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Which Hotels Will Be Impacted Most Due to the Terror Attack?
Hotels with relatively large exposure to Europe will face the brunt of the terror attack in Brussels. European hotel chain Accor Group has 20 hotels in Brussels.
What Is Hilton’s Future Outlook?
Hilton is poised to grow in its industry and could generate substantial shareholder value for its investors in the long term.
A Bird’s-Eye View of Wyndham Worldwide’s Largest Segment, Vacation Ownership
Wyndham Worldwide’s Wyndham Vacation Ownership segment is its largest business segment, accounting for 49.9% of its total revenues in 2014.
Analyzing Vail Resorts’ Revenue and Income Growth in Fiscal 1Q16
Vail Resorts (MTN) has a market cap of $4.6 billion. Its YTD (year-to-date) price movement has been rising quarter-over-quarter in calendar 2015.
Key Takeaways from Marriott International’s 2Q15 Earnings
In the second quarter of 2015, Marriott International’s net income grew by a strong 25% YoY to $240 million. Demand increased in both the US and Europe.
Part 3–Starwood Hotels & Resorts—a mid cap growth stock that is fully booked
Strong Momentum in HOT The below graph reflects the strong performance of Starwood Hotels and resorts, HOT, which was particularly strong until the 2008 crisis, and is once gain handsomely outperforming the Morningstar mid cap growth total return index. While just a bit below the S&P 400 index over the years, Starwood Hotels has been […]
American Express: Opportunities Abound in a Challenging Market
Co-branding relationships are an important part of the American Express business model. The costs of renewing and extending these relationships is increasing.
Understanding Marriott International’s Valuation Multiple
In fiscal 2014, Marriott had forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.3. It was trading at 11.2 as of January 1, 2016, which was the highest among peers.
Big Hotels on the Block: Sizing up Wyndham Worldwide’s Competitors
Since 2010, Wyndham’s stock has outperformed all its peers, growing by over 270%. In that time, Marriot grew by ~176%, Starwood by 102%, and Hyatt by 67%.
How Did Vail Resorts Perform Compared to Its Peers?
The peers of Vail Resorts (MTN) include Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and Hyatt Hotels.
Why Marriott is Buying Back Its Own Shares
Marriott repurchased 7.7 million shares of common stock valued at $544 million in 4Q14 and 24 million shares for $1.5 billion in 2014.
Analyzing Vail Resorts’ Performance Compared to Its Peers
Vail outperformed its peers based on the PE ratio and price-to-sales ratio. Vail outperformed its ETFs based on the price movement, PE ratio, and PBV ratio.
Hyatt Hotels in 3Q15: Peer Comparisons and Related ETFs
Hyatt Hotels’ peers outperformed the company in 3Q15 based on PS. But Hyatt Hotels was way ahead of its peers and the ETFs that invest in it based on PE.
Why Marriott is slowly expanding in international markets
Marriott has been expanding its presence in the international market. It added new brands in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and African regions.
What Are the Conditions to Closing the Starwood-Marriott Merger?
In the Starwood-Marriott merger, the companies have placed a limit on divestitures of $700 million, based on 12x annual EBITDA for any hotels required to be divested.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Exits Its Sale Process with a Deal
On Monday, November 16, Marriott International (MAR) agreed to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) for a combination of cash and stock.
Highfields Capital Management’s positions in 3Q14
Highfields Capital Management LP is based in Boston. The fund was founded by Jonathon Jacobson in 1998. The fund’s US long portfolio declined slightly to $12.8 billion in the third quarter.
Rationale for the Starwood-Marriott Merger
With the Starwood-Marriott merger, the companies expect to generate at least $200 million in annual cost savings beginning in the second year after the deal closes.
Hyatt Hotels in 3Q15: Evaluating Revenue and Activity
In 3Q15, Hyatt Hotels had a price movement of $7.1 billion. After its 3Q15 release, its stock fell by 1.31% to close at $49.76 per share on November 3.
