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Extended Stay America Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

April 26, 2016 at 9:09 PM EDT

-Net Income of $14.8 million

-Comparable Hotel1 Total Revenues Increase 6.3%

-Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA2 Grows 6.1%

-Re-Affirms 2016 Total Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA Guidance

-Increases Quarterly Distribution by 11.8% to $0.19 per Paired Share

April 26, 2016 06:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--()--Extended Stay America, Inc. (NYSE:STAY) (the “Company”) today announced consolidated results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Comparable Hotel Total Revenues grew 6.3% to $287.6 million
  • Comparable Hotel Revenue Per Available Room (“RevPAR”) grew 5.0% to $44.83
  • Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.1% to $122.8 million
  • Adjusted Paired Share Income2 of $25.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted Paired Share

Extended Stay America’s Chief Executive Officer, Gerry Lopez, commented, “We are off to a strong start in 2016, with Comparable Hotel revenue growth of 6.3% -- our fifth consecutive quarter in a row at 5.5% or better -- and RevPAR growth of 5% -- well above the industry, even though we had meaningful renovation displacement. This outperformance continues to be driven by the success of our initiatives, led by our renovated properties and aided by our newly installed revenue management system, our augmented corporate sales force and our improved customer mix. This quarter also saw us strengthen our capital structure by refinancing $800 million of outstanding debt maturing in 2017 and 2019 with senior unsecured notes now due in 2025 at very attractive rates.”

Mr. Lopez continued, “As we move through 2016, we expect supply growth to remain low in the segments where we compete, and with limited exposure to urban markets dependent on international travel volumes, our diverse portfolio is well positioned. Looking further ahead, we are continuing our work on the next phase of growth beyond our renovation program and look forward to sharing some of those plans at an Investor Day in June. As a management team, we continue to focus on creating long-term value for our shareholders.”

Financial and Operating Results

Total revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were flat over the comparable period in 2015 at $287.6 million. Comparable Hotel total revenues increased by $16.9 million, or 6.3%, to $287.6 million in the first quarter. Easter’s date shift into the quarter reduced our revenues by approximately 0.6% while the extra day from leap year increased our revenues by approximately 1.2%.

RevPAR for the three months ended March 31, 2016 grew 8.2% over the comparable period in 2015, driven by an improvement in average daily rate (“ADR”) of 9.5% while occupancy declined to 69.5% compared to 70.4% in the comparable period in 2015 due to an increased number of hotel rooms under renovation. Comparable Hotel RevPAR grew 5.0% during the quarter to $44.83 driven by a 5.9% increase in ADR, partially offset by a 70 bps decrease in occupancy.

Hotel Operating Margin2 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was 50.4% compared to 50.1% in the comparable period in 2015. Comparable Hotel Operating Margin dropped slightly from 50.6% in the comparable period in 2015 to 50.4%. Comparable Hotel operating margin flow-through, defined as the change in Comparable Hotel Operating Profit2 divided by the change in Comparable Hotel total revenues, was 46.4%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2016 decreased $0.1 million to $122.8 million over the comparable period in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash equity-based compensation of $2.7 million, non-cash foreign currency transaction gain of $0.9 million and loss on disposal of assets and other expenses of $3.1 million. Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA increased by $7.1 million or 6.1%.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was $14.8 million compared to $27.9 million in the comparable period in 2015. Net income in the quarter declined primarily due to the increase in interest expense from refinancing activities and an increase in depreciation expense from our hotel renovation program. Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was $2.9 million compared to $9.0 million in the comparable period in 2015.

Adjusted Paired Share Income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was $25.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted Paired Share, compared to $30.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted Paired Share, in the comparable period in 2015. Adjusted Paired Share Income, a non-GAAP measure, represents net income, as adjusted, attributable to the consolidated enterprise, whose representative equity security is a Paired Share. A Paired Share entitles its holder to participate in 100% of the common equity and earnings of both Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc.

Capital

The Company invested $56.9 million in capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2016 which includes $31.7 million in renovation capital and $23.7 million in maintenance capital. The Company completed 32 hotel renovations in the first quarter of 2016, bringing the total number of renovated hotels to 495.

Distribution and Share Repurchases

On April 26, 2016, the Boards of Directors of Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc., declared cash distributions totaling $0.19 per Paired Share for the first quarter of 2016. This represents a $0.02, or 11.8% increase in the combined quarterly distribution. The distribution is comprised of $0.04 per Extended Stay America, Inc. common share and $0.15 per ESH Hospitality, Inc. Class A and B common share. The distributions are payable on May 24, 2016 to shareholders of record as of May 10, 2016.

