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Morgans Hotel Group reports Q3 results

Morgans Hotel Group Co (NASDAQ: MHGC), which has partnered with Baha Mar to create the Mondrian Baha Mar hotel at the resort, recently reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. 

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Morgans Hotel Group Co
Friday, November 8, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) (“MHG” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.s

Highlights

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $9.0 million in the third quarter of 2013, a $6.1 million increase over the same period in 2012, due primarily to an increase in EBITDA at Hudson.
  • Operating margins at the Company’s Owned Hotels and leased food and beverage operations increased approximately 500 basis points during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.
  • Revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for System-Wide Comparable Hotels increased by 3.6% in constant dollars, or 3.1% in actual dollars, during the third quarter of 2013 from the comparable period in 2012.  Excluding hotels in London, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012, RevPAR increased by 8.8%.
  • RevPAR at Hudson, the Company’s non-comparable hotel located in New York City, increased by 27.4%, driven by a 25.8% increase in occupancy during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.  Hudson’s strong operating performance was driven in part by the continued success of its new restaurant, Hudson Common, which opened in February 2013.
  • In July 2013, the Company entered into a hotel management agreement for an approximately 211-room Delano-branded condo-hotel to be located in Cartagena, Colombia.  Upon completion and opening of the hotel, which is expected to occur in 2016, the Company will operate the hotel pursuant to a 20-year management agreement, with one 10-year extension option.

Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 was $9.0 million as compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2012.  The increase was due primarily to a $3.0 million increase in EBITDA at Hudson, a $1.0 million increase in management fees primarily due to the Ames termination fee, and a $0.9 million increase in EBITDA from the addition of the Company’s three food and beverage venues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

RevPAR at System-Wide Comparable Hotels increased by 3.6% in constant dollars, or 3.1% in actual dollars, in the third quarter of 2013 from the comparable period in 2012.  RevPAR for System-Wide Comparable Hotels located in the United Statesincreased 8.8% during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.

RevPAR from System-Wide Comparable Hotels in the Northeastern United States increased by 9.4% in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, with an increase in average daily rate (“ADR”) of 5.9% and an increase in occupancy of 3.3%.  The RevPAR increase was led by a 13% increase in RevPAR at Mondrian SoHo and 10% increase in RevPAR at Morgans, both primarily due to gains in market share at these hotels.

Room revenues at Hudson, a non-comparable hotel in New York City, increased by 32.2% in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, due to a full inventory of guestrooms in service after completion of the hotels’ renovation in September 2012, RevPAR gains, and the addition of 32 new rooms through SRO conversions in late 2012 and early 2013.  RevPAR at Hudson increased by 27.4%, driven by a 25.8% increase in occupancy during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012 when the hotel was under renovation.

RevPAR from System-Wide Comparable Hotels in Miami increased 4.8% in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, led by Delano South Beach which experienced a RevPAR increase of 11.5% as a result of a 9.8% increase in ADR.

The Company’s System-Wide Comparable Hotels on the West Coast generated 10.0% RevPAR growth in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, led by Clift where RevPAR increased by 13.1%. In London, RevPAR decreased by 12.4% in constant dollars, or 14.1% in actual dollars, during the third quarter of 2013, due to the exceptionally strong operating performance the Company’s London hotels experienced in 2012 when the summer Olympics were held in London.

Food and beverage revenue increased by $7.6 million, or 60.0%, due to an increase in revenue of $1.9 million at Hudson, primarily attributable to the new food and beverage venues, Hudson Common, the new restaurant at Hudson which opened inFebruary 2013, and Henry, the new bar which opened in September 2013.  Additionally, the three food and beverage restaurant leases at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which the Company acquired in late 2012, were fully operational during the third quarter of 2013 resulting in increased food and beverage revenues of $5.8 million.

Management fees increased by 15.2% in the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012 due primarily to a$0.9 million termination fee related to Ames in Boston.   Excluding one-time items, management fees were relatively flat.  Management fees associated with the management of our existing managed hotels decreased by 3.1% during the three months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, due to higher than normal fees generated in 2012 from the Company’s two London hotels due to the Summer Olympics.  Management fees earned from The Light Group increased by 4.6% due to new venues.

Operating margins at the Company’s Owned Hotels and consolidated food and beverage operations, which primarily includesDelano South Beach, Hudson, Clift, and food and beverage leases at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, increased approximately 500 basis points during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.

Corporate expenses, excluding stock compensation expense, decreased by $1.0 million, or 15.6%, during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012 primarily due to the departure of our former Chief Executive Officer in August 2013 and the Company’s ongoing effort to reduce overhead costs.

Interest expense increased by $3.2 million, or 38.8%, during the third quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, primarily due to a higher debt level and a higher interest rate under the new Hudson mortgage loan, which was entered into during late 2012, and increased average borrowings under the Company’s revolving line of credit during the three months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.

MHG recorded a net loss of $10.3 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $16.0 million for the third quarter of 2012, due primarily to a $4.6 million improvement in operating margins at the Company’s owned operations.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
MHG’s total consolidated debt at September 30, 2013, excluding the Clift lease, was $466.2 million.

At September 30, 2013, MHG had approximately $7.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and $55.0 million available under its revolving credit facility. As of September 30, 2013, total restricted cash held pursuant to certain debt and lease requirements was $20.6 million.

As of September 30, 2013, the Company had approximately $348 million of remaining Federal tax net operating loss carryforwards to offset future income, including gains on future asset sales. The Company believes it has significant value available to it in Delano South Beach and Hudson, and that the tax basis of these assets is significantly less than their fair values.

