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China Lodging Group, Limited Reports First Quarter of 2018 Financial Results

  • A total of 3,817 hotels or 384,959 hotel rooms in operation as of March 31, 2018.
  • Net revenues increased 29.6% year-over-year from RMB1,614.1 million to RMB2,091.2 million (US$333.4 million)1 for the first quarter of 2018exceeding the higher end of our Q1 Guidance. Net revenues in 2018Q1 and the comparative for 2017 has reflected the changes in the accounting for revenue recognition in the US GAAP effective from January 1, 2018. Excluding the impact of such accounting changes, the revenue growth in Q1 under the previous accounting standards on revenue recognition would have been 30.3%.
  • Excluding unrealized loss from fair value changes of equity securities of RMB136.7 million and share based compensation, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) increased 47.5% year-over-year from RMB379.5 million to RMB559.7 million (US$89.2 million) for the first quarter of 2018.
  • Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited was RMB128.5 million (US$20.5 million) for the first quarter of 2018, compared with RMB152.6 million for the first quarter of 2017. Excluding unrealized loss from fair value changes of equity securities of RMB136.7 million and share based compensation, adjusted net income (non-GAAP) increased 67.6% year over year from RMB168.4 million to RMB282.3 million (US$45.0 million) for the first quarter of 2018.
  • To strengthen our partnership with AccorHotels, Huazhu had made a strategic investment of about 4.5% in AccorHotels and suggested a representation on the board of AccorHotels accordingly. This suggestion has been positively received by AccorHotels and shall be discussed further in the coming weeks.
  • The Company provides guidance for Q2 2018 net revenues growth of 24%-26% year over year, and revises upward the full year net revenues growth estimate ranges from 16%-19% to 18%-22% accordingly.

SHANGHAI, China, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) (“China Lodging Group”, “Huazhu” or the “Company”), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

First Quarter of 2018 Operational Highlights

  • During the first quarter of 2018, China Lodging Group opened 127 hotels, including 7 leased (“leased-and-operated”) hotels and 120 manachised (“franchised-and-managed”) hotels and franchised hotels.

  • The Company closed a total of 56 hotels, including 5 leased hotels and 51 manachised and franchised hotels, during the first quarter of 2018. This was mainly due to:

    a) The Company's strategic focus to upgrade the quality of the product and service. The Company closed 3 hotels for brand upgrade purposes and permanently removed 15 hotels from its network for their non-compliance with the brand and operating standards. These hotels were mainly under HanTing and Hi Inn brands. By removing hotels of lower quality, the Company is able to provide a more consistent customer experience, which will help enhance both the brands and future profitability.

    b) Property related issues, including rezoning and returning of military-owned properties, and expiry of leases, which resulted in the closure of 24 hotels.

    c) Operating losses from hotels located mainly in selected 3rd or lower tier cities which resulted in the closure of 14 hotels.

  • As of March 31, 2018, the Company had 673 leased hotels, 2,943 manachised hotels, and 201 franchised hotels in operation in 382 cities. The number of hotel rooms in operation totaled 384,959, an increase of 14.6% from a year ago.

  • The ADR, which is defined as the average daily rate for all hotels in operation, was RMB207 in the first quarter of 2018, compared with RMB182 in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB211 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 13.9% was due to both an increase in ADR of the mature hotels, as well as an increase in the proportion of midscale and upscale hotels with higher ADR in the Company’s brand mix. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation was 83.7% in the first quarter of 2018, compared with 83.9% in the first quarter of 2017 and 86.0% in the previous quarter. The occupancy rate almost remained flat year-over-year. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • RevPAR, defined as revenue per available room for all hotels in operation, was RMB173 in the first quarter of 2018, compared with RMB152 in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB181 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 13.7% was attributable to higher ADR. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • For all hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months, the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB165 for the first quarter of 2018, representing a 6.5% increase from RMB155 for the first quarter of 2017, with a 6.1% increase in ADR and a 0.3-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. The economy hotels registered a 6.4% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, driven by a 6.1% increase in ADR and a 0.2-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. The midscale and upscale hotels recorded a 6.5% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, driven by a 5.0% increase in ADR and a 1.0-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. Crystal Orange Hotels will not be counted in the same-hotel RevPAR statistics until they are in the Huazhu system for 18 months.

  • As of March 31, 2018, the Company’s loyalty program had approximately 108 million members, who contributed approximately 76% of room nights sold during the first quarter of 2018 and approximately 87% of room nights were sold through the Company’s own direct channels.

“We are excited to report a great start to the year. In the first quarter, same-hotel RevPAR grew by 6.5%, exceeding our expectation and reflecting the solid economic growth. Our fast expansion in mid- and upscale hotels are well on track. In the first quarter of 2018, our mid- and upscale room count increased by 92% year-over-year, and accounted for approximately 32% and 80% in total rooms in operation and in pipeline, respectively,” commented Ms. Jenny Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of China Lodging Group.

