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China Lodging Group, Limited Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

  • A total of 2,763 hotels or 278,843 hotel rooms in operation as of December 31, 2015
  • Net revenues increased 16.2% year-over-year to RMB1,506.3 million (US$232.5 million)1 for the fourth quarter and 16.3% to RMB5,774.6 million (US$891.4 million) for the full year of 2015, in line with the guidance previously announced.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) increased 55.4% year-over-year to RMB320.4 million (US$49.5 million) for the fourth quarter and increased 32.2% to RMB1,324.2 million (US$204.4 million) for the full year of 2015.
  • Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited was RMB70.8 million (US$10.9 million) for the fourth quarter and RMB436.6 million (US$67.4 million) for the full year of 2015, increasing 51.1% year-over-year for the fourth quarter and increasing 42.1% for the full year of 2015.
  • Basic earnings per ADS2 were RMB1.13 (US$0.18) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB6.97 (US$1.08) for the full year of 2015. Diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.10 (US$0.17) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB6.82 (US$1.05) for the full year of 2015. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.36 (US$0.21) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB7.81 (US$1.21) for the full year of 2015 and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.32 (US$0.20) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB7.64 (US$1.18) for the full year of 2015.
  • For full year of 2015, the Company repurchased 0.77 million ADS for $17.5 million; the Company also declared cash dividend of $0.68 per ADS in 2015 which was paid in early 2016.
  • The Company provided guidance for Q1 2016 net revenues growth of 14% to 15% and full year 2016 net revenues growth of 12% to 15%.

SHANGHAI, China, March 10, 2016 (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 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Operational Highlights of Fourth Quarter 2015

  • During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company opened 4 leased (“leased-and-operated”) hotels and 192 manachised (“franchised-and-managed”) and franchised hotels, and closed 7 leased hotels and 14 manachised and franchised hotels.

  • The ADR, which is defined as the average daily rate for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), was RMB177 in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with RMB176 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB188 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 0.4% was mainly attributable to more favorable brand mix with an increased number of midscale hotels, which was partially offset by the city mix shifting toward lower-tier cities. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels) was 84.3% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 86.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 89.2% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to soft macro economy and a dilutive impact from newly-opened hotels in lower-tier cities. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • RevPAR, defined as revenue per available room for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), was RMB149 in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with RMB153 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB167 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was a result of lower occupancy rate. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • For all hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB154 for the fourth quarter of 2015, a 2.9% decrease from RMB158 for the fourth quarter of 2014, with a flattish ADR and a 2.6-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate. The midscale and upscale hotels registered a 7.8% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, with a 4.7% increase in ADR and 2.4-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate.

Operational Highlights of Full Year 2015

  • For the full year of 2015, the Company opened 22 leased hotels and 813 manachised and franchised hotels, and closed 17 leased hotels and 50 manachised and franchised hotels. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 616 leased hotels, 2,067 manachised hotels, and 80 franchised hotels in operation in 352 cities. The number of hotel rooms in operation totaled 278,843, an increase of 33% from a year ago.

  • As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 21 leased hotels and 656 manachised and franchised hotels contracted or under construction.

  • For the full year of 2015, the ADR for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels) was RMB179, compared to RMB179 in 2014.

  • For the full year of 2015, the occupancy rate for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels) was 85.3%, compared with 89.0% in 2014. The decline in occupancy rate was mainly due to soft macro economy and a dilutive impact from newly-opened hotels in lower-tier cities.

  • For the full year of 2015, the RevPAR for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), was RMB153, a 4.1% decrease from RMB159 in 2014. The decrease was a result of lower occupancy rate.

  • For all the hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB159 in 2015, a 3.6% decrease from RMB165 in 2014, with a 0.3% increase in ADR and a 3.5-percentage-point drop in occupancy rate. In 2015, the midscale and upscale hotels registered a 6.5% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, with a 5.5% increase in ADR and 0.8-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate.

  • As of December 31, 2015, the Company’s loyalty program had more than 49 million members, who contributed more than 80% of room nights sold during the full year of 2015. In 2015, more than 90% of room nights were sold through the Company’s own channels.

Mr. Qi Ji, founder and executive Chairman of China Lodging Group, said, “Our business continues to perform well in 2015, with strong unit growth and improved margin. Our brands have a growing popularity among customers and franchisees. In 2015, we added a total of 68,888 rooms bringing our network to more than 278,000 rooms, about 73% under manachise and franchise models. In spite of the soft Chinese macro economy, our comparable mature hotels (in operation at least 18 months) achieved occupancy rate of 88%. In particular, our midscale and upscale hotels registered a 6.5% same-hotel RevPAR improvement.

