Starwood reports strong 2007 results

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has reported strong fourth quarter 2007 financial results, driven by double-
digit worldwide REVPAR increases and higher operating margins.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has reported
EPS from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2007 of $0.74 compared to $0.94
in the fourth quarter of 2006.  Excluding special items, EPS from continuing operations was
$0.79 for the fourth quarter of 2007 compared to $0.92 in the fourth quarter of 2006. 
Strong hotel results in the fourth quarter of 2007 were offset by declines in the Company’s
vacation ownership and residential business, loss of earnings from hotels sold during the
past year, and a higher tax rate.  Excluding special items, the effective income tax rate in
the fourth quarter of 2007 was 28.5%, compared to 21.4% in the same period of 2006
primarily related to the recognition in 2006 of certain tax credits generated in 2005. 
Income from continuing operations was $146 million in the fourth quarter of 2007
compared to $203 million in 2006.  Excluding special items, which net to a $11 million
charge in 2007, income from continuing operations was $157 million for the fourth quarter
of 2007 compared to $199 million in 2006. 
Net income was $146 million and EPS was $0.74 in the fourth quarter of 2007 compared to
net income of $203 million and EPS of $0.93 in the fourth quarter of 2006. 
Frits van Paasschen, CEO, said, “Starwood reported another terrific quarter, beating
guidance on strength in our core lodging business.  Performance was broad-based, but
particularly strong in our international divisions, where system-wide RevPAR increased
20.2%.  Our globally diversified pipeline grew to 120,000 rooms, and is skewed towards
high quality rooms in the upper upscale and luxury segments where our brands have a
commanding presence.  Reflecting our commitment to return cash to our shareholders, we bought back 10.4 million shares, or over 5% of our diluted share count in the quarter.”
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