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Morgans Hotel Group Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

August 11, 2014



ENP Newswire - 11 August 2014

Release date- 08082014 - NEW YORK - Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) (the 'Company') today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Highlights

Adjusted EBITDA was $14.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding termination fees in 2013, Adjusted EBITDA increased 26.7% over the same period in 2013 primarily driven by strong operating performance at the Company's Owned Hotels, including a 36.8% increase in EBITDA at Delano South Beach.

Revenue per available room ('RevPAR') for System-Wide Comparable Hotels increased by 6.4% on a year-over-year basis during the second quarter of 2014.

Operating margins at the Company's Owned Hotels and leased food and beverage operations increased approximately 320 basis points during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, primarily as a result of cost saving initiatives implemented in the second quarter.

Corporate expenses, excluding stock compensation expense, decreased by $1.8 million, or 25.7%, during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, primarily due to the corporate workforce reduction in March 2014.

Jason T. Kalisman, Interim Chief Executive Officer, stated, 'We are pleased with Morgans Hotel Group's continued progress during the second quarter, and believe that our improved results reflect the significant effort over the last year to return the Company to solid footing. With two high-profile properties scheduled to open in the third quarter, and our ongoing commitment to operational excellence, we are confident in Morgans' future prospects as we enter the second half of 2014.'

Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 was $14.8 million, a 17.7% increase over the same period in 2013. Excluding a termination fee related to Ames in Boston of $0.9 million, which was recorded in the second quarter of 2013, Adjusted EBITDA increased 26.7% in the second quarter of 2014 over the same period in 2013. The Company's Owned Hotels generated strong operating results during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, led by 36.8% increase in EBITDA at Delano South Beach.

RevPAR at System-Wide Comparable Hotels, all of which are located in the United States, increased by 6.4% in the second quarter of 2014 from the comparable period in 2013, driven by a 3.4% increase in occupancy and 2.9% increase in average daily rate ('ADR').

RevPAR from System-Wide Comparable Hotels in New York increased 2.8% in the second quarter of 2014 over the same period in 2013, led by an increase in occupancy of 2.5%. RevPAR at Hudson increased by 0.5% during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. Occupancy at Hudson increased by 2.5% to 94.9% year-over-year reflecting strong demand, while ADR declined 1.9% as a major nearby competitor was under renovation in 2013 and fully operational in 2014. Mondrian SoHo's RevPAR increased by 7.9% during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, driven by a 4.2% increase in ADR.

RevPAR from System-Wide Comparable Hotels in Miami increased 11.8% in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. This increase was led by Delano South Beach, which experienced a RevPAR increase of 14.0% primarily as a result of a 9.5% increase in occupancy.

The Company's System-Wide Comparable Hotels on the West Coast generated 10.2% RevPAR growth in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, led by Clift, where RevPAR increased by 11.2%.

The Company's managed hotels in London, Sanderson and St Martins Lane, are non-comparable due to a major room renovation that began in the first quarter of 2014 resulting in a decrease in RevPAR of approximately 27.5% in average dollars due to rooms being out of service during the second quarter of 2014.

Management fees decreased $2.0 million, or 25.4%, during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, due in part to a $0.9 million termination fee related to Ames in Boston that the Company received during the second quarter of 2013. In addition, management fees declined as a result of a decrease in food and beverage management fees due primarily to revisions in the management fee structure with MGM effective January 1, 2014 to a more incentive based model.

Hotel operating expenses increased by just 0.7% on a 5.2% increase in hotel revenues due primarily to cost-saving initiatives implemented in May 2014. As a result, operating margins at the Company's Owned Hotels and leased food and beverage operations increased approximately 320 basis points during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.

Corporate expenses, excluding stock compensation expense, decreased by $1.8 million, or 25.7%, during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. This decline in expenses was primarily the result of cost saving initiatives undertaken by the Company, including the corporate workforce reduction in March 2014.

Interest expense increased by $1.4 million, or 11.9%, during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013, primarily due to the new financing secured by Hudson and Delano South Beach in February 2014, which resulted in a larger debt balance outstanding during the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013.

The Company recorded a net loss of $9.7 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss of $16.0 million for the second quarter of 2013 primarily due to improved operating results and margins and decreased corporate expenses.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company's total consolidated debt at June 30, 2014, excluding the Clift lease, was $615.6 million.

At June 30, 2014, the Company had approximately $133.0 million in cash and cash equivalents.

In July and August 2014, the Company repurchased $11.7 million of outstanding Convertible Notes at a discount of approximately $0.1 million plus accrued interest. As of August 7, 2014, the Company has $72.8 million of outstanding Convertible Notes, which mature on October 15, 2014. The Company intends to utilize cash on hand to retire the Convertible Notes.

