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Booking (BKNG)

Participants
Glenn Fogel Chief Executive Officer and President
David Goulden Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Kopelman Cowen and Company
Mario Lu Barclays Capital
Naved Khan Truist Securities
Deepak Mathivanan Wolfe Research
Justin Post Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Dae Lee J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
Brian Nowak Morgan Stanley
Alaxandar Wang Morgan Stanley
Mark Mahaney Evercore ISI
Vince Ciepiel Cleveland Research Company
Jed Kelly Oppenheimer & Co.
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Operator

Welcome to Booking Holdings Second 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 by -- 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 this now, first to Holdings Booking speaker afternoon, I for would like introduce Mr. Fogel. Glenn

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Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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in performing the notable major June. XXXX well growth showed versus to benefited QX as On the XX% trends our Europe saw May. resulted QX we expectations as was QX and room as improvement in XXXX declining growth April QX, The recovery significantly from and room continue versus the improvements better well decline ahead world. the in which and was June, room get in clearly reported achieved loosening level slight saw accelerate strongest quarter as QX results better in night overall full our again night restrictions. earnings driven travel a of Europe in rest in the growth trends XX% for nights in XX% The improvement decline room by in in rates, versus a Booking we versus of the in very QX, strong the the Europe XXXX, in actually vaccination U.S country quarter. U.S which rate our call, greatest have and and nights May in of in was

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Operator

question Kopelman And from [Operator will first of Cowen. Kevin from line the Okay. come your Instructions]

Your is open. line

Kevin Kopelman

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Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

global of as than our our last it to said the in your hotels response Just the you mix think business I average. Glenn, Kevin, question, well, we in to alternatives U.S said, Oh, part is heavily more

of in the therefore the don't growth have We rate growth seeing growth without by seeing levels hotel to business. both. So has driven that be we're strong

Kevin Kopelman

and understood. Yes, David. Thanks, thanks, Glenn

Operator

from line next Lu Mario from will the question Your Barclays. of come

line is Your open.

Mario Lu

question. Great, for taking thanks the

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percentage And at what can that you your gain? mostly really, properties specific the are Whether versus provide on color if or million actually onto X.X end? you actions just based, listings Thanks. individual? made by some managed drove So what could then guys geo you this share share it was

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Mario Lu

Thank helpful. you. That's

Operator

Securities. your from will question And from Naved next Khan come Truist

open. is Your line

Naved Khan

Yes. Thanks A lot. a questions. couple of

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Glenn Fogel

So, that to David, one? do you first want take

David Goulden

a let was little marketing, talk going bit on. Yes, what me about

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quarter. So in improved look at That ratio the our bookings. some potential second of gross

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Glenn Fogel

there question flash official response deals, your there no article something about read did, from I there Booking. that was if about was I regarding you the And same in think

ways. partners sides we're me different that is the merchandiser putting working with let both to supply into lot about but of demand more I all marketplace, our get cooperatively incremental a value me say of specifically going. better providing to So that we to reemphasize let effort Being say through where the nothing have are a this, and

Naved Khan

Understood. both. Thank you,

Operator

come next Research. your Wolfe from will question from Mathivanan And Deepak

open. Your line is

Deepak Mathivanan

question, about one for Thanks, diversified more worked taking Thanks has back yet, objectives of market guys. performance second those other be leverage kind share provide little in think think to color recovering, your a of markets is that there sort Are a know Great. the of space. of great. kind is can for how wanted still How but strategy. that your we Historically, during not you time? with any early share market of to it's should data the question. marketing then to trending about of And ask how with specific lot approach I and the of the that, comes channels. you best on where that'd into your been there's the I gravel but bit some the channels? points look for your this related about some you. marketing the should that travel experimentation we Thank kind a

