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Hilton Hotels Corp. Reports 46% Increase in Net Income; $89 million versus
$61 million in 2004 period; Two Big Hilton Markets, New York and Hawaii, 
Running in the 90% Occupancy Range at Strong Room Rates
Hotel Operating Statistics
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Oct. 27, 2005 -- Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2005. Third quarter highlights:
  • Diluted EPS of $.22 versus $.15 in 2004 period, an increase of 47 percent.
  • 46 percent increase in net income; $89 million versus $61 million in 2004 period.
  • Total company Adjusted EBITDA up 9 percent to $279 million.
  • Comparable owned hotel RevPAR up 13.3 percent; strength in virtually all key markets led by New York and Hawaii; comparable owned hotel margins increase 220 basis points from Q3 2004 (New Orleans excluded from comparable numbers.)
  • Record fees of $119 million from RevPAR gains, new units; 17 percent increase from Q3 2004.
  • Timeshare profitability up 21 percent.
Hilton reported third quarter 2005 net income of $89 million, compared with $61 million in the 2004 quarter. Diluted net income per share was $.22 in the 2005 third quarter, versus $.15 in the 2004 period.

The company reported third quarter 2005 total operating income of $203 million (a 19 percent increase from $171 million in the 2004 period) on total revenue of $1.102 billion (a 7 percent increase from $1.033 billion in the 2004 quarter). Total company earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") were $279 million, an increase of 9 percent from $257 million in the 2004 quarter.

Owned Hotel Results

Strong increases in both room nights and rate across the business transient, group and leisure segments, resulted in many of the company's owned hotels showing double-digit revenue-per-available-room (RevPAR) gains in the quarter. These include company-owned hotels in New York City, Hawaii (which remain the two strongest U.S. lodging markets), Phoenix, Boston, Atlanta, and the steadily improving Chicago and San Francisco markets. Strong results were also reported at the company's owned hotels in San Diego and in the Washington, D.C., area.

Across all brands, revenue from the company's owned hotels (majority owned and controlled hotels) was $489 million, a 1 percent decline from $492 million in the 2004 period. Total revenue from comparable owned hotels (excluding the impact of 16 property sales dating back to July 1, 2004) was up 13 percent. RevPAR from comparable owned hotels increased a strong 13.3 percent. Comparable owned hotel occupancy increased 3.2 points to 82.4 percent, while average daily rate (ADR) increased 8.9 percent to $171.02. Approximately 70 percent of the quarterly RevPAR increase at the comparable owned hotels was attributable to the ADR gains.

Total owned hotel expenses were down 4 percent in the quarter to $350 million. Expenses at the comparable owned hotels increased 9 percent, primarily due to an increase in occupied rooms, along with increases in energy and marketing costs and $3 million in real estate tax credits received in the 2004 period. Cost-per-occupied-room increased 5.3 percent in the quarter.

Comparable owned hotel margins in the third quarter increased 220 basis points to 28.8 percent, owing to the aforementioned ADR gains and strong food-and-beverage revenues (up 12 percent from the 2004 period), particularly in New York and Hawaii.

The company's two owned hotels in New Orleans -- the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and the Hilton New Orleans Airport -- are excluded from the comparable numbers due to interruptions in operations caused by Hurricane Katrina. The hotels sustained relatively minor damage and both are now occupied, primarily with relief workers as well as Hilton employees.

System-wide RevPAR; Management/Franchise Fees

Each of the company's brands reported significant system-wide RevPAR increases, with particularly strong gains in ADR. On a system-wide basis (including managed and franchised properties), the company's brands showed third quarter RevPAR gains as follows: Hilton, 13.1 percent; Doubletree, 11.0 percent; Embassy Suites, 9.8 percent; Hampton Inn, 9.4 percent; Hilton Garden Inn, 8.9 percent; Homewood Suites by Hilton, 5.6 percent.

For the third consecutive quarter, management and franchise fees set a new quarterly record. Fees in the third quarter were $119 million, a 17 percent increase from the 2004 period. Approximately half of the fee increase was attributable to RevPAR gains and half from the addition of new units.

