Orient-Express Hotels Reports Q4 2013 Results; Same Store RevPAR up 9%
February 28, 2014 8:52am
HAMILTON, Bermuda-Feb. 27, 2014-- Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE: OEH, www.orient-express.com) (the “Company”), owners, part-owners or managers of 45 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and river cruise properties operating in 22 countries, today announced its results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.
Total revenue was $138.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $11.5 million or 9% from $126.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total hotels revenue for the fourth quarter was $113.3 million, an increase of $7.9 million or 7% from $105.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 due largely to 9% growth in US dollar same store owned hotels RevPAR. Total trains & cruises revenue in the fourth quarter was $24.7 million, up $3.6 million or 17% from $21.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Total adjusted EBITDA was $21.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of $2.3 million from $19.1 million in the prior-year period. This 12% growth was primarily the result of strong growth at Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, continued strength of the Company’s hotel and river cruise operations in Myanmar and record fourth quarter performance at Charleston Place, Charleston, South Carolina, partially offset by a year-over-year decrease at Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg, Russia due in part to a 9 percentage point decrease in occupancy.
Adjusted net losses from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $8.4 million ($0.08 per common share) compared with adjusted net losses of $9.8 million ($0.10 per common share) in the fourth quarter of 2012.
John Scott, president and chief executive officer, commented: “Our fourth quarter closed out an impressive year for the Company, during which we focused on improving our core operations and, as a result, posted significant growth. We started the year strongly and continued to build on that early momentum, peaking at 28% year-over-year adjusted EBITDA growth for our seasonally significant third quarter and closing out the year with 12% adjusted EBITDA growth for the fourth quarter. Overall, we finished 2013 with adjusted EBITDA of $119.7 million, representing 17% growth over 2012. Same store adjusted EBITDA retention (excluding El Encanto, which opened in March 2013) was 44% in 2013. I attribute our meaningful growth and above-target retention to a continued focus on revenue and EBITDA generation at the property level – with ten properties generating their best-ever full year adjusted EBITDA results, the benefit of macro-economic tailwinds in various locations and the implementation of cost-reduction activities at the corporate level.
“With an encouraging 2013 behind us, we are now looking forward to a strong 2014. Based on our current forecast, we are projecting flat RevPAR growth for our owned hotels in the first quarter but 4% to 8% local currency RevPAR growth for the full year 2014.
“On another note, I want to reiterate our enthusiasm for the upcoming introduction into the market of our new brand, Belmond, which we will use as a platform to operate our collection of luxury hotels and travel experiences. We created Belmond after extensive research and intend to utilize this brand when marketing our luxury properties. We expect to invest $5.0 million in this wholly-owned brand in 2014 in a coordinated effort that will serve to heighten brand awareness, attract new guests and build cross-visitation for our iconic hotel and travel portfolio. We will formally announce Belmond to the travel trade and consumers in the coming weeks in what we believe is another positive step in our efforts to highlight the unique nature of our portfolio and drive incremental revenue at our properties.”
The Company is seeking to refinance all or substantially all of the funded debt of the Company and its subsidiaries (other than the debt of Charleston Place, a consolidated variable interest entity) through a single corporate debt facility consisting of a term loan and a revolving credit facility. This transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the first quarter.
The Company is taking a further positive step in its portfolio optimization program and expansion into the third-party management arena by selling The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland to an affiliate of Capital Properties for gross proceeds of $39.7 million. In December 2013, the Company collected a $4.0 million non-refundable deposit related to this sale and, in January 2014, the Company collected an additional $1.0 million non-refundable deposit. The $4.0 million deposit collected in 2013 is included in restricted cash on the Company’s December 31, 2013 balance sheet. The Company intends to use $11.0 million of the sale proceeds to repay a portion of the debt secured by this asset and ‘21’ Club in New York City, with the majority of the remaining proceeds being reinvested in the Company’s core assets via meaningful revenue-generating projects. After closing the sale of this hotel, which is expected to take place in March 2014, the Company will continue to manage the 78-key property through a ten-year management agreement. As part of its contract to manage the hotel, the Company has committed $3.0 million of key money to be used for agreed capital improvements.
Earlier this month, the Company announced that its board of directors had approved the introduction of a new brand, Belmond, under which the Company will market and operate its collection of luxury hotels and travel experiences starting in March 2014. The Belmond brand was chosen after extensive research and evaluation of a number of alternatives. In introducing and utilizing the Belmond name, the Company expects to invest in a brand that it owns and controls. The Company will retain its long-term license agreement with SNCF, the French transportation company that owns the Orient-Express trademark, for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. With the decision to introduce the Belmond brand, the Company also entered into an agreement with SNCF to terminate the existing Orient-Express license for hotel use without any cost or penalty.
