BETHESDA, Md., Oct 08, 2009 – Marriott International Inc. today reported third quarter 2009 adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Marriott of $53 million, a 57 percent decline over the year-ago quarter, and adjusted diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations attributable to Marriott shareholders of $0.15, down 55 percent. The company’s EPS guidance for the 2009 third quarter, disclosed on July 16, 2009, totaled $0.09 to $0.14.
The reported loss from continuing operations attributable to Marriott was $466 million in the third quarter of 2009 compared to reported income from continuing operations attributable to Marriott of $94 million in the year-ago quarter. Reported diluted losses per share from continuing operations attributable to Marriott shareholders was $1.31 in the third quarter of 2009 compared to diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to Marriott shareholders of $0.25 in the third quarter of 2008.
Adjusted results for the 2009 third quarter exclude $752 million pretax ($502 million after-tax and $1.41 per diluted share) of impairment charges, which Marriott previously disclosed, related to the timeshare segment.
Adjusted results for the 2009 third quarter also exclude $8 million pretax ($4 million after-tax and $0.01 per diluted share) of restructuring costs and other charges. Restructuring costs totaled $9 million pretax and primarily included severance costs and timeshare facilities exit costs. Other charges totaled $1 million of pretax earnings and primarily reflect the $3 million favorable impact of the revaluation of residual interests from prior timeshare note sales due to three default triggers curing in the quarter, partially offset by $2 million of reserves for guarantees and contract cancellations. Of the total restructuring costs and other charges in the third quarter, cash payments are expected to be $5 million. See the table on page A-13 of the accompanying schedules for the detail of these restructuring costs and other charges and their placement on the Consolidated Statements of Income.
Third quarter adjusted Timeshare segment contract sales declined 42 percent to $176 million excluding a $24 million allowance for fractional and residential contract cancellations recorded in the quarter. Contract sales of core one-week timeshare intervals totaled $164 million as marketing incentives encouraged demand.
In the third quarter of 2009, adjusted Timeshare sales and services revenue declined 35 percent to $251 million and, net of expenses, declined to $13 million from $47 million in the 2008 third quarter. Adjusted results reflected lower development profit due to continued soft demand for timeshare, fractional, and residential products, and unfavorable reportability. Services profit was also lower largely due to higher maintenance costs associated with unsold inventory and lower rental rates.
Adjusted Timeshare segment results, which includes Timeshare sales and services revenue, net of direct expenses, as well as base management fees, equity earnings, noncontrolling interest and general, administrative and other expenses associated with the timeshare business, totaled $9 million in the 2009 third quarter compared to $49 million in the prior year quarter. The 2008 third quarter segment results reflected a net $10 million pretax impairment charge for a fractional and residential consolidated joint venture project. The $10 million charge in 2008 included a $22 million negative adjustment in timeshare direct expenses partially offset by a $12 million pretax ($8 million after-tax) benefit associated with the joint venture partner’s share, which is reflected in net losses attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax.
In the fourth quarter, the company assumes Timeshare sales and services revenue, net of direct expenses, will total approximately $15 million, including a note sale gain of approximately $10 million to $15 million. Fourth quarter Timeshare contract sales could total $185 million to $195 million.
The company expects investment spending in 2009 will decline by more than 50 percent from 2008 levels to approximately $325 million to $375 million. This investment spending estimate includes $145 million to $155 million for capital expenditures and maintenance capital spending, $20 million to $30 million for net timeshare development, $90 million to $100 million in new mezzanine financing and mortgage loans, $35 million to $45 million for contract acquisition costs and $35 million to $45 million in equity and other investments (including timeshare equity investments).
The company assumes 2010 timeshare contract sales could be in line with 2009 levels.