News for the Hospitality Executive
NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012-- Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) ("MHG" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.
Michael Gross, CEO of the Company, said: "During 2011, we have made good progress in executing our strategy. It's been a transitional year for us, but much of the hard work has been done and we are now firmly focused on the opportunity ahead. With the renovations at Delano and Hudson progressing, the acquisition of The Light Group, and other efforts to enhance our capabilities, we are further improving the service, experience and reputation of our hotels in the eyes of both guests and hotel owners. We have also strengthened our balance sheet, improving our financial flexibility to invest in growing our business. As a result, we are in a better position than ever to continue to build our higher margin, more scalable management business, boost RevPAR, and create long-term shareholder value."
Fourth Quarter 2011 Operating Results
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $8.6 million, a decrease of 53.3% from the same period in 2010. During 2011, the Company sold its ownership interests in five hotels while retaining management and terminated its management and ownership interests in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Excluding the impact of these changes, Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $1.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2010 primarily due to renovations at Delano and Hudson, which had an estimated $2.0 million adverse impact during the quarter.
RevPAR at System-Wide Comparable Hotels increased by 4.1%, or 4.2% in constant dollars, in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the comparable period in 2010, driven primarily by a 4.7% increase in ADR (4.8% in constant dollars).
Operating results were strong during the fourth quarter of 2011 at the Company's Miami and San Francisco hotels, with the exception of Delano which was under renovation during the quarter. Miami continues to benefit from both strong domestic and international travel, particularly from Latin America, with RevPAR, excluding Delano, up approximately 17% during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. At Clift, RevPAR increased 23.1% during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to 2010, as the San Francisco market has experienced increased group and transient travel coupled with limited supply growth. The Company's hotels in London and New York were affected by the debt crisis and related macroeconomic factors in Europe, renovations at Hudson and the closure of the Asia de Cuba restaurant at Morgans.
Primarily as a result of the sale in May 2011 of Mondrian Los Angeles, Royalton and Morgans, MHG recorded a decrease of 21.3% in total hotel revenues during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. Despite ongoing renovations at Hudson and Delano, MHG's owned hotels, which includes Hudson, Delano and Clift, experienced a RevPAR increase of 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, driven by ADR, which increased by 9.8%.
The Company also recorded decreases in total operating expenses and depreciation and amortization expense during the fourth quarter of 2011 as a result of the May 2011 sale of these three hotels. MHG continues to manage these hotels pursuant to long-term management agreements, and as a result, the gains on sales are deferred and recognized over the initial term of the respective management agreements. Additionally, due to the Company's sale of its interest in the joint venture that owns Sanderson and St Martins Lane, which MHG continues to manage pursuant to long-term management agreements, the gain of $73.1 million on the sale of its joint venture interest was deferred and will be recognized over the life of the management agreements. During the three months ended December 31, 2011, the Company amortized $1.5 million of deferred gains into income.
MHG recorded a net loss of $17.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss of $7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 due in part to the impact of the sales of Mondrian Los Angeles, Morgans and Royalton in May 2011 and nonrecurring costs, such as transaction costs in connection with the purchase of TLG, severance costs, including severance related to changes in certain food and beverage concepts.
For the full year 2011, Adjusted EBITDA was $29.8 million. For the year, RevPAR for System-Wide Comparable Hotels increased by 10.2%, or 9.0% in constant dollars, in 2011 from the comparable period in 2010, driven primarily by a 6.2% increase in ADR (5.1% in constant dollars). MHG recorded a net loss of $85.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to a net loss of $81.4 million in the same period in 2010.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
In November 2011, the Company as operator and 50% owner of the London joint venture that owns Sanderson and St Martins Lane sold its interests in the Sanderson and St Martins Lane hotels for 192 million pounds, or approximately $297 million. The sales price for the two hotels represents a value of approximately 542,000 pounds, or $840,000, per room. MHG continues to operate the hotels under long-term management agreements. The terms of MHG's management agreements for these hotels, including extension options, have been extended to 2041 from 2027. MHG's 50% portion of the net proceeds, after the repayment of debt and closing costs, was $72.3 million.
