April 24, 2014 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time - STAMFORD, Conn.-Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today reported first quarter 2014 financial results.

First Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Excluding special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.63. Including special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.71.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $281 million.
  • Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $122 million. Including special items, income from continuing operations was $136 million.
  • Worldwide Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels increased 6.3% in constant dollars (5.0% in actual dollars) compared to 2013. Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels in North America increased 7.1% in constant dollars (6.4% in actual dollars).
  • Management fees, franchise fees and other income increased 14.3% compared to 2013.
  • Worldwide Same-Store Company-Operated gross operating profit margins increased approximately 150 basis points compared to 2013.
  • Worldwide REVPAR for Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels increased 4.7% in constant dollars (2.9% in actual dollars) compared to 2013.
  • Margins at Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels Worldwide increased approximately 150 basis points compared to 2013.
  • Earnings from Starwood's vacation ownership and residential business decreased approximately $64 million compared to 2013, including a $48 million decrease in earnings from the St. Regis Bal Harbour residential project which is substantially sold out.
  • During the quarter, the Company signed 28 hotel management and franchise contracts, representing approximately 6,000 rooms, and opened 10 hotels and resorts with approximately 1,900 rooms.

First Quarter 2014 Earnings Summary

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. ("Starwood" or the "Company") today reported EPS from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2014 of $0.71 compared to $0.73 in the first quarter of 2013. Excluding special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.63 for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $0.76 in the first quarter of 2013. Special items in the first quarter of 2014, which totaled a benefit of $14 million (after-tax), included $50 million in tax benefits, primarily related to the settlement of a tax audit, partially offset by a pre-tax charge of $36 million primarily related to the impairment of two hotels, one of which was sold in early April subject to a long-term franchise contract and the other of which represents a leased hotel that will be converted to a managed hotel in the second quarter of 2014. Special items in the first quarter of 2013, which totaled a charge of $5 million (after-tax), included a loss of $8 million (pre-tax) primarily related to the sale of three wholly-owned hotels. Excluding special items, the effective income tax rate in the first quarter of 2014 was 32.2% compared to 31.3% in the first quarter of 2013.

Income from continuing operations was $136 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $143 million in the first quarter of 2013. Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $122 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $148 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Net income was $137 million and $0.72 per share in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $213 million and $1.09 per share in the first quarter of 2013.

Frits van Paasschen, CEO, said, "The first quarter of 2014 played out at the higher end of our expectations, with Systemwide REVPAR up 6.3% and management and franchise fees up over 9%. North America was our strongest region, benefitting from the economic recovery and growth in business travel which contributed to another quarter of record occupancy. We saw a strong pickup in China, driven by the outperformance of our properties in mainland China and ramp up of our nearly 4,000 room Sheraton Macao.

"Despite an uncertain economic and geopolitical environment, we remain focused on growing our footprint around the world with high quality hotels under our nine distinct brands. Each new hotel we bring into our system creates opportunities for further growth, allowing us to expand our global base of high-end travelers. The brand loyalty among these travelers, along with our global sales force, guest facing technology and local teams, enable us to deliver even more value to our hotel owners."

First Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Management and Franchise Revenues

Worldwide Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels increased 6.3% in constant dollars (5.0% in actual dollars) compared to the first quarter of 2013. International Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels increased 5.4% in constant dollars (3.4% in actual dollars).

Changes in REVPAR for Worldwide Systemwide Same-Store Hotels by region:

Changes in REVPAR for Worldwide Systemwide Same-Store Hotels by brand:

Worldwide Same-Store Company-Operated gross operating profit margins increased approximately 150 basis points compared to 2013. International gross operating profit margins for Same-Store Company-Operated properties increased approximately 180 basis points. North American Same-Store Company-Operated gross operating profit margins increased approximately 100 basis points.

Management fees, franchise fees and other income were $248 million, up $31 million, or 14.3% compared to the first quarter of 2013. Management fees increased 8.9% to $135 million and franchise fees increased 10.4% to $53 million. Other management and franchise revenue was up 35.9% compared to the first quarter of 2013 primarily due to fees associated with the termination of certain management and franchise contracts during the quarter.

