China Lodging Group, Limited Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

  • A total of 3,746 hotels or 379,675 hotel rooms in operation as of December 31, 2017.
  • Net revenues increased 32.6% year-over-year to RMB2,214.9 million (US$340.4 million) 1 for the fourth quarter and 25.0% to RMB8,170.2 million (US$1,255.7 million) for the full year of 2017, at the high-end of guidance previously announced .
  • EBITDA (non-GAAP) increased 22.9% year-over-year to RMB450.7 million (US$69.3 million) for the fourth quarter and increased 36.5% to RMB2,361.1 million (US$362.9 million) for the full year of 2017.
  • Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited was RMB229.4 million (US$35.3 million) for the fourth quarter and RMB1,237.2 million (US$190.2 million) for the full year of 2017, increasing 82.3% year-over-year for the fourth quarter and increasing 53.8% for the full year of 2017.
  • Basic earnings per ADS2 were RMB3.28 (US$0.50) for the fourth quarter of 2017 and RMB17.72 (US$2.72) for the full year of 2017. Diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.13 (US$0.48) for the fourth quarter of 2017 and RMB16.95 (US$2.60) for the full year of 2017. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB3.55 (US$0.55) for the fourth quarter of 2017 and RMB18.67 (US$2.87) for the full year of 2017 and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB3.39 (US$0.52) for the fourth quarter of 2017 and RMB17.85 (US$2.74) for the full year of 2017.
  • The Company provided guidance for Q1 2018 net revenues growth of 27% to 29% year over year and full year 2018 net revenues growth of 16% to 19% from 2017.

SHANGHAI, China, March 13, 2018 (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, 2017.

Fourth Quarter of 2017 Operational Highlights

  • During the fourth quarter of 2017, China Lodging Group opened 137 hotels, including 2 leased (“leased-and-operated”) hotels and 135 manachised (“franchised-and-managed”) hotels and franchised hotels.

  • The Company closed a total of 47 hotels, which included 15 leased hotels and 32 manachised and franchised hotels, during the fourth quarter of 2017. This was mainly due to:

    a) The Company's strategic focus to upgrade the quality of the product and service. The Company closed 5 hotels for brand upgrade purposes and permanently removed 11 hotels from its network for their non-compliance with the brand and operating standards. These hotels were mainly under HanTing and Hi Inn brands. By removing hotels of lower quality, the Company is able to provide a more consistent customer experience, which will help enhance both the brands and future profitability.
    b) Property related issues, including rezoning and returning of military-owned properties, and expiry of leases, which resulted in the closure of 28 hotels.
    c) Operating losses from hotels located mainly in selected 3rd or lower tier cities which resulted in the closure of 3 hotels.

  • The ADR, which is defined as the average daily rate for all hotels in operation, was RMB211 in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with RMB186 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB218 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 13.1% was due to both an increase in ADR of the mature hotels, as well as an increase in the proportion of midscale and upscale hotels with higher ADR in the Company’s brand mix. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation was 86.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with 84.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 93.1% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 1.4 percentage points was due to the improved performance across all brands as driven by strong travel demand and the increasing popularity of the Company’s brands. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • RevPAR, defined as revenue per available room for all hotels in operation, was RMB181 in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with RMB158 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB203 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 15.0% was attributable to both higher ADR and occupancy. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.

  • For all hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months, the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB172 for the fourth quarter of 2017, representing a 6.5% increase from RMB162 for the fourth quarter of 2016, with a 4.9% increase in ADR and a 1.3-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. The economy hotels registered a 6.9% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, driven by a 5.1% increase in ADR and a 1.5-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. The midscale and upscale hotels registered a 4.8% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, driven by a 4.4% increase in ADR and a 0.3-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. Crystal Orange hotels will not be counted in the same-hotel RevPAR statistics until they are in Huazhu system for 18 months.

Operational Highlights of full year 2017

  • For the full year of 2017, the company opened 86 leased hotels and 579 manachised hotels and franchised hotels, and closed 39 leased hotels and 149 manachised and franchised hotels. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had 671 leased hotels, 2,874 manachised hotels, and 201 franchised hotels in operation in 378 cities. The number of hotel rooms in operation totaled 379,675, an increase of 14.6% from a year ago.

  • As of December 31, 2017, the Company had a total number of 696 hotels contracted or under construction, including 37 leased hotels and 659 manachised and franchised hotels.

  • For the full year of 2017, the ADR for all hotels in operation was RMB203, increasing 10.0% year-over-year from RMB185 in 2016. The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation was 88.3%, compared with 84.9% in 2016. As a result, the RevPAR for all hotels in operation was RMB180 in 2017, a 14.4% increase from RMB157 in 2016.

  • The same-hotel RevPAR was RMB174 in 2017, a 7.7% increase from RMB in 2016, with a 3.7% increase in ADR and a 3.3-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate. In 2017, the economy hotels and the midscale and upscale hotels posted an increase of 7.4% and 8.2% in same-hotel RevPAR, respectively.

  • As of December 31, 2017, the Company’s loyalty program had approximately 103 million members, who contributed approximately 76% of room nights sold during the full year of 2017 and approximately 87% of room nights were sold through the Company’s own direct channels.