“Our healthy balance sheet has allowed us to make investments in our business, while at the same time returning capital to shareholders. Our increasing unit growth and solid operational performance should continue to fuel improving margin, growing cash flow and steady returns to shareholders in the long term.” Mr. Ji added.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2015 Financial Results

(RMB in thousands)Q4 2014 Q3 2015 Q4 2015 2014 FY 2015 FY
Revenues:
Leased hotels 1,160,852 1,374,492 1,287,714 4,522,431 4,986,872
Manachised and franchised hotels 212,059 318,864 305,573 742,797 1,123,979
Total revenues 1,372,911 1,693,356 1,593,287 5,265,228 6,110,851
Less: business tax and related surcharges (76,674) (93,176) (86,972) (300,500) (336,227)
Net revenues 1,296,237 1,600,180 1,506,315 4,964,728 5,774,624

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,593.3 million (US$246.0 million), representing a 16.1% year-over-year increase and a 5.9% sequential decrease. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to our hotel network expansion. The sequential decrease was due to seasonality.

Total revenues for the full year of 2015 were RMB6,110.9 million (US$943.4 million), representing an increase of 16.1% from the full year of 2014.

Total revenues from leased hotels for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,287.7 million (US$198.8 million), representing a 10.9% year-over-year increase and a 6.3% sequential decrease.

For the full year of 2015, total revenues from leased hotels were RMB4,986.9 million (US$769.8 million), representing a 10.3% year-over-year increase.

Total revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB305.6 million (US$47.2 million), representing a 44.1% year-over-year increase and a 4.2% sequential decrease.

For the full year of 2015, total revenues from manachised and franchised hotels were RMB 1,124.0 million (US$173.5 million), representing a 51.3% year-over-year increase. It accounts for 18.4% of total revenues, compared to 14.1% of total revenues for the year of 2014.

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,506.3 million (US$232.5 million), representing a 16.2% year-over-year increase and a 5.9% sequential decrease.

Net revenues for the full year of 2015 were RMB5,774.6 million (US$891.4 million), representing a 16.3% year-over-year increase.

(RMB in thousands)Q4 2014 Q3 2015 Q4 2015 2014 FY 2015 FY
Operating costs and expenses:
Hotel operating costs1,048,926 1,166,759 1,198,604 3,878,027 4,512,147
Selling and marketing expenses65,179 42,383 46,791 187,435 179,568
General and administrative expenses102,985 101,426 128,233 342,128 403,008
Pre-opening expenses43,246 27,649 16,216 186,325 110,011
Total operating costs and expenses1,260,336 1,338,217 1,389,844 4,593,915 5,204,734

Hotel operating costs for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,198.6 million (US$185.0 million), compared to RMB1,048.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB1,166.8 million in the previous quarter, representing a 14.3% year-over-year increase and a 2.7% sequential increase. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,196.3 million (US$184.7 million), representing 79.4% of net revenues, compared to 80.7% for the fourth quarter in 2014 and 72.7% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease in the percentage was mainly attributable to the increased proportion of revenues from manachised and franchised hotels. The sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to the increased impairment loss from a few under-performing leased hotels.

For the full year of 2015, hotel operating costs were RMB4,512.1 million (US$696.6 million), compared to RMB3,878.0 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation, hotel operating costs (non-GAAP) were RMB4,503.3 million (US$695.2 million), representing 77.9% of net revenues, compared to 78.0% in 2014.

Selling and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB46.8 million (US$7.2 million), compared to RMB65.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB42.4 million in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB46.7 million (US$7.2 million), or 3.1% of net revenues, compared to 5.0% for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 2.6% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to lower marketing spending. The sequential increase was mainly due to increased cost associated with membership points in the fourth quarter.

For the full year of 2015, selling and marketing expenses were RMB179.6 million (US$27.7 million), compared to RMB187.4 million in 2014. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB178.7 million (US$27.6 million), representing 3.1% of net revenues, compared to 3.8% in 2014. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to lower marketing spending.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB128.2 million (US$19.8 million), compared to RMB103.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB101.4 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB116.8 million (US$18.0 million), representing 7.7% of net revenues, compared with 7.9% of net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 5.7% in the previous quarter. The sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to increased professional fees, personnel cost and decreased revenue base.

For the full year of 2015, general and administrative expenses were RMB403.0 million (US$62.2 million), compared to RMB342.1 million in 2014. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB360.2 million (US$55.6 million), representing 6.3% of net revenues, compared to 6.4% in 2014.

Pre-opening expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB16.2 million (US$2.5 million), representing a 62.5% year-over-year decrease and a 41.4% sequential decrease. The decrease was mainly due to fewer leased hotels opened and in the pipeline in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Pre-opening expenses for the full year of 2015 were RMB110.0 million (US$17.0 million), compared to RMB186.3 million in 2014, representing a year-over-year decrease of 41.0%. The decrease in pre-opening expenses was mainly due to fewer leased hotel opened and in the pipeline in 2015. The pre-opening expenses as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 1.9% in 2015 from 3.8% in 2014.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB130.6 million (US$20.2 million), compared to RMB48.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB281.7 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB144.5 million (US$22.3 million), compared to adjusted income from operation (non-GAAP) of RMB51.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB294.6 million for the previous quarter. The adjusted operating margin, defined as adjusted operating income (non-GAAP) as percentage of net revenues, for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 9.7%, compared with 4.0% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 18.4% in the previous quarter. The improved year-over-year adjusted operating margin was mainly due to a higher proportion of manachised and franchised business and cost control efforts. The sequential decrease in the margin was due to seasonality.

