November 5, 2012

China Lodging Group, Limited Reports Third Quarter of 2012 Financial Results

  • Net Revenues increased 42.6% year-over-year for the third quarter of 2012, exceeding the high end of the previously announced guidance by 3%
  • Adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels (non-GAAP)1 increased 54.3% year-over-year to RMB284.3 million (US$45.2 million)2 for the third quarter
  • Adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited increased 63.8% year-over-year to RMB103.6 million (US$16.5 million) for the third quarter. Diluted net earnings per ADS3 for the third quarter were RMB1.55 (US$0.25); adjusted diluted net earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) for the third quarter were RMB1.67 (US$0.27)
  • Excluding franchised Starway hotels, the Company's RevPAR grew by 1% year-over-year and same-hotel RevPAR grew by 5% year-over-year with 3% increase in ADR for the third quarter
  • The Company had a total of 938 hotels in operation and 375 hotels in pipeline as of September 30, 2012

SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Lodging Group, Limited (Nasdaq:HTHT) ("China Lodging Group" or the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing limited service hotel chain operator in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter 2012 Operational Highlights

  • In the third quarter of 2012, the Company opened 27 new leased ("leased-and-operated") hotels and 81 new manachised ("franchised-and-managed") hotels. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had 415 leased hotels, 446 manachised hotels, and 77 franchised hotels in operation in 149 cities. The leased and manachised hotel rooms in operation increased by 31% and 64%, respectively, from a year ago.
  • As of September 30, 2012, the Company had a pipeline of 100 leased hotels and 275 manachised hotels.
  • The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation, excluding franchised Starway hotels, was 97.4% in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 96.7% in the third quarter of 2011, and 97.4% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year slight improvement in occupancy was mainly attributable to a more mature hotel mix.
  • The ADR, or average daily rate, for all hotels, excluding franchised Starway hotels, was RMB183 in the third quarter of 2012, compared with RMB183 in the third quarter of 2011 and RMB181 in the previous quarter. In the third quarter of 2012, the Company achieved an increase of 3% in same-hotel ADR, offsetting the price impact resulted from city mix shift towards lower tier cities. The sequential increase was mainly due to seasonality.
  • RevPAR, or revenue per available room, excluding franchised Starway hotels, was RMB178 in the third quarter of 2012, compared with RMB177 in the third quarter of 2011 and RMB176 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year improvement in RevPAR was a result of a higher occupancy. The sequential increase was mainly due to seasonality.
  • RevPAR for leased hotels increased to RMB183 in the third quarter of 2012, from RMB178 a year ago, mainly due to the increase in occupancy as a result of a mature hotel mix.
  • For all the hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months, excluding franchised Starway hotels, same-hotel RevPAR was RMB195 for the third quarter of 2012, a 5% increase from RMB186 for the third quarter of 2011, with a 3% increase in ADR and a 2% increase in occupancy.
  • As of September 30, 2012, HanTing Club had more than 8 million members, including individual members, e-members, and corporate members, who contributed more than 80% of room nights sold during the third quarter of 2012. In the third quarter of 2012, 96% of room nights were sold through the Company's own channels. Only 4% of room nights were sold through agencies.

"In the third quarter, we continued to strengthen our brand portfolio and obtained positive results. Seasons and Starway, our mid-scale hotel brands, provide customers with quality and affordable stay at convenient locations. Hanting Express and Hi Inn, our economy hotel brands, more widely spread across China, provide customers with comfortable stay experience within budget. In addition, we successfully accelerated our manachised hotel network expansion, achieving a record high new opening of 81 this quarter and a new high in pipeline of 275," commented Mr. Qi Ji, founder, executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Lodging Group.

Third Quarter of 2012 Financial Results

Total revenues for the third quarter were RMB947.6 million (US$150.8 million), representing an increase of 42.6% year-over-year and 12.0% sequentially. The year-over-year and sequential increase was primarily due to the Company's continued expansion of its hotel network.

Total revenues from leased hotels for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB846.7 million (US$134.7 million), representing an increase of 39.7% year-over-year and 10.7% sequentially.

Total revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB101.0 million (US$16.1 million), representing an increase of 72.9% year-over-year and a 23.4% increase sequentially.

Net revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB893.6 million (US$142.2 million), representing an increase of 42.6% year-over-year and 12.0% sequentially. The result was 3% higher than the high end of our previously announced guidance.

