Hilton Reports First Quarter Results, Raises Full Year Outlook

MCLEAN, Va.--()--Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. ("Hilton" or the "Company") (NYSE: HLT) today reported its first quarter 2017 results. The Company completed the spin-offs of Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. ("Park") and Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. ("HGV") on January 3, 2017 (the "spin-offs"). All results herein present the performance of Hilton giving effect to the spin-offs, with the historical financial results of Park and HGV reflected as discontinued operations. Additionally, all share and share-related information presented herein have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the 1-for-3 reverse stock split of Hilton's outstanding common stock that occurred on January 3, 2017 (the "Reverse Stock Split"). Highlights include:

  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations for the first quarter was $0.22 and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, was $0.38
  • Net income for the first quarter was $75 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $424 million, an increase of 16 percent from pro forma Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin was 55.4 percent, an increase of 550 basis points from pro forma Adjusted EBITDA margin for the first quarter of 2016
  • System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 3.0 percent on a currency neutral basis for the first quarter compared to the prior year, achieving high end of guidance
  • Added 7,800 net rooms in the first quarter, representing 20 percent growth from the same period in 2016
  • Approved 27,000 new rooms for development during the first quarter, growing Hilton's development pipeline to a record 325,000 rooms, representing 16 percent growth from March 31, 2016
  • Initiated a stock repurchase program in March and repurchased 1.2 million shares of Hilton common stock for an aggregate cost of $70 million during the first quarter, and 2.1 million shares at an aggregate cost of $123 million through April 2017
  • Executed financing transactions during the first quarter that collectively lowered weighted average cost of debt by 25 basis points, reduced interest rate risk and extended weighted average debt maturities by nearly 1.5 years
  • Raised Adjusted EBITDA guidance for full year 2017 to between $1,860 million and $1,900 million, an increase of $20 million at the midpoint

Overview

Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton, said, "We are extremely pleased with our first quarter as a simplified, fee-driven business following completion of the spin-offs of Park and HGV. We exceeded the high end of our Adjusted EBITDA and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, guidance in the quarter and, as a result, we are raising these guidance ranges for the full year. Strong development momentum continued into 2017, and we expect another record year for construction starts, openings and net unit growth. We opened nearly 10,000 rooms in the quarter and approved nearly 27,000 rooms for development, a third of which are for our newest brands."

As a result of the January 2017 spin-offs of Park and HGV, Hilton stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 15, 2016 received one share of Park common stock for every five shares of Hilton common stock and one share of HGV common stock for every ten shares of Hilton common stock.

In March 2017, HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd. and certain of its affiliates acquired 82.5 million shares of Hilton common stock, or a 25 percent equity interest, from affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P., establishing a long-term strategic investment in Hilton.

For the first quarter of 2017, system-wide comparable RevPAR grew 3.0 percent primarily from increased occupancy. Management fee and franchise fee revenues increased as a result of increases in RevPAR of 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively, at comparable managed and franchised hotels, as well as from the addition of new managed and franchised properties to Hilton's portfolio.

Q1 2017 vs. Q1 2016 Pro Forma Results

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, diluted earnings per share ("EPS") from continuing operations was $0.22 compared to $0.68 on a pro forma basis for the three months ended March 31, 2016, and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, was $0.38 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $0.24 on a pro forma basis for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Income from continuing operations, net of taxes was $75 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $223 million on a pro forma basis for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 16 percent to $424 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $367 million on a pro forma basis for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Management and franchise fees increased five percent and eight percent, respectively, compared to the pro forma three months ended March 31, 2016.

Q1 2017 vs. Q1 2016 Actual Results

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.22 compared to $0.58 for the three months ended March 31, 2016, and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, was $0.38 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $0.15 for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Income from continuing operations, net of taxes was $75 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $191 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA was $424 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $315 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

Development

Hilton opened 70 hotels consisting of 9,900 rooms in the first quarter of 2017. Hilton achieved net unit growth of 7,800 rooms during the first quarter of 2017, which is 20 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2016.

