Extended Stay America Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

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Net Income of $39.4 million for the fourth quarter, $211.8 million for the full yearAdjusted EBITDA1 of $126.6 million for the fourth quarter, $599.7 million for the full yearComparable system-wide RevPAR grows 0.9% for the fourth quarter, 2.0% for the full yearCHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAY) (together, the “Company”) today announced consolidated results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018.Fourth Quarter 2018 HighlightsNet Income of $39.4 millionTotal revenues of $289.7 millionComparable system-wide Revenue Per Available Room (“RevPAR”) grew 0.9% to $47.38Adjusted EBITDA of $126.6 millionAdjusted Funds From Operations (“Adjusted FFO”)1 of $0.41 per diluted Paired Share, an increase of 3.0%Adjusted Paired Share Income1 of $0.21 per diluted Paired Share, an increase of 9.2%       
Full Year 2018 Highlights
Net Income of $211.8 millionTotal revenues of $1,275.1 millionComparable system-wide RevPAR grew 2.0% to $51.09Adjusted EBITDA of $599.7 millionAdjusted FFO of $2.02 per diluted Paired Share, an increase of 9.4%Adjusted Paired Share Income of $1.14 per diluted Paired Share, an increase of 14.4%____________
1 See “Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for an explanation of  non-GAAP measures included in this release (i.e., Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Funds from Operations (“FFO”), Adjusted FFO, Adjusted FFO per diluted Paired Share, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per diluted Paired Share).

Extended Stay America’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Halkyard, commented, “We are pleased with the strong progress we made in 2018, including achieving solid financial results, growing our pipeline to nearly 60 hotels, growing RevPAR primarily from our core extended stay guest, refranchising over 70 hotels and further de-levering the balance sheet.”Mr. Halkyard continued, “Looking to 2019, on the backdrop of an expected stable macro environment, we plan to make significant progress on our growth strategy while evaluating options to enhance shareholder value.”Financial and Operating ResultsTotal revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2018 were $289.7 million, a decrease of 4.2% over the same period in the prior year due to asset dispositions. Total room and other hotel revenues on a comparable Company-owned basis increased 0.9% for the quarter. Total revenues for the full year 2018 were $1,275.1 million, a decrease of 0.6% compared to 2017 due to asset dispositions. Total room and other hotel revenues on a comparable Company-owned basis increased 2.1% for the full year 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.Comparable system-wide RevPAR for the three months ended December 31, 2018 grew 0.9% over the same period in 2017 to $47.38, driven by a 310 basis point increase in occupancy to 72.9%, partially offset by a decline in average daily rate (“ADR”) of 3.4%. Comparable Company-owned RevPAR increased 0.7% during the fourth quarter to $48.97. Total Company-owned RevPAR increased 3.9% during the quarter, reflecting the sales of non-core hotels and the increase in comparable Company-owned RevPAR. Comparable system-wide RevPAR for the full year 2018 grew 2.0% over 2017.Hotel Operating Margin1 for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was 51.1% compared to 53.0% in the same period in 2017.  The decline in Hotel Operating Margin was driven primarily by an increase in payroll, reservation, marketing and maintenance expenses. Hotel Operating Margin for the full year 2018 was 54.0% compared to 55.0% in 2017.Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $39.4 million compared to $40.2 million in the same period in 2017, a decrease of 1.9%. The decline in net income was due to cycling an $11.9 million gain on asset dispositions in the same period in 2017 and a decline in Hotel Operating Margin, partially offset by lower interest expense, lower depreciation expense and a reduction in effective tax rate. Net income for the full year 2018 was $211.8 million compared to $172.2 million in 2017, an increase of 23.0%.Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $126.6 million, a decline of 9.7% compared to the same period in 2017. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to asset dispositions in 2017 and 2018 resulting in lost contribution of $8.7 million as well as an increase in comparable hotel operating expenses. Adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash equity-based compensation expense of $1.7 million and a $0.9 million gain on asset dispositions. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2018 was $599.7 million, a decline of 3.7% compared to 2017, primarily due to asset dispositions in 2017 and 2018 resulting in lost contribution of approximately $22.0 million in 2018 compared to 2017.  Adjusted FFO for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $77.8 million compared to $77.1 million in the same period in 2017. The increase in Adjusted FFO was primarily due to a lower effective tax rate. Adjusted FFO per diluted Paired Share was $0.41 compared to $0.40 in the same period in 2017, an increase of 3.0%. Adjusted FFO for the full year 2018 was $382.8 million compared to $357.1 million in 2017. Adjusted FFO per diluted Paired Share for the full year 2018 was $2.02 compared to $1.84 in 2017, an increase of 9.4%. Adjusted FFO, a non-GAAP measure, represents funds from operations, as adjusted, attributable to the consolidated enterprise, whose representative equity security is a Paired Share. A Paired Share entitles its holder to participate in 100% of the common equity and earnings of both Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc. Adjusted Paired Share Income for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $38.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted Paired Share, compared to $36.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted Paired Share, in the same period in 2017, an increase of 9.2% per diluted Paired Share. The increase in Adjusted Paired Share Income per diluted Paired Share was due to a lower effective tax rate, lower depreciation expense and a reduction in share count as a result of Paired Share repurchases. Adjusted Paired Share Income for the full year 2018 was $216.4 million, or $1.14 per diluted Paired Share, compared to $192.9 million, or $1.00 per diluted Paired Share, in 2017, an increase of 14.4% per diluted Paired Share. Adjusted Paired Share Income, a non-GAAP measure, represents net income, as adjusted, attributable to the consolidated enterprise, whose representative equity security is a Paired Share. Capital ExpendituresThe Company invested $61.7 million in capital expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year 2018, the Company invested $209.3 million in capital expenditures, including $47.8 million on new hotel builds and conversions and $11.9 million on renovations.Asset Dispositions and AcquisitionsAs previously announced, the Company completed the sale of one portfolio totaling 14 hotels during the fourth quarter for gross proceeds of $37.7 million, including prepaid franchise application and development fees. The portfolio sale comes with franchise agreements on all of the hotels sold and with agreements to develop or convert an additional seven Extended Stay America hotels.  For the full year 2018, the Company completed the sale of 72 hotels for gross proceeds of approximately $322.0 million, of which 71 are expected to remain in the system under long-term franchise or management agreements.Hotel and Development PipelineAs of December 31, 2018, the Company had a pipeline of 57 hotels representing approximately 7,000 rooms.Distributions and Share Repurchases
On February 27, 2019, the Boards of Directors of Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc. declared cash distributions totaling $0.22 per Paired Share for the fourth quarter of 2018. The distributions are payable on March 28, 2019 to shareholders of record as of March 14, 2019. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased 0.3 million Paired Shares for an aggregate purchase price of $5.7 million. For the full year 2018, the Company repurchased 4.3 million Paired Shares for an aggregate purchase price of $85.3 million. As of February 27, 2019, the Company had approximately $112.7 million in share repurchase authorization remaining.2019 OutlookThe Company’s initial outlook for 2019 is as follows:1 Approximately 200 basis point negative impact from hurricane affected markets and net renovation displacement
2 Lost contribution of approximately $21 million related to 72 hotel dispositions in 2018.