Income from operations for the full year of 2015 was RMB601.2 million (US$92.8 million), compared to RMB389.4 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the year of 2015 was RMB653.7 million (US$100.9 million), compared to RMB421.3 million for the year of 2014. The growth in income from operations was mainly attributable to increased contribution from manachised and franchised hotels in 2015. The adjusted operating margin (non-GAAP) for the year of 2015 was 11.4%, compared with 8.5% for the year of 2014. The improvement of 2.9-percentage-points in the adjusted operating margin was mainly due to a higher proportion of manachised and franchised business and cost control efforts in 2015.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB70.8 million (US$10.9 million), compared to RMB46.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB223.6 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB84.7 million (US$13.1 million), representing a 72.7% year-over-year increase and a 64.2% sequential decrease.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the full year of 2015 was RMB436.6 million (US$67.4 million), compared to RMB307.3 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB489.1 million (US$75.5 million), compared to RMB339.3 million in 2014. The year-over-year increase of 44.2% was mainly attributable to the expanded hotel network, increased contribution from manachised and franchised business and lower pre-opening expenses, as a result of the Company’s continued asset-light strategy.

Basic and diluted earnings per share/ADS. For the fourth quarter of 2015, basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.28 (US$0.04); basic earnings per ADS were RMB1.13 (US$0.18) and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.10 (US$0.17). For the fourth quarter of 2015, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.34 (US$0.05) and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.33 (US$0.05); adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.36 (US$0.21) and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.32 (US$0.20).

For the full year of 2015, basic earnings per share were RMB1.74 (US$0.27) and diluted earnings per share were RMB1.70 (US$0.26); basic earnings per ADS were RMB6.97 (US$1.08), while diluted earnings per ADS were RMB6.82 (US$1.05). For the full year of 2015, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB1.95 (US$0.30), while adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB1.91 (US$0.29), and adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB7.81 (US$1.21), while adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB7.64 (US$1.18).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB306.5 million (US$47.3 million), compared with RMB204.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB451.9 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB320.4 million (US$49.5 million), compared with RMB206.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB464.8 million for the previous quarter.

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,271.7 million (US$196.3 million), compared to RMB969.5 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,324.2 million (US$204.4 million), compared with RMB1,001.5 million in 2014, representing a 32.2% year-over-year increase. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the expansion of the Company’s hotel network. The adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) for the year of 2015 was 22.9%, compared with 20.2% for the year of 2014. The improvement of 2.7-percentage-points in adjusted EBITDA margin was mainly due to a higher proportion of manachised and franchised business in 2015.

Hotel income (non-GAAP), which is the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs, was RMB307.7 million (US$47.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with RMB247.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB433.4 million in the previous quarter. The hotel income from the leased hotels was RMB87.3 million (US$13.5 million) during the fourth quarter of 2015. The hotel income from the manachised and franchised hotels was RMB220.4 million (US$34.0 million) during the fourth quarter of 2015, or accounting for approximately 71.6% of total hotel income.

Hotel income (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,262.5 million (US$194.9 million), compared with RMB1,086.7 million for 2014. The hotel income from the leased hotels was RMB456.0 million (US$70.4 million) for the full year of 2015. The hotel income from the manachised and franchised hotels was RMB806.5 million (US$124.5 million) during the full year of 2015, or accounting for approximately 63.9% of total hotel income.

Cash flow. Operating cash inflow for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB578.3 million (US$89.3 million). Investing cash inflow for the fourth quarter was RMB114.3 million (US$17.7 million).

Operating cash inflow for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,749.7 million (US$270.1 million), representing an increase of 20.3% from 2014. The significant growth was mainly due to the Company’s fast network expansion with manachise and franchise models. Investing cash outflow for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,550.4 million (US$239.3 million), representing an increase of 45.8% from 2014. The increase was mainly attributable to the purchase of Home Inns ADS from the open market in the second and third quarter of 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash of RMB1,598.3 million (US$246.7 million).

Debt financing. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had a short-term loan balance of RMB324.7 million and the total credit facility available to the Company was RMB499.3 million.

Accor-Huazhu Alliance Transaction

In January 2016, China Lodging Group completed the transaction of strategic alliance with AccorHotels. The Company 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. China Lodging Group takes a non-controlling stake of 29.3% and two board seats in a joint venture for AccorHotels Luxury and Upscale hotel operating platform in Greater China. AccorHotels has a 10.8% stake in of China Lodging Group, including newly issued 24,895,543 ordinary shares at a price of $6.6375 per ordinary share (or 9.0% of China Lodging Group’s outstanding shares after issuance; 4 ordinary shares=1 American depositary shares) and the Company’s American depositary shares purchased by AccorHotels from the open market. Sebastien Bazin, Chaiman and CEO of AccorHotels, has been appointed to China Lodging Group’s Board of Directors.