“We are pleased to have finished 2017 with strong fourth quarter operating results and expecting another solid year in 2018. Thanks to successful product upgrade, brand mix up-shift, and improved operational environment, we achieved 14.4% increase year-over-year in group blended RevPAR. On the front of hotel development, in 2017, we opened more than three hotels every two days. Our hotel room inventory grew by 20% on a gross basis, or 15% net,” commented Ms. Jenny Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of China Lodging Group.

“Our consistent track record of strong hotel openings and pipeline growth demonstrates robust demand for our brands. In 2017, we continued to strengthen our economy brands by rolling out new models and launch a few of midscale brands such as HanTing Premium, CitiGo and urban Manxin. Our refreshed models have received positive market feedback from guests and franchisees. Additionally, we have enriched our midscale brand portfolio by acquiring Crystal Orange and successfully integrated the Crystal Orange hotels into our network, which is expected to accelerate our growth and enhance our profitability in 2018. I’m also proud to announce that we have achieved a milestone of having over 100 million members in our loyalty program,” said Ms. Zhang. “Going forward, we will maintain our asset-light growth strategy and continue to invest in our brands and to improve our operational efficiency. We expect operational environment to continue its positive momentum and remain optimistic about outlook in 2018.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2017 Financial Results
(RMB in thousands)Q4 2016Q3 2017Q4 20172016FY 2017FY
Revenues:
Leased and owned hotels1,290,5751,857,8461,718,8405,212,405 6,343,279
Manachised and franchised hotels 367,983506,720483,0261,411,156 1,786,660
Others 11,3658,44513,03231,219 40,257
Total revenues1,669,9232,373,0112,214,8986,654,780 8,170,196
Less: business tax and related surcharges ---(116,149)-
Net revenues1,669,9232,373,0112,214,8986,538,631 8,170,196
Net revenues from leased and owned hotels1,290,5751,857,8461,718,8405,121,431 6,343,279
Net revenues from manachised and franchised hotels367,983506,720483,0261,386,526 1,786,660
Others 11,3658,44513,03230,674 40,257

Note: Value-added tax ("VAT") has been implemented for hospitality industry to replace business tax in China, effective May 1, 2016. For comparison purpose, the business tax and related surcharges in full year of 2016 is reallocated to reflect net revenues for each business.

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB2,214.9 million (US$340.4 million), representing a 32.6% year-over-year increase and a 6.7% sequential decrease. The year-over-year increase was primarily attributable to our hotel network expansion, improved blended RevPAR and the acquisition of Crystal Orange. The sequential decrease was due to seasonality.

Net revenues for the full year of 2017 were RMB8,170.2 million (US$1,255.7 million), representing an increase of 25.0% from the full year of 2016.

Net revenues from leased and owned hotels for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB1,718.8 million (US$264.2 million), representing a 33.2% year-over-year increase and a 7.5% sequential decrease.

For the full year of 2017, net revenues from leased and owned hotels were RMB6,343.3 million (US$974.9 million), representing a 23.9% year-over-year increase.

Net revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB483.0 million (US$74.2 million), representing a 31.3% year-over-year increase and a 4.7% sequential decrease.

For the full year of 2017, net revenues from manachised and franchised hotels were RMB 1,786.7 million (US$274.6 million), representing a 28.9% year-over-year increase. It accounts for 21.9% of net revenues, compared to 21.2% of net revenues for the full year of 2016.

Other revenues represent revenues generated from businesses other than the hotel operation, which mainly include revenues from Hua Zhu mall and the provision of IT products and services to hotels, totaling RMB13.0 million (US$2.0 million) in the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the full year of 2017, other revenues were RMB40.3 million (US$6.2 million).

(RMB in thousands)Q4 2016Q3 2017Q4 20172016FY2017FY
Operating costs and expenses:
Hotel operating costs1,264,6021,504,0701,622,849 4,932,1735,674,151
Other operating costs 2,3194,8166,836 7,60617,324
Selling and marketing expenses 46,14251,56183,868 146,525214,959
General and administrative expenses 143,434153,725236,213 492,141690,970
Pre-opening expenses 19,74767,63271,575 71,847206,454
Total operating costs and expenses1,476,2441,781,8042,021,341 5,650,2926,803,858

Hotel operating costs for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB1,622.8 million (US$249.4 million), compared to RMB1,264.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB1,504.1 million in the previous quarter, representing a 28.3% year-over-year increase and a 7.9% sequential increase. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB1,616.8 million (US$248.5 million), representing 73.0% of net revenues, compared to 75.5% for the fourth quarter in 2016 and 63.2% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease in the percentage was mainly attributable to the improved blended RevPAR and the increased portion of manachised-and-franchised hotels. The sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to seasonality.

For the full year of 2017, hotel operating costs were RMB5,674.2 million (US$872.1 million), compared to RMB4,932.2 million in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation, hotel operating costs (non-GAAP) were RMB5,654.4 million (US$869.1 million), representing 69.2% of net revenues, compared to 75.2% in 2016.

Selling and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB83.9 million (US$12.9 million), compared to RMB46.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB51.6 million in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB83.3 million (US$12.8 million), or 3.8% of net revenues, compared to 2.8% for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2.2% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year and sequential increase were mainly attributable to redesign of a number of our hotel brands as well as marketing activities to promote our brands and loyalty programs in the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the full year of 2017, selling and marketing expenses were RMB215.0 million (US$33.0 million), compared to RMB146.5 million in 2016. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB213.4 million (US$32.8 million), representing 2.6% of net revenues, compared to 2.2% in 2016. The increase was mainly due to redesign of a number of our hotel brands as well as marketing activities to promote our brands and loyalty programs.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB236.2 million (US$36.3 million), compared to RMB143.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB153.7 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB223.6 million (US$34.4 million), representing 10.1% of net revenues, compared with 8.1% of net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 6.1% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year and sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to the increase of performance-related personnel costs and professional fees.

