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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts reports global Q3 2022 results

The company raises full-year 2022 outlook, board increases share repurchase authorization by $400 million, company grows system-wide rooms by 4 per cent and development pipeline by 10 per cent.

Wyndham Q3 2022

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has announced results for the three months ended September 302022

Highlights include:

  • Global RevPAR grew 12 per cent compared to third quarter 2021 in constant currency. 

  • U.S. RevPAR grew 2 per cent compared to third quarter 2021 and represents 110 per cent of 2019 levels.

  • System-wide rooms grew 4 per cent year-over-year, including 1 per cent of growth in the U.S. and 9 per cent of growth internationally.

  • Development pipeline grew 10 per cent year-over-year to 212,000 rooms and U.S. development signings increased 82 per cent, including 48 new construction projects for the Company’s new extended-stay brand, bringing the total number to 120 since launch in March.

  • Hotel Franchising segment revenues grew 9 per cent year-over-year.

  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.13 and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.21; net income of $101 million and adjusted net income of $108 million.

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $191 million.

  • Year-to-date net cash provided by operating activities of $349 million and free cash flow of $321 million.

  • Returned $161 million to shareholders through $132 million of share repurchases and a quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share.

With our brands delivering record U.S. RevPAR and our global development teams driving net unit growth towards the top end of our initial guidance, we are raising our full-year 2022 outlook. Despite the broader macro-economic climate, we are confident in the continued resiliency of our franchise model as we continue to invest in the business and generate substantial shareholder returns,” said Geoffrey A. Ballotti, president and chief executive officer. This quarter, we grew our development pipeline by 10 per cent, surpassed our full-year development goal for our new extended-stay brand and completed the acquisition of our 23rd brand — Vienna House. We remain committed to a disciplined capital allocation strategy that will deliver outstanding value to our shareholders, guests, franchisees and team members in any environment.”

Fee-related and other revenues was $375 million compared to $377 million in third quarter 2021, which included $34 million from the Company’s select-service management business and owned hotels — both of which were exited in the first half of this year. On a comparable basis, fee-related and other revenues increased 9 per cent year-over-year reflecting global constant currency RevPAR growth of 12 per cent and higher license fees.

The Company generated net income of $101 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, compared to $103 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, in third quarter 2021. The decline in net income was primarily due to the exit of the Company’s select-service management business and owned hotels, partially offset by higher adjusted EBITDA in the Company’s hotel franchising segment. Adjusted EBITDA was $191 million compared to $194 million in third quarter 2021, which included a $10 million contribution from the Company’s select-service management business and owned hotels — both of which were exited in the first half of this year. On a comparable basis, adjusted EBITDA increased 4 per cent year-over-year reflecting higher fee-related and other revenues, partially offset by a 600 basis point unfavourable timing impact from the marketing fund.

Full reconciliations of GAAP results to the Company’s non-GAAP adjusted measures for all reported periods appear in the tables HERE.

System Size

Rooms


September 302022


September 302021


YOY Change (bps)

United States


492,900


486,800


130 

International


343,100


315,800


860 

Global


836,000


802,600


420 


The Company’s global system grew 4 per cent, reflecting 1 per cent growth in the U.S. and 9 per cent growth internationally. As expected, these increases included strong growth in both the higher RevPAR midscale and above segments in the U.S. and the direct franchising business in China, which grew 6 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, as well as 80 basis points of growth globally and 200 basis points internationally from the acquisition of the Vienna House brand. 

RevPAR



Third

Quarter 2022


YOY Constant Currency % Change


Constant Currency % Change 

vs. 2019

United States


$ 59.15


2


10

International


34.79


46 


17 

Global


49.17


12 


11 


Third quarter global RevPAR grew by 12 per cent in constant currency compared to 2021 as the U.S. grew 2 per cent and international grew 46 per cent. Global RevPAR was 111 per cent of 2019 levels in constant currency, with the U.S. at 110 per cent and international at 117 per cent. The increases compared to both 2021 and 2019 were driven primarily by stronger pricing power.

