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China Lodging Group, Limited Reports First Quarter of 2014 Results

May 13, 2014

As of March 31, 2014, the Company had a total of 1,530 hotels or 164,192 hotel rooms in operation and 412 leased and manachised hotels in the pipeline.Net revenues increased 19.3% year-over-year for the first quarter, in line with the guidance.Adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels (non-GAAP)1 increased 3.8% to RMB166.7 million(US$26.8 million)2for the first quarter. Net loss attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited was RMB13.3 million (US$2.1 million)for the first quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net loss attributable to the Company (non-GAAP) was RMB6.4 million (US$1.0 million) for the first quarter of 2014. Basic and diluted loss per ADS3 were RMB0.22 (US$0.03) for the first quarter of 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic and diluted loss per ADS (non-GAAP) was RMB0.10 (US$0.02) for the first quarter of 2014.The Company provided guidance for Q2 2014 net revenues growth of 17% to 20%.

SHANGHAI, China, May 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Lodging Group, Limited (Nasdaq:HTHT) ("China Lodging Group" or the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Operational Highlights of First Quarter 2014

• During the first quarter of 2014, the Company opened 10 net leased ("leased-and- operated") hotels and 109 net manachised ("franchised-and-managed") hotels. As of March 31, 2014, the Company had 575 leased hotels, 944 manachised hotels, and 11 franchised Starway hotels in operation in 258 cities. The leased and manachised hotel rooms in operation increased by 19% and 59%, respectively, from a year ago.• As of March 31, 2014, the Company had 55 leased hotels and 357 manachised hotels contracted or under construction.• The ADR, which is defined as the average daily rate for all hotels in operation (excluding franchised Starway hotels), was RMB171 in the first quarter of 2014, compared with RMB172 in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB178 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease of 1% was mainly attributable to the city mix shifting toward lower-tier cities, partially offset by a 0.3% increase in same-hotel ADR. The sequential decrease mainly resulted from seasonality.• The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation (excluding franchised Starway hotels) was 85.5% in the first quarter of 2014, compared with 86.5% in the first quarter of 2013 and 90.0% in the previous quarter. The slight year-over-year decrease was mainly due to a soft Chinese macro economy and the rising security concerns since March. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.• RevPAR, defined as revenue per available room for all hotels in operation (excluding franchised Starway hotels), was RMB146 in the first quarter of 2014, compared with RMB149 in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB160 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was a result of both lower ADR and occupancy rate. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.• For all hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months (excluding franchised Starway hotels), the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB157 for the first quarter of 2014, a 1% decrease from RMB159 for the first quarter of 2013, with a 0.3% increase in ADR and a one-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate. The increase in same-hotel ADR was driven by price increase to enhance yield. The decrease in same-hotel occupancy rate was mainly due to the soft Chinese macro economy and the rising security concerns since March. The midscale hotels recorded a 14% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, thanks to the upgrade consumption trend and successful brand positioning.• As of March 31, 2014, the Company's loyalty program had more than 17 million members, who contributed close to 90% of room nights sold during the first quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2014, more than 90% of room nights were sold through the Company's own channels.

First Quarter of 2014 Financial Results

(RMB in thousands)Q1 2013Q4 2013Q1 2014
Revenues:      
Leased hotels  804,692  1,036,650  959,056
Manachised and franchised hotels  114,591  151,736  138,752
Total revenues  919,283  1,188,386  1,097,808
Less: business tax and related surcharges  (52,346)  (68,172)  (63,789)
Net revenues  866,937  1,120,214  1,034,019


Total revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB1,097.8 million (US$176.6 million), representing a 19.4% year-over-year increase and a 7.6% sequential decrease. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to our hotel network growth. The sequential decrease was mainly due to seasonality.

Total revenues from leased hotels for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB959.1 million (US$154.3 million), representing a 19.2% year-over-year increase and a 7.5% sequential decrease.

Total revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB138.8 million (US$22.3 million), representing a 21.1% year-over-year increase and an 8.6% sequential decrease.

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB1,034.0 million (US$166.3 million), representing a 19.3% year-over-year increase and a 7.7% sequential decrease.

