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Priceline Releases Q1 2014 Earnings on May 8, 2014

May 06, 2014 | About:
Karen Rogers

Karen Rogers


Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN) will release its first quarter 2014 earnings report at 7:00 a.m., EST, on Thursday, May 8, 2014. A webcast conference call available through Priceline Investor Relations is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m., EST.

Analysts Expect:

  • EPS ranging from $6.44 to $8.10 with a target of $6.91 (Source: Fidelity).
  • Revenue ranging from $1.56 billion to $1.71 billion with a target of $1.63 billion.

Performance Recap

Priceline remains No. 1 for customers who want to book their own hotel, flight and car reservations online. Due to the cyclical nature of the travel industry, Priceline’s revenue fluctuates during the year.


Q1 2014

Q4 2013

Q3 2013

Q2 2013
















Priceline has a habit of beating the Street’s EPS estimates. Comparing fourth quarter 2013 EPS to the same quarter for the prior year shows that the EPS grew 26.82%. Comparing the annual EPS for the current year to the previous year shows that Priceline’s EPS increased by 24.43%.


Q1 2014

Q4 2013

Q3 2013

Q2 2013








$ 8.85

$ 17.30

$ 9.70







Priceline’s primary competitors are Expedia (EXPE), Orbitz (OWW) and TravelZoo (TZOO). Expedia’s earnings, announced on May 1, 2014, exceeded analyst expectations by coming in at $1.20 billion. Analysts will be watching Priceline’s performance this quarter to see how it compares with Expedia.











Total Revenue










Projected EPS Growth Next Yr



36.01% 15.69%

Trade Considerations

Of the 10 major analysts, four rate Priceline as hold, four rate it as buy and two rate the stock as outperform. Priceline’s stock price doubled from last year and the company has been in a solid uptrend since October 2012. The stock broke through the $1,350 barrier in March this year and has been consolidating slowly in a downward move ever since. The stock currently finds support at $1,150 and resistance at $1,250. If Priceline’s earnings exceed analysts’ expectations, it could be enough to kick-start the company’s upward trend.

Disclosure: I do not own stock in any of the companies mentioned in this article and have no plans to open a position in the next 72 hours.

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