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Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022 7:30:00 AM
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H World Group (HTHT) Recent Earnings

H World Group (HTHT) reported a 1st Quarter March 2022 loss of $0.32 per share on revenue of $423.0 million. The consensus estimate was a loss of $0.36 per share on revenue of $410.2 million. Revenue grew 19.2% on a year-over-year basis.

China Lodging Group Ltd is a multi-brand hotel group in China with leased, manachised and franchised models.

Results
Reported Earnings
($0.32)
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
($0.36)
Reported Revenue
$423.0 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$410.2 Mil
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Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

Huazhu Group Limited Reports First Quarter of 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

  • A total of 7,988 hotels or 764,859 hotel rooms in operation as of March 31, 2022.
  • Hotel turnover1 increased 16.4% year-over-year to RMB9.5 billion for the first quarter of 2022. Excluding Steigenberger Hotels AG and its subsidiaries (“DH”, or “Legacy-DH”), hotel turnover increased 11.4% year-over-year for the first quarter.
  • Revenue increased 15.2% year-over-year to RMB2.7 billion (US$423 million)2 for the first quarter of 2022, in line with revenue guidance previously announced of 11% to 15% compared to the first quarter of 2021. Revenue from Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 increased 4.6% year-over-year, in line with revenue guidance previously announced of 1% to 5%.
  • Net loss attributable to Huazhu Group Limited was RMB630 million (US$99 million) for the first quarter of 2022, compared with RMB248 million for the first quarter of 2021 and RMB459 million in the previous quarter. Net loss attributable to Huazhu Group Limited from Legacy-Huazhu segment was RMB307 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited from Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB53 million for the first quarter of 2021 and net loss attributable to Huazhu Group Limited from Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB419 million in the previous quarter.
  • EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2022 was negative RMB301 million (US$48 million), compared with RMB70 million for the first quarter of 2021 and RMB46 million in the previous quarter. EBITDA from Legacy-Huazhu segment, which is a segment measure, was negative RMB61 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with RMB410 million for the first quarter of 2021 and negative RMB23 million in the previous quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, was negative RMB333 million (US$53 million) for the first quarter of 2022, compared with negative RMB133 million for the first quarter of 2021 and RMB278 in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA from Legacy-Huazhu segment(non-GAAP) was negative RMB93 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with RMB207 million for the first quarter of 2021 and RMB209 million in the previous quarter.
  • In the second quarter of 2022, Huazhu expects revenue to decline 2% to 6% compared to the second quarter of 2021, or to decline 23% to 27% if excluding DH, mainly due to large impacts from Omicron variant outbreak in China.

SHANGHAI, China, May 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT and HKEX: 1179) (“Huazhu”, “the Company”, “we” or “our”), a world-leading hotel group, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

As of March 31, 2022, Huazhu’s worldwide hotel network in operation totaled 7,988 hotels and 764,859 rooms, including 120 hotels from DH. During the first quarter of 2022, our Legacy-Huazhu business opened 302 hotels, including 3 leased (or leased-and-operated) hotels and 299 manachised (or franchised-and-managed) hotels and franchised hotels, and closed a total of 140 hotels, including 12 leased hotels and 128 manachised and franchised hotels. During the first quarter of 2022, the Legacy-DH business opened 1 leased hotel, and closed 5 manachised and franchised hotels. As of March 31, 2022, Huazhu had a total of 2,271 unopened hotels in our pipeline, including 2,226 hotels from the Legacy-Huazhu business and 45 hotels from the Legacy-DH business.

Legacy-Huazhu Only First Quarter of 2022 Operational Highlights

As of March 31, 2022, Legacy-Huazhu had 7,868 hotels in operation, including 653 leased and owned hotels, and 7,215 manachised and franchised hotels. In addition, as of the same date, Legacy-Huazhu had 740,493 hotel rooms in operation, including 91,163 rooms under the lease and ownership model, and 649,330 rooms under the manachise and franchise models. Legacy-Huazhu also had 2,226 unopened hotels in our pipeline, including 23 leased and owned hotels and 2,203 manachised and franchised hotels. The following discusses Legacy-Huazhu’s RevPAR, average daily room rate (“ADR”) and occupancy rate for its leased and owned hotels, as well as manachised and franchised hotels (excluding hotels under governmental requisition) for the periods indicated.

  • The ADR was RMB224 in the first quarter of 2022, compared with RMB209 in the first quarter of 2021, RMB239 in the previous quarter, and RMB221 in the first quarter of 2019.

  • The occupancy rate for all Legacy-Huazhu hotels in operation was 59.2% in the first quarter of 2022, compared with 66.2% in the first quarter of 2021, 68.2% in the previous quarter, and 80.6% in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Blended RevPAR was RMB132 in the first quarter of 2022, compared with RMB138 in the first quarter of 2021, RMB163 in the previous quarter, and RMB178 in the first quarter of 2019.

