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  • Overview: Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
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    Overview: Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

    Hilton Worldwide Holdings is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. It was founded in 1919 by Conrad Hilton. The company started when he bought his first hotel in Texas.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    Earnings Report

    What Analysts Recommend for Hilton ahead of 1Q17 Results

    Hilton’s consensus 12-month target price is $64.6, which indicates a 12.6% return potential over its April 21 closing price of $58.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Why Chilton starts new position in Wyndham Worldwide

    Approximately 63% of Wyndham’s revenues come from fees for providing services referred to as its “fee-for-service” businesses.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why trend in fee income is an important source of revenue

    Marriott increased its fee income at a ten-year compound annual growth rate (or CAGR) of 7.6% to $1,543 million in 2013—from $742 million in 2003.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    What Analysts Are Recommending for Marriott

    Of the 29 analysts tracking Marriott International (MAR), 17.0% (five analysts) have a “strong buy” recommendation for the stock.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    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.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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%.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Will Hilton’s Top Line Grow in 2017?

    For 1Q17, analysts are estimating Hilton’s (HLT) revenue to fall 25% to $2.1 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Hyatt Sell Its Vacation Ownership Segment?

    Hyatt is focusing on increasing its presence to under-penetrated markets. The company believes that its presence in emerging markets such as India and China is essential for its growth.

    By Sam Matthews
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    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.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    Miscellaneous

    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.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Why does Hilton’s valuation look attractive?

    Hilton’s valuation hasn’t risen over the last year. Most of the increase in the share price was due to growth in EBITDA.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Must-know: Marriott International Inc.

    Marriott International’s headquarters are in Bethesda, Maryland. The company was founded in 1927 by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott.

    By Teresa Cederholm
  • Consumer

    Hilton’s diversified portfolio with 11 world-class brands

    Hilton’s goal is to serve any customer, anywhere in the world, for any lodging need that they have. The company has a portfolio of 11 world-class brands. Hilton’s portfolio allows it to accomplish this goal.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    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.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    Hilton expanded segments with low capital investment

    Hilton expanded its operations in segments that require less capital investment. These include the Management and Franchise segment and the Timeshare segment.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    Why Marriott’s timeshare segment spun off

    Marriott completed the spinoff of its timeshare segment to Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (or MVW) in 2011. MVW is now operating as an independent company.

    By Teresa Cederholm
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    Earnings Report

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    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.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Miscellaneous

    Why a Strengthening US Dollar Will Hurt the US Hotel Industry

    The US dollar’s strength compared to currencies that are widely used in international trade is measured by the Trade Weighted Dollar Index.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • Financials

    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.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Top Movers in the Consumer Sector: January 15–19

    On January 19, 2018, Jefferies upgraded Philip Morris International (PM) to a “buy” and raised the target price to $124.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Viacom B and Wyndham Worldwide on January 18

    On January 18, Viacom B gained 6.2% and closed the day at $33.95—the highest daily close since August 3, 2017.

    By Val Kensington
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    Analysts’ Recommendations for Hyatt ahead of 3Q17 Results

    Analyst views Of the 22 analysts tracking Hyatt (H), two analysts (9.1%) have a “strong buy” rating on the stock, and three analysts (13.6%) have a “buy” rating. These analysts were surveyed by Reuters. Only one analyst has changed the rating from “strong buy” to “buy” after the company’s 2Q17 earnings. Sixteen analysts (72.7%) maintained […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Are Investors Willing to Pay for Hyatt Stock?

    Current valuation Hyatt (H) is trading at a forward EV-to-EBITDA[1. enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization] multiple of 11.2x. The current valuation is lower than its average valuation of 12.2x since January 2010. Peer comparison Hyatt is trading at one of the lowest multiples among its peers. Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) is trading […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What You Should Know about Hyatt’s Leverage Ratio

    Hyatt’s debt Hyatt’s (H) total debt increased from $1.6 billion at the end of 2016 to $1.7 billion at the end of 1Q17. Its debt remained constant at $1.7 billion at the end of 2Q17.  Hyatt’s debt has fluctuated from $1.3 billion to $1.7 billion for the past five years, thanks to its routine acquisitions […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Hyatt’s Credit Card Data Breach Could Impact Its Growth Plans

