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Booking (BKNG)

Participants
Glenn Fogel Chief Executive Officer and President
David Goulden Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Justin Post Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kevin Kopelman Cowen and Company
Mark Mahaney Evercore ISI
Christopher Kuntarich Deutsche Bank
Brian Nowak Morgan Stanley
Alaxandar Wang Morgan Stanley
Mario Lu Barclays Capital
Dae Lee J.P. Morgan
Deepak Mathivanan Wolfe Research
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Operator

Welcome to Booking Holdings First Quarter 2021 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 facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Safe factors materially cause the Holdings' from please Securities to Commission. of results Holdings' forward-looking Exchange earnings list the and recent refer differ at filings well to those the Holdings' press a release, that the as Booking could actual statements, end as For of statement Booking Booking most Harbor described the in with result statements, of no undertakes information, Unless required whether to publicly otherwise. as any Booking a or by events obligation forward-looking new update future Holdings law, A an copy Investors www.bookingholdings.com. supplement in of together Booking website, Holdings' earnings For accompanying is press release the section with Holdings' statistical of Booking financial and available And afternoon, now, speakers to and Holdings Booking for Glenn I this would David like introduce Fogel Goulden. Go ahead, gentlemen.

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Before closing, I commentary been provide for longer-term in February want our about we of there's color. lot a our interest reiterate in what model to business. some also the more said previously and

We of continue especially we travel recovery years, to before be not will believe a quarters, see international it market, the full travel.

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

of line Your Bank of Justin comes the America. from from first question Post

Justin Post

help. Did or Asia, mix in people give can you are rapid up summer updates recovery? Europe when would US, Europe? right us us your about things thoughts think last couple in down? you so what pick just on we you as now happened and And are increase? you think remind bookings the I see between any Can came a a Europe And then, of seeing vaccinated cases can

David Goulden

the…? why David, don't take you

David Goulden

Justin, take let me that.

So, just course, our is, to our remind historic have we that Europe of you said region historically. basically largest mix, of

or roughly maybe being correct. XX% little be If bit kind you more, far a of off wouldn't think you

you've got And about country digits. that and left that we low-single historically, US rest pre-COVID, more of Asia, said, world means really combined. again single being XX% for than no with XX% was

the dynamic our what's recently. that's as most of has is Obviously, that pre-COVID with So, US mix. happened been Obviously, bit that a changed little the gone up recovered mix marketplace. the

reference historic the points. that's So,

traveling. a with In wave we terms things. of see, of after course, confident saw getting couple we people of more came the last saw did down, summer, first We,

were Of time. point not still that in course, vaccines at available

of traveling when things kind when were trend, What locally. traveling seen what so consistent a go good we in lift, happen. the cases We Israel. to that vaccination couple than that right places, of in We that US are a happening quite now. come people start we have the better restrictions very see is down, carefully and happening So, government and mentioned when rates far up, seen that in other we've several areas saw average. doing We see

in expectation to parts to our the are that particularly we'll those trends things in see So, improve. Europe world, start starting of is occur other as positive

versus we Europe mentioned, longer recovered no seeing improving March are we least region. things on the now April As is and

Justin Post

Maybe one follow-up.

color are share You us you US think for your more give right Maybe opportunities. can trending the bookings gains. averages little above on industry Glenn, kind of mentioned a that. Maybe do you now. And

Glenn Fogel

As I Priceline.com both US. QX in doing and very well. I mentioned the I'm results Booking.com said, with pleased the

we So, done don't have happy not we're about quarter that. yet. very are – the I with

So, numbers we go have against. to don't industrywide

just I'm we're and I'm see reported we going we'll producing that what did. everybody's to how say pleased with So,

Operator

line Your next of Kopelman Cowen. the Kevin question from comes from

Kevin Kopelman

I growth. have US QX improved the And a give any improved more or focus of of share for you much the quite Booking.Com us the industry on gains, how US way Can in a first of made but the a the in that? quarter was any in you're first example, a along couple bit, on overall of the you anything lines – the changing bookings QX. US of product sense marketing like new doing strategic in follow-ups the or versus also growth increasing strategic your specific quarter decisions US obviously,

