Sabre reports second quarter 2015 results
SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.
"In the second quarter, we continued to perform very well financially, operationally and in delivering new product innovation, capped off with the strategic Abacus acquisition in Asia-Pacific. We are well positioned as we look ahead to the coming years," said Tom Klein, Sabre President and CEO. "Travel Network revenue increased 7.0% year over year in the quarter, driven by growth in bookings across all regions, including an increase of 6.9% in North America and 19.7% growth in EMEA. In Airline and Hospitality Solutions, strong revenue growth and nearly four points of margin expansion drove a 29.5% increase in Adjusted EBITDA. Our performance has been fueled by our continued innovation for, and commitment to, our customers. Our momentum underpins our confidence to increase our full-year guidance."
Q2 2015 Financial Summary
Sabre consolidated second quarter revenue increased 9.4% to $707.1 million, compared to $646.4 million for the same period last year.
Income from continuing operations totaled $32.6 million, compared to $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2014. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was$227.6 million, a 6.1% increase from $214.5 million in the prior year second quarter. The increase in consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is the result of 29.5% growth in Airline and Hospitality Solutions Adjusted EBITDA and a 4.0% increase in Travel Network Adjusted EBITDA.
For the quarter, Sabre reported income from continuing operations of $0.12 per share and Adjusted Net Income from continuing operations (Adjusted EPS) of $0.27 per share.
Cash flow from operations totaled $136.2 million, compared to $110.1 million in the second quarter of 2014. Second quarter Free Cash Flow was$70.2 million, compared to $53.3 million in the year ago period. Capital expenditures totaled $66.1 million, compared to $56.8 million in the year ago period. Adjusted Capital Expenditures, which includes capitalized implementation costs, totaled $81.3 million, compared to $66.8 million in the second quarter of 2014.
Sabre Airline and Hospitality Solutions
Second quarter 2015 Airline and Hospitality Solutions revenue increased 16.1% to $216.6 million from $186.6 million in the prior year period. Contributing to the increase in revenue was a 5.9% increase in airline passengers boarded through SabreSonic, strong traction from new solutions across the portfolio and continued strong growth in Sabre Hospitality Solutions.
Sabre Airline and Hospitality Solutions Adjusted EBITDA increased 29.5% to $81.0 million from $62.6 million in the prior year period. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA is the result of strong revenue growth, excellent execution and technology platform scale benefits, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 37.4%, compared to 33.5% for the prior year quarter.
In Airline Solutions, LATAM Airlines Group, the largest airline in Latin America, signed an agreement to use the SabreSonic Suite for all airlines in the group.
Sabre Travel Network
Second quarter Travel Network revenue increased 7.0% to $494.5 million, compared to $462.3 million for the same period in 2014. Total bookings increased 8.7% with growth in all regions. Bookings growth in North America was 6.9% in the quarter. Sabre's focus on expansion in EMEA resulted in bookings growth of 19.7%. Second quarter 2015 Travel Network Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.0% to $206.0 million.
On July 1, Sabre announced the completion of its acquisition of Abacus International, the leading global distribution system (GDS) in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to the acquisition, Sabre owned 35% of Abacus. The Abacus acquisition brings fresh investment and growth opportunities in the travel industry's largest and fastest growing region. Concurrent with the completion of the Abacus acquisition, Sabre signed long-term distribution agreements with the 11 Asian airlines that had sold their 65% share of Abacus to Sabre.
Business Outlook and Financial Guidance
Sabre is increasing its full-year guidance for 2015 based on year-to-date results, continued bookings momentum in Travel Network, and the earlier than previously forecast July 1 close of the Abacus acquisition.
Sabre expects full-year revenue of between $2.95 billion and $2.98 billion. 2015 Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $930 million and $945 million.
In Airline and Hospitality Solutions, Sabre continues to expect 2015 revenue growth of between 9% and 11%. Passengers boarded are expected to increase approximately 10% in 2015, including strong growth in the fourth quarter related to the American Airlines implementation.
In Travel Network, first half performance and continued share gains results in increased expectations for 2015 growth. This increase in expectations is augmented by the earlier than previously forecast close of the Abacus acquisition. Sabre now expects 2015 Travel Network revenue growth of 13% or more, driven by bookings growth of approximately 17%. Excluding Abacus, Sabre now expects Travel Network revenue growth of greater than 5% on bookings growth of approximately 6%.
Sabre increased 2015 Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS guidance to $290 million to $305 million and $1.05 to $1.11, respectively. Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow are expected to be $240 million and more than $290 million, respectively.