Hilton Worldwide Results

Hilton Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results; Exceeds Net Income, Adjusted EBITDA and Net Unit Growth Expectations

Hilton

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results. All results herein, including prior year periods, reflect the adoption of new accounting standards, including Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) ("ASU 2014-09"). Highlights include:

  • Diluted EPS was $0.75 for the fourth quarter and $2.50 for the full year, and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, was $0.79 for the fourth quarter and $2.79 for the full year
  • Net income was $225 million for the fourth quarter and $769 million for the full year
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $544 million for the fourth quarter and $2,101 million for the full year, exceeding the high end of guidance
  • System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 2.0 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year on a currency neutral basis from the same periods in 2017
  • Approved 24,900 new rooms for development during the fourth quarter, growing Hilton's development pipeline to more than 364,000 rooms as of December 31, 2018, representing 6 percent growth from December 31, 2017
  • Opened 22,500 rooms in the fourth quarter, contributing to 57,000 net additional rooms for the full year, which represented approximately 7 percent net unit growth
  • Launched luxury collection brand, LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • Repurchased 23.5 million shares of Hilton common stock during 2018, bringing total capital return, including dividends, to approximately $1.9 billion for the full year
  • Full year 2019 system-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 1.0 percent and 3.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to 2018; full year net income is projected to be between $895 million and $931 million; full year Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $2,240 million and $2,290 million
  • Capital return is projected to be between $1.3 billion and $1.8 billion

Overview

Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton, said, "We are pleased with our fourth quarter and full year results, exceeding the high end of our guidance for Adjusted EBITDA and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, driven in part by better than expected net unit growth, up roughly 7 percent versus the prior year. In particular, we continued to expand our luxury portfolio with several exciting openings and the launch of our luxury collection brand, LXR Hotels & Resorts. We expect continued strength in room growth, combined with RevPAR growth, to provide a good setup for the year ahead."

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, system-wide comparable RevPAR grew 2.0 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively, primarily driven by increased ADR. Strength at Hilton's international hotels benefited results, particularly in Europe. Management and franchise fee revenues increased 14 percent and 12 percent during the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, as a result of RevPAR growth of 1.8 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively, at comparable managed and franchised hotels, increased licensing fees and the addition of new properties to Hilton's portfolio.

For the three months ended December 31, 2018, diluted EPS was $0.75 and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, was $0.79 compared to $2.27 and $0.53, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Net income and Adjusted EBITDA were $225 million and $544 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2018, compared to $730 million and $484 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, diluted EPS was $2.50 and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, was $2.79 compared to $3.32 and $1.98, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2017. Net income and Adjusted EBITDA were $769 million and $2,101 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $1,089 million and $1,909 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Development

In the fourth quarter of 2018, Hilton opened 142 new hotels totaling 22,500 rooms and achieved net unit growth of nearly 19,000 rooms. During the full year 2018, Hilton opened over 450 new hotels totaling more than 66,000 rooms and achieved net unit growth of nearly 57,000 rooms, which was a 10 percent increase from the same period in 2017. Conversions from non-Hilton brands represented nearly 25 percent of the new rooms opened during the year. Hilton expanded to eight new countries and territories in 2018 and ended the year with more than 900,000 rooms open and operating.

As of December 31, 2018, Hilton's development pipeline totaled more than 2,400 hotels consisting of over 364,000 rooms throughout 103 countries and territories, including 35 countries and territories where Hilton does not currently have any open hotels. Additionally, 195,000 rooms in the development pipeline were located outside the U.S., and 184,000 rooms, or more than half, were under construction.