Brand Development/Unit Growth

In the third quarter, the company added 55 properties and 7,232 rooms to its system, including: Hampton Inn, 25 hotels and 2,334 rooms; Hilton Garden Inn, 13 hotels and 1,975 rooms; Homewood Suites by Hilton, 7 hotels and 645 rooms; Doubletree, 5 hotels and 1,314 rooms; and Embassy Suites, 3 hotels and 737 rooms. Nine hotels and 1,495 rooms were removed from the system during the quarter.

During the quarter, the Doubletree brand continued its strong growth with the opening of properties in Washington, D.C.; Memphis; Pittsburgh; and the greater Chicago and Los Angeles areas. The Washington, Memphis and Pittsburgh hotels are conversions from other brands. Also in the quarter, Conrad Hotels announced management contracts for a 320-room luxury property in Jakarta, Indonesia, (scheduled to open in 2008) and a 250-room luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Bimini (also scheduled to open in 2008). In addition, the first Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan opened in the third quarter in Times Square.

At September 30, 2005, the Hilton system consisted of 2,357 properties and 370,111 rooms. The company's development pipeline had approximately 560 hotels and 75,000 rooms at September 30, 2005.

Hilton Grand Vacations

Hilton Grand Vacations Company (HGVC), the company's vacation ownership business, reported a strong quarter with profitability up 21 percent owing to strong unit sales in Las Vegas, Orlando and Hawaii; an increase in average unit sales price; and higher income from financing fees. HGVC had third quarter revenue of $142 million, a 30 percent increase from $109 million in the 2004 quarter. Expenses were $107 million in the third quarter, compared with $80 million in the 2004 period. Third quarter unit sales were up 3 percent, with the average unit sales price also up 3 percent.

During the quarter, HGVC celebrated the topping-off of its new 38-story, 423-unit Phase II tower on the Las Vegas Strip. Upon completion of the new tower (scheduled for summer 2006), HGVC will have 706 units on the Strip in two towers, out of a planned total of 1,582 units in four towers.

Additionally in the quarter, HGVC affiliated with Intrawest Corporation whereby Hilton Grand Vacations Club and Club Intrawest will offer reciprocal vacation packages to their respective members.

Asset Dispositions

As scheduled, the company in the third quarter completed the sale of the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago for $230 million. The new owner, an affiliate of Thor Equities, is expected to invest more than $100 million in capital improvements in the legendary property.

Hilton noted on October 24, 2005, the sale of the 385-room Hilton Boston Back Bay to Highland Hospitality Corp. for $110 million. The Boston property is one of eight hotels that Hilton had previously announced were being marketed for sale. The company continues to expect the majority of those hotel sales to close by year-end 2005.

Corporate Finance

At September 30, 2005, Hilton had total debt of $3.6 billion (net of $100 million of debt resulting from the consolidation of a managed hotel, which is non-recourse to Hilton). Approximately 13 percent of the company's debt is floating rate debt. Total cash and equivalents (including restricted cash) were approximately $958 million at September 30, 2005.

The company's average basic and diluted share counts for the third quarter were 381 million and 415 million, respectively.

Hilton's debt currently has an average life of 8.1 years, at an average cost of approximately 7.0 percent.

The company's effective tax rate in the third quarter was 34 percent. The tax provision benefited from certain state tax credits as well as credits associated with the company's synthetic fuel investment.

Total hotel capital expenditures in the third quarter were $67 million, with an additional $58 million expended for timeshare development.

The company did not repurchase any of its stock in the third quarter because it was engaged in discussions with Hilton Group PLC regarding a potential acquisition of Hilton Group's lodging business.

Nine-Month Results

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2005, Hilton reported net income of $355 million, compared to $173 million in the 2004 period. Operating income for the nine months was $612 million (compared with $490 million in the 2004 period) on revenue of $3.354 billion (versus $3.092 billion in the 2004 period). For the 2005 nine-month period, when compared to the same period last year, total company Adjusted EBITDA increased 15 percent to $867 million.

