CHICAGO (February 13, 2013) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) today reported fourth quarter 2012 financial results as follows:
Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “During the fourth quarter, our comparable owned and leased RevPAR increased 7.5% as we benefited from solid demand and to a limited extent from renovations completed in prior periods.
“We are expanding into meaningful and new markets around the world with recent openings and we continue to enjoy great demand for our brands around the world as we sign new contracts for additional hotels. During the quarter, we opened the Andaz Amsterdam and our first two select service hotels outside of the U.S. For the year, we opened 22 hotels and our base of executed contracts for new hotels grew by over 15%. We expect to open over 30 hotels in 2013, including the conversion of four iconic hotels in Paris, Nice and Cannes to Hyatt brands. Adding an aggregate of approximately 1,700 rooms, this will more than double our presence in France and is a meaningful expansion of our coverage in continental Europe.
“Looking ahead, we are focused on growing our market share, increasing owned and leased margins, improving results at recently renovated and newly acquired hotels, and continuing to support expansion of our brand presence around the world. We expect that there will be headwinds in some markets, but given our concentration of earnings in the U.S., and the diversity of our business model, we look forward to a year of stable growth.
“During the second half of 2012, we completed several unique transactions to expand presence, recycle capital, earn strong returns, and strengthen our relationships with partners that are important to our future. In addition, we repurchased approximately 3.7 million shares of Class A common stock in 2012 for approximately $136 million. We are well-situated for the future with strong brands, well-positioned hotels, ample resources and a business model that is oriented to take advantage of market opportunities.”
SEGMENT RESULTS & OTHER ITEMS
Owned and Leased Hotels Segment
Total segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Owned and leased Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA decreased 21.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012.
RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels increased 7.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy improved 220 basis points and ADR increased 4.2% compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenues increased 4.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Comparable hotel revenues increased 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenue for comparable owned and leased hotels was negatively impacted by weak performance in certain international markets and lower relative in growth non-room revenue at U.S. hotels.
Owned and leased hotel expenses increased 5.0% in the fourth 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 4.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Comparable expenses were negatively impacted by insurance costs. 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.
The following two hotels were added to the portfolio during the fourth quarter:
During 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 agreements.
Americas Management and Franchising Segment
Adjusted EBITDA increased 16.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable Americas full service hotels increased 5.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 (5.4% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy increased 60 basis points and ADR increased 4.4% (4.5% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.
Group rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 3.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Group room nights increased 0.4% and group ADR increased 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Transient rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 6.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Transient room nights increased 2.1% and transient ADR increased 4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenue from management and franchise fees increased 8.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
The following three hotels were added to the portfolio during the fourth quarter:
Three properties were removed from the portfolio during the fourth quarter.
Southeast Asia, China, Australia, South Korea and Japan (ASPAC) Management and Franchising Segment
Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
RevPAR for comparable ASPAC hotels increased 3.1% (2.9% excluding the effect of currency) in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy decreased 30 basis points and ADR increased 3.5% (3.3% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.
Revenue from management and franchise fees was flat in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
One property was removed from the portfolio during the fourth quarter.
Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia (EAME/SW Asia) Management Segment
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 36.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was impacted on a year-over-year basis by a bad debt recovery in the fourth quarter of 2011.
RevPAR for comparable EAME/SW Asia hotels decreased 0.8% (increased 1.1% excluding the effect of currency) in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy increased 220 basis points and ADR decreased 4.0% (decreased 2.2% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011. RevPAR was negatively impacted by lower performance in markets in the Middle East and in Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
Revenue from management and franchise fees decreased 5.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Management and franchise fees were impacted by the aforementioned market factors.
The following three hotels were added to the portfolio during the fourth quarter:
Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general, and administrative expenses decreased by 7.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses decreased by 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. 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
Six hotels were added in the fourth quarter of 2012, each of which is listed above. During the 2012 full fiscal year, the Company opened 22 hotels, representing 5,384 rooms. Seven hotels, representing 3,064 rooms, were removed from the portfolio during the 2012 full fiscal year.
The Company expects that a significant number of new properties will be opened under various Company brands in the future. As of December 31, 2012 this effort was underscored by executed management or franchise contracts for approximately 200 hotels (or approximately 45,000 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. See the table on page 14 of the accompanying schedules for a breakdown of the executed contract base.
Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $91 million, categorized as follows:
Capital expenditures during the 2012 full fiscal year totaled $301 million, categorized as follows:
During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 2,779,038 shares of Class A common stock at a weighted average price of $36.34 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $101 million. From January 1 through February 8, 2013, the Company repurchased 12,123 shares of Class A common stock at a weighted average price of $37.95 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $0.5 million. The Company has approximately $63 million remaining under its current share repurchase authorization.
During the quarter, the Company completed the following transactions:
Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company closed on the sale of three select service hotels, with an aggregate of 426 rooms, for approximately $36 million.
On December 31, 2012, the Company had total debt of approximately $1.2 billion.
On December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, including investments in highly-rated money market funds and similar investments, of approximately $413 million and short-term investments of approximately $514 million.
On December 31, 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 2013 fiscal year:
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
The Company will hold an investor conference call today, February 13, 2013, 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 617.597.5329, passcode #56571665, 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 February 13, 2013 through midnight on February 20, 2013 by dialing 617.801.6888, passcode #51844304. 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, maintenance and enhancement to existing properties capital expenditures, investments in new properties 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.
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 December 31, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 500 properties in 46 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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