    Second breach in two years On October 12, 2017, Hyatt revealed that its payment system had been breached. There was unauthorized access detected in 41 hotels in 11 countries, exposing customer credit card information at these locations. About 50% of these hotels were located in China. *Other affected countries and territories include Brazil, Colombia, Guam, Indonesia, […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Hyatt Increases Guidance for Its Key Metrics

    Hyatt’s RevPAR (revenue per available room) for 2Q17 rose 2.4% in constant dollars and 2.9% year-over-year in constant currency terms across its systemwide properties.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Hyatt Stock Underperforms in 2017

    Hyatt (H), which is expected to report its 3Q17 results on November 2, is the only major hotel stock to fall in October. Hyatt stock has fallen 0.74% month-to-date.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Marriott’s Key Metrics Suggest for 2017

    Marriott’s RevPAR for 2Q17 rose 2.2% YoY in constant dollars across its worldwide properties. Its North America RevPAR rose 0.9% YoY in constant dollars.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Marriott on the Street: What the Analysts Recommend

    Of the 28 analysts tracking Marriott, five (17.9%) have a “strong buy” recommendation, while nine (32.1%) have a “buy,” and 13 (46.4%) have a “hold.”

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What’s Priced into Marriott’s Valuation Multiple Now?

    Marriott is now trading at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.5x, compared with its average historical valuation of 13.9x since January 2008.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Marriott’s 3Q17 Earnings Guidance Disappointed Analysts

    In 2Q17, Marriott International’s (MAR) operating income grew 59% YoY (year-over-year) to $620 million.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Marriott’s Revenue Is Now Expected to Go This Way in 2017

    In 2Q17, Marriott’s revenues grew 49% YoY to $5.8 billion, compared with $3.9 billion in 2Q16, due to higher fee revenues and RevPAR and room growth.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Wall Street Analysts’ Ratings for Marriott before Its 2Q17 Earnings

    According to a Reuters consensus of 28 analysts tracking Marriott (MAR), five analysts have a “strong buy” recommendation on the stock, and nine analysts have a “buy” recommendation on the stock.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Marriott International’s Valuation: What Is Priced In?

    Marriott (MAR) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.6x.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Marriott’s Debt Levels

    Total debt on Marriott’s balance sheet increased from $3.8 billion at the end of 2014 to $4.1 billion at the end of 2015 and $8.2 billion at the end of 4Q16.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Can Marriott Improve Its Margin after the Starwood Acquisition?

    For fiscal 2017, Marriott’s EBITDA is expected to rise 44.3% to ~$3.1 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Marriott’s Revenues Could Grow 25% despite Hotel Industry Slowdown

    For 2Q17, Marriott’s total fee revenues are expected to increase to $820 million–$835 million.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Marriott’s Key Metrics Suggest ahead of Its 2Q17 Results

    During the second quarter, Marriott (MAR) added 17,000 rooms, including 6,400 rooms internationally and 3,300 rooms from competitors.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Analysts Recommend for Hyatt Ahead of Its 2Q17 Results

    Analyst views According to Reuters, of the 22 analysts tracking Hyatt (H), three analysts (13.6%) have a “strong buy” rating on the stock, two analysts (9.1%) have a “buy” rating, 16 analysts (72.7%) have a “hold” rating, and one analyst (4.5%) has a “sell” rating. There are no “strong sell” ratings on the stock. Analyst […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Hyatt’s Valuation Compares

    Current valuation Hyatt (H) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.1x. Hyatt’s valuation is significantly higher than its average valuation since January 2010 of 13.0x. Peer comparison Hyatt’s valuation is among the highest in its peer group. Marriott International (MAR) has a multiple of 15.3x, Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HLT) is trading at a […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What You Should Know About Hyatt’s Leverage Ratio

    Increasing debt Hyatt’s growth has been partly organic and partly inorganic. The inorganic growth has been supported by debt. Hyatt’s current debt is similar to that seen in 2014, at $1.4 billion. It fell to $1.0 billion at the end of 2015. Prior to 2014, its debt was even lower, at $1.3 billion in 2013 and […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Could Hyatt’s Revenue Growth Translate to Profit Growth?