Business Outlook and Guidance for 2016

“We remain positive about the long-term prospects about China travel industry. In 2016, we continue our consistent execution of asset-light and multiple-brand strategy. We plan to open 750 to 800 hotels, with 80% for economy hotels and 20% for midscale and upscale hotels. The manachised and franchised hotels continue to be the vast majority of our new openings in 2016, which is similar to 2015.” commented Mr. Ji.

In the first quarter of 2016, the Company expects net revenues to grow 14% to 15% year-over-year. For the full year 2016, the Company expects net revenues to grow 12% to 15% from 2015.

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 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 10, 2016 (or 9 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong time zone) following the announcement. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 (855) 500 8701 (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 entering pass code 5380 2516. 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 March 18, 2016. 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 5380 2516.

The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties at the Company’s Web site, 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 expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted operating margin excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses; EBITDA; adjusted EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted EBITDA margin excluding share-based compensation expenses; and hotel income. 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 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 is that share-based compensation expenses have been – and will continue to be – a significant recurring expense 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, to assess operating results of the hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expenses helps facilitate year-on-year comparison of the results of operations as the share-based compensation expenses may not be indicative of Company operating performance. Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA more closely reflects the performance capability of hotels currently in operation. 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, 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 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 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.

To monitor performance of hotels at different maturity level and of different form, the Company also tracks hotel income, which is the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs.

Reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and hotel income, 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 under 12 brand names. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 2,763 hotels or 278,843 rooms in operation in 352 cities. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, China Lodging Group’s brands include Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Joya Hotel, and Manxin Hotels & Resorts. 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, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased 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 December 31, 2015, China Lodging Group operates 27 percent of its hotel rooms under lease model, 73 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 brand, 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.

1 The conversion of Renminbi (“RMB”) into United States dollars (“US$”) is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.4778 on December 31, 2015 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.

2 Each ADS represents four of the Company’s ordinary shares.

—Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—

China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015
RMB RMB RMB US$
(in thousands)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents 808,865 799,228 1,237,838 191,089
Restricted cash - 580,000 360,500 55,652
Short-term investments 26,615 471,863 533,215 82,314
Accounts receivable, net 89,243 89,516 93,956 14,504
Amounts due from related parties 16,293 16,023 16,157 2,494
Prepaid rent 385,158 450,779 429,588 66,317
Inventories 29,882 25,818 24,529 3,787
Other current assets 160,582 143,869 167,995 25,934
Deferred tax assets 80,026 80,026 98,200 15,160
Total current assets 1,596,664 2,657,122 2,961,978 457,251
Property and equipment, net 3,907,343 3,795,565 3,805,886 587,527
Intangible assets, net 104,537 110,162 144,812 22,355
Long-term investments 229,005 301,376 356,578 55,046
Goodwill 64,654 64,654 108,344 16,726
Other assets 197,233 201,991 195,446 30,172
Deferred tax assets 83,470 83,470 120,477 18,598
Total assets 6,182,906 7,214,340 7,693,521 1,187,675
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt - 594,812 324,680 50,122
Accounts payable 640,691 535,183 585,347 90,362
Amounts due to related parties 6,403 8,362 7,653 1,181
Salary and welfare payable 186,051 130,593 210,955 32,566
Deferred revenue 514,268 629,748 705,607 108,927
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 313,017 375,795 576,160 88,944
Dividends payable - - 276,261 42,647
Income tax payable 59,630 44,795 102,810 15,871
Deferred tax liabilities 701 701 1,465 226
Total current liabilities 1,720,761 2,319,989 2,790,938 430,846
Deferred rent 830,414 922,542 945,192 145,912
Deferred revenue 155,395 176,485 180,861 27,920
Amounts due to related parties 4,083 2,042 - -
Other long-term liabilities 215,762 262,057 275,954 42,600
Deferred tax liabilities 37,778 37,778 59,828 9,237
Total liabilities 2,964,193 3,720,893 4,252,773 656,515
Equity:
Ordinary shares 184 185 186 29
Treasury share - (107,332) (107,331) (16,569)
Additional paid-in capital 2,381,568 2,435,661 2,470,099 381,318
Retained earnings 847,220 1,213,062 1,007,559 155,540
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (12,008) (50,346) 59,596 9,200
Total China Lodging Group, Limited shareholders' equity 3,216,964 3,491,230 3,430,109 529,518
Noncontrolling interest 1,749 2,217 10,639 1,642
Total equity 3,218,713 3,493,447 3,440,748 531,160
Total liabilities and equity 6,182,906 7,214,340 7,693,521 1,187,675