(RMB in thousands)Q1 2013Q4 2013Q1 2014
Operating costs and expenses:      
 Hotel operating costs  735,181  876,713  916,982
 Selling and marketing expenses  23,813  45,088  31,394
 General and administrative expenses   63,479  80,765  61,344
 Pre-opening expenses  53,967  48,999  48,023
Total operating costs and expenses  876,440  1,051,565  1,057,743


Hotel operating costs for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB917.0 million (US$147.5 million), compared to RMB735.2 million (US$118.4 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB876.7 million (US$144.8 million) in the previous quarter, representing a 24.7% year-over-year increase and a 4.6% sequential increase. The Company's hotel network expansion, especially the growth in leased hotels, was the main driver for the increase in hotel operating costs. The average number of leased hotels in operation4 during the first quarter of 2014 increased 20.1% from the same period of 2013 and 3.4% sequentially. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB915.6 million (US$147.3 million), representing 88.6% of net revenues, compared to 84.7% for the first quarter in 2013 and 78.2% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase in the percentage was mainly attributed to the soft RevPAR and the increased number of midscale leased hotels in the ramping-up stage. The Company added 25 net new JI hotels in the past four quarters. Typically, a new JI hotel incurs a significant amount of rental and depreciation costs before its revenue ramps up to a stable level. The sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to seasonality.

Selling and marketing expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB31.4 million (US$5.1 million), compared to RMB23.8 million (US$3.8 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB45.1 million (US$7.4 million) in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB31.2 million (US$5.0 million), or 3.0% of net revenues, compared to 2.7% for the first quarter of 2013 and 4.0% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase in the percentage was mainly due to increased portion of reservation made through third parties.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB61.3 million (US$9.9 million), compared to RMB63.5 million (US$10.2 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB80.8 million (US$13.3 million) in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB55.9 million (US$9.0 million), representing 5.4% of net revenues, compared with 6.5% of net revenues in the first quarter of 2013 and 6.8% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year and sequential decrease in the percentage was mainly attributable to the benefit from economies of scale and cost saving efforts.

Pre-opening expenses for the first quarter of 2014 were RMB48.0 million (US$7.7 million), representing 11.0% year-over-year decrease and 2.0% sequential decrease. The pre-opening expenses for the first quarter of 2014 accounted for 4.6% of net revenues, compared with 6.2% in the first quarter of 2013 and 4.4% in the previous quarter.

Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB19.8 million (US$3.2 million), compared to loss from operations of RMB4.9 million (US$0.8 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and income from operations of RMB85.2 million (US$14.1 million) in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted loss from operations (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB12.9 million (US$2.1 million), compared to adjusted income from operation (non-GAAP) of RMB2.7 million (US$0.4 million) for the first quarter of 2013.

Net loss attributable to China Lodging Group, Limitedfor the first quarter of 2014 was RMB13.3 million (US$2.1 million), compared to net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited of RMB0.1 million (US$0.01 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited of RMB58.5 million (US$9.7 million) in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net loss attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB6.4 million (US$1.0 million), compared to adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) of RMB7.7 million (US$1.2 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) of RMB64.8 million (US$10.7 million) in the previous quarter.

Basic and diluted loss per share/ADS. For the first quarter of 2014, basic and diluted loss per share were RMB0.05 (US$0.01); basic and diluted loss per ADS were RMB0.22 (US$0.03). For the first quarter of 2014, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic and diluted loss per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.03 (US$0.00); adjusted basic and diluted loss per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB0.10 (US$0.02).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB111.7 million (US$18.0 million), compared with RMB98.9 million (US$15.9 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB210.5 million (US$34.8 million) in the previous quarter. Excluding pre-opening expenses and share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB166.7 million (US$26.8 million), compared with RMB160.5 million (US$25.8 million) for the first quarter of 2013 and RMB265.7 million (US$43.9 million) for the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the expansion of our hotel network. The sequential decrease was mainly due to seasonality.

