Travelport Worldwide Starts 2017 Strong

By Steve SymingtonMarketsFool.com

Travelport Worldwide(NYSE: TVPT)announced first-quarter 2017 results on Tuesday morning, highlighting broad-based growth led by strength in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the continued momentum of its eNett commercial payments business.

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Let's fasten our seat belts, then, to get a better look at how Travelport kicked off the new year, as well as what investors should expect in the quarters ahead.

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Travelport results: The raw numbers

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Data source: Travelport.

What happened with Travelport this quarter

  • On an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis -- which excludes items like stock-based compensation and restructuring costs -- Travelport's net income increased 26.3% year over year to $64.4 million, or $0.51 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased 9% year over year to $169 million.
  • Travel commerce platform revenue increased 7.5% year over year to $622.1 million, including 6.9% growth in Air revenue to $474.5 million, and 9.3% growth in Beyond Air revenue to $147.6 million.
  • Within Beyond Air, eNett revenue climbed 22% to $41 million, driven by both new customer wins and higher payment volume settled with existing customers.
  • Technology services declined 5.5% year over year to $28.7 million, due to lower development revenue and fewer hosting activities.
  • Revenue by geography included:
  • 18% growth in Asia-Pacific revenue to $151 million
  • 14% growth in the Middle East and Africa to $83.6 million
  • 4% growth Europe to $202.4 million
  • 3% growth in Latin America and Canada to $28.8 million
  • 1% growth in the United States to $156.3 million
  • Subsequent to the end of the quarter, completed the divestment of Travelport's 51% stake in India-based IGT Solutions.
  • Generated free cash flow of $71 million, up from $3.7 million in the same year-ago period.
  • Travelport held steady its quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share.

What management had to say

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson stated:

Looking forward

Travelport also reiterated its full-year guidance for 2017 revenue of $2.425 billion to $2.475 billion. At the same time, the company now expects to to be at the high end of its previous guidance ranges for 2017 adjusted EBITDA of $585 million to $595 million, adjusted net income of $165 million to $175 million (or $1.29 to $1.37 per share), and free cash flow of $165 million to $185 million.

In short, while Travelport's results weren't exactly jaw-dropping, this was a good quarter with broad-based strength that leaves the company ahead of its original goals for the year -- and all as it continues to invest in its most promising strategic growth opportunities. With that in mind, I think Travelport shareholders should be more than happy with where the company stands today.

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Steve Symington has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Travelport Worldwide. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.