Updated 2005 Outlook

The company provided the following updated estimates for full-year 2005:
 

  • Total revenue:                                  $4.400 billion range
  • Total Adjusted EBITDA:                     $1.130 billion range
  • Total operating income:                     $790 million range
  • Comparable owned hotel RevPAR:     Increase of approximately 11% (excludes New Orleans) Approximately 75% of expected RevPAR gains to come from ADR increases
  • Comparable owned hotel margin growth: Approximately 180 basis points (excludes New Orleans)
  • Management and franchise fee growth:   Approximately 15%
  • Diluted earnings per share:                $1.05 range
  • Recurring diluted EPS:                     low $.80 range

The company's revised guidance includes the impact of asset sales completed through October 2005, and excludes the impact of additional asset sales expected to close in the fourth quarter 2005.

The company estimates that the full-year impact of Hurricane Katrina from its previously issued guidance is $.02 per share. This impact is included in both the diluted and the recurring diluted earnings per share estimates noted above for full-year 2005.

Total capital spending in 2005 is expected to be approximately $600 million, broken out as follows: approximately $125 million for routine improvements; $190 million for timeshare projects; $105 million in hotel renovation, ROI or special projects; and $180 million related to previously completed land acquisitions on Hawaii's Big Island.

The company anticipates adding approximately 170 hotels and 24,000 rooms to its system in 2005.

Preliminary 2006 Outlook

While the company noted it was currently engaged in its 2006 budgeting process, based on its expectations of continuing strong demand trends, Hilton provided the following preliminary estimates for full-year 2006:

Comparable owned hotel RevPAR:                      Increase of 8-10%
Diluted earnings per share:                               $.97-$1.03

Total capital spending in 2006 is expected to be in the $485 million range, with approximately $115 million for routine improvements; $195 million for timeshare projects; and $175 million in hotel renovation, ROI or special projects.

The 2006 guidance includes the impact of asset sales completed through October 2005 and assumes seven additional asset sales expected to be completed by December 31, 2005, or shortly thereafter. The guidance also includes the estimated impact of the required accounting change related to expensing of unvested stock options. The 2006 guidance excludes the impact of share repurchases, additional asset sales and other potential transactions.

The company expects to add 175-200 hotels and 23,000-27,000 rooms to its system in 2006.

"We are very pleased with our results for the third quarter, which once again demonstrated the strength of our owned hotel, franchise/management and timeshare businesses," said Stephen F. Bollenbach, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation. "By providing first-rate products and service to our guests and offering the industry's best collection of brands, we continue to experience strong demand from both the traveling public and hotel owners.

"Our two biggest markets, New York and Hawaii, are also the two strongest U.S. hotel markets, and we are in the best locations in those areas with large hotels that are running in the 90 percent occupancy range, and at strong room rates. Other important markets also are performing well due to a business mix that is continuing to favor business transient and group customers. Importantly, we also continue to operate our owned hotels at industry-leading margins."

Bollenbach continued: "While our financial results were outstanding, the quarter, of course, was challenged by the terrible events surrounding Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. Our big hotels fared comparatively well, but we are most proud of the courage, resourcefulness and spirit demonstrated by our team members as they helped ensure the comfort and safety of our customers and their fellow employees in a very difficult time. The city of New Orleans is gradually coming back, our hotels are operating and we are optimistic about New Orleans' recovery.

"Our hotel brands continue to be the favored brand names among hotel owners; we had another record quarter in our management/franchise business, our development pipeline has never been bigger, and we are maintaining our industry leadership position in U.S. hotel development. Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn still lead the way, but we are also encouraged by strong growth at our full-service Doubletree brand, where owners are converting to Doubletree from other brands. In addition, we are looking forward to announcing a number of exciting product, service and marketing initiatives that are being developed and implemented to re-ignite the most famous brand in the business: Hilton.

"Timeshare had another great quarter, and we are anticipating future growth and success in our primary markets of Las Vegas, Orlando and Hawaii while we continue evaluating opportunities for a fourth market."

Bollenbach concluded: "Based on our strong results in the third quarter and our expectations for continued high levels of demand, we are looking forward to a strong finish to 2005 and are optimistic for our prospects as we head into 2006."
 
