Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

Revenues increased 55% compared with first quarter 2018, to $468 million.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Highlights include:

  • Revenues increased 55% compared with first quarter 2018, to $468 million.
  • Net income was $21 million for the first quarter; adjusted net income was $51 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.22 and adjusted diluted EPS were $0.52.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% compared with the prior-year quarter, to $111 million.
  • Global RevPAR increased 7% year-over-year, and 1% in constant currency and excluding our 2018 acquisitions and divestitures.
  • U.S. RevPAR increased 13% year-over-year, and 1% excluding our 2018 acquisitions and divestitures.
  • System-wide rooms grew 12% year-over-year, and 3% excluding our 2018 acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Company re-affirms its previous full-year 2019 outlook.

“Our first quarter results were consistent with our expectations and included double-digit growth in adjusted EBITDA despite our decision to incur a higher proportion of our 2019 marketing expenses in the early part of the year,” said Geoffrey A. Ballotti, chief executive officer. “We remain enthusiastic about our prospects for growth, the synergies we expect from the La Quinta acquisition, and our leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry.”

Revenues were $468 million, compared with $302 million in the first quarter of 2018. Results reflect $169 million of incremental revenues from La Quinta. Excluding the impact from 2018 acquisitions and divestitures, revenues were consistent with last year in constant currency, primarily due to higher license, royalty and other fees, offset by lower cost-reimbursement revenues.

Net income was $21 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $39 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018. Prior-year results predate the Company’s spin-off and the acquisition of La Quinta and therefore included substantially lower separation-related, interest and corporate expenses.

Adjusted net income was $51 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with $55 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018. First quarter earnings comparisons were impacted by the acquisition of La Quinta, higher interest expense, the timing of marketing expenses and the absence of $4 million of net hurricane-related insurance proceeds received during first quarter 2018. The timing-related increase in marketing expenses alone, measured relative to marketing, reservation and loyalty revenues, reduced first quarter 2019 adjusted net income by $12 million or $0.12 per diluted share. Full reconciliations of GAAP results to our non-GAAP adjusted measures for all reported periods appear in the tables to this press release.

First quarter adjusted EBITDA was $111 million, compared with $92 million in the first quarter of 2018. Management estimates that first quarter results reflect approximately $33 million of adjusted EBITDA from La Quinta. Excluding the impact from 2018 acquisitions and divestitures, adjusted EBITDA decreased 13% in constant currency, primarily due to the timing of marketing expenses, which suppressed growth by 16 percentage points, and the absence of the net hurricane-related insurance proceeds received in first quarter 2018, which suppressed growth by 4 percentage points.

Consistent with the Company’s expectations, first quarter adjusted EBITDA represented 18% of the Company’s projected full-year adjusted EBITDA.

As of March 31, 2019, the Company’s hotel system consisted of approximately 9,200 properties and approximately 812,000 rooms, a 12% increase compared with the first quarter of 2018. Room count grew 3% year-over-year, excluding our 2018 acquisitions and divestitures. The Company’s development pipeline consisted of 1,400 hotels and approximately 181,000 rooms, a 23% year-over-year room increase, including over 25,000 La Quinta pipeline rooms and the removal of 2,000 Knights Inn pipeline rooms. The Company also increased its pipeline sequentially by 1% compared to fourth quarter 2018. Approximately 54% of the Company’s development pipeline is international and 73% is new construction.

Business Segment Discussion

The following discussion of first quarter operating results focuses on revenue and adjusted EBITDA for each of our segments.

Hotel Franchising

$ millions

2019

2018

% Change

Revenue

$

269

$

203

33%

Adjusted EBITDA

113

86

31%

Revenues increased 33% compared to first quarter 2018, including $61 million of incremental revenues from La Quinta. Excluding the impact from 2018 acquisitions and divestitures, revenues increased 4% in constant currency, due to higher license, royalty and other fees. Adjusted EBITDA grew 31% to $113 million, including an estimate of approximately $26 million of adjusted EBITDA from the acquisition of La Quinta. In constant currency and excluding the impact from 2018 acquisitions and divestitures, adjusted EBITDA grew 4%, reflecting the growth in revenues and lower operating expenses, partially offset by the timing of marketing expenses, which reduced adjusted EBITDA by $13 million.