Glenn Fogel

correctly, efforts, we doing marketing are So built a on diversifying channels. performance this with marketing our you great absolutely regarding job great, company

to I of we are prepared that. any marketing. to that lots new at we ways longer we've we out are putting run, of are all is But do So channels, cost making things in that. course, marketing been long you're effective. brand do the it to takes very the of actually always is we're every a continue produce going looking days And U.S., The key knowledge sure ROI remarks we seen, do we going be make because its It's we the experiment we the with get. mentioned produce what brought lot And of you type like and to don't But it you've demand. that have to to going out, was that we to program thing in pocket continue brand to know getting about results. in for of that for different want in it's going of reaching to marketing. social my brand hope, how Priceline.com some in very, I people sure know channels, successful that early Booking.com, the

got run, And So we in really believe believe going in ways the will -- the want. to that. we run, long on And bring to that, keep that but it's many that different recognize in doing have to I that I we long results we're produce going the we're marketing.

that One things that is spending do any David marketing to not the a shares if campaign want down we're the But shares, though, going way let to the it. pleased example, the we he that's product keen competitors. wants And I'm of seen a way wanted. are country you go I the the is very right accommodations things results by on U.S., start the before making key the sure of are. haven't I achieving. now. you brand product to say, you am doing our In working with what country have regards that that sure give to to in with really results huge how some of area amount really we're perhaps market of specificity. our pleased terms alternative we're got from I one we for that will we've and And in make

David Goulden

well. Glenn, I think you said

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Deepak Mathivanan

you Okay, so much. thank

Operator

your question line America. come from next from will of Justin And Bank of the Post

Your line is open.

Justin Post

questions, Great. from what the first, How traveler third to And Glenn, can than that you XX% about you you bookings June thoughts -- does A Any on I XXXX. better that? 'XX? of guess being think I revisit quarter? David, July back feel we items do you of make higher thoughts couple maybe, full recover, be travel revenues about summer that have means thoughts 'XX? really helpful? was for in share Any And either said comment And on maybe a level lot. would could the then market Could be higher? on, confidence than when you margins those your Thanks your new high be a any recovery? of your

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

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Glenn Fogel

to a dart, happen. when say I nobody darts. would full is I going think is able to everybody this throw And really Just but it's that knows recovery throwing

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Justin Post

Great, thank you.

Operator

your from Doug And next question from Anmuth Morgan. will come J.P.

Your line is open.

Dae Lee

about Hi, fintech. this that the that's for talked monetize One led is to flow for remark Dae transaction Thanks the taking this questions. Lee prepared In better you for creation drivers Doug. the and Glenn. your one on of the of

and this user for ROI. end? question, well follow-up the on Is what’s more marketing as something on second one a will curious affect seeing opportunity David, that just the or So experience then you're there? back And that the sales focused

had last quarter. and ROIs quarter out guys higher called again You this

performance So something to is that curious doing a on this just you're dynamic of outcome the is if advertising or this channels? result was the more on differently, the I due competitive

Glenn Fogel

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David Goulden

changed. has playbook quarter channels performance and Yes, our then the our on marketing have second really changed. not and ROIs, strategy not And

our of the marketplaces. lower things of right go traffic cancellation, are at quality the high coming price. And back to bidding on occurred a seek probability quality of those us that daily strategy those high those a high traffic, in kind damage recalculate We high us, all to converting continue means And each to probability was which plus that basis. into

there'll ROI expect be the volatility recovery. throughout we So

are time course, leading Of get leading to the there developer when also is more. versus we what and demand look at

'XX. customers our this was -- certainly are the and get in platform looking of nature new an customers healthy on as a opportunity and similar mix We very as customers to new quite we it in business win at to onto feature mentioned

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the expect existing to directly of customers are back much We playbook. than you as generally part more which see the pleased the customers, new come

volatility we cost in in compared still those many those click each rates, a and to factors relatively calculations, So into of XXXX. per I'd we're high go ROI including cancellation were where in period of say conversion rates,

Dae Lee

Thank you it. Got both.

