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Wyndham Destinations Reports First Quarter 2020 Results
ABS Transaction Enhances Strong Liquidity Position
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 6, 2020)—Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND), the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, today reported first quarter 2020 financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Highlights include:
• Net VOI sales of $90 million; gross VOI sales of $413 million (1)
• Diluted loss per share from continuing operations of $1.54 (adjusted diluted loss per share of $0.98)
• Net loss from continuing operations of $134 million and negative adjusted EBITDA of $44 million
• In anticipation of increased defaults due to the impact of COVID-19, a $225 million provision charge impacted revenue, resulting in a $170 million negative impact to adjusted EBITDA
• Completed a $325 million private securitization in April
• Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $57 million (negative adjusted free cash flow of $78 million)
• Expect net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations and adjusted free cash flow to be positive in the first half of 2020
• Cash and cash equivalents of $1.0 billion at the end of March
• The Company's Board of Directors reaffirmed its dividend policy and intends to declare the second quarter cash dividend of $0.50 per share in mid-May
Michael D. Brown, president and CEO of Wyndham Destinations, commented, "Our business performed well in January and February as we were off to a strong start to the year. In March and April our teams met the call to action to confront the health and economic crisis resulting from COVID-19. We quickly responded to guidelines from health officials to protect our owners, members and employees while taking swift measures to address our cost base to preserve cash flow and EBITDA. Our leadership team could not be more proud."
"Our balance sheet is strong, we had $1 billion of cash at the end of the quarter. At the end of April, we further enhanced our liquidity position by completing a $325 million ABS transaction and we project to be adjusted free cash flow positive for the first half of the year. As a result, our Board reaffirmed the dividend policy and intends to declare the second quarter cash dividend of $0.50 per share."
Business Segment Results The results of operations during the first quarter of 2020 include impacts related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which have been significantly negative to the travel industry, the Company, its customers and employees. Refer to Table 8 for a breakout of COVID-19 related impacts.
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Vacation Ownership revenue declined 40% to $409 million in the first quarter. Gross vacation ownership interest (VOI) sales decreased 15% to $413 million with tours 16% lower year-over-year and Volume Per Guest (VPG) 12% below the prior year. Revenue was further impacted by a $225 million reduction to VOI sales from a provision charge in anticipation of increased defaults due to the impact of COVID-19. Due to resort closures and the current economic downturn resulting from COVID-19, the Company evaluated the potential impact of the global pandemic on its owners’ ability to repay their contract receivables given the increase in unemployment.
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 153% to negative $73 million. The largest driver of the adjusted EBITDA decrease was the COVID-19 provision charge of $225 million, less anticipated inventory recoveries, which together accounted for $170 million or 123% of the decline in adjusted EBITDA. The remainder of the decline in adjusted EBITDA was driven by the sharp fall in gross VOI sales in March as the Company substantially closed its resorts and sales centers in the second half of the month. While January and February tours increased 9% year-over-year, March tours decreased 52%.
Excluding the charge related to COVID-19, the gross provision for loan loss as a percentage of gross VOI sales showed improvement and would have been the fourth quarter in a row of consecutive year-over-year improvement for that metric.
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Vacation Exchange revenue decreased 36% to $150 million in the first quarter. Excluding the sale of North American vacation rentals and the acquisition of Alliance Reservations Network (ARN), revenue decreased 26%. The decline was driven primarily by a high level of cancellations and lower bookings in the second half of March due to COVID-19.
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 48% to $42 million. The decline in adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter was driven by lower revenue, as well as fixed costs and higher call volumes following a surge in cancellation activity.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity Net Debt — As of March 31, 2020, the Company's leverage ratio for covenant purposes was 2.9x. As a precautionary measure, and to ensure adequate liquidity for a sustained period, the Company drew its $1.0 billion Revolving Credit Facility at the end of March to increase its cash position and preserve financial flexibility.
The Company had $4.0 billion of corporate debt outstanding, as of March 31, 2020, which excluded $2.4 billion of non-recourse debt related to its securitized notes receivable. Additionally, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.0 billion. The Company's next long-term debt maturity is the $250 million secured note due March 2021. Refer to Table 9 for definitions of net debt and leverage ratio.
Timeshare Receivables Financing — Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, on April 30, 2020, Wyndham Destinations announced that it closed on a $325 million private securitization with an initial interest rate of 3.84% and an advance rate of 85%.
Cash Flow— For the three months ended March 31, 2020, net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations was $57 million, compared to $152 million in the prior year period. Negative adjusted free cash flow from continuing operations was $78 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to positive adjusted free cash flow from continuing operations of $249 million in the same period of 2019.
