MCLEAN, Va. (November 4, 2014) — Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (“Hilton,” “Hilton Worldwide” or the “Company”) (NYSE: HLT) has reported its third quarter 2014 results and raised its full year 2014 outlook. Highlights include:
- EPS was $0.19 for the third quarter; EPS, adjusted for special items was $0.18; net income attributable to Hilton stockholders for the third quarter was $183 million
- Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter increased more than 13 percent from the same period in 2013 to $645 million and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 160 basis points
- System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 8.4 percent for the third quarter on a currency neutral basis from the same period in 2013
- U.S. comparable RevPAR increased 8.8 percent for the third quarter from the same period in 2013
- Management and franchise fees for the third quarter increased 16 percent from the same period in 2013 to $383 million
- Gross operating profit margins for comparable owned and operated hotels increased over 150 basis points for the third quarter compared to the same period in 2013
- Opened more than 12,000 rooms in the third quarter for a total of nearly 30,000 rooms through September 2014
- Approved 20,000 new rooms for development during the third quarter, growing its industry-leading development pipeline to 1,269 hotels, consisting of approximately 215,000 rooms, as of September 30, 2014
- Reduced long-term debt by $250 million during the third quarter and another $100 million in October 2014, for a total reduction of $800 million through October 2014; raised full year guidance for voluntary debt prepayments to between $900 million and $1.0 billion
- Increased outlook for full year 2014 Adjusted EBITDA to between $2,470 million and $2,490 million
- Full year 2015 RevPAR expected to increase between 5.0 percent and 7.0 percent and net unit growth expected to be between 40,000 rooms and 45,000 rooms, a 6.0 percent to 7.0 percent increase in managed and franchised room
For the three months ended September 30, 2014, earnings per share (“EPS”) was $0.19 compared to $0.22 for the three months
ended September 30, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA increased over 13 percent to $645 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $570 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and net income attributable to Hilton stockholders was $183 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 compared to $200 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, EPS was $0.52 compared to $0.42 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA increased 14 percent to $1,840 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $1,607 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and net income attributable to Hilton stockholders was $515 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 compared to $389 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.
Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Worldwide, said, “We had yet another strong quarter that exceeded our expectations for RevPAR, EPS and Adjusted EBITDA growth, and as a result, we have increased our outlook for the year.
“The global presence of our industry-leading brands continues to increase, with over 12,000 new rooms opening during the third quarter. Globally, we remain number one in rooms under construction, rooms in the pipeline and room supply,” Nassetta added.
“Recently, our Luxury & Lifestyle brands noted significant accomplishments, with the launch of our 12th brand, Canopy by Hilton, which we believe will redefine the lifestyle category. Also, our planned sale and long-term management of the Waldorf Astoria New York, which after a major renovation by the new owner will return the iconic property to its historic grandeur, is expected to unlock significant value for shareholders.”
Management and Franchise
Management and franchise fees were $383 million in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 16 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 15 percent. RevPAR at comparable managed and franchised hotels in the third quarter increased 8.6 percent on a currency neutral basis (an 8.4 percent increase in actual dollars) compared to the same period in 2013. The increase in RevPAR at comparable managed and franchised hotels, new units and incentive fee participation rates have yielded continued fee growth during the third quarter of 2014, including base and incentive management fees, which increased 14 percent and 21 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2013, excluding a $5 million reclassification from base to incentive fees in the third quarter of 2014 for a small group of hotels.
Revenues from the ownership segment were $1,087 million in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 8 percent from the same period in 2013. Ownership segment Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2014 was $260 million. Ownership segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 16 percent(1) from the same period in 2013 and Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 161 basis points(1). RevPAR at comparable hotels in the ownership segment increased 7.3 percent on a currency neutral basis (an 8.0 percent increase in actual dollars) in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, led by an increase in RevPAR of 9.0 percent at comparable ownership segment hotels in the United States. Outside of the United States, RevPAR at comparable ownership segment hotels increased by 5.0 percent on a currency neutral basis (a 6.5 percent increase in actual dollars).
