- Second quarter 2021 comparable systemwide constant dollar RevPAR increased 262.6 percent worldwide, 274.6 percent in the U.S. & Canada, and 223.2 percent in international markets, compared to the 2020 second quarter;
- Second quarter 2021 comparable systemwide constant dollar RevPAR declined 43.8 percent worldwide, 39.5 percent in the U.S. & Canada, and 55.6 percent in international markets, compared to the 2019 second quarter;
- Second quarter reported diluted EPS totaled $1.28, compared to reported diluted loss per share of $0.72 in the year-ago quarter. Second quarter adjusted diluted EPS totaled $0.79, compared to second quarter 2020 adjusted diluted loss per share of $0.57;
- Second quarter reported net income totaled $422 million, compared to reported net loss of $234 million in the year-ago quarter. Second quarter adjusted net income totaled $260 million, compared to second quarter 2020 adjusted net loss of $184 million;
- Adjusted EBITDA totaled $558 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to second quarter 2020 adjusted EBITDA of $61 million;
- The company added nearly 25,000 rooms globally during the second quarter, including roughly 13,000 rooms in international markets and a total of approximately 5,300 conversion rooms. Gross rooms growth was 6.1 percent for the twelve months ended June 30, 2021;
- At quarter end, Marriott’s worldwide development pipeline totaled 2,750 properties and nearly 478,000 rooms, including roughly 19,000 rooms approved, but not yet subject to signed contracts. More than 212,000 rooms in the pipeline were under construction as of the end of the 2021 second quarter.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today reported second quarter 2021 results.
Anthony Capuano, Chief Executive Officer, said, “The rate of global lodging recovery accelerated during the second quarter and momentum has continued into July. We are particularly pleased with the resilience of RevPAR  in markets where consumers feel safe traveling. Worldwide occupancy continued to build, reaching 51 percent for the quarter. We also saw strong improvement in global average daily rate in the second quarter, which was down only 17 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019.
“The swift resurgence of lodging demand once the virus has been largely contained and restrictions have eased has been most evident in Mainland China. Second quarter RevPAR in Mainland China was on par with the second quarter of 2019, and in April, for the first time since the pandemic began, leisure, business transient and group room nights were all ahead of 2019 levels.
“In our largest region, the U.S. & Canada, demand stepped up significantly during the quarter, particularly at our resorts. Leisure demand once again led the way, although business transient and group demand also continued to grow. We are seeing more blending of trip purposes, a trend we expect will continue.
“Owners continue to seek out our brands. Year to date through June, rooms signed were 36 percent ahead of the same period in 2020 and more than 30 percent of rooms signed in the first half of this year are conversions. We have also seen strong openings, with approximately 49,000 rooms added to our system in the first six months of the year. For the full year 2021, we continue to expect gross rooms growth will accelerate to approximately 6 percent, with net rooms growth now expected to be towards the top end of the 3 to 3.5 percent range.
“Marriott Bonvoy hit 153 million members by quarter’s end. We continue to focus on engaging with our loyal customers through multiple offerings beyond hotel stays. Second quarter co-brand credit card fees surpassed 2019 second quarter fees, thanks to strong cardholder spend and robust global cardholder acquisitions. Our recent international credit card launches in South Korea and Mexico have seen strong initial success as has our new Uber collaboration in the U.S. Last week, we began offering U.S. customers booking through our digital channels the opportunity to purchase Allianz travel insurance products, providing peace of mind to our customers throughout the travel journey.
“While we are keeping a close eye on the Delta and other variant strains, we are optimistic that the upward trajectory of the global recovery will continue. We anticipate that more workers returning to their offices on a hybrid basis will serve as a catalyst for a meaningful increase in business transient and group demand in the fall. Many of our associates are starting to get back on the road, and our largest corporate clients tell us they are beginning to do the same. Our recovery to date has shown us that there is tremendous pent-up demand for the travel experiences we consistently provide. Timelines are hard to predict and will continue to vary by region, but I believe that we are on our way to a full global recovery.”
