SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 4, 2013 -- Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH), a western U.S. based owner, operator and franchisor of midscale hotels, today announced its results for the third quarter 2013.

For complete results and tables please visit: http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/CVH/2773029917x0x703044/4277f62b-80b9-49ff-9430-3baaef3c054b/RLH_News_2013_11_4_General.pdf

Highlights:

  • Improved ADR and RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels for the quarter by 4.2 percent and 2.8 percent respectively, over prior year
  • Increased comparable hotel direct operating margin for the quarter by 220 basis points, over prior year
  • Increased comparable EBITDA from continuing operations before special items for the quarter by 8.3 percent, over prior year
  • Launched individual hotel microsites
  • Achieved 2013 goal of 30 franchised hotels

Comparable operating results and data from continuing operations (as disclosed in the table by the same title) for the periods included in this release exclude from hotel operations the results of the hotels or operations that have been sold in the past four quarters. Throughout this release the company refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the tables attached to this release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measure determined in accordance with GAAP.

"With the recent conversion of three hotels to Red Lion brands, we have added a record 11 franchises this year, achieving our goal of 30 franchised properties in the Red Lion network by the end of 2013," said Interim President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Evans. "We also increased our ADR by 4.2 percent, improved hotel direct operating margin by 220 basis points and grew comparable EBITDA from continuing operations before special items by 8.3 percent year-over-year. We are pleased with our strong operational performance."

Evans continued, "The search for our next president and chief executive officer is well underway. The national executive search firm Spencer Stuart has identified numerous qualified candidates who have expressed interest in the position, underscoring the strength of the Red Lion brand and the company's future."

Third Quarter 2013 Results

Total comparable revenue from owned and leased hotels of $38.6 million increased $0.8 million or 2.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago, driven primarily by an increase in comparable rooms revenue. Year over year, comparable third quarter ADR increased by 4.2 percent to $93.85, which resulted in a RevPAR increase of 2.8 percent to $70.86. The ADR increase generated a 220 basis point improvement in comparable hotel direct operating margin from 26.7 percent to 28.9 percent.

Franchise revenue increased to $2.4 million from $1.6 million, led by the increase in the number of franchised hotels in the system and contractual increases in room rate on existing franchised hotels. Net segment profits increased $0.2 million over prior year to $0.5 million.

Entertainment revenue of $1.6 million rose $0.2 million from the 2012 third quarter, primarily due to increased ticketing demand.

On a comparable basis, total company EBITDA from continuing operations before special items was $8.3 million for the 2013 third quarter, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year period.

Income from continuing operations in the 2013 third quarter improved to $1.5 million compared to $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Discontinued Operations The operations of the company's previously owned commercial mall in Kalispell, Montana, the Red Lion Hotel Medford in Oregon, the ownership of certain real estate in Sacramento, California, and a contract catering business in Yakima, Washington, were classified as discontinued operations in prior periods. As required under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), Red Lion separately reports the results of these operations including any related asset impairment charges, net of income taxes as "Income (loss) from discontinued operations" on the company's consolidated statement of comprehensive income (loss) for all periods presented.

Liquidity and Balance Sheet

At Sept. 30, 2013, the company had $27.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and no cash borrowings on its $10 million revolving line of credit. Additionally, at Sept. 30, 2013, the company had outstanding debt of $75.4 million, of which $3.0 million was current.

Capital expenditures, primarily for guest room improvement projects, for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, totaled $3.8 million and $8.5 million, respectively.

Franchise Update

During the third quarter, the company signed three franchise agreements:

  • Red Lion Inn & Suites Walla Walla, Washington - converted in October 2013
  • Red Lion Hotel Ontario Airport, California – converted in October 2013
  • Red Lion Inn & Suites Perris, California – converted in November 2013

Assets Held for Sale During the third quarter, the company sold the Red Lion Hotel Medford in Oregon for $2.8 million.

Outlook for 2013 Based on the outlook for the markets in which the company operates and on currently available information, the company reaffirms its previously announced RevPAR guidance and capital expenditure estimates for 2013:

  • Full year 2013 RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels is expected to increase 1 to 3 percent over 2012, primarily due to ADR increases.
  • The company expects to invest $12-$16 million in capital improvements in 2013.

Conference Call Information

The company will conduct a conference call on Nov. 4, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time), to discuss the results for interested investors, analysts and portfolio managers. Hosting the call will be Interim President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Evans and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Julie Shiflett.

To participate in the conference call, please dial the following number ten minutes prior to the scheduled time: (800) 230-1092. International callers should dial (612) 332-0107.

This conference call will also be webcast live on www.redlion.com in the Investor Relations section of the website. To listen to the live call, please go to the Red Lion website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be available at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 4, 2013, through Dec. 2, 2013, at (800) 475-6701 or (320) 365-3844 (International), using access code - 305416. The replay will also be available shortly after the call on the Red Lion website.

About Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of hotels located in ten states and one Canadian province. As of Nov. 4, 2013, the company has 55 hotels system wide. The Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn & Suites network is comprised of 53 hotels with 9,195 rooms and 462,822 square feet of meeting space. The Leo Hotel Collection is comprised of two hotels with 3,256 rooms and 241,000 square feet of meeting space. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

Contact: Pam Scott, Director of Corporate Communications

(509) 777-6393

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