Travelport Worldwide Delivers Another Solid Quarter

Travelport Worldwide (NYSE: TVPT) released strong second-quarter 2017 results on Thursday morning, detailing modest overall growth led by strength in Asia for its eNett commercial payments business.

Let's dig in for a better look at how the travel commerce platform specialist ended the first half of the year, as well as what to expect from the company going forward.

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Travelport results: The raw numbers


Q2 2017

Q2 2016

Year-Over-Year Growth


$612.1 million

$605.9 million


GAAP net income (loss)

$34.3 million

($14.4 million)


GAAP earnings (loss) per diluted share




What happened with Travelport this quarter

  • On an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis -- which excludes stock-based compensation and restructuring expenses -- net income increased 46% to $50 million, and rose 43% on a per-share basis to $0.40.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) rose 6% to $147 million.
  • Travel commerce platform revenue increased 1.7% year over year to $583.8 million, including a 1% decline in air revenue to $423.7 million, and 8% growth in "beyond air" revenue to $160.1 million.
  • Within "beyond air," eNett revenue grew 16% to $44 million, driven both by new customer wins and higher volume of payments settled with existing customers.
  • Travel commerce platform performance by geography:
  • Asia Pacific revenue increased 9% to $141.7 million.
  • Europe revenue declined 1% to $180.6 million.
  • Revenue from Latin America and Canada fell 2% to $27.6 million.
  • Middle East and Africa revenue rose 1% to $77.9 million.
  • United States revenue rose 0.5% to $156 million.
  • Technology services revenue declined 11% to just over $28.3 million.
  • In April, Travelport completed the sale of its 51% ownership stake in IGT Solutions.
  • Operating cash flow increased 9% to $84 million, and free cash flow grew 11% to $60 million.

What management had to say

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson stated:

Looking forward

Finally -- and similar to last quarter -- Travelport reiterated its full-year expectation for 2017 revenue in the range of $2.425 billion to $2.475 billion, and for both adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income per share to be at the high ends of their respective ranges ($585 million to $595 million, and $1.29 per share to $1.37 per share). Travelport also increased its outlook for 2017 free cash flow to a range of $190 million to $210 million, up from previous guidance of $165 million to $185 million.

All things considered, this was another unsurprising -- and if nothing else, slightly better-than-expected -- quarter from Travelport. So despite the market's seemingly indifferent reaction with shares trading roughly even with their pre-report levels, I think long-term investors should be happy with the company's progress.

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