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Huazhu Group Limited Reports First Quarter of 2019 Financial Results

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  • A total of 4,396 hotels or 439,614 hotel rooms in operation as of March 31, 2019.
  • Hotel turnover1 increased 17% year-over-year to RMB7.2 billion for the first quarter of 2019
  • Net revenues increased 14.2% year-over-year to RMB2.4 billion (US$356 million)2 for the first quarter of 2019, in line with the revenue guidance previously announced of 13% to 15%.
  • EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB412 million (US$62 million), compared with RMB406 million for the first quarter of 2018.
  • Net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited was RMB106 million (US$16 million) for the first quarter of 2019, compared with net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited of RMB129 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • The Company provides guidance for Q2 2019 net revenues growth of 13%-15% year over year.

SHANGHAI, China, May 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) ("Huazhu" or the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter of 2019 Operational Highlights

  • During the first quarter of 2019, Huazhu opened 226 hotels, including 11 leased ("leased-and-operated") hotels and 215 manachised ("franchised-and-managed") hotels and franchised hotels.

  • The Company closed a total of 60 hotels, including 12 leased hotels and 48 manachised and franchised hotels, during the first quarter of 2019. This was mainly due to:
  1. Property related issues, including rezoning and expiry of leases, which resulted in the closure of 22 hotels.

  2. Operating losses from hotels located mainly in selected 3rd or lower tier cities which resulted in the closure of 18 hotels.

  3. The Company's strategic focus to upgrade the quality of the product and service. The Company closed 10 hotels for brand upgrade and business model change purposes; and permanently removed 10 hotels from its network for their non-compliance with the brand and operating standards. These hotels were mainly under HanTing and Hi Inn brands. By removing hotels of lower quality, the Company is able to provide a more consistent customer experience, which will help enhance both the brands and future profitability.
  • As of March 31, 2019, the Company had 698 leased hotels, 3,470 manachised hotels, and 228 franchised hotels in operation in 404 cities. The number of hotels in operation increased 15% from a year ago.

  • As of March 31, 2019, the Company had a total number of 1,311 hotels contracted or under construction, including 50 leased hotels and 1,261 manachised and franchised hotels. The pipeline represented 30% of the number of hotels in operation as end of Q1 2019 compared to 19% a year ago.

  • The ADR, which is defined as the average daily rate for all hotels in operation, was RMB221 in the first quarter of 2019, compared with RMB207 in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase of 6.9% was due to both an increase in ADR of the mature hotels, as well as an increase in the proportion of midscale and upscale hotels with higher ADR in the Company's brand mix.

  • The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation was 80.6% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 83.7% in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease of 3.1 percentage points was mainly due to the softness in macro economy.

  • RevPAR, defined as revenue per available room for all hotels in operation, was RMB178 in the first quarter of 2019, compared with RMB173 in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase of 2.9% was attributable to higher ADR.

  • For all hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months, the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB176 for the first quarter of 2019, representing a 0.4% decrease year-over-year, with a 2.9% increase in ADR and a 2.8-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate. Excluding hotel rooms under renovation for product upgrade, the normalized same-hotel RevPAR would have been flat.

  • As of March 31, 2019, Huazhu's loyalty program had approximately 126 million members, who contributed approximately 76% of room nights sold during the first quarter of 2019 and approximately 84% of room nights were sold through Huazhu's own direct channels.

"We had a record-breaking hotels gross opening in the first quarter with an average of 2.5 hotels every day. We will continue our fast expansion in 2019, particularly for the mid- and up-scale brands, supported by a record-high hotel pipeline of 1,311. In the first quarter of 2019, our mid- and up-scale room count increased by 45% year-over-year, accounting for approximately 40% in total rooms in operation. With 82% of our pipeline hotel rooms under the mid- and upscale brands, revenue contribution from this segment will continue to increase," commented Ms. Jenny Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Huazhu Group.

"In addition, we will continue to invest in our brands, hotel developments and IT capabilities. We believe these investments will strengthen our positions in the market and fuel our continuing future growth," added Ms Zhang.

1 Hotel turnover, refers to total transaction value of room and non-room revenues from Huazhu hotels (i.e., leased and operate, manachised and franchised hotels).

2 The conversion of Renminbi ("RMB") into United States dollars ("US$") is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.7112 on March 29, 2019 as set forth in H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.