Glenn Fogel

said priority. in calls the US. past, we in I – this wants then, actually gains. performance have about about And index he that and increasing if our the said talk numbers many, several in to US don't more under he I've say I'm generally disclose a specific in is this. not I sure Why will strategic wants anything and about the David, we strategy

we're from and many up So, making and that running by example but we can there's tackling back another the are with to such sure as doing we new things our ways with we Priceline.com both right to the Booking.com, And to people lot done try things making Booking.com, of everything in can doing. that. things suppliers, creative, And of want up talked them QX, of the people improve have help promo, selections course do making and the the which get at many, teams, how right we're sure US and platform blocking more it's our had customers. we have properties wasn't about working just just so we sure price, a for I competitive. basics of that coming travel that to payments of

in So, to that do the say And to it's continue to that David, was a able able for be if future. you be I we hope silver And, will It to no do bullet. to will this. us. thing numbers. things. different expect to so many one priority talk this remain to continue I There's the about want

David Goulden

a flavor, I just, and sure you make understand the Kevin, you said will was. give we little what emphasis where reiterate

have above strong, during very the obviously, the growth quarter, growth great, rates. in into sequentially improve amount. which as that So, we because, further April. strengthened March, growth the When the any US room in which our significantly fair things of was normal international That into night characterize US did I that was got positive US still and in night down business we room is year-on-year, a

substitution in So, the quarter, click recognizing stronger very at getting it for US very strong kind of And some of the each there quarter and was just the double is look strong plus. domestic, was the the positive March. growth there, you again rates and month in then just for stronger, April effect than if in in was entire down

Kevin Kopelman

promo travel the $XX just If did I April. could, you one on, in follow-up credit

see would as in from that much you marketing ongoing a or that be strategy use? shift contra-revenue? tactic an spend to this costs How You kind might shift of

Glenn Fogel

still to Well, end one. till they still It they activate US goes for it. put of on a to do to in an that They people. but opportunity the Still out. May book we April, just can do – actually had the it had book,

service back customers what we bring make going The being have, we show same example that of in huge ways with to the – I [indiscernible] program in future, point will driver, come sure a great very trying we those coming great in they them It past a you and an exactly two to a different thing out, things ago. that to but albeit it, not think not we future. but and in the noticed up the And tell to the that UK the that we similar, us, different that yesterday. have don't do days have going it's product is in haven't we to just us forward fact, So, may of started something because done Or the have promotion. to maybe what a we creative you pointed it's more not be. lot that's we're with one certainly be

Operator

of comes from question next Evercore. Our Mark the Mahaney from line

Mark Mahaney

back? it your a mix expect lodging somehow before? start guess, you in during you recover during it Did I've got expect alternative a I want kind a was alternative expect back because you it year and COVID thought talked think had of think, I because the about relatively to to questions. of And mix I of have it Would versus accommodations of percentage post crisis. first I similar accommodations, made COVID – to greater about crisis? being have of to higher, that the that revert March is would increasing. ago. Or the that would two you that just I some mix. it consumers off, of exposure as That where somewhat comments I quarter been be the that know would lot structurally to the Glenn, elevated you to

Glenn Fogel

I'll and go about and have why expect and your he because in we I question the answer it I'll – let Dave we future, first the the and it's about mix that more I'll Mark, we can about him are. talk [indiscernible] that let through what are the general, in where was Europe US, talked –

future, I some the to steady near a phenomenon. This aware time. going In that's COVID rate go accommodations, this the created to at a for now It's step maybe functional beach alternative near the change here's or a and where not of people safer the feel up that who terms global seeing people, a of interested the in may been thinking near never everyone's have have people home there. and – alternative mountains thought more been is years I accommodation. been situation. many, many want for We've they're about an –

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accommodations the together greatest combined. hotels selection have We and of both non-hotel

some to for want you of So, properties? the because And in are explain well supply definitely of regions, we terms I we build that in feel need we sufficient we are have issue and do spoken up. mix to David, positioned in mix that. the past, about in in geographies again Though globally very the

