Travelport posts 2010 results

Travelport Limited, a leading provider of critical transaction processing for the global travel industry, today announces its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010.

Financial Summary:

($ in millions)

  * Net Revenue – FY: $2,290 (2009: $2,248) and Q4: $529 (2009: $533)
  * Operating Income – FY: $314 (2009: Loss of $499) and Q4: $55 (2009: $69)
  * Adjusted EBITDA – FY: $629 (2009: $632) and Q4: $139 (2009: $138)
  * Cash generated by operations – FY: $284 (2009: $239) and Q4: $30 (2009: $48)


Operational Highlights:

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  * Agreed numerous airline, hotel and transport content deals
  * Prepared the ground for 2011 strategic roll-out of Travelport Universal Desktop
  * Completed notable customer migrations


Post Year End Highlights:

  * Announced industry first merchandising agreement with British Airways
  * Signed unique capability to fully support Air Canada’s merchandising functionality
  * Announced proposed $720 million sale of GTA business


Commenting on developments, Jeff Clarke, President and CEO of Travelport, said:

“2010 was a year of investment in new technologies and emerging markets for Travelport.  We have a solid pipeline of customers for Travelport Universal Desktop and are already seeing the benefits from our industry leading Travelport Universal API product set.  The strong cash flow performance of the company supports continued investment while also allowing us to opportunistically improve our capital structure.”

Q4 2010: Travelport’s Net Revenue of $529 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 represented a 1% decrease compared to the corresponding period in the prior year.  Operating Income of $55 million is a reduction of $14 million compared to the prior year.  Travelport achieved Adjusted EBITDA of $139 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010, 1% higher than the prior year. 

FY 2010: Travelport’s full year Net Revenue of $2,290 million represented a 2% increase compared to the prior year.  Operating Income of $314 million is an improvement of $813 million compared to the prior year.  Excluding the 2009 impairment charge of $833 million, Operating Income declined by $20 million (6%), with increased revenue of $42 million offset by an increase in total costs and expenses of $62 million, including $11 million of incremental corporate transaction costs and $9 million of unfavorable movements in the fair value of foreign exchange derivatives.  Travelport achieved full year Adjusted EBITDA of $629 million in 2010, marginally lower than the prior year.

Financial Highlights Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010

Global Distribution Systems (GDS)

Travelport’s main business is its global distribution system (GDS), which includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands and also the Company’s Airline IT Solutions business.

Q4 2010: Net Revenue and Segment EBITDA for the GDS business were $452 million and $114 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2010, with a decrease of 3% in Net Revenue and a decrease of 10% in Segment EBITDA compared to 2009.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the GDS business was $125 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, a 6% reduction compared to 2009.  Net Revenue decreased compared to the prior year as a result of a 1% decrease in segments and an 11% decrease in Airline IT Solutions revenue due to the merger of Delta and Northwest.

FY 2010: Net Revenue and Segment EBITDA for the GDS business were $1,996 million and $560 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2010, representing a 1% increase in Net Revenue and a 7% decrease in Segment EBITDA compared to 2009.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the GDS business was $587 million for 2010, a 7% reduction compared to 2009.  Increased Net Revenue of 1% resulted from a 3% increase in segments compared to 2009, partially offset by an 11% decrease in Airline IT Solutions revenue due to the merger of Delta and Northwest.

Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA)

GTA is a leading global, multi-channel provider of hotel and ground services.

Q4 2010: Net Revenue and Segment EBITDA for the GTA business were $77 million and $21 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2010.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA for GTA in the fourth quarter of 2010 was $24 million, representing a $9 million improvement compared to 2009.  Total Transaction Value (“TTV”) increased 18% in the quarter primarily due to a 20% growth in the number of room nights.  Net Revenue increased 17% in the quarter due to the increase in TTV, partially offset by lower margin on sales.

FY 2010: Net Revenue and Segment EBITDA for the GTA business were $294 million and $82 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2010.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA for GTA in 2010 was $84 million, representing a $25 million improvement compared to 2009.  TTV increased 18% in the year primarily due to a 19% growth in the number of room nights.  Net Revenue increased 10% in the year due to the increase in TTV, partially offset by lower margin on sales.

Corporate

For the fourth quarter of 2010, Travelport incurred adjusted corporate costs of $10 million, which was flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, Travelport incurred adjusted corporate costs of $42 million, which was $13 million less than 2009.

Full year interest costs of $272 million for 2010 were $14 million less than for 2009, primarily due to lower interest rates.

During the year ended December 31, 2010, Travelport generated $284 million in cash from operations, a $45 million increase over 2009.  This increase is primarily attributable to a $23 million decrease in cash used for interest payments and a $17 million decrease in cash used for tax payments.  During the year ended December 31, 2010, Travelport used $241 million for investment, including $50 million for the purchase of shares of common stock of Orbitz Worldwide and $182 million for continued investment and upgrades to the IT infrastructure, including the deployment of the latest IBM technology.

Travelport’s net debt at December 31, 2010 was $3,435 million, which comprised debt of $3,814 million less $242 million in cash and cash equivalents and less $137 million of restricted cash provided as collateral.

In August 2010, Travelport issued $250 million of 9% senior notes due 2016, using a portion of the proceeds to repay $149 million of term loans.

In October 2010, Travelport amended its senior secured credit agreement to, among other things, extend the maturities on approximately 90% of its term loans and letters of credit commitments by two years and amend certain terms under the senior secured credit agreement, providing the Company with greater financial flexibility.  As a result, and subject to the terms of this amendment, less than 10% of current Travelport indebtedness matures prior to September 2014.

Orbitz Worldwide

Travelport currently owns approximately 48% of the outstanding equity of Orbitz Worldwide. Travelport accounts for its investment in Orbitz Worldwide under the equity method of accounting.  During the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010, Travelport recorded losses of $38 million and $28 million, respectively, in losses from our investment in Orbitz Worldwide. During the fourth quarter of 2010, as a result of Orbitz Worldwide’s annual impairment test for goodwill and intangible assets, Orbitz Worldwide recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $70 million, of which $42 million was to impair the goodwill and $28 million was to impair the trademarks and tradenames.  The loss in the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010 includes the Company’s share of that non-cash impairment charge.

Conference Call/Webcast

The Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2010 earnings conference call will be accessible to the media and general public via live Internet webcast today, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and through a limited number of dial-in conference lines. The webcast and conference call details are available through the Investor Centre section of the Company’s website (www.travelport.com/investor.aspx), where pre-registration for the event is required.