First Quarter of 2019 Financial Results

     
(RMB in millions) Q1 2018 Q1 2019
Revenues:    
Leased and owned hotels 1,576 1,706
Manachised and franchised hotels 509 663
Others 6 18
Net revenues 2,091 2,387
     

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB2.4 billion (US$356 million), representing a 14.2% year-over-year increase, primarily attributable to our hotel network expansion and RevPAR growth.

Net revenues from leased and owned hotels for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB1.7 billion (US$254 million), representing an 8.2% year-over-year increase.

Net revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB663 million (US$99 million), representing a 30.3% year-over-year increase. It accounted for 27.8% of the Company's net revenues in the first quarter of 2019, up from 24.3% a year ago.

     
(RMB in millions) Q1 2018 Q1 2019
Operating costs and expenses:    
Hotel operating costs  1,506  1,735
Other operating costs  3  7
Selling and marketing expenses  66  77
General and administrative expenses  159  206
Pre-opening expenses  75  104
Total operating costs and expenses  1,809  2,129
     

Hotel operating costs for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB1.7 billion (US$257 million), compared to RMB1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018, representing a 15.2% year-over-year increase. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB1.7 billion (US$256 million), representing 72.4% of net revenues, compared to 71.8% for the first quarter in 2018. The higher hotel operating costs mainly reflected the increase in our hotel network (rentals, hotel headcounts, utilities and consumables, etc.).   

Selling and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB77 million (US$12 million), compared to RMB66 million in the first quarter of 2018. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB76 million (US$12 million), or 3.2% of net revenues, compared to 3.0% for the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase was mainly related to expansion in sales and marketing team, increased bank charges for online payments, and higher commission fees to online travel agencies.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB206 million (US$31 million), compared to RMB159 million in the first quarter of 2018. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB189 million (US$28 million), representing 7.9% of net revenues, compared with 7.1% of net revenues in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to our investments to expand our hotel development teams, upscale brands and IT capabilities.

Pre-opening expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB104 million (US$16 million), representing a 38.7% year-over-year increase, mainly related to upscale brand hotels.

Other operating income, net for the first quarter of 2019 were RMB6 million (US$1 million) mainly related to subsidy income, compared to RMB24 million in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year variance was mainly due to timing of receipts of such subsidy income.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB264 million (US$40 million; 11.1% on net revenue), compared to RMB306 million (14.7% on net revenue) in the first quarter of 2018.  Excluding our investments to expand our development teams, upscale brand hotels, and IT capabilities, the pro-forma operating income for the first quarter of 2019 would have been RMB352 million (14.7% on net revenue).  

Other income, net for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB65 million (US$10 million), compared to other expense, net of RMB9 million for the first quarter of 2018. Other income for the first quarter of 2019 was mainly related to gain from disposal on marketable securities.

Unrealized losses from fair value changes of equity securities for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB90 million (US$13 million), compared to RMB136 million in the first quarter of 2018. These unrealized losses were mainly related to lower market price of our investments in Accor at each quarter end.

Net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB106 million (US$16 million), compared to net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited of RMB129 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and the unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, adjusted net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB222 million (US$33 million), compared to RMB282 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Basic and diluted earnings per share/ADS. For the first quarter of 2019, basic earnings per share were RMB0.37 (US$0.06) and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.36 (US$0.05). For the first quarter of 2019, excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.79 (US$0.12) and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.76 (US$0.11).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB412 million (US$62 million), compared with RMB406 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB528 million (US$79 million, 22.1% on net revenue), compared with RMB559 million (26.7% on net revenue) for the first quarter of 2018. The pro forma adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) would have been RMB610 million (25.5% on net revenue) after considering the impact of our investments in development teams, upscale brands hotel and IT capabilities mentioned above.

Cash flow. Operating cash inflow for the first quarter of 2019 was RMB147 million (US$22 million). Investing cash outflow for the first quarter was RMB378 million (US$56 million). Financing cash outflow for the first quarter was RMB194 million (US$29 million)

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of March 31, 2019, the Company had a total balance of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of RMB4.5 billion (US$664 million).

Debt financing. As of March 31, 2019, the Company had a total loan balance of RMB10.0 billion (US$1.5 billion) and the unutilized credit facility available to the Company was RMB1.9 billion.

Adoption of New Lease Accounting Standards
The Company adopted Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) utilizing the optional transition approach allowed under ASU 2018-11 and applying the package of practical expedients beginning January 1, 2019. By applying ASU 2016-02 at the adoption date, as opposed to at the beginning of the earliest period presented, the reporting for periods prior to January 1, 2019 will continue to be reported in accordance with Leases (Topic 840).

