FelCor Reports Fourth Quarter Results

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FelCor Reports Fourth Quarter Results

• FFO and EBITDA exceed guidance

• Continues to execute its value creation strategy


IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (NYS: FCH) , today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Summary:

  • Revenue per available room ("RevPAR") for 65 same-store hotels (45 core and 20 non-strategic) increased 4.8% for the quarter.
  • Hotel EBITDA increased 10% and Hotel EBITDA margins increased 87 basis points for the quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $42.0 million and adjusted funds from operations ("FFO") per share was a loss of $0.01 for the quarter, both of which exceeded guidance.
  • Sold 10 hotels during 2012 for gross proceeds of $207.2 million and, as of January, launched the marketing process for all remaining non-strategic hotels for sale (excluding nine joint venture hotels).
  • Sold, in December, $525 million of 5.625% senior notes due in March 2023 and used the proceeds to repay high-cost, short-term debt.
  • Converting and repositioning eight core Holiday Inns to Wyndham-branded and managed hotels effective March 1, 2013.
  • Net loss was $93.0 million for the quarter.

Fourth Quarter Operating Results:

RevPAR for 65 same-store hotels was $95.57, a 4.8% increase compared to the same period in 2011. The increase reflects a 5.2% increase in average daily rate ("ADR") to $142.76 and a 30 basis point decrease in occupancy to 66.9%. RevPAR for 45 core hotels increased 5.2%, while RevPAR at 20 non-strategic hotels increased 3.7%. RevPAR at the six newly-acquired and redeveloped hotels increased 8.6% during the quarter and 11.3% during December.

Commenting on operating results, Richard A. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of FelCor, said, "I am very pleased with our performance, as revenue, margins, FFO and EBITDA exceeded our expectations. Lodging fundamentals remain favorable, despite slow economic growth. The favorable imbalance between demand and supply growth provides us the ability to increase average rates, creating strong EBITDA growth. With supply growth lower in our markets than the US on average, our portfolio is well-positioned to continue outperforming our peers. RevPAR growth at the newly-acquired, redeveloped and renovated hotels continues to significantly exceed the industry average, and we expect that to continue throughout 2013."

Added Mr. Smith, "Over the past year, we have delivered on our strategic commitments to drive operational improvement, sell non-strategic assets and strengthen our balance sheet. Our asset sale program is progressing as expected, and in 2013 we expect to sell a majority of the hotels currently marketed for sale. As we sell hotels and repay debt, we will further improve our earnings and stockholder value."

Hotel EBITDA was $50.5 million, 9.5% higher than the $46.1 million in 2011. Hotel EBITDA and other same-store metrics reflect 65 same-store hotels.

Same-store Adjusted EBITDA was $41.2 million, 10.5% higher than the $37.2 million for the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA (which includes Adjusted EBITDA for sold hotels prior to sale) was $42.0 million, relatively even with the same period in 2011.

Adjusted FFO was a loss of $1.5 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a loss of $0.03 per share for the same period in 2011. Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $102.1 million (including $62.5 million of debt extinguishment charges and $31.2 million in conversion expenses, partially offset by $27.8 million in net gains from asset sales), or $0.83 per share for the quarter, compared to a net loss of $42.8 million, or $0.35 per share, for the same period in 2011.

Full Year Operating Results:

RevPAR for 65 same-store hotels was $102.80, 5.1% higher than for 2011, driven by a 5.7% increase in ADR to $142.46. RevPAR for our 45 core hotels increased 5.6%, while RevPAR for our 20 non-strategic hotels increased 3.4%.

Hotel EBITDA was $225.5 million, 6.9% higher than the $211.0 million for the same period in 2011.

Same-store Adjusted EBITDA was $188.3 million, 8.7% higher than the $173.3 million for the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA (which includes Adjusted EBITDA for sold hotels prior to sale) was $202.8 million, relatively even with the same period in 2011.

Adjusted FFO was $28.8 million, or $0.23 per share, which is $0.09 per share, or 64%, higher than 2011. Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $166.7 million (including $75.1 million of net debt extinguishment charges and $31.2 million in conversion expenses, partially offset by $54.5 million in net gains from asset sales), or $1.35 per share for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to a net loss of $168.6 million (including $24.4 million of net debt extinguishment charges), or $1.44 per share, for 2011.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, same-store Adjusted EBITDA, Hotel EBITDA, Hotel EBITDA margin, FFO, Adjusted FFO and Adjusted FFO per share are all non-GAAP financial measures. See our discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" beginning on page 19 for a reconciliation of each of these measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measure and for information regarding the use, limitations and importance of these non-GAAP financial measures.

Portfolio Repositioning:

During the quarter, we sold the Embassy Suites in Nashville (296 rooms) and Embassy Suites in New Orleans (370 rooms) for aggregate gross proceeds of $70.0 million and the Sheraton Crescent in Phoenix (342 rooms) for gross proceeds of $8.7 million.

