|COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 13, 1999 - Red Roof Inns, Inc.
(NYSE: RRI), one of the leading economy lodging chains in the United States,
today reported record financial results for first quarter 1999. Diluted
earnings per share for the quarter were 5 cents, up 150 percent over first
quarter diluted earnings per share of 2 cents in 1998. Revenues for the
quarter totaled $85.7 million, a 1 percent increase from the same period
last year. Fee-based revenue increased significantly this quarter to almost
$1 million, up 86 percent from first quarter 1998. Net income was $1.3
million, up 147 percent over first quarter 1998 net income of $0.5 million.
Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)
increased 7 percent to $24.0 million for the quarter from $22.4 million
in 1998. Free cash flow (cash flows from operations less net capital expenditures)
was $4.2 million for the first quarter, an increase of $11.1 million over
the 1998 first quarter deficit of $6.9 million.
"Red Roof Inns had an excellent first quarter. We continue to have a positive earnings outlook for the balance of the year," said Francis W. "Butch" Cash, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "We are staying focused on our franchise growth strategy, continually improving our operating efficiencies and implementing new marketing programs."
"We've now completed all the Inns in our corporate development pipeline, opening three properties during the first quarter. They include Inns in Brentwood, Tenn., Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., and our newest property in downtown Columbus," Cash continued. "Our strategic focus is now squarely on franchised Inn development. At the end of the first quarter, we had 47 franchised properties open, up from 7 that were open at the end of first quarter 1998. We are on target to exceed our 50 planned openings for 1999. With our aggressive franchising strategy, we expect our fee-based revenue to show continued significant increases in the future."
The Company's operating performance was impacted by a challenging quarter- to-quarter comparison in which 1998 first quarter RevPAR increased more than 6 percent and occupancy increased 8 percentage points. The Comparable Inn occupancy rate dropped 2.7 percentage points to 69.2 percent for the first quarter. This decline can be attributed to the Company's 25th anniversary promotion in first quarter 1998 and the severe winter weather in 1999. Net ADR (Average Daily Rate) for Comparable Inns was up 2.8 percent for the first quarter while Comparable Inn RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room) dropped 1.0 percent.
The Company used its free cash flow to repurchase 447,500 shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 1999, bringing the total shares repurchased under the 1 million share authorization to 796,900 shares. The Board of Directors authorized the expansion of the Company's share repurchase program from 1 million to 2 million shares on May 12, 1999. Cash commented, "The continuation of our share repurchase program represents an excellent investment opportunity for Red Roof Inns."
Red Roof Inns, Inc. (NYSE: RRI) is one of the leading economy lodging
chains in the U.S. With more than 300 properties and over 35,000 rooms
in 37 states and the District of Columbia, Red Roof Inns offers business
and leisure travelers exceptional value, quality and convenience. With
one of the highest occupancy rates in the industry, Red Roof Inns is expanding
its operations through franchising and strategic partnerships.
(b) Average daily rate per occupied room is room revenue (less sales allowances) divided by the total number of rooms occupied.
(c) Revenue per available room is the occupancy percentage times the average daily rate per occupied room.
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