Hilton recently launched LXR Hotels & Resorts, a luxury brand connecting legendary properties into a network of hotels offering singular service and remarkable experiences. The first property, the Habtoor Palace Dubai, was converted from a non-Hilton brand and opened in the second half of 2018. In January 2019, Hilton announced the conversion of The Biltmore, Mayfair, which is expected to open in the first half of 2019. The luxury hotel, situated in a prime location in the heart of Mayfair, London on Grosvenor Square, marks LXR's European debut. Hilton also continued to expand Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, its iconic luxury hotel brand, with the conversion of the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead in the fourth quarter.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2018, Hilton had $7.4 billion of long-term debt outstanding, excluding deferred financing costs and discount, with a weighted average interest rate of 4.48 percent. Excluding capital lease obligations and other debt of Hilton's consolidated variable interest entities, Hilton had $7.1 billion of long-term debt outstanding, excluding deferred financing costs and discount, with a weighted average interest rate of 4.42 percent. During the fourth quarter of 2018, Hilton made a voluntary repayment of $300 million outstanding under its senior secured term loan facility.

Total cash and cash equivalents were $484 million as of December 31, 2018, including $81 million of restricted cash and cash equivalents. No borrowings were outstanding under the $1.0 billion revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2018.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, Hilton repurchased 2.2 million shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $160 million and an average price per share of $71.83. To date, Hilton has repurchased approximately 39.2 million shares of its common stock for approximately $2.8 billion at an average price per share of $70.51; the amount remaining under Hilton's previously announced stock repurchase program is approximately $408 million.

In December 2018, Hilton paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on shares of its common stock, for a total of $44 million, bringing year to date dividends to $181 million. In February 2019, Hilton's board of directors authorized a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock to be paid on or before March 29, 2019 to holders of record of its common stock as of the close of business on March 1, 2019.

Adoption of ASUs

The Company adopted ASU 2014-09 and ASU No. 2017-07 ("ASU 2017-07"), Compensation - Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost, on January 1, 2018 on a full retrospective basis in the consolidated financial statements. Refer to Hilton's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, which is expected to be filed on or about the date of this press release, for the effect of these adoptions on the Company's audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Outlook

On January 1, 2019, the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-02 ("ASU 2016-02"), Leases (Topic 842), which supersedes existing guidance on accounting for leases in Leases (Topic 840) and generally requires all leases, including operating leases, to be recognized in the balance sheet of lessees as right-of-use assets and lease liabilities. As permitted, the Company has applied this ASU at the adoption date; therefore, the presentation of financial information for all periods prior to January 1, 2019 will remain unchanged and in accordance with Leases (Topic 840). The provisions of ASU 2016-02 will not affect the Company's cash flow or cash available for capital return, and will not have a material impact on the consolidated statement of operations. Refer to Hilton's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, which is expected to be filed on or about the date of this press release, for additional information on the impact of this ASU.

Beginning with the first quarter of 2019, the Company will modify its non-GAAP financial measures of net income, adjusted for special items, and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, to exclude from net income: (i) FF&E replacement reserves and (ii) the amortization of intangible assets that were recorded at their fair value in October 2007 when the Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of an affiliate of The Blackstone Group L.P. ("Blackstone"). All prior period measures will reflect this modified definition when comparing to periods beginning with the first quarter of 2019. The Company believes these modifications will assist investors in performing meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and better highlight the results of the Company's ongoing operations. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliations—Net Income and Diluted EPS, Adjusted for Special Items, Reflecting Application of Modified Definition" for the effect of this change on the year ended December 31, 2018 and the quarterly periods therein.

Hilton's outlook for the first quarter and full year of 2019 includes the effect of these adjustments. Share-based metrics in Hilton's outlook include actual share repurchases to date, but do not include the effect of potential share repurchases hereafter.

Full Year 2019

  • System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 1.0 percent and 3.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to 2018.
  • Diluted EPS, before special items, is projected to be between $3.00 and $3.12.
  • Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $3.66 and $3.78.
  • Net income is projected to be between $895 million and $931 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $2,240 million and $2,290 million.
  • Management and franchise fee revenue is projected to increase between 7 percent and 9 percent compared to 2018.
  • Contract acquisition costs and capital expenditures, excluding amounts indirectly reimbursed by hotel owners, are expected to be between $175 million and $200 million.
  • Capital return is projected to be between $1.3 billion and $1.8 billion.
  • General and administrative expenses are projected to be between $430 million and $450 million.
  • Net unit growth is expected to be approximately 6.5 percent.