During 2012, we sold 10 hotels for aggregate gross proceeds of $207.2 million. We have sold 19 of 39 non-strategic hotels to date as part of our portfolio repositioning plan, with 20 non-strategic hotels remaining to be sold. As of January 2013, we are marketing 11 of the remaining 20 hotels. The other nine non-strategic hotels are held in joint ventures, and we are working with our partners to determine when to begin marketing those properties. We will use the proceeds from dispositions to repay our remaining higher-cost debt and reduce leverage.

In January 2013, we agreed to re-brand, renovate and reposition eight core Holiday Inn hotels located in strategic markets from Holiday Inn to Wyndham hotels. Effective March 1, 2013, our Holiday Inn hotels in Boston, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Santa Monica will be rebranded as Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties, and The Mills House in Charleston will become a Wyndham Grand hotel. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation is providing a $100 million guaranty over the initial 10-year term of the agreement, with an annual guaranty of up to $21.5 million, that ensures a minimum annual NOI for the eight hotels. In addition, the management fee structure is more consistent with prevailing industry practices, and we expect to save approximately $50 million in management fees over the initial term. The guaranty protects approximately 20% of our core hotel-level EBITDA from future lodging cycle fluctuations, in addition to ensuring a return on investment that is superior to the hotels' historical performance.

Capital Expenditures:

Including our pro rata share of joint ventures, capital expenditures at our operating hotels were $21.9 million during the three months ended December 31, 2012 and $122.9 million (including approximately $39.9 million for redevelopment projects) during the year ended December 31, 2012.

During 2012, we completed renovations at seven hotels and started renovations (which will be completed in 2013) at four additional hotels. We also completed redevelopment work at two hotels (the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the Embassy Suites-Myrtle Beach-Oceanfront Resort) and started redevelopment at Morgans.

During 2013, we anticipate spending approximately $65 million on improvements and renovations, concentrated mostly at seven hotels, as part of our 20-year capital plan. In addition, in connection with converting eight hotels to Wyndham (four of which will be renovated and repositioned during 2013) and completing redevelopment projects, we will spend approximately $40 million. Please see page 12 of this release for more detail on renovations.

Through December 31, 2012, we have spent $27 million on the redevelopment of the 4+ star Knickerbocker Hotel, located in midtown Manhattan. The project remains on budget and is scheduled to open in early 2014.

Balance Sheet:

At December 31, 2012, we had $1.6 billion of consolidated debt, bearing a weighted-average interest rate of 6.4% (approximately 120 basis points below last year). Our debt has a weighted average maturity of eight years, and none of our debt matures before June 2014. We had $123.7 million of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at December 31, 2012.

In December, we amended and restated our $225 million secured line of credit facility. Pricing and other terms of the amended facility were improved significantly relative to the existing facility. The facility now matures in June 2017, assuming exercise of a one-year extension that is subject to certain conditions. Borrowings under the facility bear interest at LIBOR (no floor) plus 3.375%. The facility is secured by mortgages on eight hotels and related security interests and allows for partial release and substitution of properties, subject to certain conditions.

In December, we sold $525 million aggregate principal amount of our 5.625% senior secured notes due 2023. We used the proceeds to redeem $258 million in aggregate face amount of our 10% senior secured notes due 2014 and repay a $187 million 8.1% mortgage loan otherwise due in 2015. The remaining proceeds were used to repay a portion of the balance on our outstanding line of credit and to pay prepayment costs and other expenses.

In November, we obtained an $85 million construction loan secured by the Knickerbocker Hotel. The construction loan will mature in 2017, assuming exercise of a one-year extension option. The remaining redevelopment costs are expected to be funded with five-year financing that is currently being raised through the EB-5 visa program.

Andrew J. Welch, FelCor's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, "We have taken prudent steps to create a strong and flexible balance sheet with historically low and mostly fixed cost of debt. By selling hotels and taking advantage of favorable capital markets, we repaid higher-cost debt, extended our average debt maturity to eight years, lowered our average cost of borrowing by 120 basis points and increased FFO per share. We will continue to strengthen our balance sheet and further reduce our cost of borrowing as we use proceeds from asset sales to repay higher-cost debt."

Outlook:

Our 2013 outlook reflects continued strength in lodging fundamentals, including continued demand growth and historically low supply growth in our markets. During 2013, our portfolio will experience disruption from renovations and redevelopment at 12 hotels and from transitioning the eight hotels to Wyndham. We expect that this will adversely impact 2013 RevPAR by roughly 1.5%, but will be more than recaptured in 2014. Therefore, we expect our RevPAR to grow 5-6% in 2013, primarily from ADR growth, with stronger flow-through to same-store Adjusted EBITDA compared to 2012.

Our outlook also reflects selling 11 hotels during 2013. The low-end of our outlook assumes all sales occur in April, and the high-end of our outlook assumes all the sales occur at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

During 2013, we anticipate:

  • Same-store RevPAR to increase between 5-6%;
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be between $186 million and $205 million;
  • Adjusted FFO per share to be between $0.31 and $0.43;
  • Net loss attributable to FelCor to be between $70 million and $63 million; and
  • Interest expense, including pro rata share of joint ventures, to be between $102 million and $106 million.

