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Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) today reported second quarter 2016 financial results. Net income attributable to Hyatt was $67 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $40 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015. http://recruitment.travelcounsellors.com/au/?utm_source=eGlobal&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=Its%20timeAdjusted net income attributable to Hyatt was $87 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016 compared to $41 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015. Refer to the table on page 3 of the schedules for a summary of special items impacting Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share in the three months ended June 30, 2016.

Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “We reported solid second quarter results while continuing to execute our long-term growth strategy. Adjusted EBITDA grew 9.7% in the quarter, excluding the impact of foreign currency translation and transactions. Our outlook for the overall business remains positive despite some near-term challenges. In line with current trends, we are revising expectations for comparable systemwide RevPAR growth to a range of approximately 2% to 3% for the year.”

Second quarter 2016 financial highlights as compared to the second quarter of 2015 are as follows:

  • Net income increased 67.5% to $67 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 5.6% to $227 million, up 7.1% in constant currency.
  • Comparable systemwide RevPAR increased 2.3%, including an increase of 4.5% at comparable owned and leased hotels.
  • Comparable U.S. hotel RevPAR increased 4.2%; full service and select service hotel RevPAR increased 3.2% and 6.9%, respectively.
  • Net hotel and net rooms growth was 8% and 6%, respectively.
  • Comparable owned and leased hotels segment operating margins were stable at 27.6%.

Mr. Hoplamazian continued, “We continue to deliver against our goal to become the most preferred hospitality brand. In the second quarter, we gained market share systemwide, with particular strength in the Americas. Developer demand for our brands remains strong. Our executed contract base increased to approximately 61,000 rooms, and we remain on track to open more than 60 hotels this year. We also continued to make good progress with respect to our capital recycling efforts. In late June, we sold Andaz 5th Avenue and announced the acquisition of Royal Palms Resort and Spa, which will become part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. With the underlying momentum in our business, we expect a solid finish to the year.”

Second quarter 2016 segment results as compared to the second quarter of 2015 are as follows. Hyatt evaluates segment operating performance using segment revenue and segment Adjusted EBITDA.

Owned and Leased Hotels Segment

Total owned and leased hotels segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.4% (8.0% in constant currency) including a 47.4% increase in pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA. Refer to the table on page 16 of the schedules for a detailed list of portfolio changes and the year-over-year net impact to second quarter owned and leased hotels segment Adjusted EBITDA. Owned and leased hotels revenue increased 3.5% (4.7% in constant currency) and expenses increased 5.6%.

RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels increased 4.5%, driven by strength at comparable owned hotels in the Americas, partially offset by softer performance at comparable owned hotels in the EAME/SW Asia region. Occupancy increased 130 basis points and ADR increased 2.9%.

Comparable owned and leased hotels revenue increased 2.6%. Excluding expenses related to benefit programs funded through rabbi trusts and non-comparable hotel expenses, expenses increased 2.6%, reflecting increases in health insurance, labor costs and property taxes at certain properties. Comparable owned and leased hotels segment operating margins were stable at 27.6%. Refer to the table on page 10 of the schedules for a reconciliation of comparable owned and leased hotels expenses to owned and leased hotels expenses.

The following hotel was added to the portfolio in the second quarter:

  • The Confidante, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt (owned, 363 rooms)

The following hotel was removed from the owned and leased hotels portfolio as it was sold in the second quarter:

  • Andaz 5th Avenue (184 rooms). The Company entered into a long-term management agreement with the buyer and therefore the hotel remains in the Hyatt system.

Management and Franchise Fees

Total fee revenue increased 2.7% (consistent with change in constant currency) to $115 million. Base management fees and incentive management fees were flat at $49 million and $30 million, respectively. Franchise fees increased 22.7% to $27 million, primarily due to new and converted hotels and improved performance at existing hotels in the Americas. Other fee revenues decreased 18.2% to $9 million.

Americas Management and Franchising Segment

Americas management and franchising segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.5% (9.9% in constant currency). RevPAR for comparable Americas full service hotels increased 3.4%; occupancy was flat and ADR increased 3.4%. RevPAR for comparable Americas select service hotels increased 6.9%; occupancy increased 230 basis points and ADR increased 3.9%. Revenue from management, franchise and other fees increased 4.2% (5.3% in constant currency).

