H World Group Limited Reports Third Quarter of 2022

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  • A total of 8,402 hotels or 797,489 hotel rooms in operation as of September 30, 2022.
  • Hotel turnover1 increased 24.4% year-over-year to RMB15.2 billion in the third quarter of 2022. Excluding Steigenberger Hotels AG and its subsidiaries (“DH”, or “Legacy-DH”), hotel turnover increased 21.6% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2022.
  • Revenue increased 16.2% year-over-year to RMB4.1 billion (US$575 million)2 in the third quarter of 2022, in line with the revenue guidance previously announced of a 13% to 17% increase compared to the third quarter of 2021. Revenue from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 increased 7.7% year-over-year, in line with revenue guidance previously announced of a 5% to 9% increase.
  • Net loss attributable to H World Group Limited was RMB717 million (US$101 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB137 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB350 million in the previous quarter. Net loss attributable to H World Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment was RMB731 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared with net income attributable to H World Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB27 million in the third quarter of 2021 and net loss attributable to H World Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB298 million in the previous quarter.
  • EBITDA (non-GAAP) in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB149 million (US$21 million), compared with RMB294 million in the third quarter of 2021 and negative RMB213 million in the previous quarter. EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment, which is a segment measure, was RMB55 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB409 million in the third quarter of 2021 and negative RMB243 million in the previous quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, was RMB491 million (US$69 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB385 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB53 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment (non-GAAP) was RMB397 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB500 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB23 million in the previous quarter.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2022, H World expects revenue to increase 7% to 11% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, or to decrease 1% to 5% if excluding DH.

SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — H World Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT and HKEX: 1179) (“H World”, the Company”, “we” or “our”), a key player in the global hotel industry, today announced its unaudited financial results in the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

As of September 30, 2022, H World’s worldwide hotel network in operation totaled 8,402 hotels and 797,489 rooms, including 126 hotels from DH. During the third quarter of 2022, our Legacy-Huazhu business opened 429 hotels, including 4 leased (or leased-and-operated) hotels and 425 manachised (or franchised-and-managed) hotels and franchised hotels, and closed a total of 204 hotels, including 19 leased hotels and 185 manachised and franchised hotels. During the third quarter of 2022, the Legacy-DH business opened 1 manachised and franchised hotel. As of September 30, 2022, H World had a total of 2,313 unopened hotels in our pipeline, including 2,274 hotels from the Legacy-Huazhu business and 39 hotels from the Legacy-DH business.

Legacy-Huazhu Only Third Quarter of 2022 Operational Highlights

As of September 30, 2022, Legacy-Huazhu had 8,276 hotels in operation, including 631 leased and owned hotels, and 7,645 manachised and franchised hotels. In addition, as of the same date, Legacy-Huazhu had 772,227 hotel rooms in operation, including 90,034 rooms under the lease and ownership model, and 682,193 rooms under the manachise and franchise models. Legacy-Huazhu also had 2,274 unopened hotels in its pipeline, including 17 leased and owned hotels, and 2,257 manachised and franchised hotels. The following discusses Legacy-Huazhu’s RevPAR, average daily room rate (“ADR”) and occupancy rate for its leased and owned hotels, as well as manachised and franchised hotels (excluding hotels under governmental requisition) for the periods indicated.

  • The ADR was RMB254 in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB246 in the third quarter of 2021, RMB218 in the previous quarter, and RMB245 in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The occupancy rate for all the Legacy-Huazhu hotels in operation was 76.0% in the third quarter of 2022, compared with 71.9% in the third quarter of 2021, 64.6% in the previous quarter, and 87.7% in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Blended RevPAR was RMB193 in the third quarter of 2022, compared with RMB177 in the third quarter of 2021, RMB141 in the previous quarter, and RMB215 in the third quarter of 2019.
  • For all the Legacy-Huazhu hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months, the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB190 in the third quarter of 2022, representing a 3.9% increase from RMB183 in the third quarter of 2021, with a 0.2% decrease in ADR and an 3.0-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate; comparing the third quarter of 2022 with the pre-COVID third quarter of 2019, same-hotel RevPAR represented a 21.6% decrease from RMB230 in the third quarter of 2019, with a 6.9% decrease in ADR, and a 14.4-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate.