  • For all Legacy-Huazhu hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months, the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB131 for the first quarter of 2022, representing a 8.9% decrease from RMB144 for the first quarter of 2021, with a 3.5% increase in ADR and an 8.2-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate; comparing the first quarter of 2022 with the pre-COVID-19 first quarter of 2019, same-hotel RevPAR represented a 36.2% decrease from RMB191 for the first quarter of 2019, with a 9.9% decrease in ADR, and a 24.6-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate.

Legacy-DH Only First Quarter of 2022 Operational Highlights

As of March 31, 2022, Legacy-DH had 120 hotels in operation, including 77 leased and owned hotels and 43 manachised and franchised hotels. In addition, as of the same date, Legacy-DH had 24,366 hotel rooms in operation, including 14,472 rooms under the lease and ownership model, and 9,894 rooms under the manachise and franchise models. Legacy-DH also had unopened 45 hotels in our pipeline, including 29 leased and owned hotels and 16 manachised and franchised hotels. The following discusses Legacy-DH’s RevPAR, ADR and occupancy rate for its leased as well as manachised and franchised hotels (excluding hotels temporarily closed) for the periods indicated. 

  • The ADR was EUR88 in the first quarter of 2022, compared with EUR69 in the first quarter of 2021 and EUR94 in the previous quarter.

  • The occupancy rate for all Legacy-DH hotels in operation was 38.0% in the first quarter of 2022, compared with 18.8% in the first quarter of 2021 and 46.1% in the previous quarter.

  • Blended RevPAR was EUR33 in the first quarter of 2022, compared with EUR13 in the first quarter of 2021 and EUR43 in the previous quarter.

Jin Hui, CEO of Huazhu commented: “Since late March 2022, our China business has encountered tremendous challenges with the highly infectious Omicron variant spreading nationwide. Many cities, such as Jilin and Shanghai, have been subject to lockdown since then. We immediately activated our contingency plan to ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers, as well as the operational sustainability of our hotels since the initial outbreak. To undertake our corporate social responsibilities as a leading company, our hotels strictly comply with pandemic prevention requirements and quickly respond to the needs of governmental authorities for quarantine hotel. Moreover, we have reinforced cost control measures for Legacy-Huazhu, which mainly include streamlining headcounts and expenses, concentrating resources on major strategies and negotiating rent waivers. Despite the near-term challenges, our long-term “Sustainable Quality Growth” strategy remains intact. In the long run, we will continuously center on customers, franchisees, and employees for building our capability to ride through the ups and downs of the economic cycle in the long run. To help our franchisees overcome the current difficult period, we introduced management fee waiver and deferral policy, provided legal support for negotiating rental waiver, and applied tax reduction and refund. For our European business, we are very happy to see our DH business has achieved robust recovery since the opening-up in Germany from mid-February 2022. DH’s RevPAR recovered to 80% of the 2019 level in April 2022, compared to only 47% of the 2019 level in January 2022. However, since RevPAR recovery is still at an early stage, a comprehensive cash flow improvement program remains critical. Therefore, DH’s near-term focus will remain on efficiency improvements, negotiation of further lease waivers, and personnel cost optimization.”

First Quarter of 2022 Unaudited Financial Results


(RMB in millions)
Q1 2021Q4 2021Q1 2022
Revenue:   
Leased and owned hotels1,3982,0931,642
Manachised and franchised hotels8971,103989
Others3215250
Total revenue2,3273,3482,681

Revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB2.7 billion (US$423 million), representing a 15.2% year-over-year increase and a 19.9% sequential decrease. Revenue from Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB2.3 billion, representing a 4.6% year-over-year increase and an 18.0% sequential decrease. The decrease was mainly due to the lockdown in several cities in China caused by massive spread of the Omicron variant. Revenue from Legacy-DH segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB406 million, representing a 165.4% year-over-year increase and a 29.0% sequential decrease. The sequential decrease was mainly due to disruption of the recovery of our European business when the Omicron variant hit Europe in late December 2021.

Revenue from leased and owned hotels for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB1.6 billion (US$259 million), representing a 17.5% year-over-year increase and a 21.5% sequential decrease. Revenue from leased and owned hotels from Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB1.3 billion, representing a 0.2% year-over-year increase. Revenue from leased and owned hotels from Legacy-DH segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB384 million, representing a 168.5% year-over-year increase.

Revenue from manachised and franchised hotels for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB989 million (US$156 million), representing a 10.3% year-over-year increase and a 10.3% sequential decrease. Revenue from our Legacy-Huazhu segment from manachised and franchised hotels for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB974 million, representing a 9.2% year-over-year increase. Revenue from manachised and franchised hotels from the Legacy-DH segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB15 million, representing a 200.0% year-over-year increase.