First Quarter 2019

  • System-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 1.0 percent and 3.0 percent on a comparable and currency neutral basis compared to the first quarter of 2018.
  • Diluted EPS, before special items, is projected to be between $0.56 and $0.61.
  • Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, is projected to be between $0.73 and $0.78.
  • Net income is projected to be between $169 million and $183 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $470 million and $490 million.
  • Management and franchise fee revenue is projected to increase between 7 percent and 9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 16 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories.

 

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EARNINGS RELEASE SCHEDULES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Comparable and Currency Neutral System-Wide Hotel Operating Statistics

Property Summary

Capital Expenditures and Contract Acquisition Costs

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliations

Definitions

 
               

HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenues
Franchise and licensing fees $ 388 $ 326 $ 1,530 $ 1,321
Base and other management fees 80 78 321 324
Incentive management fees 64 63 235 222
Owned and leased hotels 385 380 1,484 1,432
Other revenues   26     27     98     105  
943 874 3,668 3,404
Other revenues from managed and franchised properties   1,345     1,194     5,238     4,727  
Total revenues 2,288 2,068 8,906 8,131
 
Expenses
Owned and leased hotels 329 334 1,332 1,269
Depreciation and amortization 83 84 325 336
General and administrative 115 109 443 439
Other expenses   15     15     51     56  
542 542 2,151 2,100
Other expenses from managed and franchised properties   1,384     1,267     5,323     4,899  
Total expenses 1,926 1,809 7,474 6,999
 
Operating income 362 259 1,432 1,132
 
Interest expense (94 ) (91 ) (371 ) (351 )
Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions (4 ) (11 ) 3
Loss on debt extinguishment (60 )
Other non-operating income, net   2     13     28     29  
 
Income before income taxes 266 181 1,078 753
 
Income tax benefit (expense)   (41 )   549     (309 )   336  
 
Net income 225 730 769 1,089
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (1 )   (1 )   (5 )   (5 )
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders $ 224   $ 729   $ 764   $ 1,084  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   296     319     302     324  
Diluted   298     322     305     327  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.76   $ 2.29   $ 2.53   $ 3.34  
Diluted $ 0.75   $ 2.27   $ 2.50   $ 3.32  
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.15   $ 0.15   $ 0.60   $ 0.60  
 
 

HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.

COMPARABLE AND CURRENCY NEUTRAL SYSTEM-WIDE HOTEL OPERATING STATISTICS

BY REGION

(unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended December 31,
Occupancy     ADR     RevPAR
2018     vs. 2017 2018     vs. 2017 2018     vs. 2017
U.S. 72.0 % (0.4

)% pts.

$ 146.57 1.8 % $ 105.48 1.1 %
Americas (excluding U.S.) 69.0 1.4 123.05 4.7 84.87 6.9
Europe 75.6 1.3 143.06 5.3 108.15 7.2
Middle East & Africa 75.6 3.3 148.18 (4.1 ) 112.09 0.3
Asia Pacific 73.9 1.2 135.36 1.8 100.02 3.4
System-wide 72.4 144.44 2.0 104.54 2.0
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Occupancy ADR RevPAR
2018 vs. 2017 2018 vs. 2017 2018 vs. 2017
U.S. 76.3 % 0.4

% pts.

$ 149.09

1.7

% $ 113.68 2.2 %
Americas (excluding U.S.) 71.6 1.6 127.57 3.8 91.36 6.1
Europe 77.0 2.1 148.37 4.0 114.22 6.9
Middle East & Africa 72.5 3.3 151.24 (2.9 ) 109.60 1.8
Asia Pacific 73.4 3.0 135.60 2.1 99.54 6.5
System-wide 75.8 0.8 147.22 1.9 111.61 3.0
 
 

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COMPARABLE AND CURRENCY NEUTRAL SYSTEM-WIDE HOTEL OPERATING STATISTICS

