News for the Hospitality Executive
Wyndham Report 1st Qtr 2008 Net Income of $42 million, Down
from $86 million in Prior Year; Revenue Flat at $1.01 billion
Wyndham Hotel Brand Operating Statistics
PARSIPPANY, N.J. May 1, 2008 — Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2008.
FIRST QUARTER 2008 HIGHLIGHTS:
• First quarter 2008 revenues were $1.0 billion, with solid performance across the Company’s three businesses. Revenue growth was reduced, as expected, by the impact of $82 million in deferred vacation ownership revenue.
o Gross Vacation Ownership Interest sales increased 7% compared to the first quarter of 2007.• First quarter 2008 net income was $42 million or $0.24 diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income excluding legacy and rebranding charges was $62 million or $0.35 adjusted diluted earnings per share. The Company had provided first quarter EPS guidance of $0.30-0.35.
• During the first quarter of 2008, Wyndham Worldwide repurchased approximately 520,000 shares. At March 31, 2008, approximately $155 million remained under the Company’s previously announced share repurchase program.
• On April 25, 2008, the Company priced a term securitization transaction involving the issuance of $200 million of investment grade asset-backed notes by Sierra Timeshare 2008-1 Receivables Funding, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The transaction is expected to close on May 1, 2008.
“Wyndham Worldwide’s portfolio of resilient businesses and brands produced strong first-quarter results despite the challenging economic environment,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Wyndham Worldwide chairman and chief executive officer. “We are focused on our growth strategy while prudently managing costs, and we remain confident that our business model offers balance, strength and stability across economic cycles.”
FIRST QUARTER 2008 OPERATING RESULTS
Revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $1.0 billion, flat compared to the first quarter of 2007, reflecting the expected impact of $82 million in deferred vacation ownership revenue recorded under the percentage-of-completion method of accounting. Excluding the net effect of deferred revenues in both periods, adjusted revenues would have grown 9%.
Net income for the first quarter of 2008 was $42 million or $0.24 diluted earnings per share, compared to $86 million or $0.45 diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2007.
Excluding $3 million in after-tax net expense from the resolution of, and adjustment to, certain legacy items and a $17 million after-tax, non-cash charge due to the Company’s initiative to rebrand its vacation ownership trademarks to the Wyndham brand, adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2008 would have been $62 million, or $0.35 adjusted diluted earnings per share (such amounts are not adjusted for the impact of the increase in deferred revenues).
Excluding $4 million after-tax of separation and related costs and excluding $9 million in after-tax net benefit from the resolution of, and adjustment to, certain legacy items, adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2007 would have been $81 million, or $0.43 adjusted diluted earnings per share.
BUSINESS UNIT RESULTS
Lodging (Wyndham Hotel Group)
For the quarter, Ramada, Super 8 and Days Inn, which collectively represent over 70% of the Company’s U.S. lodging portfolio, achieved domestic RevPAR growth above their competitive sets.
Property management reimbursable revenues were $27 million and marketing/reservation revenues, including TripRewards revenues, were $62 million in the first quarter of 2008, compared to $16 million and $61 million, respectively, in the first quarter of 2007; these items contribute little, if any, EBITDA.
First quarter 2008 EBITDA grew to $46 million compared to $45 million in the first quarter of 2007. The EBITDA growth was tempered by the timing of approximately $5 million of incremental marketing expenses.
As of March 31, 2008, the Company’s hotel system consisted of approximately 551,100 rooms and 6,550 properties, with a development pipeline of approximately 930 hotels and approximately 107,000 rooms, of which 45% were new construction and 35% were international.
Vacation Exchange and Rentals (Group RCI)
Vacation exchange revenues were $137 million, up 1% compared to the first quarter of 2007, primarily driven by a 5% increase in the average number of members, partially offset by a 3% decrease in annual dues and exchange revenue per member, primarily related to the earlier Easter holiday, which shortened the prime booking season.
Vacation rentals revenues were $160 million, a 15% increase compared to the first quarter of 2007, or a 6% increase excluding the favorable effect of currency translations. These results reflect an 18% increase in the average net price per vacation rental, or 9% excluding favorable currency translations, primarily due to improved pricing and favorable mix in the Novasol and Landal brands, and the conversion of two existing Landal parks from franchised to managed properties.