Other revenue represents revenue generated from businesses other than our hotel operations, which mainly includes revenue from the provision of IT products and services and Huazhu mall and other revenue from the Legacy-DH segment business, totaling RMB50 million (US$8 million) in the first quarter of 2022, compared to RMB32 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB152 million in the previous quarter.


(RMB in millions)
Q1 2021Q4 2021Q1 2022
Operating costs and expenses:   
Hotel operating costs(2,463)(3,194)(2,813)
Other operating costs(12)(19)(11)
Selling and marketing expenses(107)(183)(122)
General and administrative expenses(328)(438)(462)
Pre-opening expenses(21)(30)(26)
Total operating costs and expenses(2,931)(3,864)(3,434)

Hotel operating costs for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB2.8 billion (US$443 million), compared to RMB2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB3.2 billion in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to continuous hotel network expansion of Legacy-Huazhu, and business recovery of Legacy-DH. Hotel operating costs from Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB2.3 billion, which represented 99.1% of the quarter’s revenue, compared to 92.8% for the first quarter in 2021 and 84.0% for the previous quarter.

Selling and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB122 million (US$20 million), compared to RMB107 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB183 million in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses from Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB78 million, which represented 3.4% of the quarter’s revenue, compared to RMB72 million or 3.3% of revenue for the first quarter in 2021, and RMB129 million or 4.6% of revenue for the previous quarter.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB462 million (US$73 million), compared to RMB328 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB438 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses from Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB346 million, which represented 15.2% of the quarter’s revenue, compared to RMB255 million or 11.7% for the first quarter in 2021 and RMB308 million or 11.1% for the previous quarter. The increase was mainly due to investments in our business development team, our information technology, and our upscale hotel division.

Pre-opening expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were mostly related to the Legacy-Huazhu segment and totaled RMB26 million (US$4 million), compared to RMB21 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB30 million in the previous quarter.

Other operating income, net for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB45 million (US$7 million), compared to RMB29 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB555 million in the previous quarter which mainly related to governmental subsidy for Legacy-DH business.

Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB708 million (US$112 million), compared to a loss from operations of RMB575 million in the first quarter of 2021 and income from operations of RMB39 million in the previous quarter. Loss from operations from the Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB416 million, compared to a loss from operations from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB172 million in the first quarter of 2021 and income from operations from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB60 million in the previous quarter.

Operating margin, defined as income from operations as a percentage of revenues, for the first quarter of 2022 was -26.4%, compared with -24.7% for the first quarter of 2021 and 1.2% for the previous quarter. Operating margin from the Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 was -18.3%, compared with -7.9% in the first quarter of 2021 and 2.2% in the previous quarter.

Other income, net for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB59 million (US$9 million), compared to other income, net of RMB262 million for the first quarter of 2021 and other expense, net of RMB47 million for the previous quarter.

Unrealized gains from fair value changes of equity securities for the first quarter of 2022 were RMB54 million (US$9 million), compared to unrealized gains from fair value changes of equity securities of RMB238 million in the first quarter of 2021, and unrealized losses from fair value changes of RMB217 million in the previous quarter. Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities mainly represent the unrealized gains (losses) from our investment in equity securities with readily determinable fair values, such as AccorHotels.

Income tax benefit for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB131 million (US$21 million), compared to an income tax benefit of RMB122 million in the first quarter of 2021 and income tax expense of RMB16 million in the previous quarter.

Net loss attributable to Huazhu Group Limited for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB630 million (US$99 million), compared to RMB248 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB459 million in the previous quarter. Net loss attributable to Huazhu Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB307 million, compared to net income attributable to Huazhu Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB53 million in the first quarter of 2021 and net loss attributable to Huazhu Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB419 million in the previous quarter.

Basic and diluted losses per share/American depositary share (ADS). For the first quarter of 2022, basic and diluted losses per share were RMB0.20 (US$0.03). Adjusted basic and diluted losses per share (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, were RMB0.21 (US$0.03). Basic and diluted losses per ADS were RMB2.02 (US$0.32). Adjusted basic and diluted losses per ADS (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, were RMB2.12 (US$0.33).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2022 was negative RMB301 million (US$48 million), compared with RMB70 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB46 million in the previous quarter. EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment for the first quarter of 2022 was negative RMB61 million, compared with RMB410 million in the first quarter of 2021 and negative RMB23 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, for the first quarter of 2022 was negative RMB333 million (US$53 million), compared with negative RMB133 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB278 million in the previous quarter. The adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2022 was negative RMB93 million, compared with RMB207 million in the first quarter of 2021 and RMB209 million in the previous quarter.

Cash flow. Operating cash outflow for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB921 million (US$144 million). Investing cash outflow for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB201 million (US$32 million). Financing cash inflow for the first quarter of 2022 was RMB146 million (US$23 million).