As a result of adoption, the Company recognized operating lease right-of-use assets of RMB19.0 billion and related operating lease liabilities of RMB19.5 billion for operating leases on January 1, 2019. The Company reclassified from assets and liabilities RMB0.5 billion net to operating lease right-of-use assets. The adoption of ASU 2016-02 did not materially affect the consolidated statements of income or consolidated statements of cash flows and had no impact on the debt covenant compliance under the current agreements.

Guidance
In the second quarter of 2019, the Company expects net revenues to grow 13% to 15% year-over-year.

The Company revised the gross opening target of 800-900 hotels to 1,100-1,200 hotels, and hotel closure to 200-250 in 2019.

The above forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call
Huazhu's management will host a conference call at 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (or 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong time zone) following the announcement. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 (845) 675 0438 (for callers in the US), +86 400 120 0654 (for callers in China Mainland), +852 3018 6776 (for callers in Hong Kong) or +65 6713 5440 (for callers outside of the US, China Mainland, and Hong Kong) and enter pass code 7554067.  Please dial in approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the call.

A recording of the conference call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through May 30, 2019. Please dial +1 (855) 452 5696 (for callers in the US) or +61 2 9003 4211 (for callers outside the US) and entering pass code 7554067.

The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties at the Company's Web site, http://ir.huazhu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company's unaudited consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses; general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities; adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share/ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities; EBITDA; and adjusted EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results" set forth at the end of this release. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding Company performance by excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities that may not be indicative of Company operating performance. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Company performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are also useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used regularly by Company management in financial and operational decision-making. A limitation of using non-GAAP financial measures excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities is that share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities have been and will continue to be significant and recurring in the Company's business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company believes that EBITDA is a useful financial metric to assess the operating and financial performance before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, given the significant investments that the Company has made in leasehold improvements, depreciation and amortization expense that comprise a significant portion of the Company's cost structure. In addition, the Company believes that EBITDA is widely used by other companies in the lodging industry and may be used by investors as a measure of financial performance. The Company believes that EBITDA will provide investors with a useful tool for comparability between periods because it eliminates depreciation and amortization expense attributable to capital expenditures. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as EBITDA before share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, to assess operating results of the hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities helps facilitate year-on-year comparison of the results of operations as the share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities may not be indicative of Company operating performance.
The Company believes that unrealized gains and losses from changes in fair value of equity securities are generally meaningless in understanding our reported results or evaluating our economic performance of our businesses. These gains and losses have caused and will continue to cause significant volatility in periodic earnings.

Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA more closely reflects the performance capability of hotels. The presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an indication that the Company's future results will be unaffected by other charges and gains considered to be outside the ordinary course of business.

The use of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations. Depreciation and amortization expense for various long-term assets (including land use rights), income tax, interest expense and interest income have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA. Share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of the results. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, share-based compensation expenses, and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities and other relevant items both in the reconciliations to the U.S. GAAP financial measures and in the consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating the performance of the Company.

The terms EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not defined under U.S. GAAP, and neither EBITDA nor adjusted EBITDA is a measure of net income, operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. When assessing the operating and financial performance, investors should not consider these data in isolation or as a substitute for the Company's net income, operating income or any other operating performance measure that is calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Company's EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA in the same manner as the Company does.

Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, to the consolidated statement of operations information are included at the end of this press release.

About Huazhu Group Limited
Huazhu Group Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China. As of March 31, 2019, the Company had 4,396 hotels or 439,614 rooms in operation. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, Huazhu's brands include Hi Inn, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Manxin Hotel, Joya Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Orange Hotel and Blossom Hill. The Company also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region.

The Company's business includes leased and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers it appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, the Company provides training, reservation and support services to the franchised hotels and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. The Company applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of March 31, 2019, Huazhu Group operates 20 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, 80 percent under manachise and franchise models.

For more information, please visit the Company's website: http://ir.huazhu.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the Company's capital needs, business strategy and expectations. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, which may be identified by terminology such as "may," "should," "will," "expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "forecast," "project," or "continue," the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Readers should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events or results. Any or all of the Company's forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, risks and uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating these statements, readers should consider various factors, including the anticipated growth strategies of the Company, the future results of operations and financial condition of the Company, the economic conditions of China, the regulatory environment in China, the Company's ability to attract customers and leverage its brands, trends and competition in the lodging industry, the expected growth of the lodging market in China and other factors and risks outlined in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F and other filings. These factors may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. In addition, new factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the Company to predict all factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. This release also contains statements or projections that are based upon information available to the public, as well as other information from sources which the Company believes to be reliable, but it is not guaranteed by the Company to be accurate, nor does the Company purport it to be complete. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document, except as required by applicable law.


---Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—



 
Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  December 31, 2018   March 31, 2019
 
       
  RMB RMB US$
  (in millions)
   
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents 4,262   3,840   572  
Restricted cash 622   617   92  
Short-term investments 89   84   12  
Accounts receivable, net 195   226   34  
Loan receivables 94   165   25  
Amounts due from related parties 176   224   33  
Prepaid rent 955   -   -  
Inventories 41   41   6  
Other current assets 540   536   80  
Total current assets 6,974   5,733   854  
       
Property and equipment, net 5,018   5,108   761  
Intangible assets, net 1,834   1,665   248  
Operating lease right-of-use assets -   20,533   3,060  
Land use rights, net 220   218   33  
Long-term investments 6,152   5,747   856  
Goodwill 2,630   2,657   396  
Loan receivables 189   235   35  
Other assets 471   498   74  
Deferred tax assets 505   497   74  
Total assets 23,993   42,891   6,391  
       
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Short-term debt 948   1,437   215  
Accounts payable 890   788   117  
Amounts due to related parties 75   81   12  
Salary and welfare payables 521   354   53  
Deferred revenue 1,005   1,082   161  
Operating lease liabilities, current -   2,819   420  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,607   1,538   229  
Dividends payable 658   -   -  
Income tax payable 265   82   12  
Total current liabilities 5,969   8,181   1,219  
       
Long-term debt 8,812   8,583   1,279  
Deferred rent 1,507      
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent -   18,175   2,708  
Deferred revenue 458   450   67  
Other long-term liabilities 453   474   71  
Deferred tax liabilities 475   482   72  
Total liabilities 17,674   36,345   5,416  
       
       
Equity:      
  Ordinary shares 0   0   0  
  Treasury shares (107 ) (107 ) (16 )
  Additional paid-in capital 3,713   3,743   558  
  Retained earnings 2,610   2,716   405  
  Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (42 ) 51   7  
Total Huazhu Group Limited shareholders' equity 6,174   6,403   954  
  Noncontrolling interest 145   143   21  
Total equity 6,319   6,546   975  
Total liabilities and equity 23,993   42,891   6,391  


 
Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018   March 31, 2019
 
         
  RMB RMB RMB US$
  (in millions, except share, per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:        
Leased and owned hotels 1,576   1,942    1,706    254  
Manachised and franchised hotels 509   703    663    99  
Others 6   38   18   3  
Net revenues 2,091   2,683   2,387   356  
         
         
Operating costs and expenses:        
Hotel operating costs:        
Rents  (564 )  (662 )  (651 )  (97 )
Utilities  (126 )  (87 )  (129 )  (19 )
Personnel costs  (376 )  (436 ) (446 ) (66 )
Depreciation and amortization  (211 )  (223 )  (223 )  (33 )
Consumables, food and beverage  (144 )  (179 )  (174 )  (26 )
Others (85 ) (150 ) (112 ) (16 )
Total hotel operating costs (1,506 ) (1,737 ) (1,735 ) (257 )
Other operating costs  (3 )  (8 )  (7 )  (1 )
Selling and marketing expenses  (66 )  (108 )  (77 )  (12 )
General and administrative expenses  (159 )  (269 ) (206 ) (31 )
Pre-opening expenses (75 ) (54 ) (104 ) (16 )
Total operating costs and expenses (1,809 ) (2,176 ) (2,129 ) (317 )
Other operating income (expense), net 24   85   6   1  
Income from operations 306   592   264   40  
Interest income  34   32   33   5  
Interest expense  (51 ) (70 ) (77 ) (12 )
Other (expense) income, net  (9 ) 1   65   10  
Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities  (136 ) (756 ) (90 ) (13 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 30   (42 ) (32 ) (5 )
Income (Loss) before income taxes 174   (243 ) 163   25  
Income tax expense (44 ) (106 ) (31 ) (5 )
Gain (Loss) from equity method investments (4 ) (64 ) (33 ) (5 )
Net income (loss) 126   (413 ) 99   15  
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 3   (6 ) 7   1  
Net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited 129   (419 ) 106   16  
         
         
Other comprehensive income        
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax 125   20   93   14  
Comprehensive income (loss)   251   (393 ) 192   29  
Comprehensive (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 3   (6 ) 7   1  
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited 254   (399 ) 199   30  
         
         
Earnings (Losses) per share/ADS2:        
Basic  0.46    (1.48 ) 0.37   0.06  
Diluted  0.44    (1.48 ) 0.36    0.05  
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:    
Basic  280,700,780    282,500,261   283,251,520   283,251,520  
Diluted  293,243,274    282,500,261   293,449,989   293,449,989  

2 As of May 25, 2018, the company changed its ADS to its ordinary share ratio from one ADS representing four ordinary shares to one ADS representing one ordinary share. Therefore, the company recalculated earnings per ADS of the first quarter of 2018using the new ratio.


