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    Airbnb files IPO to go public by December as its revealed the company made a $219MILLION profit in the third quarter after cutting costs

    •  Airbnb Inc. filed its IPO on Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
    • The company planned to debut in December with a potential valuation of $30billion in its offering 
    • Filing revealed that Airbnb made $219million in profits during the third quarter, despite obstacles amid the pandemic 
    • Revenue fell 18% to $1.34billion from the same time last year
    • CEO Brian Chesky ordered a number of measures to ensure Airbnb survived the pandemic, including pay cuts and refocusing on local vacations 

    Airbnb Inc. submitted its initial IPO filing on Monday, showing it made a $219million profit in the third quarter despite business briefly sinking amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The company’s SEC filing revealed that it planned to debut in December and list under the symbol ABNB on Nasdaq. Airbnb could mass a $30billion valuation in its offering, Reuters reports.

    According to the IPO, Airbnb’s revenue fell 18 per cent in the third quarter to $1.34billion from the same time last year, but managed to rake in $219million in profits.

    Airbnb Inc. on Monday filed its initial IPO with the SEC to go public as soon as December 

    Airbnb garnered a total revenue of $4.8billion in 2019, which is a 32  per cent increase from the $3.7billion made in 2018.  

    The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic brought the U.S. economy to an unexpected, screeching halt that trickled down to a bevy of industries – many of which struggled throughout the pandemic. 

    Airbnb stood to suffer substantial financial losses as travel dramatically plunged, meaning would-be renters stayed home when state officials implemented lockdown orders and public health guidelines were first being shared.

    CEO Brian Chesky ordered a number of measures, like pay cuts and employee dismissals, to keep Airbnb operating amid the pandemic

    CEO Brian Chesky ordered a number of measures, like pay cuts and employee dismissals, to keep Airbnb operating amid the pandemic 

    The hospitality industry, including hotels, have yet to fully recover from the pandemic’s fallout, but the home-sharing business took a number of measures to stop a more severe reckoning

    CEO Brian Chesky pulled back from TV and transportation endeavors, as well as issued salary and staff cuts. Funding towards marketing, a substantial part of Airbnb’s brand, was slashed as well. 

    Marketing costs shot down 54 per cent to $546 million

    The company raised capital from investors, while Chesky directed its app and website to focus more on local vacations during the pandemic. 

    Airbnb’s standing was, in part, bolstered by the growing work-from-home trend that allowed staffers to complete tasks remotely. Some renters also viewed Airbnb properties as a more feasible vacation spot than typically crowded hotels and motels 

    Still, Airbnb didn’t walk away without any losses.

    A 'Monthly Booking Trends by Travel Corridor' graph from Airbnb's IPO filing showed a significant dip in April, when lockdown orders were firmly in place

    A ‘Monthly Booking Trends by Travel Corridor’ graph from Airbnb’s IPO filing showed a significant dip in April, when lockdown orders were firmly in place

    Pictured: A 'Quarterly Gross Booking Value' graph shared by Airbnb Inc.

    Pictured: A ‘Quarterly Gross Booking Value’ graph shared by Airbnb Inc. 

     Airbnb lost $697million in the first nine months of 2020, which is more than twice the amount it lost during that time period in 2019.

    ‘During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, our business was materially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, with [a gross booking value] of $18.0 billion, down 39% year over year and revenue of $2.5 billion, down 32% year over year,’ the filing said.

    The company added in the filing that a recent uptick in coronavirus infections across Europe could undermine fourth quarter earnings.

    Airbnb’s second quarter revenue saw a 72 per cent decrease from the same time last year to $335million. 

    The filing said that employees would be allowed to sell as much as 15 per cent of their shares come December.

    People wear mask as they leave at Indian Trails Public Librar, y after voting in Wheeling, Illinois, Wednesday in October

    People wear mask as they leave at Indian Trails Public Librar, y after voting in Wheeling, Illinois, Wednesday in October 

    Airbnb, formerly AirBed & Breakfast, was founded in 2008 by Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk Joe Gebbia in San Francisco, California, where the three would rent out an air mattress. 

    As of September 30, it has more than four million hosts and more than 7.4million listings. 

    ‘In more than 220 countries and regions around the world, our hosts have welcomed over 825 million guest arrivals and have cumulatively earned over $110 billion,’ the listing read.

    Airbnb noted in its IPO filing that annual gross booking values steadily incresaed between 2015 and 2019

    Airbnb noted in its IPO filing that annual gross booking values steadily incresaed between 2015 and 2019

    The number of annual nights and experiences booked with Airbnb also surged over the last four years

    The number of annual nights and experiences booked with Airbnb also surged over the last four years 

    Despite the company’s popularity, it faced criticism for several safety and privacy issues. 

    Some guests complained about voyeuristic behavior from hosts, there were reported thefts and instances of alleged prostitution. 

    House parties were banned at Airbnb properties this year after five people were shot deadat a celebration last year and the current pandemic.

    Questions regarding safety will likely become more prominent when Airbnb officially goes public.  

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