Earnings Overview – Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP)

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Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP) moved with change of -2.01% to $47.75 with the recent traded volume of 7744403 shares versus to an average volume of 4.71M. The stock was up in the 5 days activity 1.69%. The one month performance of stock was high 11.64%. CTRP [NASD] shares are above 12.91% for the quarter and driving a -1.30% over the course of the past year and is now up 10.50% since this point in 2018.  Right now CTRP [NASD] beta is 1.83. The average volatility for the week and month was at 2.23% and 2.40% respectively.

Shares of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP) have been recently spotted trading -21.27% off of the 52-week high price. On the other end, company shares have been noted 11.96% away from the low price over the last 52-weeks. 52 week range of the stock remained $ 42.65 – 60.65. Switching over to some distances from popular moving averages, we see that the stock has been recorded 2.24% away from the 50 day moving average and -5.35% away from the 200 day moving average. Moving closer, we can see that shares have been trading 1.47% off of the 20-day moving average.

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP) recently reported its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer said “We had strong results in the fourth quarter, even as we transitioned through short-term challenges in certain areas of our business”. “We continue to execute on our growth strategy and are encouraged with our progress, especially in international expansion and penetration of lower-tier cities. As users increasingly appreciate the convenience of Ctrip’s unique one-stop travel platform, we are very excited about the opportunities ahead of us.”

James Liang, Executive Chairman said “I’m proud of the progress our team has made, and the many ways that Ctrip is striving to make travel more convenient and enjoyable”. “We will always endeavor to maximize Ctrip’s social impact while increasing the company’s commercial value. Guided by the fundamental principles of consistency, transparency, and equality, we will continuously improve our products and services.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2017 Financial Results and Business Updates

For the fourth quarter of 2017, Ctrip reported net revenue of RMB6.4 billion (US$980 million), representing a 26% increase from the same period in 2016. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased 19% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality and product change in domestic air ticketing.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, net revenue was RMB26.8 billion (US$4.1 billion), representing a 39% increase from 2016.

Accommodation reservation revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB2.3 billion (US$356 million), representing a 25% increase from the same period in 2016, primarily driven by an increase in accommodation reservation volume. Accommodation reservation revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased 18% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, accommodation reservation revenue was RMB9.5 billion (US$1.5 billion), representing a 30% increase from 2016. The accommodation reservation revenue accounted for 35% of the total revenue in 2017 and 37% of the total revenue in 2016.

Transportation ticketing revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB2.9 billion (US$450 million), representing a 20% increase from the same period in 2016, primarily driven by an increase in ticketing volume and the consolidation of Skyscanner’s financial results since December 31, 2016. Transportation ticketing revenue decrease 15% from the previous quarter, primarily due to product change in domestic air ticketing.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, transportation ticketing revenue was RMB12.2 billion (US$1.9 billion), representing a 38% increase from 2016. The transportation ticketing revenue accounted for 45% of the total revenue in 2017 and remained consistent with 2016.

Packaged tour revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB623 million (US$96 million), representing a 34% increase from the same period in 2016, primarily driven by an increase in volume growth of organized tours and self-guided tours. Packaged-tour revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased 40% from the previous quarter, primarily due to seasonality.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, packaged-tour revenue was RMB3.0 billion (US$457 million), representing a 29% increase from 2016. The packaged-tour revenue accounted for 11% of the total revenue in 2017 and 12% of the total revenue in 2016.

Corporate travel revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB207 million (US$32 million), representing a 15% increase from the same period in 2016, primarily driven by expansion in travel product coverage. Corporate travel revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 2% from the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, corporate travel revenue was RMB753 million (US$116 million), representing a 24% increase from 2016. The corporate travel revenue accounted for 3% of the total revenue in 2017 and remained consistent with 2016.

Gross margin was 83% for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 78% in the same period in 2016, and remained consistent with the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, gross margin was 83%, compared to 75% in 2016.