As of June 30, 2014, the Company had $391.0 million of remaining Federal tax net operating loss carryforwards to offset future income, including gains on future asset sales.

Development

At Hudson, the Company is currently converting eight additional single room dwelling units ('SROs'), together with other space, into 12 new guest rooms. The Company anticipates 10 of these new guestrooms will be completed in the third quarter in 2014, with the remaining two completed in the fourth quarter, at a total cost of approximately $2.3 million. After this conversion is complete, the Company will have 60 SROs remaining at Hudson, which it intends to convert into guest rooms in the future.

The Company currently expects to open two high-profile hotels in the third quarter of 2014. Delano Las Vegas, a 1,117 room hotel at Mandalay Bay, is expected to open in early September and will be operated under a license agreement with MGM. Mondrian London, a 359 room hotel on the South Bank of the Thames, is expected to open on September 30, 2014, and will be operated under a long-term management agreement.

Additionally, the Company has a franchise agreement for 10 Karakoy, a 71-room Morgans Original in Istanbul, Turkey which is expected to open by the end of 2014 and a management agreement for a Mondrian in Doha, Qatar which is expected to open in the second quarter of 2015.

Investor Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call to review the quarter's results on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM Eastern time. The call will be webcast live over the Internet and will be accessible at www.morganshotelgroup.com under the Investors section. Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website for the download and installation of audio applications necessary to join the webcast.

The call will also be accessible live over the phone by dialing (877) 681-3378 (within U.S.) or (719) 325-4838 (outside U.S.) and providing the following passcode: 1388932. A playback of the conference call will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET, Friday, August 8, 2014, through August 15, 2014. To access the playback, please dial (888) 203-1112 (within U.S.) or (719) 457-0820 (outside U.S.) and enter passcode 1388932.

Definitions

'Adjusted EBITDA' means adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization as further defined below, as adjusted for certain items as described below in 'Non-GAAP Financial Measures.'

'EBITDA' means earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.

'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 the Company, 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 three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 exclude Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London, which both were under major renovations in the first quarter of 2014, Ames, which the Company no longer manages effective July 17, 2013, Delano Marrakech, which the Company no longer manages effective November 12, 2013, 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, Mondrian in Los Angeles, New York and South Beach, Hudson in New York, Morgans and Royalton in New York, Clift in San Francisco, Shore Club in South Beach 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 hotels in various stages of development to be operated under management or franchise agreements. These include Delano properties in Las Vegas, Nevada and Moscow, Russia; Mondrian properties in London, England, and Doha, Qatar; and a Morgans Original in Istanbul, Turkey. 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. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's expectation related to its development efforts, including the opening of new hotels in the future and renovations at Hudson.

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 downturn in economic and market conditions, both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly as it impacts demand for travel, hotels, dining and entertainment; the Company's levels of debt, its ability to refinance its current outstanding debt, repay outstanding debt or make payments on guaranties as they may become due, general volatility of the capital markets and the Company's 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 the Company's loan agreements and other debt instruments that limit the Company's ability to borrow and restrict its operations; the Company's history of losses; the Company's ability to compete in the 'boutique' or 'lifestyle' hotel segments of the hospitality industry and changes in the competitive environment in the Company's industry and the markets where it invests; the Company's ability to protect the value of its name, image and brands and its intellectual property; risks related to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, the threat of terrorist attacks and similar disasters; risks related to the Company's international operations, such as global economic conditions, political or economic instability, compliance with foreign regulations and satisfaction of international business and workplace requirements; the Company's ability to timely fund the renovations and capital improvements necessary to maintain its 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 the Company may not have full control; the Company's ability to perform under management agreements and to resolve any disputes with owners of properties that the Company manages but does not wholly own; potential terminations of management agreements; the impact of any material litigation, claims or disputes, including labor disputes; the seasonal nature of the hospitality business and other aspects of the hospitality industry that are beyond the Company's; our ability to comply with complex U.S. and international regulations, including regulations related to the environment, labor, food and beverage operations and data privacy; ownership of a substantial block of our common stock by a small number of investors and the ability of such investors to influence key decisions; the impact of any dividend payments or accruals on our preferred securities on our cash flow and the value of our common stock; and other risk factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 'SEC') on March 13, 2014, and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC 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 the Company 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.

Income Statements: See Full Press Release at:

http://investor.morganshotelgroup.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=194863&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1957037&highlight=

Contacts:

Investors

Richard Szymanski

Morgans Hotel Group Co.

212.277.4188

Media

Daniel Gagnier/

Nathaniel Garnick

Sard Verbinnen & Co

212.687.8080

SOURCE Morgans Hotel Group Co.


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