As of March 31, 2017, Hilton's development pipeline totaled approximately 325,000 rooms at 2,084 hotels throughout 99 countries and territories, including 34 countries and territories where Hilton does not currently have any open hotels. Approximately 166,000 rooms, or more than half of the pipeline, were located outside of the United States. Additionally, approximately 168,000 rooms in Hilton's pipeline were under construction, with construction starts in the first quarter of 2017 up nearly 50 percent from the same period in 2016.

In January 2017, Hilton launched its 14th brand, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, with the first property expected to open in the second quarter of 2017. Tru by Hilton, launched in 2016, had nearly 425 hotels in the pipeline or in various stages of approval as of April 17, 2017, and the first Tru opened in Oklahoma City in April.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

During the first quarter of 2017, Hilton:

  • issued $900 million aggregate principal amount of 4.625% Senior Notes due 2025 and $600 million aggregate principal amount of 4.875% Senior Notes due 2027 and used the net proceeds along with available cash to repay $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.625% Senior Notes due 2021; and
  • amended $750 million of its outstanding senior secured term loan facility (the "Term Loans") to extend the maturity date, such that the entire outstanding balance of the Term Loans of $3,959 million matures in October 2023, and amended the entire outstanding balance to provide for a reduced interest rate.

As of March 31, 2017, Hilton had $6.7 billion of long-term debt outstanding, excluding deferred financing costs and discount, with a weighted average interest rate of 4.0 percent, a decrease of 25 basis points from December 31, 2016. As a result of the financing transactions, Hilton extended its weighted average debt maturities by nearly 1.5 years, with no material maturities until 2023.

Total cash and cash equivalents were $986 million as of March 31, 2017, including $124 million of restricted cash and cash equivalents. No borrowings were outstanding under the $1.0 billion revolving credit facility as of March 31, 2017.

In February 2017, Hilton's board of directors authorized a stock repurchase program of up to $1 billion of the Company's common stock. During the first quarter of 2017, Hilton repurchased 1.2 million shares of common stock at a cost of approximately $70 million at an average price per share of $57.67. Through April 2017, Hilton repurchased 2.1 million shares for approximately $123 million at an average price per share of $57.62.

In March 2017, Hilton paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on shares of its common stock, for a total of $50 million. In May 2017, Hilton's board of directors authorized a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock to be paid on or before June 2, 2017 to holders of record of its common stock as of the close of business on May 12, 2017.

Outlook

Share-based metrics in Hilton's outlook do not include the effect of potential share repurchases.

Full Year 2017

  • System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 1.0 percent and 3.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to 2016.
  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations, before special items, is projected to be between $1.58 and $1.65.
  • Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $1.73 and $1.81.
  • Net income is projected to be between $529 million and $554 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $1,860 million and $1,900 million.
  • Management and franchise fee revenue is projected to increase between 7 percent and 9 percent compared to 2016 on a pro forma basis.
  • Capital expenditures, excluding amounts reimbursed by hotel owners, are expected to be between $150 million and $200 million.
  • Cash available for capital return is projected to be between $900 million and $1 billion.
  • General and administrative expenses are projected to be flat compared to 2016.
  • Net unit growth is expected to be approximately 50,000 rooms to 55,000 rooms.

Second Quarter 2017

  • System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 1.0 percent and 3.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations, before special items, is projected to be between $0.47 and $0.51.
  • Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $0.47 and $0.51.
  • Net income is projected to be between $156 million and $173 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $490 million and $510 million.
  • Management and franchise fee revenue is projected to increase between 7 percent and 9 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016 on a pro forma basis.

Conference Call

Hilton will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2017 results on May 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants may listen to the live webcast by logging on to the Hilton Investor Relations website at http://ir.hilton.com/events-and-presentations. A replay and transcript of the webcast will be available within 24 hours after the live event at http://ir.hilton.com/financial-reporting/quarterly-results/2017.

