Wyndham Worldwide Reports Second Quarter 2015 Earnings

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Second Quarter Adjusted Diluted EPS up 13% Year-Over-Year; Increases Full-Year EPS Guidance

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (July 28, 2015) – Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) today announced results for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Second quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.32, an increase of 13% from adjusted diluted EPS of $1.17 in the second quarter of 2014. Reported diluted EPS was $1.33 in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 11% from reported diluted EPS of $1.20 from the same period in 2014.
  • Revenues increased 4% compared with the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, revenues increased 8%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 2% compared with the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, adjusted EBITDA increased 6%.
  • The Company repurchased 1.9 million shares of its common stock during the quarter for $165 million.

“We delivered strong results in the second quarter,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO. “We’re seeing good momentum across the company. Our Wyndham Rewards program re-launch is off to a great start, rental bookings are strong in the US and in Europe, and sales are up in Wyndham Vacation Ownership. We’re well positioned to benefit from improving economies and emerging trends in leisure travel. We expect this to drive continued growth going forward.”

SECOND QUARTER 2015 OPERATING RESULTS
Second quarter revenues were $1.4 billion, an increase of 4% from the prior year period. In constant currency, revenues increased 8%, reflecting growth across all the Company’s business segments.

Adjusted net income was $159 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared with $150 million, or $1.17 per diluted share for the same period in 2014. EPS also benefited from the Company’s share repurchase program, which decreased the weighted average diluted share count by 6% year-over-year.

Reported net income for the second quarter of 2015 was $159 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, compared with $153 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2014. Reported net income in the second quarter of 2014 reflects several items excluded from adjusted net income that favorably impacted net income by $3 million. Full reconciliations of adjusted results to GAAP results appear in Table 8 of this press release.

Free cash flow was $625 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared with $695 million for the same period in 2014. The decline in free cash flow reflects the timing of capital expenditures and working capital, including inventory spending. The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, net cash provided by operating activities was $737 million, compared with $793 million in the prior year period. The Company expects free cash flow for the full year 2015 of approximately $800 million compared with $749 million in 2014.

BUSINESS UNIT RESULTS

Lodging (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Revenues were $334 million in the second quarter of 2015, an 18% increase over the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency and excluding acquisitions, revenues increased 8%, reflecting higher domestic RevPAR and worldwide room growth.

Total system-wide RevPAR was flat when compared with the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, total system-wide RevPAR increased 2.5%. Domestic RevPAR increased 4.5%. International RevPAR declined 1.2% in constant currency, which reflects higher unit growth in lower RevPAR countries such as China.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2015 was $97 million, an 11% increase compared with the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, excluding acquisitions and the impact of the increase in the inter-segment licensing fee rate charged for use of the Wyndham brand trade name, adjusted EBITDA increased 9%. The increase primarily reflects higher royalties and franchise fees.

As of June 30, 2015, the Company’s hotel system consisted of approximately 7,700 properties and over 668,500 rooms, a 2.8% room increase compared with the second quarter of 2014. The development pipeline included 895 hotels and approximately 116,800 rooms, of which 61% were international and 66% were new construction.

Vacation Exchange and Rentals (Wyndham Exchange & Rentals)
Revenues were $383 million in the second quarter of 2015, a 5% decrease from the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, and excluding acquisitions and the impact of a divestiture in 2014, revenues increased 5%. Exchange revenues were $161 million, a 4% decrease compared with the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, exchange revenues were flat compared to the prior year, as a 2.7% decline in exchange revenue per member was partially offset by a 2.2% increase in the average number of members.

Vacation rental revenues were $200 million, an 8% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency and excluding acquisitions and the impact of a divestiture in 2014, vacation rental revenues were up 8%, reflecting a 6.1% increase in transaction volume and a 1.7% increase in average net price per vacation rental.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2015 was $84 million, a 3% decrease compared with the second quarter of 2014. On a currency-neutral basis and excluding acquisitions and the divestiture of a business in 2014, adjusted EBITDA increased 3% compared with the prior year period.

Vacation Ownership (Wyndham Vacation Ownership)
Revenues were $699 million in the second quarter of 2015, a 4% increase over the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, revenues increased 5%.

Gross VOI sales were $502 million in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 1% compared with the second quarter of 2014. In constant currency, Gross VOI sales increased 3%. Net VOI sales increased 9% (or 11% in constant currency), reflecting higher volume per guest and a lower loan loss provision. Volume per guest for the quarter increased 3.2% (or 4.4% in constant currency) while tour flow declined 1.0%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2015 was $182 million, a decrease of 2% compared with the second quarter of 2014. Results reflected higher commission expenses and the increased licensing fee to the Wyndham Hotel Group. On a currency neutral basis, and excluding the increased licensing fee, EBITDA increased 2%.

Other Items

  • The Company repurchased 1.9 million shares of common stock for $165 million during the second quarter of 2015. From July 1 through July 27, 2015, the Company repurchased an additional 0.8 million shares for $66 million. The Company’s remaining share repurchase authorization totals $635 million as of July 27, 2015.
  • Reported net interest expense in the second quarter of 2015 was $28 million, compared with $26 million in the second quarter of 2014.

Balance Sheet Information as of June 30, 2015:

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $410 million, compared with $183 million at December 31, 2014
  • Vacation ownership contract receivables, net, of $2.7 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2014
  • Vacation ownership and other inventory of $1.2 billion, unchanged from December 31, 2014
  • Securitized vacation ownership debt of $2.1 billion, a 3% decrease from December 31, 2014
  • Long-term debt of $3.2 billion, compared with $2.9 billion at December 31, 2014. The remaining borrowing capacity on the revolving credit facility, net of
  • commercial paper borrowings, was $1.0 billion as of June 30, 2015, compared to $1.3 billion from December 31, 2014

A schedule of debt is included in Table 5 of this press release.

Outlook

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

For the full year 2015, the Company reiterates the following guidance:

  • Revenues of approximately $5.450 - $5.550 billion.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.285 - $1.315 billion. Guidance reflects a $38 million adverse impact from foreign exchange compared with 2014 full year results.

For the full year 2015, the Company updates the following guidance:

  • Adjusted diluted EPS of approximately $4.88 - $5.03 based on a diluted share count of 120.2 million, up from $4.81 - $4.96 based on a diluted share count of 121.4 million.

 

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 core operating performance. Exclusion of items in our non-GAAP presentation should not be considered an inference that these items are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. A complete reconciliation of reported GAAP results to the comparable non-GAAP information appears in the financial tables section of the press release. It is not practicable to provide a reconciliation of forecasted adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS to the most directly comparable GAAP measures because certain items cannot be reasonably estimated or predicted at this time. Any such items could be significant to the Company’s reported results.

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,700 franchised hotels and over 668,500 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to approximately 110,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 210 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 901,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs over 34,000 associates globally. 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, conveying management’s expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and projections at the time the Company makes the statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company 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 and related financial and operating measures.

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, as well as those described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 13, 2015. Except for the Company’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.

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Investor and Media contact:
Margo C. Happer
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
(973) 753-6472
margo.happer@wyn.com

Barry Goldschmidt
Vice President, Investor Relations
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
(973) 753-7703
barry.goldschmidt@wyn.com