Vacasa is reporting record revenue and
gross booking value and raising its outlook for 2022 in its first financial
report since going
public in December.
The vacation rental management
platform generated $1.9 billion of gross booking value in 2021, up 105%
year-over-year, and revenue of $889 million – up 81% compared to 2020 and more than
$130 million ahead of the full-year target set in July 2021.
In Q4 2021, the company’s revenue came in
at $192 million, 76% higher than Q4 2020, and gross booking value was $379
million, a 96% year-over-year increase.
Vacasa’s adjusted EBITDA for the full
year was negative $29 million, but the company says it expects to reach profitability
by the full year 2023.
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“We made incredible progress in 2021,
scaling our business and extending our position as North America’s leading
vacation rental management platform,” says Matt Roberts, Vacasa CEO.
“There is strong momentum across all
aspects of our business, and we remain focused on leveraging technology to
streamline our operations and provide an exceptional experience to homeowners
Vacasa finished 2021 with its
portfolio of properties up 60% compared to the end of 2020, currently with
about 37,000 homes across more than 400
destinations in North America, Belize and Costa Rica.
In February Vacasa announced it would equip all of its
homes with smart-home technology, including keyless locks, customized Wi-Fi
routers and noise-monitoring systems.
In a call with analysts to discuss the results, Vacasa
CFO Jamie Cohen says sales and marketing expenses were $66 million, up $49
million year-over-year, attributing the increase primarily to the company’s “brand
advertising campaign, scaled homeowner direct marketing, and higher sales force
Says Cohen, “We expect adjusted EBITDA to be in
the range of negative $25 million to negative $20 million for the first quarter
and negative $21 million to negative $14 million for the full year. On the
expense side, we expect to continue to invest in sales and marketing and
technology and development. I would note that we don't plan on running another
large-scale brand advertising campaign in the first quarter of 2022, and as a
result, expect sales and marketing expenses to decline sequentially from the
fourth quarter of 2021.”