Wyndham Worldwide Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Strong Top-Line Momentum; Increases Full-Year EPS Guidance; Announces Plan To Become Two Publicly Traded Hospitality Companies

August 03, 2017 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) today announced results for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Earlier today the Company also announced its plan to separate into two publicly traded hospitality companies.

Second Quarter 2017 Operating Results

Second quarter revenues were $1.5 billion, up 5% compared with the prior year period. Full reconciliations of GAAP results to non-GAAP measures for all reported periods appear in the tables to this press release.

Net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $78 million compared with $156 million for the second quarter of 2016, reflecting a non-cash impairment charge on the write-down of undeveloped land detailed in Table 7 of this press release. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.75 compared with $1.39 for the prior year period.

Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2017, which excludes charges in both 2016 and 2017 as detailed in Table 7 of this press release, was $159 million compared with $156 million for the second quarter of 2016, reflecting strong top-line momentum across the Company, partially offset by a higher provision for loan losses and higher legal fees at Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Adjusted diluted EPS was $1.53 compared with $1.40 per share in the prior year period, further reflecting the benefit of the Company's share repurchase program.

Second quarter EBITDA was $214 million, compared with $340 million in the prior year period, reflecting the previously referenced non-cash impairment charge on the write-down of undeveloped land detailed in Table 8 of this press release. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes charges in both 2017 and 2016 as detailed in Table 8 of this press release, was $350 million, compared with $340 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting strong top-line momentum across the Company, partially offset by a higher provision for loan losses and higher legal fees at Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Adjusted EBITDA increased 4% on a currency-neutral basis.

"With summer closing in on the half-way point, all of our businesses are performing well," said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO. "Our hotel group is seeing constant currency RevPAR growth both domestically and internationally, our vacation rentals business is benefiting from continued strong booking trends, and sales sharply accelerated at our vacation ownership business as we continue to execute on our new owner growth strategy. This strong topline momentum further reflects how these businesses are poised for continued success as stand-alone public companies."

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, net cash provided by operating activities was $663 million, compared with $706 million in the prior year period. The decrease primarily reflects higher inventory spending and the timing of working capital.

Free cash flow was $581 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, compared with $616 million for the same period in 2016, primarily reflecting the changes in net cash provided by operating activities. The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

Second Quarter 2017 Business Unit Results

Hotel Group

Revenues were $345 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $334 million in the second quarter of 2016. EBITDA was $106 million in the second quarter compared with $101 million in the prior year quarter, growing 6% on a currency-neutral basis. Results reflect higher franchise fees and growth in the Wyndham Rewards credit card program.

Second quarter domestic same-store RevPAR increased 2.8% compared with the second quarter of 2016. In constant currency, global system-wide, same-store RevPAR increased 3.3%.

As of June 30, 2017, the Company's hotel system consisted of over 8,100 properties and approximately 705,700 rooms, a 3.3% net room increase compared with the second quarter of 2016. The development pipeline increased to nearly 1,230 hotels and over 150,800 rooms, an 18% year-over-year room increase, of which 57% were international and 67% were new construction.

Destination Network

Revenues were $405 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $384 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 5%.

Vacation rental revenues were $220 million compared with $202 million in the prior year quarter. In constant currency and excluding acquisitions, vacation rental revenues increased 9%, reflecting a 7.8% increase in transaction volume and a 0.9% increase in the average net price per rental. Transaction volume benefited from capacity increases across the Company's European brands and the favorable impact from the timing of the Easter holiday.

Exchange revenues were $159 million, an increase of 1% in constant currency compared with the prior year quarter. Exchange revenue per member increased 2.4% and the average number of members declined 1.7%.

EBITDA was $89 million in the second quarter of 2017, a 5% increase compared with the second quarter of 2016. On a currency-neutral basis and excluding the impact of acquisitions, EBITDA increased 6%, reflecting stronger performance in our vacation rental brands, which benefited from the favorable impact of the timing of the Easter holiday, as well as the reversal of a previously recorded value-added tax reserve.

Vacation Ownership

Revenues increased 6% to $750 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $705 million in the second quarter of 2016. The increase reflects an increase in gross VOI sales of 9% as well as higher consumer financing revenues, partially offset by a higher provision for loan losses.

Tour flow increased 10.3% driven by increased tours to new owners. Volume per guest (VPG) declined 1.1%, primarily reflecting a 14% increase in sales to new owners in North America, which produce a lower VPG.

EBITDA was $47 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared with $187 million in the prior year quarter. The EBITDA decline reflects the previously mentioned impairment charge on the write-down of undeveloped land as detailed in Table 8 of this press release. Adjusted EBITDA was $183 million in the second quarter of 2017, a 2% decline compared with the second quarter of 2016. Results reflect the increase in revenues, offset by higher legal expenses and the absence of a $4 million benefit from business interruption insurance claims received in the second quarter of 2016.