For the full year of 2017, general and administrative expenses were RMB691.0 million (US$106.2 million), compared to RMB492.1 million in 2016. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB645.9 million (US$99.3 million), representing 7.9% of net revenues, compared to 6.9% in 2016. The increase was mainly attributable to the increase of performance-related personnel costs, general and administrative expenses related to the newly acquired Crystal Orange operations, and one-off Crystal Orange acquisition transaction costs amounting to RMB45.2 million in the first half of 2017.

Pre-opening expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were RMB71.6 million (US$11.0 million), representing a 262.5% year-over-year increase and a 5.8% sequential increase. The year-over-year and sequential increases were mainly because more leased mid-and-upscale hotels were under construction in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Pre-opening expenses for the full year of 2017 were RMB206.5 million (US$31.7 million), compared to RMB71.8 million in 2016, representing a year-over-year increase of 187.4%. The increase in pre-opening expenses was mainly attributable to more leased mid-and-upscale hotels opened or under construction in 2017 than in 2016. The pre-opening expenses as a percentage of net revenues increased to 2.5% in 2017 from 1.1% in 2016.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB236.1 million (US$36.3 million), compared to RMB185.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB591.3 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB255.4 million (US$39.2 million), compared to adjusted income from operation (non-GAAP) of RMB198.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB606.6 million for the previous quarter. The adjusted operating margin, defined as adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) as percentage of net revenues, for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 11.6%, compared with 11.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 25.5% in the previous quarter. The sequential decrease in the operating margin was due to seasonality.

Income from operations for the full year of 2017 was RMB1,437.5 million (US$220.9 million), compared to RMB870.9 million in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2017 was RMB1,503.9 million (US$231.1 million), compared to RMB926.3 million for the full year of 2016. The adjusted operating margin (non-GAAP) for the year of 2017 was 18.4%, compared with 14.1% for the full year of 2016. The improvement of 4.3-percentage-points in the adjusted operating margin was mainly attributable to the higher blended RevPAR and the increased portion of manachised-and-franchised hotels in 2017.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB229.4 million (US$35.3 million), as 10.4% of net revenues, compared to RMB125.9 million, as 7.5% of net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB470.1 million, as 19.8% of net revenues 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 2017 was RMB248.7 million (US$38.2 million), representing a 79.7% year-over-year increase and a 48.8% sequential decrease.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the full year of 2017 was RMB1,237.2 million (US$190.2 million), as 15.1% of net revenues, compared to RMB804.6 million, as 12.3% of net revenues in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2017 was RMB1,303.6 million (US$200.4 million), compared to RMB860.1 million in 2016. The year-over-year increase of 51.6% was mainly attributable to the expanded hotel network, improved blended RevPAR and the acquisition of Crystal Orange in 2017.

Basic and diluted earnings per share/ADS. For the fourth quarter of 2017, basic earnings per share were RMB0.82 (US$0.13) and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.78 (US$0.12); basic earnings per ADS were RMB3.28 (US$0.50) and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB3.13 (US$0.48). For the fourth quarter of 2017, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.89 (US$0.14) and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.85 (US$0.13); adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB3.55 (US$0.55) and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB3.39 (US$0.52).

For the full year of 2017, basic earnings per share were RMB4.43 (US$0.68) and diluted earnings per share were RMB4.24 (US$0.65); basic earnings per ADS were RMB17.72 (US$2.72), while diluted earnings per ADS were RMB16.95 (US$2.60). For the full year of 2017, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB4.67 (US$0.72), while adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB4.46 (US$0.69), and adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB18.67 (US$2.87), while adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB17.85 (US$2.74).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB450.7 million (US$69.3 million), compared with RMB366.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB849.6 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB470.0 million (US$72.2 million), compared with RMB379.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and RMB864.9 million for the previous quarter.

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2017 was RMB2,361.1 million (US$362.9 million), compared to RMB1,730.3 million in 2016. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2017 was RMB2,427.5 million (US$373.1 million), compared with RMB1,785.8 million in 2016, representing a 35.9% year-over-year increase. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the expansion of the Company’s hotel network, the improved RevPAR and the acquisition of Crystal Orange in 2017. The adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) for the year of 2017 was 29.7%, compared with 27.3% for the full year of 2016.

Cash flow. Operating cash inflow for the fourth quarter of 2017 was RMB554.2 million (US$85.2 million). Investing cash outflow for the fourth quarter was RMB1,403.4 million (US$215.7 million).

Operating cash inflow for the full year of 2017 was RMB2,452.6 million (US$377.0 million), representing an increase of 18.7% from 2016. 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 2017 was RMB6,716.3 million (US$1,032.3 million), compared to investing cash inflow of RMB183.8 million in 2016. The fluctuation was mainly attributable to cash paid for business acquisitions such as Crystal Orange, the purchase of long-term investments, and increase in restricted cash.

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash of RMB3,956.1 million (US$608.0 million).

Debt financing. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had a total loan balance of RMB5,052.6 million (US$776.6 million).

Guidance
In the first quarter of 2018, the Company expects net revenues to grow 27% to 29% year-over-year. For the full year 2018, the Company expects net revenues to grow 16% to 19% from 2017.

The Company anticipates the gross opening of 650-700 hotels in 2018, 60%-65% of which are midscale and upscale hotels.

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 9 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (or 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong time zone) following the announcement. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 (845) 675 0438 (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 enter pass code 7095016. 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 20, 2018. 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 7095016.

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 and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted income from operations 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; and adjusted EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expenses. 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. 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 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.

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 China Lodging Group, Limited
China Lodging Group, Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had 3,746 hotels or 379,675 rooms in operation in 378 cities. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, China Lodging Group's brands include Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Joya Hotel, VUE Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Orange Hotel and Manxin Hotel. 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 and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned 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, 2017, China Lodging Group operates 22 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, 78 percent under manachise and franchise models.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website: http://ir.huazhu.com.
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1 The conversion of Renminbi (“RMB”) into United States dollars (“US$”) is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.5063 on December 29, 2017 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.

3 In 2017, we adopted ASU No.2016-09, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting by using a retrospective transition method in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. Accordingly we reclassified Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation from financing activities to operating activities in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the quarters ended December 31, 2016, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017, and the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

---Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—

China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2016
December 31, 2017
RMB
RMBUS$
(in thousands)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents3,235,007 3,474,719 534,054
Restricted cash500 481,348 73,982
Short-term investments- 129,911 19,967
Accounts receivable, net141,649 162,910 25,039
Loan receivables22,410 380,580 58,494
Amounts due from related parties98,453 118,537 18,219
Prepaid rent446,127 659,973 101,436
Inventories21,606 24,006 3,690
Other current assets208,929 329,140 50,588
Total current assets4,174,681 5,761,124 885,469
Property and equipment, net3,710,468 4,522,878 695,154
Intangible assets, net342,694 1,643,972 252,674
Land use rights145,521 140,108 21,534
Long-term investments1,064,321 2,361,969 363,028
Goodwill171,504 2,264,758 348,087
Loan receivables7,269 42,330 6,506
Other assets200,492 364,660 56,047
Deferred tax assets176,414 325,643 50,050
Total assets9,993,364 17,427,442 2,678,549
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt298,291 130,684 20,086
Long-term debt, current portion- 131 20
Accounts payable584,731 766,565 117,819
Amounts due to related parties11,058 36,890 5,670
Salary and welfare payables274,259 427,070 65,640
Deferred revenue749,793 832,021 127,879
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities895,837 1,264,902 194,412
Income tax payable152,112 218,238 33,542
Total current liabilities2,966,081 3,676,501 565,068
Long-term debt- 4,921,774 756,463
Deferred rent1,023,843 1,380,484 212,177
Deferred revenue166,963 171,735 26,394
Other long-term liabilities323,991 380,578 58,494
Deferred tax liabilities96,329 422,090 64,874
Total liabilities4,577,207 10,953,162 1,683,470
Equity:
Ordinary shares204 212 33
Treasury shares(107,331) (107,331) (16,496)
Additional paid-in capital3,699,056 3,624,135 557,019
Retained earnings1,812,174 2,753,715 423,238
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(4,503) 167,965 25,816
Total China Lodging Group, Limited shareholders' equity5,399,600 6,438,696 989,610
Noncontrolling interest16,557 35,584 5,469
Total equity5,416,157 6,474,280 995,079
Total liabilities and equity9,993,364 17,427,442 2,678,549


China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
Quarter Ended
Year Ended
December
31, 2016