 

                      HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
                   Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
               (in millions, except per share amounts)
 
 

                    Three Months              Nine Months
                        Ended                     Ended
                    September 30,             September 30,
                   ---------------           ---------------
                    2004    2005   % Change   2004    2005   % Change
                    ------  ------ ---------  ------  ------ ---------
Revenue
 Owned hotels      $  492  $  489       (1)% $1,520  $1,559         3%
 Leased hotels         30      28        (7)     85      87         2
 Management and
  franchise fees      102     119        17     288     338        17
 Timeshare and
  other income        119     155        30     346     457        32
                    ------  ------            ------  ------
                      743     791         6   2,239   2,441         9
 Other revenue
  from managed and
  franchised
  properties          290     311         7     853     913         7
                    ------  ------            ------  ------
                    1,033   1,102         7   3,092   3,354         8

Expenses
 Owned hotels         365     350        (4)  1,116   1,117         -
 Leased hotels         26      24        (8)     76      77         1
 Depreciation and
  amortization         81      70       (14)    247     228        (8)
 Impairment loss
  and related
  costs                 -       -         -       -       7         -
 Other operating
  expenses            101     128        27     291     366        26
 Corporate expense     19      25        32      63      75        19
                    ------  ------            ------  ------
                      592     597         1   1,793   1,870         4
 Other expenses
  from managed and
  franchised
  properties          290     311         7     849     907         7
                    ------  ------            ------  ------
                      882     908         3   2,642   2,777         5

Operating income
 from
 unconsolidated
 affiliates            20       9       (55)     40      35       (13)
                    ------  ------            ------  ------

Operating income      171     203        19     490     612        25

Interest and
 dividend income        2       6         -      19      14       (26)
Interest expense      (67)    (66)       (1)   (209)   (196)       (6)
Net interest from
 unconsolidated
 affiliates and
 non-controlled
 interests             (6)     (6)        -     (20)    (19)       (5)
Net (loss) gain on
 asset
 dispositions and
 other                 (1)      4         -      (2)     76         -
Loss from non-
 operating
 affiliates            (3)     (4)       33      (3)    (13)        -
                    ------  ------            ------  ------
Income before
 taxes and
 minority and non-
 controlled
 interests             96     137        43     275     474        72
Provision for
 income taxes         (35)    (47)       34     (96)   (108)       13
Minority and non-
 controlled
 interests, net         -      (1)        -      (6)    (11)       83
                    ------  ------            ------  ------
Net income         $   61  $   89        46% $  173  $  355       105%
                    ======  ======            ======  ======

Net income per
 share(1)
------------------
Basic              $  .16  $  .23        44% $  .45  $  .93       107%
                    ======  ======            ======  ======
Diluted            $  .15  $  .22        47% $  .44  $  .87        98%
                    ======  ======            ======  ======

Average shares -
 basic                385     381       (1)%    383     383         -%
                    ======  ======            ======  ======
Average shares -
 diluted(2)           419     415       (1)%    417     417         -%
                    ======  ======            ======  ======

(1) EPS for the nine-month period differs from the sum of quarterly
    EPS amounts due to the required method of computing EPS in the
    respective periods.
(2) Average diluted shares for the prior periods reflect the required
    retroactive application of EITF 04-8 "The Effect of Contingently
    Convertible Debt on Diluted Earnings per Share".
 

                      HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
                       U.S. Owned Statistics(1)

                       Three Months              Nine Months
                           Ended                    Ended
                       September 30             September 30
                     -----------------        -----------------
                        2004     2005  Change    2004     2005  Change
                      -------  ------- ------  -------  ------- ------
Hilton
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Occupancy              80.0%    83.3% 3.3 pts   76.1%    78.1% 2.0 pts
Average Rate         $160.28  $175.10    9.2% $160.68  $173.96    8.3%
RevPAR               $128.24  $145.90   13.8% $122.27  $135.83   11.1%

All Other
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Occupancy              71.7%    74.3% 2.6 pts   71.8%    74.4% 2.6 pts
Average Rate         $126.01  $131.06    4.0% $121.50  $126.39    4.0%
RevPAR               $ 90.31  $ 97.39    7.8% $ 87.23  $ 94.01    7.8%

Total
--------------------
Occupancy              79.2%    82.4% 3.2 pts   75.7%    77.7% 2.0 pts
Average Rate         $157.09  $171.02    8.9% $156.85  $169.28    7.9%
RevPAR               $124.34  $140.91   13.3% $118.66  $131.53   10.8%

(1) Statistics are for comparable hotels, and include only those
    hotels in the system as of September 30, 2005, and owned by us
    since January 1, 2004. Comparable hotels exclude the Company's
    owned hotels in New Orleans.
 

                      HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
                      System-wide Statistics(1)

                   Three Months                Nine Months
                       Ended                      Ended
                   September 30,              September 30,
                 -----------------          -----------------
                    2004     2005   Change     2004     2005   Change
                  -------  ------- --------  -------  ------- --------
Hilton
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Occupancy          72.5%    75.4%  2.9 pts    70.5%    73.0%  2.5 pts
Average Rate     $126.62  $137.54      8.6% $128.36  $138.26      7.7%
RevPAR           $ 91.75  $103.74     13.1% $ 90.46  $100.86     11.5%

Hilton Garden Inn
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Occupancy          73.0%    75.2%  2.2 pts    70.3%    72.8%  2.5 pts
Average Rate     $100.10  $105.77      5.7% $ 98.81  $104.79      6.1%
RevPAR           $ 73.05  $ 79.52      8.9% $ 69.48  $ 76.25      9.7%

Doubletree
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Occupancy          71.5%    74.1%  2.6 pts    69.8%    72.0%  2.2 pts
Average Rate     $101.52  $108.68      7.1% $101.50  $108.48      6.9%
RevPAR           $ 72.58  $ 80.54     11.0% $ 70.83  $ 78.07     10.2%

Embassy Suites
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Occupancy          73.7%    76.6%  2.9 pts    72.1%    74.8%  2.7 pts
Average Rate     $124.22  $131.19      5.6% $123.27  $129.86      5.3%
RevPAR           $ 91.61  $100.55      9.8% $ 88.88  $ 97.07      9.2%

Homewood Suites by Hilton
-------------------------
Occupancy          77.2%    78.7%  1.5 pts    74.8%    77.0%  2.2 pts
Average Rate     $ 96.54  $ 99.95      3.5% $ 96.49  $100.38      4.0%
RevPAR           $ 74.55  $ 78.70      5.6% $ 72.17  $ 77.32      7.1%

Hampton
----------------
Occupancy          74.1%    76.2%  2.1 pts    69.7%    73.1%  3.4 pts
Average Rate     $ 83.49  $ 88.81      6.4% $ 81.78  $ 87.01      6.4%
RevPAR           $ 61.88  $ 67.67      9.4% $ 57.03  $ 63.60     11.5%

Other
----------------
Occupancy          76.9%    75.7% (1.2) pts   72.6%    72.2% (0.4) pts
Average Rate     $132.35  $147.01     11.1% $129.00  $146.72     13.7%
RevPAR           $101.73  $111.34      9.4% $ 93.63  $105.92     13.1%

(1) Statistics are for comparable hotels, and include only those
    hotels in the system as of September 30, 2005, and owned,
    operated or franchised by us since January 1, 2004. Comparable
    hotels exclude the Company's owned hotels in New Orleans.
 

                      HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
                Supplementary Statistical Information

                                          September
                       -----------------------------------------------
                               2004                     2005
                              Number of                Number of
                        Properties     Rooms     Properties     Rooms
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
Hilton
----------------------
Owned                          36     27,492            27     23,241
Leased                          1        499             1        499
Joint Venture                  10      4,177            11      4,625
Managed                        24     13,904            27     15,370
Franchised                    161     43,574           170     46,800
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                              232     89,646           236     90,535
Hilton Garden Inn
----------------------
Owned                           1        162             1        162
Joint Venture                   2        280             1        128
Managed                         6        796             7        895
Franchised                    204     27,761           236     32,429
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                              213     28,999           245     33,614
Doubletree
----------------------
Owned                           6      2,374             3      1,349
Leased                          6      2,144             5      1,746
Joint Venture                  24      7,208            14      4,306
Managed                        39     10,179            31      8,240
Franchised                     79     18,694           102     24,936
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                              154     40,599           155     40,577
Embassy Suites
----------------------
Owned                           4        881             3        663
Joint Venture                  27      7,279            25      6,586
Managed                        54     14,136            56     14,767
Franchised                     90     20,422            97     22,118
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                              175     42,718           181     44,134
Homewood Suites by
 Hilton
----------------------
Owned                           3        398             1        140
Managed                        36      4,304            41      4,706
Franchised                     99     10,831           120     13,108
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                              138     15,533           162     17,954
Hampton
----------------------
Owned                           1        133             1        133
Managed                        35      4,461            34      4,453
Franchised                  1,248    125,252         1,290    128,640
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                            1,284    129,846         1,325    133,226
Other
----------------------
Owned                           1        300             -          -
Joint Venture                   3      1,394             3      1,395
Managed                        13      3,749            17      4,750
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                               17      5,443            20      6,145