Webcast and Conference Call DetailsThe Company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.aboutstay.com.  A replay of the call will be available for 90 days following the webcast on the Company’s website.  Alternatively, the conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-705-6003 for domestic callers or 1-201-493-6725 for international callers.  A telephone replay will be available from shortly after the call until March 7, 2019, and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 for domestic callers or 1-412-317-6671 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13687804.Hotel Operating Profit, Hotel Operating Margin, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, Adjusted FFO, Adjusted FFO per diluted Paired Share, Paired Share Income, Adjusted Paired Share Income and Adjusted Paired Share Income per diluted Paired Share (collectively, the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”), which are detailed in the reconciliation tables that accompany this release, are used by the Company as supplemental performance measures. The Company believes these measures provide useful information to investors regarding our results of operations and allow investors to evaluate the ongoing operating performance of our hotels and facilitate comparisons between the Company and other lodging companies, hotel owners and capital-intensive companies, including those which include a REIT as part of their legal entity structure. The Non-GAAP Financial Measures are not recognized terms under U.S. GAAP.  These measures as presented may not be comparable to measures calculated by other companies. These measures should not be considered as alternative measures of, or superior to, operating profit, net income, net income per share or any other measure of the Company, Extended Stay America, Inc. or ESH Hospitality, Inc. calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  The Company’s presentation of the Non-GAAP Financial Measures does not replace the presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements and other disclosures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Forward Looking StatementsThis release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to our expectations regarding the performance of our business, financial results, liquidity and capital resources, capital expenditures and other non-historical statements, including the statements in the “Outlook” section of this release. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, possibly materially. For a description of factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from projected results or performance implied by forward-looking statements, please review the information under the headings “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s combined annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 27, 2019 and other documents of the Company on file with or furnished to the SEC. Any forward-looking statements made in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company, its business or operations.  Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. We caution you that actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted by the Company’s forward-looking statements.
About Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America, Inc. (“ESA”) and its brand Extended Stay America® is the leading brand in the mid-priced extended stay segment in the U.S. with 627 hotels, with approximately twice as many rooms as its nearest competitor.  ESA’s subsidiary, ESH Hospitality, Inc. (“ESH”), is the largest lodging REIT in North America by unit and room count, with 554 hotels and approximately 61,500 rooms in the U.S. ESA also manages or franchises an additional 73 Extended Stay America® hotels. Visit www.esa.com for more information.
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(980) 345-1546                                                                  
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