Other Items

  • The Company repurchased 1.6 million shares of common stock for $150 million during the second quarter of 2017 at an average price of $95.82. From July 1 through August 1, 2017, the Company repurchased an additional 0.5 million shares for $50 million.
  • Net interest expense in the second quarter of 2017 was $37 million compared with $32 million in the second quarter of 2016, reflecting the issuance of a $300 million 4.15% 7-year unsecured note and $400 million 4.50% 10-year unsecured note in March.
  • Depreciation and amortization in the second quarter of 2017 was $66 million, compared with $63 million in the second quarter of 2016, as additional long-term projects came into service.

Balance Sheet Information as of June 30, 2017:

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $415 million, compared with $185 million at December 31, 2016
  • Vacation ownership contract receivables, net of $2.8 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2016
  • Vacation ownership and other inventory of $1.3 billion, compared with $1.4 billion at December 31, 2016
  • Securitized vacation ownership debt of $2.1 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2016
  • Long-term debt of $3.7 billion, compared with $3.4 billion at December 31, 2016. The remaining borrowing capacity on the revolving credit facility, net of commercial paper borrowings, was $1.1 billion as of June 30, 2017, unchanged from December 31, 2016.

A schedule of debt is included in Table 12, available via this link:

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Outlook

Note to Editors: The guidance excludes possible future share repurchases, while analysts' estimates often include projected share repurchases. This results in discrepancies between Company guidance and database consensus forecasts.

The Company provides the following guidance for the full year 2017:

  • Reiterates revenues of approximately $5.80 billion to $5.95 billion
  • Reiterates adjusted net income of approximately $631 million to $652 million
  • Reiterates adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.41 billion to $1.44 billion
  • Updates adjusted diluted EPS to approximately $6.04 to $6.24 based on a diluted share count of 104.5 million from $5.98 to $6.18 based on a diluted share count of 105.5 million

In determining adjusted net income, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS, the Company excludes certain items which are otherwise included in determining the comparable GAAP financial measures. A description of the adjustments that have been applicable for the reported periods in determining adjusted net income, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS are reflected in Tables 7 and 8 of this press release. The Company is providing an outlook for net income, EBITDA and EPS only on a non-GAAP basis because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the totality or ultimate outcome or occurrence of these adjustments or other potential adjustments that may arise in the future during the outlook period, which can be dependent on future events that may not be reliably predicted. See Table 10 for certain non-GAAP information concerning the outlook period.

The Company will post full guidance information on its website following the conference call.

Conference Call Information

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation will hold a conference call with investors to discuss the Company's results, outlook and guidance, as well as its plan to become two publicly traded companies, on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Listeners can access the webcast live through the Company's website at http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/investors/. The conference call may also be accessed by dialing 800-862-9098 and providing the pass code "WYNDHAM." Listeners are urged to call at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. An archive of this webcast will be available on the website for approximately 90 days beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 3, 2017. A telephone replay will be available for approximately 10 days beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 3, 2017 at 800-695-2533.

Presentation Of Financial Information

Financial information discussed in this press release includes non-GAAP measures, which include or exclude certain items. These non-GAAP measures differ from reported GAAP results and are intended to illustrate what management believes are relevant period-over-period comparisons and are helpful to investors as an additional tool for further understanding and assessing the Company's ongoing operating performance. Exclusion of items in the Company's non-GAAP presentation should not be considered an inference that these items are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Full reconciliations of GAAP results to the comparable non-GAAP measures for the reported periods appear in the financial tables section of the press release.

About Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of nearly 130,000 places to stay across more than 110 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcomes people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards®, the Company's re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are those that convey management's expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and projections at the time Wyndham Worldwide makes the statements and may be identified by terminology such as "will," "expect," believe," "plan," "anticipate," "goal," "future," "outlook," guidance," "target," "estimate" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Wyndham Worldwide or the post-spin companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements related to the Company's revenues, earnings, cash flow, related financial and operating measures and expectations with respect to the spin off and related transactions, as well as the post-spin companies' future operating, financial and business performance.

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include general economic conditions, the performance of the financial and credit markets, the economic environment for the hospitality industry, the impact of war, terrorist activity or political strife, operating risks associated with the hotel, vacation exchange and rentals and vacation ownership businesses, uncertainties that may delay or negatively impact the spin off or cause the spin off to not occur at all, uncertainties related to the post-spin companies' ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the spin off, uncertainties related to Wyndham Worldwide's ability to successfully complete the spin off on a tax-free basis within the expected time frame or at all, unanticipated developments that delay or otherwise negatively affect the spin off, uncertainties related to Wyndham Worldwide's ability to obtain financing for the two companies or the terms of such financing, unanticipated developments related to the impact of the spin off on our relationships with our customers, suppliers, employees and others with whom we have relationships, unanticipated developments resulting from possible disruption to our operations resulting from the proposed spin-off, the potential impact of the spin-off and related transactions on Wyndham Worldwide's credit rating, uncertainties relating to Wyndham Worldwide's exploration of strategic alternatives for its European rentals brands and the outcome and timing of that process, as well as those factors described in Wyndham Worldwide's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 17, 2017, and in Wyndham Worldwide's subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Except for Wyndham Worldwide's ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the federal securities laws, it undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events.

SOURCE Wyndham Worldwide

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