ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2021)—Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE:TNL), the world’s leading membership and leisure travel company, today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2020 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2020. The Company is reporting its first financial results since changing its name from Wyndham Destinations, Inc., on February 17, 2021.
Fourth quarter 2020 highlights:
Net income from continuing operations of $4 million (diluted EPS of $0.05) on net revenue of $645 million
Adjusted EBITDA of $148 million and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.32 (1)
Full-year 2020 highlights:
Net loss from continuing operations of $253 million (loss per share of $2.95) on net revenue of $2.2 billion
Adjusted EBITDA of $259 million and adjusted loss per share of $0.94
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $374 million and adjusted free cash flow of $35 million
First quarter 2021 adjusted EBITDA is projected to range from $95 million to $110 million
The Company will recommend a first quarter 2021 dividend of $0.30 per share for approval by the Board of Directors
"At the end of an extraordinary year, I’m proud to report our team delivered a robust fourth quarter, with sequential improvement in vacation ownership interest (VOI) sales and adjusted EBITDA. Our resilient business model allowed us to weather an extremely difficult year in the travel industry. The early actions we took to transform our business and reduce costs enabled us to deliver positive adjusted free cash flow for the full year, as well as adjusted EBITDA margins of over 20% in the second half," said Michael D. Brown, president and CEO of Travel + Leisure Co.
"The strength of our business has allowed us to execute several strategic growth initiatives despite the macro headwinds. We successfully launched Panorama in 2020 and we acquired the Travel + Leisure brand and travel club businesses in January of this year. Both initiatives position the Company for future success, allowing us to expand more broadly into the larger leisure travel market."
Business Segment Results
The results of operations during the fourth 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.
Vacation Ownership revenue decreased 36% to $512 million in the fourth quarter. Gross VOI sales decreased 52% to $281 million with tours 64% lower year-over-year. Volume Per Guest (VPG) increased 24% to $2,938. Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA was $115 million, compared to $222 million in the prior year.
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Travel and Membership revenue decreased 25% to $135 million and adjusted EBITDA decreased 11% to $49 million in the fourth quarter. The 600 basis point increase in adjusted EBITDA margin to 36% in the fourth quarter was primarily driven by cost saving initiatives. Cancellations in the fourth quarter were elevated relative to 2019, due to travel restrictions, and Exchange gross bookings were down just 3% for the quarter compared to the prior year.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
Net Debt — As of December 31, 2020, the Company's leverage ratio for covenant purposes was 5.4x, well within the 7.5x amended covenant. The Company had $4.2 billion of corporate debt outstanding as of December 31, 2020, which excluded $2.2 billion of non-recourse debt related to its securitized notes receivable. Additionally, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.2 billion. The Company's next long-term debt maturity is $250 million of secured notes due March 2021. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company had $1.6 billion of liquidity in cash and cash equivalents and revolving credit facility capacity.
Timeshare Receivables Financing— The Company renewed its $800 million conduit facility on October 27, 2020 and extended the maturity date to October 31, 2022.
Cash Flow— For the full-year 2020, net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations was $374 million compared to $453 million in the prior year. Adjusted free cash flow from continuing operations was $35 million in 2020 compared to $617 million in the prior year.
Share Repurchases— The Company suspended share repurchase activity in the first quarter of 2020. For the full-year 2020, the Company repurchased 3.1 million shares of common stock for $125 million at a weighted average price of $40.79 per share.
Dividend— The Company paid $26 million ($0.30 per share) in cash dividends on December 30, 2020 to shareholders of record as of December 15, 2020. For the full-year 2020, Travel + Leisure Co. paid an aggregate $138 million in dividends to shareholders.
Travel + Leisure Brand Acquisition — On January 5, 2021, Wyndham Destinations acquired the Travel + Leisure brand from Meredith Corporation. On February 17, 2021, Wyndham Destinations, Inc. changed its name to Travel + Leisure Co. and began trading under the ticker symbol NYSE:TNL. The $100 million acquisition was funded with cash on hand of $35 million paid at closing, with trailing payments to be completed by June 2024. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to earnings in the first year and accretive in the second year.
For the first quarter of 2021, the Company expects adjusted EBITDA to range from $95 million to $110 million.
This guidance is presented only on a non-GAAP basis because not all of the information necessary for a quantitative reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is available without unreasonable effort, primarily due to uncertainties relating to the occurrence or amount of these adjustments that may arise in the future.
Travel + Leisure Co. will hold a conference call with investors to discuss the Company’s results and outlook 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.travelandleisureco.com, or by dialing 877-876-9173, passcode TNL, 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 800-695-0974.
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 income from continuing operations, which include or exclude certain items, as well as non-GAAP guidance. The Company utilizes non-GAAP measures, defined in Table 9, 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 Travel + Leisure Co.
Travel + Leisure Co. is the world’s leading membership and leisure travel company, with a portfolio of nearly 20 resort, travel club, and lifestyle travel brands. The company provides outstanding vacation experiences and travel inspiration to millions of owners, members, and subscribers every year through its products and services: Wyndham Destinations, the largest vacation ownership company with more than 245 vacation club resort locations across the globe; Panorama, the world’s foremost membership travel business that includes the largest vacation exchange company, industry-leading travel technology, and subscription travel brands; and Travel + Leisure Group, featuring top online and print travel content, online booking platforms and travel clubs, and branded consumer products. At Travel + Leisure Co., our global team of associates brings hospitality to millions, turning vacation inspiration into exceptional travel experiences. We put the world on vacation. Learn more at travelandleisureco.com.
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