The Company is pursuing actions to further improve liquidity by reducing annual capital expenditures and inventory spending, which have been reduced by approximately $100 million for 2020. Additionally, the Company is reducing operating expenses, which is expected to result in incremental savings of approximately $205 million annually.
Share Repurchases— During the first quarter of 2020, the Company repurchased 3.1 million shares of common stock for $125 million at a weighted average price of $40.79 per share. The Company has suspended share repurchase activity due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dividend— The Company paid a cash dividend of $0.50 per share on March 31, 2020 to shareholders of record as of March 16, 2020. The cash dividend represents an 11% increase over dividends paid in the fourth quarter of 2019. For the first quarter of 2020, Wyndham Destinations paid an aggregate $43 million in dividends to shareholders.
Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, the Company's Board of Directors reaffirmed its dividend policy and intends to declare the second quarter cash dividend of $0.50 per share in mid-May. All future declarations of quarterly cash dividends are subject to final approval by the Board of Directors.
Conference Call Information Wyndham Destinations will hold a conference call with investors to discuss the Company’s results and forward-looking information today at 8:30 a.m. ET. Participants may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed through the Company's website at investor.wyndhamdestinations.com, or by dialing 877-876-9173, passcode WYND, 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 90 days beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET today. Additionally, a telephone replay will be available for four days beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET today at 800-723-0544.
Presentation of Financial Information Financial information discussed in this press release includes non-GAAP measures such as adjusted EBITDA, adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations, adjusted free cash flow from continuing operations, gross VOI sales and adjusted net (loss)/income from continuing operations, which include or exclude certain items. The Company utilizes non-GAAP measures on a regular basis to assess performance of its reportable segments and allocate resources. These non-GAAP measures differ from reported GAAP results and are intended to illustrate what management believes are relevant period-over-period comparisons and are helpful to investors when considered with GAAP measures as an additional tool for further understanding and assessing the Company’s ongoing operating performance by adjusting for items which in our view do not necessarily reflect ongoing performance. Management also internally uses these measures to assess our operating performance, both absolutely and in comparison to other companies, and in evaluating or making selected compensation decisions. Exclusion of items in the Company’s non-GAAP presentation should not be considered an inference that these items are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Full reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the reported periods appear in the financial tables section of the press release. See definitions on Table 9 for an explanation of our non-GAAP measures.
About Wyndham Destinations Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) believes in putting the world on vacation. As the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company, Wyndham Destinations offers everyday travelers the opportunity to own or exchange their vacation experience while enjoying the quality, flexibility and value that Wyndham delivers. The company's global presence in approximately 110 countries means more vacation choices for its more than four million members and owner families, with 230 resorts which offer a contemporary take on the timeshare model – including vacation club brands Club Wyndham ®, WorldMark ® by Wyndham , and Margaritaville Vacation Club ® by Wyndham – and 4,200+ affiliated resorts through RCI, the world's leader in vacation exchange. Year after year, a worldwide team of more than 22,500 associates delivers exceptional vacation experiences to families around the globe as they make memories to last a lifetime. At Wyndham Destinations, our world is your destination. Learn more at WyndhamDestinations.com.
Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Forward-looking statements are any statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “should,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “future,” "intends," "projects" or other words of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (“Wyndham Destinations”) to differ materially from those discussed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements related to Wyndham Destinations’ current views and expectations with respect to its future performance and operations, and other anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our related contingency plans and cost and investment reductions on our business, vacation ownership interest (VOI) sales and tour flow and liquidity; general economic conditions, the performance of the financial and credit markets, the competition in and the economic environment for the timeshare industry, the impact of war, terrorist activity, political strife, severe weather events and other natural disasters, pandemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic) or threats of pandemics, operating risks associated with the vacation ownership and vacation exchange businesses, uncertainties related to our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the spin-off of the hotel business (“spin-off”) Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Wyndham Hotels”) or the divestiture of our North American and European vacation rentals businesses, or the acquisition of Alliance Reservations Network (“ARN”), unanticipated developments related to the impact of the spin-off, the divestiture of our North American and European vacation rentals businesses, the acquisition of ARN and related transactions, including any potential impact on our relationships with our customers, suppliers, employees and others with whom we have relationships, and possible disruption to our operations, our ability to execute on our strategy, the timing and amount of future dividends and share repurchases, if any, and those other factors disclosed as risks under “Risk Factors” in documents we have filed with the SEC, including in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2020 and Part II, Item 1A of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020, to be filed with the SEC on or about May 6, 2020. We caution readers that any such statements are based on currently available operational, financial and competitive information, and they should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s opinion only as of the date on which they were made. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to review or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances as they occur.
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