Legacy-DH Only Third Quarter of 2022 Operational Highlights

As of September 30, 2022, Legacy-DH had 126 hotels in operation, including 79 leased and owned hotels and 47 manachised and franchised hotels. In addition, as of the same date, Legacy-DH had 25,262 hotel rooms in operation, including 14,939 rooms under the lease and ownership model, and 10,323 rooms under the manachise and franchise models. Legacy-DH also had unopened 39 hotels in our pipeline, including 27 leased and owned hotels and 12 manachised and franchised hotels. The following discusses Legacy-DH’s RevPAR, ADR and occupancy rate for its leased as well as manachised and franchised hotels (excluding hotels temporarily closed) for the periods indicated. 

  • The ADR was EUR114 in the third quarter of 2022, compared with EUR99 in the third quarter of 2021 and EUR110 in the previous quarter.
  • The occupancy rate for all Legacy-DH hotels in operation was 66.1% in the third quarter of 2022, compared with 48.6% in the third quarter of 2021 and 59.8% in the previous quarter.
  • Blended RevPAR was EUR75 in the third quarter of 2022, compared with EUR48 in the third quarter of 2021 and EUR66 in the previous quarter.

Jin Hui, CEO of H World commented: “During the third quarter of 2022, our RevPAR recovered to 90% of the 2019 level, thanks to the pent-up leisure travel demand in the summer holiday during July and August 2022, as well as a gradual recovery of business travel in late September 2022. However, given more sporadic resurgences of COVID in various Chinese cities and provinces since early October, our October RevPAR recovery slowed down to only 74% of 2019 level. Although we have been seeing COVID prevention measures gradually easing across China since early November, we remain cautious on the business recovery path in the near-term as there are still some of newly confirmed recent cases in many cities and provinces in China. Therefore, our near-term focus will remain on cost control and prudent capex spending to ensure the Company’s operational and cash flow safety. More importantly, we are continuously optimizing our organizational structure and improving hotel and service quality to further strengthen our long-term core competencies, which is the critical foundation for us to achieve our long-term ‘Sustainable Quality Growth’ strategy.”

“In Europe, the DH business further improved in the third quarter with RevPAR recovering to 102% of the 2019 level, from 93% in the second quarter. The recovery was mainly driven by 17% ADR growth. This upward trend continued in October. However, against the background of surging inflation in Europe due to energy shortages, cash flow improvement program remains critical. Therefore, DH’s near-term focus will remain on efficiency improvements, renegotiation of further lease waivers, and personnel cost optimization.”

Third Quarter of 2022 Unaudited Financial Results

(RMB in millions) Q3 2021 Q2 2022 Q3 2022
Revenue:      
Leased and owned hotels 2,345 2,361 2,695
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,128 945 1,313
Others 50 76 85
Total revenue 3,523 3,382 4,093

Revenue in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB4.1 billion (US$575 million), representing a 16.2% year-over-year increase and a 21.0% sequential increase. Revenue from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB3.2 billion, representing a 7.7% year-over-year increase and a 28.4% sequential increase. The increase was mainly due to business recovery in China which was supported by pent-up leisure demand in the summer holiday during July and August 2022, as well as a gradual recovery of business travel in late September 2022. Revenue from the Legacy-DH segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB932 million, representing a 58.2% year-over-year increase and a 1.2% sequential increase. The increase was mainly due to the robust recovery of our European business since Europe’s opening-up starting from mid-February.

Revenue from leased and owned hotels in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB2.7 billion (US$379 million), representing a 14.9% year-over-year increase and a 14.1% sequential increase. Revenue from leased and owned hotels from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB1.8 billion, representing a 0.5% year-over-year increase. Revenue from leased and owned hotels from the Legacy-DH segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB902 million, representing a 60.8% year-over-year increase.

Revenue from manachised and franchised hotels in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB1.3 billion (US$185 million), representing a 16.4% year-over-year increase and a 38.9% sequential increase. Revenue from our Legacy-Huazhu segment from manachised and franchised hotels in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB1.3 billion, representing a 16.3% year-over-year increase. Revenue from manachised and franchised hotels from the Legacy-DH segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB22 million, representing a 22.2% year-over-year increase.

Other revenue represents revenue generated from businesses other than our hotel operations, which mainly includes revenue from the provision of IT products and services and Huazhu Mall™ and other revenue from the Legacy-DH segment business, totaling RMB85 million (US$11 million) in the third quarter of 2022, compared to RMB50 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB76 million in the previous quarter.

