CHICAGO (October 31, 2012) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) today reported financial results as follows:
Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “We have made significant progress since our IPO nearly three years ago. We have materially increased earnings, expanded our presence in many key markets, improved guest satisfaction levels, gained market share at many of our properties, and strengthened engagement among our associates across our hotels.
“During the quarter, Adjusted EBITDA increased by over 14% as we benefited from the recent acquisitions of hotels in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as from the results of some of our key owned hotels that were renovated last year. North American transient rate growth also benefited overall results.
“Looking ahead over the long-term, we are well positioned for continued growth. We have strong brands, a high-quality owned real estate portfolio, and a large number of executed management or franchise contracts for future hotels. In the short-term, we are seeing some headwinds, including slower growth of near-term group booking activity in North America and lower revenue growth in a number of international markets due to individual market dynamics. We are confident in our ability to manage through potential economic and marketplace volatility and we continue to maintain margin and cost discipline.
“We are focused on creating long-term value for shareholders. We expect to utilize our strong balance sheet and capital base to opportunistically expand our presence and increase earnings in the years ahead. We recently sold several hotel properties at attractive pricing, while retaining long-term management agreements, as part of our asset recycling strategy. We have repurchased approximately $69 million of our stock since August. These actions reflect and reinforce our belief in the intrinsic value of Hyatt.”
SEGMENT RESULTS & OTHER ITEMS
Owned and Leased Hotels Segment
Total segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.5% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Owned and leased Adjusted EBITDA increased 15.5% in third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Owned and leased Adjusted EBITDA benefited from acquisitions and renovations completed in the third quarter of 2011. Pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA decreased 18.2% in the third quarter of 2012 as a result of the sale of two joint venture interests, negative foreign exchange and weaker performance in two international markets compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels increased 4.6% (6.3% excluding the effect of currency) in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy improved 40 basis points and ADR increased 4.0% (5.7% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenues increased 7.0% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Comparable hotel revenues increased 1.8% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels was negatively impacted by the timing of holidays in September as compared to the same period in 2011. In addition, specific market conditions negatively impacted several international owned hotels.
Owned and leased hotel expenses increased 6.1% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Excluding expenses related to benefit programs funded through Rabbi Trusts and non-comparable hotel expenses, expenses increased 1.4% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. See the table on page 9 of the accompanying schedules for a reconciliation of comparable owned and leased hotels expenses to owned and leased hotels expenses.
North American Management and Franchising Segment
Adjusted EBITDA increased 20.0% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable North American full service hotels increased 4.2% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy decreased 50 basis points and ADR increased 4.9% (5.0% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable North American full service hotels was negatively impacted by the timing of holidays in September as well as weaker performance in Washington, D.C. compared to the same period in 2011. Additionally, renovations at managed properties in Washington, D.C. and Dallas negatively impacted results.
Group rooms revenue at comparable North American full service hotels increased 0.6% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Group room nights decreased 2.6% and group ADR increased 3.3% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Transient rooms revenue at comparable North American full service hotels increased 5.8% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Transient room nights increased 0.3% and transient ADR increased 5.5% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenue from management and franchise fees increased 9.6% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
The following three hotels were added to the portfolio during the third quarter:
One property was removed from the portfolio during the third quarter.
International Management and Franchising Segment
Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.8% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable international hotels increased 0.8% (5.2% excluding the effect of currency) in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy increased 20 basis points and ADR increased 0.4% (4.8% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenue from management and franchise fees increased 2.9% (8.3% excluding the effect of currency) in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
The following two hotels were added to the portfolio during the third quarter:
Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general, and administrative expenses increased by 29.3% in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses were flat in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, partially as a result of the Company's realignment. See the table on page 8 of the accompanying schedules for a reconciliation of adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses to selling, general, and administrative expenses.
OPENINGS AND FUTURE EXPANSION
Five hotels were added in the third quarter of 2012, each of which is listed above.
The Company expects that a significant number of new properties will be opened under various Company brands in the future. As of September 30, 2012 this effort was underscored by executed management or franchise contracts for more than 175 hotels (or more than 39,000 rooms) across all brands. The executed contracts represent potential entry into several new countries and expansion into many new markets or markets in which the Company is under-represented. Approximately 75% of the future expansion is expected to be located outside North America.