During 2011, the Company reduced its consolidated debt by approximately $232 million. MHG's total consolidated debt at December 31, 2011, excluding the Clift lease, was $355.3 million with a weighted average interest rate of 4.1%. At December 31, 2011, MHG had $28.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and $85.0 million available under its revolving credit facility, after $10.0 million of letters of credit against the facility. As of December 31, 2011, total restricted cash was $9.9 million.
MHG currently has approximately $146 million of remaining tax net operating loss carry forwards to offset future income, including gains on future asset sales.
In November 2011, the Company acquired a 90% controlling interest in a group of companies known as The Light Group ("TLG"), a leading lifestyle food and beverage management company for $28.5 million in cash and up to $18.0 million in notes convertible into shares of the Company's common stock at $9.50 subject to the achievement of certain EBITDA targets for the acquired business. TLG develops, redevelops and operates numerous venues in Las Vegas pursuant to management agreements with MGM Resorts International, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs. For the month of ownership during 2011, TLG contributed $0.5 million to MHG's EBITDA. Had MHG acquired TLG on January 1, 2011, its EBITDA contribution would have been approximately $7.0 million. MHG intends to utilize TLG as its food and beverage platform and expects the acquisition to assist the Company in improving the operations at its various food and beverage venues and winning new hotel and food and beverage management contracts. TLG has already re-concepted and re-launched the food and beverage venues at Delano South Beach, including opening Bianca, a newly renovated restaurant focusing on offering an inventive Italian menu, in January 2012, and FDR, the new nightclub, in February 2012.
During 2012, the Company intends to spend approximately $25 million on completing the renovations at Delano South Beach and Hudson, which began in the third and fourth quarters of 2011, respectively. In February 2012, MHG completed a $10 million renovation at Delano South Beach, which boasts upgraded exclusive bungalows and suites, improved public areas, including the pool, restaurant and bar space, and additional meeting space. At Hudson, the Company intends to spend approximately $20 million in total to completely renovate all hotel rooms and corridors and to convert a minimum of 23 single room dwelling units ("SRO units") into guest rooms at an estimated cost of approximately $150,000 per room. Hudson's renovation is scheduled to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2012. To date, the Company has completed the renovation of 65 guest rooms and anticipates having half the hotel rooms completed in May. The Company is also reviewing its plans for the food and beverage venues at Hudson. The Company expects that these renovations at its owned hotels will have positive EBITDA impacts once completed.
In December 2011, the Company entered into a hotel management agreement for an approximately 360 room Mondrian-branded hotel to be located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. Upon completion and opening of the hotel, MHG will operate the hotel pursuant to a 25-year management agreement, with two 10-year extension options. The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2014. The Company has agreed to invest approximately 9 million pounds, or approximately $15 million, of key money into the project prior to the hotel opening.
Also in December 2011, MHG announced a new hotel management agreement for an approximately 128 room Mondrian-branded hotel to be located in the Old City area of Istanbul, Turkey. Upon completion and opening of the hotel, the Company will operate the hotel pursuant to a 20-year management agreement, with a 10-year extension option. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2014. In December 2011 and January 2012, the Company contributed an aggregate of $10.3 million in the form of equity and key money and will have a 20% ownership interest in the venture owning the hotel.
MHG will host a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter financial results today at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
The call will be webcast live over the Internet at 5:00 PM Eastern Time and can be accessed at www.morganshotelgroup.com under the About Us, Investor Overview section. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website for the download and installation of audio applications necessary to join the webcast.
The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 802-8577 or (973) 935-8754 for international callers; the conference ID is 50805218. A replay of the call will be available three hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406 for international callers; the conference ID is 50805218. The replay will be available from February 29 through March 6, 2012.
"System-Wide Comparable Hotels" includes all hotels operated by MHG except for hotels added or under major renovation during the current or the prior year, development projects and discontinued operations. System-Wide Comparable Hotels for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 excludes Hudson and Delano, which were both undergoing renovations beginning in the third quarter of 2011 and continuing into 2012, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas ("Hard Rock"), which effective March 1, 2011 was no longer partially owned or managed by MHG, Mondrian Scottsdale, which effective March 16, 2010 was no longer owned or managed by MHG, Mondrian SoHo, which opened in February 2011, the San Juan Water and Beach Club, which was no longer managed by MHG effective July 13, 2011, and Hotel Las Palapas, which is a non-MHG branded hotel.