Hilton Worldwide continues to make progress executing on value enhancement opportunities embedded in its owned portfolio. As recently announced, Hilton Worldwide entered into an agreement to sell the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel for $1.95 billion. As part of this long-term partnership, Hilton Worldwide will continue to manage the property for the next 100 years under the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand.
Timeshare segment revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2014 were $295 million and $78 million, respectively, compared to $302 million and $86 million, respectively, for the same period in 2013. Resort operations revenue increased $7 million compared to the third quarter of 2013. As a result of the deferral of revenue recognition on sales of certain of our owned timeshare inventory, timeshare sales revenue decreased approximately $20 million, offset by a $4 million increase in fees for selling timeshare intervals on behalf of third-party developers. On a year-to-date basis, timeshare segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 13 percent from the same period in 2013 to $232 million.
During the third quarter of 2014, 58 percent of intervals sold were developed by third parties. Hilton Worldwide’s supply of third-party developed timeshare intervals was approximately 106,000, or 81 percent of the total supply, as of September 30, 2014. Hilton Worldwide continues to expand its overall supply of timeshare intervals and as of September 30, 2014, had approximately 131,000 intervals, or six years of projected supply at the current sales pace.
Hilton Worldwide opened 70 hotels with over 12,000 rooms in the third quarter of 2014, over 30 percent of which were conversions from non-Hilton brands, and achieved net unit growth of over 11,000 rooms.
As of September 30, 2014, Hilton Worldwide had the largest rooms pipeline in the lodging industry, according to Smith Travel Research, Inc. (“STR”), with approximately 215,000 rooms at 1,269 hotels throughout 74 countries and territories, of which 56 percent, or approximately 119,000 rooms, were located outside of the United States. Over half of the development pipeline, or approximately 109,000 rooms, were under construction. According to STR, Hilton Worldwide has the largest share of rooms under construction and rooms in the pipeline on a global basis(1).
On October 15, 2014, Hilton Worldwide launched its newest brand: Canopy by Hilton. This brand represents a new hotel concept that redefines the lifestyle category, offering simple, guest-directed service, thoughtful local choices and comfortable spaces for a positive stay, as well as delivering the many benefits of Hilton Worldwide’s system, including the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program. Letters of intent have been signed for 11 properties and Hilton Worldwide expects to open the first Canopy hotel in 2015.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
During the third quarter of 2014, Hilton made $250 million of voluntary prepayments on its senior secured term loan facility. In October 2014, Hilton made an additional $100 million voluntary prepayment, bringing the total voluntary prepayments to $800 million through October 2014.
As of September 30, 2014, Hilton had $11.1 billion of outstanding indebtedness with a weighted average interest rate of 4.1 percent, excluding $937 million of non-recourse debt.
Total cash and cash equivalents were $831 million as of September 30, 2014, including $288 million of restricted cash and cash equivalents. No borrowings were outstanding under the $1.0 billion revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2014.
Full Year 2014
- System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 6.0 percent and 7.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis, with ownership segment RevPAR expected to increase between 5.0 percent and 6.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis as compared to 2013.
- Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $2,470 million and $2,490 million.
- Management and franchise fees are projected to increase approximately 13 percent to 15 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 $0.69 and $0.71.
- 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, a 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent increase in managed and franchised rooms.
Fourth Quarter 2014
- System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 6.0 percent and 7.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
- Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $630 million and $650 million.
- Management and franchise fees are expected to increase approximately 12 percent to 14 percent.
- Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $0.16 and $0.18.
Full Year 2015
For 2015, we expect system-wide RevPAR to increase between 5.0 percent and 7.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to 2014. Given our strong development pipeline, unit growth should accelerate in 2015 as our global system of rooms is expected to expand by 40,000 rooms to 45,000 rooms on a net basis, a 6.0 percent to 7.0 percent increase in managed and franchised rooms.
Hilton Worldwide will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2014 results on October 31, 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.hiltonworldwide.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.hiltonworldwide.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 11936190. 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 11936190.