The following table reconciles our 2012 Same-store Adjusted EBITDA to our 2013 Adjusted EBITDA and Same-store EBITDA outlook (in millions):

 

  Low  Mid  High
2012 Same-store Adjusted EBITDA (65 hotels)

$

188.3

$

188.3

$

188.3

2013 Growth 15.2  17.7  20.2 
2013 Adjusted EBITDA Outlook (65 hotels)$203.5$206.0$208.5
 
EBITDA lost from Asset Sales (11 hotels)(a) (17.5) (10.5) (3.5)
2013 Adjusted EBITDA Outlook (54 hotels)$186.0$195.5$205.0
Discontinued Operations(b) (8.5) (15.5) (22.5)
Same-store Adjusted EBITDA (54 hotels)$177.5 $180.0 $182.5 
(a) EBITDA of 11 hotels assumed to be sold during 2013 that would have been recognized from the dates of sale through December 31, 2013.
(b)EBITDA of 11 hotels assumed to be sold during 2013 that is forecasted to be generated from January 1, 2013 through the dates of sale.
 

About FelCor:

FelCor, a real estate investment trust, owns a diversified portfolio of primarily upper-upscale, full-service hotels that are located in major and resort markets. FelCor partners with leading hotel companies to operate its 66 hotels, which are flagged under globally recognized names such as Fairmont®, Hilton®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites®, Renaissance®, Marriott®, Sheraton®, Westin® and Holiday Inn®, and premier independent hotels in New York. Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.felcor.com.

We invite you to listen to our fourth quarter earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time). The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on FelCor's website at www.felcor.com. Interested investors and other parties who wish to access the call can go to FelCor's website and click on the conference call microphone icon on either the "Investor Relations" or "News Releases" page. The conference call replay also will be archived on the Company's website.

With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this news release include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "continue" and other similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions and forecasts of future results. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Numerous risks and uncertainties, and the occurrence of future events, may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. Current economic circumstances or an economic slowdown and the impact on the lodging industry, operating risks associated with the hotel business, relationships with our property managers, risks associated with our level of indebtedness and our ability to meet debt covenants in our debt agreements, our ability to complete acquisitions, dispositions and debt refinancing, the availability of capital, the impact on the travel industry from security precautions, our ability to continue to qualify as a Real Estate Investment Trust for federal income tax purposes and numerous other factors may affect future results, performance and achievements. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe our current expectations to be based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that actual results will not differ materially. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in our expectations.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

The following information is presented in order to help our investors understand FelCor's financial position as of and for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
  Page
Consolidated Statements of Operations(a)8
Consolidated Balance Sheets(a)9
Consolidated Debt Summary10
Schedule of Encumbered Hotels11
Capital Expenditures12
Hotels Under Renovation or Redevelopment During 201312
Supplemental Financial Data13
Discontinued Operations14
Hotel Portfolio Composition15
Detailed Operating Statistics by Brand16
Comparable Hotels Operating Statistics for Our Top Markets17
Historical Operating Statistics18
Non-GAAP Financial Measures19
(a) Our consolidated statements of operations and balance sheets have been prepared without audit. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP have been omitted. The consolidated statements of operations and balance sheets should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

 
  Three Months Ended  Year Ended
December 31,December 31,
 2012    2011  2012    2011 
Revenues:
Hotel operating revenue:
Room$168,020$160,245$707,908$662,557
Food and beverage41,90838,033148,736139,151
Other operating departments11,73312,13149,69650,494
Other revenue 513  319  3,185  2,949 
Total revenues 222,174  210,728  909,525  855,151 
Expenses:
Hotel departmental expenses:
Room47,37945,023190,293178,963
Food and beverage32,51130,496119,560110,923
Other operating departments5,5175,83922,43423,325
Other property-related costs61,40759,751246,518235,643
Management and franchise fees9,7739,48541,81539,359
Taxes, insurance and lease expense22,81621,25094,29484,954
Corporate expenses6,0546,37526,12829,080
Depreciation and amortization31,94429,983123,879118,232
Impairment loss4,315
Conversion expenses31,19731,197
Other expenses 929  562  4,855  4,017 
Total operating expenses 249,527  208,764  900,973  828,811 
Operating income (loss)(27,353)1,9648,55226,340
Interest expense, net(31,799)(32,251)(125,346)(130,423)
Debt extinguishment(62,519)(64)(74,327)(27,663)
Gain on involuntary conversion, net       292 
Loss before equity in income (loss) from unconsolidated entities(121,671)(30,351)(191,121)(131,454)
Equity in income (loss) from unconsolidated entities 105  (765) 2,779  (2,068)
Loss from continuing operations(121,566)(31,116)(188,342)(133,522)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations 28,540  (2,280) 58,928  2,627 
Net loss(93,026)(33,396)(129,414)(130,895)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in other partnerships12583565352
Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests in FelCor LP 513  220  842  689 
Net loss attributable to FelCor(92,388)(33,093)(128,007)(129,854)
Preferred dividends (9,679) (9,679) (38,713) (38,713)
Net loss attributable to FelCor common stockholders$(102,067)$(42,772 Read Full Story

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