Hotel operating costs for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB630.0 million (US$100.2 million), compared to RMB452.6 million (US$71.0 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB580.4 million (US$91.4 million) for the previous quarter, representing a 39.2% and 8.5% increase, respectively. The year-over-year increase in hotel operating costs was mainly driven by the Company's hotel network expansion. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB629.0 million (US$100.1 million), representing 70.4% of net revenues, compared to 72.1% for the third quarter in 2011 and 72.6% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year and sequential decrease in percentage was mainly due to an increase in manachised revenue, a more mature leased hotel portfolio and the improvement in same-hotel RevPAR.

Selling and marketing expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB24.3 million (US$3.9 million), compared to RMB24.9 million (US$3.9 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB27.3 million (US$4.3 million) for the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB24.0 million (US$3.8 million), or 2.7 % of net revenues, compared to 4.0% for the third quarter in 2011 and 3.4% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to an enlarged revenue base and the Company's cost-saving efforts.

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB55.7 million (US$8.9 million), compared to RMB39.4 million (US$6.2 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB51.8 million (US$8.2 million) for the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB49.3 million (US$7.8 million), representing 5.5% of the net revenues for the third quarter of 2012, compared with 5.6% of the net revenues for the third quarter of 2011 and 6.0% for the previous quarter.

Pre-opening expenses for the third quarter of 2012 were RMB63.2 million (US$10.1 million), representing a year-over-year increase of 17.1% and a sequential increase of 12.4%. The increase in pre-opening expenses was primarily driven by an increase in the number of leased hotels under construction during the period. Pre-opening expenses as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 7.1% in the third quarter of 2012 from 8.6% a year ago due to an enlarged revenue base.

Income from operations for the quarter was RMB120.3 million (US$19.1 million), compared to RMB55.9 million (US$8.8 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB82.4 million (US$13.0 million) for the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the quarter was RMB128.1 million (US$20.4 million), representing 14.3% of net revenues, compared with 9.7% during the third quarter of 2011.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the third quarter was RMB95.8 million (US$15.2 million), compared to RMB58.2 million (US$9.1 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB70.3 million (US$11.1 million) for the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2012 was RMB103.6 million (US$16.5 million), compared to RMB63.2 million (US$9.9 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB75.0 million (US$11.8 million) for the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 63.8% in adjusted net income was primarily due to the expansion of the Company's hotel network and the improvement in operating margin.

Basic and diluted net earnings per share/ADS. For the third quarter of 2012, basic net earnings per share and diluted net earnings per share were RMB0.39 (US$0.06); basic net earnings per ADS were RMB 1.57 (US$0.25) and diluted net earnings per ADS were RMB1.55 (US$0.25). Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic net earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.43 (US$0.07) and adjusted diluted net earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.42 (US$0.07), and adjusted basic net earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB 1.70 (US$0.27) and adjusted diluted net earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.67 (US$0.27).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2012 was RMB213.3 million (US$33.9 million), compared to RMB125.1 million (US$19.6 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB169.3 million (US$26.7 million) for the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels (non-GAAP) for the third quarter of 2012 was RMB284.3 million (US$45.2 million), representing an increase of 54.3% from the third quarter of 2011 and an increase of 23.5% from the previous quarter.

Hotel income (non-GAAP), defined as the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs, was RMB263.6 million (US$41.9 million) for the third quarter of 2012, compared with RMB174.1 million (US$27.3 million) for the third quarter of 2011 and RMB217.8 million (US$34.3 million) for the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of hotel income (non-GAAP) was mainly attributable to the enlarged manachised hotel network and the increased number of mature leased hotels in the Company's portfolio. For leased hotels in operation for at least six months, hotel income (non-GAAP) was RMB198.8 million (US$31.6 million) for the third quarter of 2012, or 27% of net revenues derived from those hotels. Leased hotels in operation for less than six months, which accounted for 12% of leased room nights available for sale for the third quarter of 2012, derived a hotel loss (non-GAAP) of RMB12.7 million (US$2.0 million), or 20% of net revenues derived from those hotels for this quarter, mainly due to lower revenue achieved by those hotels during their ramp-up stage. For manachised and franchised hotels, hotel income (non-GAAP) was RMB77.5 million (US$12.3 million), or 82% of net revenues derived from those hotels.

Cash flow. Net cash provided by operating activities for the third quarter of 2012 was RMB242.8 million (US$38.6 million). Cash spent on the purchase of property and equipment, purchase of intangible assets, long-term investment and acquisitions, which was part of investing cash flow, was RMB281.8 million (US$44.8 million).