September
30,2017

December
31, 2017

December
31, 2016

December
31, 2017

RMB
RMB
RMB
US$
RMB
RMB
US$
(in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:
Leased and owned hotels1,290,575 1,857,846 1,718,840 264,181 5,212,405 6,343,279 974,944
Manachised and franchised hotels367,983 506,720 483,026 74,240 1,411,156 1,786,660 274,605
Others11,365 8,445 13,032 2,003 31,219 40,257 6,187
Total revenues1,669,923 2,373,011 2,214,898 340,424 6,654,780 8,170,196 1,255,736
Less: business tax and related- - - - (116,149) - -
Net revenues1,669,923 2,373,011 2,214,898 340,424 6,538,631 8,170,196 1,255,736
Operating costs and expenses:
Hotel operating costs:
Rents(461,112) (533,285) (560,178) (86,098) (1,870,879) (2,058,954) (316,455)
Utilities(78,451) (104,284) (89,024) (13,683) (345,615) (365,100) (56,115)
Personnel costs(272,706) (366,019) (412,924) (63,465) (1,088,380) (1,388,284) (213,376)
Depreciation and amortization (169,350) (214,069) (204,147) (31,377) (676,996) (773,202) (118,839)
Consumables, food and beverage (127,864) (150,458) (154,314) (23,717) (494,764) (550,513) (84,612)
Others (155,119) (135,955) (202,262) (31,087) (455,539) (538,098) (82,704)
Total hotel operating costs(1,264,602) (1,504,070) (1,622,849) (249,427) (4,932,173) (5,674,151) (872,101)
Other operating costs(2,319) (4,816) (6,836) (1,051) (7,606) (17,324) (2,663)
Selling and marketing expenses(46,142) (51,561) (83,868) (12,890) (146,525) (214,959) (33,039)
General and administrative expenses (143,434) (153,725) (236,213) (36,305) (492,141) (690,970) (106,200)
Pre-opening expenses (19,747) (67,632) (71,575) (11,001) (71,847) (206,454) (31,731)
Total operating costs and expenses(1,476,244) (1,781,804) (2,021,341) (310,674 ) (5,650,292) (6,803,858) (1,045,734)
Other operating income (expense), net(7,961) 137 42,563 6,541 (17,440) 71,175 10,940
Income from operations185,718 591,344 236,120 36,291 870,899 1,437,513 220,942
Interest income22,939 31,807 40,713 6,257 67,366 112,645 17,313
Interest expense(2,289) (34,797) (34,295) (5,271) (11,056) (87,320) (13,421)
Other income, net(3,207) 51,123 11,195 1,721 133,755 163,678 25,157
Foreign exchange gain (loss)10,341 (5,833) (2,341) (360) 16,481 (18,128) (2,786)
Income before income taxes 213,502 633,644 251,392 38,638 1,077,445 1,608,388 247,205
Income tax expense(87,745) (158,446) (18,986) (2,918) (287,120) (359,958) (55,325)
Income (Loss) from equity method investments3,734 (3,279) (2,871) (441) 6,157 (11,783) (1,811)
Net income129,491 471,919 229,535 35,279 796,482 1,236,647 190,069
Less: net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest(3,633) (1,858) (116) (18) 8,133 555 86
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited 125,858 470,061 229,419 35,261 804,615 1,237,202 190,155





Other comprehensive income
Unrealized securities holding gains (losses), net of tax3,278 (5,757) 11,400 1,752 16,449 868 133
Reclassification of gains realized to net income, net of tax - - - - (67,921) (5,282) (812)
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax (6,911) 71,077 58,502 8,992 (12,627) 176,882 27,186
Comprehensive income 125,858 537,239 299,437 46,023 732,383 1,409,115 216,576
Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest(3,633) (1,858) (116) (18) 8,133 555 86
Comprehensive income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited 122,225 535,381 299,321 46,005 740,516 1,409,670 216,662
Earnings per share:
Basic0.45 1.68 0.82 0.13 2.92 4.43 0.68
Diluted 0.44 1.62 0.78 0.12 2.84 4.24 0.65
Earnings per ADS:
Basic1.81 6.72 3.28 0.50 11.70 17.72 2.72
Diluted1.76 6.50 3.13 0.48 11.38 16.95 2.60
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:
Basic 277,473 279,631 279,861 279,861 275,139 279,272 279,272
Diluted 285,887 289,317 298,903 298,903 282,889 293,074 293,074