The Company believes it has sufficient equity in its wholly-owned assets, Hudson and Delano South Beach, to meet its scheduled near-term debt maturities consisting of  its outstanding convertible notes, revolving credit facility and Hudson mortgage debt (to the extent it is not extended), and its scheduled development commitments.  The Company plans to place non-recourse mortgage and mezzanine financings on Hudson and Delano South Beach at levels above the existing debt and may also consider selling these hotels to third parties.  The Company has engaged a broker to assist it in obtaining debt financings on these assets and has begun to receive term sheets from interested parties.  The Company believes that based on preliminary results from this process, potential proceeds from the financings will enable the Company to meet its near-term obligations discussed above.  The Company can provide no assurance, however, that it will be successful in either refinancing or selling Hudson or Delano South Beach for the potential proceeds, on favorable terms, or at all.

Development
In July 2013, the Company entered into a hotel management agreement for an approximately 211-room Delano-branded hotel to be located in Cartagena, Colombia.  Upon completion and opening of the hotel, which is expected to have some condominium hotel units for sale, the Company will operate the hotel pursuant to a 20-year management agreement, with one 10-year extension option.  The hotel is scheduled to open in 2016.

MHG currently has signed agreements for nine hotels, with four of these hotels projected to open in 2014 – Mondrian London, Mondrian Doha, Delano Las Vegas and Mondrian Baha Mar.  Delano Moscow is currently under construction with a projected opening in 2015.

Guidance
MHG is maintaining its projected RevPAR growth at System-wide Comparable Hotels of 8% to 10% in 2013.  The Company is not providing overall EBITDA guidance at this time. However, the Company believes that it could potentially increase EBITDA at Hudson by $10 million in 2013 given the $6 million of EBITDA lost in 2012 due to rooms out of service during renovations, the newly available SRO units, the opening of Hudson Common and Henry, and the potential for further EBITDA growth at Hudson from the upgraded room product.

Definitions
“Adjusted EBITDA” means adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization as further defined below.

“EBITDA” means earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, as further defined below.

“Owned Hotels” includes Hudson in New York, Delano South Beach in Miami Beach, and Clift in San Francisco, which the Company leases under a long-term lease that is treated as a financing.

“System-Wide Comparable Hotels” includes all Morgans Hotel Group branded hotels operated by MHG, except for hotels added or under major renovation during the current or the prior year, development projects and discontinued operations.  System-Wide Comparable Hotels for the quarters ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 excludes Hudson, which was under renovation beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011 and continuing throughout 2012, Ames, which the Company no longer manages effective July 17, 2013, Delano Marrakech, which opened in September 2012 and effective November 12, 2013, the Company will no longer manage, and Hotel Las Palapas, which is not a Morgans Hotel Group branded hotel and, as of April 1, 2013, was no longer managed by the Company.

About Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) is widely credited as the creator of the first “boutique” hotel and a continuing leader of the hotel industry’s boutique sector. Morgans Hotel Group operates Delano in South Beach and Marrakech, Mondrian in Los Angeles, South Beach and New York, Hudson in New York, Morgans and Royalton in New York, Shore Club in South Beach, Clift in San Francisco and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London. Morgans Hotel Group has ownership interests or owns several of these hotels. Morgans Hotel Group has other property transactions in various stages of development, including Delano properties in Las Vegas, Nevada; Cesme, Turkey; Moscow, Russia; and Cartagena, Colombia;  Mondrian properties inLondon, England; Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar and Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas; and a Hudson in London, England. Morgans Hotel Group also owns a 90% controlling interest in The Light Group, a leading lifestyle food and beverage company. For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the operating performance of our investments and financing needs. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “endeavor,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “overestimate,” “underestimate,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “predict,” “continue” or other similar words or expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Important risks and factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to economic, business, competitive market and regulatory conditions such as: a sustained downturn in economic and market conditions, both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly as it impacts demand for travel, hotels, dining and entertainment; our levels of debt, our ability to refinance our current outstanding debt, repay outstanding debt or make payments on guaranties as they may become due, our ability to access the capital markets and the ability of our joint ventures to do the foregoing; the impact of financial and other covenants in our revolving credit facility and other debt instruments that limit our ability to borrow and restrict our operations; our history of losses; our ability to compete in the “boutique” or “lifestyle” hotel segments of the hospitality industry and changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets where we invest; our ability to protect the value of our name, image and brands and our intellectual property; risks related to our international operations, such as global economic conditions, political or economic instability, compliance with foreign regulations and satisfaction of international business and workplace requirements; our ability to timely fund the renovations and capital improvements necessary to maintain our properties at the quality of the Morgans Hotel Group and associated brands; risks associated with the acquisition, development and integration of properties and businesses; the risks of conducting business through joint venture entities over which we may not have full control; the seasonal nature of the hospitality business and other aspects of the hospitality industry that are beyond our control; the impact of any material litigation, claims or disputes, including labor disputes; potential terminations of management agreements and disputes with owners of hotels that we manage; the loss of key members of our senior management; risks related to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, the threat of terrorist attacks and similar disasters; general volatility of the capital markets and our ability to access the capital markets; changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets where we invest; and other risk factors discussed in Morgans Hotel Group’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, and other documents filed by Morgans Hotel Group with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based upon information known to management as of the date hereof, and Morgans Hotel Group assumes no obligations to update or revise any of its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes show that indicated results or events will not be realized.

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