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of RMB527.2 million (US$83.9 million).

In September 2012, China Lodging Group entered into a credit facility with China Merchant Bank under which the Company can draw down up to RMB300 million by October 2015, increasing the total bank credit facility available to the Company to RMB799 million.

Guidance for Fourth Quarter of 2012

"By the end of 2012, our company will have approximately 1,000 hotels under four brands. We expect the new opening of manachised hotel for 2012 to exceed 200. Looking ahead, we expect to open 100 to 110 leased hotels and 230 to 270 manachised hotels in 2013, including conversion from franchised Starway hotels," commented Mr. Ji.

The Company expects to achieve net revenues in the range of RMB825 to 840 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, representing a 27% to 29% growth year-over-year. For the full year of 2012, the Company expects to achieve the high end of its previously announced guidance of 41% net revenue growth.

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. EST, Monday, November 5, 2012 (or 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 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 3051 2745 (for callers in Hong Kong) or +65 6723 9385 (for callers outside of the US, China Mainland, and Hong Kong) and entering pass code 3991 0545. 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 November 12, 2012. Please dial +1 (855) 452 5696 (for callers in the US) or +61 2 8199 0299 (for callers outside the US) and entering pass code 3991 0545.

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.htinns.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 financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission: 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/(loss) from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic and diluted net earnings/(loss) per share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels excluding pre-opening expenses and 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 its performance by excluding share-based compensation expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its 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 useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its 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. The Company 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 also believes that EBITDA is a useful financial metric to assess its 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 comprises a significant portion of its 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 its 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 from operating hotels, which is defined as EBITDA before pre-opening expenses and share-based compensation expenses, to assess operating results of the hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of pre-opening expenses, a portion of which is non-cash rental expenses, and share-based compensation expenses helps facilitate year-on-year comparison of its results of operations as the number of hotels in the development stage may vary significantly from year to year and provides a proxy for the cash generation capability of the hotels in operation at their current level of maturity. Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels more closely reflects the performance capability of hotels currently in operation. The Company's calculation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels does not deduct interest income or foreign exchange gain or loss. The presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels should not be construed as an indication that the Company's future results will be unaffected by other charges and gains it considers to be outside the ordinary course of its business.

The use of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels has certain limitations. Depreciation and amortization expense for various long-term assets, income tax and interest expense have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA. Pre-opening expenses and share-based compensation expenses have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of the Company's results. Additionally, EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels does not consider capital expenditures and other investing activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of its depreciation and amortization, interest expense, income tax expense, capital expenditures pre-opening expenses, share-based compensation expenses and other relevant items both in its reconciliations to the U.S. GAAP financial measures and in its consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating the performance of the Company.

The terms EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels are not defined under U.S. GAAP, and neither EBITDA nor adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels 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 of the Company, investors should not consider this data in isolation or as a substitute for the Company's net income/(loss), operating income/(loss) or any other operating performance measure that is calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Company's EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels may not be comparable to EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels in the same manner as the Company does.

Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels and hotel income, to consolidated statement of operations information are included at the end of this release.

About China Lodging Group, Limited

China Lodging Group, Limited is a leading and fast-growing limited service hotel chain operator in China with leased, manachised and franchised models. Under the leased model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased properties. Under the manachised model, the Company manages franchised hotels and collects management fees from franchisees. Under the franchised model, the Company licenses its brand name to, and collects license fees from, franchisees, but does not directly manage the franchisees' hotels. China Lodging Group provides business and leisure travelers with high-quality, and conveniently-located hotels. As of September 30, 2012, the Company had 938 hotels in 149 cities across China.

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 growth 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, the Company's expected successful consolidation and integration of Starway hotels with its existing operations; 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 following non-GAAP financial measures are used in this press release: 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/(loss) from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income/(loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic and diluted net earnings/(loss) per share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels excluding pre-opening expenses and share-based compensation expenses, and hotel income. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" below for more information about the non-GAAP financial measures included in this release.

2 The conversion of Renminbi ("RMB") into United States dollars ("US$") is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.2848 on September 28, 2012 as set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. 

