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Marriott International Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

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July 11, 2012

Marriott International Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Listen to the quarterly earnings review at http://www.marriott.com/investor (click “recent and upcoming events” tab and click on the quarterly conference call link).

SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

? Diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $0.42, a 24 percent increase over prior year adjusted results;

? On a constant dollar basis, worldwide comparable systemwide REVPAR rose 6.7 percent. Average daily rate rose 4.1 percent using constant dollars;

? At the end of the second quarter, the company?s worldwide pipeline of hotels under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development totaled approximately 115,000 rooms, not including the nearly 8,000 rooms from the planned acquisition of the Gaylord brand and hotel management business;

? Over 5,000 rooms opened during the quarter, including over 1,300 rooms converted from competitor brands and nearly 2,700 rooms in international markets;

? Marriott repurchased 10.5 million shares of the company?s common stock for $400 million during the quarter. Year-to-date through the second quarter, the company repurchased 14.7 million shares for $550 million;

? For comparable Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties in North America, group room revenue increased nearly 8 percent in the second quarter compared to the year ago quarter. Group booking pace is up 10 percent for the remainder of 2012;

? Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $289 million in the quarter, a 13 percent increase over second quarter 2011 adjusted EBITDA.

BETHESDA, MD ? July 11, 2012 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today reported second quarter 2012 results.

SECOND QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

Second quarter 2012 net income totaled $143 million, a 13 percent increase compared to second quarter 2011 adjusted net income. Diluted EPS totaled $0.42, a 24 percent increase from adjusted diluted EPS in the year-ago quarter. On April 18, 2012, the company forecasted second quarter diluted EPS of $0.39 to $0.43.

For the second quarter of 2011, reported net income totaled $135 million and reported diluted EPS was $0.37. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS for the year-ago quarter excluded $14 million pretax ($9 million after-tax and $0.02 per diluted share) of timeshare spin-off adjustments. Timeshare spin-off adjustments included items such as the removal of timeshare business operating results and spin-off transaction costs, as well as the addition of license fees and other related items as if the spin-off had occurred on the first day of fiscal 2011. See page A-1 for second quarter 2011 reported results, the timeshare spin-off adjustments and adjusted results.

Arne M. Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said, ?In the second quarter, our business performed well in most markets around the world. In North America, strengthening group business, more travel by our special corporate customers, especially in the technology and consulting industries, and the impact of modest supply growth, drove our occupancy and room rates higher. In Europe, more travelers from the United States, Russia and China helped move REVPAR higher. In the Asia Pacific region, solid REVPAR growth resulted from strong economic growth and maturing new hotels.

?Property-level revenues from group customers at comparable Marriott brand hotels increased 8 percent in the second quarter with banquet revenue up 7 percent. Special corporate revenue also increased 8 percent during the quarter. While second quarter REVPAR growth benefited from strong group and special corporate business, it also reflected some impact from weak results in Washington, D.C. and renovations at a few hotels. In other markets, such as Hawaii, our hotel occupancy was both very high and well ahead of the market, constraining our REVPAR growth in the quarter.

?With robust group bookings in North America, including Washington, D.C., we expect strong REVPAR and room rate growth in the second half of the year. In fact, group revenue on the books is up 10 percent for the second half of 2012 and up 8 percent for 2013. We are targeting high single-digit percentage increases in special corporate rates for 2013.

?Our development pipeline totaled 115,000 rooms at the end of the second quarter, excluding the pending Gaylord acquisition. While we added 8,000 rooms to our pipeline in the second quarter, new hotel construction delays in the Middle East, Asia and Mexico pushed some openings to 2013. We now expect to open 20,000 to 25,000 rooms worldwide in 2012, not including Gaylord branded rooms, and 90,000 to 105,000 rooms during the three-year period from 2012 to 2014.

?We continue to generate meaningful amounts of cash. We completed the sale of our interest in the Courtyard joint venture early in the third quarter. Including the approximately $90 million of proceeds from this transaction as well as the planned $210 million Gaylord investment, we still expect to return $1 billion to shareholders in 2012 through dividends and share repurchases.?

For the 2012 second quarter, REVPAR for worldwide comparable systemwide properties increased 6.7 percent (a 6.2 percent increase using actual dollars).

International comparable systemwide REVPAR rose 7.2 percent (a 4.9 percent increase using actual dollars), including a 3.0 percent increase in average daily rate (a 0.8 percent increase using actual dollars) in the second quarter of 2012.

In North America, comparable systemwide REVPAR increased 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012, including a 4.3 percent increase in average daily rate. REVPAR for comparable systemwide North American full-service and luxury hotels (including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels) increased 6.4 percent with a 3.9 percent increase in average daily rate. REVPAR for comparable systemwide North American limited-service hotels (including Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites) increased 6.7 percent in the second quarter with a 4.5 percent increase in average daily rate.

Marriott added 29 new properties (5,058 rooms) to its worldwide lodging portfolio in the 2012 second quarter, including the JW Marriott Hotel Absheron Baku in Azerbaijan, the Bulgari Hotel & Residences in London and the Turnberry Isle Miami, an Autograph Collection hotel. Thirteen properties (2,914 rooms) exited the system during the quarter. At quarter-end, the company?s lodging group encompassed 3,748 properties and timeshare resorts for a total of over 646,000 rooms.

The company?s worldwide pipeline of hotels under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development totaled over 700 properties with approximately 115,000 rooms at quarter-end.

