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Hilton Beats on Q1 Earnings & Sales (revised)

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT) is a leading global hospitality company and operates under a number of leading brands. This hotel company began trading in Dec 2013 and has a significant presence in major hospitality markets across the world.

The company has an industry-leading guest loyalty program — Hilton HHonors loyalty program — which serves over 52 million members worldwide.

Given its property locations and strong brand recognition, solid transient business as well as its improving group business trends will continue to be major RevPAR drivers for the company seems to be well-positioned. However, lingering political uncertainty in some of the regions where the company operates and strengthening of dollar remains a concern.

Investors should also note the recent earnings estimate revisions for HLT, as the consensus estimate has remained mostly stable. Meanwhile, HLT has a mixed history in earnings season. Hilton has missed earnings results in one of the last four quarters and posted in line earnings for the remaining three, making for an average negative surprise of 3.41%. Meanwhile, the company has posted positive revenue surprises in 3 out of four of the trailing four quarters.

Currently, HLT has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) but that could change following Hilton’s earnings report which was just released. We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: HLT beats earnings. Our consensus earnings estimate called for EPS of 16 cents per share, and the company also reported EPS of 17 cents per share. Investors should note that these figures take out stock option expenses.

Revenues: HLT reported revenues of $2.75 billion. This beat our consensus estimate of $2.74 billion.

Key Stats to Note: System-wide comparable RevPAR increased 2.1% year over year for the first quarter on a currency neutral basis. RevPAR at comparable managed and franchised hotels increased 1.9% on a currency neutral basis.

Adjusted EBITDA of $653 million in the first quarter rose 9% and adjusted EBITDA margin increased 260 basis points.

Hilton’s adjusted earnings are expected to range between 92 cents and 98 cents per share in 2016. System-wide RevPAR is expected to rise in the range of 3%-5% year over year on a currency neutral basis in 2016. This is to be supported by an expected RevPAR increase between 3%-5% in the ownership segment.

For the second quarter of 2016, adjusted earnings are projected to be between 25 cents and 27 cents.

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(We are re-issuing this article to correct an inaccuracy. The original version should no longer be relied upon.)

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