Alternatively, participants may listen to the live call by dialing 1-888-317-6003 in the United States or 1-412-317-6061 internationally. Please use the conference ID 6667123. Participants are encouraged to dial into the call or link to the webcast at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A telephone replay will be available for seven days following the call. To access the telephone replay, dial 1-877-344-7529 in the United States or 1-412-317-0088 internationally using the conference ID 10104292.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the expectations regarding the performance of Hilton's business, financial results, liquidity and capital resources, the spin-offs and other non-historical statements, including the statements in the "Outlook" section of this press release. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "outlook," "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seeks," "projects," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates" or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including, among others, risks inherent to the hospitality industry, macroeconomic factors beyond Hilton's control, competition for hotel guests, management and franchise agreements, risks related to doing business with third-party hotel owners, performance of Hilton's information technology systems, growth of reservation channels outside of Hilton's system, risks of doing business outside of the United States of America ("U.S."), and Hilton's indebtedness. Additional factors that could cause Hilton's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found under the section entitled "Part I—Item 1A. Risk Factors" of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as such factors may be updated from time to time in Hilton's periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this press release and in Hilton's filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company refers to certain financial measures that are not recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in this press release, including: net income, adjusted for special items; diluted EPS, adjusted for special items; Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted EBITDA margin; net debt; net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio; and trailing twelve month financial information. See the schedules to this press release including the "Definitions" section for additional information and reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures.

Pro Forma Financial Information

This press release includes an unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations, pro forma net income and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, pro forma Adjusted EBITDA, pro forma Adjusted EBITDA margin and pro forma net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio for Hilton adjusted to reflect the spin-offs. The unaudited pro forma financial information has been prepared to reflect the spin-offs as if they had occurred on January 1, 2016. See “Definitions—Pro Forma Adjustments” for additional details. The unaudited pro forma financial information is provided for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of what Hilton's results of operations would actually have been had the spin-offs occurred on the date indicated or what Hilton's results of operations will be after giving effect to the completion of the spin-offs.

In addition to the pro forma financial information herein, refer to Hilton's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 4, 2017 for additional information.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world's most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The Company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The Company also manages an award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on facebook.com/hiltonnewsroom, twitter.com/hiltonnewsroom, linkedIn.com/company/hilton, instagram.com/hiltonnewsroom and youtube.com/hiltonnewsroom.

 

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EARNINGS RELEASE SCHEDULES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Pro Forma Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
Comparable and Currency Neutral System-Wide Hotel Operating Statistics
Property Summary
Capital Expenditures
Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliations
Definitions
 
 

HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

PRO FORMA CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

 
 

Three Months Ended March 31,

2017   2016
(as reported) (as reported)  

(pro forma
adjustments(1))

    (pro forma)
Revenues
Franchise fees $ 294 $ 253 $ 18 (a) $ 271
Base and other management fees 83 60 19 (a) 79
Incentive management fees 52 36 14 (a) 50
Owned and leased hotels 300 319 319
Other revenues   37     17         17  
766 685 51 736
Other revenues from managed and franchised properties   1,395     1,041     298   (b)   1,339  
Total revenues 2,161 1,726 349 2,075
 
Expenses
Owned and leased hotels 272 307 307
Depreciation and amortization 89 92 92
Impairment loss 15 15
General and administrative 105 83 83
Other expenses   23     18         18  
489 515 515
Other expenses from managed and franchised properties   1,395     1,041     298   (b)   1,339  
Total expenses 1,884 1,556 298 1,854
 
Operating income 277 170 51 221
 
Interest expense (104 ) (90 ) (90 )
Loss on foreign currency transactions (4 ) (12 ) (12 )
Loss on debt extinguishment (60 )
Other non-operating income, net   1     2         2  
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 110 70 51 121
 
Income tax benefit (expense)   (35 )   121     (19 ) (c)   102  
 
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes 75 191 32 223
Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes       119         119  
Net income 75 310 32 342
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (1 )   (1 )       (1 )
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders $ 74   $ 309   $ 32   $ 341  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding(2)
Basic   330     329  

 

(d)

  329  
Diluted   331     330  

 

(d)

  330  
 
Earnings per share
Basic:
Net income from continuing operations per share $ 0.22 $ 0.58 $ 0.68  
Net income from discontinued operations per share       0.36  
Net income per share $ 0.22   $ 0.94  
 
Diluted:
Net income from continuing operations per share $ 0.22 $ 0.58 $ 0.68  
Net income from discontinued operations per share       0.36  
Net income per share $ 0.22   $ 0.94  
 
Cash dividends declared per share(2) $ 0.15   $ 0.21   $ 0.21  
 
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(1)

 

Pro forma adjustments include the effect of the spin-offs of Park and HGV, excluding amounts reported as discontinued operations. See "Definitions" for additional details.