MARRIOTT REVENUES totaled nearly $2.8 billion in the 2012 second quarter compared to adjusted revenues of $2.6 billion for the second quarter of 2011. Base management and franchise fees rose 6 percent over prior year adjusted levels to $286 million reflecting higher REVPAR at existing hotels and fees from new hotels. Second quarter worldwide incentive management fees increased 12 percent to $56 million. North American incentive management fees increased 15 percent in the quarter. In the second quarter, 30 percent of worldwide company-managed hotels earned incentive management fees compared to 25 percent in the year-ago quarter.

House profit margins increased 110 basis points in the second quarter for comparable company-operated properties in North America, outside North America and worldwide.

Owned, leased, corporate housing and other revenue, net of direct expenses, increased $32 million in the 2012 second quarter, to $61 million, largely due to strong results at leased hotels, particularly in Tokyo and London, $12 million of higher termination fees, $9 million of higher credit card and residential branding fees and a $2 million business interruption payment from a utility company related to the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

GENERAL, ADMINISTRATIVE and OTHER expenses for the 2012 second quarter totaled $160 million, compared to adjusted expenses of $140 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase in expenses largely reflected $7 million of accelerated amortization of deferred contract acquisition costs related to one property that terminated in the quarter and a $5 million increase in reserves primarily associated with guarantees. The remaining increase reflected routine compensation and other cost increases.

INTEREST EXPENSE totaled $34 million in the second quarter compared to adjusted interest expense of $29 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase in interest expense was primarily due to higher debt balances including the $600 million of Series K bonds with a 3 percent interest rate coupon the company issued in the first quarter of 2012.

EQUITY IN EARNINGS (LOSSES) totaled an $8 million loss in the quarter. The loss was largely due to an impairment charge of $8 million related to certain underlying residential properties in one joint venture.

EBITDA totaled $289 million in the 2012 second quarter, a 13 percent increase over 2011 second quarter adjusted EBITDA of $256 million. See page A-9 for the EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA calculations.

BALANCE SHEET

At the end of the second quarter 2012, total debt was $2,560 million and cash balances totaled $105 million, compared to $2,171 million in debt and $102 million of cash at year-end 2011.

COMMON STOCK

Weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding used to calculate diluted EPS totaled 338.0 million in the 2012 second quarter compared to 369.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

The company repurchased 10.5 million shares of common stock in the second quarter at a cost of $400 million. Year-to-date through the second quarter, Marriott repurchased 14.7 million shares of its stock for $550 million. The remaining share repurchase authorization, as of June 15, 2012, totaled 25.8 million shares.

THIRD QUARTER 2012 OUTLOOK

For the third quarter, the company expects comparable systemwide REVPAR on a constant dollar basis will increase 6 to 8 percent in North America, 5 to 7 percent outside North America and 6 to 8 percent worldwide.

2012 OUTLOOK

The company expects full year 2012 comparable systemwide REVPAR will increase 6 to 8 percent in North America. Outside North America the company anticipates 5 to 7 percent comparable systemwide constant dollar REVPAR growth as markets in the Middle East and Asia experience softer demand growth, particularly in the Luxury segment. The company expects worldwide comparable systemwide constant dollar REVPAR will increase 6 to 8 percent.

The company expects to add 20,000 to 25,000 rooms in 2012, not including the pending Gaylord transaction. Some new unit openings in Mexico, Asia and the Middle East have been delayed to 2013. The company also expects approximately 9,000 rooms will leave the system during the year.

The company expects full year fee revenue could total $1,410 million to $1,440 million, growth of 8 to 10 percent over 2011 adjusted total fee revenue of $1,307 million. Compared to prior expectations, anticipated fee revenue is modestly lower due to the impact of foreign exchange rates, the sale of the corporate housing business, some delayed hotel openings and softer REVPAR growth in some markets.

For 2012, the company expects general, administrative and other expenses to total $660 million to $670 million, an increase of 3 to 4 percent over 2011 adjusted expenses of $643 million.

The company expects full year gains and other income could total $50 million, which includes an approximately $40 million gain related to the sale of the Courtyard joint venture, which was completed in the third quarter.

Given these assumptions, 2012 diluted EPS could total $1.65 to $1.75. Full year 2012 guidance does not include the impact of the pending Gaylord transaction.

The company expects investment spending in 2012 will total approximately $850 million to $950 million, including approximately $100 million for maintenance capital spending. Investment spending also includes other capital expenditures (including property acquisitions), new mezzanine financing and mortgage notes, contract acquisition costs (including the $210 million payment associated with the pending Gaylord transaction), and equity and other investments. Assuming this level of investment spending, roughly $1 billion could be returned to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.

Based upon the assumptions above, the company expects full year 2012 EBITDA will total $1,115 million to $1,165 million, a 12 to 17 percent increase over the prior year?s adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA for full year 2011 totaled $992 million and is shown on page A-10.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) will conduct its quarterly earnings review for the investment community and news media on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The conference call will be webcast simultaneously via Marriott?s investor relations website at http://www.marriott.com/investor, click the ?Recent and Upcoming Events? tab and click on the quarterly conference call link. A replay will be available at that same website until July 12, 2013.

The telephone dial-in number for the conference call is 706-679-3455 and the conference ID is 82974143. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 12, 2012 until 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 19, 2012. To access the replay, call 404-537-3406. The reservation number for the recording is 82974143.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release and accompanying schedules contain ?forward-looking statements? within the meaning of federal securities laws, including REVPAR, profit margin and earnings trends, estimates and assumptions; the number of lodging properties we expect to add to or remove from our system in the future; our expectations about investment spending; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Risks that could affect forward-looking statements in this press release include changes in market conditions; the continuation and pace of the economic recovery; supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; and the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release. We make these forward-looking statements as of July 11, 2012. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

 

Source: Marriott News Center

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