David Goulden

way. maybe in a different me explain just let that Mark, slightly

at would Europe, you Europe, mix So, starting QX with last just alternative in of QX that with you at business if versus look also QX see compared up it lens, our to year a only this fair XXXX. accommodation and amount looked XXXX within you

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did So, that's largest, fair did Europe, it's accommodation our alternative in not mix mix effect amount. means increase. where that, it for in example, a the total, But increase

regions, to So total, again, mix within different there really shifts we the out for XX% of alternative region. the was similar mix In effect But very of number in occurring. QX, biggest is accommodations XXXX. are all the FY gave

Mark Mahaney

If a better a ask follow-on I ROI you talked sustainable in can not. lot. to or question, one about And as marketing whether channels. that's think your guess just paid I Thanks

David Goulden

ROI. That's a are on question. many going There things good in

channels. we paid yes, slightly ROI improved did So, see on the

cancellation than have accounting ROI, say, go into bookings increase conversion an high mix. there and period your in together in we're We let also in still a rates, those. quarter. direct all of those the I'd across And factors that saw per two are us cost grow But less marketing rate, of, including click, volatility many

it's to but ROIs So, it's point factor as quarter. up, to any only they not just reasonable one [indiscernible]. were one to up why were slightly And

wanted given it to So, early of the volatility to too call we things but happening, out, point trend. a

Operator

from Your comes Walmsley Bank. next of the question Deutsche from line Lloyd

Christopher Kuntarich

in share talk bit I on meaningful with It has been associated. guess, pickup little there Can Chris like a is frequency you you Lloyd. about, app. for sounds This booking just guys'

booking Thanks. little and non-app compares about to Just app us how bit kind that users. a frequency on of talk to

Glenn Fogel

the of anything terms know David, I if don't disclosed app? in you frequency on ever

David Goulden

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the that the where with we're critical focus on trend what a app are environment much behavior positive But seeing top the things increase pleased in more frequency. our haven't not are all recovering, returning. to we rates. through overall most growth channels. the we most the And we bookers booking are now, app app say the booking. mix most we a Our a right desktop current users. can towards I'd always ones line customers the frequent we're really But Those the a or other still in direct have Because us. frequency bookers and booking also, very the usage, relative gone and of web most mobile for app now. And into loyal are through It's direct direct repeat are right booking metrics

Christopher Kuntarich

related sure, you of I question. to your housekeeping want up repurchase again, little bit is guys was that buyback a of starting a Just that make activity to not more correct? saw

David Goulden

buyback related. was employee related was to that No, purchases. stock That not

Operator

from of comes Stanley. the Nowak Brian from question Morgan line next Your

Alaxandar Wang

This is question. Alax Wang Brian. Thanks taking on our for for

rollout three sort of appreciate with on flights, attach through two us, as we the do what and you you First, to or you countries. US and foresee to execute incremental XX flights the any I the as of rates that could progress share on just could in potentially year? investments the learnings Maybe key share early the update on sort particularly

Glenn Fogel

do about away actual give ever an that is I that important we reason say that rates. then talked the booker believe flights But approximately. obviously, to buy we I we the countries doing guess We will them getting higher don't that margin. and can now it don't getting is attach – upfront I important, The so XX in now, have a for and something working year been are in, some get initial now time Booking.com will that we we've a that is –

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Alaxandar Wang

Just follow-up. one

with couple picture, I'm quarters But a you ex search, if sure online maybe tested campaign. bigger as result lean that. a brand had into think the the of not digital you of ago, more as at guys I do we video there's you channels of increasing to the sort a see any channels we're non-search pandemic? opportunities look anything performance of as can digital sort transformation share on seeing performance

Glenn Fogel

We recognize where going. that's the are eyeballs

So, name our make sure putting to need we appropriately we that are in front.