Transient rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 3.9%; room nights increased 1.7% and ADR increased 2.1%. Group rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 3.5%; room nights increased 0.7% and ADR increased 2.8%.

The following seven hotels were added to the portfolio in the second quarter:

  • Hyatt Centric Montevideo, Uruguay (managed, 178 rooms)
  • The Confidante, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt (owned, 363 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Chicago O’Hare Airport (franchised, 200 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Cleveland / Lyndhurst / Legacy Village (franchised, 135 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Kansas City / Lenexa City Center (franchised, 127 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Washington DC / Georgetown / West End (franchised, 168 rooms)
  • Hyatt House Chicago / Evanston (franchised, 114 rooms)

Southeast Asia, Greater China, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Micronesia (ASPAC) Management and Franchising Segment

ASPAC management and franchising segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased 7.7% (consistent with change in constant currency). RevPAR for comparable ASPAC full service hotels increased 1.4%, driven by strength in Northeast Asia and offset by softer results in Greater China. Occupancy increased 250 basis points and ADR decreased 2.3%. Revenue from management, franchise and other fees decreased 4.3%, as the benefit of comparable RevPAR gains and unit growth in the second quarter of this year was offset by non-recurring revenue in the second quarter of last year.

The following five hotels were added to the portfolio in the second quarter:

  • Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang, China (managed, 306 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Luoyang, China (managed, 248 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Phuket, Patong, Thailand (managed, 161 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport, China (managed, 167 rooms)
  • Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport, China (managed, 112 rooms)

Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia (EAME/SW Asia) Management Segment

EAME/SW Asia management segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased 11.1% (consistent with change in constant currency). RevPAR for comparable EAME/SW Asia full service hotels decreased 9.9%, driven by weakness in parts of Western Europe, the Middle East and Turkey, and offset by relative strength in Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. Occupancy decreased 450 basis points and ADR decreased 3.4%. Revenue from management and other fees decreased 5.9%.

The following three hotels were added to the portfolio in the second quarter:

  • Park Hyatt Mallorca, Spain (managed, 142 rooms)
  • Hyatt Regency Chandigarh, India (managed, 211 rooms)
  • Hyatt Place London Heathrow / Hayes, England (managed, 170 rooms)

Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 2.7%. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses were flat. Increased payroll and related costs were offset by reductions in professional fees. Refer to the table on page 9 of the schedules for a reconciliation of Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses to selling, general, and administrative expenses.

OPENINGS AND FUTURE EXPANSION

Fifteen hotels (or 2,802 rooms) were added in the second quarter of 2016, each of which is listed above. The Company’s net rooms increased 6%, compared to the second quarter of 2015. The Company continues to be on pace to add more than 60 hotels in the 2016 fiscal year.

As of June 30, 2016, the Company had executed management or franchise contracts for approximately 285 hotels (or approximately 61,000 rooms). This compares to approximately 260 hotels (or approximately 56,000 rooms) as of March 31, 2016. The executed contracts represent important potential entry into several new countries and expansion into new markets or markets in which the Company is under-represented.

SHARE REPURCHASE

During the second quarter of 2016, the Company repurchased 1,421,240 shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $47.79 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $68 million. From July 1 through July 29, 2016, the Company repurchased 399,249 shares of common stock at a weighted average price of $50.09 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $20 million. As of July 29, 2016, the Company had $228 million remaining under its share repurchase authorization.

CORPORATE FINANCE / ASSET RECYCLING

In the second quarter, the Company completed the following transactions:

  • Redeemed all $250 million of Hyatt’s outstanding 3.875% senior notes due 2016 for $254 million.
  • Completed the acquisition of Thompson Miami Beach (363 rooms) for approximately $238 million and rebranded the hotel as The Confidante as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
  • Sold Andaz 5th Avenue (184 rooms) for approximately $250 million, or approximately $240 million net of approximately $10 million of closing costs and proration adjustments. The Company continues to manage the hotel under a long-term management contract.

Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the Company completed the following transaction:

  • Completed the acquisition of Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Arizona (119 rooms) for approximately $88 million and added hotel to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

BALANCE SHEET / OTHER ITEMS

As of June 30, 2016, the Company reported the following:

  • Total debt of $1.5 billion.
  • Pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality venture debt of $787 million, substantially all of which is non-recourse to Hyatt and a portion of which Hyatt guarantees pursuant to separate agreements.
  • Cash and cash equivalents, including investments in highly-rated money market funds and similar investments, of $642 million, short-term investments of $49 million and restricted cash of $77 million.
  • Undrawn borrowing availability of $1.5 billion under its revolving credit facility.