"Adjusted EBITDA" is adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization as further defined below.
About Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) is widely credited as the creator of the first "boutique" hotel and a continuing leader of the hotel industry's boutique sector. Morgans Hotel Group operates Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and Shore Club in South Beach, Mondrian in Los Angeles, South Beach and New York, Clift in San Francisco, Ames in Boston, Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London, and a hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Morgans also owns, or has ownership interests in, several of these hotels. Morgans Hotel Group has other property transactions in various stages of completion including a Mondrian in Doha, Qatar, a Mondrian in Nassau, The Bahamas, a Mondrian in London and a Mondrian in Istanbul, Turkey. Morgans also owns a 90% controlling interest in The Light Group, a leading lifestyle food and beverage company. For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the operating performance of our investments and financing needs and prediction of certain future other events. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" "believe," "project," or other similar words or expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause our actual results or other future events to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Important risks and factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to economic, business, competitive market and regulatory conditions such as: a sustained downturn in economic and market conditions, particularly levels of spending in the business, travel and leisure industries; continued tightness in the global credit markets; general volatility of the capital markets and our ability to access the capital markets; our ability to refinance our current outstanding debt and to repay outstanding debt as such debt matures; our ability to protect the value of our name, image and brands and our intellectual property; risks related to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes; hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, or fear of hostilities that affect travel; and other risk factors discussed in Morgans' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and other documents filed by Morgans with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based upon information known to management as of the date hereof, and Morgans assumes no obligations to update or revise any of its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes show that indicated results or events will not be realized.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
We believe that earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is a useful financial metric to assess our operating performance before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes. It also facilitates comparison between us and our competitors. Given the significant investments that we have made in the past in property and equipment, depreciation and amortization expense comprises a meaningful portion of our cost structure. We believe that EBITDA will provide investors with a useful tool for assessing the comparability between periods because it eliminates depreciation and amortization expense attributable to capital expenditures.
The Company's management has historically used adjusted EBITDA (Adjusted EBITDA) when evaluating the operating performance for the entire Company as well as for individual properties or groups of properties because we believe the Company's core business model is that of an owner and operator of hotels, and the inclusion or exclusion of certain items is necessary to provide the most accurate measure of on-going core operating results and to evaluate comparative results period over period. As such, Adjusted EBITDA excludes other non-operating expenses (income) that do not relate to the on-going performance of our assets and excludes the operating performance of assets in which we do not have a direct or indirect fee simple ownership interest. We exclude the following items from EBITDA to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA:
We also make an adjustment to EBITDA for hotels in which our percentage ownership interest has changed to facilitate period-over-period comparisons and to more accurately reflect the operating performance of assets based on our actual ownership. In this respect, our method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA has changed from prior quarters, and calculations of Adjusted EBITDA will continue to vary from quarter to quarter to reflect changing ownership interests.
We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides management and our investors with a more accurate financial metric by which to evaluate our performance as it eliminates the impact of costs incurred related to investing and financing transactions. Internally, the Company's management utilizes Adjusted EBITDA to measure the performance of our core on-going hotel operations and is used extensively during our annual budgeting process. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure in determining the value of acquisitions, expansion opportunities, and dispositions and borrowing capacity. Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric which management evaluates prior to execution of any strategic investing or financing opportunity.
The Company has historically reported Adjusted EBITDA to its investors and believes that this continued inclusion of Adjusted EBITDA provides consistency in its financial reporting and enables investors to perform more meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and to evaluate the results of its core on-going operations.
The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations. Our presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the presentation used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. Depreciation expense for various long-term assets, interest expense, income taxes and other items have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of our results. Additionally, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect capital expenditures and other investing activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity. We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of our depreciation, interest and income tax expense, capital expenditures and other items both in our reconciliations to our financial measures under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, and in our consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance. The term EBITDA is not defined under U.S. GAAP and EBITDA is not a measure of net income, operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, EBITDA is impacted by reorganization of businesses and other restructuring-related charges. When assessing our operating performance, you should not consider this data in isolation, or as a substitute for our net income, operating income or any other operating performance measure that is calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, our EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA in the same manner as we do.
A reconciliation of net income (loss), the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures, to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for each of the respective periods indicated is as follows: