Hyatt Reports Second-Quarter 2019 Results
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) today reported second-quarter 2019 financial results. Net income attributable to Hyatt was $86 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $77 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted net income attributable to Hyatt was $82 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $84 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018. Refer to the table on page 14 of the schedules for a summary of special items impacting Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share in the three months ended June 30, 2019.
Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “We reported solid second quarter results. Strong transient demand drove 1.3% system-wide RevPAR growth, and fees and net rooms grew at a double-digit pace inclusive of the Two Roads Hospitality LLC acquisition. We expect the key drivers of growth across our lodging business to continue to drive results within the context of our reduced RevPAR guidance. Separately, we are reducing expectations for full-year Adjusted EBITDA to primarily reflect construction-related issues in our Miraval business, as well as increased transaction adjustments and foreign currency headwinds.”
Second quarter of 2019 financial highlights as compared to the second quarter of 2018 are as follows:
- Net income increased 10.6% to $86 million.
- Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2.1% to $213 million, a decrease of 1.0% in constant currency.
- Comparable system-wide RevPAR increased 1.3%, including an increase of 2.3% at comparable owned and leased hotels. Excluding the negative impact from the timing of the Easter holiday, comparable RevPAR at system-wide hotels and comparable owned and leased hotels would have increased 1.7% and 2.8%, respectively.
- Comparable U.S. hotel RevPAR decreased 0.3%; full service hotel RevPAR increased 0.7% and select service hotel RevPAR decreased 2.3%.
- Net rooms growth was 12.6%, or 6.9% excluding the acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality LLC (“Two Roads”) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
- Comparable owned and leased hotels operating margin increased 10 basis points to 26.4%.
- Adjusted EBITDA margin of 31.6% decreased 260 basis points in constant currency.
Mr. Hoplamazian continued, “We continued to expand our portfolio at a solid pace in the second quarter. Developer demand for our brands remains strong with our base of executed contracts for future openings increasing by 1,000 rooms in the quarter net of opening of nearly 4,000 rooms. Based on this development activity and an increase in conversions of hotels to our brands we now expect to grow net rooms by 7.25% to 7.75% this year as compared with our prior expectation of 7.0% to 7.5%.”
Second quarter of 2019 financial results as compared to the second quarter of 2018 are as follows:
Management, Franchise and Other Fees
Total management, franchise and other fees increased 10.5% (12.0% increase in constant currency) to $158 million. Base management fees increased 14.9% to $68 million, primarily in the Americas management and franchising segment due to the acquisition of Two Roads. Incentive management fees increased 3.1% to $39 million. Franchise fees increased 9.8% to $38 million. Other fees increased 14.7% to $13 million. Excluding other fees, management and franchise fees increased 10.2% (11.8% increase in constant currency) to $145 million.
Americas Management and Franchising Segment
Americas management and franchising segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 5.4% (5.7% increase in constant currency), driven by higher management, franchise, and other fees from the Two Roads acquisition. RevPAR for comparable Americas full service hotels increased 2.5%, occupancy increased 80 basis points, and ADR increased 1.5%. RevPAR was driven by strength in certain resort locations outside of the United States. RevPAR for comparable Americas select service hotels decreased 2.4%, occupancy decreased 80 basis points, and ADR decreased 1.4%. Total Americas management and franchising adjusted revenues increased 26.0% (26.3% increase in constant currency) including revenue from the residential management operations acquired as part of Two Roads.
Transient rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 3.9%, room nights increased 3.9%, and ADR decreased 0.1%. Group rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels decreased 2.9%, room nights decreased 3.7%, and ADR increased 0.9%, largely due to the timing of the Easter holiday.
Americas net rooms increased 11.2% compared to the second quarter of 2018, or 4.4% excluding Two Roads.
Southeast Asia, Greater China, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Micronesia (ASPAC) Management and Franchising Segment
ASPAC management and franchising segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.5% (23.9% increase in constant currency). RevPAR for comparable ASPAC full service hotels increased 1.2%, driven by strong results in Southeast Asia and Japan, partially offset by weaker results in Greater China. Occupancy increased 110 basis points and ADR decreased 0.4%. Revenue from management, franchise, and other fees increased 8.9% (13.1% increase in constant currency).
ASPAC net rooms increased 17.4% compared to the second quarter of 2018, or 12.5% excluding Two Roads.
Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia (EAME/SW Asia) Management and Franchising Segment
EAME/SW Asia management and franchising segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.8% (1.3% decrease in constant currency). RevPAR for comparable EAME/SW Asia full service hotels increased 3.7%, driven primarily by strong growth in Western Europe and Southwest Asia offset partially by weaker performance in the Middle East and Russia which lapped the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Occupancy increased 310 basis points and ADR decreased 1.0%. Revenue from management, franchise, and other fees decreased 1.5% (2.0% increase in constant currency), driven by lower incentive fees due to lapping the FIFA World Cup along with weaker conditions in the Middle East.
EAME/SW Asia net rooms increased 13.7% compared to the second quarter of 2018, or 12.5% excluding Two Roads.
Owned and Leased Hotels Segment
Total owned and leased hotels segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased 4.4% (3.8% decrease in constant currency), including a decrease of 18.6% (17.2% decrease in constant currency) in pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA. Refer to the table on page 11 of the schedules for a detailed list of portfolio changes and the year-over-year net impact to total owned and leased hotels segment Adjusted EBITDA.
Owned and leased hotels segment revenues increased 0.4% (1.4% increase in constant currency), and was negatively impacted by weakness in group and banquet revenues. RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels increased 2.3%, including an approximate 50 basis point negative impact from the timing of the Easter holiday. Occupancy increased 80 basis points and ADR increased 1.2%.
Corporate and Other
Corporate and other Adjusted EBITDA decreased 30.6% (30.8% decrease in constant currency), inclusive of $5 million of integration related expenses from the Two Roads acquisition.
Corporate and other adjusted revenues increased 13.1% (consistent in constant currency).
Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses
Selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 15.2%, inclusive of rabbi trust impact and stock- based compensation. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 11.8%, or $8 million, including approximately $9 million from the acquisition of Two Roads, of which $5 million is considered to be one-time integration related expenses. Refer to the table on page 16 of the schedules for a reconciliation of selling, general, and administrative expenses to Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses.
OPENINGS AND FUTURE EXPANSION
Twenty-two hotels (or 3,909 rooms) opened in the second quarter of 2019, contributing to a 12.6% increase in net rooms compared to the second quarter of 2018. Excluding the impact of the Two Roads acquisition, net rooms increased 6.9% compared to the second quarter of 2018.
As of June 30, 2019, the Company had executed management or franchise contracts for approximately 460 hotels, or approximately 92,000 rooms. This compares to approximately 455 hotels, or approximately 91,000 rooms as of March 31, 2019. The Company is now expected to open approximately 85 hotels in the 2019 fiscal year, an increase from the prior expectation of over 80 hotels.
During the second quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased a total of 599,678 Class A shares for $45 million. The Company ended the second quarter with 37,867,014 Class A and 67,115,828 Class B shares issued and outstanding.
From July 1 through July 26, 2019, the Company repurchased 153,221 shares of Class A common stock for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $12 million. As of July 26, 2019, the Company had approximately $509 million remaining under its share repurchase authorization.
The Company’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.19 per share for the third quarter of 2019. The dividend is payable on September 9, 2019 to Class A and Class B stockholders of record as of August 27, 2019.
CAPITAL STRATEGY UPDATE
On July 31, 2019, the Company sold the property adjacent to Grand Hyatt San Francisco and assigned the related Apple store lease to an unrelated third party for a sale price of approximately $120 million.
The Company is in the process of pursuing the sale of certain additional hotel assets and will provide details on timing and pricing as appropriate.
BALANCE SHEET / OTHER ITEMS
As of June 30, 2019, the Company reported the following:
- Total debt of $1,712 million.
- Pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality venture debt of approximately $547 million, substantially all of which is non-recourse to Hyatt and a portion of which Hyatt guarantees pursuant to separate agreements.
- Cash and cash equivalents, including investments in highly-rated money market funds and similar investments, of $515 million, restricted cash of $32 million, and short-term investments of $62 million.
- Undrawn borrowing availability of $1.4 billion under Hyatt’s revolving credit facility.
The Company is revising the following expectations for the 2019 fiscal year:
- Comparable system-wide RevPAR is expected to increase approximately 1% to 2%, as compared to fiscal year 2018. This compares to a prior range of approximately 1% to 3%.
- The Company expects to grow units, on a net rooms basis, by approximately 7.25% to 7.75%, reflecting approximately 85 new hotel openings. This compares to a prior range of 7.0% to 7.5% and over 80 new hotel openings.