During the quarter, the Company paid $28.8 million to repurchase approximately 1.9 million Paired Shares. The Company had $171.2 million remaining for repurchases under the combined Paired Share repurchase program at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

2016 Outlook

The Company’s outlook for 2016 is as follows:

  • Total revenues are expected to range from $1.266 billion to $1.290 billion
  • Comparable Hotel total revenues are expected to increase by approximately 4% to 6%
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range from $600 million to $620 million, representing approximately 4.5 % to 8.0% growth over 2015 Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA
  • Depreciation and amortization of $215 million to $220 million
  • Net interest expense of $153 million to $158 million, an increase from our prior guidance due to our refinancing activity
  • Effective tax rate is expected to range between 22.5% and 23.5%, a decrease from our prior guidance
  • Net income is anticipated to range from $151 million to $180 million, reflecting both the higher expected interest expense and reduced effective tax rate
  • Capital expenditures are expected to range from $240 million to $260 million, including $120 to $135 million in hotel renovation capital and approximately $100 million in maintenance capital

Webcast and Conference Call Details

The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.aboutstay.com. A replay of the call will be available for 90 days following the webcast on the Company’s website.

Alternatively, the conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-705-6003 for domestic callers or 1-201-493-6725 for international callers. A telephone replay will be available from shortly after the call until May 10, 2016, and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 for domestic callers or 1-858-384-5517 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13632983.

Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share, which are detailed in the reconciliation tables that accompany this release, are used by the Company as supplemental performance measures. The Company believes these financial measures, including those provided on a Comparable Hotel basis, provide useful information to investors regarding our results of operations and allow investors to evaluate the ongoing operating performance of our hotels and facilitate comparisons between the Company and other lodging companies, hotel owners and capital-intensive companies. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share as presented may not be comparable to measures calculated by other companies. These measures should not be considered as alternative measures of operating profit, net income, net income per share, or cash flow provided by operating activities calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company’s presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share does not replace the presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements related to, among other things, future financial performance, including our 2016 outlook, expected performance, free cash flow, debt reduction, distribution growth and growth opportunities, as such, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, possibly materially. For a description of factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from future results or performance implied by forward-looking statements, please review the information under the headings “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s combined annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 23, 2016 and other documents of the Company on file with or furnished to the SEC. Any forward-looking statements made in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company, its business or operations. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. We caution you that actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted by the Company’s forward-looking statements.

About Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America, Inc., the largest owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America, owns and operates 629 hotels in the U.S. and Canada comprising approximately 69,400 rooms and employs over 8,500 employees at its hotel properties and headquarters. The Company’s core brand, Extended Stay America®, serves the mid-priced extended stay segment. Visit www.extendedstay.com for more information about the Company and its services.

Comparable Hotels include 629 Extended Stay America and Extended Stay Canada-branded hotels owned and operated for both the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015.

See “Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of non-GAAP measures included herein (i.e., EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share).

EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2016   2015   % Variance
REVENUES:          
Room revenues $ 283,137     $ 283,298     (0.1 )%
Other hotel revenues   4,421       4,293     3.0 %
           
Total revenues   287,558       287,591     0.0 %
           
OPERATING EXPENSES:          
Hotel operating expenses   145,560       144,995     0.4 %
General and administrative expenses   24,952       23,500     6.2 %
Depreciation and amortization   53,308       49,183     8.4 %
           
Total operating expenses   223,820       217,678     2.8 %
           
OTHER INCOME   18       3     500.0 %
           
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   63,756       69,916     (8.8 )%
           
OTHER NON-OPERATING (INCOME) EXPENSE   (878 )     1,765     (149.7 )%
           
INTEREST EXPENSE, NET   46,985       31,317     50.0 %
           
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE   17,649       36,834     (52.1 )%
           
INCOME TAX EXPENSE   2,896       8,974     (67.7 )%
           
NET INCOME   14,753       27,860     (47.0 )%
           
NET LOSS (INCOME) ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS (1)   2,293       (6,312 )   (136.3 )%
           
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS $ 17,046     $ 21,548     (20.9 )%
           
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
AS OF MARCH 31, 2016 AND DECEMBER 31, 2015
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
           
  March 31,   December 31,    
  2016   2015    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 172,430     $ 373,239      
Restricted cash $ 186,365     $ 84,416      
Total assets $ 4,432,784     $ 4,528,900      
Total debt, net of unamortized deferred financing costs and debt discounts (2) $ 2,766,771     $ 2,783,590      
Total equity $ 1,443,254     $ 1,488,357      
(1) Noncontrolling interests in Extended Stay America, Inc. include approximately 45% of ESH REIT's common equity and 125 shares of ESH REIT preferred stock.
   