Timeshare                      31      3,740            33      3,926
----------------------

Total
----------------------
Owned                          52     31,740            36     25,688
Leased                          7      2,643             6      2,245
Joint Venture                  66     20,338            54     17,040
Managed                       207     51,529           213     53,181
Franchised                  1,881    246,534         2,015    268,031
Timeshare                      31      3,740            33      3,926
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
TOTAL PROPERTIES            2,244    356,524         2,357    370,111
                       ===========   ======== = ===========   ========
 

                                          Change to
                       -----------------------------------------------
                           September 2004           December 2004
                              Number of                Number of
                        Properties     Rooms     Properties     Rooms
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
Hilton
----------------------
Owned                          (9)    (4,251)           (9)    (4,251)
Leased                          -          -             -          -
Joint Venture                   1        448             1        448
Managed                         3      1,466             3      1,548
Franchised                      9      3,226            11      3,534
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                                4        889             6      1,279
Hilton Garden Inn
----------------------
Owned                           -          -             -          -
Joint Venture                  (1)      (152)            -          -
Managed                         1         99             1         99
Franchised                     32      4,668            25      3,674
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                               32      4,615            26      3,773
Doubletree
----------------------
Owned                          (3)    (1,025)           (1)      (353)
Leased                         (1)      (398)           (1)      (398)
Joint Venture                 (10)    (2,902)          (10)    (2,902)
Managed                        (8)    (1,939)           (7)    (1,834)
Franchised                     23      6,242            20      5,142
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                                1        (22)            1       (345)
Embassy Suites
----------------------
Owned                          (1)      (218)           (1)      (218)
Joint Venture                  (2)      (693)           (2)      (693)
Managed                         2        631             2        633
Franchised                      7      1,696             7      1,697
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                                6      1,416             6      1,419
Homewood Suites by
 Hilton
----------------------
Owned                          (2)      (258)           (2)      (258)
Managed                         5        402             5        402
Franchised                     21      2,277            16      1,756
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                               24      2,421            19      1,900
Hampton
----------------------
Owned                           -          -             -          -
Managed                        (1)        (8)           (1)        (9)
Franchised                     42      3,388            36      2,837
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                               41      3,380            35      2,828
Other
----------------------
Owned                          (1)      (300)           (1)      (300)
Joint Venture                   -          1             -          1
Managed                         4      1,001             4        962
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
                                3        702             3        663

Timeshare                       2        186             2        186
----------------------

Total
----------------------
Owned                         (16)    (6,052)          (14)    (5,380)
Leased                         (1)      (398)           (1)      (398)
Joint Venture                 (12)    (3,298)          (11)    (3,146)
Managed                         6      1,652             7      1,801
Franchised                    134     21,497           115     18,640
Timeshare                       2        186             2        186
                       -----------   --------   -----------   --------
TOTAL PROPERTIES              113     13,587            98     11,703
                       ===========   ========   ===========   ========
 

                      HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
            Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited)
      Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to EBITDA and Net Income
                           Historical Data
                           ($ in millions)

                       Three Months            Nine Months
                           Ended                   Ended
                       September 30,           September 30,
                       -------------           -------------
                        2004   2005  % Change   2004   2005  % Change
                        -----  ----- ---------  -----  ----- ---------