- Net income is expected to be approximately $231 million to $275 million. This compares to a prior range of approximately $144 million to $183 million. Please refer to table on page 13 of the schedules for revised ranges impacting net income.
- Other income (loss), net is expected to be negatively impacted by approximately $40 million related to performance guarantee expense for the four managed hotels in France. This compares to the prior range of approximately $40 to $50 million.
- Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $755 million to $775 million, compared to prior expectations of approximately $780 million to $800 million, reflecting a $25 million reduction at the mid-point. These revised estimates are primarily driven by the following two items:
- construction-related issues at Miraval properties in Austin, Texas and Lenox, Massachusetts, impacting operations at both properties. On a combined basis, these two properties are expected to account for nearly two-thirds of the $25 million reduction at the mid-point of the range of Adjusted EBITDA guidance.
- the impact of two recent transactions including the sale of our interest in a joint venture which holds a hotel in San Francisco and the sale of a retail property adjacent to Grand Hyatt San Francisco. On a combined basis, these transactions are expected to impact 2019 Adjusted EBITDA by approximately $5 million.
- Other items affecting the range of Adjusted EBITDA guidance include an approximate $3 million increase at the mid-point of the expected range of negative foreign currency impact, and the reduction in system-wide RevPAR growth guidance by 50 basis points at the mid-point of the range. Refer to the table on page 13 of the schedules for a reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA.
- Depreciation and amortization expense is expected to be approximately $335 million to $340 million. This compares to a prior range of approximately $347 million to $352 million.
- The effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 25% to 27%. This compares to a prior range of approximately 28% to 30%.
The Company is reaffirming the following information for the 2019 fiscal year:
- Adjusted EBITDA contribution from the Two Roads acquisition prior to non-recurring integration-related costs is estimated to be approximately $20 million to $25 million.
- Interest expense is expected to be approximately $78 million to $79 million.
- Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $345 million inclusive of approximately $25 million of expenses related to non-recurring integration costs for Two Roads. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses exclude approximately $33 million of stock-based compensation expense and any potential impact related to benefit programs funded through rabbi trusts.
- Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $375 million.
- The Company expects to return approximately $300 million to shareholders through a combination of cash dividends on its common stock and share repurchases.
No additional disposition or acquisition activity beyond what has been completed as of the date of this release has been included in the outlook. The Company’s outlook is based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change and many of which are outside the control of the Company. If actual results vary from these assumptions, the Company’s expectations may change. There can be no assurance that Hyatt will achieve these results.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
The Company will hold an investor conference call tomorrow, August 1, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. CT. All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at investors.hyatt.com, or by dialing 647.689.4468 or 833.238.7946, passcode #3890439, approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 1:30 p.m. CT on August 1, 2019 through August 3, 2019 at midnight by dialing 416.621.4642, passcode #3890439. Additionally, an archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for 90 days.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The Company refers to certain financial measures that are not recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in this press release, including: net income, adjusted for special items; diluted EPS, adjusted for special items; Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted EBITDA margin; and Adjusted SG&A. See the schedules to this earnings release, including the “Definitions” section, for additional information and reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures.
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Adjusted Earnings Before Interest Expense, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) and EBITDA
We use the terms Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA throughout this earnings release. Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA, as the Company defines them, are non-GAAP measures. We define consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Hyatt Hotels Corporation plus its pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA based on its ownership percentage of each venture, adjusted to exclude the following items:
- interest expense;
- provision for income taxes;
- depreciation and amortization;
- amortization of management and franchise agreement assets constituting payments to customers (Contra revenue);
- revenues for the reimbursement of costs incurred on behalf of managed and franchised properties;
- costs incurred on behalf of managed and franchised properties;
- equity earnings (losses) from unconsolidated hospitality ventures;
- stock-based compensation expense;
- gains (losses) on sales of real estate;
- asset impairments; and
- other income (loss), net
We calculate consolidated Adjusted EBITDA by adding the Adjusted EBITDA of each of our reportable segments and eliminations 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 operations 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 the Company uses internally for purposes of assessing operating performance and making compensation decisions.
Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA are not substitutes for net income attributable to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, net income, or any other measure prescribed by GAAP. There are limitations to using non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA and 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. Our management compensates for these limitations by reference to its GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA supplementally.