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Sabre beats profit expectations, but revenue comes up short

Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Sabre Corp. were indicated down about 2% in premarket trade Tuesday, after the technology provider to the travel industry reported fourth-quarter earnings that topped expectations but sales that missed and provided a downbeat outlook. Net income rose to $84.4 million, or 30 cents a share, from $82.1 million, or 30 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose 6.3% to 34 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 33 cents. Revenue increased 4.8% to $923.9 million, below the FactSet consensus of $929.8 million. Travel network revenue rose 7.5% to $665.2 million, but missed the FactSet consensus of $670.7 million, airline solutions revenue declined 1.7% to $201.9 million but beat the FactSet consensus of $197.6 million and hospitality solutions revenue grew 3.8% to $66.7 million but missed expectations of $69.9 million. For 2019, Sabre expects revenue of $4.01 billion to $4.09 billion, just shy of the FactSet consensus of $4.10 billion. The stock has lost 5.8% over the past three months through Monday, while the S&P 500 has slipped 0.6%.