 
Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
  Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
  GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues
    Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues
    Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues
 
  RMB     RMB     RMB  
  (in millions)
Hotel operating costs 1,735   72.7 %    8   0.3 %   1,727   72.4 %
Other operating costs  7   0.3 %    -   0.0 %    7   0.3 %
Selling and marketing expenses  77   3.2 %    1   0.0 %    76   3.2 %
General and administrative expenses 206   8.6 %    17   0.7 %   189   7.9 %
Pre-opening expenses  104   4.4 %    -   0.0 %    104   4.4 %
Total operating costs and expenses 2,129   89.2 %    26   1.0 %   2,103   88.2 %
Income from operations 264   11.1 %    26   1.0 %   290   12.1 %
    .            
  Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
  GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues
    Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues
    Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues
 
  US$     US$     US$  
  (in millions)
Hotel operating costs 257   72.7 %    1   0.3 %   256   72.4 %
Other operating costs  1   0.3 %    -   0.0 %    1   0.3 %
Selling and marketing expenses  12   3.2 %    0   0.0 %    12   3.2 %
General and administrative expenses 31   8.6 %    3   0.7 %   28   7.9 %
Pre-opening expenses  16   4.4 %    -   0.0 %    16   4.4 %
Total operating costs and expenses 317   89.2 %    4   1.0 %   313   88.2 %
Income from operations 40   11.1 %    4   1.0 %   44   12.1 %
   
   
  Quarter Ended December 31, 2018
  GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues
    Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues
    Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues
 
  RMB     RMB     RMB  
  (in millions)
Hotel operating costs  1,737   64.7 %    9   0.3 %    1,728   64.4 %
Other operating costs  8   0.3 %    -   0.0 %    8   0.3 %
Selling and marketing expenses  108   4.0 %    1   0.0 %    107   4.0 %
General and administrative expenses  269   10.0 %    17   0.7 %    252   9.3 %
Pre-opening expenses  54   2.0 %    -   0.0 %    54   2.0 %
Total operating costs and expenses  2,176   81.0 %    27   1.0 %    2,149   80.0 %
Income from operations  592   22.1 %    27   1.0 %    619   23.1 %
   
   
  Quarter Ended March 31, 2018
  GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
  Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues
  Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
  RMB     RMB     RMB  
  (in millions)
Hotel operating costs  1,506   72.0 %    5   0.2 %    1,501   71.8 %
Other operating costs  3   0.1 %    -   0.0 %    3   0.1 %
Selling and marketing expenses  66   3.1 %    1   0.1 %    65   3.0 %
General and administrative expenses  159   7.6 %    11   0.5 %    148   7.1 %
Pre-opening expenses  75   3.6 %    -   0.0 %    75   3.6 %
Total operating costs and expenses  1,809   86.4 %    17   0.8 %    1,792   85.6 %
Income from operations  306   14.7 %    17   0.8 %    323   15.5 %


 
Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018     March 31, 2019
 
  RMB RMB RMB US$
  (in millions, except share, per share and per ADS data)
Net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited (GAAP)  129      (419 )     106     16  
Share-based compensation expenses  17      27        26      4  
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities  136      756        90      13  
Adjusted net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited (non-GAAP)  282      364       222     33  
         
         
Adjusted earnings (losses) per share/ADS (non-GAAP)
  Basic  1.01      1.29       0.79     0.12  
  Diluted  0.96      1.23       0.76      0.11  
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation
  Basic  280,700,780      282,500,261       283,251,520     283,251,520  
  Diluted  293,243,274     303,161,652         293,449,989     293,449,989  
         
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2018     March 31, 2019
 
  RMB RMB RMB US$
  (in millions)
Net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited (GAAP)  129      (419 )     106     16  
Interest income  (34 )    (32 )      (33 )    (5 )
Interest expense  51      70        77      12  
Income tax expense  44      106       31     5  
Depreciation and amortization  216      229        231      34  
EBITDA (non-GAAP)  406      (46 )     412     62  
Share-based compensation  17      27        26      4  
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities  136      756        90      13  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)  559      737       528     79  
                     


 
 Huazhu Group Limited
Operational Data       
  As of 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31,
  2018 2018 2019
Total hotels in operation:   3,817     4,230     4,396  
  Leased and owned hotels   673     699     698  
  Manachised hotels   2,943     3,309     3,470  
  Franchised hotels   201     222     228  
             
Total hotel rooms in operation   384,959     422,747     439,614  
  Leased and owned hotels   85,508   86,787   87,766  
  Manachised hotels 280,133   314,932   330,568  
  Franchised hotels   19,318     21,028     21,280  
             
Number of cities   382     403   404  
       
       
  For the quarter ended
  March 31, December 31, March 31,
  2018 2018 2019
Average daily room rate  (in RMB)      
  Leased and owned hotels 243   275   258  
  Manachised hotels 194   216   210  
  Franchised hotels 228   248   237  
  Blended 207   230   221  
       
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)      
  Leased and owned hotels 85.6 % 86.7 % 83.6 %
  Manachised hotels 84.0 % 85.5 % 80.5 %
  Franchised hotels 69.8 % 74.5 % 68.6 %
  Blended 83.7 % 85.2 % 80.6 %
       
RevPAR  (in RMB)      
  Leased and owned hotels 208   238   216  
  Manachised hotels 163   185   169  
  Franchised hotels 159   185   162  
  Blended 173   196   178  
     
           
Same-hotel Operational Data: like-for-like performance for leased, manachised and franchised hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter.
     
  As of and for the quarter ended
 
  March 31,
 
  2018 2019  
Total    3,189     3,189    
  Leased and owned hotels   608     608    
  Manachised and franchised hotels   2,581     2,581    
Occupancy rate (as a percentage) 86.1 % 83.4 %  
Average daily room rate (in RMB) 205   211    
RevPAR (in RMB) 176   176    
 
Note: Excluding hotel rooms under renovations for product upgrades, the normalized same-hotel RevPAR growth would be flat (0). 


 
Hotel breakdown by segment 
   
  As of March 31, 2019 
  Number of hotels
in operation
Number of rooms
in operation
Economy hotels 2,916 262,040
  HanTing Hotel 2,303 221,825
  Hi Inn 399 25,218
  Elan Hotel 207 14,275
  Orange Hotel 7 722
Midscale and upscale hotels 1,480 177,574
  JI Hotel 611 79,024
  Starway Hotel 230 20,189
  Joya Hotel 6 1,250
  Manxin Hotels & Resorts 28 2,199
  HanTing Premium Hotel 91 8,410
  Ibis Hotel 149 17,653
  Ibis Styles Hotel  37 4,732
  Mercure Hotel 45 9,356
  Novotel Hotel 7 2,512
  Grand Mercure  7 1,452
  Orange Select 189 22,576
  Crystal Orange 60 7,618
  Blossom Hill 20 603
Total   4,396   439,614
     


Same-hotel operational data by segment                  
  Number of hotels
in operation
Same-hotel
RevPAR
  Same-hotel
ADR
  Same-hotel
Occupancy
 
  As of For the quarter ended   For the quarter ended   For the quarter ended  
  March 31, March 31, yoy
change
March 31, yoy
change
March 31, yoy
change
(p.p.)
  2018 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018   2019  
Economy hotels   2,481   2,481   152   152 0.1 %   170   176 3.7 % 89.2 % 86.1 % (3.1 )
  Leased hotels   439   439   161   167 4.0 %   181   191 5.4 % 88.8 % 87.7 % (1.1 )
  Manachised and franchised hotels   2,042   2,042   149   148 -1.1 %   167   172 3.1 % 89.3 % 85.6 % (3.6 )
Midscale and upscale hotels   708   708   240   237 -1.1 %   306   310 1.3 % 78.4 % 76.5 % (1.9 )
  Leased and owned hotels   169   169   295   287 -2.8 %   360   362 0.4 % 81.8 % 79.3 % (2.6 )
  Manachised and franchised hotels   539   539   216   216 -0.1 %   281   286 2.0 % 76.9 % 75.3 % (1.6 )
Total   3,189   3,189   176   176 -0.4 %   205   211 2.9 % 86.1 % 83.4 % (2.8 )
                       

Contact Information
Investor Relations
Tel: +86 (21) 6195 9561
Email: ir@huazhu.com
http://ir.huazhu.com

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