Hilton’s hotel room composition by brand and chain scale
Hotel companies, like Hilton, expand their operations based on the demand for accommodations by location. They also expand based on customer preference for the level of service offerings.
Vail Resorts Reported Mixed Quarterly Results
Vail has a market cap of $3.75 billion. Its YTD price movement is stable. After the earnings report in 4Q15, Vail fell to -2.56% and closed at $103.05 per share.
Can Wyndham Stop Its Declining Profitability in 4Q15?
In 3Q15, Wyndham (WYN) saw its adjusted EBITDA margin decrease to 24.2% from 27.1% in 3Q14.
Hilton could start returning capital to shareholders
Hilton used net cash to finance activities during the year ending December 31, 2014. The net cash was $1,070 million. It was $1,863 million the year before.
Why Marcato hires adviser for InterContinental strategic review
InterContinental Hotels Group, which is incorporated in Great Britain, franchises, leases, manages, or owns over 4,700 hotels and 688,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, with more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.
China’s US Investments: Where We’re Headed
China ranks third in foreign direct investments in the US.
Can Expedia Continue Its Revenue Growth in 2016?
For 3Q16, analysts are estimating Expedia’s (EXPE) revenue to rise 31.3%. That’s slightly lower than the growth in the first and second quarters.
How Are Analysts Rating Travel and Tourism Stocks?
Airlines seem to have the highest return potential among travel and tourism stocks. Delta Air Lines has the highest return potential of 30.8%.
How Have Hotel Stock Prices Reacted to the Merger News?
Since the merger received final approval on September 20, 2016, Marriott stock (MAR) fell 2.2%, while Starwood (HOT) stock rose 2.2%.
What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for Hotel Stocks?
Wyndham has the highest return potential of 21% with a target price of $81. Marriott is next with a return potential of 18% and a target price of $79.15.
How Will the Marriott-Starwood Merger Impact Consumers?
According to Marriott’s (MAR) CEO, Arne Sorensen, Starwood’s (HOT) guest loyalty program was a “central, strategic rationale for the transaction.”
Analyzing the Key Events before the Marriott-Starwood Merger
On April 29, 2015, Starwood put itself up for sale. On August 29, 2015, Anbang offered to buy it at a 20% all-cash premium deal on its last closing price.
Marriott-Starwood Merger Gets Final Approval
The Marriott-Starwood merger received final approval from the Chinese regulatory authority. Both chains completed the deal on September 23, 2016.
Could the Starz-Lions Gate Deal Get Competitive?
John Malone and Lions Gate (LGF) already control 43% of the vote, so it would be almost impossible for a hostile buyer to get anywhere.
Could There Be a Competing Buyer for LinkedIn?
Microsoft paid a 50% premium to LinkedIn’s June 10 closing price. At 7.5x revenues and 75x EBITDA, Microsoft is paying a lot. LinkedIn is a unique property.
Starwood Loyalty: A Key Point of Marriott’s Interest
Just as the merger was announced, Starwood loyalty program members showed concerns over their rewards points and elite status.
Why Did Starwood Sell Itself?
The last two years have been marked by turmoil for Starwood Hotels (HOT). Starwood’s properties include brands like the Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, and W hotels.
Marriott–Starwood Merger Synergies: The World’s Largest Hotel Chain
The Marriott–Starwood deal holds immense significance for Marriott International because the combined entity of Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide would create the world’s largest lodging company.
The Starwood Sale: The Story to Date
In this series, we will discuss why Starwood (HOT) decided to put itself up for sale, how a merger with Starwood would benefit either Marriott or Anbang, and who could probably win this takeover tussle.
Why Did Starwood Accept a Better Offer from Marriott?
On March 21, Starwood and Marriott amended their merger agreement to top Anbang’s offer. The amended merger spread is trading at an annualized return of 1.3%.
An Interloper Enters the Starwood-Marriott Deal
On March 14, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT) announced that it received an unsolicited takeover approach from a consortium of investors led by China’s Anbang Insurance Group.