China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Quarter Ended
Year Ended
December
31, 2016
September
30, 2017
December
31, 2017
December
31,2016
December
31, 2017
RMB
RMB
RMB
US$
RMB
RMB
US$
(in thousands)
Operating activities3:
Net income129,491 471,919 229,535 35,279 796,482 1,236,647 190,069
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Share-based compensation12,527 15,302 19,245 2,958 55,436 66,367 10,200
Depreciation and amortization173,826 218,081 208,756 32,085 694,894 789,252 121,306
Amortization of issuance cost of convertible notes- - 2,598 399 - 2,598 399
Deferred taxes30,809 2,823 (81,100) (12,465) 33,446 (76,237) (11,717)
Bad debt expenses1,200 - 1,434 220 1,082 2,446 376
Deferred rent29,764 42,063 103,688 15,937 103,322 209,074 32,134
Loss from disposal of property and equipment1,240 - (2,795) (430) 9,333 12,884 1,980
Impairment loss62,669 32,294 92,480 14,214 153,741 169,213 26,008
Loss (Income) from equity method investments(3,734) 3,279 2,871 441 (6,157) 11,783 1,811
Investment loss (gain)- (50,781) (44,403) (6,825) (116,763) (159,974) (24,588)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:
Accounts receivable922 (7,798) 10,735 1,650 (46,211) 4,207 647
Prepaid rent(43,153) (25,934) (131,592) (20,225) (25,380) (188,653) (28,995)
Inventories167 5,527 3,684 566 3,923 2,766 425
Amounts due from related parties(4,537) (6,465) (23,967) (3,684) (9,314) (31,151) (4,788)
Other current assets(11,803) (16,828) (56,720) (8,718) (40,813) (76,320) (11,730)
Other assets5,362 (23,696) 4,691 721 (5,046) (54,411) (8,363)
Accounts payable39,690 11,114 35,417 5,444 59,129 8,141 1,251
Amounts due to related parties1,796 311 4,234 651 7,489 3,093 475
Salary and welfare payables111,005 (42,850) 223,455 34,345 60,669 133,142 20,464
Deferred revenue(89,742) 23,457 13,838 2,127 19,529 4,016 617
Accrued expenses and other current
liabilities
3,665 186,092 (40,053) (6,156) 202,351 288,185 44,293
Income tax payable(11,563) 47,266 (39,224) (6,028) 64,087 44,688 6,868
Other long-term liabilities14,339 12,984 17,386 2,672 51,072 50,840 7,813
Net cash provided by operating activities453,940 898,160 554,193 85,178 2,066,301 2,452,596 376,955
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment(109,231) (210,235) (267,332) (41,088) (503,136) (819,523) (125,958)
Purchases of intangibles(3,517) (2,702) (4,079) (627) (13,557) (7,854) (1,207)
Amount received as a result of government zoning- - 2,593 399 2,099 2,593 399
Acquisitions, net of cash received(1,683) - (330) (51) 131,501 (3,745,588) (575,686)
Proceeds from disposal of subisidary and branch, net of cash disposed- - 13,684 2,103 (20,668) 13,684 2,103
Purchase of long-term investments(152,321) (175,300) (856,682) (131,670) (293,125) (1,327,508) (204,034)
Proceeds from maturity/sale of long-term
investments
- 110 1,857 285 14,842 128,174 19,700
Payment for shareholder loan to equity investees(1,214) (30,370) (6,079) (934) (39,387) (113,206) (17,399)
Collection of shareholder loan from equity investees- 71,355 - - 9,285 119,855 18,421
Purchase of short-term investments- (95,802) - - - (95,802) (14,724)
Proceeds from maturity/sale of short-term investments- - - - 526,443 - -
Payment for the origination of loan receivables- (75,992) (319,500) (49,106) (36,420) (445,892) (68,532)
Proceeds from collection of loan receivables25,622 25,021 20,303 3,121 45,885 55,662 8,554
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash1,657 (26,012) 12,163 1,869 360,000 (480,849) (73,905)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities(240,687) (519,927) (1,403,402) (215,699) 183,762 (6,716,254) (1,032,268)
Financing activities:
Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of options3,668 580 1,875 288 12,206 9,073 1,394
Proceeds from short-term debt- - - - 281,719 136,488 20,978
Repayment of short-term debt- (26,913) - - (332,555) (294,677) (45,291)
Proceeds from long-term debt- - - - - 3,633,174 558,409
Repayment of long-term debt- - (1,650,916) (253,741) - (1,650,917) (253,741)
Funds advanced from noncontrolling interest
holders
7,453 11,913 34,972 5,375 11,453 83,573 12,845
Repayment of funds advanced from
noncontrolling interest holders
(400) (7,053) - - (600) (8,730) (1,342)
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest(4,083) - - - (4,083) (3,750) (576)
Contribution from noncontrolling interest holders10,500 890 17,743 2,728 45,604 25,575 3,931
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest holders(612) (240) (240) (37) (3,677) (2,810) (432)
Dividends paid- - (306,343) (47,084) (276,261) (306,343) (47,084)
Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes, net of issuance cost and capped call option- - 2,925,202 449,595 - 2,925,203 449,595
Debt financing and administrative costs paid- - (9,763) (1,501) - (9,763) (1,501)
Proceeds from ADS Lending- - 7 1 - 7 1
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities16,526 (20,823) 1,012,537 155,624 (266,194) 4,536,103 697,186
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents3,397 (4,677) (21,717) (3,338) 13,300 (32,733) (5,031)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents233,176 352,733 141,611 21,765 1,997,169 239,712 36,842
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period3,001,831 2,980,375 3,333,108 512,289 1,237,838 3,235,007 497,212
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period3,235,007 3,333,108 3,474,719 534,054 3,235,007 3,474,719 534,054

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3 In 2017, we adopted ASU No.2016-09, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting by using a retrospective transition method in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. Accordingly we reclassified Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation from financing activities to operating activities in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the quarters ended December 31, 2016, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017, and the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
Quarter Ended December 31, 2017
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues

Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues

Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs1,622,849 73.3% 6,091 0.3% 1,616,758 73.0%
Other operating costs6,836 0.3% - 0.0% 6,836 0.3%
Selling and marketing expenses83,868 3.8% 551 0.0% 83,317 3.8%
General and administrative expenses236,213 10.7% 12,603 0.6% 223,610 10.1%
Pre-opening expenses71,575 3.2% - 0.0% 71,575 3.2%
Total operating costs and expenses2,021,341 91.3% 19,245 0.9% 2,002,096 90.4%
Income from operations236,120 10.7% 19,245 0.9% 255,365 11.6%
Quarter Ended December 31, 2017
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues

Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues

Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
US$ US$ US$
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs249,427 73.3% 936 0.3% 248,491 73.0%
Other operating costs1,051 0.3% - 0.0% 1,051 0.3%
Selling and marketing expenses12,890 3.8% 85 0.0% 12,805 3.8%
General and administrative expenses36,305 10.7% 1,937 0.6% 34,368 10.1%
Pre-opening expenses11,001 3.2% - 0.0% 11,001 3.2%
Total operating costs and expenses310,674 91.3% 2,958 0.9% 307,716 90.4%
Income from operations36,291 10.7% 2,958 0.9% 39,249 11.6%
Quarter Ended September 30, 2017
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues

Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues

Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs1,504,070 63.4% 4,460 0.2% 1,499,610 63.2%
Other operating costs4,816 0.2% - 0.0% 4,816 0.2%
Selling and marketing expenses51,561 2.2% 321 0.0% 51,240 2.2%
General and administrative expenses153,725 6.5% 10,521 0.4% 143,204 6.1%
Pre-opening expenses67,632 2.9% - 0.0% 67,632 2.9%
Total operating costs and expenses1,781,804 75.2% 15,302 0.6% 1,766,502 74.6%
Income from operations591,344 24.9% 15,302 0.6% 606,646 25.5%
Quarter Ended December 31, 2016
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues

Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues

Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs1,264,602 75.7% 3,738 0.2% 1,260,864 75.5%
Other operating costs2,319 0.1% - 0.0% 2,319 0.1%
Selling and marketing expenses46,142 2.8% 52 0.0% 46,090 2.8%
General and administrative expenses143,434 8.6% 8,737 0.5% 134,697 8.1%
Pre-opening expenses19,747 1.2% - 0.0% 19,747 1.2%
Total operating costs and expenses1,476,244 88.4% 12,527 0.7% 1,463,717 87.7%
Income from operations185,718 11.1% 12,527 0.7% 198,245 11.8%


Year Ended December 31, 2017
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues
Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues
Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs5,674,151 69.4% 19,725 0.2% 5,654,426 69.2%
Other operating costs17,324 0.2% - 0.0% 17,324 0.2%
Selling and marketing expenses214,959 2.6% 1,530 0.0% 213,429 2.6%
General and administrative expenses690,970 8.5% 45,112 0.6% 645,858 7.9%
Pre-opening expenses206,454 2.5% - 0.0% 206,454 2.5%
Total operating costs and expenses6,803,858 83.2% 66,367 0.8% 6,737,491 82.4%
Income from operations1,437,513 17.6% 66,367 0.8% 1,503,880 18.4%
Year Ended December 31, 2017
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues
Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues
Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
US$ US$ US$
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs872,101 69.4% 3,031 0.2% 869,070 69.2%
Other operating costs2,663 0.2% - 0.0% 2,663 0.2%
Selling and marketing expenses33,039 2.6% 235 0.0% 32,804 2.6%
General and administrative expenses106,200 8.5% 6,934 0.6% 99,266 7.9%
Pre-opening expenses31,731 2.5% - 0.0% 31,731 2.5%
Total operating costs and expenses1,045,734 83.2% 10,200 0.8% 1,035,534 82.4%
Income from operations220,942 17.6% 10,200 0.8% 231,142 18.4%
Year Ended December 31, 2016
GAAP Result % of Net
Revenues
Share-based
Compensation
% of Net
Revenues
Non-GAAP
Result
% of Net
Revenues
RMB RMB RMB
(in thousands)
Hotel operating costs4,932,173 75.4% 13,603 0.2% 4,918,570 75.2%
Other operating costs7,606 0.1% - 0.0% 7,606 0.1%
Selling and marketing expenses146,525 2.2% 811 0.0% 145,714 2.2%
General and administrative expenses492,141 7.5% 41,022 0.6% 451,119 6.9%
Pre-opening expenses71,847 1.1% - 0.0% 71,847 1.1%
Total operating costs and expenses5,650,292 86.3% 55,436 0.8% 5,594,856 85.5%
Income from operations870,899 13.3% 55,436 0.8% 926,335 14.1%


China Lodging Group, Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
Quarter Ended
Year Ended
December
31, 2016
September
30,2017
December
31, 2017
December
31, 2016
December
31, 2017
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)125,858 470,061 229,419 35,261 804,615 1,237,202 190,155
Share-based compensation expenses12,527 15,302 19,245 2,958 55,436 66,367 10,200
Adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP)138,385 485,363 248,664 38,219 860,051 1,303,569 200,355
Earnings per share (GAAP)
Basic0.45 1.68 0.82 0.13 2.92 4.43 0.68
Diluted0.44 1.62 0.78 0.12 2.84 4.24 0.65
Earnings per ADS (GAAP)
Basic1.81 6.72 3.28 0.50 11.70 17.72 2.72
Diluted1.76 6.50 3.13 0.48 11.38 16.95 2.60
Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP)
Basic0.50 1.74 0.89 0.14 3.13 4.67 0.72
Diluted0.48 1.68 0.85 0.13 3.04 4.46 0.69
Adjusted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP)
Basic1.99 6.94 3.55 0.55 12.50 18.67 2.87
Diluted1.94 6.71 3.39 0.52 12.16 17.85 2.74
Weighted average number of shares used in computation
Basic277,473 279,631 279,861 279,861 275,139 279,272 279,272
Diluted285,887 289,317 298,903 298,903 282,889 293,074 293,074



Quarter Ended
Year Ended
December
31, 2016
September
30,2017

December
31, 2017
December
31, 2016

December
31, 2017
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)125,858 470,061 229,419 35,261 804,615 1,237,202 190,155
Interest income(22,939) (31,807) (40,713) (6,257) (67,366) (112,645) (17,313)
Interest expense2,289 34,797 34,295 5,271 11,056 87,320 13,421
Income tax expense87,745 158,446 18,986 2,918 287,120 359,958 55,325
Depreciation and amortization173,826 218,081 208,756 32,085 694,894 789,252 121,306
EBITDA (non-GAAP)366,779 849,578 450,743 69,278 1,730,319 2,361,087 362,894
Share-based compensation12,527 15,302 19,245 2,958 55,436 66,367 10,200
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)379,306 864,880 469,988 72,236 1,785,755 2,427,454 373,094