Second Quarter 2021 Results
Marriott’s reported operating income totaled $486 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to 2020 second quarter reported operating loss of $154 million. Reported net income totaled $422 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to 2020 second quarter reported net loss of $234 million. Reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $1.28 in the quarter, compared to reported diluted loss per share of $0.72 in the year-ago quarter.
Adjusted operating income in the 2021 second quarter totaled $406 million, compared to 2020 second quarter adjusted operating loss of $85 million. Adjusted operating loss in the 2020 second quarter excluded impairment charges of $24 million.
Second quarter 2021 adjusted net income totaled $260 million, compared to 2020 second quarter adjusted net loss of $184 million. Adjusted diluted EPS in the 2021 second quarter totaled $0.79, compared to adjusted diluted loss per share of $0.57 in the year-ago quarter. These adjusted results excluded special tax items of $98 million ($0.30 per share) in the 2021 second quarter and impairment charges of $25 million after-tax ($0.08 per share) in the 2020 second quarter.
Adjusted results also excluded restructuring and merger-related charges, cost reimbursement revenue, and reimbursed expenses. See pages A-3 and A-12 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 totaled $587 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to base management and franchise fees of $222 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year increase in these fees is primarily attributable to RevPAR increases due to the ongoing recovery in lodging demand from the impacts of COVID-19. Other non-RevPAR related franchise fees in the 2021 second quarter totaled $160 million, compared to $107 million in the year-ago quarter, aided by a $43 million increase in credit card branding fees.
Incentive management fees totaled $55 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to $12 million in the 2020 second quarter. Hotels in international markets earned $40 million of the fees in the quarter, with particular strength in Greater China.
Owned, leased, and other revenue, net of direct expenses, totaled a profit of $19 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to a $72 million loss in the year-ago quarter. The $91 million increase in revenue net of expenses year over year largely reflects the ongoing recovery in lodging demand from the impacts of COVID-19 as well as $18 million of subsidies received from German government COVID-19 assistance programs.
Depreciation, amortization, and other expenses for the 2021 second quarter totaled $50 million, compared to $72 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year change is primarily due to a $15 million impairment charge recorded in the 2020 second quarter.
General, administrative, and other expenses for the 2021 second quarter totaled $187 million, compared to $178 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year increase primarily reflects lower compensation costs in 2020 as a result of reductions in executive pay, shortened work weeks and furloughs, partially offset by lower bad debt expense in the 2021 quarter.
Interest expense, net, totaled $102 million in the second quarter compared to $119 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year decrease is largely due to lower debt balances.
Equity in losses for the second quarter totaled $8 million, compared to a $30 million loss in the year-ago quarter. The decrease in losses largely reflects improved results at joint venture properties due to the ongoing recovery in lodging demand from the impacts of COVID-19 and an $8 million impairment charge recorded in the 2020 second quarter.
In the 2021 second quarter, the provision for income taxes totaled a $41 million benefit, compared to a $64 million benefit in the 2020 second quarter. The change in benefit largely reflects higher income before taxes, partially offset by a $118 million reversal of reserves in the 2021 second quarter related to the closure of pre-acquisition Starwood audits.
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $558 million in the 2021 second quarter, compared to second quarter 2020 adjusted EBITDA of $61 million. See page A-12 for the adjusted EBITDA calculation.
Selected Performance Information
The company added 149 properties (24,909 rooms) to its worldwide lodging portfolio during the 2021 second quarter, including approximately 5,300 conversion rooms and roughly 13,000 rooms in international markets. Additions in the 2021 second quarter included eight all-inclusive conversion properties (2,943 rooms) in the company’s Caribbean and Latin America region, part of the nearly 7,000-room deal signed in the first quarter of 2021. Fourteen properties (2,486 rooms) exited the system during the quarter. At quarter end, Marriott’s global lodging system totaled 7,797 properties, with over 1,451,000 rooms.
At quarter end, the company’s worldwide development pipeline totaled 2,750 properties with nearly 478,000 rooms, including 1,069 properties with more than 212,000 rooms under construction and 114 properties with roughly 19,000 rooms approved for development, but not yet subject to signed contracts.
