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Extended Stay America Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

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Extended Stay America, Inc. (NYSE:STAY) (the “Company”) today announced consolidated results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 5.2% to $282.7 million
  • RevPAR grew 5.3% to $39.83
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $123.4 million improved $2.8 million, or 2.4%
  • Net income of $28.0 million increased $43.4 million
  • Adjusted Paired Share Income1 of $32.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted Paired Share

Full Year 2014 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 7.1% to $1,213.5 million
  • RevPAR grew 7.1% to $43.02
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $556.7 million improved $38.1 million, or 7.3%
  • Net income of $150.6 million increased $67.9 million
  • Adjusted Paired Share Income1 of $169.7 million, or $0.83 per diluted Paired Share

Extended Stay America’s Chief Executive Officer, Jim Donald, commented, “Our fourth quarter and full year results demonstrate solid performance across our portfolio, with Adjusted EBITDA growth of 2.4% and 7.3%, respectively. We continued to make progress on our platinum renovation program, and in 2014 we delivered a total of 105 fully renovated hotels. Given the strong initial performance of these hotels, as we have disclosed, we will be accelerating the program in the coming years which we expect will propel our results and increase brand consistency. Furthermore, we recently enhanced our management and sales leadership teams, and we intend to leverage the considerable hospitality and select service experience of these individuals.”

Mr. Donald continued, “As we enter 2015, we will continue to execute on our strategy of improving our hotel product, leveraging our sales organization and investing in core capabilities. Continued strength in the domestic economy, coupled with our focus on creating additional brand awareness, should result in increased transient and business demand for our hotels. Finally, we believe that our Paired Share structure enables us to deliver superior free cash flow from which we are able to reinvest in our renovation program, reduce our debt and pay a meaningful distribution to our shareholders.”

Financial and Operating Results

Total revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2014 increased 5.2% over the comparable period in 2013 to $282.7 million. For the year ended December 31, 2014, total revenues increased 7.1% over 2013 to $1,213.5 million.

Revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for the three months ended December 31, 2014 grew 5.3% over the comparable period in 2013, driven by an improvement in average daily rate (“ADR”) of 7.8% offset by an occupancy decline of 170 bps to 68.8%. The lower occupancy was the result of a strategic reduction in longer-term length of stay business, as the Company continues to seek to optimize its customer mix. ADR growth was driven by a combination of price increases and the ongoing shift toward shorter-stay, higher profit generating guests. For the year ended December 31, 2014, RevPAR grew 7.1% over the comparable period in 2013, driven by an improvement in ADR of 7.0% and a 10 bps increase in occupancy to 74.3%.

Hotel Operating Margin1 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was 50.2% compared to 51.0% in the comparable period of 2013. Hotel operating margin flow-through, defined as the change in Hotel Operating Profit1 divided by the change in total room and other hotel revenues, was 35.5%. For the year ended December 31, 2014, Hotel Operating Margin was 51.7% compared to 52.5% in 2013. Hotel operating margin flow-through was 40.2%. After adjusting for $9.4 million of system-wide brand-related costs that were classified as general and administrative expenses in 2013, adjusted flow-through was 51.8% for the year, resulting in a flat Hotel Operating Margin compared to 2013 of 51.7%.

Adjusted EBITDA1 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 increased $2.8 million to $123.4 million, representing 2.4% growth over the comparable period in 2013. Adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash equity-based compensation of $1.6 million, non-cash foreign currency transaction loss of $0.9 million, impairment of long-lived assets of $2.3 million, and other expenses of $2.9 million, which include loss on disposal of assets and public company transition costs. For the year ended December 31, 2014, Adjusted EBITDA increased $38.1 million to $556.7 million, an increase of 7.3%.

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $28.0 million, compared to a net loss of $15.4 million in the comparable period in 2013. Income tax expense for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $6.9 million, compared to a benefit of $8.0 million in the comparable period in 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2014, net income was $150.6 million, compared to $82.7 million in the comparable period in 2013. Income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $45.1 million, compared to a benefit of $5.0 million in the comparable period in 2013.

Adjusted Paired Share Income1 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $32.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted Paired Share. Adjusted Paired Share Income, a non-GAAP measure, represents net income, as adjusted, attributable to the consolidated enterprise, whose representative equity security is a Paired Share. A Paired Share entitles its holder to participate in 100% of the common equity and earnings of both Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc. For the year ended December 31, 2014, Adjusted Paired Share Income was $169.7 million, or $0.83 per diluted Paired Share.