What Does a Strong US Dollar Mean to the US Hotel Industry?
The strong dollar has created challenging headwinds for the hotel industry, and tourists may look for alternative tourist destinations. It also affects the length of the stay for international tourists and how they spend their money.
Understanding the Hotel Industry Valuation Multiple
The forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple for the hotel industry currently stands at 9. It has declined from 13.1, which was recorded at the beginning of 2015.
What You Ought to Know about Marriott International’s Asset Utilization
Marriott has one of the lowest asset bases among its industry peers, having reduced its PPE-to-total-assets ratio from 24% in 2012 to 21.2% in 2014.
Marriott International’s Expansion in the Franchise Model Is Bearing Fruit
Marriott’s operating margin increased from 5.9% in 2010 to 8.4% in 2014. Its operating income grew from $695 million in 2010 to $1,159 million in 2014.
How Could Falling Consumer Confidence Affect the Hotel Industry?
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index as of November 2015 was 90.4 compared to 102.6 in September 2015.
A Hotel Investor’s Guide to the Hotel Pipeline
The hotel pipeline tells potential investors how development activity in the hotel sector looks. It also points to the future supply trends.
Growth in Demand, Limited Supply Drove US Hotel Occupancy Rates
Occupancy rates, which measure hotel capacity utilization, saw unprecedented growth in 2015. November 2015 occupancy rates saw a year-over-year growth rate of 3.2%.
Real, Nominal ADR Affect the US Hotel Sector’s Operating Income
ADR, or average daily rate, measures the average room price paid in the market. Hotels saw unprecedented occupancy levels in 2015 driven by strong demand.
An Investor’s Introduction to the US Hotel Industry
Hotel investors can use the indicators discussed in this series to gauge the industry’s general trends. Leisure travelers make up ~60% of the total hotel room sales, and business travelers account for 40% of total sales.
Understanding Cost Reimbursements as a Key Part of Marriott International’s Revenues
Cost reimbursements make up a major component of Marriott’s revenues and mostly consist of salaries paid to employees working in Marriott-managed hotels.
Why Marriott Relies Heavily on Its Franchise Model for Growth
Marriott now focuses on capital-light segments like franchised properties. Its fee incomes rose from $1.2 billion to $1.7 billion between 2006–2014.
Industry-Wide Demand Growth Drives Marriott International’s RevPAR
Marriott International saw strong increases in RevPAR—from $87 to $110—between 2010 and 2014.
Just How Much Does Marriott International Stand to Benefit from the Starwood Acquisition?
Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood will likely help Marriott double its international portfolio while diversifying its global presence.
Acquisitions and Joint Ventures Drive Marriott’s International Expansions
Marriott has been able to expand its international business by both acquiring and creating brands that enable it to enter new markets and market segments.
Marriott International in the Eyes of Customers: Outside Looking In
In 2015, Marriott topped the ACSI survey with a score of 80. It also topped the survey in 2014 and 2013, with scores of 83 and 81, respectively.
Marriott International’s Business Model by Service Category: Key Investor Takeaways
At the end of 2014, Marriott had around 2,882 franchised hotel properties, with 388,670 rooms under the franchise model.
Running down Marriott International’s Big Brands
Marriott has 20 brands under its management, including luxury, lifestyle, and signature brands. Only 39% of its hotels in North America are full-service.
Sizing up Marriott International’s Competition in a Tough Industry
Marriott operates hotels under not just under the management model but also under the franchise model and the owned and leased model.
Introducing Marriott International: Your Key Company Overview
Marriott International is known for its wide range of budget and luxury hotels. Its acquisition of Starwood will make it the world’s largest hotel chain.
Investor Essentials: Understanding Hyatt’s Valuation Multiple
Hyatt’s EV/EBITDA has moved in line with the median valuation multiple of its peers. Hyatt, with rare exceptions, has always traded at a discount to the median valuation multiple of its peers.