Capital expenditures during the third quarter of 2012 totaled $53 million, categorized as follows:
During the third quarter, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of the Company's common stock. Repurchases under the authorization may be made from time to time in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, or otherwise, including pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 plan, at prices that the Company deems appropriate and subject to market conditions, applicable law and other factors deemed relevant in the Company's sole discretion. During the third quarter, the Company repurchased 911,244 shares of Class A common stock at an average price of $38.78 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $35 million. From October 1 through October 26, 2012, the Company repurchased 862,687 shares of Class A common stock at an average price of $38.86 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $34 million. The Company has approximately $131 million remaining under its current share repurchase authorization.
During the quarter, the Company sold its interest in two joint venture full service hotels for approximately $52 million. In addition, as a result of the sales, the Company's share of unconsolidated hospitality venture indebtedness was reduced by approximately $51 million. The Company will continue to manage these hotels under long-term management agreements.
Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company closed on the sale of eight select service hotels with an aggregate of 1,043 rooms for approximately $87 million. The Company will continue to manage these hotels under long-term management agreements.
On September 30, 2012, the Company had total debt of approximately $1.2 billion.
On September 30, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, including investments in highly-rated money market funds and similar investments, of approximately $450 million and short-term investments of approximately $540 million.
On September 30, 2012, the Company had undrawn borrowing availability of approximately $1.4 billion under its revolving credit facility.
The Company is providing the following information for the 2012 fiscal year:
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
The Company will hold an investor conference call today, October 31, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. CT. The Company requests that questions be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00 a.m. CT. Hyatt management will read and respond to as many submitted questions as possible. All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed through the Company's website at http://www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page, or by dialing 617.213.8856, passcode #95633907, approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. CT on October 31, 2012 through midnight on November 30, 2012 by dialing 617.801.6888, passcode #96350921. Additionally, an archive of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations website for approximately 90 days.
We use the term Adjusted EBITDA throughout this earnings release. Adjusted EBITDA, as we define it, is a non-GAAP measure. We define consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Hyatt Hotels Corporation plus our pro-rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA based on our ownership percentage of each venture, adjusted to exclude the following items:
We calculate consolidated Adjusted EBITDA by adding the Adjusted EBITDA of each of our reportable segments to corporate and other Adjusted EBITDA.
Our Board of Directors and executive management team focus on Adjusted EBITDA as a key performance and compensation measure both on a segment and on a consolidated basis. Adjusted EBITDA assists us in comparing our performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis because it removes from our operating results the impact of items that do not reflect our core operating performance both on a segment and on a consolidated basis. Our president and chief executive officer, who is our chief operating decision maker, also evaluates the performance of each of our reportable segments and determines how to allocate resources to those segments, in significant part, by assessing the Adjusted EBITDA of each segment. In addition, the compensation committee of our Board of Directors determines the annual variable compensation for certain members of our management based in part on consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, segment Adjusted EBITDA or some combination of both.
We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it provides investors the same information that we use internally for purposes of assessing our operating performance and making compensation decisions.
Adjusted EBITDA is not a substitute for net income attributable to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, income from continuing operations, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure prescribed by GAAP. There are limitations to using non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA. Although we believe that Adjusted EBITDA can make an evaluation of our operating performance more consistent because it removes items that do not reflect our core operations, other companies in our industry may define Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. As a result, it may be difficult to use Adjusted EBITDA or similarly named non-GAAP measures that other companies may use to compare the performance of those companies to our performance. Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of the income generated by our business or discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. Our management compensates for these limitations by reference to our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA supplementally.
Adjusted Selling, General, and Administrative Expense
Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses exclude the impact of expenses related to benefit programs funded through Rabbi Trusts.
Comparable Owned and Leased Hotel Operating Margin
We define Comparable Owned and Leased Hotel Operating Margin as the difference between comparable owned and leased hotels revenue and comparable owned and leased hotels expenses. Comparable owned and leased hotels revenue is calculated by removing noncomparable hotels revenue from owned and leased hotels revenue as reported in our condensed consolidated statements of income. Comparable owned and leased hotel expenses is calculated by removing both noncomparable hotels expenses and the impact of expenses funded through Rabbi Trusts from owned and leased hotel expenses as reported in our condensed consolidated statements of income.