Hotel income (non-GAAP), which is the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs, was RMB117.0 million (US$18.8 million) for the first quarter of 2014, compared with RMB131.8 million (US$21.2 million) in the first quarter of 2013 and RMB243.5 million (US$40.2 million) in the previous quarter. For leased hotels in operation for at least six months, the hotel income (non-GAAP) was RMB57.4 million (US$9.2 million) during the first quarter of 2014, or 7% of net revenues derived from those hotels. Leased hotels in operation for less than six months accounted for 9% of leased room nights available for sale in the first quarter of 2014. Those hotels derived a hotel loss (non-GAAP) of RMB35.4 million (US$5.7 million), or 63% of net revenues derived from those hotels this quarter, mainly due to anticipated lower revenue achievement of those hotels during their ramp-up stage. For manachised and franchised hotels, the hotel income (non-GAAP) was RMB95.0 million (US$15.3 million), or 73% of net revenue derived from those hotels.

Cash flow. Net operating cash flow for the first quarter of 2014 was RMB130.2 million (US$20.9 million). Cash spent on the purchase of property and equipment, purchase of intangible assets and long-term investment and acquisitions, which are part of investing cash flow, was RMB370.3 million (US$59.6 million).

Following the injection of RMB50.0 million in November 2013, the Company further made an injection of RMB30.0 million in January 2014 to Suzhou Kangdu Property Co., Limited ("Kangdu"), a real estate company, for its equity interest. In April 2014, the Company entered into an agreement to transfer its investment in Kangdu to a related party, in which the Company owns minority interest, for consideration of RMB80.0 million plus 8% interest.

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of March 31, 2014, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash of RMB478.5 million (US$77.0 million).

Loans and other debt financing

In January 2014, the Company borrowed RMB300 million from Ctrip.com under a one-year entrusted loan contract. . As of March 31, 2014, total credit facility available to the Company was RMB898.3 million.

Business Outlookand Guidance for Second Quarter of 2014

"The lodging industry continues to consolidate. As a leading multi-brand hotel group, we are encouraged by the robust growth in our hotel pipeline. In 2009, we had a pipeline of 144 hotels. Today, it's 412 hotels. Over the years, our fast and sustainable growth is mainly driven by our focus on guest experience and continuous innovation. We deliver products that generate value-for-money stay experience. We continue to be recognized as one of the China's most innovative hotel groups," commented Mr. Ji. "Despite the recent macro economy softness, we are optimistic about long-term growth trend of this industry."

The Company expects to achieve net revenues in the range of RMB1.21 to 1.24 billion in the second quarter of 2014, representing a 17% to 20% growth year-over-year.

The Company reaffirms the full year hotel opening target of 420 to 450 hotels, with 50 to 60 leased hotels and 370 to 390 manachised hotels. Among which, 80% are for economy hotels and 20% for midscale hotels.

The above forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Change of Board Member

China Lodging Group announced that the resignation of Mr. Yan Huang, an independent director and a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee, from each of the positions effective on May 5, 2014. Mr. Huang assumed the role of Director of the Board starting from 2007, in representation of CDH Ventures which invested in the Company in 2007. Mr. Huang's resignation was response to CDH's policy of focusing management resources on pre-IPO portfolio companies. Mr. Jian Shang has been appointed as an independent director and a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee, effective May 5, 2014.

"Mr. Yan Huang has been a solid board member and rendered real assistance to the company in the past seven years. We respect the resignation decision and thank him for all his contributions," said Mr. Qi Ji, executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Lodging Group. "We are also pleased to welcome Mr. Jian Shang to the Board. His significant senior level of financial experience is a valuable asset to the Company's continuous growth."

Mr. Jian Shang has served as our independent director since May 2014. He has over 15 years of experience in corporate management and financial innovation. He served as Managing Director of UBS Global Asset Management and as Chief Executive Officer of UBS SDIC Fund Management Company from 2006 to 2012. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Yin Hua Fund Management Company, Deputy CEO of Hua An Fund Management Company, and Head of Strategic Planning of Shanghai Stock Exchange respectively from 2001 to 2006. Previously, he was a deputy Division Director of China Securities Regulatory Commission from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Shang obtained his PhD in Finance and MA in Economics from University of Connecticut, and his Bachelor's degree in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Conference Call

China Lodging Group's management will host a conference call at 9 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (or 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 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 2872 2442. 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 May 21, 2014. 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 2872 2442.

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 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; 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 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 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 and share-based compensation expenses, a portion of which is non-cash rental expenses, helps facilitate year-on-year comparison of the results of operations as the number of hotels in the development stage may vary significantly from year to year. Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels more closely reflects the performance capability of hotels currently in operation. 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 considered to be outside the ordinary course of 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, interest income 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 results. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, pre-opening expenses, 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 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, 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 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.