In the 2021 second quarter, worldwide RevPAR increased 262.6 percent (a 268.7 percent increase using actual dollars) compared to the 2020 second quarter. RevPAR in the U.S. & Canada increased 274.6 percent (a 275.8 percent increase using actual dollars), and RevPAR in international markets increased 223.2 percent (a 244.1 percent increase using actual dollars).
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
At quarter end, Marriott’s net debt was $9.5 billion, representing total debt of $10.2 billion less cash and cash equivalents of $0.7 billion. At year-end 2020, the company’s net debt was $9.5 billion, representing total debt of $10.4 billion less cash and cash equivalents of $0.9 billion.
The company’s net liquidity was approximately $4.7 billion at the end of the second quarter, representing $0.6 billion in available cash balances and $4.1 billion of unused borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility.
On July 23, 2021, Marriott announced that on August 9, 2021 it will redeem all $400 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 3.125% Series N Notes Due October 15, 2021.
Marriott now anticipates that full year 2021 investment spending will total $575 million to $625 million. Total investment spending includes capital and technology expenditures, loan advances, contract acquisition costs, and other investing activities.
Due to the numerous uncertainties associated with COVID-19, Marriott cannot presently estimate the impact of this unprecedented situation on its future results, which is highly dependent on the severity and duration of the pandemic and its impacts, but expects that COVID-19 will continue to be material to the company’s results.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) will conduct its quarterly earnings review for the investment community and news media on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The conference call will be webcast simultaneously via Marriott’s investor relations website at http://www.marriott.com/investor, click on “Events & Presentations” and click on the quarterly conference call link. A replay will be available at that same website until August 2, 2022.
The telephone dial-in number for the conference call is 1-706-679-3455 and the conference ID is 2952228. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 until 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday, August 10, 2021. To access the replay, call 1-404-537-3406. The conference ID for the recording is 2952228.
 All occupancy, ADR and RevPAR statistics are systemwide constant dollar and include hotels that have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Unless otherwise stated, all changes refer to year-over-year changes for the comparable period. RevPAR comparisons between 2021 and 2020 reflect properties that are comparable in both years. ADR and RevPAR comparisons between 2021 and 2019 reflect properties that are defined as comparable as of June 30, 2021, even if they were not open and operating for the full year 2019 or they did not meet all the other criteria for comparable in 2019.
Note on forward-looking statements:
All statements in this press release and the accompanying schedules are made as of August 3, 2021. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This press release and the accompanying schedules contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements related to the possible effects on our business of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it (COVID-19); recovery in lodging demand; travel and lodging demand and trends; future performance of the company's hotels; our development pipeline, signings, rooms growth and conversions; the expected timing and completion of certain transactions; our investment spending expectations; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including those we identify below and other risk factors that we identify in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K. Risks that could affect forward-looking statements in this press release include the duration and scope of COVID-19, including the availability and distribution of effective vaccines or treatments; the pandemic’s short and longer-term impact on the demand for travel, transient and group business, and levels of consumer confidence; actions governments, businesses and individuals have taken or may take in response to the pandemic, including limiting, banning, or cautioning against travel and/or in-person gatherings or imposing occupancy or other restrictions on lodging or other facilities; the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on global and regional economies, travel, and economic activity, including the duration and magnitude of the pandemic’s impact on unemployment rates and consumer discretionary spending; the ability of our owners and franchisees to successfully navigate the impacts of COVID-19; the pace of recovery when the pandemic subsides and any dislocations in recovery as a result of resurgences of the pandemic; general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions or low levels of economic growth; the effects of steps we and our property owners and franchisees have taken and may continue to take to reduce operating costs and/or enhance certain health and cleanliness protocols at our hotels; the impacts of our employee furloughs and reduced work week schedules, our voluntary transition program and our other restructuring activities; competitive conditions in the lodging industry and in the labor market; relationships with customers and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth and refurbishment; the extent to which we experience adverse effects from data security incidents; and changes in tax laws in countries in which we earn significant income. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,800 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy™, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.
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