks, careful that, costs be all take this to get impression? it's get Glen. just was, want think more little year maybe last streamlining costs that could a versus - didn't year - on coronavirus, more was, don't focused you but something it

Glenn Fogel

Hi, Mark. Yeah.

take called rates the out The the numbers. cetera. Rentalcars good think has correctly. et it you one me business shown first I some Let And attach

getting correct of and up there of can there you're part and coming see part trip our And statistics and If from your seeing not of building That's the we statement that that early, out. that are so press nice you you're any at really the right connected from you supplemental air about or also look growth enough matter that in now. some the right in we're just air business, our not of running. to growth is end release the business really cross-sell that increase

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that's So that answer the that's - to one.

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David Goulden

Glenn. Thanks, Okay.

Operator

another have question do Kevin Kopelman Cowen. the from of We line from

Your line open. is

Kevin Kopelman

Europe days following lot. Thanks. over in few you bookings you've color outbreak the seen the travel a Thanks us more in trends coronavirus latest the give Could Italy? last on Great. the that of

David Goulden

Yeah, Kevin. This is David.

seen Let up in days. we've take do frame the that. way into that it That's our shapes and the the in quarter take few just account projections me last maybe can what

surprisingly So mentioned all let is been the not China land of impacted, give Asia has also a of time. by China you of for region kind impacted worst the already excluding first lay some we me

also to and February The rest piece the in impacted we was negative of but world be Europe's through growing well. Europe obviously us as big for includes to that a expected March

you virus be give the saw of color even reignite some hitting approximately on quarter to growth the and a point guidance from March. consolidated bit basis tapering quarter in the off view of a we saw how just the all expect a some January plays it at in remain January to for To across XXst. we the we February on though a more first growth see row therefore with to news end the Expect flat from in declines and get our rate - to -

Kevin Kopelman

Got it.

of that is March expectation last the on kind based just so And the over days? worsening few trend

Glenn Fogel

that really we going our it. view as over. We're we control no responding - something Yes. I what's dealing to predict on best mean cause we're giving fluid of mentioned other have obviously to we're you with a very situation very difficult

built surprising at in Europe few has the response which negative. seen and that March looking we Italy to what's we we've outbreak happened very in and when create after last is it not the in in expect response what specifically the range, guidance So we're the to happen over been days

room expecting seeing we're of So yes, end - to through February towards even we we're though in decline. is night of world February are that going the get already rest in growth

decline into continue to expect it March. to We

Kevin Kopelman

it. Thank you. Got

Operator

question comes of Bank next Our America. of line from from Post Justin the

line Your open. is

Justin Post

then behavior you've don't cancel going give trips that. had be take people Great. travel cancel could they see you view can't I us you couple it specific, past or before their Thank or long and on a timeframe disruptions start where do on again when questions. any thoughts I How it book. on trips if a loyal but rebook. helpful guess, does know be you. then too you and people of would customers and A your most

take it's second you. industry your could then maybe deeper a you're spending, back marketing inefficiencies or and Thank in people talking as the benefit there's main a interesting savings. about travel channels whole competitor cost And costs? pulling as at their other some you in look think Do

Glenn Fogel

Hi, Justin.

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effects periods. being rebound That said, time they different have all and different

to helpful you for the there. volcano go going what could or not swine took on on be the I after it's after X/XX on after which GFC stop Iceland. in I'll after me So I flu and or mean or tell to and

really anybody So to own helpful. that guesses which be best your be have as you'll admits will good make else's as And can't I just guesstimates.

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what coming will that over seen You back, business we question, know am and again. confident you we've the your know, I though be confident am that of over its and first something over I regardless know towards

times many, As They will it for Travel be said see to doing people. so the basic have time. you'll to soon as a travel. a as coming back air long here. many clear I speak, And very is been people need very, for

Justin Post

Great. Thank you.

Operator

Morgan from the of question line another have do We from Nowak Brian Stanley.

open. is line Your

Brian Nowak

headwind better of for for so over underlying factor first corona Great. month the all into I a can you commentary quarter? the to night and have of the please. But of David maybe just understand the growth. guide appreciate room Thank EBITDA question. you sort first just we big month the taking have How put two durability quarter. for my in

Glenn, geographies. performance more how to one, untapped marketing perspective think that on sort share focus of is area? the importance in the opportunity perhaps to us take about know and second about sort the the about Thanks. year to then talk branding And of and this Talk a opportunities and you you from this a U.S. more

Glenn Fogel

Brian Thanks, the take of it. part Okay. I'll first

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David Goulden

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Brian Nowak

Great. Thanks, guys.

Operator

from Raymond another question have We of Patterson line Justin from the James.

Your line is open.

Justin Patterson

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David Goulden

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Justin Patterson

Thank you.

Operator

of Our from next Deepak comes question the line from Mathivanan Barclays.

open. is line Your

Deepak Mathivanan

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David Goulden

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Glenn Fogel

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Operator

UBS. Sheridan of have Eric the we added sir, Yes question from from line a

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Eric Sheridan

with Thanks of environment up in down about if you variable understand how it is relatively how sort is think over quarters few might you we cost or better structure in investing a business up question. piece they're probably Maybe our night and of around so in variable versus tune nature the get for uncertain next the taking better investments way term the of in of with queued the the Thanks results irrespective can I what and sort guide a a there more results QX? room more likely for plan a be going made some of investments they for QX much guys. excellent because the where how worse track down the much just out from the strategic could on couple you long fit how vision, arcs the they're are making cautionary in environment or the to to of or

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Eric Sheridan

guys. much Thanks so

Operator

from have Khan another do We the line from SunTrust. of question Naved

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Naved Khan

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David Goulden

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Glenn Fogel

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Naved Khan

Thanks.

Operator

from question of Credit from the line Suisse. comes Stephen next Our Ju

is open. Your line

Stephen Ju

very Thanks much.

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Glenn Fogel

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Stephen Ju

Thank you.

Operator

the from line Anmuth from comes question Doug of next JPMorgan. Our

open. line Your is

Doug Anmuth

Thanks for taking the question.

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Glenn Fogel

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David A Goulden -

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Doug Anmuth

helpful. very Thanks

Operator

Our next from from Goldman of question Heath comes the Sachs. Terry line

open. Your line is

Heath Terry

Great. Thank you.

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Glenn Fogel

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Glenn Fogel

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Operator

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