Hotel Management

$ millions

2019

2018

% Change

Revenue

$

197

$

99

99%

Adjusted EBITDA

16

16

0%

Revenues increased $98 million compared to the prior-year period, reflecting $108 million of incremental revenues from La Quinta (including $97 million of cost-reimbursement revenues). Excluding the impact from the acquisition of La Quinta, revenues declined $10 million primarily due to lower cost-reimbursement revenues, which have no impact on adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA was unchanged compared to the prior-year quarter, reflecting an estimate of approximately $7 million of adjusted EBITDA from La Quinta and the absence of $4 million of net hurricane-related insurance proceeds received in first quarter 2018.

Other Items

Share Repurchases – The Company repurchased approximately 874,000 shares of its common stock for $44 million in the first quarter.

La Quinta Integration – Earlier this month, the Company completed the last major milestones in its integration of La Quinta, migrating the brand’s more than 900 hotels to Wyndham’s outsourced, cloud-based central reservation and property management systems and adding La Quinta to the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program. The Company now estimates that annual synergies from the La Quinta acquisition will be $64 million to $70 million and that it will reach full run-rate synergies in third quarter 2019.

Outlook

The Company is reaffirming the following outlook for full-year 2019:

  • Revenues of $2.11 billion to $2.16 billion, an increase of 13% to 16%.
  • Adjusted net income of $301 million to $313 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $605 million to $620 million, a year-over-year increase of 19% to 22%.
  • Rooms growth of 2% to 4%.
  • Organic RevPAR growth of 1% to 3% in constant currency.

The Company increased its outlook for adjusted diluted EPS by two cents, to $3.07 to $3.19, based on an adjusted share count of 98.2 million, which reflects first quarter share repurchases and excludes future repurchases. The Company is providing an outlook for net income, EBITDA and EPS only on a non-GAAP, adjusted basis because it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the occurrence or amount of potential adjustments that may arise in the future.

About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company, with approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents.  Through its network of approximately 812,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, La Quinta®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection®, and Wyndham®. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers over 75 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally.

Table 1

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

SUMMARY DATA SHEET

($ in millions, except per share and RevPAR data)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Change

Income Statement and Other Items

Net revenues

$

468

$

302

55%

Income before income taxes

26

55

(53%)

Net income

21

39

(46%)

Earnings per share – diluted

$

0.22

$

0.40

(45%)

Adjusted Earnings Metrics (non-GAAP)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

111

$

92

21%

Adjusted pretax income

64

74

(14%)

Adjusted net income

51

55

(7%)

Adjusted earnings per share – diluted

$

0.52

$

0.55

(5%)

Segment Results

Net Revenues

Hotel Franchising

$

269

$

203

33%

Hotel Management

197

99

99%

Total Reportable Segments

466

302

54%

Corporate and Other

2

NM

Total Company

$

468

$

302

55%

Adjusted EBITDA

Hotel Franchising

$

113

$

86

31%

Hotel Management

16

16

0%

Total Reportable Segments

129

102

26%

Corporate and Other

(18)

(10)

NM

Total Company

$

111

$

92

21%

Key Operating Statistics

Total Company (a)

Number of properties

9,161

8,336

10%

Number of rooms

812,100

723,000

12%

RevPAR (b)

$

36.21

$

33.95

7%

Average royalty rate

3.84%

3.59%

25 bps

United States (c)

Number of properties

6,358

5,675

12%

Number of rooms

506,600

437,200

16%

RevPAR

$

40.56

$

35.91

13%

Average royalty rate

4.59%

4.46%

13 bps

As of March 31, 2019

Balance Sheet Items

Cash (d)

$

284

Debt

2,136

Shareholders’ equity

1,364

(a)

2019 metrics include the impact of the La Quinta acquisition as well as the Knights Inn divestiture. Excluding these transactions, number of properties and number of rooms grew 3% from a year earlier, RevPAR declined 2%, and average royalty rate increased 2 bps.

(b)

Amounts reflect currency exchange movements. Excluding such movements, the impact of the La Quinta acquisition and the Knights Inn divestiture, RevPAR increased 1%.

(c)

2019 metrics include the impact of the La Quinta acquisition as well as the Knights Inn divestiture. Excluding these transactions, number of properties increased 2% and number of rooms were unchanged from a year earlier, RevPAR grew 1%, and average royalty rate was unchanged.