BY BRAND

(unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended December 31,
Occupancy     ADR     RevPAR
2018     vs. 2017 2018     vs. 2017 2018     vs. 2017
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts 72.0 % 2.3 % pts. $ 340.95 3.1 % $ 245.40 6.5 %
Conrad Hotels & Resorts 76.2 2.1 255.17 2.8 194.46 5.8
Hilton Hotels & Resorts 74.4 0.6 170.23 2.6 126.66 3.5
Curio Collection by Hilton 70.5 1.3 209.84 5.2 147.99 7.1
DoubleTree by Hilton 71.4 0.2 132.33 1.9 94.49 2.3
Embassy Suites by Hilton 74.5 (0.8 ) 156.59 1.4 116.72 0.2
Hilton Garden Inn 71.8 (0.2 ) 131.25 1.8 94.21 1.5
Hampton by Hilton 69.8 (0.3 ) 119.55 0.9 83.44 0.4
Homewood Suites by Hilton 76.5 (0.8 ) 136.61 1.6 104.54 0.5
Home2 Suites by Hilton 72.8 115.67 1.7 84.26 1.7
System-wide 72.4 144.44 2.0 104.54 2.0
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Occupancy ADR RevPAR
2018 vs. 2017 2018 vs. 2017 2018 vs. 2017
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts 71.4 % 2.0 % pts. $ 345.19 3.5 % $ 246.40 6.5 %
Conrad Hotels & Resorts 74.2 4.4 252.78 2.3 187.49 8.7
Hilton Hotels & Resorts 76.5 1.3 172.96 2.3 132.39 4.0
Curio Collection by Hilton 73.5 1.3 211.81 4.6 155.69 6.5
DoubleTree by Hilton 74.6 0.9 134.97 2.1 100.70 3.3
Embassy Suites by Hilton 78.2 (0.4 ) 161.84 1.2 126.60 0.6
Hilton Garden Inn 75.9 1.0 133.53 1.4 101.40 2.8
Hampton by Hilton 74.2 0.4 123.53 1.1 91.63 1.7
Homewood Suites by Hilton 80.7 0.5 140.27 1.7 113.23 2.4
Home2 Suites by Hilton 77.8 2.2 118.18 1.9 91.98 4.8
System-wide 75.8 0.8 147.22 1.9 111.61 3.0
 
 

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COMPARABLE AND CURRENCY NEUTRAL SYSTEM-WIDE HOTEL OPERATING STATISTICS

BY SEGMENT

(unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended December 31,
Occupancy     ADR     RevPAR
2018     vs. 2017 2018     vs. 2017 2018     vs. 2017
Management and franchise 72.2 % % pts. $ 143.07 1.9 % $ 103.32 1.8 %
Ownership(1) 77.9 1.6 188.80 5.3 147.14 7.5
System-wide 72.4 144.44 2.0 104.54 2.0
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Occupancy ADR RevPAR
2018 vs. 2017 2018 vs. 2017 2018 vs. 2017
Management and franchise 75.7 % 0.8 % pts. $ 145.99 1.8 % $ 110.57 2.9 %
Ownership(1) 78.3 1.3 188.97 3.8 147.97 5.5
System-wide 75.8 0.8 147.22 1.9 111.61 3.0
 
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(1)

  Includes owned and leased hotels, as well as hotels owned or leased by entities in which Hilton owns a noncontrolling financial interest.
 
 