Why Hyatt Has High Liquid Assets Compared to Its Peers
As of December 31, 2014, Hyatt’s cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as a percentage of total assets is one of the highest among its peers, at 10%.
Investor’s Must Know: Why Hyatt Is Buying Back Shares
Hyatt repurchased $445 million of its own stocks in 2014. The company bought back about 7.7 million shares, which accounted for 5.5% of the total outstanding shares, at an average price of $57.8.
Asset Utilization by Hyatt Hotels
Hyatt had the lowest return on assets (or ROA) ratio among its peers at 4.6% for fiscal 2014 due to lower profits generated from its assets.
Profitability Margins Grew for Hyatt Hotels
Operating margins for Hyatt Hotel (H) increased from 1.4% in 2010 to 6.3% in 2014. The growth in margins was largely driven by steady growth in revenue and declining expenses from the owned and leased hotels segment.
Driven by Strong US Performance, Hyatt Grew Its Revenue
Hyatt’s (H) improving operating metrics have resulted in a strong growth in revenue. The company’s total revenue has grown from $3,527 million in 2010 to $4,415 million in 2014.
Hyatt’s Retail Investors Have Skewed Voting Power
As of January 31, 2015, Hyatt had 36.8 million Class A shares entitled to one vote and 111.4 million Class B shares entitled to ten votes.
Why is Hyatt Selling Its Properties?
Hyatt is adapting an asset-light model, in which the company sells its less profitable properties and focuses on expansion by using management and franchise models.
How Does Hyatt Make Money from Its Hotels?
Hyatt (H) operates its hotels and other business segments under three models: franchise, management, and ownership models.
Introduction to Hyatt’s Select Service Brands and Other Brands
Hotels that offer accommodation with limited services and amenities are called select service hotels. Hyatt (H) operates about 37,500 rooms and two brands under this segment.
The Investor’s Introduction to Hyatt Hotels
A global hospitality group, Hyatt (H) operates industry-leading brands such as Park Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Regency. As of December 31, 2014, the company operated 587 properties with more than 155,000 rooms.
Checking in with Wyndham Worldwide’s Returns to Shareholders
In 2014, Wyndham spent $652 million to purchase 8.6 million shares at an average price of $75.8, which was the equivalent of 7.3% of market capitalization.
Why Are Wyndham Worldwide’s Profitability Margins Declining?
Wyndham’s operating margins declined from 18.6% in 2010 to 17.6% in 2014 due to growing marketing and reservation expenses.
Monitoring Wyndham Worldwide’s Steady Growth in Total Revenues
Improved operating metrics have resulted in a steady growth in Wyndham Worldwide’s total revenues, with all three segments growing over the past five years.
What’s Driving the Revenues of Wyndham Worldwide’s Vacation Ownership Segment?
Vacation unit sales rely on disposable income available to customers. The stable US economy and growing household incomes have positive impacts on Wyndham.
Measuring Wyndham Worldwide’s Exchange and Rental Business—The World’s Largest
Wyndham Worldwide’s Wyndham Exchange and Rental segment is its most geographically diversified business segment, with a presence in over 100 countries.
What Factors Keep Driving Wyndham Hotel Group’s Revenues?
Wyndham’s ADR growth in 2010–2014 was driven by a lack of supply growth in the economy segment and by an increase in domestic travel.
Mapping out Wyndham Hotel Group’s Regional Distribution
In 2014, the US accounted for two-thirds of the rooms in Wyndham Worldwide’s total portfolio, followed by the Asia-Pacific at 16.5% and Europe at 8.2%.
What Investors Better Know about Wyndham Worldwide: How Does It Acquire and Sell Its Properties?
Wyndham develops and acquires properties in order to sell timeshare units. It also sells inventory acquired by loan defaults and individual owners.
How Wyndham Uses Technology to Offer Greater Value to Its Clients
Wyndham invests in technology to improve its e-commerce capabilities and marketing abilities and to help it differentiate itself from competitors.