Adjusted EBITDA        $ 257  $ 279         9% $ 754  $ 867        15%
 Proportionate share
  of depreciation and
  amortization of
  unconsolidated
  affiliates              (7)    (8)       14    (20)   (22)       10
 Non-recurring items       -      -         -      -     (7)        -
 Operating interest
  and dividend income      -     (1)        -     (3)    (6)      100
 Operating income of
  non-controlled
  interests                2      3        50      6      8        33
 Net (loss) gain on
  asset dispositions
  and other               (1)     4         -     (2)    76         -
 Loss from non-
  operating affiliates    (3)    (4)       33     (3)   (13)        -
 Minority and non-
  controlled
  interests, net           -     (1)        -     (6)   (11)       83
                        -----  -----            -----  -----
EBITDA                   248    272        10    726    892        23
 Depreciation and
  amortization           (81)   (70)      (14)  (247)  (228)       (8)
 Interest expense, net   (71)   (66)       (7)  (210)  (201)       (4)
 Provision for income
  taxes                  (35)   (47)       34    (96)  (108)       13
                        -----  -----            -----  -----
Net income             $  61  $  89        46% $ 173  $ 355       105%
                        =====  =====            =====  =====
 

      Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to EBITDA and Net Income
             Future Performance - Full-Year 2005 Outlook
              ($ in millions, except per share amounts)

                                                     Estimated
                                                   Full-Year 2005
                                              ------------------------

Adjusted EBITDA                                         $       1,130
 Proportionate share of depreciation and
  amortization of unconsolidated affiliates                       (30)
 Non-recurring items                                               (7)
 Operating interest and dividend income                            (7)
 Operating income of non-controlled interests                      10
 Net gain on asset dispositions and other                          76
 Loss from non-operating affiliates                               (17)
 Minority and non-controlled interests, net                       (12)
                                                         -------------
EBITDA                                                          1,143
 Depreciation and amortization                                   (305)
 Interest expense, net                                           (261)
 Provision for income taxes                                      (149)
                                                         -------------
Net income                                              $         428
                                                         =============

Diluted EPS                                             $        1.05
                                                         =============
 

                      HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
            Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited)
                   Owned-Hotel Revenue and Expenses
               Adjusted for Asset Sales and New Orleans
                           ($ in millions)

                     Three Months             Nine Months
                         Ended                    Ended
                     September 30,            September 30,
                     -------------           ---------------
                      2004   2005  % Change    2004    2005  % Change
                      -----  ----- ---------  ------  ------ ---------

Revenue - owned
 hotels              $ 492  $ 489       (1)% $1,520  $1,559         3%
Less sold hotels and
 New Orleans           (86)   (31)             (299)   (223)
                      -----  -----            ------  ------
Revenue - comparable
 owned hotels        $ 406  $ 458        13% $1,221  $1,336         9%
                      =====  =====            ======  ======

Expenses - owned
 hotels              $ 365  $ 350       (4)% $1,116  $1,117         -%
Less sold hotels and
 New Orleans           (67)   (24)             (216)   (153)
                      -----  -----            ------  ------
Expenses -
 comparable owned
 hotels              $ 298  $ 326         9% $  900  $  964         7%
                      =====  =====            ======  ======
 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,"
prescribes the conditions for use of non-GAAP financial information in
public disclosures. We believe that our presentation of EBITDA and
Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, are important
supplemental measures of operating performance to investors. The
following discussion defines these terms and why we believe they are
useful measures of our performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
(EBITDA) is a commonly used measure of performance in our industry
which we believe, when considered with measures calculated in
accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
(GAAP), gives investors a more complete understanding of operating
results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and
income taxes, and facilitates comparisons between us and our
competitors. Management has historically adjusted EBITDA when
evaluating operating performance because we believe that the inclusion
or exclusion of certain recurring and non-recurring items described
below is necessary to provide the most accurate measure of our core
operating results and as a means to evaluate period-to-period results.
We have chosen to provide this information to investors to enable them
to perform more meaningful comparisons of past, present and future
operating results and as a means to evaluate the results of core
on-going operations. We do not reflect such items when calculating
EBITDA; however, we adjust for these items and refer to this measure
as Adjusted EBITDA. We have historically reported this measure to our
investors and believe that the continued inclusion of Adjusted EBITDA
provides consistency in our financial reporting. We use Adjusted
EBITDA in this press release because we believe it is useful to
investors in allowing greater transparency related to a significant
measure used by management in its financial and operational
decision making. Adjusted EBITDA is among the more significant factors
in management's internal evaluation of total company and individual
property performance and in the evaluation of incentive compensation
related to property management. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA
as a measure in determining the value of acquisitions and
dispositions. Adjusted EBITDA is also widely used by management in the
annual budget process. Externally, we believe these measures continue
to be used by investors in their assessment of our operating
performance and the valuation of our company. Adjusted EBITDA reflects
EBITDA adjusted for the following items:

