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Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

July 27, 2010 | About:

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Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. (HST) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-06-18.

Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. has a market cap of $9.64 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.65 with a P/E ratio of 24.4 and P/S ratio of 2.3. The dividend yield of Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. stocks is 0.3%.HST is in the portfolios of Ken Heebner of CAPITAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT LP, Richard Aster Jr of Meridian Fund, David Williams of Columbia Value and Restructuring Fund, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Chris Davis of Davis Selected Advisers, Pioneer Investments, Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc, Stanley Druckenmiller of Duquesne Capital Management, LLC, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors.

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Operating Outlook. The positive trends that we began to experience in the first quarter of 2010 continued to improve in the second quarter as RevPAR at our comparable hotels increased 8.1% for the quarter. The RevPAR growth was driven by an increase of 6 percentage points in occupancy for the quarter, which reflects strong transient demand and improvements in corporate group business. We also experienced an increase of 2.8% in the average rate for our transient business, the first such rate increase since the second quarter of 2008, though overall average room rates declined 0.7% for the quarter. The improvement in transient average rates during the quarter reflects our managers ability to shift business away from the discounted leisure business to more profitable premium and corporate transient business as lodging fundamentals have improved. Meanwhile, while overall group demand and booking pace has improved, we continue to experience shorter booking windows than we have historically. Year-to-date, comparable hotel RevPAR is up 3.5%.

While the operating performance thus far in 2010 has been promising, there are still several trends which make the full year 2010 lodging performance difficult to forecast. Optimism over projected increases in GDP and consumer spending is tempered by persistently high unemployment and uncertainty in the strength and duration of the general economic recovery, particularly as the European debt crisis unfolds and economic stimulus programs come to an end, all of which may inhibit GDP growth and, in turn, lodging demand. However, after taking into account the combination of the economic and lodging industry trends discussed above, we believe that comparable hotel RevPAR will increase 4% to 5.5% for 2010.

Other investments. On July 20, 2010, our joint venture in Asia, Asia Pacific Hospitality Venture Pte., Ltd. (the Asian joint venture), in which we are a 25% partner, reached an agreement with Accor and InterGlobe to develop seven properties totaling approximately 1,750 rooms for a total cost of approximately $325 million in three major cities in India; Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi (the Indian joint venture). The Asian joint venture will invest approximately $50 million to acquire approximately 36% of the interest in the Indian joint venture. The properties will be managed by Accor under the Pullman, Novotel and Ibis brands. Development of the properties is underway, and the first hotel is expected to open in the second quarter of 2011.

For the quarter, comparable hotel sales increased 6.2% to approximately $1.1 billion and 1.7% to approximately $1.9 billion year-to-date. The revenue growth reflects the increase in comparable RevPAR of 8.1% for the quarter and 3.5% year-to-date, as well as increases in food and beverage sales, which were partially offset by a decline in other revenues, reflecting the decline in attrition and cancellation fees. The improvements in RevPAR were the result of an increase in occupancy of 6.0 percentage points for the quarter and 5.2 percentage points year-to-date, partially offset by a decrease in average room rates of 0.7% for the quarter and 4.2% year-to-date. We have adopted a reporting calendar that is closely aligned with the reporting calendar used by Marriott International, the manager of a majority of our properties, whose second quarter ended on June 18, 2010. As a result of the reporting calendar we adopted, for our non-Marriott managed hotels (covering approximately 40% of our hotels) we are unable to report June operations until the third quarter because our hotel managers using a monthly reporting period do not make mid-month results available to us. Based on a calendar quarter ending June 30, 2010 for all of our comparable hotels, RevPAR increased 9.8% and 4.3% for the quarter and year-to-date, respectively, when compared to the same period in 2009. For further discussion see Reporting Periods in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Food and beverage revenues for our comparable hotels increased 8.6% for the quarter and 3.1% year-to-date. The increase in the quarter was driven by an increase in banquet and audio visual sales. Other revenues for our comparable hotels, which primar

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