To monitor performance of hotels at different maturity level and of different form, the Company also tracks hotel income, which is the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs.

Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels, and hotel income, 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 and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China. The Company provides business and leisure travelers with high-quality, and conveniently-located hotel products under six brands, namely, Joya Hotel, Manxin Hotels & Resorts, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, HanTing Hotel, and Hi Inn. For more information, please visit the Company's website: http://ir.huazhu.com.

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 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, 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 Defined as EBITDA before pre-opening expenses and share-based compensation expenses.

2 The conversion of Renminbi ("RMB") into United States dollars ("US$") is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.2164 on March 31, 2014 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.

3 Each ADS represents four of the Company's ordinary shares.

4 Calculated as the average of the number of leased hotels in operation at the beginning of the quarter and the number of leased hotels in operation at the end of the quarter. 

 
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 December 31, 2013March 31, 2014
 RMBRMBUS$
 (in thousands)
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
 Cash and cash equivalents  397,435  476,711  76,686
 Restricted cash  3,317  1,755  282
 Accounts receivable, net  74,646  90,774  14,603
 Amounts due from related parties  658  3,370  542
 Prepaid rent  363,581  372,582  59,935
 Inventories  34,013  30,970  4,982
 Income tax receivables  --   4,309  693
 Other current assets  116,979  106,777  17,177
 Deferred tax assets  51,759  51,759  8,326
 Total current assets  1,042,388  1,139,007  183,226
       
Property and equipment, net  3,634,039  3,697,214  594,751
Intangible assets, net  101,845  103,942  16,721
Long-term investments  90,517  120,517  19,387
Goodwill  64,842  64,842  10,431
Other assets  184,013  186,619  30,020
Deferred tax assets  67,408  67,408  10,844
Total assets  5,185,052  5,379,549  865,380
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
 Short-term debt  --   300,000  48,259
 Accounts payable  677,305  527,496  84,856
 Amounts due to a related party  5,593  6,128  986
 Salary and welfare payable  147,238  102,926  16,557
 Deferred revenue  297,284  330,728  53,203
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  249,185  265,112  42,647
 Income tax payable  26,053  --   -- 
 Deferred tax liabilities  151  151  24
 Total current liabilities  1,402,809  1,532,541  246,532
       
Deferred rent  653,831  695,496  111,881
Deferred revenue  118,818  125,111  20,126
Amounts due to a related party  8,167  8,167  1,314
Other long-term liabilities  147,565  160,039  25,744
Deferred tax liabilities  26,071  26,071  4,194
Total liabilities  2,357,261  2,547,425  409,791
       
Equity:      
 Ordinary shares  182  182  29
 Additional paid-in capital  2,315,083  2,332,745  375,257
 Retained earnings  539,872  526,538  84,701
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (39,384)  (38,782)  (6,238)
Total China Lodging Group, Limited shareholders' equity  2,815,753  2,820,683  453,749
 Noncontrolling interest  12,038  11,441  1,840
Total equity  2,827,791  2,832,124  455,589
Total liabilities and equity  5,185,052  5,379,549  865,380
 
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2013December 31, 2013March 31, 2014
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
 (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:        
 Leased hotels  804,692  1,036,650  959,056  154,279
 Manachised and franchised hotels  114,591  151,736  138,752  22,320
Total revenues  919,283  1,188,386  1,097,808  176,599
 Less: business tax and related surcharges  (52,346)  (68,172)  (63,789)  (10,262)
Net revenues  866,937  1,120,214  1,034,019  166,337
         