when people So, travel, they think of think us. of they

working are we fact that. cognizant of and that we are we So are on

will we with that. continue yes, to work So

Operator

from comes question from Mario next of line Barclays. Your Lu the

Mario Lu

and merchant one payments. I bookings versus agency one on on have

you bookings specific you over to And guys So, target quicker kind a versus payments, in the one of reach of anything recovered to compared Is quicker looks there north out of agency. mentioned XX% how there say in the then recovery? that on and to like merchant XQ call level term? on guys to bookings. you guys time? Is there long plan are margins operating through revenue the much explain merchant, a the should flow to And it agency to a

Glenn Fogel

to on talk you question long about talk payments. I'll agency/merchant about don't the vision why Dave, and

David Goulden

QX quarter Because in mix in year, saw a was than recovery the a but of now crisis. March, in essentially almost worse, of year kind And an Booking.com. very mind, and year, both bear in comparing at things most talking course, not mode. got with we comparing slightly that in last the much QX, total merchants with a QX – quarter you're about in last you're non-crisis of quarter this still of is lower – Actually, crisis

at still an We it the the important. to Booking.com at attractive because obviously people happening. hotel very, And factors this flexibility the times just the very flexibility in total are the term, of we that flexible this pay the as model shift proposition have increase in actually a business looking business agency, year the mix merchant is in people when during of the was becomes looking So, will like has in merchants environment. the be short think higher one big slightly that at course, in more do expect important XXXX is than that bookings mix But we in XXXX. where

year. going this what's on So that's

Glenn Fogel

that. people's to be bundling, payments – traveling believe do we that can our just platform. better are agency – to get of for example much to view, long together, promotion couldn't their things And things. all merchandise that everyone a a business the our able payment didn't for to ways way. to value when merchandise we and to with that offerings really different have we on a do things sorts a many we if only well earlier straight customers partners, a different we'd do all ways supplier about payment supplier because to And, can do it's we both in can't service trial like as partners our In to create putting as course, we'll going play. possible be provide in you you And And gave do back of I believe there product we're ways to able

everybody I save is good we'll never it's actually customer way I who lots that fine, the a can we as all – XXX%. But hotel, that into So do we like get the people because for will still this them obviously, need of even get many I hotel to the the comes situation, know we to the we happens, There that that desk, whatever. would say, both supplier. will pay may for all being in thing, it's in if we'll money. who and payment people agency see in That said, be be it, like

it's the a So and great get opportunity time to for view going it's us. long to some it's But take there.

David Goulden

payment income from of service. additional the plays it statements, about Just to out what how kind providing revenue get we we in reiterate the before said

related have other but see to the the and program, variable to as There our is sitting element in which cost running sales offsetting match the biggest well sitting in related some revenue. that is in and a where sales biggest cost offset We payments to cost other, are obviously, lines expenses, you incremental to other. variable – the a

As is for the it an costs variable breakeven we improvement account, obviously mentioned, close enabler business, an when into business payments it's particularly from And XXXX, to factoring in what operated before. which just Glenn was very as articulated.

that, as to want So, out, we recognize lower we there to at to the core breakeven can continue which that margin albeit mix we the lead are opportunities than EBITDA accommodations. in incremental maintain business, payments from it the grow monetization we're recognizing and that growing expect, future, profile rates

Operator

from Your Douglas of Anmuth next comes Morgan. question J.P. the from line

Dae Lee

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that growth growth, there's feel are the in just talked and product Or to room divergence you US. inventory You've about driving Is between and opportunities anything talked improve booking that the in you've think past? the other should how about forward? areas relationship just we works awareness the the that's about like it and [indiscernible] to needed sizable a two in improve? there on seems then, see And that Kind night of notable else going trajectory. the been where

