Company Results

Red Lion Hotels Third Quarter 2013 Total Revenues Down 6.2%

Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH), a western U.S. based owner, operator and franchisor of midscale hotels, yesterday announced its results for the third quarter 2013.

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Highlights:

  • Improved ADR and RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels for the quarter by 4.2 percent and 2.8 percent respectively, over prior year
  • Increased comparable hotel direct operating margin for the quarter by 220 basis points, over prior year
  • Increased comparable EBITDA from continuing operations before special items for the quarter by 8.3 percent, over prior year
  • Launched individual hotel microsites
  • Achieved 2013 goal of 30 franchised hotels

Comparable operating results and data from continuing operations (as disclosed in the table by the same title) for the periods included in this release exclude from hotel operations the results of the hotels or operations that have been sold in the past four quarters.  Throughout this release the company refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures.  Please refer to the tables attached to this release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measure determined in accordance with GAAP.

"With the recent conversion of three hotels to Red Lion brands, we have added a record 11 franchises this year, achieving our goal of 30 franchised properties in the Red Lion network by the end of 2013," said Interim President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Evans.  "We also increased our ADR by 4.2 percent, improved hotel direct operating margin by 220 basis points and grew comparable EBITDA from continuing operations before special items by 8.3 percent year-over-year. We are pleased with our strong operational performance."

Evans continued, "The search for our next president and chief executive officer is well underway. The national executive search firm Spencer Stuart has identified numerous qualified candidates who have expressed interest in the position, underscoring the strength of the Red Lion brand and the company's future."

Third Quarter 2013 Results

Total comparable revenue from owned and leased hotels of $38.6 million increased $0.8 million or 2.1 percent compared to the same period a year ago, driven primarily by an increase in comparable rooms revenue. Year over year, comparable third quarter ADR increased by 4.2 percent to $93.85, which resulted in a RevPAR increase of 2.8 percent to $70.86. The ADR increase generated a 220 basis point improvement in comparable hotel direct operating margin from 26.7 percent to 28.9 percent. 

Franchise revenue increased to $2.4 million from $1.6 million, led by the increase in the number of franchised hotels in the system and contractual increases in room rate on existing franchised hotels.  Net segment profits increased $0.2 million over prior year to $0.5 million

Entertainment revenue of $1.6 million rose $0.2 million from the 2012 third quarter, primarily due to increased ticketing demand. 

On a comparable basis, total company EBITDA from continuing operations before special items was $8.3 million for the 2013 third quarter, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year period.

Income from continuing operations in the 2013 third quarter improved to $1.5 million compared to $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. 

Discontinued Operations

The operations of the company's previously owned commercial mall in Kalispell, Montana, the Red Lion Hotel Medford in Oregon, the ownership of certain real estate in Sacramento, California, and a contract catering business in Yakima, Washington, were classified as discontinued operations in prior periods.  As required under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), Red Lion separately reports the results of these operations including any related asset impairment charges, net of income taxes as "Income (loss) from discontinued operations" on the company's consolidated statement of comprehensive income (loss) for all periods presented.

Liquidity and Balance Sheet

At Sept. 30, 2013, the company had $27.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and no cash borrowings on its $10 million revolving line of credit. Additionally, at Sept. 30, 2013, the company had outstanding debt of $75.4 million, of which $3.0 million was current.

Capital expenditures, primarily for guest room improvement projects, for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, totaled $3.8 million and $8.5 million, respectively.   

Franchise Update

During the third quarter, the company signed three franchise agreements:

  • Red Lion Inn & Suites Walla Walla, Washington - converted in October 2013
  • Red Lion Hotel Ontario Airport, California – converted in October 2013
  • Red Lion Inn & Suites Perris, California – converted in November 2013

Assets Held for Sale

During the third quarter, the company sold the Red Lion Hotel Medford in Oregon for $2.8 million.

Outlook for 2013

Based on the outlook for the markets in which the company operates and on currently available information, the company reaffirms its previously announced RevPAR guidance and capital expenditure estimates for 2013:

  • Full year 2013 RevPAR for comparable owned and leased hotels is expected to increase 1 to 3 percent over 2012, primarily due to ADR increases.
  • The company expects to invest $12-$16 million in capital improvements in 2013.

