Leading hospitality company
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
) third-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of $1.41 per share beat
the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.36 by 3.7% and grew 25% year
over year. Higher top line, improved EBITDA and lower share count
boosted earnings per share in the quarter.
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Net revenue grew 13% year over year to $1.43 billion in the
quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.41 billion.
Solid growth in all three operating segments aided quarterly
Inside the Headline Numbers
Wyndham has three operating segments including Lodging, Vacation
Exchange and Rentals and Vacation Ownership. All the three
segments have both domestic and international operations.
revenues grew 19% year over year to $297.0 million in the third
quarter, led by a 5.2% rise in domestic revenue per available
room (RevPAR), increased hotel management reimbursable fees and
higher revenue gains from company-owned hotels.
Systemwide, RevPAR grew 3.4%. International RevPAR was affected
by an increase in low RevPAR properties in China.
Revenues from the
Vacation Exchange and Rentals
segment were up 12% year over year to $470.0 million. However, in
constant currency, segment revenues were up a moderate 7% year
over year (acquisitions excluded).
Vacation rental revenues climbed up 18% year over year to $293.0
million while Exchange revenues were flat at $158.0 million,
reflecting the negative currency translation. In constant
currency, exchange revenues were up 1%, thanks to a 1.4% rise in
average number of members.
Revenues from the
segment rose 11.0% year over year to $677.0 million, driven by
higher gross Vacation Ownership Interest (VOI) sales. Gross VOI
sales were up 7% year over year to $536 million, gaining from an
8.7% rise in tour flow.
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortization (EBITDA) grew 12.8% year over year to $378 million
during the quarter, riding on higher EBITDA in all three
Wyndham has 7,440 properties with 638,300 guestrooms at the end
of the third quarter. Additionally, 900 hotels with nearly
114,000 rooms are currently in the company's construction
Wyndham has bought back approximately 2.7 million shares worth
$160.0 million in the third quarter. In the period between Oct 1
and Oct 22, Wyndham bought back another 0.8 million shares for
$50 million. Currently, it has $732 million remaining under its
share repurchase programs as of Oct 22.
Guidance for 2013
Management maintained its revenue and EBITDA guidance for 2013.
Wyndham expects revenues to be within $4.925 billion - $5.100
billion while adjusted EBITDA is likely to be in the range of
$1.140 billion to $1.165 billion.
Wyndham however increased its earnings guidance for 2013. The
company now projects adjusted earnings per share within the range
of $3.78 - $3.80, up from the previous estimate of 3.66 - $3.76
per share. Prior to this, management had raised its guidance from
the range of 3.60 - $3.70 per share to the range of $3.66 -
Guidance for 2014
Wyndham also issued guidance for 2014. It expects revenues to be
within $5.250 billion - $5.350 billion while adjusted EBITDA is
expected to be in the $1.215 billion to $1.240 billion range. The
company anticipates adjusted earnings per share within the range
of $4.12 - $4.22 per share.
Beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate on both counts and a raised
guidance were the high points of Wyndham's third quarter results.
The performance of the company sets a bullish tone for the long
term, helped by the consecutive raise in earnings guidance, a
strong developmental pipeline, significant international exposure
and transition to a greater fee-for-service-based business.
Although Wyndham currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and
might witness slowdown in international RevPAR ahead owing to
decelerating growth in a number of major emerging economies, we
believe Wyndham holds promise in the long term.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
) is expected to report its third-quarter earnings results on Oct
Some other hoteliers that are currently performing well include
Marriott International Inc.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
). Both the companies carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).