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents of RMB4.1 billion (US$651 million) and restricted cash of RMB24 million (US$4 million).

Debt financing. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had a total debt balance of RMB10.1 billion (US$1.6 billion) and the unutilized credit facility available to the Company was RMB3.0 billion.

COVID-19 update
For our Legacy-Huazhu business, RevPAR recovery in the first two months of 2022 was on track. Nevertheless, such recovery was significantly interrupted by the large-scale outbreak of the Omicron variant in over 30 provinces in China since early-March 2022. Many cities, such as Shanghai and Jilin, have been subject to lockdown since then, which resulted in a sharp decline of both business and leisure traveling activities. However, this outbreak led to a rise in demand for our hotels to serve the quarantine needs of infected persons or those in close contact with infected persons, as well as the accommodation needs of medical teams and delivery riders. As the Omicron variant is highly infectious, there are still uncertainties in terms of the impact on our Legacy-Huazhu business in the near-term. To mitigate risks, we are now implementing several costs and cash flow management measures.

Legacy-DH has been experiencing continuous RevPAR recovery since Germany unfolded its opening-up plan in mid-February 2022. RevPAR in April 2022 recovered to 80% of the 2019 level, as compared to only 47% of the 2019 level in January 2022. However, since RevPAR recovery is still at an early stage, a comprehensive cash flow improvement program remains critical. Therefore, DH will continuously focus on efficiency improvements, negotiation of further lease waivers, and personnel cost optimization.

Guidance
Since March 2022, the highly infectious Omicron variant has been spreading rapidly in China which again seriously affected our business performance. Also, the current COVID prevention policy has rendered business performance more unpredictable in the foreseeable future. Under such circumstances, we will suspend providing or updating guidance in respect of annual revenue and hotel openings until the situation sustainably improves. Nevertheless, we will continue to provide quarterly guidance based on our best understanding of the most recent situation.

In the second quarter of 2022, Huazhu expects revenue to decline 2% to 6% compared to the second quarter of 2021, or to decline 23% to 27% if excluding DH, mainly due to large impacts from the Omicron variant outbreak in China.

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

Conference Call
Huazhu’s management will host a conference call at 7 a.m. (U.S. Eastern time) on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (or 7 p.m. (Hong Kong time) on Tuesday, May 31, 2022) following the announcement. The conference call will be a Direct Event call. All participants must preregister online prior to the call. Please use the link http://apac.directeventreg.com/registration/event/2263289 to complete the online registration at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the conference call. Once preregistration has been completed, participants will receive dial-in numbers, an event passcode, and a unique registrant ID. To join the conference, please dial the number you receive, enter the event passcode followed by your unique registrant ID, and you will be joined to the conference instantly. 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 June 7, 2022. Please dial +1 (855) 452 5696 (for callers in the US), 400 632 2162 (for callers in mainland China), 800 963 117 (for callers in Hong Kong) or +61 2 8199 0299 (for callers outside the U.S., mainland China and Hong Kong) and enter the passcode 2263289.

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

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company’s unaudited consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. Generally-Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”): adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities; adjusted basic and diluted earnings (losses) per share/ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities; EBITDA; adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment and adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-DH segment excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) 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 gains (losses) 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 gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities is that share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) 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 information provides investors with a useful tool for comparability between periods because it excludes 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 gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, to assess operating results of its hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities helps facilitate year-on-year comparisons of the results of operations as the share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) 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 the Company’s reported results or evaluating the economic performance of its businesses. These gains and losses have caused and will continue to cause significant volatility in reported periodic earnings.

Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA more closely reflects the performance capability of our 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 gains (losses) 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 depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, share-based compensation expenses, and unrealized gains (losses) 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 Huazhu Group Limited
Originated in China, Huazhu Group Limited is a world-leading hotel group. As of March 31, 2022, Huazhu operated 7,988 hotels with 764,859 rooms in operation in 17 countries. Huazhu’s brands include Hi Inn, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Orange Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Manxin Hotel, Madison Hotel, Joya Hotel, Blossom House, Ni Hao Hotel, CitiGO Hotel, Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, MAXX, Jaz in the City, IntercityHotel, Zleep Hotels, Steigenberger Icon and Song Hotels. In addition, Huazhu also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in the pan-China region.

Huazhu’s business includes leased and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, Huazhu directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned properties. Under the manachise model, Huazhu manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers that Huazhu appoints, and Huazhu collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, Huazhu provides training, reservations and support services to the franchised hotels, and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. Huazhu applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of March 31, 2022, Huazhu operates 14 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, and 86 percent under manachise and franchise models.