Product development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased by 20% to RMB2.1 billion (US$319 million) from the same period in 2016, primarily due to the increase in product development personnel related expenses. Product development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased 5% from the previous quarter, primarily due to the decrease in product development personnel related expenses. Product development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 accounted for 33% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP product development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 accounted for 29% of the net revenue, which increased from 27% for the same period of 2016 and increased from 25% for the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, product development expenses increased by 7% to RMB8.3 billion (US$1.3 billion) from 2016 and accounted for 31% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP product development expenses accounted for 27% of the net revenue, compared to 29% in 2016.

Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased by 38% to RMB2.0 billion (US$313 million) from the same period in 2016, primarily due to an increase in sales and marketing related activities. Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased 14% from the previous quarter, primarily due to the decrease in sales and marketing related activities. Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 accounted for 32% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 accounted for 31% of the net revenue, which increased from 28% in the same period in 2016 and increased from 30% in the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, sales and marketing expenses increased by 42% to RMB8.3 billion (US$1.3 billion) from 2016 and accounted for 31% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP sales and marketing expenses accounted for 30% of the net revenue, which increased from 28% in 2016.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased by 30% to RMB701 million (US$108 million) from the same period in 2016, primarily due to an increase in consulting expenses and the provision of trade and other receivables. General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 4% from the previous quarter, primarily due to an increase in the provision of trade and other receivables. General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 accounted for 11% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses accounted for 9% of the net revenue, which increased from 7% for the same period in 2016 and the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, general and administrative expenses increased by 4% to RMB2.6 billion (US$403 million) from 2016 and accounted for 10% of the net revenue. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses accounted for 7% of the net revenue, which remained consistent with 2016.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB508 million (US$78 million), compared to RMB207 million in the same period in 2016 and RMB1.4 billion in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB908 million (US$140 million), compared to RMB797 million in the same period in 2016 and RMB1.7 billion in the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, income from operations was RMB2.9 billion (US$450 million), compared to loss from operations of RMB1.6 billion in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP income from operations was RMB4.8 billion (US$732 million), compared to RMB2.0 billion in 2016.

Operating margin was 8% for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 4% in the same period in 2016, and 17% in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP operating margin was 14%, compared to 16% in the same period in 2016 and 22% in the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, operating margin was 11%, compared to -8% in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP operating margin was 18%, compared to 10% in 2016.

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB289 million (US$44 million), compared to RMB110 million in the same period of 2016 and RMB313 million in the previous quarter. The change in the Group’s effective tax rate reflects primarily profitability changes in our subsidiaries with different tax rates and certain non-tax deductible losses including the share based compensation.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, income tax expense was RMB1.3 billion (US$197 million), compared to RMB478 million in 2016.

Net income attributable to Ctrip’s shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB504 million (US$77 million), compared to RMB645 million in the same period in 2016 and RMB1.2 billion in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP net income attributable to Ctrip’s shareholders was RMB904 million (US$139 million), compared to RMB1.2 billion in the same period in 2016 and RMB1.6 billion in the previous quarter.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, net income attributable to Ctrip’s shareholders was RMB2.1 billion (US$329 million), compared to net loss of RMB1.4 billion in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP net income attributable to Ctrip’s shareholders was RMB4.0 billion (US$611 million), compared to RMB2.1 billion in 2016.

Diluted earnings per ADS were RMB0.88 (US$0.14) for the fourth quarter of 2017. Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.56 (US$0.24) for the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the full year ended December 31, 2017, diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.82 (US$0.59). Excluding share-based compensation charges, Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS were RMB6.90 (US$1.06).

As of December 31, 2017, the balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investment was RMB48.1 billion (US$7.4 billion).

New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted a new revenue recognition standard, Accounting Standards Update 2014-09 (the “New Revenue Accounting Standard”). The Company currently estimates that the impact of this new standard on its revenue reported in comparative periods of 2018 is not material if the new standard is adopted retrospectively.

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2018, the Company expects the net revenue growth to continue at a year-on-year rate of approximately 9~11%, which is estimated based on Crip’s new revenue recognition standard while taking into account the revenue reported for the same period in 2017. This forecast reflects Ctrip’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

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