Wyndham Worldwide reports strong first quarter 2011

Wyndham Worldwide reports strong first quarter 2011

“We are pleased to report that 2011 started as 2010 ended, with strong operating performance and accelerating earnings per share growth,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “We delivered strong operating performance across all our businesses and are confident in the sustainability of our growth and cash flow. Our confidence in growth and cash flow generation is reflected in our substantial share repurchase activity so far this year, the significant increase in our share repurchase program, as well as the previously announced 25% increase in our dividend for 2011.”

First quarter revenues increased 7.4% from the prior year period to $952 million. The revenue growth reflects continued sales momentum across the Company’s three business units and incremental contributions from acquisitions.
For the first quarter of 2011, adjusted net income increased by 23% to $79 million, or $0.44 per diluted share compared with $64 million, or $0.34 per diluted share for the same period in 2010. The increase reflects strong operational performance by the Company’s three business units. Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2011 excludes a $7 million after-tax charge related to the repurchase of a portion of the Company’s convertible notes and an $8 million after-tax non-cash impairment charge related to a write-down of an international joint venture in the Company’s hotel business. These were partially offset by an $8 million after-tax benefit related to the resolution of certain contingent liabilities and assets.

First quarter 2011 reported net income grew 44% to $72 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared with net income of $50 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2010.

Free cash flow increased 11% to $185 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared with $166 million during the same period in 2010. The growth in free cash flow reflects higher cash earnings and more efficient working capital utilization. For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, cash provided by operating activities was $229 million, compared with $205 million in the prior year period.