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

Safe Harbor Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Such factors and risks include our anticipated growth strategies; our future results of operations and financial condition; economic conditions; the regulatory environment; our ability to attract and retain customers and leverage our brands; trends and competition in the lodging industry; the expected growth of demand for lodging; and other factors and risks detailed in our filings with the SEC. 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.

Huazhu undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

—Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—

Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 December 31, 2021
 March 31, 2022
 RMB
  RMB  US$3 
 (in millions)       
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents5,116  4,125  651 
Restricted cash25  24  4 
Short-term investments2,589  2,281  360 
Accounts receivable, net521  726  114 
Loan receivables, net218  215  34 
Amounts due from related parties149  152  24 
Inventories88  84  13 
Other current assets, net847  911  144 
Total current assets9,553  8,518  1,344 
      
Property and equipment, net7,056  7,023  1,108 
Intangible assets, net5,385  5,304  837 
Operating lease right-of-use assets29,942  29,505  4,654 
Finance lease right-of-use assets2,235  2,432  384 
Land use rights, net206  204  32 
Long-term investments1,965  1,960  309 
Goodwill5,132  5,093  803 
Amounts due from related parties, non-current1  -  - 
Loan receivables, net98  118  19 
Other assets, net834  866  136 
Deferred tax assets862  848  134 
Total assets63,269  61,871  9,760 
      
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY     
Current liabilities:     
Short-term debt6,232  6,560  1,035 
Accounts payable968  723  114 
Amounts due to related parties197  92  14 
Salary and welfare payables591  522  82 
Deferred revenue1,366  1,292  204 
Operating lease liabilities, current3,628  3,732  589 
Finance lease liabilities, current41  41  7 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities1,838  1,878  296 
Dividends payable-  416  66 
Income tax payable418  70  11 
Total current liabilities15,279  15,326  2,418 
      
Long-term debt3,565  3,550  560 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current28,012  27,605  4,355 
Finance lease liabilities, non-current2,684  2,892  456 
Deferred revenue785  789  124 
Other long-term liabilities903  938  148 
Deferred tax liabilities853  824  130 
Retirement benefit obligations144  141  22 
Total liabilities52,225  52,065  8,213 
      
Equity:     
Ordinary shares0  0  0 
Treasury shares(107) (298) (47)
Additional paid-in capital9,964  9,986  1,575 
Retained earnings1,037  (9) (1)
Accumulated other comprehensive income41  37  6 
Total Huazhu Group Limited shareholders' equity10,935  9,716  1,533 
Noncontrolling interest109  90  14 
Total equity11,044  9,806  1,547 
Total liabilities and equity63,269  61,871  9,760 


Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2021
 December 31, 2021
 March 31, 2022
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 US$
 (in millions, except share, per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:    
Leased and owned hotels1,398  2,093  1,642  259 
Manachised and franchised hotels897  1,103  989  156 
Others32  152  50  8 
Total revenues2,327  3,348  2,681  423 
     
Operating costs and expenses:    
Hotel operating costs:    
Rents(945) (998) (1,026) (162)
Utilities(140) (122) (155) (24)
Personnel costs(630) (841) (838) (132)
Depreciation and amortization(340) (365) (357) (56)
Consumables, food and beverage(180) (281) (206) (32)
Others(228) (587) (231) (37)
Total hotel operating costs(2,463) (3,194) (2,813) (443)
Other operating costs(12) (19) (11) (2)
Selling and marketing expenses(107) (183) (122) (20)
General and administrative expenses(328) (438) (462) (73)
Pre-opening expenses(21) (30) (26) (4)
Total operating costs and expenses(2,931) (3,864) (3,434) (542)
Other operating income (expense), net29  555  45  7 
Income (losses) from operations(575) 39  (708) (112)
Interest income22  23  18  3 
Interest expense(110) (92) (109) (17)
Other (expense) income, net262  (47) 59  9 
Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities238  (217) 54  9 
Foreign exchange gain (loss)(197) (112) (61) (10)
Income (loss) before income taxes(360) (406) (747) (118)
Income tax (expense) benefit122  (16) 131  21 
Income (loss) from equity method investments(20) (42) (33) (5)
Net income (loss)(258) (464) (649) (102)
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest10  5  19  3 
Net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited(248) (459) (630) (99)
     
Other comprehensive income    
Gain arising from defined benefit plan, net of tax-  13  -  - 
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax(55) 7  (4) (1)
Comprehensive income (loss)(313) (444) (653) (103)
Comprehensive (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest10  5  19  3 
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited(303) (439) (634) (100)
     
Earnings (losses) per share(1):    
Basic(0.08) (0.15) (0.20) (0.03)
Diluted(0.08) (0.15) (0.20) (0.03)
     
Earnings (losses) per ADS:  
Basic(0.80) (1.47) (2.02) (0.32)
Diluted(0.80) (1.47) (2.02) (0.32)
     
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:   
Basic3,109,432,473  3,117,745,440  3,118,897,668  3,118,897,668 
Diluted3,109,432,473  3,117,745,440  3,118,897,668  3,118,897,668 
(1) In June 2021, the Company effected a share split that each issued and unissued ordinary share of the Company with a par value of US$0.0001 was sub-divided into 10 ordinary shares with a par value of US$0.00001 each. The ratio of ADS to ordinary share was adjusted from one (1) ADS representing one (1) ordinary share to one (1) ADS representing ten (10) ordinary shares. Except otherwise stated, the share split has been retrospectively applied for all periods presented
.


Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2021
 December 31, 2021
 March 31, 2022
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 US$
 (in millions)
Operating activities:    
Net income (loss)(258) (464) (649) (102)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Share-based compensation35  15  22  4 
Depreciation and amortization, and other366  436  399  63 
Impairment loss-  320  -  - 
Loss from equity method investments,
net of dividends
20  38  80  13 
Investment (income) loss(264) 245  (57) (9)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities(717) 458  (888) (140)
Other(139) (181) 172  27 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities(957) 867  (921) (144)
     
Investing activities:    
Capital expenditures(550) (469) (425) (67)
Acquisitions, net of cash received-  -  (56) (9)
Purchase of investments(35) (49) (77) (12)
Proceeds from maturity/sale of investments1,256  64  376  59 
Loan advances(22) (96) (74) (12)
Loan collections63  38  55  9 
Other2  9  0  0 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities714  (503) (201) (32)


Financing activities:    
Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary
shares
1  -  -  - 
Payment of share repurchase-  -  (191) (30)
Proceeds from debt1,519  167  809  128 
Repayment of debt(2,472) (768) (462) (73)
Other(48) 3  (10) (2)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities(1,000) (598) 146  23 
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(44) (36) (16) (3)
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(1,287) (270) (992) (156)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the period7,090  5,411  5,141  811 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period5,803  5,141  4,149  655 


Huazhu Group Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2021
 December 31, 2021
 March 31, 2022
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 US$
 (in millions, except shares, per share and per ADS data)
Net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited (GAAP)(248) (459) (630) (99)
Share-based compensation expenses35  15  22  4 
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities(238) 217  (54) (9)
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited
(non-GAAP)
(451) (227) (662) (104)
     
Adjusted earnings (losses) per share (non-GAAP)(2)
Basic(0.14) (0.07) (0.21) (0.03)
Diluted(0.14) (0.07) (0.21) (0.03)
     
Adjusted earnings (losses) per ADS (non-GAAP)    
Basic(1.45) (0.73) (2.12) (0.33)
Diluted(1.45) (0.73) (2.12) (0.33)
     
Weighted average number of shares used in computation (Non-GAAP)
Basic3,109,432,473  3,117,745,440  3,118,897,668  3,118,897,668 
Diluted3,109,432,473  3,117,745,440  3,118,897,668  3,118,897,668 
(2) In June 2021, the Company effected a share split that each issued and unissued ordinary share of the Company with a par value of US$0.0001 was sub-divided into 10 ordinary shares with a par value of US$0.00001 each. The ratio of ADS to ordinary share was adjusted from one (1) ADS representing one (1) ordinary share to one (1) ADS representing ten (10) ordinary shares. Except otherwise stated, the share split has been retrospectively applied for all periods presented
     
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2021
 December 31, 2021
 March 31, 2022
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 US$
 (in millions, except per share and per ADS data)
Net income (loss) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited (GAAP)(248) (459) (630) (99)
Interest income(22) (23) (18) (3)
Interest expense110  92  109  17 
Income tax expense (benefit)(122) 16  (131) (21)
Depreciation and amortization352  420  369  58 
EBITDA (non-GAAP)70  46  (301) (48)
Share-based compensation expense35  15  22  4 
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities(238) 217  (54) (9)
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)(133) 278  (333) (53)


Huazhu Group Limited
Segment Financial Summary(3)
 Quarter Ended March
31, 2021
 Quarter Ended December 31, 2021
 Quarter Ended March 31, 2022
 Legacy
Huazhu

 Legacy
DH

 Total
 Legacy
Huazhu

 Legacy
DH

 Total
 Legacy
Huazhu

 Legacy
DH

 Total
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 RMB
 US
 (in millions)(in millions)(in millions)
Leased and owned hotels1,255  143  1,398  1,565  528  2,093  1,258  384  1,642  259 
Manachised and franchised hotels892  5  897  1,073  30  1,103  974  15  989  156 
Others27  5  32  138  14  152  43  7  50  8 
Revenue2,174  153  2,327  2,776  572  3,348  2,275  406  2,681  423 
           