3 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, 2011September 30, 2012
 RMBRMBUS$
 (in thousands)    
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  781,601  465,695  74,099
Restricted cash  1,500  61,455  9,778
Accounts receivable, net  37,416  48,125  7,657
Prepaid rent  228,087  278,276  44,278
Inventories  31,232  32,980  5,248
Other current assets  53,862  63,886  10,166
Deferred tax assets  40,119  40,119  6,383
Total current assets  1,173,817  990,536  157,609
       
Property and equipment, net  2,095,794  2,670,518  424,917
Intangible assets, net  69,779  117,881  18,756
Long term investment  --   28,129  4,476
Goodwill  42,536  42,689  6,792
Other assets  102,056  126,508  20,129
Deferred tax assets  40,968  40,968  6,519
Total assets  3,524,950  4,017,229  639,198
       
Liabilities and equity      
Current liabilities:      
Long-term debt, current portion  --   240  38
Accounts payable  417,605  502,034  79,881
Amount due to related parties  1,030  1,168  186
Salary and welfare payable  80,266  60,069  9,558
Deferred revenue  138,148  183,703  29,230
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  142,146  176,318  28,054
Income tax payable  14,148  2,474  394
Total current liabilities  793,343  926,006  147,341
       
Long-term debt  --   640  102
Deferred rent  329,774  434,520  69,138
Deferred revenue  71,698  93,504  14,878
Other long-term liabilities  61,574  85,129  13,545
Deferred tax liabilities  12,677  12,677  2,017
Total liabilities  1,269,066  1,552,476  247,021
       
Equity      
Ordinary shares  179  180  29
Additional paid-in capital  2,199,954  2,234,254  355,501
Retained earnings  85,127  241,822  38,477
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (39,166)  (37,648)  (5,990)
Total China Lodging Group, Limited equity  2,246,094  2,438,608  388,017
Noncontrolling interest  9,790  26,145  4,160
Total equity  2,255,884  2,464,753  392,177
Total liabilities and equity  3,524,950  4,017,229  639,198
         
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 Quarter Ended
 September 30, 2011June 30, 2012September 30, 2012
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
 (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:        
Leased hotels  606,073  764,633  846,687  134,720
Manachised and franchised hotels  58,406  81,782  100,955  16,063
Total revenues  664,479  846,415  947,642  150,783
Less: business tax and related surcharges  (37,793)  (48,181)  (54,005)  (8,593)
Net revenues  626,686  798,234  893,637  142,190
         
Operating costs and expenses:        
Hotel operating costs:        
Rents  (172,617)  (219,265)  (235,729)  (37,508)
Utilities  (37,948)  (39,532)  (53,340)  (8,487)
Personnel costs  (92,371)  (127,652)  (128,840)  (20,500)
Depreciation and amortization   (57,739)  (80,566)  (88,500)  (14,082)
Consumables, food and beverage   (63,041)  (81,904)  (89,519)  (14,244)
Others  (28,863)  (31,517)  (34,097)  (5,425)
Total hotel operating costs  (452,579)  (580,436)  (630,025)  (100,246)
Selling and marketing expenses  (24,857)  (27,327)  (24,316)  (3,869)
General and administrative expenses   (39,359)  (51,798)  (55,734)  (8,868)
Pre-opening expenses  (54,015)  (56,269)  (63,230)  (10,061)
Total operating costs and expenses  (570,810)  (715,830)  (773,305)  (123,044)
Income from operations  55,876  82,404  120,332  19,146
Interest income  4,490  4,210  3,932  626
Interest expenses  (213)  (209)  (200)  (32)
Other income  427  1,082  377  60
Foreign exchange gain (loss)  5,770  (1,463)  (248)  (39)
Income before income tax  66,350  86,024  124,193  19,761
Income tax expense  (7,174)  (15,536)  (26,289)  (4,183)
Net income  59,176  70,488  97,904  15,578
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  (999)  (157)  (2,112)  (336)
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited  58,177  70,331  95,792  15,242
         
Net earnings per share        
— Basic  0.24  0.29  0.39  0.06
— Diluted  0.24  0.29  0.39  0.06
         
Net earnings per ADS        
— Basic  0.96  1.16  1.57  0.25
— Diluted  0.94  1.14  1.55  0.25
         
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding        
— Basic  242,264  242,894  243,282  243,282
— Diluted  246,272  245,900  247,620  247,620
         
Other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax        
Foreign currency translation adjustments  (6,016)  1,162  126  20
Comprehensive income  53,160  71,650  98,030  15,598
Comprehensive income attributable to the noncontrolling interest  (999)  (157)  (2,112)  (336)
Comprehensive income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited  52,161  71,493  95,918  15,262
         