“I’m also delighted to announce that we have made a strategic investment about 4.5% in AccorHotels to strengthen our partnership. Since our strategic alliance with AccorHotels in 2016, we have made efforts to expand the hotel network, enhance brand awareness and operational efficiencies. In the first quarter of 2018, Ibis and Mercure achieved same-hotel RevPAR growth of 14.5% and 12.6%, respectively,” added Ms. Zhang. “We have also engaged discussions with AccorHotels for a board representation. This has been positively received by AccorHotels and shall be discussed further in the coming weeks.”

First Quarter of 2018 Financial Results
In the first quarter of 2018, the Company adopted new revenue recognition standards and all prior year numbers are restated using the new standards. Please see the “Accounting Standards Update” section of this release for more information.

       
(RMB in thousands) Q1 2017 Q4 2017 Q1 2018
Revenues:      
Leased and owned hotels 1,226,644 1,716,259 1,575,977
Manachised and franchised hotels 379,150 495,851 508,792
Others 8,268 13,032 6,455
Net revenues 1,614,062 2,225,142 2,091,224
       

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB2,091.2 million (US$333.4 million), representing a 29.6% year-over-year increase and a 6.0% sequential decrease. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to our hotel network expansion, improved blended RevPAR and the acquisition of Crystal Orange Hotels. The sequential decrease was due to seasonality.

Net revenues from leased and owned hotels for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB1,576.0 million (US$251.2 million), representing a 28.5% year-over-year increase and a 8.2% sequential decrease.

Net revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB508.8 million (US$81.1 million), representing a 34.2% year-over-year increase and a 2.6% sequential increase. Net revenues from manachised and franchised hotels accounted for 24.3% of the Company’s net revenues in the first quarter of 2018, up from 23.5% a year ago.

Other revenues represent revenues generated from other than hotel businesses, which mainly include revenues from Huazhu mall and the provision of IT products and services to hotels, totaling RMB6.5 million (US$1.0 million) in the first quarter of 2018.

       

(RMB in thousands)
Q1 2017 Q4 2017 Q1 2018
Operating costs and expenses:      
Hotel operating costs 1,199,226 1,623,449 1,506,035
Other operating costs 1,933 6,836 2,842
Selling and marketing expenses 48,902 98,464 65,826
General and administrative expenses 165,343 236,213 158,752
Pre-opening expenses 24,112 71,575 75,271
Total operating costs and expenses 1,439,516 2,036,537 1,808,726
       

Hotel operating costs for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB1,506.0 million (US$240.1 million), compared to RMB1,199.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, representing a 25.6% year-over-year increase. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB1,501.0 million (US$239.3 million), representing 71.8% of net revenues, compared to 74.0% for the first quarter in 2017 and 72.7% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease in the percentage was mainly attributable to the improved blended RevPAR and the maturity of our leased and owned hotels.

Selling and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB65.8 million (US$10.5 million), compared to RMB48.9 million in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB98.5 million in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB64.7 million (US$10.3 million), or 3.0% of net revenues, compared to 3.0% for the first quarter of 2017 and 4.4% for the previous quarter.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB158.8 million (US$25.3 million), compared to RMB165.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB236.2 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB147.8 million (US$23.6 million), representing 7.1% of net revenues, compared with 9.5% of net revenues in the first quarter of 2017 and 10.0% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to the one-off transaction costs related to Crystal Orange Hotels acquisition amounting to RMB46.2 million in first quarter of 2017.

Pre-opening expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were RMB75.3 million (US$12.0 million), representing a 212.2% year-over-year increase and a 5.2% sequential increase. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to more midscale or upscale leased hotels being under construction in the first quarter of 2018. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had 37 midscale and upscale leased hotels under construction, as compared to 15 as of March 31, 2017.

Income from operations for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB306.6 million (US$48.9 million), compared to RMB173.4 million in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB231.2 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB323.7 million (US$51.6 million), compared to adjusted income from operation (non-GAAP) of RMB189.2 million for the first quarter of 2017 and RMB250.4 million for the previous quarter. The adjusted operating margin, defined as adjusted operating income (non-GAAP) as percentage of net revenues, for the first quarter of 2018 was 15.5%, compared with 11.7% in the first quarter of 2017 and 11.3% in the previous quarter. The improved year-over-year adjusted operating margin was mainly attributable to the improved blended RevPAR and increased proportion of manachised and franchised hotels.

