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Room Growth Undergirds Hyatt's Second-Quarter Performance

Asit Sharma, The Motley Fool

Global hospitality giant Hyatt (NYSE: H) boosted revenue in the second quarter by double digits through a mix of core and acquired growth in total portfolio rooms. Results released Wednesday capped a solid first half of 2019, in which the hotelier's top line expanded over the comparable 2018 period by nearly 13%. However, management also noted isolated construction issues that will impact results in the back half of the year, dampening full-year adjusted earnings guidance. As we review headline numbers and critical details from the last three months below, note that all comparable numbers refer to those of the prior-year quarter.

Hyatt second-quarter results: The raw numbers

Metric Q2 2019 Q2 2018 Change
Revenue $1.29 billion $1.13 billion 13.8%
Net income $86 million $77 million 11.7%
Diluted earnings per share $0.80 $0.66 21.2%

Data source: Hyatt.

What happened with Hyatt this quarter?

  • Hyatt boasted net room growth of 12.6%, consisting of 6.9% unit growth in core inventory, with the balance supplied by new rooms added through the acquisition of hotel management company Two Roads Hospitality in November 2018. In total, Hyatt opened 3,909 rooms, or 22 hotels, during the quarter.
  • Comparable systemwide revenue per available room, or RevPAR, increased by 1.3%, with 2.3% comparable growth at owned and leased hotels offsetting slighter improvement in franchised properties.
  • Net management and franchise fees increased by 10.5% to $152 million.
  • Hyatt ended the quarter with a development pipeline of 92,000 rooms to be managed or franchised, equating to 460 hotels. The company raised its expectation of total hotel openings in 2019 from 80 to 85.
  • Adjusted EBITDA dipped 2.1% to $213 million.
  • After the close of the quarter, on July 31, Hyatt sold the property adjacent to its Grand Hyatt San Francisco hotel, and reassigned a related Apple store lease to an unnamed third party. Hyatt netted $120 million from the sale, and apprised shareholders that it's exploring the sale of other hotel properties to free up additional capital for future redeployment.
  • Hyatt repurchased $45 million worth of its own shares during the quarter.
Minimalist hotel room overlooking the sea.

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What management had to say

In Hyatt's earnings press release, CEO Mark Hoplamazian highlighted progress during the quarter while advising investors of a revision to the company's full-year guidance:

We reported solid second-quarter results. Strong transient demand drove 1.3% systemwide RevPAR growth, and fees and net rooms grew at a double-digit pace inclusive of the Two Roads Hospitality LLC acquisition. We expect the key drivers of growth across our lodging business to continue to drive results within the context of our reduced RevPAR guidance. Separately, we are reducing expectations for full-year Adjusted EBITDA to primarily reflect construction-related issues in our Miraval business, as well as increased transaction adjustments and foreign currency headwinds.

Hoplamazian also noted a positive revision to one portion of Hyatt's outlook due to the vigorous room expansion chalked up through the first half of the year:

We continued to expand our portfolio at a solid pace in the second quarter. Developer demand for our brands remains strong with our base of executed contracts for future openings increasing by 1,000 rooms in the quarter net of opening of nearly 4,000 rooms. Based on this development activity and an increase in conversions of hotels to our brands we now expect to grow net rooms by 7.25% to 7.75% this year as compared with our prior expectation of 7% to 7.5%.

Looking forward

As Hoplamazian alludes to above, Hyatt has reduced its full-year guidance range for adjusted EBITDA from $780 million to $800 million to a new band of between $755 million and $775 million. Two-thirds of the $25 million reduction at the midpoint of each range stems from construction issues at two Miraval (a wellness resort brand) properties, in Lennox, Massachusetts, and Austin, Texas. The sale of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and reassignment of the Apple lease will account for additional $5 million in decreased EBITDA, with the balance of approximately $3 million attributed to foreign currency translation.

The company also tightened its expected year-over-year RevPAR growth rate for 2019 to a range of 1% to 2%, versus a prior expectation of between 1% and 3%. This should be seen by shareholders as mostly an adjustment of precision, as Hyatt has higher visibility into both occupancy trends and average daily room rates with two quarters remaining in the year.

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Asit Sharma has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple. The Motley Fool has the following options: short January 2020 $155 calls on Apple, long January 2020 $150 calls on Apple, short January 2020 $155 calls on Apple, and long January 2020 $150 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Hyatt Hotels. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.