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PROPERTY SUMMARY

As of December 31, 2018

 
    Owned / Leased(1)     Managed     Franchised     Total
Properties     Rooms Properties     Rooms Properties     Rooms Properties     Rooms
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
U.S. 1 215 14 5,956 15 6,171
Americas (excluding U.S.) 1 142 1 984 2 1,126
Europe 2 463 4 898 6 1,361
Middle East & Africa 4 949 4 949
Asia Pacific 4 895 4 895
LXR Hotels & Resorts
Middle East & Africa 1 234 1 234
Conrad Hotels & Resorts
U.S. 4 1,289 1 319 5 1,608
Americas (excluding U.S.) 2 402 2 402
Europe 4 1,155 4 1,155
Middle East & Africa 1 614 2 993 3 1,607
Asia Pacific 1 164 17 5,035 1 654 19 5,853
Canopy by Hilton
U.S. 5 831 5 831
Europe 2 263 2 263
Asia Pacific 1 150 1 150
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
U.S. 67 48,780 177 54,082 244 102,862
Americas (excluding U.S.) 1 405 26 9,320 21 7,066 48 16,791
Europe 53 14,424 49 15,440 36 10,182 138 40,046
Middle East & Africa 5 1,998 42 12,607 3 1,609 50 16,214
Asia Pacific 7 3,437 92 33,447 7 2,826 106 39,710
Curio Collection by Hilton
U.S. 4 1,981 34 7,253 38 9,234
Americas (excluding U.S.) 10 1,669 10 1,669
Europe 3 270 10 1,072 13 1,342
Middle East & Africa 2 255 1 356 3 611
Asia Pacific 3 663 1 50 4 713
DoubleTree by Hilton
U.S. 35 11,791 316 73,948 351 85,739
Americas (excluding U.S.) 3 494 24 5,231 27 5,725
Europe 12 3,347 93 15,966 105 19,313
Middle East & Africa 10 2,350 6 718 16 3,068
Asia Pacific 57 15,797 3 1,072 60 16,869
Tapestry Collection by Hilton
U.S. 18 2,559 18 2,559
Embassy Suites by Hilton
U.S. 42 11,110 202 45,548 244 56,658
Americas (excluding U.S.) 3 667 6 1,533 9 2,200
Hilton Garden Inn
U.S. 5 537 655 90,603 660 91,140
Americas (excluding U.S.) 12 1,663 39 6,177 51 7,840
Europe 21 3,826 43 7,182 64 11,008
Middle East & Africa 10 2,251 1 175 11 2,426
Asia Pacific 29 6,261 29 6,261
Hampton by Hilton
U.S. 46 5,641 2,140 209,300 2,186 214,941
Americas (excluding U.S.) 13 1,677 92 10,923 105 12,600
Europe 18 2,956 63 9,873 81 12,829
Middle East & Africa 1 420 1 420
Asia Pacific 60 9,520 60 9,520
Tru by Hilton
U.S. 53 5,019 53 5,019
Homewood Suites by Hilton
U.S. 19 2,016 439 50,103 458 52,119
Americas (excluding U.S.) 3 358 21 2,359 24 2,717
Home2 Suites by Hilton
U.S. 2 198 283 29,384 285 29,582
Americas (excluding U.S.) 5 543 5 543
Other 3 1,450 1 250 4 1,700
Hotels 71 21,720 689 215,437 4,874 667,436 5,634 904,593
Hilton Grand Vacations 51 8,367 51 8,367
Total 71 21,720 689 215,437 4,925 675,803 5,685 912,960
 
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(1)

  Includes hotels owned or leased by entities in which Hilton owns a noncontrolling financial interest.
 
 

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CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND CONTRACT ACQUISITION COSTS

(unaudited, dollars in millions)

 
    Three Months Ended        
December 31, Increase / (Decrease)
2018     2017 $ %
Capital expenditures for property and equipment(1) $ 21 $ 22 (1 ) (4.5 )
Capitalized software costs(2)   25   30 (5 ) (16.7 )
Total capital expenditures 46 52 (6 ) (11.5 )
Contract acquisition costs   21   24 (3 ) (12.5 )
Total capital expenditures and contract acquisition costs $ 67 $ 76 (9 ) (11.8 )
 
 
Year Ended
December 31, Increase / (Decrease)
2018 2017 $ %
Capital expenditures for property and equipment(1) $ 72 $ 58 14 24.1
Capitalized software costs(2)   87   75 12   16.0
Total capital expenditures 159 133 26 19.5
Contract acquisition costs   103   75 28   37.3
Total capital expenditures and contract acquisition costs $ 262 $ 208 54   26.0
 
____________

(1)

  Includes expenditures for hotels, corporate and other property and equipment, of which $6 million and $8 million were indirectly reimbursed by hotel owners for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $14 million and $21 million were indirectly reimbursed for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Excludes expenditures for FF&E replacement reserves of $11 million and $18 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $50 million and $55 million for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

(2)

Includes $18 million and $25 million of expenditures that were indirectly reimbursed by hotel owners for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $65 million and $53 million for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
 
