Marriott sees Q4 comparable systemwide worldwide RevPAR up 1%
The company said, "For the 2019 fourth quarter, Marriott expects comparable systemwide RevPAR on a constant dollar basis will be flat to up 1 percent in North America, increase roughly 1 percent outside North America, and increase roughly 1 percent worldwide. The company assumes fourth quarter 2019 gross fee revenues will total $960 million to $970 million, a 5 to 7 percent increase over fourth quarter 2018 gross fee revenues of $910 million. The company anticipates fourth quarter 2019 incentive management fees will be roughly flat compared to fourth quarter 2018 incentive management fees of $167 million. Compared to the estimate the company provided on August 5, this gross fee revenues estimate largely reflects more modest RevPAR growth and margins, including the impact of the recent events in Hong Kong, and unfavorable foreign exchange. The company expects fourth quarter 2019 general, administrative, and other expenses could total $250 million to $255 million. General, administrative, and other expenses in the 2018 fourth quarter included a $7 million expense for the company's supplemental investments in its workforce. Marriott expects fourth quarter 2019 adjusted EBITDA could total $898 million to $913 million, a 4 to 6 percent increase over fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $864 million. This estimate reflects the sale of the St. Regis New York, but not any gain associated with the transaction, nor any additional asset sales that may occur in the fourth quarter of 2019. See page A-12 for the adjusted EBITDA calculation."