2016 OUTLOOK

The Company is reaffirming the following information for the 2016 fiscal year:

  • The Company expects to open more than 60 hotels in 2016.
  • Interest expense is expected to be approximately $75 million.
  • In addition to the capital expenditures described below, the Company intends to continue a strong level of investment spending. Investment spending includes acquisitions, equity investments in joint ventures, debt investments, contract acquisition costs or other investments.

The Company is revising the following information for the 2016 fiscal year:

  • Comparable systemwide RevPAR is expected to increase approximately 2% to 3% (compared to previous expectation of approximately 3% to 5%), as compared to fiscal year 2015.
  • Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $280 million (compared to previous expectation of approximately $290 million). This excludes approximately $30 million of stock-based compensation expense and any potential expense impact related to benefit programs funded through rabbi trusts.
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $260 million (compared to previous expectation of approximately $275 million), including approximately $80 million (compared to previous expectation of approximately $70 million) for investment in new properties under development or recently opened.
  • Depreciation and amortization expense is expected to be approximately $340 million (compared to previous expectation of approximately $350 million).

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company will hold an investor conference call today, August 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. CT. All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page, or by dialing 647.788.4901, passcode #42168898, approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. CT on August 2, 2016 through August 3, 2016 at midnight by dialing 404.537.3406, passcode #42168898. Additionally, an archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for approximately 90 days.

AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION ON HYATT’S WEBSITE

Investors and others should note that Hyatt Hotels Corporation routinely announces material information to investors and the marketplace using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts and the Hyatt Investor Relations website. While not all of the information that the Company posts to the Hyatt Investor Relations website is of a material nature, some information could be deemed to be material. Accordingly, the Company encourages investors, the media, and others interested in Hyatt Hotels Corporation to review the information that it shares at the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page on www.hyatt.com.

DEFINITIONS

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest Expense, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) and EBITDA

We use the terms Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA throughout this earnings release. Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA, as the Company defines them, are non-GAAP measures.

We define consolidated Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Hyatt Hotels Corporation plus its pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA based on its ownership percentage of each venture, adjusted to exclude the following items:

  • equity earnings (losses) from unconsolidated hospitality ventures;
  • stock-based compensation expense;
  • gains (losses) on sales of real estate;
  • other income (loss), net;
  • depreciation and amortization;
  • interest expense; and
  • provision for income taxes.

Effective January 1, 2016, our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses, as defined below, have been updated to exclude stock-based compensation expense, to facilitate comparison with our competitors. We have applied this change in the definition of Adjusted EBITDA to 2015 historical results to allow for comparability between the periods presented.

We calculate consolidated Adjusted EBITDA by adding the Adjusted EBITDA of each of our reportable segments to corporate and other Adjusted EBITDA.

Our board of directors and executive management team focus on Adjusted EBITDA as a key performance and compensation measure both on a segment and on a consolidated basis. Adjusted EBITDA assists us in comparing our performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis because it removes from our operating results the impact of items that do not reflect our core operating performance both on a segment and on a consolidated basis. Our president and chief executive officer, who is the chief operating decision maker, also evaluates the performance of each of our reportable segments and determines how to allocate resources to those segments, in significant part, by assessing the Adjusted EBITDA of each segment. In addition, the compensation committee of our board of directors determines the annual variable compensation for certain members of our management based in part on consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, segment Adjusted EBITDA or some combination of both.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it provides investors the same information that the Company uses internally for purposes of assessing operating performance and making compensation decisions.

Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA are not substitutes for net income attributable to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, net income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). There are limitations to using non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA. Although we believe that Adjusted EBITDA can make an evaluation of our operating performance more consistent because it removes items that do not reflect our core operations, other companies in our industry may define Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. As a result, it may be difficult to use Adjusted EBITDA or similarly named non-GAAP measures that other companies may use to compare the performance of those companies to our performance. Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of the income generated by our business or discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. Our management compensates for these limitations by reference to its GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA supplementally.