Unrealized loss from fair value changes of equity securities for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB136.7 million (US$21.8 million), mainly represents the unrealized loss from our investment in equity securities with readily determinable fair values, such as AccorHotels and Quanjude. According to ASU 2016-01 which was effective from January 1, 2018, we are required to reflect the unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes related to equity investment (except equity method investment) in net income. The unrealized losses from equity securities in the first quarter of 2018 were due to the lower share prices at end of the first quarter of 2018 compared to those at end of the fourth quarter of 2017. The unrealized gain (loss) will have a significant impact on our GAAP net income going forward. The closing share price of AccorHotels was EUR46.45 on May 11, 2018. Therefore, the unrealized gain on this AccorHotels investment in the second quarter up to May 11, 2018 would have been approximately RMB260 million.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB128.5 million (US$20.5 million), compared to RMB152.6 million in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB225.7 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and the unrealized loss from fair value changes of equity securities, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB282.3 million (US$45.0 million), representing a 67.6% year-over-year increase and a 27.9% sequential increase.

Basic and diluted earnings per share/ADS. For the first quarter of 2018, basic earnings per share were RMB0.46 (US$0.07) and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.44 (US$0.07); basic earnings per ADS were RMB1.83 (US$0.29) and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.75 (US$0.28). For the first quarter of 2018, excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized loss from fair value changes of equity securities, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB1.01 (US$0.16) and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.96 (US$0.15); adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB4.02 (US$0.64) and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB3.85 (US$0.61).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB405.9 million (US$64.7 million), compared with RMB363.7 million in the first quarter of 2017 and RMB445.8 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized loss from fair value changes of equity securities, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB559.7 million (US$89.2 million), compared with RMB379.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 and RMB440.9 million for the previous quarter.

Cash flow. Operating cash inflow for the first quarter of 2018 was RMB420.2 million (US$67.0 million). Investing cash outflow for the first quarter was RMB4,023.3 million (US$641.4 million).

In the first quarter of 2018, the Company purchased 10.8 million shares of AccorHotels from public market at cash consideration of EUR489 million. As of March 31, 2018, the Company held a total of 13.1 million AccorHotels shares representing 4.5% of the company. The purchase consideration of this investment amounted to EUR586.8 million, partly financed by a three-year share margin financing facility totaling EUR260 million.

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of RMB4,044.7 million (US$644.8 million).

Debt financing. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had a total debt balance of RMB8,527.8 million (US$1,359.5 million) and the unutilized credit facility available to the Company was RMB830.0 million.

Adoption of New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standards
The Company adopted Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) on January 1, 2018 on a full retrospective basis in the condensed consolidated financial statements. As such, prior period results have been adjusted to reflect the adoption of ASU 2014-09.

The most meaningful impacts of the adoption of ASU 2014-09 are as follows:
Under previous guidance, initial one-time franchise fee was recognized when the hotels opened for business and the Company had fulfilled its commitments and obligations. Upon adoption of new revenue standards the one-time franchise fee will be recognized over the term of the franchise contract.

Under previous guidance, the Company adopted the incremental cost model to account for customer loyalty program. The estimated incremental costs, net of the reimbursement received from the franchisees, are accrued and recorded as accruals for customer loyalty program as members accumulate points and are recognized as cost and expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of comprehensive income. Under new revenue standards, loyalty program is considered a separate performance obligation and the consideration allocated to the loyalty program will be recognized as revenue upon point redemption, net of any cost paid to the franchisees and other third parties.

Guidance
Thanks to the better-than-expected growth in RevPAR outlook, the Company revised upwards the full year net revenues growth estimate from 16%-19% to 18%-22%. In the second quarter of 2018, the Company expects net revenues to grow 24%-26% year-over-year.

The above forecast reflects the Company’s current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call
China Lodging Group’s management will host a conference call at 9 p.m. ET, Monday, May 14, 2018 (or 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong time zone) following the announcement. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 (845) 675 0438 (for callers in the US), +86 400 120 0654 (for callers in China Mainland), +852 3018 6776 (for callers in Hong Kong) or +65 6713 5440 (for callers outside of the US, China Mainland, and Hong Kong) and enter pass code 6426629. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the call.

A recording of the conference call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through May 22, 2018. Please dial +1 (855) 452 5696 (for callers in the US) or +61 2 9003 4211 (for callers outside the US) and entering pass code 6426629.

The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties at the Company’s website, http://ir.huazhu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company’s unaudited consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses; general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities; adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities; EBITDA; and adjusted EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results” set forth at the end of this release. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding Company performance by excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities that may not be indicative of Company operating performance. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Company performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to the Company’s historical performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are also useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used regularly by Company management in financial and operational decision-making. A limitation of using non-GAAP financial measures excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities is that share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities have been – and will continue to be – significant and recurring in the Company’s business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company believes that EBITDA is a useful financial metric to assess the operating and financial performance before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, given the significant investments that the Company has made in leasehold improvements, depreciation and amortization expense that comprise a significant portion of the Company’s cost structure. In addition, the Company believes that EBITDA is widely used by other companies in the lodging industry and may be used by investors as a measure of financial performance. The Company believes that EBITDA will provide investors with a useful tool for comparability between periods because it eliminates depreciation and amortization expense attributable to capital expenditures. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as EBITDA before share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities, to assess operating results of the hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities helps facilitate year-on-year comparison of the results of operations as the share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities may not be indicative of Company operating performance.

The company believes that unrealized gains and losses from changes in fair value of equity securities are generally meaningless in understanding our reported results or evaluating our economic performance of our businesses. These gains and losses have caused and will continue to cause significant volatility in periodic earnings.

Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA more closely reflects the performance capability of hotels. The presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an indication that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by other charges and gains considered to be outside the ordinary course of business.

The use of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations. Depreciation and amortization expense for various long-term assets (including land use rights), income tax, interest expense and interest income have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA. Share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of the results. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, share-based compensation expenses, and unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities and other relevant items both in the reconciliations to the U.S. GAAP financial measures and in the consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating the performance of the Company.

The terms EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not defined under U.S. GAAP, and neither EBITDA nor adjusted EBITDA is a measure of net income, operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. When assessing the operating and financial performance, investors should not consider these data in isolation or as a substitute for the Company’s net income, operating income or any other operating performance measure that is calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Company’s EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA – or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies – since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA in the same manner as the Company does.

Reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, to the consolidated statement of operations information are included at the end of this press release.

About China Lodging Group, Limited
China Lodging Group, Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had 3,817 hotels or 384,959 rooms in operation. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, China Lodging Group’s brands include Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Joya Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Orange Hotel and Manxin Hotel. The Company also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region.

The Company's business includes leased and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers it appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, the Company provides training, reservation and support services to the franchised hotels and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. The Company applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of March 31, 2018, China Lodging Group operates 22 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, 78 percent under manachise and franchise models.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website: http://ir.huazhu.com .

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the Company’s capital needs, business strategy and expectations. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, which may be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “forecast,” “project,” or “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Readers should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events or results. Any or all of the Company’s forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, risks and uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating these statements, readers should consider various factors, including the anticipated growth strategies of the Company, the future results of operations and financial condition of the Company, the economic conditions of China, the regulatory environment in China, the Company’s ability to attract customers and leverage its brands, trends and competition in the lodging industry, the expected growth of the lodging market in China and other factors and risks outlined in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F and other filings. These factors may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. In addition, new factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the Company to predict all factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. This release also contains statements or projections that are based upon information available to the public, as well as other information from sources which the Company believes to be reliable, but it is not guaranteed by the Company to be accurate, nor does the Company purport it to be complete. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document, except as required by applicable law.

---Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—

 
China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  December 31, 2017
  March 31, 2018
 
  RMB
  RMB     US$  
  (in thousands)
 
                 
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents 3,474,719     3,547,531     565,560  
Restricted cash 481,348     497,176     79,262  
Short-term investments 129,911     110,841     17,671  
Accounts receivable, net 162,910     198,529     31,651  
Loan receivables 380,580     160,675     25,615  
Amounts due from related parties 118,537     112,416     17,922  
Prepaid rent 659,973     563,521     89,838  
Inventories 24,006     27,217     4,339  
Other current assets 329,140     313,216     49,933  
Total current assets 5,761,124     5,531,122     881,791  
                 
Property and equipment, net 4,522,878     4,654,417     742,024  
Intangible assets, net 1,643,972     1,634,631     260,599  
Land use rights 140,108     138,764     22,122  
Long-term investments 2,361,969     6,039,743     962,877  
Goodwill 2,264,758     2,264,759     361,056  
Loan receivables 42,330     124,379     19,829  
Other assets 364,660     351,617     56,056  
Deferred tax assets 405,975     401,162     63,954  
Total assets 17,507,774     21,140,594     3,370,308  
                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Short-term debt 130,815     345,888     55,143  
Accounts payable 766,565     720,854     114,921  
Amounts due to related parties 36,890     120,813     19,261  
Salary and welfare payables 427,070     243,623     38,839  
Deferred revenue 942,651     1,003,154     159,925  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,249,032     1,302,380     207,631  
Income tax payable 218,238     99,218     15,818  
Total current liabilities 3,771,261     3,835,930     611,538  
                 
Long-term debt 4,921,774     8,181,918     1,304,390  
Deferred rent 1,380,484     1,401,277     223,395  
Deferred revenue 398,303     396,444     63,203  
Other long-term liabilities 380,578     401,000     63,929  
Deferred tax liabilities 422,090     419,950     66,950  
Total liabilities 11,274,490     14,636,519     2,333,405  
                 
Equity:                
Ordinary shares 212     213     34  
Treasury shares (107,331 )   (107,331 )   (17,111 )
Additional paid-in capital 3,624,135     3,641,310     580,511  
Retained earnings 2,512,719     2,681,883     427,555  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 167,965     252,499     40,254  
Total China Lodging Group, Limited shareholders' equity 6,197,700     6,468,574     1,031,243  
Noncontrolling interest 35,584     35,501     5,660  
Total equity 6,233,284     6,504,075     1,036,903  
Total liabilities and equity 17,507,774     21,140,594     3,370,308  
                 

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China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2017     December 31, 2017     March 31, 2018
 
  RMB     RMB     RMB     US$  
  (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:                      
Leased and owned hotels 1,226,644     1,716,259     1,575,977     251,248  
Manachised and franchised hotels 379,150     495,851     508,792     81,113  
Others 8,268     13,032     6,455     1,029  
Net revenues 1,614,062     2,225,142     2,091,224     333,390  
                       
Operating costs and expenses:                      
Hotel operating costs:                      
Rents (463,138 )   (560,178 )   (564,372 )   (89,974 )
Utilities (101,974 )   (89,418 )   (125,534 )   (20,013 )
Personnel costs (280,357 )   (412,990 )   (375,935 )   (59,933 )
Depreciation and amortization (169,567 )   (204,147 )   (211,111 )   (33,656 )
Consumables, food and beverage (108,701 )   (154,454 )   (144,432 )   (23,026 )
Others (75,489 )   (202,262 )   (84,651 )   (13,495 )
Total hotel operating costs (1,199,226 )   (1,623,449 )   (1,506,035 )   (240,097 )
Other operating costs (1,933 )   (6,836 )   (2,842 )   (453 )
Selling and marketing expenses (48,902 )   (98,464 )   (65,826 )   (10,494 )
General and administrative expenses (165,343 )   (236,213 )   (158,752 )   (25,309 )
Pre-opening expenses (24,112 )   (71,575 )   (75,271 )   (12,000 )
Total operating costs and expenses (1,439,516 )   (2,036,537 )   (1,808,726 )   (288,353 )
Other operating income (expense), net (1,145 )   42,563     24,088     3,839  
Income from operations 173,401     231,168     306,586     48,876  
Interest income 18,332     40,713     34,193     5,451  
Interest expense (2,358 )   (34,295 )   (51,457 )   (8,203 )
Other income (expense), net 27,049     (12,939 )   (8,836 )   (1,409 )
Unrealized gain (loss) from fair value changes of equity securities -     24,134     (136,680 )   (21,790 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (5,378 )   (2,341 )   30,012     4,785  
Income before income taxes 211,046     246,440     173,818     27,710  
Income tax expense (53,858 )   (17,747 )   (44,465 )   (7,088 )
(Loss) from equity method investments (4,654 )   (2,871 )   (3,560 )   (568 )
Net income 152,534     225,822     125,793     20,054  
Less: net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 92     (116 )   2,731     435  
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited 152,626     225,706     128,524     20,489  
                       
Other comprehensive income                      
Unrealized securities holding gains, net of tax 8,736     11,400     -     -  
Reclassification of gains realized to net income, net of tax (3,737 )   -     -     -  
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax 1,113     58,502     125,174     19,956  
Comprehensive income 158,646     295,724     250,967     40,010  
Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 92     (116 )   2,731     435  
Comprehensive income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited 158,738     295,608     253,698     40,445  
                       
Earnings per share:                      
Basic 0.55     0.81     0.46     0.07  
Diluted 0.53     0.77     0.44     0.07  
                       
Earnings per ADS:                      
Basic 2.19     3.23     1.83     0.29  
Diluted 2.12     3.08     1.75     0.28  
                       
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:                      
Basic 278,472     279,861     280,701     280,701  
Diluted 287,313     298,903     293,243     293,243  
                       


