Revenue Growth: 28%
Profit Growth: 59%
Total Return: 64%
The discount travel broker, famous for its "name your own price" deals, lately seems to able to name its own sales. Priceline.com-beamed to the forefront of America's consciousness by its spokesman, Star Trek veteran William Shatner-saw travel bookings grow at warp speed: 47% in 2010. Those gains were boosted by the company's acquisition of U.K. rental car company TravelJigsaw, which was touted as the fastest-growing online car rental agency in the world.
Priceline's two other international acquisitions-Europe's largest hotel reservation service, Booking.com, and Asia's hotel online reservation service, Agoda-also helped it along. Overseas business accounted for roughly 69% of the company's gross bookings last year, and 82% of its operating income. That's a trend that the company thinks is here to stay as Internet penetration and international travel grows in other parts of the world, Priceline wants be there.
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L. Michael Cacace, Douglas G. Elam, Betsy Feldman, Kathleen Smyth, and Anne Vandermey, with Josh Dawsey, Mina Kimes, and Sam Silverman