Serko targets 2017 profitability as growth surge continues

“We remain dedicated to pursuing growth and leveraging off our many partnerships, acquisitions and new products developed this year."

Travel tech firm Serko has reported top-line revenue growth for the year of 55 percent with bottom line results in line with forecasts, including a $6.4 million loss.

According to the Auckland-based company, total revenues reached $10.4 million, with an online booking revenue surge of 62 percent to $7.3 million as the business targets profitability in FY17.

Serko’s core product Serko Online experienced growth in transactions in line with forecasts. In the second half of the year transactions increased by 57 percent compared to the second half of FY14, and the 32 percent growth reported in the first half while Serko Online revenues increased by 62 percent in total for the year.

Serko’s online expense management platform, Incharge, contributed revenues in its first full year since acquisition of $0.9m, an increase of 15 percent on a like for like basis.

Meanwhile, Billable Service Revenues from client funded software development totalled $2.1m, an increase of 9 percent year on year - both Serko Incharge and Billable Services Revenues were in line with guidance.

“We are incredibly proud of our achievements this year,” Grafton adds. “Revenues are very healthy and we launched a range of important initiatives, partnerships, products and acquisitions that set a strong platform for the year ahead.

“While we are in growth and have a strong base to continue this we made a loss of $6.4m for the year, but expect to be in profitability in the first half of FY17.

“In the context of Serko being in the fast growing travel technology space with a significant increase in the size of potential user base, our solid result reflects strong demand and the important balancing of growth and profitability.

“We remain dedicated to pursuing growth and leveraging off our many partnerships, acquisitions and new products developed this year.

“These results demonstrate that demand for our products across the region is strong and our product vision is aligned with the needs of the market.”

Grafton says the company delivered a number of important initiatives in its first full-year of trading since listing on the NZX in 2014.

These include Serko Mobile launching an application for the Apple Watch, the acquisition of Arnold Travel Technology and integration of Incharge (expense management).

As a result of the acquisition of Arnold Travel Technology Serko expects around 30 percent of Australia’s total corporate travel expenditure to be flowing through its systems by the end of FY16.

In the last year Serko has launched partnerships with Expedia’s affiliate network to deliver hotel room booking, AirPlus for travel expense management, Intelligent Travel for a suite of new health and safety products as well as Routehappy, to provide Serko Mobile users with comfort-related flight information.

Serko’s long-term North American partner nuTravel Technology Solutions committed to a three-year reseller agreement for Serko Mobile with revenues from this partnership expected to kick in later in 2015/16.

On the staff count front, the business added 46 new employees and ended the year with 133 employees spread between Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, X’ian (China), Gurgaon and Mumbai in India.

For the full year the business expects revenue to be between $16 million and $18 million, which will continue Serko’s 50 percent plus year on year growth record.

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