Realogy Reports Financial Results For Third Quarter 2016

MADISON, N.J. - Nov. 4, 2016 // PRNewswire // - Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016, including the following highlights:

  • Revenue of $1.64 billion, a 1% decrease as compared to the third quarter of 2015, was primarily driven by lower homesale transaction volume at NRT along with lower referral revenue at Cartus, and partially offset by higher purchase and refinance closing unit volume at Title Resource Group (TRG).
  • The Company's combined homesale transaction volume increased 2% in the quarter, consisting of a 4% volume gain at the Realogy Franchise Group (RFG) and a 3% decline in volume at NRT.
  • Net income for the period was $106 million, compared to $110 million in the third quarter of 2015. Basic earnings per share (EPS) was $0.74, compared to $0.75 in third quarter of 2015 (See Table 1).
  • Adjusted net income was $108 million and adjusted basic EPS was $0.75, decreases of 3% and 1%, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2015 (See Table 1a).1
  • Operating EBITDA was $279 million, compared to $295 million in the third quarter of 2015, a year-over-year decrease of 5% (See Table 6).2
  • During the third quarter, Realogy repurchased approximately 2.5 million shares of Realogy's common stock in the open market at a weighted average market price of $27 per share for a total of $67 million. Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased $134 million, or approximately 4.5 million shares, of common stock in the open market.
  • As previously announced, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per share of the Company's common stock. The dividend payment was made on Aug. 31, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 17, 2016. The next dividend payment will be made on Dec. 1, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Nov. 17, 2016.
  • The Company continued to execute on its business optimization program, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the cost structure of each of the Company's business units. The Company expects to realize over $30 million in actual savings in 2016 and is on track to reach its annualized run-rate savings target of $60 million in 2017. The total cost to implement the program is $69 million, of which $40 million has been incurred to date.

"While our third quarter results reflect continued pressure on NRT as expected, we have moved aggressively to improve the business and enhance NRT's competitiveness with an infusion of talent and new growth initiatives," said Richard A. Smith, Realogy's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We expect these initiatives to put near-term pressure on margins, but anticipate that the resulting increase in revenue will deliver improved financial results over time and position us well to achieve our long-term goals and drive shareholder value."

1  Adjusted net income is adjusted for non-cash mark-to-market expense on interest rate swaps and restructuring charges.
2 Operating EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before restructuring costs, early extinguishment of debt and former parent legacy items.

Operational Results

In the third quarter of 2016, Realogy's franchise (RFG) and Company-owned (NRT) business segments achieved a combined homesale transaction volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price) increase of 2% as compared to the third quarter of 2015, which was within the Company's previous guidance range. RFG reported a homesale transaction sides increase of 1% and an average homesale price increase of 3%. NRT reported a homesale transaction sides decrease of 4% and an average homesale price increase of 1%.

In the title and settlement services sector, TRG was involved in the closing of approximately 58,000 transactions during the quarter, reflecting a 4% increase in purchase units and a 52% increase in refinance units as compared to the third quarter of 2015. These results include the benefits of the acquisition of TitleOne in the third quarter.

Looking Ahead

For the fourth quarter of 2016, Realogy expects to achieve overall homesale transaction volume gains in the range of 3% to 5% year-over-year. RFG's fourth quarter transaction volume is expected to increase 4% to 6% and NRT transaction volume is expected to increase 1% to 3%.

For the full year 2016, the Company expects homesale transaction volume gains in the range of 3% to 4% year-over-year. Realogy also expects to deliver Operating EBITDA of between $750 million and $770 million, yielding approximately $425 million to $450 million of free cash flow.

"Our business model continues to generate significant free cash flow, which enabled us to accelerate share repurchases during the third quarter," said Anthony E. Hull, Realogy's executive vice president, CFO and treasurer.  "We will continue to be thoughtful about deploying our free cash flow, with a balanced approach to delevering, acquisitions and returning capital to shareholders."

Balance Sheet

The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $224 million.  Total long-term corporate debt, including the short-term portion, net of cash and cash equivalents (net corporate debt), totaled $3.3 billion at September 30, 2016.  Our net debt leverage3 was 3.8 times at September 30, 2016.

A consolidated balance sheet is included as Table 2 of this press release.

3   Net corporate debt divided by EBITDA calculated on a pro forma basis, as defined under our credit facilities, for the twelve-month period ended September 30, 2016.

Investor Conference Call      

Today, November 4, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT), Realogy will hold a conference call via webcast to review its third quarter 2016 results.  The call will be hosted by Richard A. Smith, chairman, chief executive officer and president, and Anthony E. Hull, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, and will conclude with an investor Q&A period with management.

Investors may access the conference call live via webcast at www.realogy.com under "Investors" or by dialing (888) 895-3527 (toll free); international participants should dial (706) 679-2250.  Please dial in at least 5 to 10 minutes prior to start time.  A webcast replay also will be available from November 4 through November 18, 2016.

About Realogy Holdings Corp.

Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® and ZipRealty®.  Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 13,650 offices with more than 268,000 independent sales associates conducting business in 111 countries and territories around the world.  NRT LLC, Realogy's company-owned real estate brokerage, is the largest residential brokerage company in the United States, operates under several of Realogy's brands and also provides related residential real estate services. Realogy also owns Cartus, a prominent worldwide provider of relocation services to corporate and affinity clients, Title Resource Group (TRG), a leading provider of title, settlement and underwriting services, and ZapLabs LLC, its innovation and technology development subsidiary.  Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements."  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Realogy Holdings Corp. to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "projects", "estimates" and "plans" and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will", "should", "would", "may" and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts.  Any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events, circumstances or results are forward-looking statements.