Operator

Nowak And Brian come Morgan your will from question Stanley. next from

line open. is Your

Alaxandar Wang

is for in this XX% monthly of for I Brian. on particularly Alex taking on you of One, Booking.com about which Hi, out backed mentioned calling your Two is that Wong Asia. encouraging, Thanks question. some pre-pandemic, the the think is traffic you're questions. headwinds,

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Glenn Fogel

about the So we'll first base. to see our breakup of David or air say and wants not I'll take customer what say

be any to yet. recently to lot Priceline than marketing better air, mentioned But haven't been many company has we I'm start side effort the it it before And have bit to only. prove that lot really we on little there's Booking.com even forever, of it of obviously, so I touched got done only since to marketing. XX little that's the air yet a very And make them talk to that's the got the done. not see we be U.S a countries going can And very, of done is. nice, Booking.com, bit So, and all. part going started, real things but ways list really doing We air large while that a we haven't need in I that this to countries but a that has

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early And stage. see Kevin, early stage, listen, seeing good to think say, you results. urge to we're I nice at very a I it's very So

to lot And a the I the see other of do that we marketing opportunity So any it feel I want future. But product talk about if you don’t until on know it to have where we won't want be I David, out in be. of the here bringing we sort one.

David Goulden

there's say. a to lot more Yes,

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I those signs. are good think

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grounds points So we a get I people just don't the other thought would the understand on what's business. going data within the want than before, helpful, into be out details. which stating we've further given to

Alaxandar Wang

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

question And from Mark Evercore. from your will Mahaney next come

line Your is open.

Mark Mahaney

the it's markets what too you air greater the that sticking so product? I'll this guess, frequency learnings Is tool? has and a to talk to cross-sell -- is notice you in were just people with acquisition and brought of guess far, I seen on I early. follow-up the thanks. spend, about Well, increased this a XX engagement date is customer have This keep You new those with maybe all the with overall and booking. purchase. Hey, -- this

respond if base? So impact that it's if you'll on have guess I'll a do you're think and Booking any I read you -- customer what if a Thanks. had to then way, permanent permanent going your ask when impact decent com to

Glenn Fogel

Hi, Mark.

that more coming bit said will been new [indiscernible] a little cross-sell In I'm good a to that. I sign in because seeing in happen little this right we've that's then a for are haven't like now. them that a anyway, attractive sense, sense that on seeing you to very but what more yet. was this and happening. we're is customers two really pleased seeing will really early, a a I the to happen that too we marking going -- that Priceline that add we're been out been So where as I direction like going site, I add get just the had because decades

that the others, proving hotels, I I This attachment the Connected them a are want believe we're it good of is very too. and something some that happen. confidence are of So this showing we would out versus who funnel is U.S more us start what just bit our long-term we customers, little pleased. tickets, buying new a versus customers to I air have had that not here's but from This the to with you, lot everyone people are bringing vision many would just coming are buying new Trip. on this data what here's But coming before price it's leave flight industry sense heroes, we how rates start lines, compares new back, see

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offerings different great to trying different Now, and different flywheel. And that together, very though customers, see what ways increasing able promote achieve, different that it's now, in start even to be that's suppliers, just right to it's to so it we're spins happening early. all

Mark Mahaney

Okay, thanks, Glenn.

Operator

Research. from will Ciepiel next from question your Cleveland come And Vince

is line Your open.

Vince Ciepiel

see wanted I your leisure. a question. believe my business taking corporate. for versus leisure talk on the Thanks to I perspective about XX% about Great. of in historically little you bit

has are remote. XX%, ahead to changed So there, I'm And perspective leisure XX% maybe within COVID how work 'XX long-term your running some ability trend first of on curious people's the line markets levels. and that

recovery But the the and you long second think corporate side, you think shifting You about that leisure early mentioned more study. is indications how through on leisure over McKinsey just half how And online with any evolved business there the of that of curious second this part then run. the year?

Glenn Fogel

me a be to I Yes, what the what think general David, past about give about the I and go the is versus disclosed back let what about talk think in happening mix. the about going purpose and future. generalities leader in business we've And

travel business So people, are not that oriented, much much more and leisure we right, sense own management of travel, these our their I think people this company are is big the business you're in operation. who travel are small is doing of part the

without who perfect travel, is, is in people these who $XX,XXX they meeting. that key of about pretty That is we've sometimes. have and makes in businesses I There's one think future which by have with Maybe travel? the you The leisure is You So send sense. factor there's very somewhat act day bit Why the fact and you seem much than people in risk business going differently be do don't be business York etcetera. new resistance we second cost travel, the little believe that past? seen travelers the of part, the business people New have to now to to all I one having business. also the of there's conscious the people still a CFOs, when it's their to are really all the London have effective out to on travel say when hand, to,. we similar a any Because what for we put to a Because faster issue from we have gate have somebody not. technologies, did leisure costs. for