 
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS, ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS
(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders, as reported $ 224 $ 729 $ 764 $ 1,084
Diluted EPS, as reported $ 0.75 $ 2.27 $ 2.50 $ 3.32
Special items:
Net other expenses from managed and franchised properties $ 39 $ 73 $ 85 $ 172
Asset dispositions(1) 4 12
Loss on debt extinguishment 60
Financing transactions(2) 3 10 5
Tax-related adjustments(3) (20 ) (600 ) 21 (600 )
Other adjustments(4) 2   (2 ) (10 ) 15  

Total special items before tax

24 (529 ) 110 (336 )
Income tax expense on special items (13 ) (28 ) (22 ) (101 )
Total special items after tax $ 11   $ (557 ) $ 88   $ (437 )
 
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 235   $ 172   $ 852   $ 647  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items $ 0.79   $ 0.53   $ 2.79   $ 1.98  
____________
(1)   Includes severance costs related to the 2015 sale of the Waldorf Astoria New York that were recognized in general and administrative expenses.
(2) Includes expenses incurred in connection with the refinancings and accelerated recognition of debt financing costs related to repayments of the senior secured term loan facility that were recognized in other non-operating income, net.
(3) The three months and year ended December 31, 2017 include an aggregate provisional tax benefit recognized in relation to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("TCJ Act") enacted in December 2017. The three months and year ended December 31, 2018 include adjustments to the provisional amount recognized in relation to the TCJ Act, as well as deferred tax expense recognized in connection with a distribution of stock out of Hilton's controlled foreign corporations. These adjustments did not have a significant effect on cash paid for taxes in the periods presented.
(4) Includes expenses related to the January 2017 spin-offs of Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. and Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (the "spin-offs") that were recognized in general and administrative expenses. Also, the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 include a gain recorded as a result of the modification of a lease agreement recognized in other non-operating income, net and impairment losses. The year ended December 31, 2018 includes gains on the refinancing and early repayment of a loan Hilton issued that financed the construction of a hotel that Hilton manages.
 
 
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS, ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS

REFLECTING APPLICATION OF MODIFIED DEFINITION(1)

(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)
   

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

2018

March 31,   June 30,   September 30,   December 31,
2018 2018 2018 2018
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders, as reported $ 161 $ 217 $ 162 $ 224 $ 764
Diluted EPS, as reported $ 0.51 $ 0.71 $ 0.54 $ 0.75 $ 2.50
Special items:
Net other expenses from managed and franchised properties $ 21 $ (3 ) $ 28 $ 39 $ 85
Purchase accounting amortization(1) 51 52 50 51 204
FF&E replacement reserves(1) 12 15 12 11 50
Asset dispositions(2) 2 1 1 4
Financing transactions(2) 7 3 10
Tax-related adjustments(2) (11 ) 52 (20 ) 21
Other adjustments(2) (6 )   (6 ) 2   (10 )
Total special items before tax 80 61 137 86 364
Income tax expense on special items (20 ) (18 ) (20 ) (29 ) (87 )
Total special items after tax $ 60   $ 43   $ 117   $ 57   $ 277  
 
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 221   $ 260   $ 279   $ 281   $ 1,041  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items $ 0.69   $ 0.86   $ 0.93   $ 0.94   $ 3.42  
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(1)   Beginning with the first quarter of 2019 and for all periods prospectively, the Company will modify net income, adjusted for special items, and diluted EPS, adjusted for special items, to exclude: (i) the amortization of intangible assets that were recorded at their fair value in October 2007 when the Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of an affiliate of Blackstone and (ii) FF&E replacement reserves. The amounts for the quarterly periods in 2018 are presented for analysis and future comparative purposes.
(2) Refer to "—Net Income and Diluted EPS, Adjusted for Special Items" for additional information.
 