Capital

The Company invested $47.3 million in capital expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2014, and $173.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2014, which included hotel renovations, ordinary maintenance capital and information technology projects.

Distribution

On February 26, 2015, the Board of Directors of ESH Hospitality, Inc., the Company’s subsidiary, declared a cash distribution of $0.15 per share for the fourth quarter of 2014. The distribution is payable on March 26, 2015 to shareholders of record as of March 12, 2015.

2015 Outlook

The Company is providing its outlook for 2015 as follows:

  • Total revenues are expected to increase 5% to 7% to $1.275 billion to $1.3 billion
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to range from $585 million to $600 million, representing approximately 5% to 8% growth over 2014
  • Depreciation and amortization of $190 million to $197.5 million
  • Net interest expense of $127 million to $132 million
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 23%
  • Net income is anticipated to range from $183.8 million to $205.6 million
  • Capital expenditures of $190 million to $210 million

Webcast and Conference Call Details

Extended Stay America will host a conference call on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:30 am Eastern Time. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.aboutstay.com. A replay of the call will be available for 90 days following the webcast on the Company’s website.

Alternatively, the conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-705-6003 for domestic callers or 1-201-493-6725 for international callers. A telephone replay will be available from shortly after the call until March 12, 2015, and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 for domestic callers or 1-858-384-5517 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13599786.

Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income (Loss), Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share, which are detailed in the reconciliation tables that accompany this release, are used by the Company as supplemental performance measures. The Company believes these financial measures provide useful information to investors regarding our results of operations and allow investors to evaluate the ongoing operating performance of our hotels and facilitate comparisons between the Company and other lodging companies, hotel owners and other capital-intensive companies. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income (Loss), Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income (Loss), Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share as presented may not be comparable to measures calculated by other companies. These measures should not be considered as alternative measures of operating profit or net income calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company’s presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income (Loss), Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share does not replace the presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Forward Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements related to, among other things, future financial performance, including our 2015 outlook and performance, free cash flow, debt reduction and dividend growth, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, possibly materially. For a description of factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from any forward-looking statements, please review the information under the headings “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s combined annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 26, 2015 and other documents of the Company on file with or furnished to the SEC. Any forward-looking statements made in this earnings release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company or its business or operations. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. We caution you that actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted by the Company’s forward-looking statements.

About Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America, Inc., the largest owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America, owns and operates 682 hotels in the U.S. and Canada comprising 76,000 rooms and employs approximately 9,100 employees at its hotel properties and headquarters. The Company’s core brand, Extended Stay America(R), serves the mid-priced extended stay segment. Visit www.extendedstay.com for more information about the Company and its services.

1 See “Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures included herein (i.e., EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, Paired Share Income (Loss), Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share).

EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 % Variance 2014 2013 % Variance
(Unaudited) (Audited)
REVENUES:
$ 278,530 $ 264,302 5.4 % Room revenues $ 1,195,816 $ 1,113,956 7.3 %
4,162 4,225 (1.5 )% Other hotel revenues 17,659 17,787 (0.7 )%
- 245 n/m Management fees, license fees and other revenues - 1,075 n/m
282,692 268,772 5.2 % Total revenues 1,213,475 1,132,818 7.1 %
OPERATING EXPENSES:
143,848 132,532 8.5 % Hotel operating expenses 592,101 540,551 9.5 %
20,154 39,647 (49.2 )% General and administrative expenses 84,381 108,325 (22.1 )%
47,806 43,530 9.8 % Depreciation and amortization 187,207 168,053 11.4 %
2,300 n/m Impairment of long-lived assets 2,300 3,330 (30.9 )%
n/m Gain on sale of hotel properties (864 ) n/m
163 n/m Managed property payroll expenses 728 n/m
n/m Restructuring expenses 605 n/m
125 n/m Acquisition transaction expenses - 235 n/m
214,108 215,997 0.9 % Total operating expenses 865,125 821,827 5.3 %
116 475 (75.6 )% OTHER INCOME 388 1,134 (65.8 )%
68,700 53,250 29.0 % INCOME FROM OPERATIONS 348,738 312,125 11.7 %
926 n/m OTHER NON-OPERATING EXPENSE 3,763 n/m
32,900 76,608 (57.1 )% INTEREST EXPENSE, NET 149,364 234,459 (36.3 )%
34,874 (23,358 ) n/m INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) 195,611 77,666 n/m
6,870 (7,980 ) n/m INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) 45,057 (4,990 ) n/m
28,004 (15,378 ) n/m NET INCOME (LOSS) 150,554 82,656 82.1 %
NET (INCOME) LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
(86,309 )

