Airbnb Reveals Massive Revenue Hit From Pandemic

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In a year that crushed travel, it was expected that Airbnb wasn’t going to do well, but now we know exactly how rocky things have been. The home rental company filed its paperwork to go public on Monday, giving the Securities And Exchange Commission — and any potential investors — a thorough look at its fiscal standings. According to the prospectus, Airbnb made $219 million in net income on revenues of $1.34 billion last quarter. That’s down nearly 19% from the $1.65 billion it raked in last year. In all, Airbnb made $2.5 billion in revenue in the first nine months of 2020, down from $3.7 billion the year prior. Within that time period, its net loss bloated to $697 million. 

“COVID-19 has materially adversely affected our recent operating and financial results and is continuing to materially adversely impact our long-term operating and financial results,” the company stated in its SEC filing. “However, we believe that as the world recovers from this pandemic, Airbnb will be a vital source of economic empowerment for millions of people.”

In 2019, Airbnb was valued at $31 billion. In April 2020, that valuation was slashed by nearly half to $18 billion. Given its plunge in value and loss in revenue, this is distinctly not a good time to IPO, but the company is hopeful that circumstances will improve. In its prospectus, Airbnb detailed plans for growth including developing new products and growing its community of hosts. 

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Nicole Spector is a writer, editor, and author based in Los Angeles by way of Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the Atlantic, Vice, and The New Yorker. She's a frequent contributor to NBC News and Publishers Weekly. Her 2013 debut novel, "Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray" received laudatory blurbs from the likes of Fred Armisen and Ken Kalfus, and was published in the US, UK, France, and Russia — though nobody knows whatever happened with the Russian edition! She has an affinity for Twitter.
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