Hotel operating costs(2,018) (445) (2,463) (2,331) (863) (3,194) (2,255) (558) (2,813) (443)
Selling and marketing expenses(72) (35) (107) (129) (54) (183) (78) (44) (122) (20)
General and administrative expenses(255) (73) (328) (308) (130) (438) (346) (116) (462) (73)
Pre-opening expenses(21) (0) (21) (30) 0  (30) (26) -  (26) (4)
           
Income (losses) from operations(172) (403) (575) 60  (21) 39  (416) (292) (708) (112)
           
Net income (losses) attributable to Huazhu Group Limited53  (301) (248) (419) (40) (459) (307) (323) (630) (99)
           
Interest income(22) 0  (22) (23) 0  (23) (18) 0  (18) (3)
Interest expense81  29  110  64  28  92  77  32  109  17 
Income tax expense6  (128) (122) 37  (21) 16  (123) (8) (131) (21)
Depreciation and amortization292  60  352  318  102  420  310  59  369  58 
EBITDA (non-GAAP)410  (340) 70  (23) 69  46  (61) (240) (301) (48)
Share-based Compensation35  -  35  15  -  15  22  -  22  4 
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities(238) -  (238) 217  -  217  (54) -  (54) (9)
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)207  (340) (133) 209  69  278  (93) (240) (333) (53)
(3) The Company presents segment information after elimination of intercompany transactions.

Operating Results: Legacy-Huazhu(1)

 Number of hotels Number of rooms
 Opened
in Q1 2022
Closed(2)
in Q1 2022
Net added
in Q1 2022
As of
March 31, 2022(3)
 As of
March 31, 2022
  
Leased and owned hotels3(12)(9)653 91,163
Manachised and franchised hotels299(128)171 7,215 649,330
Total302(140)162 7,868 740,493
(1) Legacy-Huazhu refers to Huazhu and its subsidiaries, excluding DH.
(2) The reasons for hotel closures mainly included non-compliance with our brand standards, operating losses, and property-related issues. In Q1 2022, we temporarily closed 9 hotels for brand upgrade and business model change purposes.
(3) As of March 31, 2022,1299 hotels were requisitioned by governmental authorities.


 As of March 31, 2022
 Number of hotelsUnopened hotels in pipeline
Economy hotels4,810937
Leased and owned hotels3874
Manachised and franchised hotels4,423933
Midscale and upscale hotels3,0581,289
Leased and owned hotels26619
Manachised and franchised hotels2,7921,270
Total7,8682,226


Operational hotels excluding hotels under requisition
For the quarter ended
March 31, December 31, March 31, yoy 
2021 2021 2022 change 
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels243 286 263 8.0% 
Manachised and franchised hotels203 232 218 7.5% 
Blended209 239 224 7.2% 
Occupancy Rate (as a percentage)
Leased and owned hotels64.0% 67.4% 56.7% -7.3p.p. 
Manachised and franchised hotels66.6% 68.4% 59.6% -7.0p.p. 
Blended66.2% 68.2% 59.2% -7.0p.p. 
RevPAR (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels156 193 149 -4.4% 
Manachised and franchised hotels135 159 130 -3.8% 
Blended138 163 132 -4.1% 


For the quarter ended
March 31,March 31,yoy 
2019 2022 change 
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels258 263 1.9% 
Manachised and franchised hotels211 218 3.2% 
Blended221 224 1.2% 
Occupancy Rate (as a percentage)
Leased and owned hotels83.6% 56.7% -27.0p.p. 
Manachised and franchised hotels79.8% 59.6% -20.3p.p. 
Blended80.6% 59.2% -21.4p.p. 
RevPAR (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels216 149 -31.0% 
Manachised and franchised hotels169 130 -23.0% 
Blended178 132 -25.7% 


Same-hotel operational data by class        
Mature hotels in operation for more than 18 months (excluding hotels under requisition)
 Number of hotelsSame-hotel RevPARSame-hotel ADRSame-hotel Occupancy
 As of
March 31,

For the quarter yoyFor the quarter yoyFor the quarter yoy
 ended
March 31,
changeended
March 31,
change

ended
March 31,
change

 2021202220212022 20212022 20212022(p.p.)
Economy hotels33203320115105-8.5%1611674.0%71.5%62.9%-8.6
Leased and owned hotels380380121114-6.5%1771864.9%68.4%61.0%-7.4
Manachised and franchised hotels29402940114104-8.9%1581643.8%72.0%63.2%-8.8
Midscale and upscale hotels19051905181164-9.4%2812892.7%64.4%56.8%-7.6
Leased and owned hotels229229201187-7.3%3393524.0%59.4%53.0%-6.4
Manachised and franchised hotels16761676177160-9.9%2712772.3%65.5%57.7%-7.8
Total52255225144131-8.9%2102183.5%68.4%60.2%-8.2