(1

)

4,435 n/m NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS (110,958 )

(1

)

3,575 n/m
NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON
$ (58,305 ) $ (10,943 ) n/m SHAREHOLDERS OR MEMBERS $ 39,596 $ 86,231 n/m
(1) Noncontrolling interests in Extended Stay America, Inc. include approximately 45% of ESH Hospitality, Inc.’s common equity and 125 shares of ESH Hospitality, Inc. preferred stock.
n/m = not meaningful
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
(In thousands)
(Audited)
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 121,324 $ 60,457
Restricted cash $ 73,382 $ 47,339
Total assets $ 4,481,120 $ 4,449,687
Total debt $ 2,912,571 $ 2,926,045
Total equity $ 1,389,317 $ 1,341,208
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
OPERATING METRICS
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013 Variance 2014 2013 Variance
682 684 (2) Number of hotels(1) 682 684 (2)
76,000 76,219 (219) Number of rooms(1) 76,000 76,219 (219)
68.8% 70.5% (170) bps Occupancy 74.3% 74.2% 10 bps
$57.86 $53.65 7.8% ADR $57.93 $54.15 7.0%
$39.83 $37.82 5.3% RevPAR $43.02 $40.18 7.1%
Hotel Inventory (As of December 31)
335 230 105 Platinum Extended Stay America 335 230 105
300 405 (105) Silver Extended Stay America 300 405 (105)
47 49 (2) Crossland Economy Studios and other 47 49 (2)
682 684 (2) Total number of hotels 682 684 (2)
Renovation Displacement Data
(in thousands, excluding percentages)
6,992 6,988 4 Total available room nights 27,795 27,722 73
70 117 (47) Room nights displaced from renovation 224 222 2
1.0% 1.7% (70) bps % of available room nights displaced 0.8% 0.8% 0 bps
(1)On December 31, 2013, we acquired two hotels from LVP Acquisition Corporation (“LVP”); results of operations of the acquired hotels were included in our consolidated and combined results of operations effective January 1, 2014. On July 28, 2014, we sold two hotel properties.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2014 2013 2014 2013
$ 28,004 $ (15,378 ) Net income (loss) $ 150,554 $ 82,656
32,900 76,608 Interest expense, net 149,364 234,459
6,870 (7,980 ) Income tax expense (benefit) 45,057 (4,990 )
47,806 43,530 Depreciation and amortization 187,207 168,053
115,580 96,780 EBITDA 532,182 480,178
1,630 16,780 Non-cash equity-based compensation 8,803 20,168
926 Other non-operating expense 3,763
2,300 Impairment of long-lived assets 2,300 3,330
Gain on sale of hotel properties (864 )
Restructuring expenses 605
125 Acquisition transaction expenses 235
2,915

(1

)

6,817

(2

)

Other expenses 10,476

(3

)

14,094

(4

)

$ 123,351 $ 120,502 Adjusted EBITDA $ 556,660 $ 518,610
2.4 % Adjusted EBITDA % growth 7.3 %
(1) Includes public company transition costs of approximately $(0.2) million due to revision of a public company transition cost estimate and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $3.1 million.
(2) Includes costs related to preparations for our initial public offering of approximately $5.9 million and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $0.9 million.
(3) Includes public company transition costs of approximately $3.0 million, including approximately $1.5 million in secondary offering costs, consulting fees related to implementation of certain key strategic initiatives, including review of our corporate infrastructure of approximately $1.9 million, and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $5.6 million.
(4) Includes costs related to preparations for our initial public offering of approximately $11.2 million and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $2.9 million.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS OR MEMBERS TO PAIRED SHARE INCOME (LOSS),
ADJUSTED PAIRED SHARE INCOME AND ADJUSTED PAIRED SHARE INCOME PER PAIRED SHARE
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013
(In thousands, expect per Paired Share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2014 2013 2014 2013
$ (58,305 ) $ (10,943 ) Net (loss) income attributable to common shareholders or members $ 39,596 $ 86,231
86,305 (4,305 )

