Airbnb is a popular online marketplace where users can list a home or apartment for vacation or other short-term stays. It boasts 7 million listings worldwide, including 4,900 castles and 2,400 tree houses.
Many investors and analysts have been waiting for Airbnb to go public now that Uber (UBER - Free Report) and Pinterest (PINS - Free Report) IPO’d. However, market sentiment towards these unicorns has certainly soured—just look at the negative reaction to WeWork’s plans to IPO, and the subsequent fallout.
Airbnb did say it was profitable on an EBITDA basis in 2018 and has been cumulatively free cash flow positive since its launch. But, the company may also choose to go the direct listing route, following in the footsteps of Spotify (SPOT - Free Report) and Slack (WORK - Free Report) . It was most recently valued at $31 billion, which is only about $12 billion less than Marriott’s (MAR) market cap.
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