Other ancillary revenues generated primarily from additional products and services provided to affiliates and members were $44 million in the first quarter of 2008, compared with $40 million in the first quarter of 2007.
First quarter 2008 EBITDA was $93 million, compared to first quarter 2007 EBITDA of $85 million. Excluding the favorable net effect of currency translations of $4 million, EBITDA increased $4 million compared to the first quarter of 2007.
Vacation Ownership (Wyndham Vacation Ownership)
First quarter 2008 revenues were reduced by $82 million as a result of deferred vacation ownership revenue recorded under the percentage-of-completion method of accounting. Including this deferred revenue and the recognition of $4 million of previously deferred revenue in the first quarter of 2007, first quarter 2008 adjusted vacation ownership revenues would have grown 8% over the prior year period.
For comparison purposes, the impact of deferred revenues in both periods
is summarized as follows:
Consumer finance revenues increased $18 million to $99 million in the first quarter of 2008, up 22% compared to the first quarter of 2007, reflecting continued Vacation Ownership sales growth.
EBITDA for the first quarter of 2008 was $7 million, including a $28 million pre-tax ($17 million after-tax), non-cash charge due to the Wyndham rebranding initiative mentioned above, compared to $63 million in the first quarter of 2007, which included $3 million of separation and related costs. The decrease in EBITDA reflects a net reduction of approximately $40 million ($38 million reduction for 2008 and a $2 million increase from 2007) due to the increase in deferred vacation ownership revenue.
On April 25, 2008, the Company priced a term securitization transaction involving the issuance of $200 million of investment grade asset-backed notes by Sierra Timeshare 2008-1 Receivables Funding, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The notes are backed by vacation ownership receivables originated by subsidiaries of Wyndham Vacation Ownership. The transaction is expected to close on May 1, 2008.
Interest expense for the first quarter of 2008 was $19 million, a $1 million increase from the first quarter of 2007. Interest income for the quarter was $3 million, unchanged from the comparable prior year period. Depreciation and amortization rose $6 million to $44 million reflecting increased capital investments over the past twelve months.
Balance Sheet Information as of March 31, 2008:
• Cash and cash equivalents of approximately $230 million compared to
approximately $210 million at December 31, 2007
A schedule of debt is included in the financial tables section of this press release.
The Company repurchased approximately 520,000 shares of stock during the first quarter of 2008 at an average price of $21.96. At March 31, 2008, approximately $155 million remained under the Company’s previously announced share repurchase program.
Outlook and Guidance
Wyndham Worldwide affirms full-year 2008 guidance as follows:
• Revenues of $4,800 – $4,900 million
The Company also issues second quarter 2008 guidance as follows:
• EPS of $0.46 – $0.48 based on weighted average shares of approximately
Presentation of Financial Information
Financial information discussed in this press release includes both GAAP and non-GAAP measures, which include or exclude certain items. These non-GAAP measures differ from reported results and are intended to illustrate what management believes are relevant period-over-period comparisons. A complete reconciliation of reported GAAP results to the comparable non-GAAP information appears in the financial tables section of this press release.
Conference Call Information
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation will provide a webcast of its conference call to discuss the Company’s first quarter 2008 financial results on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Listeners may access the webcast live through the Company’s Web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com/investors/. An archive of this webcast will be available at the Web site for approximately 90 days beginning at noon EDT on May 1. The conference call also may be accessed by dialing (888) 790-3442 and providing the pass code "Wyndham." Listeners are urged to call at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A telephone replay will be available at (888) 566-0674 beginning at noon EDT on May 1 until 5 p.m. EDT on May 4.
About Wyndham Worldwide
As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses more than 6,500 franchised hotels and approximately 551,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its more than 3.6 million members access to more than 67,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts serving over 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs more than 33,000 employees globally.
For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company’s web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com .
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, conveying management’s expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and projections at the time the Company makes the statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements related to the Company’s revenues, earnings and related financial and operating measures, financing transactions and the number of hotel rooms the Company intends to add in future periods.
You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements include general economic conditions, the performance of the financial markets, the economic environment for the hospitality industry, the impact of war and terrorist activity, operating risks associated with the hotel, vacation exchange and rentals and vacation ownership businesses, as well as those described in the Company’s 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 29, 2008. Except for the Company’s ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the federal securities laws, it undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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