(1

)

Noncontrolling interests attributable to Class B common shares of ESH REIT 110,942 (4,305 )

(1

)

28,000 (15,248 ) Paired Share Income (Loss) 150,538 81,926
22,984 Debt extinguishment costs 7,185 22,984
713 Other non-operating expense 2,871
1,771 Impairment of long-lived assets 1,771 3,245
Gain on sale of hotel properties (659 )
Restructuring expenses 576
124 Acquisition transaction expenses 229
2,244

(2

)

5,757

(3

)

Other expenses 8,005

(4

)

12,869

(5

)

$ 32,728 $ 13,617 Adjusted Paired Share Income $ 169,711 $ 121,829
$ 0.16 $ 0.07 Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share – basic $ 0.83 $ 0.70
$ 0.16 $ 0.07 Adjusted Paired Share Income per Paired Share – diluted $ 0.83 $ 0.69
203,728 187,907 Weighted average Paired Shares outstanding – basic 203,548 174,894
204,362 189,009 Weighted average Paired Shares outstanding – diluted 204,508 176,268
(1) Prior to the change in our legal and corporate structure in November 2013, which occurred in connection with our initial public offering, no portion of noncontrolling interests represented interests attributable to the Class B common shares of ESH Hospitality, Inc.
(2) Includes public company transition costs of approximately $(0.2) million pre-tax due to revision of a public company transition cost estimate and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $3.1 million pre-tax, which total approximately $2.2 million after-tax.
(3) Includes costs related to preparations for our initial public offering of approximately $5.9 million pre-tax and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $0.9 million pre-tax, which total approximately $5.8 million after-tax.
(4) Includes public company transition costs of approximately $3.0 million pre-tax, including approximately $1.5 million pre-tax in secondary offering costs, consulting fees related to implementation of certain key strategic initiatives, including review of our corporate infrastructure of approximately $1.9 million pre-tax, and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $5.6 million pre-tax, which total approximately $8.0 million after-tax.
(5) Includes costs related to preparations for our initial public offering of approximately $11.2 million pre-tax and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $2.9 million pre-tax, which total approximately $12.9 million after-tax.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF HOTEL OPERATING PROFIT AND HOTEL OPERATING MARGIN
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

December 31,

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2014 2013 Variance 2014 2013 Variance
$ 278,530 $ 264,302 5.4 % Room revenues $ 1,195,816 $ 1,113,956 7.3 %
4,162 4,225 (1.5 )% Other hotel revenues 17,659 17,787 (0.7 )%
282,692 268,527 5.3 % Total hotel revenues 1,213,475 1,131,743 7.2 %
140,741 131,604 6.9 % Hotel operating expenses(1) 586,497 537,661 9.1 %
$ 141,951 $ 136,923 3.7 % Hotel Operating Profit $ 626,978 $ 594,082 5.5 %
50.2 % 51.0 % (80) bps Hotel Operating Margin 51.7 % 52.5 % (80) bps
(1) Excludes loss on disposal of assets of approximately $3.1 million in Q4 2014, approximately $0.9 million in Q4 2013, approximately $5.6 million in 2014 and approximately $2.9 million in 2013, respectively.
EXTENDED STAY AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 (ACTUAL) AND 2015 (OUTLOOK)
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Twelve Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015
December 31, 2014 Outlook
Actual Low High
$ 150,554 Net income $ 183,800 $ 205,550
149,364 Interest expense, net 132,000 127,000
45,057 Income tax expense 55,000 61,250
187,207 Depreciation and amortization 197,500 190,000
532,182 EBITDA 568,300 583,800
8,803 Non-cash equity-based compensation 10,200 9,700
3,763 Other non-operating expense
2,300 Impairment of long-lived assets
(864 ) Gain on sale of hotel properties
10,476

(1

)

Other expenses 6,500

(2

)

6,500

(2

)

$ 556,660 Adjusted EBITDA $ 585,000 $ 600,000
Increase over 2014 5.1 % 7.8 %
(1)

Includes public company transition costs of approximately $3.0 million, including approximately $1.5 million in secondary offering costs, consulting fees related to implementation of certain key strategic initiatives, including review of our corporate infrastructure of approximately $1.9 million, and loss on disposal of assets of approximately $5.6 million.

(2) Includes secondary offering costs of $1.5 million and loss on disposal of assets of $5.0 million.

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