Glenn Fogel

future. them don't competitors the get are you first to come have currently with say, out We've States, the in. go who alternative So, I've that that to in for the in important. we the very because we the terms And on popular and property And private take got on we you in people of our that individual second? how been this to more right And the the and, pandemic. multi-product continuing are get who are than, to of customer. properties the we States mentioned that's very, the the also process general, a work product in homes in Dave, the why in the the some homes, the take properties. talked It's past something the accommodations dealing I'll board, has in And using the about under-index single with just things managers of we're States. get

a So, doing right believe do competitive anybody is there's a be now. goal difference it to very, I as very achievable else. this as in how we're

in we And the the Europe accommodations a As thing is to good do time. area. taking A here exact business. shouldn't great no earlier in David mentioned about reason though alternative there's mix, be same business the it in able we very States, do

David Goulden

growth dynamic and fact of factors that the units are performance X% between what's of on the seeing On couple And car, we're on I that going cars. doing there's fairly the for good because room down we're booking volume. between doing from here. better increase booking growth, also, night going even – to in for One, flights – mentioned we are rates growth though X% in a actually

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ADRs are like-for-like year-on-year Now, due pressure But occupancy impact really benefits some the to are comparison. mix there the absolutely lower under rates. still that

benefit the particularly March. mix the first accelerate, as US shift in really towards US the mix started was to The

were you. March pickup a saw in fast last we when growth in really met rates You forecasting not we that

ADRs. the positive So, but Europe, in today for period restrictions, that are still also the holiday ADRs of happening growth, lot more right holiday for booking summer has And because people night there often for short-term booking is, room a was in are what's than also summer most Europe a stays. and now, generally higher

ADR the And go and reasons. start as again the two ADRs the this about well. like-for-like in are the that couple – of ADRs in So, we I effects and due really talked down are pressure. QX But will to picture. Again, car helping terms a those likely are expect do mix to to half to think second through air be of driven phenomena we ADRs the both under

our in quarter you more mid-teens like-for-like ADRs As comparison. down a of stay first exclude regional if were kind the That's of an mix. example,

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on we're in So, QX. window going Europe see mix with and phenomena some going what with in booking and QX interesting driving to

Operator

Deepak last question your from And Wolfe comes Research. of from the Mathivanan line

Deepak Mathivanan

ones. couple a Just

on share the So, gain should the situation then to opportunity? think have the your marketing period? very on know variable about margin in that be products labor How that's before, we Is but it second back would are first, talked wanted there your there's comment channels? approach here Obviously, recovery is a US. this with investing the tight. something about that question go any to few during it you other you impactful initiatives to strategically? is that market And could Obviously, about

of do How affects well. how the operators hotel evolving talk if during all? called there you side some think out the have recovery. your is challenges broadly, the this And about as business, at Maybe supply

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

where we incremental opportunity further business to and can initiatives like and are. the brands. gain marketeer margins, trade-off channels particularly opportunity at are like smart But we travel. a have nimble, to like we like a we into to think, can of and lean we of and pay to growth. or be drive a think we think pockets actually lean to be, with to We drive ours, would are number be Obviously, there's expect – need demand with and need between do promotions, short traffic. be need continue term. areas look where we there to can I to those in we look do at where growth those back can we always leaning things can opportunities Clearly, the growth things really merchandising, Also, that into in profitability the things that and good in there the also into, very areas we we and And a the to

pull believe believe to our obviously above want that would, we are the there business made everybody. us. to and are sure short so. impacts And bookings We of booking the generally, term, during for environment to mind, associated So, levers revenue, year, are very we that that make can opportunities things for presents than as are what's drive in the revenue growth dynamic And faster impact talked the upfront are multiple do in make a because, there the or we periods taking are when market time the can about comes recovery those this expenses with that we opportunities growing either we advantage happening margins. that we where Bear capturing later. of

the dynamics all that the into margin are those So things go growth around business. versus accommodation in

Operator

today. call Fogel, the remarks. back CEO, our you, the any to all we And I'll turn closing Thank Glenn for for questions everyone. have over that's that

Glenn Fogel

Thank you.

to safe. our continue continue So, everyone, better, our these be our company. you. night. on vision long-term please support shareholders. We we Thank customers, for Good partners, to our and you, dedicated and to appreciate as still difficult times, thank we in to closing, want Thank the our employees build your navigate want though and I through

Operator

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