“Comparable systemwide hotels” represents all properties we manage or franchise (including owned and leased properties) and that are operated for the entirety of the periods being compared and that have not sustained substantial damage, business interruption or undergone large scale <>renovations during the periods being compared or for which comparable results are not available. We may use variations of comparable systemwide hotels to specifically refer to comparable systemwide North American full service or select service hotels or comparable systemwide international full service hotels for those properties that we manage or franchise within the North American and international management and franchising segments, respectively.<> “Comparable operated hotels” is defined the same as “Comparable systemwide hotels” with the exception that it is limited to only those hotels we manage or operate and excludes hotels we franchise. “Comparable owned and leased hotels” represents all properties we own or lease and that are operated and consolidated for the entirety of the periods being compared and have not sustained substantial damage, business interruption or undergone large scale renovations during the periods being compared or for which comparable results are not available. Comparable systemwide hotels and comparable owned and leased hotels are commonly used as a basis of measurement in the industry. “Non-comparable systemwide hotels” or “Non-comparable owned and leased hotels” represent all hotels that do not meet the respective definition of “comparable” as defined above.
Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR)
RevPAR is the product of the average daily rate and the average daily occupancy percentage. RevPAR does not include non-room revenues, which consist of ancillary revenues generated by a hotel property, such as food and beverage, parking, telephone and other guest service revenues. Our management uses RevPAR to identify trend information with respect to room revenues from comparable properties and to evaluate hotel performance on a regional and segment basis. RevPAR is a commonly used performance measure in the industry.
RevPAR changes that are driven predominately by changes in occupancy have different implications for overall revenue levels and incremental profitability than do changes that are driven predominately by changes in average room rates. For example, increases in occupancy at a hotel would lead to increases in room revenues and additional variable operating costs (including housekeeping services, utilities and room amenity costs), and could also result in increased ancillary revenues (including food and beverage). In contrast, changes in average room rates typically have a greater impact on margins and profitability as there is no substantial effect on variable costs.
Average Daily Rate (ADR)
ADR represents hotel room revenues, divided by total number of rooms sold in a given period. ADR measures average room price attained by a hotel and ADR trends provide useful information concerning the pricing environment and the nature of the customer base of a hotel or group of hotels. ADR is a commonly used performance measure in the industry, and we use ADR to assess the pricing levels that we are able to generate by customer group, as changes in rates have a different effect on overall revenues and incremental profitability than changes in occupancy, as described above.
Occupancy represents the total number of rooms sold divided by the total number of rooms available at a hotel or group of hotels. Occupancy measures the utilization of our hotels’ available <>capacity. Management uses occupancy to gauge demand at a specific hotel or group of hotels in a given period. Occupancy levels also help us determine achievable ADR levels as demand for hotel rooms increases or decreases.
The term “select service” includes our Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands. These properties have limited food and beverage outlets and do not offer comprehensive business or banquet facilities but rather are suited to serve smaller business meetings.
Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements about our plans, strategies, occupancy and ADR trends, market share, the number of properties we expect to open in the future, our expected adjusted SG&A expense, capital expenditures, depreciation and amortization expense and interest expense estimates, financial performance, prospects or future events and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, general economic uncertainty in key global markets, the rate and pace of economic recovery following economic downturns; levels of spending in business and leisure segments as well as consumer confidence; declines in occupancy and average daily rate; limited visibility with respect to short and medium-term group bookings; the impact of hotel renovations; our ability to successfully execute and implement our organizational realignment and the costs associated with such organizational realignment; our ability to successfully execute and implement our common stock repurchase program; loss of key personnel, including as a result of our organizational realignment; hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, or fear of hostilities that affect travel; travel-related accidents; changes in the tastes and preferences of our customers; relationships with associates and labor unions and changes in labor law; the financial condition of, and our relationships with, third-party property owners, franchisees and hospitality venture partners; if our third-party owners, franchisees or development partners are unable to access the capital necessary to fund current operations or implement our plans for growth; risk associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions and the introduction of new brand concepts; changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets where we operate; outcomes of legal proceedings; changes in federal, state, local or foreign tax law; foreign exchange rate fluctuations or currency restructurings; general volatility of the capital markets; our ability to access the capital markets; and other risks discussed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which filings are available from the SEC. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
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About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of September 30, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 496 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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