About Red Lion Hotels Corporation

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of hotels located in ten states and one Canadian province. As of Nov. 4, 2013, the company has 55 hotels system wide. The Red Lion Hotels and Red Lion Inn & Suites network is comprised of 53 hotels with 9,195 rooms and 462,822 square feet of meeting space. The Leo Hotel Collection is comprised of two hotels with 3,256 rooms and 241,000 square feet of meeting space. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. 

 

(1)

The definition of "EBITDA" and how that measure relates to net income (loss) attributable to Red Lion Hotels Corporation is discussed further in this release under Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(2)

The definition of "Comparable EBITDA from continuing operations before special items" can be found in the table named "Comparable Operating Results and Data From Continuing Operations".

(3)

During the fourth quarter 2011, the company listed for sale its hotel in Medford, Oregon, a non-core asset in which the company will not maintain significant continuing involvement following a sale.  Accordingly, the operations of this property have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  The company completed the sale in the third quarter of 2013.

(4)

During the second quarter 2012, based on the company's right to sell its hotel in Sacramento, California to its tenant and certain transaction terms, the operating results from the ownership of this real estate and land were classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  This hotel sale was completed in the third quarter of 2012.

(5)

During the third quarter 2012, the company listed for sale its commercial mall in Kalispell, Montana.   The company will not maintain significant continuing involvement in the property following a sale.  Accordingly, the operations of this property have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  The company completed the sale in the second quarter of 2013.

(6)

During the first quarter 2013, the company gave notice to the City of Yakima, Washington to terminate its contract to operate as the catering company for the Convention Center and ceased operations in the second quarter 2013.  Accordingly, the operations under this agreement have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

 

(1)

The definition of "EBITDA" and how that measure relates to net income (loss) attributable to Red Lion Hotels Corporation is discussed further in this release under Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(2)

The definition of "Comparable EBITDA from continuing operations before special items" can be found in the table named "Comparable Operating Results and Data From Continuing Operations".

(3)

During the fourth quarter 2011, the company listed for sale its hotel in Medford, Oregon, a non-core asset in which the company will not maintain significant continuing involvement following a sale.  Accordingly, the operations of this property have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  The company completed the sale in the third quarter of 2013.

(4)

During the second quarter 2012, based on the company's right to sell its hotel in Sacramento, California to its tenant and certain transaction terms, the operating results from the ownership of this real estate and land were classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  This hotel sale was completed in the third quarter of 2012.

(5)

During the third quarter 2012, the company listed for sale its commercial mall in Kalispell, Montana.   The company will not maintain significant continuing involvement in the property following a sale.  Accordingly, the operations of this property have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  The company completed the sale in the second quarter of 2013.

(6)

During the first quarter 2013, the company gave notice to the City of Yakima, Washington to terminate its contract to operate as the catering company for the Convention Center and ceased operations in the second quarter 2013.  Accordingly, the operations under this agreement have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

 

 

 

 

 

Red Lion Hotels Corporation

Comparable Operating Results and Data From Continuing Operations

(unaudited)

($ in thousands)

 

Certain operating results for the periods included in this report are shown on a comparable hotel basis.  Comparable hotels are defined as properties that are owned or leased by the company and the operations of which are included in the consolidated results from continuing operations for the entirety of the reporting periods being compared.  Comparable operating results from continuing operations and comparable operating results from continuing operations before special items represent reported operating results less the impact of the Helena property, which was sold in July 2012; the Denver Southeast property, which was sold in October 2012; the Missoula property, which was sold in February 2013 and  the Pendleton property, which was sold in April 2013; and less the impact of certain non-recurring charges that do not allow for a meaningful comparison between periods.  We utilize these measures because management finds them a useful tool to perform more meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means to evaluate the results of core, ongoing operations.  We believe they are a complement to reported operating results.  Comparable operating results from continuing operations and comparable operating results from continuing operations before special items are not intended to represent reported operating results defined by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"), and such information should not be considered as an alternative to reported information or any other measure of performance prescribed by GAAP.