(2)

Weighted average shares outstanding used in the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share and cash dividends declared per share were adjusted to reflect the Reverse Stock Split.

 

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COMPARABLE AND CURRENCY NEUTRAL SYSTEM-WIDE HOTEL OPERATING STATISTICS

BY REGION AND BRAND

(unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended March 31,
Occupancy   ADR   RevPAR
2017   vs. 2016 2017   vs. 2016 2017   vs. 2016
U.S. 71.9 % 0.8 %   pts. $ 144.54 1.3 % $ 103.91 2.5 %
Americas (excluding U.S.) 67.2 1.5 123.59 0.5 83.07 2.8
Europe 67.7 4.5 123.21 1.2 83.42 8.4
Middle East & Africa 66.8 3.3 150.79 (6.9 ) 100.75 (2.1 )
Asia Pacific 69.3 6.0 140.69 (3.7 ) 97.52 5.5
System-wide 70.9 1.6 141.55 0.6 100.42 3.0
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
Occupancy ADR RevPAR
2017 vs. 2016 2017 vs. 2016 2017 vs. 2016
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts 71.3 % 0.1 % pts. $ 357.91 1.7 % $ 255.36 1.8 %
Conrad Hotels & Resorts 69.0 2.8 248.82 (5.1 ) 171.68 (1.1 )
Hilton Hotels & Resorts 71.2 2.1 163.82 0.5 116.68 3.6
Curio - A Collection by Hilton 65.9 7.2 156.93 3.8 103.44 16.5
DoubleTree by Hilton 70.3 1.7 131.37 0.8 92.35 3.3
Embassy Suites by Hilton 76.5 1.6 161.41 1.5 123.40 3.6
Hilton Garden Inn 71.3 1.3 127.64 0.4 90.97 2.4
Hampton by Hilton 68.6 1.0 117.54 0.7 80.59 2.3
Homewood Suites by Hilton 75.4 1.9 133.22 0.2 100.45 2.8
Home2 Suites by Hilton 73.7 4.4 111.84 1.4 82.42 7.7
System-wide 70.9 1.6 141.55 0.6 100.42 3.0
 
 

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PROPERTY SUMMARY

As of March 31, 2017

 
    U.S.    

Americas
(excluding U.S.)

    Europe     Middle East & Africa     Asia Pacific     Total
Prop.     Rooms Prop.     Rooms Prop.     Rooms Prop.     Rooms Prop.     Rooms Prop.     Rooms
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts 12 6,478 2 1,126 6 1,361 3 703 2 436 25 10,104
Conrad Hotels & Resorts 4 1,316 1 294 4 1,155 4 1,693 16 5,096 29 9,554
Canopy by Hilton 1 112 1 112
Hilton Hotels & Resorts 242 101,356 42 14,527 142 40,484 52 16,542 92 35,132 570 208,041
Curio - A Collection by Hilton 26 6,427 5 973 2 311 1 201 34 7,912
DoubleTree by Hilton 331 82,298 22 4,400 89 16,178 13 2,600 48 14,002 503 119,478
Embassy Suites by Hilton 226 53,050 8 1,986 234 55,036
Hilton Garden Inn 610 84,165 39 6,025 53 9,140 6 1,334 16 3,362 724 104,026
Hampton by Hilton 2,079 203,863 97 11,689 54 8,139 11 1,852 2,241 225,543
Homewood Suites by Hilton 407 46,037 18 2,039 425 48,076
Home2 Suites by Hilton 139 14,379 3 317 142 14,696
Other 2 905 3 407 1 366 6 1,678
Hilton Grand Vacations 43 7,840 5 245 48 8,085
Total 4,121 608,114 237 43,376 359 77,532 80 23,439 185 59,880 4,982 812,341
 