Operating costs and expenses:        
 Hotel operating costs:        
 Rents  (283,875)  (350,073)  (365,999)  (58,876)
 Utilities  (80,066)  (69,941)  (100,794)  (16,214)
 Personnel costs  (147,578)  (171,673)  (182,379)  (29,338)
 Depreciation and amortization   (102,022)  (124,077)  (129,474)  (20,828)
 Consumables, food and beverage   (84,529)  (108,758)  (99,070)  (15,938)
 Others  (37,111)  (52,191)  (39,266)  (6,316)
 Total hotel operating costs  (735,181)  (876,713)  (916,982)  (147,510)
 Selling and marketing expenses  (23,813)  (45,088)  (31,394)  (5,050)
 General and administrative expenses   (63,479)  (80,765)  (61,344)  (9,868)
 Pre-opening expenses  (53,967)  (48,999)  (48,023)  (7,725)
Total operating costs and expenses  (876,440)  (1,051,565)  (1,057,743)  (170,153)
 Other operating income   4,579  16,553  3,879  624
Income (loss) from operations  (4,924)  85,202  (19,845)  (3,192)
Interest income  1,229  2,319  4,653  748
Interest expense  (211)  (197)  (408)  (66)
Other income (expense)  373  22  (63)  (10)
Foreign exchange gain (loss)  (75)  (40)  (242)  (39)
Income (loss) before income taxes  (3,608)  87,306  (15,905)  (2,559)
Income tax expense  4,551  (27,348)  2,791  449
Net income (loss)  943  59,958  (13,114)  (2,110)
Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests  (874)  (1,418)  (220)  (35)
Net income (loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited  69  58,540  (13,334)  (2,145)
Other comprehensive income (loss)        
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net  (214)  113  602  97
Comprehensive income (loss)  729  60,071  (12,512)  (2,013)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest  (874)  (1,418)  (220)  (35)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited  (145)  58,653  (12,732)  (2,048)
         
Earnings (loss) per share:        
 Basic  0.00  0.24  (0.05)  (0.01)
 Diluted  0.00  0.23  (0.05)  (0.01)
         
Earnings (loss) per ADS:        
 Basic  0.00  0.95  (0.22)  (0.03)
 Diluted  0.00  0.93  (0.22)  (0.03)
         
Weighted average number of shares used in compution:        
 Basic  244,542  246,162  247,955  247,955
 Diluted  248,840  250,748  247,955  247,955
 
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2013December 31, 2013March 31, 2014 
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
 (in thousands)
Operating activities:        
 Net income (loss)  943  59,958  (13,114)  (2,110)
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
 Share-based compensation  7,673  6,211  6,932  1,115
 Depreciation and amortization  104,363  126,700  132,085  21,248
 Deferred taxes  --   (22,619)  --   -- 
 Bad debt expenses  2,589  281  128  22
 Deferred rent  46,207  41,709  42,677  6,865
 Gain from disposal of property and equipment  --   (10,734)  (1,511)  (243)
 Impairment loss  --   7,965  --   -- 
 Investment loss  --   308  428  69
 Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation  (548)  (11,473)  (5,319)  (856)
         
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:      
 Accounts receivable  (33,803)  1,379  (15,849)  (2,550)
 Prepaid rent  (22,311)  (2,637)  (9,001)  (1,447)
 Inventories  5,505  (2,817)  3,043  490
 Amounts due from related parties  --   (658)  (3,140)  (505)
 Other current assets  15,824  (13,223)  3,714  597
 Other assets  (32,619)  (901)  (2,606)  (419)
 Accounts payable  (120)  7,913  990  159
 Amounts due to a related party  261  (1,856)  535  86
 Salary and welfare payables  (39,463)  70,124  (44,312)  (7,128)
 Deferred revenue  18,315  37,272  39,737  6,392
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  18,501  17,450  7,281  1,171
 Income tax payable and receivable  (33,028)  17,591  (25,043)  (4,029)
 Other long-term liabilities  12,773  17,898  12,547  2,018
Net cash provided by operating activities   71,062  345,841  130,202  20,945
         
Investing activities:        
 Purchases of property and equipment  (346,634)  (285,973)  (333,008)  (53,569)
 Purchases of intangibles  (208)  (3,395)  (2,352)  (378)
 Amount received as a result of government zoning  2,500  12,530  6,553  1,054
 Acquisitions, net of cash received  (2,770)  --   (4,972)  (800)
 Purchase of long-term investments  --   (54,314)  (30,000)  (4,826)
 Purchase of short-term investments  --   4,314  --   -- 
 Decrease (increase) in restricted cash  (2,312)  930  1,562  251
Net cash used in investing activities  (349,424)  (325,908)  (362,217)  (58,268)
         