 
China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2017
  December 31, 2017
  March 31, 2018
  RMB    RMB    RMB    US$ 
  (in thousands)
Operating activities:                      
Net income 152,534     225,822     125,793     20,054  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                      
Share-based compensation 15,799     19,245     17,129     2,731  
Depreciation and amortization 173,204     208,756     215,671     34,383  
Amortization of issuance cost of convertible senior notes -     2,598     7,958     1,269  
Deferred taxes 4,470     (82,338 )   2,672     426  
Bad debt expenses 413     1,434     542     86  
Deferred rent 14,837     103,688     23,882     3,807  
Loss (Gain) from disposal of property and equipment 4,291     (2,795 )   (460 )   (73 )
Impairment loss -     92,480     -     -  
Loss from equity method investments 4,654     2,871     3,560     568  
Investment (income) loss (27,016 )   (44,403 )   137,126     21,861  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:                      
Accounts receivable 6,174     10,735     (36,160 )   (5,765 )
Prepaid rent (34,897 )   (131,592 )   96,452     15,377  
Inventories (1,748 )   3,684     (3,210 )   (512 )
Amounts due from related parties 2,835     (23,967 )   (11,574 )   (1,845 )
Other current assets (7,134 )   (56,720 )   13,857     2,209  
Other assets (21,002 )   4,691     13,044     2,081  
Accounts payable (39,822 )   35,417     (11,315 )   (1,804 )
Amounts due to related parties (700 )   4,234     (2,448 )   (390 )
Salary and welfare payables (104,752 )   223,455     (183,447 )   (29,246 )
Deferred revenue (23,359 )   23,014     58,644     9,349  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 105,092     (44,279 )   51,030     8,135  
Income tax payable (46,442 )   (39,224 )   (119,020 )   (18,975 )
Other long-term liabilities 8,583     17,386     20,453     3,261  
Net cash provided by operating activities 186,014     554,192     420,179     66,987  
                       
Investing activities:                      
Purchases of property and equipment (185,116 )   (267,332 )   (370,977 )   (59,142 )
Purchases of intangibles (826 )   (4,079 )   -     -  
Amount received as a result of government zoning -     2,593     2,528     403  
Acquisitions, net of cash received (765,023 )   (330 )   -     -  
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiary and branch, net of cash disposed -     13,684     1,185     189  
Purchases of long-term investments (78,609 )   (856,682 )   (3,789,845 )   (604,190 )
Proceeds from maturity/sale of long-term investments 38,613     1,857     2,182     348  
Payment for shareholder loan to equity investees (75,980 )   (6,079 )   (6,240 )   (995 )
Payment for the origination of loan receivables (3,400 )   (319,500 )   (132,170 )   (21,071 )
Proceeds from collection of loan receivables 5,812     20,303     270,026     43,048  
Net cash (used in) investing activities (1,064,529 )   (1,415,565 )   (4,023,311 )   (641,410 )
                       
                       
Financing activities:                      
Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of options 2,190     1,875     47     7  
Proceeds from short-term bank borrowings 1,000     -     220,000     35,073  
Repayment of short-term bank borrowings (1,000 )   -     -     -  
Proceeds from long-term bank borrowings -     -     3,450,652     550,115  
Repayment of long-term bank borrowings -     (1,650,916 )   -     -  
Funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders 22,739     34,972     -     -  
Repayment of funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders -     -     (2,250 )   (359 )
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest (3,750 )   -     -     -  
Proceeds from amounts due to related parties -     -     86,371     13,770  
Contribution from noncontrolling interest holders 310     17,743     4,070     649  
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest holders (650 )   (240 )   (1,422 )   (227 )
Dividends paid -     (306,343 )   -     -  
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes, net of issuance cost and capped call option -     2,925,202     -     -  
Debt financing and administrative costs paid -     (9,763 )   -     -  
Proceeds from ADS Lending -     7     -     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities 20,839     1,012,537     3,757,468     599,028  
                       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
equivalents
(1,839 )   (21,717 )   (65,696 )   (10,473 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash (859,515 )   129,447     88,640     14,132  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the period 3,235,507     3,826,620     3,956,067     630,690  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period 2,375,992     3,956,067     4,044,707     644,822  
                       


 
China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
  Quarter Ended March 31, 2018
  GAAP Result   % of Net
Revenues

  Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues

  Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues

  RMB         RMB         RMB      
  (in thousands)
Hotel operating costs 1,506,035   72.0 %   5,038   0.2 %   1,500,997   71.8 %
Other operating costs 2,842   0.1 %   -   0.0 %   2,842   0.1 %
Selling and marketing expenses 65,826   3.1 %   1,120   0.1 %   64,706   3.0 %
General and administrative expenses 158,752   7.6 %   10,971   0.5 %   147,781   7.1 %
Pre-opening expenses 75,271   3.6 %   -   0.0 %   75,271   3.6 %
Total operating costs and expenses 1,808,726   86.4 %   17,129   0.8 %   1,791,597   85.6 %
Income from operations 306,586   14.7 %   17,129   0.8 %   323,715   15.5 %
      .                      
  Quarter Ended March 31, 2018
  GAAP Result   % of Net
Revenues

  Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues

  Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues

  US$         US$         US$      
  (in thousands)
Hotel operating costs 240,097   72.0 %   804   0.2 %   239,293   71.8 %
Other operating costs 453   0.1 %   -   0.0 %   453   0.1 %
Selling and marketing expenses 10,494   3.1 %   179   0.1 %   10,315   3.0 %
General and administrative expenses 25,309   7.6 %   1,748   0.5 %   23,561   7.1 %
Pre-opening expenses 12,000   3.6 %   -   0.0 %   12,000   3.6 %
Total operating costs and expenses 288,353   86.4 %   2,731   0.8 %   285,622   85.6 %
Income from operations 48,876   14.7 %   2,731   0.8 %   51,607   15.5 %
                             
  Quarter Ended December 31, 2017
  GAAP Result   % of Net
Revenues

  Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues

  Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues

  RMB         RMB         RMB      
  (in thousands)
Hotel operating costs 1,623,449   73.0 %   6,091   0.3 %   1,617,358   72.7 %
Other operating costs 6,836   0.3 %   -   0.0 %   6,836   0.3 %
Selling and marketing expenses 98,464   4.4 %   551   0.0 %   97,913   4.4 %
General and administrative expenses 236,213   10.6 %   12,603   0.6 %   223,610   10.0 %
Pre-opening expenses 71,575   3.2 %   -   0.0 %   71,575   3.2 %
Total operating costs and expenses 2,036,537   91.5 %   19,245   0.9 %   2,017,292   90.6 %
Income from operations 231,168   10.4 %   19,245   0.9 %   250,413   11.3 %
                             
  Quarter Ended March 31, 2017
  GAAP Result   % of Net
Revenues

  Share-based
Compensation
  % of Net
Revenues

  Non-GAAP
Result
  % of Net
Revenues

  RMB         RMB         RMB      
  (in thousands)
Hotel operating costs 1,199,226   74.3 %   4,672   0.3 %   1,194,554   74.0 %
Other operating costs 1,933   0.1 %   -   0.0 %   1,933   0.1 %
Selling and marketing expenses 48,902   3.0 %   287   0.0 %   48,615   3.0 %
General and administrative expenses 165,343   10.2 %   10,840   0.7 %   154,503   9.5 %
Pre-opening expenses 24,112   1.5 %   -   0.0 %   24,112   1.5 %
Total operating costs and expenses 1,439,516   89.1 %   15,799   1.0 %   1,423,717   88.1 %
Income from operations 173,401   10.7 %   15,799   1.0 %   189,200   11.7 %
                             


 
China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2017   December 31, 2017   March 31, 2018
  RMB     RMB     RMB     US$  
  (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP) 152,626     225,706     128,524     20,489  
Share-based compensation expenses 15,799     19,245     17,129     2,731  
Unrealized loss (gain) from fair value changes of equity securities -     (24,134 )   136,680     21,790  
Adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) 168,425     220,817     282,333     45,010  
                       
Earnings per share (GAAP)                      
Basic 0.55     0.81     0.46     0.07  
Diluted 0.53     0.77     0.44     0.07  
                       
Earnings per ADS (GAAP)                      
Basic 2.19     3.23     1.83     0.29  
Diluted 2.12     3.08     1.75     0.28  
                       
Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP)                      
Basic 0.60     0.79     1.01     0.16  
Diluted 0.59     0.74     0.96     0.15  
                       
Adjusted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP)                      
Basic 2.42     3.16     4.02     0.64  
Diluted 2.34     2.96     3.85     0.61  
                       
Weighted average number of shares used in computation                      
Basic 278,472     279,861     280,701     280,701  
Diluted 287,313     298,903     293,243     293,243  
                       
                       
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 2017   December 31, 2017   March 31, 2018
  RMB     RMB     RMB     US$  
  (in thousands)                    
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP) 152,626     225,706     128,524     20,489  
Interest income (18,332 )   (40,713 )   (34,193 )   (5,451 )
Interest expense 2,358     34,295     51,457     8,203  
Income tax expense 53,858     17,747     44,465     7,088  
Depreciation and amortization 173,204     208,756     215,671     34,383  
EBITDA (non-GAAP) 363,714     445,791     405,924     64,712  
Share-based compensation 15,799     19,245     17,129     2,731  
Unrealized loss (gain) from fair value changes of equity securities -     (24,134 )   136,680     21,790  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) 379,513     440,902     559,733     89,233  
                       


     
China Lodging Group, Limited

Operational Data     
  As of 
  March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
  2017 2017 2018
Total hotels in operation: 3,336   3,746   3,817  
Leased and owned hotels 620   671   673  
Manachised hotels 2,535   2,874   2,943  
Franchised hotels 181   201   201  
Total hotel rooms in operation 335,900   379,675   384,959  
Leased and owned hotels 78,012   85,018   85,508  
Manachised hotels 241,251   275,065   280,133  
Franchised hotels 16,637   19,592   19,318  
Number of cities 369   378   382  
       
