Choice Hotels Reports Q1 2017 Net Income of $28.7 Million Compared to $21.2 Million Q1 2016
May 4, 2017 8:07am
ROCKVILLE, Md. , May 4, 2017 -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, today reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 . Net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $28.7 million or $0.51 per diluted share, compared with $21.2 million or $0.37 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2016. First quarter adjusted earnings before income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $56.4 million , compared with $45.6 million in the prior year first quarter, a 24-percent increase.
"Choice Hotels continues to be a leader in the hospitality industry, representing 1 in 10 hotels in the U.S. The success of our first quarter financial and development results builds on our 2016 momentum," said Stephen P. Joyce, chief executive officer. "Our strategic focus to help increase franchisee profitability, grow our development pipeline, and strengthen our core business is reflected in our operating results, highlighted by our continued RevPAR growth and the 51-percent increase in new domestic franchise agreements from the first quarter 2016. More importantly, Choice is optimistic that these positive outcomes will continue for both our franchisees and shareholders."
Highlights of the company's first quarter 2017 results are as follows:
Use of Cash Flows
During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the company paid cash dividends totaling approximately $12 million. Based on the current quarterly dividend rate of $0.215 per common share, the company expects to pay dividends of approximately $49 million during 2017.
The company did not repurchase shares of common stock under its share repurchase program during the three months ended March 31, 2017. The company currently has authorization to purchase up to 4.0 million additional shares under this program.
Hotel Development & Financing
Pursuant to its program to encourage acceleration of the growth of our upscale Cambria hotels & suites brand, the company advanced approximately $43 million in support of the brand's development during the three months ended March 31, 2017. The company also recycled approximately $1 million of prior investments in Cambria development projects, resulting in net advances of $42 million for the current year. Advances under this program are primarily in the form of joint venture investments, forgivable key money loans, senior mortgage loans, development loans, mezzanine lending, and through the operation of a land-banking program. On March 31, 2017, the company had approximately $244 million reflected in its consolidated balance sheet pursuant to these financial support activities. With respect to lending and joint venture investments, the company generally expects to recycle these loans and investments within a five-year period.
The company's consolidated 2017 outlook reflects the following assumptions:
Non-Hotel Franchising Activities
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Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest hotel companies. With approximately 6,500 hotels franchised in more than 40 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe. As of March 31, 2017 , 795 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels ™ brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 30 million members and counting, our Choice Privileges® rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from instant, every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join. All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at www.choicehotels.com for more information.
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