Priceline.com Incorporated (Nasdaq: PCLN) today reported 4th quarter and full-year 2010 financial results for the Priceline Group of Companies. Fourth quarter gross travel bookings for the group, which refers to the total dollar value, generally inclusive of all taxes and fees, of all travel services purchased by consumers, were $3.26 billion, an increase of 44.2% over a year ago.
The Group had revenues in the 4th quarter of $731 million, a 35.0% increase over a year ago. The Group's international operations contributed revenues in the 4th quarter of $374.9 million, a 68.2% increase versus a year ago (approximately 75% on a local currency basis). The Group's gross profit for the 4th quarter was $478.4 million, a 52.8% increase from the prior year. International operations contributed gross profit in the 4th quarter of $374.0 million, a 68.4% increase versus a year ago (approximately 75% growth on a local currency basis). The Group's operating income in the 4th quarter was $189.0 million, a 60.3% increase from the prior year. The Group had GAAP net income applicable to common shareholders for the 4th quarter of $135.7 million, or $2.66 per diluted share, which compares to $78.4 million or $1.55 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.
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