 

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CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

(unaudited, dollars in millions)

 
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  Increase / (Decrease)
2017   2016 $   %
Capital expenditures for property and equipment(1) $ 9 $ 16 (7 ) (43.8 )
Capitalized software costs(2) 9 11 (2 ) (18.2 )
Contract acquisition costs   13   9 4   44.4
Total capital expenditures $ 31 $ 36 (5 ) (13.9 )
 
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(1)

 

Includes expenditures for hotels, corporate and other property and equipment.

(2)

Includes $4 million and $5 million of expenditures that are reimbursed by hotel owners for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 
 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS

NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS, ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS AND

PRO FORMA NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS, ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS

(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

 
 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2017   2016

Income from continuing operations attributable to Hilton stockholders, net of taxes, as reported

$ 74 $ 192
Diluted EPS from continuing operations, as reported $ 0.22 $ 0.58
Special items:
Loss on debt extinguishment $ 60 $
Transaction costs(1) 10
Financing transactions(2) 5
Asset dispositions(3) 7 1
Impairment loss 15
Tax-related adjustments(4)       (153 )
Total special items before tax 82 (137 )
Income tax expense on special items   (31 )   (6 )
Total special items after tax $ 51   $ (143 )
 
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 125   $ 49  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items $ 0.38   $ 0.15  
 

Net income, adjusted for special items, including pro forma adjustments(5)

$ 81  

Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, including pro forma adjustments(5)

$ 0.24  
 
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(1)

 

Includes expenses related to the spin-offs that were recognized in general and administrative expenses.

(2)

Includes expenses incurred in connection with the refinancing of the Term Loans that were recognized in other non-operating income, net.

(3)

Includes severance costs that were recognized in general and administrative expenses from the February 2015 sale of the Waldorf Astoria New York.

(4)

Relates to the release of reserves of unrecognized tax benefits that Hilton has either settled or determined that Hilton was more likely than not to receive the full benefit for.

(5)

Reflects the effect of the spin-offs as if they had occurred on January 1, 2016. See “Definitions—Pro Forma Adjustments” for additional details.

 
 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS

ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA MARGIN AND

PRO FORMA ADJUSTED EBITDA and ADJUSTED EBITDA MARGIN

(unaudited, dollars in millions)

 
  Three Months Ended March 31,
2017   2016
(as reported) (as reported)   (pro forma)
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes $ 75 $ 191 $ 223
Interest expense 104 90 90
Income tax expense (benefit) 35 (121 ) (102 )
Depreciation and amortization   89     92     92  
EBITDA 303 252 303
Loss on foreign currency transactions 4 12 12
Loss on debt extinguishment 60
FF&E replacement reserve 6 12 12
Share-based compensation expense 25 16 17
Impairment loss 15 15
Other adjustment items(1)   26     8     8  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 424   $ 315   $ 367  

____________

(1)   Includes adjustments for severance, transaction costs and other items for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016
(as reported) (as reported) (pro forma)
Total revenues, as reported $ 2,161 $ 1,726 $ 2,075
Less: other revenues from managed and franchised properties   (1,395 )   (1,041 )   (1,339 )
Total revenues, excluding other revenues from managed and franchised properties $ 766   $ 685   $ 736  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 424 $ 315 $ 367
 
Adjusted EBITDA margin   55.4 %   46.0 %   49.9 %
 
 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS

NET DEBT AND NET DEBT TO ADJUSTED EBITDA RATIO AND

PRO FORMA NET DEBT TO ADJUSTED EBITDA RATIO

(unaudited, in millions)

