The real estate rental sector is considered promising for investors. For example, the company Airbnb's share price is growing as tourism in Europe and North America is recovering.
Airbnb is an online platform for short-term rentals. This platform connects people who want to rent a house or a room, and tenants around the world. It is available for temporary housing in 65,000 cities in more than 190 countries.
The company was founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharzik. The idea for the startup came to its developers when they provided a place to stay for travelers looking for temporary accommodation. Users of the Airbnb service can book apartments, contact tenants/landlords, and pay online.
The company held an IPO in 2020. Initially, Airbnb had a stock price in excess of $110 at the time of the offering. When the company went public, its securities were valued at $68. Airbnb stock was listed on the NASDAQ exchange. During the IPO, the owners of the service we're able to raise over $ 3.5 billion. The first investment the startup received when it joined the venture capital fund Y Combinator. The Airbnb platform showed rapid profit growth for several years before the pandemic. For example, from 2015 to 2017, the company's revenue grew by about 70% annually.
A financial report released in November 2021 showed that the company's quarterly revenue exceeded analysts' forecasts. The increase in profits was due to the active vaccination of the population, on the background of which tourism began to recover. Airbnb expects an increase in rental demand in 2022. A relaxation of pandemic-related restrictions in various countries, including the U.S., contributes to a positive outlook.
Although Airbnb shares are recovering in value and profits are growing, investors have two things to consider when buying securities of the company. Possible problems include the complexity of legal regulation and not being one hundred percent secure for tenants and landlords. In the first case, the difficulty lies in Airbnb's impact on the real estate market. The number of offers for traditional rentals is decreasing as it is financially more advantageous for landlords to look for clients through the online service. As rental property prices rise, the company is working with regulators to avoid legal problems.
The security issue is primarily related to the increased likelihood of fraud by both landlords and tenants. Airbnb is taking steps to make using the service as safe as possible.
In the third quarter of 2021, the company's revenue rose more than 66% to more than $2.2 billion. Net income nearly quadrupled from a year ago to $833. In the second quarter of 2021, the company had revenue of $1.3 billion. Due to the good financial performance, investors expect Airbnb's stock price to rise in the near future.
Airbnb reports that tourism is recovering particularly strongly in the North American and European regions. In the third quarter of 2021, for example, rentals booked through the online platform were up 15 percent from 2020. However, the amount of housing rented through the service in 2021 is growing at a slower rate than Airbnb's revenue. Compared to 2020, this figure increased by less than 30%. Compared to 2019, bookings were down 7 percent. The company made up for the losses by raising its rental price, so Airbnb stock is up in early January 2022 after falling last December.
The company's IPO was held in December 2020, after the pandemic began. In April 2021, when the number of coronavirus cases worldwide increased, ABNB's stock price dropped from $171 to $140 within a month.
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From May 2021 to May 2022, the price of Airbnb stock has remained essentially flat at $150. At the same time, the quotes were volatile throughout the year. In November 2021, the price of ABNB securities rose above $200 in November.
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