MCLEAN, Va. (August 04, 2014) — Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (“Hilton,” “Hilton Worldwide” or the “Company”) (NYSE: HLT) has reported its second quarter 2014 results and raised its full year 2014 outlook.
- EPS and EPS, adjusted for special items, for the second quarter both increased 24 percent from the same period in 2013 to $0.21
- Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders for the second quarter was $209 million, an increase of 35 percent from the same period in 2013
- Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased more than 10 percent from the same period in 2013 to $651 million and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 110 basis points
- Management and franchise fees for the second quarter increased 14 percent from the same period in 2013 to $371 million
- System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 6.7 percent for the second quarter on a currency neutral basis from the same period in 2013
- U.S. comparable RevPAR increased 7.3 percent for the second quarter from the same period in 2013
- Opened more than 8,000 rooms in the second quarter for a total of over 17,000 rooms for the first half of 2014
- Approved 21,000 new rooms for development during the second quarter, growing its industry-leading development pipeline to 1,230 hotels, consisting of approximately 210,000 rooms, as of June 30, 2014
- Reduced long-term debt by $250 million during the second quarter and another $150 million in July 2014, for a total of $600 million through July 2014; raised full year guidance for voluntary debt prepayments to between $800 million and $1.0 billion
- Increased outlook for full year 2014 Adjusted EBITDA to between $2,425 million and $2,475 million
For the three months ended June 30, 2014, earnings per share (“EPS”) was $0.21 compared to $0.17 for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA increased over 10 percent to $651 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $590 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and net income attributable to Hilton stockholders was $209 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $155 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013.
For the six months ended June 30, 2014, EPS was $0.34 compared to $0.20 for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA increased 15 percent to $1,195 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $1,037 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and net income attributable to Hilton stockholders was $332 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $189 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013.
Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Worldwide, said, “We had another great quarter led by a 6.7 percent increase in system-wide RevPAR, and as a result, we are increasing our Adjusted EBITDA and EPS outlook for the year.
“This quarter, we further expanded and diversified our brand portfolio with the launch of our newest brand, Curio – A Collection by Hilton,” Nassetta added. “We continue to increase the global presence of our industry-leading brands, with over 8,000 new rooms opening during the second quarter. We also remain #1 in rooms under construction in every major region of the world, with an 18 percent share of all rooms under construction globally, totaling 542 hotels and 106,000 rooms.
“I am particularly proud that Hilton Worldwide continues to innovate to better serve our guests. For the first time in the industry, our guests can check-in, using their Hilton HHonors account on a mobile device, tablet or computer, and choose their exact room from digital floor plans before arriving at their hotel. This capability will be available at U.S.-based Hilton Worldwide properties across six of our brands by the end of the summer, and by the end of 2014, guests at more than 4,000 properties in 80-plus countries can experience this new technology. Moving forward, we will give guests even more choice and control with the ability to use their smart phones as a room key and are pleased to announce that by the end of 2015, all U.S. hotels across four brands will have this capability, with the entire global portfolio of brands following soon after.”
Management and Franchise
Management and franchise fees were $371 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 14 percent compared to the same period in 2013. Excluding $3 million of affiliate management fees that are not comparable year over year as a result of a modification to certain affiliate management agreements, management and franchise fees increased 13 percent. RevPAR at comparable managed and franchised hotels in the second quarter increased 7.0 percent on a currency neutral basis (a 6.8 percent increase in actual dollars) compared to the same period in 2013.
Revenues from the ownership segment were $1,126 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 4 percent from the same period in 2013. Ownership segment Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 was $291 million. Ownership segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 8 percent(1) from the same period in 2013 and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased approximately 100 basis points(1) . RevPAR at comparable hotels in the ownership segment increased 4.8 percent on a currency neutral basis (a 5.9 percent increase in actual dollars) in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, led by an increase in ADR of 4.6 percent at comparable ownership segment hotels in the United States. Outside of the United States, RevPAR at comparable ownership segment hotels increased by 2.4 percent on a currency neutral basis (a 5.0 percent increase in actual dollars).
____________ (1) Excluding $3 million of affiliate management fees in the second quarter of 2014 that are not comparable year over year as a result of a modification to certain affiliate management agreements. Ownership segment Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as ownership segment Adjusted EBITDA divided by ownership segment revenues.
Timeshare segment Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 was $69 million, a 15 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013. Timeshare revenues increased 6 percent to $276 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, led by an $8 million increase in revenue from resort operations compared to the second quarter of 2013, as well as a $4 million increase in timeshare sales revenue, including a $3 million increase in revenue from sales of timeshare units developed by third parties. During the second quarter of 2014, 57 percent of intervals sold were developed by third parties. Our supply of third-party developed timeshare intervals was approximately 88,000, or 82 percent of our total supply, as of June 30, 2014.
Hilton Worldwide opened 56 hotels with over 8,000 rooms in the second quarter of 2014 and achieved net unit growth of over 7,000 rooms. On May 16, 2014, Hilton Worldwide entered a new country with the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn Astana, Kazakhstan, increasing Hilton Worldwide’s global presence to 93 countries and territories.
