Airbnb Gains as Guests Look to Spend More, For Longer

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Investing.com – Airbnb stock (NASDAQ:ABNB) traded 3.5% higher in premarket Wednesday as the home rental company’s fourth-quarter results reinforced a trend toward longer stays and higher average spending by guests.

The shift to longer stays was fueled by the pandemic as guests looked to travel but not too far from home. That change is becoming entrenched as more companies routinely permit remote work.

“People are spreading out to thousands of towns and cities, staying for weeks, months, or even entire seasons at a time,” Airbnb said in a letter to shareholders, while also pointing out that guests are now returning to cities.

Revenue in the fourth quarter grew 78% to $1.5 billion, easily beating 2019 levels. Annual revenue hit $6 billion, making Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky call it “the best year in our company’s history.”

Almost half of the number of nights booked in the fourth quarter were for stays of a week or longer, and one in five nights were for stays of a month or more, the company said.

Nights and experiences booked jumped 59% to exceed 73 million. A higher number of bookings along with better pricing led to gross booking value crossing $11 billion, up 91%.

The company swung back to a net profit of $55 million in the fourth quarter from a loss of $352 million a year ago.

Airbnb now expects the number of nights and experiences booked in the first quarter to “significantly exceed” the first-quarter levels of 2019. Current-quarter revenue is expected to be around $1.45 billion.

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