    Analyst estimates In 2Q17, analysts expect Hyatt’s (H) EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) to fall 4.9% YoY (year-over-year) to $215.9 million. EBITDA are expected to fall another 3.0% YoY in the third quarter to $186.3 million. Growth is expected to resume in the fourth quarter, with EBITDA rising 18.1% YoY to $174.9 million. […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Analysts Expect for Hyatt’s Revenue Growth in 2017

    Analyst estimates In 2Q17, analysts expect Hyatt’s revenue to grow by 3.9% YoY (year-over-year) to $1.2 billion. Sales growth is expected to increase for the rest of the year. Sales are expected to grow 5.4% YoY to $1.1 billion in 3Q17, and 5.5% YoY to $1.2 billion in 4Q17. Hyatt is expected to see revenue […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Analyzing Hyatt’s Key Metrics Ahead of Its 2Q17 Results

    Revenue per available room A hotel’s operational efficiency is measured by its RevPAR (revenue per available room), which is calculated by dividing a hotel’s total guest room revenue by its room count. The two main factors driving a hotel’s RevPAR are its occupancy rates and average daily rates. In 1Q17, Hyatt’s RevPAR fell 4.7% YoY […]

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Hyatt Stock Has Performed in 2017

    Hyatt will report its 2Q17 earnings on August 3, 2017. In this series, we’ll assess Hyatt’s performance based on key metrics and look at analyst estimates for Hyatt’s 2Q17 performance,

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Wyndham Worldwide: Analysts’ Ratings and Target Prices

    Ten analysts currently have active coverage on Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) stock. Of these analysts, 20% have “strong buy” recommendations on the stock.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Should Dividend Investors Buy Wyndham Stock?

    On July 21, 2017, Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) had a closing price of $103.1 and an indicated dividend yield of 2.3%, the highest among its peers.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Can Wyndham’s Profitability Improve in 2017?

    After Wyndham’s fall in 1Q17, Wall Street analysts expect it to clock EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) of 2.4% year-over-year to $349.3 million.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Goldman Sachs on Marriott: Annual Sales Growth to Improve 15.6%

    Marriott International has provided a return of 22.5% so far in this year.

    By Sarah Sands
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    What Falling Gas Prices Mean for the Hotel Industry

    After rising steadily from August 2016 to December 2016, crude oil prices have been falling in 2017.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Average Daily Rate Will Drive US Hotel Industry Growth

    The average daily rate (or ADR) measures the average room price paid in the market. In 1Q17, the ADR rose 2.5% year-over-year (or YoY) to $124.27.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    US Hotel Industry Supply to Outpace Demand in 2017

    The US hotel industry saw its largest revenue fall of 14% year-over-year (or YoY) in 2009. Since then, recovery has been steep.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Investors Are Willing to Pay for Marriott International

    Marriott (MAR) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 14.5x.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Chart in Focus: Marriott’s Dividend Payout in 2017

    Marriott (MAR) has an indicated dividend yield of 1.8%, which is the lowest among its peers.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Should Investors Pay Attention to Marriott’s Debt?

    Marriott (MAR) generated $1.6 billion from its cash flow from operations in 2016.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Marriott’s 2017 Revenues Could Grow 25% despite Industry Slowdown

    Analysts estimate that Marriott’s (MAR) 1Q17 revenues could grow 40.1% year-over-year to $5.3 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Analyst Estimates for Marriott Stock in 1Q17

    Marriott (MAR) is expected to report its 1Q17 earnings on May 8, 2017. Analysts expect Marriott’s 1Q17 revenues to grow 40.1% year-over-year to $5.3 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Looking at Hyatt’s Valuation ahead of Its 1Q17 Earnings

    Hyatt (H) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 10.2x.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Has Hyatt Stock Performed in 2017 So Far?

    Hyatt (H) stock has had a volatile ride so far in 2017. After falling in January and February, its stock rose in March and April. Hyatt will report its 1Q17 earnings on May 4, 2017.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Hilton’s Valuation Compares to Peers

    Hilton (HLT) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 17.6x.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Hilton’s Long-Term Debt Is Trending

    The hotel sector is capital intensive, and companies in the industry normally carry high debt.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What to Expect from Hilton’s Dividends in 2017

    Hilton (HLT) started paying dividends in mid-2015.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Hilton’s Key Metrics Look ahead of 1Q17 Earnings

    A hotel’s operational efficiency is measured by its RevPAR (revenues per available room), which is calculated by dividing a hotel’s total guest room revenue by its room count.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Are Analysts Estimating for Hilton in 1Q17?