Development

During the first quarter of 2014, the Company signed 28 hotel management and franchise contracts, representing approximately 6,000 rooms, of which 23 are new builds and five are conversions from other brands. At March 31, 2014, the Company had approximately 450 hotels in the active pipeline representing approximately 105,000 rooms.

During the first quarter of 2014, 10 new hotels and resorts (representing approximately 1,900 rooms) entered the system, including Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort (UAE, 205 rooms), The Westin Qingdao (China, 321 rooms), Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel (Dominican Republic, 245 rooms), Aloft Guadalajara (Mexico, 142 rooms), and Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane (Australia, 245 rooms). During the quarter, five properties (representing approximately 1,200 rooms) were removed from the system.

Owned Hotels

Worldwide REVPAR at Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels increased 4.7% in constant dollars (2.9% in actual dollars) when compared to 2013. REVPAR at Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels in North America increased 5.5% in constant dollars (2.8% actual dollars). Internationally, Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotel REVPAR increased 4.0% in constant dollars (2.9% in actual dollars).

Revenues at Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels Worldwide increased 4.2% in constant dollars (2.3% in actual dollars) while costs and expenses increased 2.1% in constant dollars (0.6% in actual dollars) when compared to 2013. Margins at these hotels increased approximately 150 basis points compared to 2013.

Revenues at Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels in North America increased 5.0% in constant dollars (2.4% in actual dollars) while costs and expenses increased 3.5% in constant dollars (1.0% in actual dollars) when compared to 2013. Margins at these hotels increased approximately 110 basis points compared to 2013.

Internationally, revenues at Starwood Same-Store Owned Hotels increased 3.5% in constant dollars (2.2% in actual dollars) while costs and expenses increased 0.7% in constant dollars (0.2% in actual dollars) when compared to 2013. Margins at these hotels increased approximately 170 basis points compared to 2013.

Revenues at Owned Hotels were $364 million, compared to $379 million in 2013. Expenses at Owned Hotels were $301 million compared to $320 million in 2013. First quarter revenues were negatively impacted by asset sales since the first quarter of 2013.

Vacation Ownership

Total vacation ownership revenues decreased 10.2% to $159 million in the first quarter of 2014 when compared to 2013 primarily due to the impact of deferred vacation ownership revenue. Originated contract sales of vacation ownership intervals increased 1.2% in the three months ended March 31, 2014, when compared to the corresponding period in 2013, primarily due to a 3.4% increase in the average price per vacation ownership unit sold to $16,800, partially offset by a 2.8% decrease in the number of contracts signed.

Residential

During the first quarter of 2014, the Company's residential revenues were $15 million compared to $132 million in 2013. The Company realized residential revenues from Bal Harbour of $13 million and generated earnings of $10 million, compared to revenues of $129 million and earnings of $58 million in the first quarter of 2013, due to the substantial sell out of The St. Regis Bal Harbour residential project.

Selling, General, Administrative and Other

During the first quarter of 2014, selling, general, administrative and other expenses increased 5.6% to $95 million compared to $90 million in 2013. The Company continues to target a 3-5% increase for the full year.

Capital

Gross capital spending during the quarter included approximately $44 million of maintenance capital and $49 million of development capital.

Asset Sales

During the first quarter of 2014, the Company completed the sale of The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami Beach, FL for gross cash proceeds of approximately $213 million subject to a long-term management contract. Subsequent to the end of the first quarter of 2014, the Company completed the sale of the Aloft Tucson University in Tucson, AZ for gross cash proceeds of approximately $19 million, subject to a long-term franchise contract.

Dividend

On February 21, 2014, the Company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.35 per share, which was paid on March 28, 2014. Additionally, the Company announced its intention to return approximately $500 million in cash realized from the completion of The St. Regis Bal Harbour residential project and sale of the hotel. Accordingly, the Company paid a special dividend of $0.65 per share on March 28, 2014 and expects to pay additional special dividends of $0.65 per share over each of the next three quarters. The total dividends paid in the first quarter of 2014 were approximately $190 million.