Interpreting Wyndham Worldwide’s Rental and Exchange Key Revenue Drivers
We can measure Wyndham’s rental and exchange business by average number of members, revenue per member, rental transactions, and average net price.
A Rundown of Wyndham Worldwide’s Wyndham Hotel Group Segment
Wyndham Hotel Group provides services under a franchise model but also offers professional oversight and operations support under a management model.
Gauging Wyndham Worldwide’s Low ADR and Occupancy Rate
Wyndham had the lowest occupancy rate among peers in fiscal 2014. Its larger presence in the economy and midscale segments accounts for the difference.
Introducing Wyndham Worldwide, a Hotel Super Power
Wyndham Worldwide is considered the world’s largest hotel franchiser. It owns the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange network.
How Urban Outfitters Landed at the Bottom of the SPY ETF
On November 16, stocks at the bottom of SPY were Urban Outfitters, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Electronic Arts, yielding -7.4%, -3.6%, and -2.7%, respectively.
What’s the Risk of the Starwood-Marriott Merger?
If the Starwood-Marriott merger closes, the spread goes to zero, and you make about $5.35. If the deal breaks, you lose about $12.00.
Basics of the Starwood-Marriott Merger
Marriott International (MAR) is buying Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) in a big deal in the lodging and hotel space. The equity value of the transaction is about $12.2 billion and $13.4 billion if you include debt.
Positive Corporate Earnings Bolstered SPY
L3 Communications Holdings (LLL), an aerospace and defense stock, is expected to beat market estimates for corporate earnings. Its stock rose on October 28, ahead of its quarterly earnings release.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Led SPY by 9.1%
Starwood Hotels & Resorts traded at $74.81 on Tuesday, October 27. It was well above its respective 50-day and 20-day moving averages.
Analyzing the Hotel Industry’s Valuation
To value capital-intensive companies like hotels, we use the EV/EBITDA multiple.
What Is the Future Outlook for the US Hotel Industry?
The US hotel industry is expected to show growth across all parameters for the rest of 2015 and 2016.
How Was the Hotel Industry’s Revenue per Available Room in September?
RevPAR (or Revenue Per Available Room) is a key performance metric used in the hotel industry that indicates the hotel’s performance and the demand scenario for the hotel’s rooms.
Why Average Daily Rate Continued to Grow in September
The average daily rate is calculated as hotel room revenue divided by the number of rooms sold.
Playing the Hotel Industry: Are the Returns Worth the Risks?
The US hotel industry was badly affected by the economic crisis. Sales plunged, commercial-property prices collapsed, rooms remained vacant, and a weaker dollar added to the industry’s woes.
Marriott: Revenue per Available Room Increased in 2Q15
Hotel companies in the US are finding new ways to attract more customers. Marriott and its competitors now provide a larger variety of lodgings tailored to different categories of travelers.
Marriott International in 2015: Expansion through Acquisitions
Marriott International (MAR) has made some key acquisitions since 2009, including brands such as AC Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, and Protea Hospitality Group.
Is Hilton’s Stock Expensive?
Hilton stock currently has a high PE (price to earnings) ratio of about 39 in comparison to its industry peers.
Is Marriott International an Investor’s Stock?
Marriott finds that share repurchases are a more flexible way to award its shareholders than paying out dividends. The company repurchased 24 million shares for $1.5 billion last year.
Why Investors Shouldn’t Worry about Hilton’s Debt
Hilton has been focused on reducing its high debt levels and pays about $200 million in debt every quarter.
Why Hilton’s Financial Condition Looks Better than Ever
Hilton (HLT) saw strong revenue growth in 2Q15, which was driven by strong occupancy rates and room rates.
Hilton Stock Rises on Strong 2Q15 Performance
Hilton reported its 2Q15 earnings on July 29. Hilton stock surged by about 3% on that day, as the company’s results exceeded analyst estimates.