Various factors that could cause actual future results and other future events to differ materially from those estimated by management include, but are not limited to: adverse developments or the absence of sustained improvement in general business, economic and political conditions; adverse developments or the absence of improvement in the residential real estate markets including but not limited to the lack of sustained improvement in the number of home sales and/or stagnant or declining home prices, low levels of consumer confidence, the impact of slow economic growth or future recessions and related high levels of unemployment in the U.S. and abroad, continued low inventory levels, renewed high levels of foreclosures, seasonal fluctuations in the residential real estate brokerage business, and increasing mortgage rates and down payment requirements and/or constraints on the availability of mortgage financing; the Company's geographic and high-end market concentration, particularly with respect to its Company-owned brokerage operations; the Company's failure to enter into or renew franchise agreements or maintain its brands; risks relating to our outstanding debt and interest obligations; variable rate indebtedness which subjects the Company to interest rate risk; the Company's inability to access capital or refinance or repay existing indebtedness, or return capital to stockholders; the Company's inability to realize the benefits from acquisitions; any outbreak or escalation of hostilities on a national, regional or international basis; government regulation as well as legislative, tax or regulatory changes that would adversely impact the residential real estate market, including but not limited to potential reform of the financing of the U.S. housing and mortgage markets and/or the Internal Revenue Code and changes in state or federal employment laws or regulations that would require reclassification of independent contractor sales associates to employee status, and wage and hour regulations; the Company's inability to sustain improvements in its operating efficiency and to achieve anticipated cost savings from its business optimization initiatives; any adverse resolution of litigation, governmental or regulatory proceedings or arbitration awards; and the final resolution or outcomes with respect to Cendant's (our former parent) remaining contingent liabilities.

Consideration should be given to the areas of risk described above, as well as those risks set forth under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Reports filed on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and our other filings made from time to time, in connection with considering any forward-looking statements that may be made by us and our businesses generally.  Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events unless we are required to do so by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules. As required by SEC rules, important information regarding such measures is contained in the Tables attached to this release. See Tables 1a and 8 for definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and Tables 1a, 5, 6, and 7 for reconciliations of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP terms.

Because of the forward-looking nature of the Company's forecasted non-GAAP financial measures, specific quantifications of the amounts that would be required to reconcile forecasted forecasted Operating EBITDA to forecasted EBITDA and forecasted net income are not readily determinable. The Company believes that there is a degree of volatility with respect to certain of the Company's GAAP measures which preclude the Company from providing accurate forecasted GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations. Based on the above, the Company believes that providing estimates of the amounts that would be required to reconcile the range of the non-GAAP measures to forecasted GAAP measures would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors for the reasons identified above.

SOURCE Realogy Holdings Corp.

Contacts:

Alicia Swift
Investor Relations
(973) 407-4669
alicia.swift@realogy.com

Jennifer Halchak
Investor Relations
(973) 407-7487
jennifer.halchak@realogy.com

Mark Panus
Media Relations
(973) 407-7215
mark.panus@realogy.com

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Table 8

Non-GAAP Definitions

Adjusted net income (loss) is defined by us as net income (loss) before mark to market interest rate adjustments, former parent legacy items, restructuring charges and loss on the early extinguishment of debt.  The gross amounts for these items as well as the adjustment for income taxes are presented.  Adjusted income (loss) per share is Adjusted net income (loss) divided by the weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding.  We present Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share because we believe these measures are useful as supplemental measures in evaluating the performance of our operating businesses and provides greater transparency into our operating results.

EBITDA is defined by us as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, net (other than relocation services interest for securitization assets and securitization obligations) and income taxes and is our primary non-GAAP measure.

Operating EBITDA is defined by us as EBITDA before restructuring, early extinguishment of debt and legacy items and is used as a supplementary financial measure.  Operating EBITDA calculated for a twelve-month period is presented because the Company believes these items do not directly affect the operating results of the Company and accordingly should be excluded in comparing operating results.

We present EBITDA and Operating EBITDA because we believe they are useful as supplemental measures in evaluating the performance of our operating businesses and provide greater transparency into our results of operations.  Our management, including our chief operating decision maker, uses EBITDA as a factor in evaluating the performance of our business.  EBITDA and Operating EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

We believe EBITDA facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting net interest expense), taxation, the age and book depreciation of facilities (affecting relative depreciation expense) and the amortization of intangibles, which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to operating performance.  We further believe that EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present an EBITDA measure when reporting their results.

EBITDA and Operating EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider EBITDA and Operating EBITDA either in isolation or as substitutes for analyzing our results as reported under GAAP.  Some of these limitations are:

  • these measures do not reflect changes in, or cash required for, our working capital needs;
  • these measures do not reflect our interest expense (except for interest related to our securitization obligations), or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • these measures do not reflect our income tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our taxes;
  • these measures do not reflect historical cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often require replacement in the future, and these measures do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • other companies may calculate these measures differently so they may not be comparable.

Free Cash Flow is defined as net income (loss) attributable to Realogy before income tax expense (benefit), net of payments, interest expense, net, depreciation and amortization, capital expenditures, restructuring costs and former parent legacy costs (benefits), net of payments, loss on the early extinguishment of debt, working capital adjustments and relocation assets, net of change in securitization obligations.  We use Free Cash Flow in our internal evaluation of operating effectiveness and decisions regarding the allocation of resources, as well as measuring the Company's ability to generate cash.  Since Free Cash Flow can be viewed as both a performance measure and a cash flow measure, the Company has provided a reconciliation to both net income attributable to Realogy Holdings and net cash provided by operating activities. Free Cash Flow is not defined by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss), net cash provided by (used in) operating, investing and financing activities or other financial data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or liquidity.  Free Cash Flow may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

SOURCE Realogy Holdings Corp.

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