Hyatt reports Q4 2012 earnings down 69%

Hyatt reports Q4 2012 earnings down 69%

Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “During the fourth quarter, our comparable owned and leased RevPAR increased 7.5% as we benefited from solid demand and to a limited extent from renovations completed in prior periods.

“We are expanding into meaningful and new markets around the world with recent openings and we continue to enjoy great demand for our brands around the world as we sign new contracts for additional hotels. During the quarter, we opened the Andaz Amsterdam and our first two select service hotels outside of the U.S. For the year, we opened 22 hotels and our base of executed contracts for new hotels grew by over 15%. We expect to open over 30 hotels in 2013, including the conversion of four iconic hotels in Paris, Nice and Cannes to Hyatt brands. Adding an aggregate of approximately 1,700 rooms, this will more than double our presence in France and is a meaningful expansion of our coverage in continental Europe.

“Looking ahead, we are focused on growing our market share, increasing owned and leased margins, improving results at recently renovated and newly acquired hotels, and continuing to support expansion of our brand presence around the world. We expect that there will be headwinds in some markets, but given our concentration of earnings in the U.S., and the diversity of our business model, we look forward to a year of stable growth.

“During the second half of 2012, we completed several unique transactions to expand presence, recycle capital, earn strong returns, and strengthen our relationships with partners that are important to our future. In addition, we repurchased approximately 3.7 million shares of Class A common stock in 2012 for approximately $136 million. We are well-situated for the future with strong brands, well-positioned hotels, ample resources and a business model that is oriented to take advantage of market opportunities.”

SEGMENT RESULTS & OTHER ITEMS

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Owned and Leased Hotels Segment

Total segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Owned and leased Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Pro rata share of unconsolidated hospitality ventures Adjusted EBITDA decreased 21.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels increased 7.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy improved 220 basis points and ADR increased 4.2% compared to the same period in 2011.

Revenues increased 4.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Comparable hotel revenues increased 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Revenue for comparable owned and leased hotels was negatively impacted by weak performance in certain international markets and lower relative growth in non-room revenue at U.S. hotels.

Owned and leased hotel expenses increased 5.0% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Excluding expenses related to benefit programs funded through rabbi trusts and non-comparable hotel expenses, expenses increased 4.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Comparable expenses were negatively impacted by insurance costs. See the table on page 9 of the accompanying schedules for a reconciliation of comparable owned and leased hotels expenses to owned and leased hotels expenses.

The following two hotels were added to the portfolio during the fourth quarter:

*  Hyatt Regency Birmingham (owned, 319 rooms): This property was acquired by the Company for approximately $43 million. The property was previously and will continue to be managed by the Company.
*  Andaz Amsterdam (leased, 122 rooms)
*  During the quarter, the Company closed on the sale of eight select service hotels, with an aggregate of 1,043 rooms, for approximately $87 million. The *  Company will continue to manage these hotels under long-term agreements.

Americas Management and Franchising Segment

Adjusted EBITDA increased 16.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

RevPAR for comparable Americas full service hotels increased 5.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 (5.4% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy increased 60 basis points and ADR increased 4.4% (4.5% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.

Group rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 3.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Group room nights increased 0.4% and group ADR increased 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Transient rooms revenue at comparable U.S. full service hotels increased 6.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Transient room nights increased 2.1% and transient ADR increased 4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Revenue from management and franchise fees increased 8.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

The following three hotels were added to the portfolio during the fourth quarter:

*  The LA Hotel Downtown (franchised, 469 rooms): This property is expected to be rebranded Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown upon completion of a renovation.
*  Hyatt Place Los Angeles/LAX/El Segundo (franchised, 143 rooms)
*  Hyatt Place San Jose/Pinares (managed, 120 rooms)
*  Three properties were removed from the portfolio during the fourth quarter.

Southeast Asia, China, Australia, South Korea and Japan (ASPAC) Management and Franchising Segment

Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

RevPAR for comparable ASPAC hotels increased 3.1% (2.9% excluding the effect of currency) in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy decreased 30 basis points and ADR increased 3.5% (3.3% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011.

Revenue from management and franchise fees was flat in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

One property was removed from the portfolio during the fourth quarter.

Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia (EAME/SW Asia) Management Segment

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 36.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA was impacted on a year-over-year basis by a bad debt recovery in the fourth quarter of 2011.

RevPAR for comparable EAME/SW Asia hotels decreased 0.8% (increased 1.1% excluding the effect of currency) in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Occupancy increased 220 basis points and ADR decreased 4.0% (decreased 2.2% excluding the effect of currency) compared to the same period in 2011. RevPAR was negatively impacted by lower performance in markets in the Middle East and in Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Revenue from management and franchise fees decreased 5.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Management and franchise fees were impacted by the aforementioned market factors.

The following three hotels were added to the portfolio during the fourth quarter:

*  Park Hyatt Chennai (managed, 201 rooms)
*  Andaz Amsterdam (leased, 122 rooms)
*  Hyatt Place Hampi (managed, 115 rooms)
*  Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses