"As of March 31, 2015, we had approximately 3.3 million members, 20% of which contribute significantly to our overall business. "
This figure was 800,000 at 3/31/2014.
Sounds like they are cutting pricing to maintain market share as the growth toward online booking of hotels is really strong. I'm willing to hold this I think. Fact is only 7% of hotel bookings are online and they have a 40% market share, per the call this morning.
"Flipkart in advanced talks with MakeMyTrip to launch a ticketing platform"
By Aditi Shrivastava, ET Bureau | 15 Jul, 2015, 06.32AM IST
Flipkart is in advanced talks with MakeMyTrip to launch a ticketing platform, the online retailer's push into services as part of efforts to grow into a onestop shop for a range of offerings by the end of this year.
"We are planning to integrate ticketing powered by MakeMyTrip on the Flipkart marketplace, which means that a customer will be able to book air and rail tickets from the Flipkart platform," said a senior employee at Flipkart who is privy to the company's plans.
Flipkart declined to comment and MakeMyTrip, which is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, did not reply to emails from ET.
I think the key is probably to look at total transactions as that shows how much growth there is. I'm looking at air ticketing transactions up 36% y-o-y, hotels and packages up 59%. Revenue less service cost for hotels and packages were up 57% y-o-y. That's pretty tremendous growth
It was assumed Q2 and Sergio said last month "it could slip into Q3". No specifics were actually given though. Presumably the summer some time.
Keep in mind that they will have to raise funds to get to 100% ownership and that will be done through additional dilution. All told, though, the stock could go up 2-3x to get in line with peers. Peers may be overvalued but that's a different story altogether. Assuming the deal goes through then this does look reasonably priced.
I only ask this because I see the multiples that CAPL, MPLX etc are getting. The market is clearly rewarding MLP structures due to investors' desire to own high yielding assets. If I take a look at the multiples at CAPL and MPLX:
CAPL trades at 22.9 EV/TTM EBITDA
MPLX trades at 28.8 EV/TTM EBITDA
MPC (parent company) has risen 139% from the date of the announced carve-out of its midstream business through the creation of an MLP (vs a 42% rise in the S&P 500). These returns are hard to ignore.
When I compare these multiples to TA and HPT it makes me wonder if there is an opportunity to the do the same here. It appears that it would reward both entities well. At a time when the entire world is yield hungry maybe it makes sense to consider this, if possible???
I know some of the discount is related to not owning as many properties...I think they own about 15% of the travel centers and another 30+ convenience stores / gas stations and lease the rest. However, there's something to be said for being good operators and having someone else (HPT) shoulder the debt burden. They have lower leverage which will be helpful during downturns but they are also able to acquire more properties faster than their debt laden peers (Flying Pilot and Loves).
I also really like their exposure to QSRs and Full Service restaurants, two segments that are positively impacted by lower gas prices. QSRs are a great business to be in longer term.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a $20+ price this year. I expect them to do about $1 EPS this year and grow it about 10 to 15% per year.
Does anyone have a rough estimate for maintenance capex on a "normalized" basis? Its tough to determine how much of the capex allocated to upgrading new facilities occurred over the past few years. I'm trying to calculate accurate estimates for FCF going forward.
On a side note, TA doesn't get much credit for its turnaround in ops. I know some of you guys have been here for a while and are accustomed to lower multiples in general for this stock but the discount they get to their peers is pretty high. Market Cap / TTM EBITDA
Based on Mkt Cap to EBITDA, TA is 39% undervalued vs its peers. Based on EV to EBITDA it is 26% undervalued. Blended its 33% undervalued which requires a 50% upside move from today's close to close the gap. That equates to a $20 price target. (Note I didn't include ANCUF in this group because its multiples are significantly higher and would make the discount seem more. Also there are others that are MLP's like CAPL and MPLX that have really high multiples presumably because of their tax structure).
sorry last thing...if you look at the M&A in the space between PTRY, CAPL, LPG, SUSS, Hess, etc, they were all done at significantly higher multiples. Some of the discount has to do with RMR / HPT thwarting any takeover possibility but I don't think that's warranted. If someone came to the table with the right price they would listen. If not and TA has to stand on its own then this is easily the best operating environment it has ever had as a public company.
I mean I get the concern and I think people have become accustomed to trading this stock in ranges, but this has broken out above its long term ceiling of $12.50 on significant fundamental reasons. The tailwind they are now getting theoretically could last for years. Oil stayed low for all of the 90's essentially. If that happens this decade TA could do extremely well.
Impossible to figure out the short term direction; however, it is trading at about 13 times EPS for the past few years and that was when oil was significantly higher and when they had a smaller footprint. They're expanding fairly aggressively. Can they do $2 EPS within the next 2 years and trade at 13 x or $26? Sure, why not?
TA is in the wheelhouse of lower oil. It's the number one beneficiary, operating 500+ quick service and full service restaurants and having higher fuel margins. Plus the economy is doing fine which means more traveling / trucking business.
Gotta wonder if HPT / Portnoys would look to monetize TA. This space is red hot right now. Valuation on TA is still really low at 11X EPS, 5X FCF run rate from last quarter, and 3X EBITDA run rate from past 2 quarters. Those are all exceedingly below competitors.