My wife and I love to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Living in South Florida, we have the opportunity to take short trips to the beach, faraway eateries and even Walt Disney World (which my wife loves).

The challenge is finding a place to stay on short notice…

One time, we booked a stay in Orlando for a weekend Disney getaway and it was a disaster.

It ended up being a shared apartment, which wasn’t a big deal. Except we had a curfew because of their baby.

We couldn’t use the kitchen or the living room. We were confined to our bedroom.

It wasn’t the best experience, but at least it was cheap!

Today, I’m going to use Adam O’Dell’s proprietary Green Zone Power Ratings system to tell you about a stock that helps vacationers find cheap places to stay on short notice.

The results might surprise you as much as our stay in Orlando surprised us.

The Short-Term Rental Reckoning

This week, New York City is doing something that will crimp the short-term rental market.

The city is enforcing a 2022 law requiring short-term rental platforms to register with the city. Hosts will have to stay in the same unit they are renting and cap reservations at just two people.

Thousands of short-term rentals in one of the most popular tourist towns will simply vanish.

And that spells trouble for the online marketplace that started the short-term rental trend, Airbnb Inc. (Nasdaq: ABNB).

In the second quarter of 2023, ABNB reported 115.1 million nights and experiences booked — an 11% increase from the same quarter a year ago.

Airbnb Has Taken Over New York City

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Source: Inside Airbnb.

Inside Airbnb estimates there are more than 40,000 Airbnb listings in NYC. Of those, more than 18,000 are private rooms (green plots in the map above) … which would not be allowed under the new law.

While Airbnb’s reach is global, these NYC restrictions will hurt the company relying on those bookings as part of its $2.5 billion in quarterly revenue.

We’re Barely “Neutral” on Airbnb Stock

Airbnb stock rates 41 out of 100 on our Green Zone Power Ratings system. This means we are “Neutral” on the stock and expect it to perform in line with the broader market over the next 12 months. That’s also the lowest score a stock can get before dipping into “Bearish” underperformance. Anything 40 and below is set to underperform from here.

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ABNB’s Green Zone Power Ratings in September 2023.

While the company did get a boost with the announcement of its listing on the S&P 500 last week, the New York City law is going to put a damper on future earnings. And what happens if other cities follow NYC’s lead? San Francisco and Berlin have passed softer restrictions already.

ABNB earns a 99 on our Growth factor thanks to a one-year sales growth rate of 40.2% and an earnings-per-share growth rate of 587%!

It earns a 90 on Quality with a gross margin double the hospitality services industry average and an operating margin six times higher than its peer average.

However, its recent stock price run-up has made ABNB overvalued. It earns a 12 on our Value factor with a price-to-sales ratio nearly eight times higher than the industry average. Its price-to-book value is also five times higher.

Bottom line: Airbnb gives vacationers like me and my wife less-expensive options when we want to get away.

But NYC’s new short-term rental rules mean those impressive margins are at risk.

That’s a compelling reason to sit on the sidelines with Airbnb stock.

Stay Tuned: Are You Ready for Some Football?

The NFL season kicks off later today when the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Detroit Lions, a team that has never once hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy…

Our managing editor, Chad Stone, is going to explore the Green Zone Power Ratings of some of the biggest names broadcasting the games to see if they are potential buys.

Until then…

Safe trading,

Matt Clark, CMSA®
Chief Research Analyst, Money & Markets

P.S. Airbnb stock is right on the edge of falling into “Bearish” territory of Adam’s Green Zone Power Ratings system. Bearish and “High-Risk” stocks in the system are due to underperform the broader market over the next 12 months. And if you want a full list of all the stocks that fall into these two categories, Adam has you covered. Click here to see how to gain access to his Blacklist.