Marriott Takes Revenue Hit From Empty Rooms

Joseph B. Hash

Marriott International’s 1st-quarter earnings were being properly underneath estimates as a vital income metric plunged because of to the coronavirus-fueled collapse in desire for lodge rooms. The pandemic has forced the operator of the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis chains to close roughly a quarter of its inns around the […]

Marriott International’s 1st-quarter earnings were being properly underneath estimates as a vital income metric plunged because of to the coronavirus-fueled collapse in desire for lodge rooms.

The pandemic has forced the operator of the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis chains to close roughly a quarter of its inns around the world, with income for each accessible room (RevPAR) slipping sharply in the previous month of the quarter finished March 31.

“In the previous couple months, we have observed the effect of COVID-19 spread through our business in an unparalleled way,” Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson explained in a news release.

He pointed out that worldwide RevPAR, excluding the Asia Pacific area, grew 3.2% in the 1st two months of the year but as the pandemic spread, the metric fell sharply, declining 22.five% for the quarter as a complete. In April, it plunged about ninety%.

Marriott shares fell five% to $eighty two.eighty in trading Monday as the corporation also noted that over-all income dipped seven% to $four.sixty eight billion in Q1 though web money declined to $31 million, or 9 cents a share, from $375 million, or $1.09 for each share, a year earlier. Altered earnings were being 26 cents for each share.

Analysts experienced predicted modified earnings of 87 cents for each share on income of $four.fourteen billion.

As TheStreet experiences, “Marriott, like all the other key travel-associated firms, has been hammered by the coronavirus as probable vacationers have stayed household.”

Sorenson explained Marriott experienced “taken considerable steps to protect liquidity and mitigate the effect of these very minimal amounts of demand” these as minimizing functioning expenses “dramatically” and issuing $1.six billion in bond previous month.

He pointed to some constructive indicators, with occupancy at Marriott inns in China, where the pandemic originated, achieving 25% in April, up from less than ten% in mid-February.

“Looking at our occupancy and booking developments, it appears that lodging desire in most of the rest of the earth has stabilized, albeit at very minimal amounts,” Sorenson explained. “Occupancy was around 20 percent over the earlier two months in North American limited-support inns, benefitting from leisure and generate-to desire.”

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