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 Quarter Ended
 September 30, 2011June 30, 2012September 30, 2012
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
 (in thousands)
Operating activities:        
Net income  59,176  70,488  97,904  15,578
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Share-based compensation  5,046  4,657  7,789  1,239
Depreciation and amortization  59,583  83,238  90,991  14,478
Bad debt expenses  (92)  251  618  98
Deferred rent  25,548  34,948  46,155  7,344
Impairment loss  --   800  --   -- 
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation  --   (292)  (2,865)  (456)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:        
Accounts receivable  (1,817)  (7,151)  2,129  339
Prepaid rent  (25,596)  (25,228)  (21,382)  (3,402)
Inventories  (4,637)  (4,095)  (1,198)  (191)
Other current assets  (867)  (14,227)  926  147
Other assets  (12,713)  (11,732)  (7,705)  (1,226)
Accounts payable  4,255  (381)  (1,775)  (282)
Amount due to related parties  217  (92)  (249)  (40)
Salary and welfare payables  (12,156)  26,008  (28,811)  (4,584)
Deferred revenue  26,212  22,097  27,299  4,344
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  1,082  (6,973)  14,927  2,375
Income tax payable and receivable  (4,052)  (2,791)  8,621  1,372
Other long-term liabilities  4,813  11,038  9,448  1,503
Net cash provided by operating activities   124,002  180,563  242,822  38,636
Investing activities:        
Purchase of property and equipment  (222,267)  (205,995)  (278,226)  (44,270)
Purchases of intangibles  (563)  (855)  (527)  (84)
Acquisitions, net of cash received  (3,740)  (21,895)  (3,040)  (484)
Payment to acquire investment  --   (28,129)  --   -- 
Purchase of short term investment  (30,000)  --   --   -- 
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash  (1,724)  (460)  (46,500)  (7,399)
Net cash used in investing activities  (258,294)  (257,334)  (328,293)  (52,237)
Financing activities:        
Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of option  918  2,714  7,770  1,236
Proceeds from long-term bank loans  --   1,000  --   -- 
Repayment of long term debt  --   (30)  (90)  (14)
Funds advanced from noncontrolling shareholders  2,000  --   --   -- 
Repayment of funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders  (252)  (575)  (674)  (107)
Contribution from noncontrolling interest holders  234  --   210  33
Dividend paid to noncontrolling interest holders  (192)  (2,331)  (183)  (29)
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation  --   292  2,865  456
Net cash provided by financing activities  2,708  1,070  9,898  1,575
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (6,016)  1,162  125  22
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (137,600)  (74,539)  (75,448)  (12,004)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  974,701  615,682  541,143  86,103
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  837,101  541,143  465,695  74,099
             
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
 Quarter Ended September 30, 2012
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 RMB  RMB  RMB  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  630,025 70.5%  1,029 0.1%  628,996 70.4%
Selling and marketing expenses  24,316 2.7%  289 0.0%  24,027 2.7%
General and administrative expenses  55,734 6.2%  6,471 0.7%  49,263 5.5%
Pre-opening expenses  63,230 7.1%  --  0.0%  63,230 7.1%
Total operating costs and expenses  773,305 86.5%  7,789 0.8%  765,516 85.7%
Income from operations  120,332 13.5%  7,789 0.8%  128,121 14.3%
             
 Quarter Ended September 30, 2012
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 US$   US$  US$  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  100,246 70.5%  164 0.1%  100,082 70.4%
Selling and marketing expenses  3,869 2.7%  46 0.0%  3,823 2.7%
General and administrative expenses  8,868 6.2%  1,030 0.7%  7,838 5.5%
Pre-opening expenses  10,061 7.1%  --  0.0%  10,061 7.1%
Total operating costs and expenses  123,044 86.5%  1,240 0.8%  121,804 85.7%
Income from operations  19,146 13.5%  1,240 0.8%  20,386 14.3%
             
 Quarter Ended June 30, 2012
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 RMB  RMB  RMB  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  580,436 72.7%  629 0.1%  579,807 72.6%
Selling and marketing expenses  27,327 3.4%  309 0.0%  27,018 3.4%
General and administrative expenses  51,798 6.5%  3,719 0.5%  48,079 6.0%
Pre-opening expenses  56,269 7.0%  --  0.0%  56,269 7.0%
Total operating costs and expenses  715,830 89.6%  4,657 0.6%  711,173 89.0%
Income/(Loss) from operations  82,404 10.4%  4,657 0.6%  87,061 11.0%
             
