Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results – WHG Corporate

PARSIPPANY, N.J., October 28, 2020 – Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) today announced results for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Highlights include:

  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.29, and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.36.
  • Net income was $27 million for the third quarter and adjusted net income was $34
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $101 million.
  • Generated $97 million of net cash provided by operating activities and $92 million of free cash flow.
  • Global comparable RevPAR declined 35% year-over-year.
  • System-wide rooms declined 2% year-over-year.
  • Paid quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share.
  • Issued $500 million aggregate principal amount of 4.375% senior unsecured notes in August 2020, due 2028, the net proceeds of which were used in full to repay then-outstanding revolver borrowings.

“In the face of continued industry uncertainty, our leisure-oriented, drive-to franchise business model generated $101 million of adjusted EBITDA and $92 million of free cash flow,” said Geoffrey A. Ballotti, president and chief executive officer. “Over 99% of our domestic and over 97% of our global portfolio are open today. RevPAR improved sequentially across the globe, and in the U.S., our economy and midscale brands continued to gain market share. Third quarter room openings also improved sequentially both in the U.S. and internationally and we grew our pipeline by 3% to 185,000 rooms globally. Importantly, we executed 152 hotel agreements, including 23% more domestic conversion signings than the third quarter of 2019. As always, we remain dedicated to supporting our owners around the world during these very challenging times.”

Revenues declined from $560 million in the third quarter of 2019 to $337 million in the third quarter of 2020. The decline includes lower pass-through cost-reimbursement revenues of $79 million, which have no impact on adjusted EBITDA, in the Company’s hotel management business. Excluding cost-reimbursement revenues, revenues declined $144 million primarily reflecting a 35% decline in comparable RevPAR and the impact from hotels temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

The Company generated net income of $27 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $45 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2019. The decline in net income of $18 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, was primarily due to the revenue declines, which were partially offset by cost containment initiatives, lower volume-related expenses and the absence of contract termination and transaction-related expenses. Full reconciliations of GAAP results to the Company’s non-GAAP adjusted measures for all reported periods appear in the tables to this press release.

Business Segment Discussion
The following discussion of third quarter operating results focuses on revenue and adjusted EBITDA for each of the Company’s segments.

Hotel Franchising Table

The Company’s franchised system, which included 8,500 rooms transferred from the hotel management segment related to the CorePoint Lodging asset sales, declined 1% globally. Excluding the transfer, franchised net rooms declined 2% globally, reflecting the Company’s previously announced removal of non-compliant and brand detracting rooms, of which approximately 9,000 were removed during the second quarter and approximately 7,900 were removed during the third quarter.

RevPAR declined 36% globally, reflecting a 31% decline in the U.S. and a 50% decline internationally. On a comparable basis, which is in constant currency and excludes hotels temporarily closed due to COVID-19, global RevPAR declined 33%, reflecting a 30% decline in the U.S. and a 43% decline internationally.

Revenues decreased $143 million compared to third quarter 2019 reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on travel demand globally, while a decline in adjusted EBITDA of $78 million was partially mitigated by cost containment initiatives and lower volume-related expenses.

Hotel Management Table

The Company’s managed system globally decreased 12%, primarily reflecting the transfer of 8,500 rooms to the hotel franchising segment as a result of CorePoint Lodging asset sales. Excluding the transfer of rooms to the hotel franchising segment, the Company’s managed system increased 2% primarily reflecting growth internationally, partially offset by the Company’s previously announced removal of approximately 1,300 unprofitable management guarantee hotel rooms during the third quarter.

RevPAR declined 48% globally, including a 45% decline in the U.S. and a 56% decline internationally. On a comparable basis, which excludes hotels temporarily closed due to COVID-19, global RevPAR declined 46%, including a 43% decline in the U.S. and a 51% decline internationally.

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Revenues decreased $79 million compared to the prior-year period primarily due to lower cost-reimbursement revenues, which have no impact on adjusted EBITDA. Absent cost-reimbursements, revenues were unchanged as the unfavorable impact of COVID-19 on travel demand globally was offset by the absence of a $20 million fee credit recorded as a reduction to hotel-management revenues in the third quarter of 2019, which was considered transaction-related and therefore did not impact Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA declined $11 million as the RevPAR impacts were partially mitigated by cost containment initiatives and lower volume-related expenses.

As of September 30, 2020, the Company’s hotel system of approximately 9,000 properties and 804,000 rooms declined 2% year-over-year. During the third quarter of 2020, the Company opened 76 hotels totaling 9,600 rooms, a year-over-year decline of 34% due to delays resulting from the pandemic.

As expected, the Company’s global retention rate over the last twelve months declined to 92.6% compared to 94.9% during the same period last year due to the Company’s removal of approximately 9,000 non-compliant master franchise rooms in China during the second quarter; and the Company’s removal of approximately 9,200 additional non-compliant, unprofitable and brand detracting rooms in the third quarter.

The Company’s development pipeline consisted of 1,400 hotels and approximately 185,000 rooms, a 3% decline year-over-year, or a 3% increase sequentially. Approximately 64% of the Company’s development pipeline is international and 76% is new construction, of which 33% have broken ground.

Cash and Liquidity
During the third quarter of 2020, the Company’s cash balance increased $71 million to $735 million, including the issuance of $500 million of senior unsecured notes bearing interest at 4.375%, the net proceeds of which were used in full to repay then-outstanding revolver borrowings. In addition, the Company made $10 million of special-item cash outlays, primarily reflecting COVID-19 related restructuring payments, during the third quarter. As of September 30, 2020, the total capacity under the Company’s revolving credit facility was $501 million and the Company had approximately $1.2 billion in total liquidity.

The Company paid common stock dividends of $7 million, or $0.08 per share, in the third quarter of 2020.

Conference Call Information
Wyndham Hotels will hold a conference call with investors to discuss the Company’s results and outlook on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Listeners can access the webcast live through the Company’s website at www.investor.wyndhamhotels.com. The conference call may also be accessed by dialing 877 876-9173 and providing the passcode “Wyndham”. Listeners are urged to call at least five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. An archive of this webcast will be available on the website for approximately 90 days beginning at noon ET on October 29, 2020. A telephone replay will be available for approximately ten days beginning at noon ET on October 29, 2020 at 800 753-9197.

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. The Company uses these measures internally to assess its operating performance, both absolutely and in comparison to other companies, and to make day to day operating decisions, including in the evaluation of selected compensation decisions. 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 this press release.

About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company by the number of properties, with approximately 9,000 hotels across approximately 90 countries on six continents. Through its network of 804,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry.  The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel®, La Quinta®, Baymont®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers 85 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.  The Company may use its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Disclosures of this nature will be included on the Company’s website in the Investors section, which can currently be accessed at www.investor.wyndhamhotels.com. Accordingly, investors should monitor this section of the Company’s website in addition to following the Company’s press releases, filings submitted with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any public conference calls or webcasts.

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Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements related to Wyndham Hotels’ current views and expectations with respect to its future performance and operations, including revenues, earnings, cash flow and other financial and operating measures and dividends, restructuring charges and statements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forward- looking statements include those that convey management’s expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and projections at the time Wyndham Hotels makes the statements and may be identified by words such as “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “goal,” “future,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “target,” “estimate,” “projection” and similar words or expressions, including the negative version of such words and expressions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Wyndham Hotels to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. 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, without limitation, general economic conditions; the continuation or worsening of the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, its scope, duration and impact on the Company’s business operations, financial results, cash flows and liquidity, as well as the impact on the Company’s franchisees and property owners, guests and team members, the hospitality industry and overall demand for travel; the success of the Company’s mitigation efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s performance in any recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; the performance of financial and credit markets; the economic environment for the hospitality industry; operating risks associated with the hotel franchising and management businesses; the Company’s relationships with franchisees and property owners; the impact of war, terrorist activity or political strife; concerns with or threats of pandemics, contagious diseases or health epidemics, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and any resurgence of the virus and actions governments, businesses and individuals take in response to the pandemic, including stay-in-place directives and other travel restrictions; risks related to the acquisition of La Quinta and the Company’s relationship with CorePoint Lodging; the Company’s ability to satisfy obligations and agreements under its outstanding indebtedness, including the payment of principal and interest and compliance with the covenants thereunder; risks related to the Company’s ability to obtain financing and the terms of such financing, including access to liquidity and capital as a result of COVID-19; and the Company’s limitations related to share repurchases and ability to pay dividends under its credit facility and the timing and amount of any future dividends, as well as the risks described in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise.

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Matt Capuzzi
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
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Group Vice President, Global Communications
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