 
  March 31,   December 31,
2017 2016
Long-term debt, including current maturities $ 6,629 $ 6,616
Add: unamortized deferred financing costs and discount   89     90  
Long-term debt, including current maturities and excluding unamortized deferred financing costs and discount 6,718 6,706
Add: Hilton's share of unconsolidated affiliate debt, excluding unamortized deferred financing costs 13 12
Less: cash and cash equivalents (862 ) (1,062 )
Less: restricted cash and cash equivalents   (124 )   (121 )
Net debt $ 5,745   $ 5,535  
 

PRO FORMA RESULTS:

 
Three Months Ended Year Ended TTM(1)
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2017   2016 2016 2017
(as reported) (pro forma) (pro forma) (pro forma)
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes $ 75 $ 223 $ 127 $ (21 )
Interest expense 104 90 394 408
Income tax expense (benefit) 35 (102 ) 647 784
Depreciation and amortization   89   92     364     361  
EBITDA 303 303 1,532 1,532
Gain on sales of assets, net (8 ) (8 )
Loss on foreign currency transactions 4 12 16 8
Loss on debt extinguishment 60 60
FF&E replacement reserve 6 12 55 49
Share-based compensation expense 25 17 83 91
Impairment loss 15 15
Other adjustment items(2)   26   8     70     88  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 424 $ 367   $ 1,763   $ 1,820  
 
Net debt $ 5,745
 
Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio   3.2  

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(1)   Trailing twelve months ("TTM") March 31, 2017 on a pro forma basis is calculated as the three months ended March 31, 2017 plus the pro forma year ended December 31, 2016 less the pro forma three months ended March 31, 2016.

(2)   Includes adjustments for severance, transaction costs and other items for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and severance and other items for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

ACTUAL RESULTS:

 
Three Months Ended Year Ended TTM(1)
March 31, December 31, March 31,
2017 2016 2016 2017
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes $ 75 $ 191 $ (8 ) $ (124 )
Interest expense 104 90 394 408
Income tax expense (benefit) 35 (121 ) 564 720
Depreciation and amortization   89   92     364     361  
EBITDA 303 252 1,314 1,365
Gain on sales of assets, net (8 ) (8 )
Loss on foreign currency transactions 4 12 16 8
Loss on debt extinguishment 60 60
FF&E replacement reserve 6 12 55 49
Share-based compensation expense 25 16 81 90
Impairment loss 15 15
Other adjustment items(2)   26   8     70     88  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 424 $ 315   $ 1,543   $ 1,652  
 
Net debt $ 5,745
 
Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio   3.5  

____________

(1)   TTM March 31, 2017 is calculated as the three months ended March 31, 2017 plus the year ended December 31, 2016 less the three months ended March 31, 2016.

(2)   Includes adjustments for severance, transaction costs and other items for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and severance and other items for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 
 
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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
OUTLOOK: NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS, ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS
FORECASTED 2017
(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ending
June 30, 2017
Low Case   High Case
Income from continuing operations attributable to Hilton stockholders, net of taxes, before special items $ 154 $ 171
Diluted EPS from continuing operations, before special items $ 0.47 $ 0.51
 
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 154   $ 171  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items(1) $ 0.47   $ 0.51  
 
 
Year Ending
December 31, 2017
Low Case High Case
Income from continuing operations attributable to Hilton stockholders, net of taxes, before special items $ 523 $ 548
Diluted EPS from continuing operations, before special items $ 1.58 $ 1.65
Special items(2):
Loss on debt extinguishment $ 60 $ 60
Transaction costs 10 10
Financing transactions 5 5
Asset dispositions 7   7  
Total special items before tax 82 82
Income tax expense on special items (31 ) (31 )
Total special items after tax $ 51   $ 51  
 
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 574   $ 599  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items(1) $ 1.73   $ 1.81  
 
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(1)  

Does not include the effect of potential share repurchases.

(2)

See "—Net Income and Diluted EPS, Adjusted for Special Items" for details of these special items.