Financing activities:        
 Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of option  1,553  18,834  6,451  1,038
 Proceeds from short-term debt  45,796  --   300,000  48,259
 Repayment of short-term debt  (44,540)  (1,256)  --   -- 
 Repayment of funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders  (341)  (1,105)  (240)  (39)
 Acquisition of noncontrolling interest  --   (4,210)  --   -- 
 Dividend paid to noncontrolling interest holders  (144)  (177)  (841)  (135)
 Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation  548  11,473  5,319  856
Net cash provided by financing activities  2,872  23,559  310,689  49,979
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (216)  140  602  97
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (275,706)  43,632  79,276  12,753
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period  449,844  353,803  397,435  63,933
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period  174,138  397,435  476,711  76,686
 
China Lodging Group, Limited 
Unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
 Quarter Ended March 31, 2014
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 RMB  RMB  RMB  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  916,982 88.7%  1,350 0.1%  915,632 88.6%
Selling and marketing expenses  31,394 3.0%  163 0.0%  31,231 3.0%
General and administrative expenses  61,344 5.9%  5,419 0.5%  55,925 5.4%
Pre-opening expenses  48,023 4.6%  --  0.0%  48,023 4.6%
Total operating costs and expenses  1,057,743 102.2%  6,932 0.6%  1,050,811 101.6%
Income (loss) from operations  (19,845) -1.9%  6,932 0.6%  (12,913) -1.3%
             
 Quarter Ended March 31, 2014
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 US$   US$  US$  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  147,510 88.7%  217 0.1%  147,293 88.6%
Selling and marketing expenses  5,050 3.0%  26 0.0%  5,024 3.0%
General and administrative expenses  9,868 5.9%  872 0.5%  8,996 5.4%
Pre-opening expenses  7,725 4.6%  --  0.0%  7,725 4.6%
Total operating costs and expenses  170,153 102.2%  1,115 0.6%  169,038 101.6%
Income (loss) from operations  (3,192) -1.9%  1,115 0.6%  (2,077) -1.3%
             
 Quarter Ended December 31, 2013
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 RMB  RMB  RMB  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  876,713 78.3%  1,443 0.1%  875,270 78.2%
Selling and marketing expenses  45,088 4.0%  203 0.0%  44,885 4.0%
General and administrative expenses  80,765 7.2%  4,565 0.4%  76,200 6.8%
Pre-opening expenses  48,999 4.4%  --  0.0%  48,999 4.4%
Total operating costs and expenses  1,051,565 93.9%  6,211 0.5%  1,045,354 93.4%
Income (loss) from operations  85,202 7.6%  6,211 0.5%  91,413 8.1%
             
 Quarter Ended March 31, 2013
 GAAP Result% of Net RevenuesShare-based Compensation% of Net RevenuesNon-GAAP Result% of Net Revenues
 RMB  RMB  RMB  
 (in thousands)
             
Hotel operating costs  735,181 84.8%  876 0.1%  734,305 84.7%
Selling and marketing expenses  23,813 2.7%  259 0.0%  23,554 2.7%
General and administrative expenses  63,479 7.3%  6,538 0.8%  56,941 6.5%
Pre-opening expenses  53,967 6.2%  --  0.0%  53,967 6.2%
Total operating costs and expenses  876,440 101.0%  7,673 0.9%  868,767 100.1%
Income (loss) from operations  (4,924) -0.5%  7,673 0.9%  2,749 0.4%
 
China Lodging Group, Limited 
 Unaudited reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results 
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2013December 31, 2013March 31, 2014
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
  (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
         
Net income (loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP)  69  58,540  (13,334)  (2,145)
Share-based compensation expenses  7,673  6,211  6,932  1,115
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP)  7,742  64,751  (6,402)  (1,030)
         
Earnings (loss) per share (GAAP)        
 Basic  0.00  0.24  (0.05)  (0.01)
 Diluted  0.00  0.23  (0.05)  (0.01)
         
Earnings (loss) per ADS (GAAP)        
 Basic  0.00  0.95  (0.22)  (0.03)
 Diluted  0.00  0.93  (0.22)  (0.03)
         
Adjusted earnings (loss) per share (non-GAAP)        
 Basic  0.03  0.26  (0.03)  (0.00)
 Diluted  0.03  0.26  (0.03)  (0.00)
         
Adjusted earnings (loss) per ADS (non-GAAP)        
 Basic  0.13  1.05  (0.10)  (0.02)
 Diluted  0.12  1.03  (0.10)  (0.02)
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation        
 Basic  244,542  246,162  247,955  247,955
 Diluted  248,840  250,748  247,955  247,955
         