Adjusted Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses

Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses, as we define it, is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses exclude the impact of expenses related to benefit programs funded through rabbi trusts and stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses assist us in comparing our performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis since it removes from our operating results the impact of items that do not reflect our core operating performance, both on a segment and consolidated basis.

Comparable Owned and Leased Hotels Segment Operating Margin

We define Comparable Owned and Leased Hotels Segment Operating Margin as the difference between comparable owned and leased hotels revenues and comparable owned and leased hotels expenses. Comparable owned and leased hotels revenues is calculated by removing non-comparable hotels revenues from owned and leased hotels revenues as reported in our condensed consolidated statements of income. Comparable owned and leased hotels expenses is calculated by removing both non-comparable owned and leased hotels expenses and the impact of expenses funded through rabbi trusts from owned and leased hotels expenses as reported in our condensed consolidated statements of income. Comparable Owned and Leased Hotels Segment Operating margin, as we define it, is an operating segment performance metric.

Comparable Hotels

“Comparable systemwide hotels” represents all properties we manage or franchise (including owned and leased properties) and that are operated for the entirety of the periods being compared and that have not sustained substantial damage, business interruption or undergone large scale renovations during the periods being compared or for which comparable results are not available. We may use variations of comparable systemwide hotels to specifically refer to comparable systemwide Americas full service or select service hotels for those properties that we manage or franchise within the Americas management and franchising segment, comparable systemwide ASPAC full service or select service hotels for those properties that we manage or franchise within the ASPAC management and franchising segment, or comparable systemwide EAME/SW Asia full service or select service hotels for those properties that we manage within the EAME/SW Asia management segment. “Comparable operated hotels” is defined the same as “comparable systemwide hotels” with the exception that it is limited to only those hotels we manage or operate and excludes hotels we franchise. “Comparable owned and leased hotels” represents all properties we own or lease and that are operated and consolidated for the entirety of the periods being compared and have not sustained substantial damage, business interruption or undergone large scale renovations during the periods being compared or for which comparable results are not available. Comparable systemwide hotels and comparable owned and leased hotels are commonly used as a basis of measurement in our industry. “Non-comparable systemwide hotels” or “non-comparable owned and leased hotels” represent all hotels that do not meet the respective definition of “comparable” as defined above.

Constant Dollar Currency

We report the results of our operations both on an as reported basis, as well as on a constant dollar basis. Constant dollar currency, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the effects of movements in foreign currency exchange rates between comparative periods. We believe constant dollar analysis provides valuable information regarding our results as it removes currency fluctuations from our operating results. We calculate constant dollar currency by restating prior-period local currency financial results at the current period’s exchange rates. These adjusted amounts are then compared to our current period reported amounts to provide operationally driven variances in our results.

Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR)

RevPAR is the product of the average daily rate (ADR) and the average daily occupancy percentage. RevPAR does not include non-room revenues, which consist of ancillary revenues generated by a hotel property, such as food and beverage, parking, telephone and other guest service revenues. Our management uses RevPAR to identify trend information with respect to room revenues from comparable properties and to evaluate hotel performance on a regional and segment basis. RevPAR is a commonly used performance measure in our industry.

RevPAR changes that are driven predominantly by changes in occupancy have different implications for overall revenue levels and incremental profitability than do changes that are driven predominantly by changes in average room rates. For example, increases in occupancy at a hotel would lead to increases in room revenues and additional variable operating costs (including housekeeping services, utilities and room amenity costs), and could also result in increased ancillary revenues (including food and beverage). In contrast, changes in average room rates typically have a greater impact on margins and profitability as there is no substantial effect on variable costs.

Average Daily Rate (ADR)

ADR represents hotel room revenues, divided by the total number of rooms sold in a given period. ADR measures average room price attained by a hotel and ADR trends provide useful information concerning the pricing environment and the nature of the customer base of a hotel or group of hotels. ADR is a commonly used performance measure in our industry, and we use ADR to assess the pricing levels that we are able to generate by customer group, as changes in rates have a different effect on overall revenues and incremental profitability than changes in occupancy, as described above.

Occupancy

Occupancy represents the total number of rooms sold divided by the total number of rooms available at a hotel or group of hotels. Occupancy measures the utilization of a hotel’s available capacity. We use occupancy to gauge demand at a specific hotel or group of hotels in a given period. Occupancy levels also help us determine achievable ADR levels as demand for hotel rooms increases or decreases.

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