Business Segment Discussion


Revenue


Adjusted EBITDA


Third Quarter 2022


Third Quarter 2021


% Change


Third Quarter 2022


Third Quarter 2021


% Change

Hotel Franchising

$ 367


$ 337


9


$ 201


$ 193


4

Hotel Management

40 


126 


(68)


7 


16 


(56)

Corporate and Other




(17)


(15)


(13)

Total Company

$ 407


$ 463


(12)


$ 191


$ 194


(2)


Hotel Franchising revenues increased 9 per cent year-over-year to $367 million primarily due to the global RevPAR increase and higher license fees. Hotel Franchising adjusted EBITDA of $201 million increased 4 per cent reflecting the growth in revenues, partially offset by an unfavorable timing impact from the marketing fund, excluding which Hotel Franchising adjusted EBITDA would have increased 12 per cent. 

Hotel Management revenues decreased 68 per cent year-over-year to $40 million, including a $54 million decrease in cost-reimbursement revenues, which have no impact on adjusted EBITDA. Absent cost-reimbursements, Hotel Management revenues decreased $32 million, or 80 per cent, and adjusted EBITDA decreased $9 million reflecting the exit of the Company’s select-service management business and owned hotels. 

During the third quarter 2022, the Company’s marketing fund revenues exceeded expenses by $12 million; while in third quarter 2021, the Company’s marketing fund revenues exceeded expenses by $19 million.

Development

The Company awarded 214 new contracts this quarter compared to 151 in the third quarter 2021. On September 30, 2022, the Company’s global development pipeline consisted of over 1,600 hotels and over 212,000 rooms, of which approximately 76 per cent is in the midscale and above segments (61 per cent in the U.S.). The pipeline grew 10 per cent year-over-year — 24 per cent in the U.S. and 2 per cent internationally. Approximately 60 per cent of the Company’s development pipeline is international and 80 per cent is new construction, of which approximately 36 per cent has broken ground. The pipeline includes 120 new contracts awarded for the Company’s new extended-stay brand since its launch in March 2022.

Acquisition of Vienna House

On September 8, 2022, the Company completed the acquisition of the Vienna House brand, adding an upscale and midscale portfolio of over 40 hotels and more than 6,400 rooms to the Company’s existing footprint in the EMEA region. The purchase price was $44 million.

Cash and Liquidity

The Company generated year-to-date net cash provided by operating activities of $349 million and free cash flow of $321 million. The Company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $286 million and approximately $1.0 billion in total liquidity. 

Share Repurchases and Dividends

During the third quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 2.0 million shares of its common stock for $132 million. In October 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors increased the Company’s share repurchase authorization by $400 million.

The Company paid common stock dividends of $29 million, or $0.32 per share.

Full-Year 2022 Outlook

The Company is updating its outlook as follows:



Updated Outlook


Prior Outlook

Year-over-year rooms growth


~4%


2% — 4%

Year-over-year global RevPAR growth


14 — 16%


12% — 16%

Fee-related and other revenues


$1.33 — $1.34 billion


$1.29 — $1.32 billion

Adjusted EBITDA


$636 — $644 million


$611 — $631 million

Adjusted net income


$349 — $354 million


$323 — $334 million

Adjusted diluted EPS


$3.84 — $3.89


$3.51 — $3.63

Free cash flow conversion rate (a)


~55%


~55%


  1. Represents the percentage of adjusted EBITDA that is expected to produce free cash flow.

More detailed projections are available in Table 8 of this press release. The Company is providing certain financial metrics only on a non-GAAP basis because, without unreasonable efforts, it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the occurrence or amount of all of the adjustments or other potential adjustments that may arise in the future during the forward-looking period, which can be dependent on future events that may not be reliably predicted. Based on past reported results, where one or more of these items have been applicable, such excluded items could be material, individually or in the aggregate, to the reported results.