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2013December 31, 2013March 31, 2014
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
  (in thousands)
         
Net income (loss) attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP)  69  58,540  (13,334)  (2,145)
Interest income  (1,229)  (2,319)  (4,653)  (748)
Interest expenses  211  197  408  66
Income tax expense  (4,551)  27,348  (2,791)  (449)
Depreciation and amortization  104,363  126,700  132,085  21,248
EBITDA (non-GAAP)  98,863  210,466  111,715  17,972
Pre-opening expenses  53,967  48,999  48,023  7,725
Share-based Compensation  7,673  6,211  6,932  1,115
Adjusted EBITDA from operating hotels (non-GAAP)  160,503  265,676  166,670  26,812
         
 Quarter Ended
 March 31, 2013December 31, 2013March 31, 2014
 RMBRMBRMBUS$
  (in thousands)
         
Net revenues (GAAP)  866,937  1,120,214  1,034,019  166,337
Less: Hotel operating costs  (735,181)  (876,713)  (916,982)  (147,510)
Hotel income (non-GAAP)  131,756  243,501  117,037  18,827
     
 China Lodging Group, Limited  
Operational Data       
 As of 
 March 31, December 31, March 31, 
 201320132014
Total hotels in operation:  1,105  1,425  1,530
 Leased hotels  484  565  575
 Manachised hotels  586  835  944
 Franchised hotels*  35  25  11
Total hotel rooms in operation  120,560  152,879  164,192
 Leased hotels  56,778  65,836  67,432
 Manachised hotels  60,066  84,437  95,465
 Franchised hotels*  3,716  2,606  1,295
Number of cities  191  249  258
       
* refers to franchised Starway hotels      
       
 For the quarter ended
 March 31, December 31, March 31, 
 201320132014
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)      
 Leased hotels 85.4% 89.2% 84.5%
 Manachised hotels 87.6% 90.6% 86.3%
 Blended 86.5% 90.0% 85.5%
Average daily room rate (in RMB)      
 Leased hotels 178 187 179
 Manachised hotels 167 171 165
 Blended 172 178 171
RevPAR (in RMB)      
 Leased hotels 152 166 151
 Manachised hotels 146 155 143
 Blended 149 160 146
       
       
Same-hotel Operational Data: 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  
 March 31,   
 20132014  
Total number of hotels  841  841  
 Leased hotels  409  409  
 Manachised hotels  432  432  
Occupancy rate (as a percentage) 91.0% 89.8%  
Average daily room rate (in RMB) 174 175  
RevPAR (in RMB) 159 157  
   
 Number of hotels in operation
 Net added As of 
 in Q1 2014March 31, 2014
Economy hotels 103  1,412
 Hanting Hotel  93  1,319
 Leased hotels  8  481
 Manachised hotels  85  838
 Hi Inn  10  93
 Leased hotels  (1)  40
 Manachised hotels  11  53
Midscale hotels and upscale hotels 2  118
 JI Hotel 12  80
 Leased hotels  3  51
 Manachised hotels  9  29
 Starway Hotel  (10)  36
 Leased hotels  --   1
 Manachised hotels  4  24
 Franchised hotels  (14)  11
 Joya Hotel  --   1
 Leased hotels  --   1
 Manxin Hotels & Resorts  --   1
 Leased hotels  --   1
Total 105  1,530
         
  Number of hotels in operation Same-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy
 As ofFor the quarter endedFor the quarter endedFor the quarter ended
 March 31,March 31,  March 31,  March 31,  
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Economy hotels  814  814 155 153 -2% 171 171 0% 91% 90% -2%
 Leased hotels  389  389 155 152 -2% 173 172 -1% 90% 88% -1%
 Manachised hotels  425  425 156 154 -1% 168 170 1% 93% 91% -2%
Midscale hotels  27  27 239 271 14% 275 291 6% 87% 93% 7%
 Leased hotels  20  20 245 284 16% 281 303 8% 87% 94% 8%
 Manachised hotels  7  7 211 216 2% 248 242 -2% 85% 89% 5%
Total  841  841 159 157 -1% 174 175 0% 91% 90% -1%

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