On June 2, 2014, Hilton Worldwide launched a new brand: Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Created for travelers who seek local discovery and experiences, Curio will consist of a carefully selected collection of hotels that will retain their unique identity but are expected to deliver the many benefits of Hilton Worldwide’s system, including the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program. As of June 30, 2014, nine Curio properties comprising more than 4,100 rooms, including the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, were either in the pipeline or had signed letters of intent to be included in the collection.
As of June 30, 2014, Hilton Worldwide had the largest rooms pipeline in the lodging industry, according to Smith Travel Research, Inc. (“STR”), with approximately 210,000 rooms at 1,230 hotels throughout 75 countries and territories, of which 56 percent, or over 117,000 rooms, were located outside of the United States. Over half of the development pipeline, or over 106,000 rooms, were under construction. According to STR, Hilton Worldwide has the largest supply of rooms under construction in every major region of the world, as illustrated in the table below:
Hilton Worldwide Rooms Under Construction --------------------------- Market % of Total Industry Rank ----------------------------------------------- ---------- ------------- Americas 20.4% #1 Europe 19.7% #1 Middle East & Africa 21.6% #1 Asia Pacific 15.0% #1 Global 17.9% #1 ____________ Source: STR Global New Development Pipeline (June 2014).
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
During the second quarter of 2014, Hilton made $250 million of voluntary prepayments on its senior secured term loan facility. In July 2014, an additional $150 million voluntary prepayment was made, bringing the total voluntary prepayments to $600 million through July 2014.
In June 2014, Hilton completed a securitization of approximately $357 million of gross timeshare financing receivables and issued approximately $304 million of 1.77 percent notes and approximately $46 million of 2.07 percent notes, which have a stated maturity date in November 2026. The proceeds from the asset-backed notes were used to reduce the outstanding balance on the non-recourse timeshare financing receivables credit facility (the “Timeshare Facility”).
As of June 30, 2014, Hilton had $11.3 billion of outstanding indebtedness with a weighted average interest rate of 4.0 percent, excluding $997 million of non-recourse debt.
On June 27, 2014, the Company completed a successful secondary offering of 103,500,000 shares of Hilton Worldwide common stock by certain selling stockholders affiliated with The Blackstone Group L.P. at a price to the public of $22.50, resulting in gross proceeds of over $2.3 billion. Hilton Worldwide did not offer any shares of common stock or receive any proceeds from the sale of shares in this offering. In addition, none of Hilton Worldwide’s officers or directors sold any shares of common stock beneficially owned by them in this offering. This offering nearly doubled the available public float of Hilton Worldwide common stock.
Total cash and cash equivalents were $829 million as of June 30, 2014, including $284 million of restricted cash and cash equivalents. No borrowings were outstanding under the $1.0 billion revolving credit facility as of June 30, 2014.
Full Year 2014
-- System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 5.5 percent and 7.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis, with ownership segment RevPAR expected to increase between 4.5 percent and 6.5 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis as compared to 2013. -- Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $2,425 million and $2,475 million. -- Management and franchise fees are projected to increase approximately 11 percent to 13 percent. -- Timeshare segment Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $315 million and $330 million. -- Corporate expense and other is projected to increase between 3 percent and 5 percent, including incremental public company costs. -- Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $0.67 and $0.70. -- Capital expenditures, excluding timeshare inventory, are expected to be approximately $350 million. -- Net unit growth is expected to be approximately 35,000 rooms to 40,000 rooms.
Third Quarter 2014
-- System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 5.5 percent and 7.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to the third quarter of 2013. -- Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $610 million and $630 million. -- Management and franchise fees are expected to increase approximately 10 percent to 12 percent. -- Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $0.15 and $0.17.
Hilton Worldwide will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2014 results on August 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants may listen to the live webcast by logging onto the Hilton Worldwide Investor Relations website at http://ir.hilton.com/investors/events-and-presentations. A replay and transcript of the webcast will be available within 24 hours after the live event at http://ir.hilton.com/investors/financial-reporting/quarterly-results.
Alternatively, participants may listen to the live call by dialing 1-877-201-0168 in the United States or 1-647-788-4901 internationally. Please use the conference ID 67361605. Participants are encouraged to dial into the call or link to the webcast at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A telephone replay will be available for seven days following the call. To access the telephone replay, dial 1-855-859-2056 using the Conference ID 67361605.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the expectations regarding the performance of Hilton’s business, financial results, liquidity and capital resources and other non-historical statements, including the statements in the “Outlook” section of this press release. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seeks,” “projects,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those described under the section entitled “Part I –Item 1A. Risk Factors” of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as such factors may be updated from time to time in Hilton’s periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in Hilton’s filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release, including net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins and Net Debt. Please see the schedules to the press release for additional information and reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For nearly 100 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The Company’s portfolio of 11 world-class global brands is comprised of 4,202 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with 693,980 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations and the newest brand, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. The Company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors(R).
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