China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2015
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$
(in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:
Leased hotels 1,160,852 1,374,492 1,287,714 198,789 4,522,431 4,986,872 769,840
Manachised and franchised hotels 212,059 318,864 305,573 47,172 742,797 1,123,979 173,512
Total revenues 1,372,911 1,693,356 1,593,287 245,961 5,265,228 6,110,851 943,352
Less: business tax and related surcharges (76,674) (93,176) (86,972) (13,426) (300,500) (336,227) (51,904)
Net revenues 1,296,237 1,600,180 1,506,315 232,535 4,964,728 5,774,624 891,448
Operating costs and expenses:
Hotel operating costs:
Rents (414,525) (459,805) (470,567) (72,643) (1,543,651) (1,804,532) (278,572)
Utilities (83,723) (82,475) (85,288) (13,166) (323,837) (341,620) (52,737)
Personnel costs (210,210) (247,161) (232,662) (35,917) (788,973) (919,555) (141,955)
Depreciation and amortization (152,386) (161,178) (164,890) (25,455) (558,833) (645,058) (99,580)
Consumables, food and beverage (121,754) (125,703) (130,017) (20,071) (454,795) (485,099) (74,886)
Others (66,328) (90,437) (115,180) (17,781) (207,938) (316,283) (48,826)
Total hotel operating costs (1,048,926) (1,166,759) (1,198,604) (185,033) (3,878,027) (4,512,147) (696,556)
Selling and marketing expenses (65,179) (42,383) (46,791) (7,223) (187,435) (179,568) (27,720)
General and administrative expenses (102,985) (101,426) (128,233) (19,796) (342,128) (403,008) (62,214)
Pre-opening expenses (43,246) (27,649) (16,216) (2,503) (186,325) (110,011) (16,983)
Total operating costs and expenses (1,260,336) (1,338,217) (1,389,844) (214,555) (4,593,915) (5,204,734) (803,473)
Other operating income 12,947 19,718 14,111 2,178 18,551 31,264 4,827
Income from operations 48,848 281,681 130,582 20,158 389,364 601,154 92,802
Interest income 7,872 6,277 9,007 1,390 23,162 26,712 4,124
Interest expense (173) (1,908) (1,606) (248) (1,533) (3,854) (595)
Other income (expense) (417) (766) 2,064 319 4,749 4,083 630
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (17) 6,793 4,533 700 (246) 7,814 1,206
Income before income taxes 56,113 292,077 144,580 22,319 415,496 635,909 98,167
Income tax expense (8,755) (67,290) (73,742) (11,384) (113,105) (196,529) (30,339)
Net income 47,358 224,787 70,838 10,935 302,391 439,380 67,828
Less: net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests (517) (1,138) (78) (12) 4,957 (2,780) (429)
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited 46,841 223,649 70,760 10,923 307,348 436,600 67,399
Other comprehensive income
Unrealized securities holding gains (losses), net of tax (30,847) (68,357) 106,600 16,456 28,458 68,069 10,508
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax (1,126) 1,789 3,342 516 (1,082) 3,535 546
Comprehensive income 15,385 158,219 180,780 27,907 329,767 510,984 78,882
Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest (517) (1,138) (78) (12) 4,957 (2,780) (429)
Comprehensive income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited 14,868 157,081 180,702 27,895 334,724 508,204 78,453
Earnings per share:
Basic 0.19 0.89 0.28 0.04 1.23 1.74 0.27
Diluted 0.18 0.87 0.28 0.04 1.21 1.70 0.26
Earnings per ADS:
Basic 0.75 3.58 1.13 0.18 4.94 6.97 1.08
Diluted 0.74 3.49 1.10 0.17 4.86 6.82 1.05
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:
Basic 249,642 249,956 249,674 249,674 248,958 250,533 250,533
Diluted 253,906 256,083 256,546 256,546 253,004 256,104 256,104