In December 2013, the Company commenced an approximate $7.5 million renovation of the 81-key Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, Peru. The hotel closed at that time and is expected to reopen in April 2014 in time for the start of Peru’s high season. To address Lima’s growing appeal to both corporate and leisure travelers, the project consists of a full refurbishment and reconfiguration of the top three floors of the hotel, including 29 rooms and suites, as well as the creation of a dedicated business floor that includes a new business lounge. The project also includes the soft refurbishment of the hotel’s remaining 52 rooms as well as the lobby bar and top-floor restaurant.
In November 2013, the Company announced that it was unable to continue operating Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali, Indonesia following the repossession by its third-party owner without prior notice. The Company believes the owner's actions are unlawful and in breach of its lease arrangement with the owner and is pursuing its legal remedies under its lease. While the Company believes it has a strong case on the merits, it may ultimately be unsuccessful in recovering the hotel or otherwise in pursuing its remedies against the owner and, accordingly, recorded a $7.0 million non-cash impairment charge in the fourth quarter.
The Company has changed its segment reporting for its trains & cruises segment to break out owned operations from part-owned / managed operations. Additionally, the Company has included its only stand-alone restaurant, '21' Club, in owned hotels of North America and has eliminated its former real estate segment, which now would be immaterial as a separate segment.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, revenue from owned hotels was $33.5 million, up $1.4 million or 4% from $32.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Italian hotels, all of which commenced their seasonal closures during the fourth quarter, had a combined year-over-year revenue increase of $2.1 million, with Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, Sicily recording the largest revenue increase at $0.9 million. Revenue for the European hotels was helped by a stronger euro, which contributed 50% of the year-over-year increase for hotels where the functional currency is the euro, but hurt by a weaker Russian ruble, which contributed $0.5 million of the $1.6 million year-over-year revenue decline at Grand Hotel Europe.
Same store RevPAR in Europe was up 11% in US dollars compared to the prior-year quarter and 7% in local currency due to a 14% increase in average daily rate (“ADR”) in US dollars (9% in local currency), offset by a 1 percentage point decrease in occupancy.
EBITDA for the fourth quarter of $0.5 million was $2.1 million less than the $2.6 million recorded for the fourth quarter of 2012. EBITDA at Grand Hotel Europe was down $2.7 million year-over-year as a result of decreased group business and increased local competition, which translated into a 9 percentage point decrease in occupancy and negatively impacted food & beverage revenue, the temporary closure of two of the hotel’s restaurants for a planned renovation, $0.3 million of non-recurring costs and, to a lesser extent, the aforementioned currency depreciation. Partially offsetting this decline, EBITDA at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire, England and Grand Hotel Timeo was up $0.5 million and $0.4 million, respectively.
Revenue from owned hotels for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $38.6 million, up $5.7 million or 17% from $32.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Revenue growth in the fourth quarter was driven by El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California, which had revenue for the quarter of $3.4 million during its first year of operations, and Charleston Place, which generated revenue growth of $1.5 million or 10%.
Same store RevPAR in the region increased by 6% in US dollars and 5% in local currency due to a 3% increase in same store ADR in US dollars (3% in local currency) and a 2 percentage point increase in same store occupancy.
EBITDA for the region was $5.8 million in the quarter, up $0.2 million or 4% from $5.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 primarily due to Charleston Place, which had EBITDA growth of $0.6 million or 12% in a record fourth quarter performance, partially offset by a $1.2 million EBITDA loss at El Encanto, as the hotel’s earnings continue to stabilize, and a $0.3 million EBITDA decline at Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Rest of World:
Following the owner’s repossession of Ubud Hanging Gardens in November 2013, results from this hotel have been moved to discontinued operations starting with the fourth quarter of 2013. For comparability, prior-year results have been restated to conform to this presentation.
Revenue from owned hotels for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $40.0 million, an increase of $1.1 million or 3% compared to $38.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The growth was primarily the result of a $2.4 million increase in revenue at Copacabana Palace, where portions of the main building of the hotel were closed for a planned renovation in the fourth quarter of 2012, and a $0.4 million increase at The Governor’s Residence, Yangon due to continued strong demand for Myanmar. This growth was partially offset by a $0.9 million decrease at Miraflores Park Hotel due to the planned closure of the hotel for renovation in December 2013 and a $0.5 million decrease at the Company’s three safari camps in Botswana.
Same store RevPAR for the region was up 10% in US dollars and 15% in local currency due to a 4 percentage point increase in occupancy and a 3% increase in ADR in US dollars (7% in local currency). The strong occupancy growth was largely driven by a 24 percentage point increase at Copacabana Palace.
EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2013 of $12.3 million was $1.3 million or 12% higher than in the prior-year quarter due primarily to increases of $1.7 million and $0.3 million at Copacabana Palace and The Governor’s Residence, respectively, partially offset by a $0.6 million decrease at Miraflores Park Hotel.
Part-owned / managed hotels:
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1.2 million, down $0.3 million or 20% from $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. This decrease was primarily attributable to Hotel Ritz Madrid, Spain, which operated under difficult market conditions throughout the year.
EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $1.0 million was down $0.1 million from EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 due primarily to decreases from the Company’s Hotel Ritz Madrid and Peru hotels joint ventures, partially offset by cost savings related to the closure of the Singapore development office earlier in 2013.
Owned trains & cruises:
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $20.6 million, up $2.5 million or 14% from $18.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. This increase was primarily the result of the Orcaella river cruiser in Myanmar, which generated $1.7 million of revenue in its first year of operations, and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which saw a $0.9 million increase in revenue as compared to the prior-year quarter.
EBITDA of $4.2 million was $0.7 million or 20% greater than the $3.5 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2012 primarily due to $0.5 million of EBITDA from Orcaella and a $0.5 million EBITDA increase for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
Part-owned / managed trains:
EBITDA of $4.1 million was $1.1 million or 37% greater than the $3.0 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2012 primarily due to an 18% increase in passengers at the Company’s PeruRail joint venture.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, central overheads were $7.5 million compared to $8.5 million in the prior-year period, a savings of $1.0 million or 12% primarily due to costs incurred in the fourth quarter of 2012 associated with executive recruitment and an unsolicited proposal to acquire the Company. Central costs in the fourth quarter of 2013 included $0.7 of brand-related costs, which are part of an adjustment in the Company’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA.
The Company also incurred $3.9 million of non-cash share-based compensation expense compared to $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Following a change in accounting policy, the expense for this quarter included a $1.1 million non-recurring expense related to the amortization of share-based compensation for employees of retirement age, which is an adjustment in the Company’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA.
Depreciation and amortization:
The depreciation and amortization charge for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $14.3 million was up $2.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2012 as a result of the completion of several recent capital projects.
The interest charge for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $9.5 million, up $2.2 million from $7.3 million in the prior year quarter. The Company did not capitalize any interest related to El Encanto in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $1.0 million in the prior-year quarter.
Other income for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $3.5 million related to a discount received for early repayment of debt secured by the Company’s European trains.
The tax charge from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $9.1 million compared to a charge of $12.6 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Fourth quarter 2013 tax expense included a $2.2 million deferred tax charge relating to prior periods compared to a fourth quarter deferred tax charge of $3.8 million in 2012. The current quarter tax charge also included a $1.2 million deferred tax benefit in respect of fixed asset timing differences following depreciation of local currencies against the US dollar compared to a fourth quarter expense of $0.2 million in the prior-year quarter.
Net loss from discontinued operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $4.4 million compared to net income of $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The current quarter results included a $7.0 million non-cash impairment charge related to long-lived assets and goodwill and a $0.4 million write-off of net current assets, both of which resulted from the unannounced repossession of Ubud Hanging Gardens. These charges were partially offset by tax benefits of $2.2 million for Ubud Hanging Gardens and $1.0 million related to the 2012 sale of The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Company invested a total of $14.2 million in its portfolio during the fourth quarter of 2013, including $2.6 million at Charleston Place primarily for its rooms renovation project, $2.1 million at Grand Hotel Europe primarily for renovating the hotel’s restaurants and kitchen and converting 19 historic rooms into suites, $1.8 million at Miraflores Park Hotel for renovation, $1.1 million at Copacabana Palace primarily for the hotel’s new pan-Asian restaurant, and the balance for routine capital expenditures.
At December 31, 2013, the Company had total debt (including the current portion and debt of consolidated variable interest entities) of $639.8 million, working capital loans of $0.1 and cash balances of $136.8 million (including $13.6 million of total restricted cash, of which $7.6 million was in other assets), resulting in total net debt of $503.0 million compared to total net debt at the end of 2012 of $505.6 million. At December 31, 2013, the ratio of net debt to trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA was 4.2 times, down from 4.9 times at December 31, 2012.
Undrawn amounts available to the Company at December 31, 2013 under short-term lines of credit were $2.9 million, bringing total cash availability (excluding restricted cash) at December 31, 2013 to $126.1 million.
At December 31, 2013, approximately 42% of the Company’s debt was at fixed interest rates and 58% was at floating interest rates. The weighted average maturity of the debt was approximately 2.2 years and the weighted average interest rate was 4.1%. The Company had $72.8 million of debt repayments due within twelve months. These obligations are expected to be met through a combination of operating cash flow, proceeds from recent divestment of non-core assets, refinancing of the facilities and utilization of available cash.
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