China Lodging Group, Limited
Operational Data
As of
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2016 2017 2017
Total hotels in operation: 3,269 3,656 3,746
Leased and owned hotels 624 684 671
Manachised hotels 2,471 2,766 2,874
Franchised hotels 174 206 201
Total hotel rooms in operation 331,347 372,464 379,675
Leased and owned hotels78,160 86,568 85,018
Manachised hotels237,094 265,701 275,065
Franchised hotels 16,093 20,195 19,592
Number of cities 367 375 378
For the quarter ended
December 31, September 30, December 31,
2016 2017 2017
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)
Leased and owned hotels85.5%92.8%87.2%
Manachised hotels85.4%94.1%86.6%
Franchised hotels68.1%78.9%72.1%
Blended84.7%93.1%86.0%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels211 257 251
Manachised hotels178 204 197
Franchised hotels180 236 232
Blended186 218 211
RevPAR (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels181 238 219
Manachised hotels152 192 170
Franchised hotels123 186 167
Blended158 203 181
For the full year ended
December 31, December 31,
2016 2017
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)
Leased and owned hotels86.1%89.0%
Manachised hotels85.3%89.1%
Franchised hotels68.9%73.1%
Blended84.9%88.3%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels208 237
Manachised hotels177 191
Franchised hotels182 216
Blended185 203
RevPAR (in RMB)
Leased and owned hotels179 211
Manachised hotels151 171
Franchised hotels125 158
Blended157 180
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,
2016 2017
Total 2,729 2,729
Leased and owned hotels 573 573
Manachised hotels 2,156 2,156
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)86.7%88.0%
Average daily room rate (in RMB) 187 196
RevPAR (in RMB) 162 172
As of and for full year ended
December 31,
2016 2017
Total 2,729 2,729
Leased and owned hotels 573 573
Manachised hotels 2,156 2,156
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)87.4%90.8%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)184 191
RevPAR (in RMB)161 174


Hotel breakdown by segment
Number of Hotels in OperationNumber of Hotel Rooms in Operation
As of December 31, 2017As of December 31, 2017
Economy hotels 2,974 279,619
HanTing Hotel 2,244 223,121
Leased hotels 454 52,300
Manachised hotels 1,786 170,443
Franchised hotels 4 378
Hi Inn 396 26,063
Leased hotels 30 2,727
Manachised hotels 321 20,466
Franchised hotels 45 2,870
Elan Hotel 226 16,120
Manachised hotels 193 13,963
Franchised hotels 33 2,157
ibis Hotel 100 13,474
Leased and owned hotels 16 2,887
Manachised hotels 38 4,522
Franchised hotels 46 6,065
Orange Hotel 8 841
Leased hotels 6 678
Manachised hotels 1 85
Franchised hotels 1 78
Midscale and upscale hotels 772 100,056
JI Hotel 390 53,054
Leased hotels 91 15,868
Manachised hotels 296 36,912
Franchised hotels 3 274
Starway Hotel 174 16,914
Leased hotels 2 386
Manachised hotels 141 13,677
Franchised hotels 31 2,851
Joya Hotel 6 1,131
Leased hotels 3 523
Manachised hotels 3 608
Manxin Hotels & Resorts 11 1,150
Leased hotels 2 277
Manachised hotels 6 769
Franchised hotels 3 104
HanTing Premium Hotel 5 446
Leased hotels 1 98
Manachised hotels 4 348
ibis Styles Hotel 13 1,841
Manachised hotels 10 1,425
Franchised hotels 3 416
Mercure Hotel 20 4,664
Leased hotels 2 496
Manachised hotels 15 3,546
Franchised hotels 3 622
Novotel Hotel 4 1,697
Manachised hotels 3 1,374
Franchised hotels 1 323
Grand Mercure 4 882
Leased hotels 1 360
Manachised hotels 1 151
Franchised hotels 2 371
Orange Select 103 12,648
Leased hotels 44 5,732
Manachised hotels 41 4,817
Franchised hotels 18 2,099
Crystal Orange 42 5,629
Leased hotels 19 2,686
Manachised hotels 15 1,959
Franchised hotels 8 984
Total 3,746 379,675


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
2016201720162017201620172016 2017
Economy hotels 2,406 2,406 146 156 6.9% 167 175 5.1%87%89%1.5%
Leased and owned hotels 492 492 152 166 9.2% 178 189 6.3%85%88%2.4%
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,914 1,914 144 152 6.1% 163 171 4.6%88%89%1.2%
Midscale and upscale hotels 323 323 249 261 4.8% 300 313 4.4%83%83%0.3%
Leased hotels 81 81 314 321 2.4% 348 364 4.5%90%88%-1.9%
Manachised and franchised hotels 242 242 217 231 6.5% 273 286 4.7%79%81%1.4%
Total 2,729 2,729 162 172 6.5% 187 196 4.9%87%88%1.3%
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
2016201720162017201620172016 2017
Economy hotels 2,406 2,406 147 158 7.4%168 173 3.3%88%92%3.5%
Leased and owned hotels 492 492 154 167 8.4%178 185 3.9%86%90%3.7%
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,914 1,914 145 155 7.1%164 169 3.0%88%92%3.5%
Midscale and upscale hotels 323 323 245 265 8.2%291 307 5.5%84%86%2.1%
Leased hotels 81 81 300 320 6.8%333 354 6.3%90%91%0.4%
Manachised and franchised hotels 242 242 213 232 9.3%263 277 5.1%81%84%3.2%
Total 2,729 2,729 161 174 7.7%184 191 3.7%87%91%3.3%

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