China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014 December 31, 2015
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$
(in thousands)
Operating activities:
Net income 47,358 224,787 70,838 10,935 302,391 439,380 67,828
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Share-based compensation 2,199 12,938 13,909 2,147 31,937 52,535 8,110
Depreciation and amortization 156,096 165,302 169,355 26,144 570,722 661,404 102,103
Deferred taxes (42,391) - (42,673) (6,588) (42,391) (50,149) (7,742)
Bad debt expenses 3,022 348 1,909 295 4,770 1,997 308
Deferred rent 58,172 37,482 32,440 5,008 182,580 130,301 20,115
Loss (gain) from disposal of property and equipment (522) - (5,519) (852) 803 (5,519) (852)
Impairment loss 13,868 34,735 50,368 7,776 27,391 95,608 14,759
Investment loss (income) 898 477 (1,975) (305) (4,902) 129 20
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation (2,867) (1,790) (7,833) (1,209) (11,697) (12,838) (1,982)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:
Accounts receivable 9,119 4,159 (5,419) (836) (18,773) (5,749) (888)
Prepaid rent (13,353) (30,510) 21,191 3,271 (21,577) (44,430) (6,859)
Inventories 2,876 1,553 1,888 291 4,130 5,952 919
Amounts due from related parties - - - - 256 - -
Other current assets 11,669 (481) (27,515) (4,248) (42,369) (15,518) (2,395)
Other assets (6,861) (4) 6,544 1,010 (13,220) 1,787 276
Accounts payable 4,045 (7,763) 8,187 1,264 18,016 14,194 2,191
Amounts due to related parties (554) (1,574) 1,332 206 810 1,250 193
Salary and welfare payables 83,441 (29,622) 79,990 12,348 38,813 24,532 3,787
Deferred revenue 63,235 54,260 80,235 12,386 253,562 216,805 33,469
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 24,380 26,481 58,797 9,077 58,995 121,502 18,757
Income tax payable and receivable 17,693 11,075 58,255 8,993 45,274 56,019 8,647
Other long-term liabilities 25,949 10,642 13,968 2,156 68,494 60,481 9,337
Net cash provided by operating activities 457,472 512,495 578,272 89,269 1,454,015 1,749,673 270,101
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (219,024) (128,910) (119,380) (18,429) (930,922) (640,222) (98,833)
Purchases of intangibles (5,629) (444) (1,182) (182) (10,423) (8,818) (1,361)
Amount received as a result of government zoning - - 5,721 883 10,557 6,721 1,038
Acquisitions, net of cash received (2,160) (460) (3,633) (561) (16,050) (19,153) (2,957)
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiary and branch 1,000 2,500 2,500 386 18,484 5,000 772
Purchase of long-term investments (14,789) (72,437) (36,168) (5,583) (191,064) (137,707) (21,258)
Proceeds from sale of long-term investments 4,345 4,007 19,007 2,934 88,266 29,139 4,498
Payment for shareholder loan to joint venture (734) - (134) (21) (15,640) (1,386) (214)
Collection of shareholder loan from joint venture - 773 - - - 1,522 235
Purchase of short-term investments (19,710) (207,916) - - (75,210) (455,811) (70,365)
Proceeds from sales of short-term investments 55,499 885 28,109 4,339 55,499 30,858 4,764
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash - (580,000) 219,500 33,885 3,317 (360,500) (55,652)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (201,202) (982,002) 114,340 17,651 (1,063,186) (1,550,357) (239,333)
Financing activities:
Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of option 12,624 1,917 10,970 1,694 20,985 22,619 3,492
Payment of share repurchase - (107,331) - - - (107,331) (16,569)
Proceeds from short-term debt - 489,376 - - 300,000 589,376 90,984
Repayment of short-term debt (300,000) (13,581) (269,424) (41,592) (300,000) (283,516) (43,767)
Funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders - - 5,432 839 - 5,432 839
Repayment of funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders (340) (100) (120) (19) (1,559) (900) (139)
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest (2,042) (2,042) (2,042) (315) (4,083) (4,083) (630)
Contribution from noncontrolling interest holders (7,000) - 200 31 - 2,450 378
Dividend paid to noncontrolling interest holders (1,333) (475) (120) (19) (5,357) (4,604) (711)
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation 2,867 1,790 7,833 1,209 11,697 12,838 1,982
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (295,224) 369,554 (247,271) (38,172) 21,683 232,281 35,859
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,703) 5,705 (6,731) (1,039) (1,082) (2,624) (405)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (40,657) (94,248) 438,610 67,709 411,430 428,973 66,222
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 849,522 893,476 799,228 123,380 397,435 808,865 124,867
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 808,865 799,228 1,237,838 191,089 808,865 1,237,838 191,089

China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
Quarter Ended December 31, 2015
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs1,198,604 79.6% 2,352 0.2% 1,196,252 79.4%
Selling and marketing expenses46,791 3.1% 100 0.0% 46,691 3.1%
General and administrative expenses128,233 8.5% 11,457 0.8% 116,776 7.7%
Pre-opening expenses16,216 1.1% - 0.0% 16,216 1.1%
Total operating costs and expenses1,389,844 92.3% 13,909 1.0% 1,375,935 91.3%
Income from operations130,582 8.7% 13,909 1.0% 144,491 9.7%
Quarter Ended December 31, 2015
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
US$ US$ US$
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs185,033 79.6% 363 0.2% 184,670 79.4%
Selling and marketing expenses7,223 3.1% 15 0.0% 7,208 3.1%
General and administrative expenses19,796 8.5% 1,769 0.8% 18,027 7.7%
Pre-opening expenses2,503 1.1% - 0.0% 2,503 1.1%
Total operating costs and expenses214,555 92.3% 2,147 1.0% 212,408 91.3%
Income from operations20,158 8.7% 2,147 1.0% 22,305 9.7%
Quarter Ended September 30, 2015
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs1,166,759 72.9% 2,910 0.2% 1,163,849 72.7%
Selling and marketing expenses42,383 2.6% 246 0.0% 42,137 2.6%
General and administrative expenses101,426 6.3% 9,782 0.6% 91,644 5.7%
Pre-opening expenses27,649 1.7% - 0.0% 27,649 1.7%
Total operating costs and expenses1,338,217 83.5% 12,938 0.8% 1,325,279 82.7%
Income from operations281,681 17.6% 12,938 0.8% 294,619 18.4%
Quarter Ended December 31, 2014
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs1,048,926 80.9% 2,075 0.2% 1,046,851 80.7%
Selling and marketing expenses65,179 5.0% 289 0.0% 64,890 5.0%
General and administrative expenses102,985 7.9% (165) 0.0% 103,150 7.9%
Pre-opening expenses43,246 3.3% - 0.0% 43,246 3.3%
Total operating costs and expenses1,260,336 97.1% 2,199 0.2% 1,258,137 96.9%
Income from operations48,848 3.8% 2,199 0.2% 51,047 4.0%
Year Ended December 31, 2015
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs4,512,147 78.1% 8,835 0.2% 4,503,312 77.9%
Selling and marketing expenses179,568 3.1% 907 0.0% 178,661 3.1%
General and administrative expenses403,008 7.0% 42,793 0.7% 360,215 6.3%
Pre-opening expenses110,011 1.9% - 0.0% 110,011 1.9%
Total operating costs and expenses5,204,734 90.1% 52,535 0.9% 5,152,199 89.2%
Income from operations601,154 10.5% 52,535 0.9% 653,689 11.4%
Year Ended December 31, 2015
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
US$ US$ US$
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs696,556 78.1% 1,364 0.2% 695,192 77.9%
Selling and marketing expenses27,720 3.1% 140 0.0% 27,580 3.1%
General and administrative expenses62,214 7.0% 6,606 0.7% 55,608 6.3%
Pre-opening expenses16,983 1.9% - 0.0% 16,983 1.9%
Total operating costs and expenses803,473 90.1% 8,110 0.9% 795,363 89.2%
Income from operations92,802 10.5% 8,110 0.9% 100,912 11.4%
Year Ended December 31, 2014
GAAP Result % of Net Revenues Share-based Compensation % of Net Revenues Non-GAAP Result % of Net Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs3,878,027 78.1% 6,830 0.1% 3,871,197 78.0%
Selling and marketing expenses187,435 3.8% 939 0.0% 186,496 3.8%
General and administrative expenses342,128 6.9% 24,168 0.5% 317,960 6.4%
Pre-opening expenses186,325 3.8% - 0.0% 186,325 3.8%
Total operating costs and expenses4,593,915 92.6% 31,937 0.6% 4,561,978 92.0%
Income from operations389,364 7.9% 31,937 0.6% 421,301 8.5%

