The company added approximately 33,100 rooms globally during the second quarter, including 17,300 rooms associated with the City Express transaction
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has reported second-quarter 2023 results. Anthony Capuano, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “With continued momentum in demand for global travel, we posted another quarter of outstanding results. Second quarter worldwide RevPAR increased 13.5 per cent, aided by significant growth in all of our international regions, where RevPAR rose 39 per cent. Greater China rebounded quickly once travel restrictions were lifted in January, with second-quarter RevPAR surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
“In the US & Canada, RevPAR increased 6 per cent, with many urban markets showing impressive growth in the second quarter. Within customer segments, the group once again performed extremely well, with revenue rising 10 per cent above 2022. Business transient revenue also saw strong year-over-year growth, driven by solid average daily rate growth. Leisure transient revenue rose as well, albeit more slowly, as more travellers from the region chose to visit overseas destinations.
“Our growth strategies are proving successful. During the quarter, we added approximately 33,100 rooms to our system, including 17,300 City Express rooms in the Caribbean & Latin America region, and our industry-leading pipeline grew to nearly 547,000 rooms, with more than 240,000 global rooms under construction. In June, we announced our planned entry into the affordable midscale extended stay space in the US and Canada. Initial owner interest in our new offering has been tremendous. Just a few weeks ago, we announced our long-term strategic licensing agreement with MGM Resorts International and the creation of the MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy.
This transaction is consistent with our strategy to pursue deals that meet customer needs, increase our distribution, and enhance the value of Marriott Bonvoy, our powerful loyalty platform. We are excited to have 17 iconic MGM Resorts properties available on our robust digital channels beginning later this fall and to dramatically increase our footprint in Las Vegas, an important, high-barrier-to-entry U.S. market. With this deal, our 2023 full-year net rooms growth expectation is now 6.4 per cent to 6.7 per cent. While conditions could change rapidly, booking trends remain solid. We are raising our full-year room growth and earnings guidance and now expect to return $4.1 billion to $4.5 billion to shareholders in 2023.”
Second Quarter 2023 Results
Marriott’s reported operating income totalled $1,096 million in the 2023 second quarter, compared to the 2022 second quarter reported operating income of $950 million. Reported net income totalled $726 million in the 2023 second quarter, compared to the 2022 second quarter reported net income of $678 million. Reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) totalled $2.38 in the quarter, compared to reported diluted EPS of $2.06 in the year-ago quarter.
Adjusted operating income in the 2023 second quarter totalled $1,043 million, compared to 2022 second quarter adjusted operating income of $857 million. The second quarter of 2023 adjusted net income totalled $690 million, compared to 2022 second quarter adjusted net income of $593 million. Adjusted diluted EPS in the 2023 second quarter totalled $2.26, compared to adjusted diluted EPS of $1.80 in the year-ago quarter. The 2022 second-quarter adjusted results excluded $13 million ($11 million after-tax and $0.03 per share) of gains on investment property sales and a $2 million ($2 million after-tax and $0.01 per share) gain on an asset disposition.
Adjusted results also excluded cost reimbursement revenue, reimbursed expenses and merger-related charges and other expenses. See pages A-3 and A-11 for the calculation of adjusted results and the manner in which the adjusted measures are determined in this press release.
Base management and franchise fees totalled $1,057 million in the 2023 second quarter, a 13 per cent increase compared to base management and franchise fees of $938 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase is primarily attributable to RevPAR increases and unit growth.
Incentive management fees totalled $193 million in the 2023 second quarter, a 43 per cent increase compared to $135 million in the 2022 second quarter. Managed hotels in international markets contributed 61 per cent of the fees earned in the quarter.
Owned, leased, and other revenue, net of direct expenses, totalled $103 million in the 2023 second quarter, compared to $83 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year change largely reflects improved performance at owned and leased hotels. Results in the 2022 quarter included a $12 million expense accrual related to a portfolio of 12 leased hotels in the U.S. & Canada.
General, administrative, and other expenses for the 2023 second quarter totalled $240 million, compared to $231 million in the year-ago quarter.
Interest expense, net, totalled $141 million in the 2023 second quarter, compared to $89 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was largely due to higher interest expenses associated with higher debt balances.
Equity in earnings for the second quarter totalled $7 million, compared to $15 million in the year-ago quarter. Equity in earnings in the 2022 second quarter included $13 million of gains on joint ventures’ sales of hotels.
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) totalled $1,219 million in the 2023 second quarter, compared to the second quarter 2022 adjusted EBITDA of $1,019 million. See page A-11 for the adjusted EBITDA calculation.
Selected Performance Information
Marriott added 254 properties (33,097 rooms) to its worldwide lodging portfolio during the 2023 second quarter, including 17,300 rooms associated with the City Express transaction and roughly 11,200 other rooms in international markets. The company also added more than 2,800 conversion rooms. Seventeen properties (1,995 rooms) exited the system during the quarter. At the end of the quarter, Marriott’s global lodging system totalled nearly 8,600 properties, with over 1,565,000 rooms.
At the end of the quarter, the company’s worldwide development pipeline totalled 3,149 properties with nearly 547,000 rooms, including 199 properties with roughly 31,500 rooms approved for development, but not yet subject to signed contracts. The pipeline includes 1,066 properties with more than 240,000 rooms under construction, or 44 per cent, including approximately 37,000 rooms from the MGM Resorts deal.
In the 2023 second quarter, worldwide RevPAR increased 13.5 per cent (a 12.7 per cent increase using actual dollars) compared to the 2022 second quarter. RevPAR in the U.S. & Canada increased 6.0 per cent (a 5.7 per cent increase using actual dollars), and RevPAR in international markets increased 39.1 per cent (a 36.0 per cent increase using actual dollars).
Balance Sheet & Common Stock
At the end of the quarter, Marriott’s total debt was $11.3 billion and cash and equivalents totalled $0.6 billion, compared to $10.1 billion in debt and $0.5 billion of cash and equivalents at year-end 2022. Year to date through July 28, the company has repurchased 13.6 million shares for $2.3 billion.
The company’s updated guidance for full year 2023 reflects relatively steady global economic conditions through the remainder of 2023, with continued resilience in travel demand. RevPAR growth is expected to remain higher internationally than in the U.S. & Canada, where there has been a return to more normal seasonal patterns, and year-over-year RevPAR growth is stabilising.