       
       
  For the quarter ended
  March 31,  December 31, March 31,
  2017 2017 2018
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)
Leased and owned hotels 85.0 % 87.2 % 85.6 %
Manachised hotels 84.6 % 86.6 % 84.0 %
Franchised hotels 65.6 % 72.1 % 69.8 %
Blended 83.9 % 86.0 % 83.7 %
Average daily room rate  (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels 204   251   243  
Manachised hotels 174   197   194  
Franchised hotels 180   232   228  
Blended 182   211   207  
RevPAR  (in RMB)    
Leased and owned hotels 174   219   208  
Manachised hotels 147   170   163  
Franchised hotels 118   167   159  
Blended 152   181   173  
       
           
Same-hotel Operational Data: like-for-like performance for leased, manachised and franchised hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter
     
  As of and for the quarter ended  
  March 31,
 
  2017 2018  
Total 2,813   2,813    
Leased and owned hotels 571   571    
Manachised hotels 2,242   2,242    
Occupancy rate (as a percentage) 85.9 % 86.2 %  
Average daily room rate (in RMB) 181   192    
RevPAR (in RMB) 155   165    
       


   
Hotel breakdown by segment  
     
  Number of Hotels in Operation Number of Hotel Rooms in Operation
  As of March 31, 2018 As of March 31, 2018
Economy hotels   2,864   262,885
HanTing Hotel 2,245 220,877
Leased hotels 440 50,637
Manachised hotels 1,801 169,862
Franchised hotels 4 378
Hi Inn 391 25,753
Leased hotels 30 2,837
Manachised hotels 315 20,160
Franchised hotels 46 2,756
Elan Hotel 220 15,414
Manachised hotels 188 13,433
Franchised hotels 32 1,981
Orange Hotel 8 841
Leased hotels 6 678
Manachised hotels 1 85
Franchised hotels 1 78
Midscale hotels and upscale hotels   953   122,074
JI Hotel 423 57,192
Leased hotels 91 16,078
Manachised hotels 330 40,912
Franchised hotels 2 202
Starway Hotel 173 16,550
Leased hotels 2 386
Manachised hotels 141 13,415
Franchised hotels 30 2,749
Joya Hotel 7 1,197
Leased hotels 4 589
Manachised hotels 2 452
Franchised hotels 1 156
Manxin Hotels & Resorts 15 1,473
Leased hotels 3 447
Manachised hotels 9 922
Franchised hotels 3 104
HanTing Premium Hotel 28 2,493
Leased hotels 11 1,068
Manachised hotels 17 1,425
ibis Hotel 105 13,810
Leased and owned hotels 17 3,124
Manachised hotels 44 4,914
Franchised hotels 44 5,772
ibis Styles Hotel 16 2,238
Manachised hotels 13 1,821
Franchised hotels 3 417
Mercure Hotel 19 4,345
Leased hotels 2 496
Manachised hotels 12 3,007
Franchised hotels 5 842
Novotel Hotel 4 1,697
Manachised hotels 3 1,374
Franchised hotels 1 323
Grand Mercure Hotel 5 1,293
Leased hotels 1 360
Manachised hotels 2 562
Franchised hotels 2 371
Orange Selected 114 13,963
Leased hotels 46 5,990
Manachised hotels 49 5,768
Franchised hotels 19 2,205
Crystal Orange 44 5,823
Leased hotels 20 2,818
Manachised hotels 16 2,021
Franchised hotels 8 984
Total 3,817 384,959
     


               
Same-hotel operational data by segment              
  Number of hotels in operation Same-hotel RevPAR   Same-hotel ADR   Same-hotel Occupancy  
  As of For the quarter ended   For the quarter ended   For the quarter ended  
  March 31, March 31, yoy
change
March 31, yoy
change
March 31, yoy
change
  2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017   2018  
Economy hotels 2,406 2,406 141 150 6.4 % 160 170 6.1 % 88.0 % 88.2 % 0.2 %
Leased and owned hotels 477 477 147 160 8.7 % 169 182 7.6 % 87.3 % 88.1 % 0.9 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,929 1,929 139 147 5.6 % 157 166 5.6 % 88.3 % 88.2 % 0.0 %
Midscale and upscale hotels 407 407 215 229 6.5 % 279 293 5.0 % 76.9 % 78.0 % 1.0 %
Leased hotels 94 94 264 281 6.3 % 320 335 4.9 % 82.6 % 83.7 % 1.1 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 313 313 193 205 6.4 % 259 272 5.0 % 74.4 % 75.4 % 1.0 %
Total 2,813 2,813 155 165 6.5 % 181 192 6.1 % 85.9 % 86.2 % 0.3 %
                                 

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