 
 
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
OUTLOOK: ADJUSTED EBITDA
FORECASTED 2017
(unaudited, in millions)
 
Three Months Ending
June 30, 2017
Low Case   High Case
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes $ 156 $ 173
Interest expense 99 99
Income tax expense 97 107
Depreciation and amortization 85   85  
EBITDA 437 464
FF&E replacement reserve 15 15
Share-based compensation expense 33 33
Other adjustment items(1) 5   (2 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 490   $ 510  
 
 
Year Ending
December 31, 2017
Low Case High Case
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes $ 529 $ 554
Interest expense 403 403
Income tax expense 317 332
Depreciation and amortization 343   343  
EBITDA 1,592 1,632
Loss on foreign currency transactions 4 4
Loss on debt extinguishment 60 60
FF&E replacement reserve 50 50
Share-based compensation expense 113 113
Other adjustment items(1) 41   41  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,860   $ 1,900  
 
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(1)

 

Includes adjustments for severance, transaction costs and other items.

 

HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
DEFINITIONS

Pro Forma Adjustments

The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations is based on Hilton's unaudited condensed consolidated statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and has been adjusted to reflect the spin-offs of Park and HGV as if they had occurred on January 1, 2016. The unaudited pro forma adjustments are based on estimates, accounting judgments and currently available information and assumptions that Hilton management believes are reasonable. The pro forma adjustments include the following:

(a)   The management and franchise fee revenue related to the management and franchise agreements with Park, effective at completion of the spin-offs, as well as the franchise fee revenue related to the license agreement with HGV, effective at completion of the spin-offs.
 
(b) The revenues and expenses for payroll and related costs, certain other operating costs, marketing expenses and other expenses associated with Hilton's brands and shared services that will be directly reimbursed to Hilton by Park under the terms of the management and franchise agreements with Park, effective at completion of the spin-offs.
 
(c) The income tax effect of the pro forma adjustments by applying an estimated statutory tax rate of 38 percent.
 
(d) Pro forma basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding were based on the historical weighted average number of common shares outstanding, and the calculation of pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding reflects the effect of the spin-offs.

Refer to pro forma financial information included in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 4, 2017 for additional details on the pro forma adjustments.

The adjustments in the unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations do not include general and administrative expenses that do not meet the requirements to be presented in discontinued operations as they are not specifically related to Park or HGV. Accordingly, the pro forma general and administrative expenses are not necessarily indicative of future general and administrative expenses of Hilton. The unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statement of operations also does not reflect any cost savings that Hilton believes could have been achieved had the spin-offs been completed on the date indicated.

Trailing Twelve Month Financial Information

This press release also includes certain unaudited financial information for the TTM period ended March 31, 2017, which is calculated as the three months ended March 31, 2017 plus the actual or pro forma year ended December 31, 2016 and less the actual or pro forma three months ended March 31, 2016. This presentation is not in accordance with GAAP. However, the Company believes that this presentation provides useful information to investors regarding its recent financial performance, and it views this presentation of the four most recently completed fiscal quarters as a key measurement period for investors to assess its historical results. In addition, the Company’s management uses TTM information to evaluate the Company’s financial performance for ongoing planning purposes.

Net Income and EPS, Adjusted for Special Items

Net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, are not recognized terms under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or other measures of financial performance or liquidity derived in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the Company's definition of net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Net income and EPS, adjusted for special items, are included to assist investors in performing meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means of highlighting the results of the Company's ongoing operations.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Earnings before interest expense, taxes and depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), presented herein, reflects income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes, excluding interest expense, a provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted EBITDA, presented herein, is calculated as EBITDA, as previously defined, further adjusted to exclude certain items, including gains, losses and expenses in connection with: (i) asset dispositions for both consolidated and unconsolidated investments; (ii) foreign currency transactions; (iii) debt restructurings/retirements; (iv) furniture, fixtures and equipment ("FF&E") replacement reserves required under certain lease agreements; (v) reorganization costs; (vi) share-based compensation expense; (vii) non-cash impairment losses; (viii) severance, relocation and other expenses; and (ix) other items.

Adjusted EBITDA margin represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total revenues, excluding other revenues from managed and franchised properties.