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us it's so so going leisure negatively For not to we're impact us, much.

filled In fact, they help us because up. there's more availability get needs that to

play the many offices? office? not future? How since What way are is at days everybody knows But to more able to plays [indiscernible], How that around? thing Friday, The take I this and hope It's different Sunday, a else yet. we'll though, more build have somewhere travel, Sunday NCR work-from-home we to people being Friday, travel. mentioned, the to I'm going work a much do location. Saturday, in Uncertain going that How mini you out other though, long with the out in that somewhere Nobody we was and days out. Friday, Friday, to deciding are working answer think from shifting to travel? Saturday, to is more hopefully in like actually build I or at time the we but still Thursday, Thursday, holiday work more many going time

airlines, the as much Deloitte travel the was So near-term. expectation maybe And the there's couple not nobody of came of which heard this in the as in of report some I've encouraging and about a yesterday of signs knows saw a I ago, out of even from the a uncertainty optimistic days as to some corporate really suppliers lot

don’t to numbers if So out. where I give now it I you anything rolls say, find business or to want And I'm in those a are not we know, more we'll sure not. I as out know think trial, for quoted, the we'd right have heard than because terms of David, don't in that us he

David Goulden

No the number.

business, declared we precise it's we're And more a of we first hard business you recently, explained. we but travel all given all, of Glenn travelers, business of the type said, have XX% about make First metric when to over much self our unknown have so do a it's leisure. But as be booking, it. is

biased segments. towards that heavily we're So larger

Vince Ciepiel

Thank you.

Operator

Kelly from last And Jed come our will question from Oppenheimer.

Your line is open.

Jed Kelly

Great, great. question. Two, for I Thanks if taking may. my

U.S., remarks you of Just in unit your inventory? heading managers. you trying an as strategy, is in And the professional with APAC about Thank of us to then, Can you're on particularly you that into with share like you the trending, sort winter that talk property gaining update prepared increase single you. this how give mentioned your can sort earlier supply Gouda. just

Glenn Fogel

out no that. should have at We look able too. we bit Customers David, nothing time. sending When know a we've take achieved The in the talk be similar. reason understand there? little look confident a our to ground, going the to long this will I I achieve the gaining. time. in if to pleased what just we're about that And better, And year, we to gaining general. that there. we It's David talk say it of for whether going a managed, as single to were in there share out be that proposition having proposition we going to with said we're alternative all building goal U.S., let similar. many going little this be want shouldn't regarding we do with while should. be accommodations, you seeing information, you people over to We be I for the So we talking that. careful. getting in you get that haul boy, want about I property the is boots as Europe, want reason are in is a like you are to to doing a be a it's Asia managers. pushing you There's Asia the that goal we professional what want But of There's alternative U.S to at terms where don’t we're be -- inventory professionally to getting on have by shouldn't what on to is you for Europe, them. great accommodations be a we're say, I working why right that. the understand managers, that's of in to share And or hard types We're I'm

David Goulden

the I growth in than worse night Yes, Asia, mentioned so in it was QX. that QX room APAC, was

and in saw puffy deteriorated counteract the Europe the cyber of although America, North both and Agoda's. So clearly the that really of of course, majority Agoda some that's to and businesses benefits frankly, in APAC,

response region upon parts the of know. to as And is be lagging across very Asia. Asia region whole rates outbreaks the aggressive. quickly, based almost put more more Vaccination to are COVID all So most in you depressed outbreaks countries. in are tend Also, restrictions in place

is travel QX, worse in in levels low, recovery low, level QX, QX. way particularly international fact, in and in long No go. this travel still exceptionally a So very to

Jed Kelly

Thank you.

Operator

to our closing over Fogel will And call the that for turn back Glenn concludes remarks. Q&A. I

Glenn Fogel

Thank you.

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Operator

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