(2) Unamortized deferred financing costs and debt discounts totaled approximately $52.1 million and $35.2 million as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
OPERATING METRICS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2016   2015   Variance
Number of hotels (as of March 31)(1)     629       682     (53 )
Number of rooms (as of March 31) (1)     69,383       76,000     (6,617 )
Occupancy     69.5 %     70.4 %   (90) bps
ADR   $ 64.47     $ 58.87     9.5 %
RevPAR   $ 44.83     $ 41.44     8.2 %
             
Hotel Inventory (as of March 31):            
Renovated Extended Stay America (2)     495       374     121  
Unrenovated Extended Stay America and other (1)     134       261     (127 )
Crossland Economy Studios (1)     -       47     (47 )
Total number of hotels     629       682     (53 )
             
Renovation Displacement Data (in thousands, except percentages):            
Total available room nights     6,316       6,837     (521 )
Room nights displaced from renovation     122       76     46  
% of available room nights displaced     1.9 %     1.1 %   80 bps
             
             
COMPARABLE HOTEL OPERATING METRICS (3)
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2016   2015   Variance
Number of hotels     629       629     -  
Number of rooms     69,383       69,383     -  
Comparable Hotel Occupancy     69.5 %     70.2 %   (70) bps
Comparable Hotel ADR   $ 64.47     $ 60.85     5.9 %
Comparable Hotel RevPAR   $ 44.83     $ 42.70     5.0 %
             
Comparable Hotel Inventory:            
Renovated Extended Stay America (2)     495       374     121  
Unrenovated Extended Stay America and other     134       255     (121 )
Comparable Hotel number of hotels     629       629     -  
             
Comparable Hotel Renovation Displacement Data (in thousands, except percentages):          
Comparable Hotel available room nights     6,316       6,245     71  
Comparable Hotel room nights displaced from renovation     122       76     46  
% of Comparable Hotel available room nights displaced     1.9 %     1.2 %   70 bps
(1) In December 2015, the Company sold a portfolio of 53 hotel properties, six of which were included in "Unrenovated Extended Stay America and other" and 47 of which were included in "Crossland Economy Studios" as of March 31, 2015.
   
(2) Includes three Extended Stay Canada-branded hotels.
 
(3) Comparable Hotel operating metrics include the results of 629 Extended Stay America and Extended Stay Canada-branded hotels owned and operated for both the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
           
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2016   2015  
Net income   $ 14,753     $ 27,860    
Interest expense, net     46,985       31,317    
Income tax expense     2,896       8,974    
Depreciation and amortization     53,308       49,183    
EBITDA     117,942       117,334    
Non-cash equity-based compensation     2,680       2,116    
Other non-operating (income) expense     (878 )     1,765    
Other expenses     3,055  

(1)

 

  1,643  

(2)

 

Adjusted EBITDA   $ 122,799     $ 122,858    
% growth     0.0 %      
           
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND COMPARABLE HOTEL ADJUSTED EBITDA(3)
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
           
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
      2016       2015    
Net income   $ 14,753     $ 27,860    
Interest expense, net     46,985       31,317    
Income tax expense     2,896       8,974    
Depreciation and amortization     53,308       49,183    
EBITDA     117,942       117,334    
Adjusted Property EBITDA of hotels not owned for entirety of periods presented     -       (7,132 )  
Non-cash equity-based compensation     2,680       2,116    
Other non-operating (income) expense     (878 )     1,765    
Other expenses     3,055  

(1)

 

  1,643  

(4)

 

Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA   $ 122,799     $ 115,726    
% growth     6.1 %      
(1) Includes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $2.9 million and transaction costs of approximately $0.2 million due to the revision of an estimate related to the sale of 53 hotel properties.
   
(2) Includes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $1.6 million.
   
(3) Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA includes the results of 629 Extended Stay America and Extended Stay Canada-branded hotels owned and operated for both the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015.
   