(d)

Includes $205 million of cash which is expected to be paid this year to tax authorities and/or CorePoint Lodging Inc., related to the La Quinta acquisition.

See Table 5 for definitions and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures.

See our website (www.investor.wyndhamhotels.com) for further information related to drivers and operating statistics.

Table 2

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

INCOME STATEMENT

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Net revenues

Royalties and franchise fees

$

101

$

82

Marketing, reservation and loyalty

113

84

Hotel management

39

30

License and other fees

29

17

Cost reimbursements

155

66

Other

31

23

Net revenues

468

302

Expenses

Marketing, reservation and loyalty

129

84

Operating

43

41

General and administrative

34

22

Cost reimbursements

155

66

Depreciation and amortization

29

19

Separation-related

21

12

Transaction-related, net

7

2

Total expenses

418

246

Operating income

50

56

Interest expense, net

24

1

Income before income taxes

26

55

Provision for income taxes

5

16

Net income

$

21

$

39

Earnings per share

Basic

$

0.22

$

0.40

Diluted

0.22

0.40

Weighted average shares outstanding

Basic

97.9

99.8

Diluted

98.2

99.8

Table 3

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

7

$

16

Net cash used in investing activities

(11)

Net cash used in financing activities

(78)

(1)

Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

(1)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$

(82)

$

14

Free Cash Flow:

We define free cash flow to be net cash provided by operating activities less property and equipment additions, which we also refer to as capital expenditures:

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Net cash provided by operating activities (a)

$

7

$

16

Less: Property and equipment additions (b)

(9)

(14)

Free cash flow

$

(2)

$

2

(a)

Includes $32 million and $5 million of transaction-related and separation-related cash outlays in 2019 and 2018, respectively.

(b)

Includes $1 million and $7 million of capital expenditures in 2019 and 2018, respectively, at the Company’s owned hotel in Puerto Rico, all of which were reimbursed by insurance proceeds in 2018 that were not considered a component of free cash flow. 2019 also includes $5 million of capital expenditures related to the integration of La Quinta.

We believe free cash flow to be a useful operating performance measure to evaluate the ability of our operations to generate cash for uses other than capital expenditures and, after debt service and other obligations, our ability to grow our business through acquisitions, development advances and equity investments, as well as our ability to return cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. A limitation of using free cash flow versus the GAAP measures of net cash provided by operating activities, net cash used in investing activities and net cash provided by financing activities as a means for evaluating Wyndham Hotels is that free cash flow does not represent the total cash movement for the period as detailed in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

Table 4

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

SYSTEM SIZE

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Beginning Room Count (January 1)

United States

506,100

440,100

International

303,800

288,100

Total

809,900

728,200

Additions

United States

5,800

3,800

International

5,900

5,000

Total

11,700

8,800

Deletions

United States

(5,300)

(6,700)

International

(4,200)

(7,300)

Total

(9,500)

(14,000)

Ending Room Count (March 31) (a)

United States

506,600

437,200

International

305,500

285,800

Total

812,100

723,000

(a)

2019 includes 89,600 La Quinta rooms (87,500 U.S. and 2,100 international); La Quinta was acquired in May 2018. 2018 includes 21,200 Knights Inn rooms (20,100 U.S. and 1,100 international); Knights Inn was divested in May 2018.

Table 5

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS AND DEFINITIONS

(In millions)

The tables below reconcile certain non-GAAP financial measures. The presentation of these adjustments is intended to permit the comparison of particular adjustments as they appear in the income statement in order to assist investors’ understanding of the overall impact of such adjustments. We believe that adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors about us and our financial condition and results of operations because adjusted EBITDA is among the measures used by our management team to evaluate our operating performance and make day-to-day operating decisions and because adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a common performance measure to compare results or estimate valuations across companies in our industry.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Net income

$

21

$

39

Provision for income taxes

5

16

Depreciation and amortization

29

19

Interest expense, net

24

1

Stock-based compensation expense

3

3

Separation-related expenses

21

12

Transaction-related expenses, net

7

2

Foreign currency impact of highly inflationary countries (a)

1

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$

111

$

92

(a)

Relates to the foreign currency impact from hyper-inflation in Argentina.