 Quarter Ended September 30, 2011
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 RMB  RMB  RMB  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  452,579 72.2%  549 0.1%  452,030 72.1%
Selling and marketing expenses  24,857 4.0%  216 0.0%  24,641 4.0%
General and administrative expenses  39,359 6.3%  4,281 0.7%  35,078 5.6%
Pre-opening expenses  54,015 8.6%  --  0.0%  54,015 8.6%
Total operating costs and expenses  570,810 91.1%  5,046 0.8%  565,764 90.3%
Income from operations  55,876 8.9%  5,046 0.8%  60,922 9.7%
         
China Lodging Group, Limited 
 Unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results 
 Quarter Ended
 September 30, 2011June 30, 2012September 30, 2012 
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
  (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
         
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP)  58,177  70,331  95,792  15,242
Share-based compensation expenses  5,047  4,657  7,789  1,240
Adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP)  63,224  74,988  103,581  16,482
         
Net earnings per share (GAAP)        
— Basic  0.24  0.29  0.39  0.06
— Diluted  0.24  0.29  0.39  0.06
         
Net earnings per ADS (GAAP)        
— Basic  0.96  1.16  1.57  0.25
— Diluted  0.94  1.14  1.55  0.25
         
Adjusted net earnings per share (non-GAAP)        
— Basic  0.26  0.31  0.43  0.07
— Diluted  0.26  0.30  0.42  0.07
         
Adjusted net earnings per ADS (non-GAAP)        
— Basic  1.04  1.23  1.70  0.27
— Diluted  1.03  1.22  1.67  0.27
         
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding        
— Basic  242,264  242,894  243,282  243,282
— Diluted  246,272  245,900  247,620  247,620
         
 Quarter Ended
 September 30, 2011June 30, 2012September 30, 2012 
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
  (in thousands)
         
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP)  58,177  70,331  95,792  15,242
Interest expenses  213  209  200  32
Income tax expense  7,174  15,536  26,289  4,183
Depreciation and amortization  59,583  83,238  90,991  14,478
EBITDA (non-GAAP)  125,147  169,314  213,272  33,935
Pre-opening expenses  54,015  56,269  63,230  10,061
Share-based Compensation  5,047  4,657  7,789  1,240
Adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels (non-GAAP)  184,209  230,240  284,291  45,236
         
 Quarter Ended
 September 30, 2011June 30, 2012September 30, 2012 
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
  (in thousands)
         
Net revenues (GAAP)  626,686  798,234  893,637  142,190
Less: Hotel operating costs  (452,579)  (580,436)  (630,025)  (100,246)
Hotel income (non-GAAP)  174,107  217,798  263,612  41,944
       
 China Lodging Group, Limited  
Operating Data      
 As of 
 September 30,
2011
June 30,
2012
September 30,
2012
Total hotels in operation:  580  863  938
Leased hotels  314  388  415
Manachised hotels  266  365  446
Franchised hotels*  --   110  77
Total hotel rooms in operation  65,524  95,573  103,322
Leased hotels  37,229  46,083  48,857
Manachised hotels  28,295  38,045  46,296
Franchised hotels*  --   11,445  8,169
Number of cities  92  131  149
       
* refers to franchised Starway hotels
       
Hotel breakdown by brandAs of 
 September 30,
2011
June 30,
2012
September 30,
2012
Total hotels in operation:  580  863  938
Seasons Hotel  20  27 26
Hanting Express Hotel  534  696 795
Hi Inn  26  30 35
Starway Hotel  --   110 82
       
 For the quarter ended
 September 30,
2011
June 30,
2012
September 30,
2012
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)      
Leased hotels 95% 97% 97%
Manachised hotels 99% 98% 98%
Blended 97% 97% 97%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)      
Leased hotels 187 187 188
Manachised hotels 178 175 177
Blended 183 181 183
RevPAR (in RMB)      
Leased hotels 178 181 183
Manachised hotels 175 171 173
Blended 177 176 178
       
       
Like-for-like performance for leased and manachised hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter
       
 As of and for the quarter ended  
 September 30,   
 20112012  
Total   464  464  
Leased hotels  257  257  
Manachised hotels  207  207  
Total   54,175  54,175  
Leased hotels  32,056  32,056  
Manachised hotels  22,119  22,119  
Occupancy rate (as a percentage) 100% 102%  
Average daily rate (in RMB) 186 192  
RevPAR (in RMB) 186 195  
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