(4) Includes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $1.6 million, $0.1 million of which relates to the 53 hotels not owned for entirety of periods presented.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS TO PAIRED SHARE
INCOME, ADJUSTED PAIRED SHARE INCOME AND ADJUSTED PAIRED SHARE INCOME PER PAIRED SHARE
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(In thousands, expect per Paired Share data)
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended    
    March 31,

 

 
    2016   2015  
Net income attributable to common shareholders   $ 17,046     $ 21,548    
Noncontrolling interests     (2,297 )     6,308    
Paired Share Income     14,749       27,856    
Debt extinguishment costs     9,331       -    
Other non-operating (income) expense     (677 )     1,334    
Other expenses     2,356  

(1)

 

  1,242  

(2)

 

Adjusted Paired Share Income   $ 25,759     $ 30,432    
             
Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share – basic   $ 0.13     $ 0.15    
Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share – diluted   $ 0.13     $ 0.15    
             
Weighted average Paired Shares outstanding – basic     204,310       204,007    
Weighted average Paired Shares outstanding – diluted     204,370       204,379    
(1) Includes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $2.9 million pre-tax and transaction costs of approximately $0.2 million pre-tax due to the revision of an estimate related to the sale of 53 hotel properties, which total approximately $2.4 million after-tax.
   
(2) Includes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $1.6 million pre-tax, which totals approximately $1.2 million after-tax.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF HOTEL OPERATING PROFIT AND HOTEL OPERATING MARGIN
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2016   2015   % Variance
Room revenues   $ 283,137     $ 283,298     (0.1 )%
Other hotel revenues     4,421       4,293     3.0 %
Total hotel revenues     287,558       287,591     0.0 %
Hotel operating expenses(1)     142,664       143,421     (0.5 )%
Hotel Operating Profit   $ 144,894     $ 144,170     0.5 %
Hotel Operating Margin     50.4 %     50.1 %   30 bps
             
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF COMPARABLE HOTEL OPERATING PROFIT AND COMPARABLE HOTEL OPERATING MARGIN(2)
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 AND 2015
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2016   2015   % Variance
Room revenues   $ 283,137     $ 283,298     (0.1 )%
Other hotel revenues     4,421       4,293     3.0 %
Total revenues of hotels not owned for entirety of periods presented     -       (16,949 )   (100.0 )%
Comparable Hotel total revenues     287,558       270,642     6.3 %
Hotel operating expenses(1)     142,664       143,421     (0.5 )%
Hotel operating expenses of hotels not owned for entirety of periods presented     -       (9,817 )

(3)

 

(100.0

)%
Comparable Hotel operating expenses     142,664       133,604     6.8 %
Comparable Hotel Operating Profit   $ 144,894     $ 137,038     5.7 %
             
Comparable Hotel Operating Margin     50.4 %     50.6 %   (20) bps
(1) Excludes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $2.9 million and $1.6 million, respectively.
   
(2) Comparable Hotel Operating Profit and Comparable Hotel Operating Margin include the results of 629 Extended Stay America and Extended Stay Canada-branded hotels owned and operated for both the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015.
   
(3) Excludes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $0.1 million.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
COMPARABLE HOTEL TOTAL REVENUES (1) AND NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND COMPARABLE HOTEL ADJUSTED EBITDA(1)
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2015 (ACTUAL) AND 2016 (OUTLOOK)
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
                   
  Twelve Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016
  December 31, 2015         (Outlook)
  (Actual)         Low   High  
  $ 1,217,354       Comparable Hotel total revenues   $ 1,266,000     $ 1,290,000    
                   
  $ 283,022       Net income   $ 151,377     $ 179,705    
    137,782       Interest expense, net     158,000       153,000    
    76,536       Income tax expense     46,501       52,173    
    203,897       Depreciation and amortization     220,000       215,000    
    701,237       EBITDA     575,878       599,878    
    (28,948 )     Adjusted Property EBITDA of hotels not owned for entirety of periods presented     -       -    
    10,500       Non-cash equity-based compensation     14,000       11,000    
    2,732       Other non-operating expense (income)     (878 )     (878 )  
    9,011       Impairment of long-lived assets     -       -    
    (130,894 )     Gain on sale of hotel properties     -       -    
    10,495  

(2)

 

  Other expenses     11,000  

(3)

 

  10,000  

(3)

 

  $ 574,133       Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA   $ 600,000     $ 620,000    
        % growth     4.5 %     8.0 %  
(1)   Comparable Hotel total revenues and Comparable Hotel Adjusted EBITDA include the results of 629 Extended Stay America and Extended Stay Canada-branded hotels owned and operated as of December 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016.
     
(2)   Includes costs incurred in connection with the preparation of the registration statement filed in June 2015 and the November 2015 secondary offering of approximately $0.9 million, transaction costs of approximately $0.3 million associated with the sale of hotel properties, and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $9.3 million, $0.3 million of which relates to hotels not owned for entirety of the period.
     
(3)   Includes loss on disposal of assets and other non-operating transaction costs.

Contacts

Extended Stay America, Inc.
Investors:
Rob Ballew, (980) 345-1546
investorrelations@extendedstay.com
or
Media:
Terry Atkins, (980) 345-1648
tatkins@extendedstay.com