The Company believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin provide useful information to investors about the Company and its financial condition and results of operations for the following reasons: (i) these measures are among the measures used by the Company's management team to evaluate its operating performance and make day-to-day operating decisions; and (ii) these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a common performance measure to compare results or estimate valuations across companies in the industry. Additionally, these measures exclude certain items that can vary widely across different industries and among competitors within the Company's industry. For instance, interest expense and income tax expense are dependent on company specifics, including, among other things, the Company's capital structure and operating jurisdictions, respectively, and, therefore could vary significantly across companies. Depreciation and amortization are dependent upon company policies, including the method of acquiring and depreciating assets and the useful lives that are used. For Adjusted EBITDA, the Company also excludes items such as (i) share-based compensation expense, as this could vary widely among companies due to the different plans in place and the usage of them; (ii) FF&E replacement reserve to be consistent with the treatment of FF&E for its owned and leased hotels where it is capitalized and depreciated over the life of the FF&E and (iii) other items that are not core to the Company's operations and are not reflective of the Company's performance.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are not recognized terms under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or other measures of financial performance or liquidity derived in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the Company's definitions of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered either in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flow or other methods of analyzing results as reported under GAAP.

Net Debt

Net debt, presented herein, is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company uses to evaluate its financial leverage. Net debt is calculated as (i) long-term debt, including current maturities and excluding unamortized deferred financing costs and discount; and (ii) the Company's share of unconsolidated affiliate debt, excluding unamortized deferred financing costs; reduced by (a) cash and cash equivalents; and (b) restricted cash and cash equivalents.

The Company believes net debt provides useful information about its indebtedness to investors as it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare the indebtedness of companies. Net debt should not be considered as a substitute to debt presented in accordance with GAAP. Net debt may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of other companies.

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio, presented herein, is a non-GAAP financial measure and is included as it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare the financial condition of companies. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio should not be considered as an alternative to measures of financial condition derived in accordance with GAAP, and it may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of other companies.

Comparable Hotels

The Company defines comparable hotels as those that: (i) were active and operating in the Company's system for at least one full calendar year as of the end of the current period, and open January 1st of the previous year; (ii) have not undergone a change in brand or ownership type during the current or comparable periods reported, excluding the hotel properties distributed in the spin-offs; and (iii) have not sustained substantial property damage, business interruption, undergone large-scale capital projects or for which comparable results are not available.

Of the 4,934 hotels in the Company's system as of March 31, 2017, 4,066 hotels were classified as comparable hotels. The 868 non-comparable hotels included 227 properties, or approximately five percent of the total hotels in the system, that were removed from the comparable group during the last twelve months because they sustained substantial property damage, business interruption, underwent large-scale capital projects or comparable results were not available.

Occupancy

Occupancy represents the total number of room nights sold divided by the total number of room nights available at a hotel or group of hotels. Occupancy measures the utilization of the hotels' available capacity. Management uses occupancy to gauge demand at a specific hotel or group of hotels in a given period. Occupancy levels also help management determine achievable Average Daily Rate levels as demand for hotel rooms increases or decreases.

Average Daily Rate ("ADR")

ADR represents hotel room revenue divided by total number of room nights 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 the industry, and management uses ADR to assess pricing levels that the Company is able to generate by type of customer, as changes in rates have a different effect on overall revenues and incremental profitability than changes in occupancy, as described above.

Revenue per Available Room ("RevPAR")

The Company calculates RevPAR by dividing hotel room revenue by total number of room nights available to guests for a given period. Management considers RevPAR to be a meaningful indicator of the Company's performance as it provides a metric correlated to two primary and key drivers of operations at a hotel or group of hotels: occupancy and ADR. RevPAR is also a useful indicator in measuring performance over comparable periods for comparable hotels.

References to RevPAR, ADR and occupancy throughout this press release are presented on a comparable basis and references to RevPAR and ADR are presented on a currency neutral basis (all periods use the actual exchange rates for the three months ended March 31, 2017), unless otherwise noted.

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Contacts

Investor Contact
Jill Slattery
+1 703 883 6043
or
Media Contact
Aaron Radelet
+1 703 883 5804