China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014 December 31, 2015
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$
(in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP) 46,841 223,649 70,760 10,923 307,348 436,600 67,399
Share-based compensation expenses 2,199 12,938 13,909 2,147 31,937 52,535 8,110
Adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) 49,040 236,587 84,669 13,070 339,285 489,135 75,509
Earnings per share (GAAP)
Basic 0.19 0.89 0.28 0.04 1.23 1.74 0.27
Diluted 0.18 0.87 0.28 0.04 1.21 1.70 0.26
Earnings per ADS (GAAP)
Basic 0.75 3.58 1.13 0.18 4.94 6.97 1.08
Diluted 0.74 3.49 1.10 0.17 4.86 6.82 1.05
Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP)
Basic 0.20 0.95 0.34 0.05 1.36 1.95 0.30
Diluted 0.19 0.92 0.33 0.05 1.34 1.91 0.29
Adjusted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP)
Basic 0.79 3.79 1.36 0.21 5.45 7.81 1.21
Diluted 0.77 3.70 1.32 0.20 5.36 7.64 1.18
Weighted average number of shares used in computation
Basic 249,642 249,956 249,674 249,674 248,958 250,533 250,533
Diluted 253,906 256,083 256,546 256,546 253,004 256,104 256,104
Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2015
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB RMB US$
(in thousands)
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP) 46,841 223,649 70,760 10,923 307,348 436,600 67,399
Interest income (7,872) (6,277) (9,007) (1,390) (23,162) (26,712) (4,124)
Interest expenses 173 1,908 1,606 248 1,533 3,854 595
Income tax expense 8,755 67,290 73,742 11,384 113,105 196,529 30,339
Depreciation and amortization 156,096 165,302 169,355 26,144 570,722 661,404 102,103
EBITDA (non-GAAP) 203,993 451,872 306,456 47,309 969,546 1,271,675 196,312
Share-based Compensation 2,199 12,938 13,909 2,147 31,937 52,535 8,110
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) 206,192 464,810 320,365 49,456 1,001,483 1,324,210 204,422
Quarter Ended Year Ended
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014 December 31, 2015
RMB RMB RMB US$ RMB US$
(in thousands)
Net revenues (GAAP) 1,296,237 1,600,180 1,506,315 232,535 4,964,728 5,774,624 891,448
Less: Hotel operating costs (1,048,926) (1,166,759) (1,198,604) (185,033) (3,878,027) (4,512,147) (696,556)
Hotel income (non-GAAP) 247,311 433,421 307,711 47,502 1,086,701 1,262,477 194,892