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 HLT, +0.06% 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 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The Company’s portfolio of 12 world-class global brands is comprised of 4,265 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with 705,196 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The Company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin
Earnings before interest expense, taxes and depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), presented herein, is a financial measure not recognized under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) that reflects net income attributable to Hilton stockholders, excluding interest expense, a provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. The Company considers EBITDA to be a useful measure of operating performance, due to the significance of the Company’s long-lived assets and level of indebtedness.
Adjusted EBITDA, presented herein, is calculated as EBITDA, as previously defined, further adjusted to exclude certain items, including, but not limited to, gains, losses and expenses in connection with: (i) asset dispositions for both consolidated and unconsolidated investments; (ii) foreign currency transactions; (iii) debt restructurings/retirements; (iv) non-cash impairment losses; (v) furniture, fixtures and equipment (“FF&E”) replacement reserves required under certain lease agreements; (vi) reorganization costs; (vii) share-based and certain other compensation expenses prior to and in connection with the Company’s initial public offering; (viii) severance, relocation and other expenses; and (ix) other items.
Adjusted EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total revenues, excluding other revenues from managed and franchised properties.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or other measures of financial performance or liquidity derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Company’s definitions of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
The Company believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors about the Company and its financial condition and results of operations for the following reasons: (i) EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are among the measures used by the Company’s management team to evaluate its operating performance and make day-to-day operating decisions; and (ii) EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a common performance measure to compare results or estimate valuations across companies in the industry.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered either in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flow or other methods of analyzing results as reported under U.S. GAAP.
Net Income and EPS, Adjusted for Special Items
Net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or other measures of financial performance or liquidity derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Company’s definition of Net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
Net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, are included to assist investors in performing meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means of highlighting the results of the Company’s ongoing operations.
Net Debt, presented herein, is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company uses to evaluate its financial leverage. Net Debt is calculated as (i) long-term debt, including current maturities; (ii) non-recourse debt, including current maturities and excluding amounts secured by timeshare financing receivables; (iii) the Company’s share of investments in affiliate debt; reduced by (iv) cash and cash equivalents; and (v) restricted cash and cash equivalents.
The Company believes Net Debt provides useful information about its indebtedness to investors as it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare the indebtedness of companies. Net Debt should not be considered as a substitute to debt presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Net debt may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of other companies.
The Company defines comparable hotels as those that: (i) were active and operating in the Company’s system for at least one full calendar year as of the end of the current period, and open January 1st of the previous year; (ii) have not undergone a change in brand or ownership during the current or comparable periods reported; and (iii) have not sustained substantial property damage, business interruption, undergone large-scale capital projects or for which comparable results are not available.
Of the 4,221 hotels in the Company’s system as of September 30, 2014, 3,548 were classified as comparable hotels. The 673 non-comparable hotels included 63 properties, or approximately one percent of the total hotels in the system, that were removed from the comparable group during the last twelve months because they sustained substantial property damage, business interruption, underwent large-scale capital projects or comparable results were not available.
Occupancy represents the total number of room nights sold divided by the total number of room nights available at a hotel or group of hotels. Occupancy measures the utilization of the 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 management determine achievable Average Daily Rate (“ADR”) levels as demand for hotel rooms increases or decreases.
Average Daily Rate (“ADR”)
ADR represents hotel room revenue divided by total number of room nights 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 management uses ADR to assess pricing levels that the Company is able to generate by type of customer, as changes in rates have a different effect on overall revenues and incremental profitability than changes in occupancy, as described above.
Revenue per Available Room (“RevPAR”)
The Company calculates RevPAR by dividing hotel room revenue by room nights available to guests for a given period. Management considers RevPAR to be a meaningful indicator of the Company’s performance as it provides a metric correlated to two primary and key drivers of operations at Hilton hotels: occupancy and ADR. RevPAR is also a useful indicator in measuring performance over comparable periods for comparable hotels.
References to RevPAR, ADR and occupancy throughout this press release are presented on a comparable basis and references to RevPAR and ADR are presented on a currency neutral basis (all periods use the same exchange rates), unless otherwise noted.
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