(b)

Adjusted EBITDA from 2018 acquisitions and divestitures was $33 million and $1 million during the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The impact from currency exchange movements was ($2) million to revenues and ($1) million to Adjusted EBITDA during the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

Definitions

Adjusted EBITDA: Represents net income excluding interest expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, restructuring and related charges, contract termination costs, transaction-related expenses (acquisition-, disposition-, or separation-related), foreign currency impacts of highly inflationary countries, stock-based compensation expense, early extinguishment of debt costs and income taxes. Beginning with the third quarter of 2018, our calculation of adjusted EBITDA excludes the currency effects of hyper-inflationary countries. Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure that is not recognized under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or other measures of financial performance or liquidity derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Average Daily Rate (ADR): Represents the average rate charged for renting a lodging room for one day.

Average Occupancy Rate: Represents the percentage of available rooms occupied during the period.

Constant Currency: Represents a comparison eliminating the effects of foreign exchange rate fluctuations between periods (foreign currency translation) and the impact caused by any foreign exchange related activities (i.e., hedges, balance sheet remeasurements and/or adjustments).

Number of Rooms: Represents the number of rooms at the end of the period which are (i) either under franchise and/or management agreements or Company-owned and (ii) properties under affiliation agreements for which the Company receives a fee for reservation and/or other services provided.

RevPAR: Represents revenue per available room and is calculated by multiplying average occupancy rate by ADR.

Table 5 (continued)

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS AND DEFINITIONS

(In millions, except per share data)

In addition to GAAP financial measures, the Company provides adjusted net income and adjusted EPS financial measures to assist our investors in evaluating our ongoing operating performance for the current reporting period and, where provided, over different reporting periods, by adjusting for certain items which may be recurring or non-recurring and which in our view do not necessarily reflect ongoing performance. We also internally use these measures to assess our operating performance, both absolutely and in comparison to other companies, and in evaluating or making selected compensation decisions. These supplemental disclosures are in addition to GAAP reported measures. This non-GAAP reconciliation table should not be considered a substitute for, nor superior to, financial results and measures determined or calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliation of Net Income and Diluted EPS to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS:

Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Diluted EPS

$

0.22

$

0.40

Net income

$

21

$

39

Adjustments:

Separation-related expenses (a)

21

12

Transaction-related expenses, net (b)

7

2

Foreign currency impact of highly inflationary countries (c)

1

Acquisition-related amortization expense (d)

9

5

Total adjustments before tax

38

19

Income tax provision

8

4

Total adjustments after tax

30

15

Adjusted net income

$

51

$

55

Adjustments – EPS impact

0.30

0.15

Adjusted diluted EPS

$

0.52

$

0.55

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

98.2

99.8

Note: Amounts may not add due to rounding.

(a)

Represents costs associated with our spin-off from Wyndham Worldwide.

(b)

Primarily relates to costs incurred in connection with the Company’s acquisition of La Quinta.

(c)

Relates to the foreign currency impact from hyper-inflation in Argentina, which is reflected in operating expenses on the Consolidated Statements of Income.

(d)

Reflected in depreciation and amortization on the Consolidated Statements of Income.

Table 6

WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

2019 OUTLOOK

As of April 30, 2019

(In millions, except per share data)

2019 Outlook

2018 Actual

Revenues

$

2,110 – 2,160

$

1,868

Adjusted EBITDA

605 – 620

507

Depreciation and amortization expense (a)

70 – 74

69

Stock-based compensation expense

16 – 18

9

Interest expense, net

102 – 106

60

Adjusted pretax income

411 – 428

369

Income tax expense

110 – 115

(b) 

99

Adjusted net income

$

301 – 313

$

270

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

3.07 – 3.19

$

2.71

Diluted shares

98.2

(c) 

99.8

Year-over-Year Growth (d)

Global RevPAR

5% – 7%

9%

Organic global RevPAR

1% – 3%

(e) 

4%

(f) 

Number of rooms

2% – 4%

11%

(g) 

(a)

Excludes amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets.

(b)

Outlook assumes an effective tax rate of approximately 27%.

(c)

Excludes the impact of any share repurchases after March 31, 2019.

(d)

In constant currency. A glossary of terms is included in Table 5.

(e)

Includes a brand (La Quinta) once it has been owned for one year. Excludes Knights Inn from the 2018 base.

(f)

Excludes both La Quinta and Knights Inn.

(g)

Number of rooms increased 2% in 2018 excluding acquisitions and divestitures.

SOURCE Wyndham Hotels & Resorts