 
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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA MARGIN
(unaudited, dollars in millions)
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Net income $ 225 $ 730 $ 769 $ 1,089
Interest expense 94 91 371 351
Income tax expense (benefit) 41 (549 ) 309 (336 )
Depreciation and amortization 83   84   325   336  
EBITDA 443 356 1,774 1,440
Loss (gain) on foreign currency transactions 4 11 (3 )
Loss on debt extinguishment 60
FF&E replacement reserves 11 18 50 55
Share-based compensation expense 24 30 127 121
Amortization of contract acquisition costs 7 5 27 17
Net other expenses from managed and franchised properties 39 73 85 172
Other adjustment items(1) 16   2   27   47  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 544   $ 484   $ 2,101   $ 1,909  
____________
(1)   Includes adjustments for severance and other items, and, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017, also includes transactions costs and impairment loss.
 
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Total revenues, as reported $ 2,288 $ 2,068 $ 8,906 $ 8,131
Add: amortization of contract acquisition costs 7 5 27 17
Less: other revenues from managed and franchised properties (1,345 ) (1,194 ) (5,238 ) (4,727 )
Total revenues, as adjusted $ 950   $ 879   $ 3,695   $ 3,421  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 544 $ 484 $ 2,101 $ 1,909
 
Adjusted EBITDA margin 57.3 % 55.1 % 56.9 % 55.8 %
 
 
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
NET DEBT AND NET DEBT TO ADJUSTED EBITDA RATIO
(unaudited, dollars in millions)
 
December 31,
2018   2017
Long-term debt, including current maturities $ 7,282 $ 6,602
Add: unamortized deferred financing costs and discount 79   81  
Long-term debt, including current maturities and excluding unamortized deferred financing costs and discount 7,361 6,683
Add: Hilton's share of unconsolidated affiliate debt, excluding unamortized deferred financing costs 15 13
Less: cash and cash equivalents (403 ) (570 )
Less: restricted cash and cash equivalents (81 ) (100 )
Net debt $ 6,892   $ 6,026  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,101   $ 1,909  
 
Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio 3.3   3.2  
 
 
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
OUTLOOK: NET INCOME AND DILUTED EPS, ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS
FORECASTED 2019
(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)
 
Three Months Ending
March 31, 2019
Low Case   High Case
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders, before special items $ 167 $ 181
Diluted EPS, before special items(1) $ 0.56 $ 0.61
Special items:
Purchase accounting amortization $ 51 $ 51
FF&E replacement reserves 14   14  
Total special items before tax 65 65
Income tax expense on special items (16 ) (16 )
Total special items after tax $ 49   $ 49  
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 216   $ 230  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items(1) $ 0.73   $ 0.78  
 
 
Year Ending
December 31, 2019
Low Case High Case
Net income attributable to Hilton stockholders, before special items $ 890 $ 926
Diluted EPS, before special items(1) $ 3.00 $ 3.12
Special items:
Purchase accounting amortization $ 203 $ 203
FF&E replacement reserves 61   61  
Total special items before tax 264 264
Income tax expense on special items (66 ) (66 )
Total special items after tax $ 198   $ 198  
Net income, adjusted for special items $ 1,088   $ 1,124  
Diluted EPS, adjusted for special items(1) $ 3.66   $ 3.78  
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(1)   Does not include the effect of potential share repurchases.
 
 
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATIONS
OUTLOOK: ADJUSTED EBITDA
FORECASTED 2019
(unaudited, in millions)
 
Three Months Ending
March 31, 2019
Low Case   High Case
Net income $ 169 $ 183
Interest expense 98 98
Income tax expense 62 68
Depreciation and amortization 82   82
EBITDA 411 431
FF&E replacement reserves 14 14
Share-based compensation expense 31 31
Amortization of contract acquisition costs 8 8
Other adjustment items(1) 6   6
Adjusted EBITDA $ 470   $ 490
 
 
Year Ending
December 31, 2019
Low Case High Case
Net income $ 895 $ 931
Interest expense 422 422
Income tax expense 348 362
Depreciation and amortization 323   323
EBITDA 1,988 2,038
FF&E replacement reserves 61 61
Share-based compensation expense 141 141
Amortization of contract acquisition costs 32 32
Other adjustment items(1) 18   18
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,240   $ 2,290
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(1)   Includes adjustments for severance and other items.
 

 



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