    For the first quarter of 2017, analysts are estimating that Hilton’s (HLT) revenue will fall 25% to $2.1 billion.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Why Hotel Investors Should Follow Construction Pipeline Data

    According to STR Global’s US Construction Pipeline Report for January 2017, rooms under contract rose 16.1% to reach 576,000 rooms in 4,763 hotel properties.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Will Average Daily Rates Drive Hotel Industry Growth in 2017?

    ADR (average daily rate) measures the average room price paid in the market. In 2016, the ADR rose 3.1% year-over-year (or YoY) to $123.97, slower than the 4.4% rise it recorded in 2015.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Has the Hotel Industry Performed in 2017?

    In January 2017, the Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index rose 0.5% to close at 3,723. The index recorded a great performance in 2016 as well.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What a Strong US Dollar Means for the US Hotel Industry

    The strength of the US dollar measured against currencies that are widely used in international trade is measured by the Trade Weighted Dollar Index.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Economic Growth Is Important for the US Hotel Industry

    A booming economy allows people to spend money on discretionary items such as air travel, so hotel revenues are higher during economic growth and lower during economic contraction.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What You Need to Know about the US Hotel Industry Performance

    The hotel industry is largely driven by the growth of the general economy, which instills spending confidence in both businesses and households.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Here’s What’s Currently Priced into Marriott’s Valuation Multiple

    Marriott (MAR) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.8x. It’s significantly higher than its average valuation of 13.9x since January 2008.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Innovation Is the Name of the Game for Marriott

    Eventually, artificial intelligence will allow Marriott to make customized recommendations to customers based on what they have shared with Marriott.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Marriott’s Profitability in 2017: Could It Improve?

    For 2016, Marriott”s (MAR) operating income rose 14.0% to $2.2 billion. Some of the growth can be attributed to the consolidation of Starwood’s financials with Marriott’s.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Do Marriott’s Key Metrics Suggest a Buoyant 2017?

    Marriott’s RevPAR for 4Q16 rose 0.80% in constant dollars across its worldwide properties.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Do Analysts Recommend for Marriott ahead of 4Q16 Results?

    According to a Reuters consensus, of the 28 analysts tracking Marriott (MAR), five of them (18.0%) have a “strong buy” for the stock.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Are Investors Willing to Pay for Marriott International?

    Marriott (MAR) currently trades at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 15.8x. Its valuation has been significantly higher than its average valuation.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Could Marriott’s Dividends Rise in the Second Half of 2016?

    Marriott’s cash dividend ratio was 3.0x at the end of 3Q16, which indicates its ability to sustain dividend payouts.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Do Marriott’s Key Metrics Suggest ahead of 4Q16 Results?

    For 3Q16, Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts together added 17,600 rooms, taking the total to 4,554 properties and 777,000 timeshare resorts.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Are Analysts Estimating for Marriott Stock in 4Q16?

    Marriott (MAR) will report its 4Q16 earnings on February 16, 2017, after the market opens. Analysts are expecting revenue to rise 33.9% YoY.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Will the US Become an Unpopular Travel Destination?

    One of Trump’s highly criticized policies was a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States. However, a complete ban on a race or religion is impossible to implement politically.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Do Marriott’s Key Metrics Suggest ahead of 3Q16 Results?

    Marriott’s (MAR) RevPAR for 2Q16 rose 2.9% across its worldwide properties. North America RevPAR rose 3.2% due to a 2.2% rise in ADR.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    How Has Marriott Stock Performed in 3Q16?

    Marriott (MAR) stock has had a volatile year, which was expected with the acquisition of Starwood Hotels. MAR stock rose 6.2% in 1Q16, fell 6.6% in 2Q16, and rose 1.3% in 3Q16.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    What Else Is TripAdvisor Doing to Improve Its Future Growth?

    TRIP’s airlines platform will allow users not only to be able to book flights, but also to provide reviews, drawing on its highly successful feature of user experiences.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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%.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.”

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    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.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Interpreting Marriott International’s Growing Reliance on Debt

    Marriott International’s total debt has increased from approximately $7.4 billion in 2010 to about $9.1 billion in 2014.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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.

    By Sam Matthews
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