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30, 

2013

2012

2013

2012

Total revenue per the consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss)

$  42,664

$  45,502

$   109,348

$   117,710

less: Revenue from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(4,596)

(373)

(11,790)

Comparable total revenue

$ 42,664

$ 40,906

$ 108,975

$ 105,920

Room revenue from continuing operations

$  31,062

$  33,614

$    75,605

$    81,847

less: Room revenue from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(3,394)

(308)

(8,269)

Comparable room revenue

$ 31,062

$ 30,220

$   75,297

$   73,578

Food and beverage revenue from continuing operations

$    6,545

$    7,635

$    18,997

$    22,764

less: Food and beverage revenue from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(969)

(59)

(2,859)

Comparable food and beverage revenue

$   6,545

$   6,666

$   18,938

$   19,905

Other hotel revenue from continuing operations

$       983

$    1,148

$      2,142

$      2,463

less: Other hotel revenue from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(233)

(6)

(662)

Comparable other hotel revenue

$      983

$      915

$     2,136

$     1,801

Total hotel revenue from continuing operations

$  38,590

$  42,397

$    96,744

$   107,074

less: Total hotel revenue from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(4,596)

(373)

(11,790)

Comparable total hotels revenue

$ 38,590

$ 37,801

$   96,371

$   95,284

The reconciliation of hotel operating expense per the consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss) to comparable hotel operating expense is as follows:

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30, 

2013

2012

2013

2012

Hotel operating expenses from continuing operations

$  27,442

$  31,324

$    76,226

$    84,196

less: Hotel operating expenses from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(3,622)

(718)

(10,302)

Comparable hotel operating expenses

$ 27,442

$ 27,702

$   75,508

$   73,894

Hotel revenue from continuing operations

$  38,590

$  42,397

$    96,744

$   107,074

less: Hotel revenue from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(4,596)

(373)

(11,790)

Comparable hotel revenue

$ 38,590

$ 37,801

$   96,371

$   95,284

Hotel direct operating margin from continuing operations

$  11,148

$  11,073

$    20,518

$    22,878

less: Hotel direct operation margin from Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

-

(974)

345

(1,488)

Comparable hotel direct margin

$ 11,148

$ 10,099

$   20,863

$   21,390

Comparable hotel direct margin %

28.9 %

26.7 %

21.6 %

22.4 %

The reconciliation of EBITDA from continuing operations before special items per the table entitled "Disclosure of Special Items" to comparable total EBITDA before special items is as follows:

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30, 

2013

2012

2013

2012

EBITDA before special items per the table "Disclosure of Special Items"

$    8,265

$    8,595

$    11,926

$    15,170

less: EBITDA of Helena, Denver Southeast, Missoula and Pendleton properties

57

(911)

511

(1,430)

Comparable total EBITDA from continuing operations before special items

$   8,322

$   7,684

$   12,437

$   13,740

 

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Red Lion Hotels Corporation, before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP financial measurement.  We believe it is a useful financial performance measure for us and for our shareholders and is a complement to net income attributable to Red Lion Hotels Corporation and other financial performance measures provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP").

We use EBITDA to measure financial performance because it excludes interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which bear little or no relationship to operating performance. By excluding interest expense, EBITDA measures our financial performance irrespective of our capital structure or how we finance our properties and operations. We generally pay federal and state income taxes on a consolidated basis, taking into account how the applicable tax laws apply to our company in the aggregate. By excluding taxes on income, we believe EBITDA provides a basis for measuring the financial performance of our operations excluding factors that our hotels and other operations cannot control.  By excluding depreciation and amortization expense, which can vary from hotel to hotel based on historical cost and other factors unrelated to the hotels' financial performance, EBITDA measures the financial performance of our hotels without regard to their historical cost. For all of these reasons, we believe that EBITDA provides us and investors with information that is relevant and useful in evaluating our business.

However, because EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization, it does not measure the capital we require to maintain or preserve our long-lived assets. In addition, because EBITDA does not reflect interest expense, it does not take into account the total amount of interest we pay on outstanding debt nor does it show trends in interest costs due to changes in our borrowings or changes in interest rates. EBITDA, as defined by us, may not be comparable to EBITDA as reported by other companies that do not define EBITDA exactly as we define the term.  Because we use EBITDA to evaluate our financial performance, we reconcile all EBITDA measures to net income attributable to Red Lion Hotels Corporation, which is the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  EBITDA does not represent cash provided by operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or net income attributable to Red Lion Hotels Corporation determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of performance or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as an indicator of liquidity.

 



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