Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017
Marriott International, Inc. today reported fourth quarter 2016 results.On September 23, 2016, Marriott completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (Starwood). The discussion in the first section below reflects reported results for the fourth quarter in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
To further assist investors, the company is also providing (a) adjusted results that exclude merger-related costs; and (b) combined financials and selected performance information for full year 2016, the 2015 fourth quarter and full year 2015, that assume Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood and Starwood’s sale of its timeshare business had been completed on January 1, 2015, but use the estimated fair value of assets and liabilities as of the actual closing date of the acquisition. Combined results also reflect other adjustments as described below. Throughout this press release, the business associated with brands that were in Marriott’s portfolio before the Starwood acquisition are referred to as “Legacy-Marriott”, while the Starwood business and brands that the company acquired are referred to as “Legacy-Starwood.”
Arne M. Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said, “The company delivered record high fee revenues in 2016, boosted by significant unit growth, RevPAR improvement, outstanding property-level margin gains and the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. We added 11 leading brands to our portfolio as a result of the acquisition and welcomed the 6,000th hotel to our system. Together with owners and franchisees, Marriott and Starwood added more than 68,000 rooms during the year and, despite a tightening credit market, drove our pipeline of hotels under development to more than 420,000 rooms.
“Looking ahead, we’ve never been more optimistic about our long-term prospects. Our expected new rooms growth for 2017 remains healthy, customers love our hotels and loyalty programs, and owners and franchisees prefer our portfolio of brands more than ever. Around the globe, Marriott brands represent nearly one in four hotels under construction, and one in three hotels under construction in North America.
“Our strategy of managing and franchising hotels under solid, long-term agreements is proven. Over the years, we’ve shown that this business model delivers meaningful growth in the number and variety of choices for our guests globally, while generating strong sustainable cash flow.
“In 2017, we anticipate growing our rooms distribution by 6 percent, net, and expect that our worldwide systemwide comparable constant dollar RevPAR for the combined portfolio will increase 1/2 to 2 1/2 percent. While we do not assume asset sales in our earnings guidance, we believe assets will be sold in 2017. Not including asset sales, we expect to return $1.5 billion to $2.0 billion to shareholders in share repurchases and dividends in 2017.”