Balance Sheet

At March 31, 2014, the Company had gross debt of $1.3 billion, cash and cash equivalents of $795 million (including $138 million of restricted cash) and net debt of $473 million, compared to net debt of $528 million as of December 31, 2013, in each case excluding debt and restricted cash associated with securitized vacation ownership notes receivable. Net debt at March 31, 2014, including $327 million of debt and $14 million of restricted cash associated with securitized vacation ownership notes receivable, was $786 million.

Outlook

For the full year 2014:

  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $1.210 billion to $1.230 billion (based on the assumptions below).
    • REVPAR increases at Same-Store Company-Operated Hotels Worldwide of 5% to 7% in constant dollars (approximately 25 basis points lower in actual dollars at current exchange rates).
    • REVPAR increases at Same-Store Owned Hotels Worldwide of 4% to 6% in constant dollars (approximately 50 basis points lower in actual dollars at current exchange rates).
    • Margins at Same-Store Owned Hotels Worldwide increase 75 to 125 basis points.
    • Management fees, franchise fees and other income increase approximately 8% to 10%.
    • Earnings from the Company's vacation ownership and residential business of approximately $160 million to $170 million.
    • Selling, general and administrative expenses increase approximately 3% to 5%.
    • Full year owned earnings are negatively impacted by approximately $30 million due to 2013 and year to date 2014 asset sales, and a leased hotel that will be converted to a managed hotel in 2014.
  • Depreciation and amortization is expected to be approximately $310 million.
  • Interest expense is expected to be approximately $115 million.
  • Full year effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 32.5%, and cash taxes from operating earnings are expected to be approximately $160 million.
  • EPS before special items is expected to be approximately $2.76 to $2.83 (based on the assumptions above).
  • Full year capital expenditures (excluding vacation ownership and residential inventory) are expected to be approximately $200 million for maintenance, renovation and technology. In addition, in-flight investment projects and prior commitments for joint ventures and other investments are expected to total approximately $200 million.
  • Vacation ownership is expected to generate approximately $300 million in positive cash flow, including proceeds from the securitization of receivables the company anticipates completing in the second half of 2014.

For the three months ended June 30, 2014:

  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $310 million to $320 million (based on the assumptions below).
    • REVPAR increases at Same-Store Company-Operated Hotels Worldwide of 5% to 7% in constant and actual dollars.
    • REVPAR increases at Same-Store Company Owned Hotels Worldwide of 4% to 6% in constant and actual dollars.
    • Management fees, franchise fees and other income increase approximately 8% to 10%.
    • Earnings from the Company's vacation ownership and residential business of approximately $40 million to $45 million.
  • Depreciation and amortization is expected to be approximately $75 million.
  • Interest expense is expected to be approximately $30 million.
  • The effective tax rate for the quarter is expected to be approximately 32.5% (based on the assumptions above).

EPS is expected to be approximately $0.72 to $0.76 (based on the assumptions above).

Special Items

The Company's special items netted to a pre-tax charge of $36 million ($14 million benefit after-tax) in the first quarter of 2014 compared to a pre-tax charge of $8 million ($5 million after-tax) in the same period of 2013.

The following represents a reconciliation of income from continuing operations before special items to income from continuing operations including special items (in millions, except per share data):

a) During the three months ended March 31, 2014, the net loss primarily relates to the impairment of two hotels, one of which was sold in early April subject to a long-term franchise contract and the other of which represents a leased hotel that will be converted to a managed hotel in the second quarter of 2014. In addition during the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Company recorded an impairment charge associated with one of its foreign unconsolidated joint ventures. During the three months ended March 31, 2013, the net loss primarily relates to the sale of three wholly-owned hotels.

b) During the three months ended March 31, 2014, the net benefit primarily relates to the recognition of $52 million for settlement of a foreign tax audit, partially offset by tax charges on the pre-tax special items. During the three months ended March 31, 2013, the benefit primarily relates to a tax benefit on the special items at the statutory tax rate.

The Company has included the above supplemental information concerning special items to assist investors in analyzing Starwood's financial position and results of operations. The Company has chosen to provide this information to investors to enable them to perform meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means to emphasize the results of core ongoing operations.

To view corresponding tables for this release please visit:

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About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, including reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com or contact Investor Relations at (203) 351-3500.

Contact: Stephen Pettibone

203-351-3500

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