China Lodging Group, Limited
Operational Data
As of
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2014 2015 2015
Total hotels in operation: 1,995 2,588 2,763
Leased hotels 611 619 616
Manachised hotels 1,376 1,899 2,067
Franchised hotels 8 70 80
Total hotel rooms in operation 209,955 264,076 278,843
Leased hotels 72,335 75,384 75,436
Manachised hotels 136,689 182,663 196,737
Franchised hotels 931 6,029 6,670
Number of cities 300 342 352
For the quarter ended
December 31, September 30,December 31,
2014 2015 2015
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)
Leased hotels 87.2% 90.5% 85.8%
Manachised hotels 86.2% 89.0% 84.2%
Franchised hotels N/A 73.3% 67.4%
Blended 86.5% 89.2% 84.3%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased hotels 190 207 201
Manachised hotels 169 179 167
Franchised hotels N/A 187 172
Blended 176 188 177
RevPAR (in RMB)
Leased hotels 166 188 172
Manachised hotels 145 159 141
Franchised hotels N/A 137 116
Blended 153 167 149
For the full year ended
December 31, December 31,
2014 2015
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)
Leased hotels 88.9% 86.6%
Manachised hotels 89.0% 85.0%
Franchised hotels N/A 70.1%
Blended 89.0% 85.3%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased hotels 190 198
Manachised hotels 172 170
Franchised hotels N/A 177
Blended 179 179
RevPAR (in RMB)
Leased hotels 169 172
Manachised hotels 153 145
Franchised hotels N/A 124
Blended 159 153

Same-hotel Operational Data: like-for-like performance for leased and manachised hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter and full year

As of and for the quarter ended
December 31,
2014 2015
Total 1,612 1,612
Leased hotels 568 568
Manachised hotels 1,044 1,044
Occupancy rate (as a percentage) 89.0% 86.4%
Average daily room rate (in RMB) 178 178
RevPAR (in RMB) 158 154
As of and for full year ended
December 31,
2014 2015
Total 1,612 1,612
Leased hotels 568 568
Manachised hotels 1,044 1,044
Occupancy rate (as a percentage) 91.4% 87.9%
Average daily room rate (in RMB) 181 181
RevPAR (in RMB) 165 159


Hotel breakdown by segment
Number of Hotels in Operation Number of Hotel Rooms in Operation Number of Hotels
Number of Rooms
As of December 31, 2015 As of December 31, 2015 Net Added in 2015
Net Added in 2015
Economy hotels 2,453 238,156 634 52,197
Hanting Hotel 2,003 205,577 355 33,236
Leased hotels 495 57,277 (7) (29)
Manachised hotels 1,508 148,300 362 33,265
Hi Inn 302 21,340 144 8,789
Leased hotels 38 3,698 (3) (197)
Manachised hotels 251 16,725 134 8,069
Franchised hotels 13 917 13 917
Elan Hotel 148 11,239 135 10,172
Manachised hotels 128 9,837 115 8,770
Franchised hotels 20 1,402 20 1,402
Midscale and upscale hotels 310 40,687 134 16,691
JI Hotel 186 27,559 69 10,507
Leased hotels 75 13,195 13 2,935
Manachised hotels 111 14,364 56 7,572
Starway Hotel 118 12,138 63 5,817
Leased hotels 4 604 1 153
Manachised hotels 67 7,183 23 2,244
Franchised hotels 47 4,351 39 3,420
Joya Hotel 3 515 - -
Leased hotels 2 315 - -
Manachised hotels 1 200 - -
Manxin Hotels & Resorts 2 236 1 128
Leased hotels 1 108 - -
Manachised hotels 1 128 1 128
Mercure Hotel 1 239 1 239
Leased hotels 1 239 1 239
Total 2,763 278,843 768 68,888

Same-hotel operational data by segment
Number of hotels in operationSame-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy
As ofFor the quarter ended For the quarter ended For the quarter ended
December 31,December 31,yoy changeDecember 31,yoy changeDecember 31,yoy change
2014201520142015 20142015 2014 2015
Economy hotels1,4911,491152145 -4.6%169167 -1.2% 90% 87% -3.1%
Leased hotels510510156147 -5.3%175173 -0.9% 89% 85% -4.0%
Manachised and franchised hotels981981149143 -4.2%166163 -1.5% 90% 87% -2.5%
Midscale and upscale hotels121121224241 7.8%270282 4.7% 83% 85% 2.4%
Leased hotels5858245276 12.5%291308 5.8% 84% 90% 5.3%
Manachised and franchised hotels6363195196 0.4%240245 2.4% 81% 80% -1.6%
Total1,6121,612158154 -2.9%178178 0.0% 89% 86% -2.6%
Number of hotels in operationSame-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy
As ofFor the year ended For the year ended For the year ended
December 31,December 31,yoy changeDecember 31,yoy changeDecember 31,yoy change
2014201520142015 20142015 2014 2015
Economy hotels1,4911,491159152 -4.9%173172 -0.8% 92% 88% -3.9%
Leased hotels510510162154 -4.7%178177 -0.5% 91% 87% -3.9%
Manachised and franchised hotels981981158150 -5.1%170169 -1.0% 93% 89% -3.8%
Midscale and upscale hotels121121232247 6.5%275290 5.5% 84% 85% 0.8%
Leased hotels5858253277 9.2%295314 6.5% 86% 88% 2.2%
Manachised and franchised hotels6363202204 1.2%246252 2.8% 82% 81% -1.2%
Total1,6121,612165159 -3.6%181181 0.3% 91% 88% -3.5%


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Source:China Lodging Group, Limited