   Gains and Losses on Asset Dispositions and Non-Recurring Items
   -------------------------------------------------------------------

    We exclude from Adjusted EBITDA the effect of gains and losses on
    asset dispositions and non-recurring items, such as asset
    write-downs and impairment losses. We believe the inclusion of
    these items is not consistent with reflecting the on-going
    performance of our assets. Management believes it is useful to
    exclude gains and losses on asset dispositions as these amounts
    are not reflective of our operating performance or the performance
    of our assets, and the amount of such items can vary dramatically
    from period to period. The timing and selection of an asset for
    disposition is subject to a number of variables that are generally
    unrelated to our on-going operations.

   Proportionate Share of Depreciation and Amortization of
   Unconsolidated Affiliates
   -------------------------------------------------------------------

    Our consolidated results include the equity earnings from our
    unconsolidated affiliates after the deduction of our proportionate
    share of depreciation and amortization expense from unconsolidated
    affiliates. We exclude our proportionate share of depreciation and
    amortization expense from unconsolidated affiliates from Adjusted
    EBITDA to provide a more accurate measure of our proportionate
    share of core operating results before investing activities and to
    provide consistency with the performance measure we use for our
    consolidated properties.

   Operating Interest and Dividend Income
   -------------------------------------------------------------------

    Interest and dividend income from investments related to operating
    activities is included in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. We
    consider this income, primarily interest on notes receivable
    issued to properties we manage or franchise and dividend income
    from investments related to the development of our core
    businesses, to be a part of our core operating results.

   Non-Controlled Interest
   -------------------------------------------------------------------

    We exclude from Adjusted EBITDA the operating income, net interest
    expense, tax provision and non-controlled interest reported on our
    income statement to the extent these amounts belong to other
    ownership interests. These exclusions are shown in their
    respective lines on the Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to
    EBITDA and Net Income.

   Minority Interest, Net
   -------------------------------------------------------------------

    We exclude the minority interest in the income or loss of our
    consolidated joint ventures because these amounts effectively
    include our minority partners' proportionate share of
    depreciation, amortization, interest and taxes, which are excluded
    from EBITDA.

Limitations on the Use of Non-GAAP Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------

The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations. Our
presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the
presentation used by other companies and therefore comparability may
be limited. Depreciation expense for various long-term assets,
interest expense, income taxes and other items have been and will be
incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA or
Adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the
overall evaluation of our results. Additionally, EBITDA and Adjusted
EBITDA do not consider capital expenditures and other investing
activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity.
We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant
disclosure of our depreciation, interest and income tax expense,
capital expenditures and other items both in our reconciliations to
the GAAP financial measures and in our consolidated financial
statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating our
performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used in addition to and in
conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and
Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net
income, operating income, or any other operating performance measure
prescribed by GAAP, nor should these measures be relied upon to the
exclusion of GAAP financial measures. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
reflect additional ways of viewing our operations that we believe,
when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliations to the
corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete
understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than could
be obtained absent this disclosure. Management strongly encourages
investors to review our financial information in its entirety and not
to rely on a single financial measure.


 
 

Note: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities law, including statements concerning business strategies and their intended results, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including the effects of economic conditions; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry, relationships with clients and property owners; the impact of government regulations; and the availability of capital to finance growth, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements herein.

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Contact:

Hilton Hotels Corporation
Marc Grossman, 310-205-4030
marc_grossman@hilton.com
 

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Also See: Hilton Hotels Corporation In Discussions to Acquire Hilton Group's Lodging Business / October 2005
Hilton Hotels 3rd Qtr Earnings Rose to $61 million from $34 million in the Year-earlier Period, RevPAR Increases 7.3% / Hotel Operting Statistics / October 2004

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