 
 Number of hotelsSame-hotel RevPARSame-hotel ADRSame-hotel Occupancy
 As of
March 31,

For the quarter yoyFor the quarter yoyFor the quarter yoy
 ended
March 31,
changeended
March 31,
changeended
March 31,
change
 2019202220192022 20192022 20192022(p.p.)
Economy hotels20242024160104-34.9%183167-8.7%87.5%62.4%-25.1
Leased and owned hotels358358177111-37.4%200182-9.0%88.2%60.7%-27.5
Manachised and franchised hotels16661666155102-34.1%178162-8.6%87.3%62.9%-24.4
Midscale and upscale hotels795795251155-38.1%324288-11.1%77.3%53.8%-23.5
Leased and owned hotels170170304171-43.9%383332-13.1%79.4%51.3%-28.1
Manachised and franchised hotels625625231149-35.4%302273-9.7%76.5%54.7%-21.8
Total28192819191122-36.2%227205-9.9%84.0%59.4%-24.6

Operating Results: Legacy-DH(4)

 Number of hotels Number of
rooms
 Unopened hotels
in pipeline
 Opened
in Q1 2022
Closed
in Q1 2022
Net added
in Q1 2022
As of
March 31,
2022
(5)
 As of
March 31, 2022
 As of
March 31, 2022
 
Leased hotels1- 1 77 14,472 29
Manachised and franchised hotels-(5)(5)43 9,894 16
Total1(5)(4)120 24,366 45
(4) Legacy-DH refers to DH.
(5) As of March 31, 2022, a total of 3 hotels were temporarily closed. 1 hotel was closed for renovation and 1 hotel was closed due to flood damage. Additionally, 1 hotel was temporarily closed due to low demand.


 For the quarter ended 
 March 31,December 31,March 31,yoy
 2021
2021
2022
change
Average daily room rate (in EUR)    
Leased hotels77.9 95.4 90.0 15.6% 
Manachised and franchised hotels59.0 92.8 85.5 44.9% 
Blended68.5 94.2 88.0 28.4% 
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)    
Leased hotels14.6% 42.8% 34.1% +19.5 p.p. 
Managed and franchised hotels26.5% 50.7% 44.0% +17.5 p.p. 
Blended18.8% 46.1% 38.0% +19.2 p.p. 
RevPAR (in EUR)    
Leased hotels11.4 40.9 30.7 169.6% 
Managed and franchised hotels15.6 47.1 37.6 141.0% 
Blended12.9 43.4 33.4 158.8% 

Hotel Portfolio by Brand

 As of March 31, 2022
 HotelsRoomsUnopened hotels
 in operationin pipeline
Economy hotels4,824388,174951
HanTing Hotel3,096277,885608
Hi Inn44724,682117
Ni Hao Hotel835,772178
Elan Hotel96555,4212
Ibis Hotel21922,75132
Zleep Hotels141,66314
Midscale hotels2,554281,168977
Ibis Styles Hotel828,52217
Starway Hotel54444,740202
JI Hotel1,449173,866534
Orange Hotel44949,231216
CitiGO Hotel304,8098
Upper midscale hotels47269,267270
Crystal Orange Hotel14819,79365
Manxin Hotel918,70554
Madison Hotel416,16456
Mercure Hotel12821,69753
Novotel Hotel154,03216
IntercityHotel(6)498,87626
Upscale hotels11520,69162
Jaz in the City35871
Joya Hotel91,760-
Blossom House361,79334
Grand Mercure Hotel71,4856
Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts(7)5313,88913
MAXX(8)71,1778
Luxury hotels152,3274
Steigenberger Icon(9)91,8482
Song Hotels64792
Others83,2327
Other hotels(10)83,2327
Total7,988764,8592,271

(6) As of March 31, 2022, 2 operational hotels and 9 pipeline hotels of IntercityHotel were in China.
(7) As of March 31, 2022, 11 operational hotels and 5 pipeline hotels of Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts were in China.
(8) As of March 31, 2022, 2 operational hotels and 7 pipeline hotels of MAXX were in China.
(9) As of March 31, 2022, 3 operational hotels and 1 pipeline hotel of Steigenberger Icon were in China.
(10) Other hotels include other partner hotels and other hotel brands in Yongle Huazhu Hotel & Resort Group (excluding Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and Blossom House).

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1 Hotel turnover refers to total transaction value of room and non-room revenue from Huazhu hotels (i.e., leased and operated, manachised and franchised hotels).
2 The conversion of Renminbi (“RMB”) into United States dollars (“US$”) is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.3393 on March 31, 2022 as set forth in H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and available at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/hist/dat00_ch.htm.
3 The conversion of Renminbi (“RMB”) into United States dollars (“US$”) is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.3393 on March 31, 2022 as set forth in H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and available at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/hist/dat00_ch.htm.

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