Flight Centre share price tumbles despite losses narrowing

a small boy sits alone with his brightly coloured suitcase next to him in a deserted airport while he rests a hand against his head and looks down into his lap as though he is weary.a small boy sits alone with his brightly coloured suitcase next to him in a deserted airport while he rests a hand against his head and looks down into his lap as though he is weary.

The Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (ASX: FLT) share price is in the red on Wednesday amid the company posting an underlying pre-tax loss of $2.4 million for the first half, as The Motley Fool Australia reported earlier.

That’s a major improvement on the $188 million loss it posted for the same period of last financial year.

Though, brokers were disappointed by its performance in the Americas.

The Flight Centre share price is $18.04 right now, 3.01% lower than its previous close.

Let’s take a look at what might be going so wrong for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) travel giant.

Flight Centre share price falls as broker responds to earnings

Flight Centre is “lying foundations for more meaningful profit recovery”, CEO Graham Turner says, but it seems that’s not enough to boost its share price today.

It’s falling as the company’s operating cash flow and performance in the Americas disappoints broker Goldman Sachs.

The Americas region brought in $2.11 billion of total transaction value (TTV) for the company. That’s up 149% year-on-year but 14.9% lower than the broker’s forecasts.

That was offset by Australia and New Zealand’s $5.22 billion of TTV – a 290% jump and 17.2% more than Goldman Sachs tipped.

The group’s $9.9 billion of TTV and $1 billion of revenue beat expectations by 2.5% and 3.2% respectively. Though, its operating cash flow disappointed in a major way. It came in at a $91.8 million loss, compared to a forecasted $8.9 million positive result.

Ultimately, the results failed to convince the broker. Goldman Sachs remains neutral on Flight Centre’s shares, slapping them with a $16.40 price target – a potential 9% downside.

At the same time, Morgans was expecting the company to post around $80 million of corporate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA), my Fool colleague James reported last week. It also might’ve had its eye out for a guidance upgrade.

Neither of these outcomes occurred today. Flight Centre’s corporate EBITDA was $72 million and its underlying EBITDA guidance remained at $250 million to $280 million.

Looking forward, Turner said the company hasn’t noticed any downturn amid rising cost of living pressures, saying customers view travel as essential.

The ASX 200 travel giant also declined to offer a dividend for this half. Though, it’s started a review of its capital structures ahead of an expected uptick in earnings and cash.

The post Flight Centre share price tumbles despite losses narrowing appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia.

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