(RMB in millions) Q3 2021 Q2 2022 Q3 2022
Operating costs and expenses:      
Hotel operating costs (2,885 ) (2,972 ) (3,045 )
Other operating costs (14 ) (15 ) (13 )
Selling and marketing expenses (189 ) (142 ) (181 )
General and administrative expenses (388 ) (368 ) (405 )
Pre-opening expenses (15 ) (31 ) (25 )
Total operating costs and expenses (3,491 ) (3,528 ) (3,669 )

Hotel operating costs in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB3.0 billion (US$428 million), compared to RMB2.9 billion in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB3.0 billion in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to continued hotel network expansion of Legacy-Huazhu, and business recovery of Legacy-DH. Hotel operating costs from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB2.3 billion, which represented 72.8% of the quarter’s revenue, compared to RMB2.3 billion or 76.9% of revenue in the third quarter in 2021 and RMB2.2 billion or 88.1% of revenue for the previous quarter. In the third quarter of 2022, Legacy-Huazhu continued to conduct our cost control measures and achieved rental reduction of RMB132 million.

Selling and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB181 million (US$26 million), compared to RMB189 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB142 million in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB105 million, which represented 3.3% of the quarter’s revenue, compared to RMB129 million or 4.4% of revenue in the third quarter in 2021, and RMB65 million or 2.6% of revenue for the previous quarter.

General and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB405 million (US$57 million), compared to RMB388 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB368 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB330 million, which represented 10.4% of the quarter’s revenue, compared to RMB306 million or 10.4% in the third quarter in 2021 and RMB267 million or 10.8% for the previous quarter. The increase was mainly due to the resumption of normal operations at our Shanghai headquarter.

Pre-opening expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were mostly related to the Legacy-Huazhu segment and totaled RMB25 million (US$3 million), compared to RMB15 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB31 million in the previous quarter.

Other operating income, net in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB76 million (US$11 million), compared to RMB40 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB154 million in the previous quarter.

Income from operations in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB500 million (US$70 million), compared to RMB72 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB8 million in the previous quarter. Income from operations from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB449 million, compared to income from operations from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB239 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB21 million in the previous quarter. Income from operations from the Legacy-DH segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB51 million, compared to a loss from operations of RMB167 million in the third quarter of 2021 and a loss from operations of RMB13 million in the previous quarter.

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Operating margin, defined as income from operations as a percentage of revenues, in the third quarter of 2022 was 12.2%, compared with 2.0% in the third quarter of 2021 and 0.2% for the previous quarter. Operating margin from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 was 14.2%, compared with 8.1% in the third quarter of 2021 and 0.9% in the previous quarter.

Other expense, net in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB14 million (US$2 million), compared to other income, net of RMB4 million in the third quarter of 2021 and other income, net of RMB29 million for the previous quarter.

Unrealized losses from fair value changes of equity securities in the third quarter of 2022 were RMB313 million (US$44 million), compared to unrealized losses from fair value changes of equity securities of RMB60 million in the third quarter of 2021, and unrealized losses from fair value changes of RMB240 million in the previous quarter. Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities mainly represent the unrealized gains (losses) from our investment in equity securities with readily determinable fair values, such as AccorHotels.

Income tax expense in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB434 million (US$61 million), compared to income tax benefit of RMB13 million in the third quarter of 2021 and income tax benefit of RMB299 million in the previous quarter.

Net loss attributable to H World Group Limited in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB717 million (US$101 million), compared to RMB137 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB350 million in the previous quarter. Net loss attributable to H World Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB731 million, compared to net income attributable to H World Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB27 million in the third quarter of 2021 and a net loss attributable to H World Group Limited from the Legacy-Huazhu segment of RMB298 million in the previous quarter.

Basic and diluted losses per share/American depositary share (ADS). In the third quarter of 2022, basic and diluted losses per share were RMB0.23 (US$0.03). Adjusted basic and diluted losses per share (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, were RMB0.12 (US$0.02). Basic and diluted losses per ADS were RMB2.31 (US$0.32). Adjusted basic and diluted losses per ADS (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, were RMB1.21 (US$0.17).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB149 million (US$21 million), compared with RMB294 million in the third quarter of 2021 and negative RMB213 million in the previous quarter. EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB55 million, compared with RMB409 million in the third quarter of 2021 and negative RMB243 million in the previous quarter. Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP), which excluded share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB491 million (US$69 million), compared with RMB385 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB53 million in the previous quarter. The adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment (non-GAAP) in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB397 million, compared with RMB500 million in the third quarter of 2021 and RMB23 million in the previous quarter.

Cash flow. Operating cash inflow in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB452 million (US$64 million). Investing cash outflow in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB525 million (US$74 million). Financing cash inflow in the third quarter of 2022 was RMB461 million (US$65 million).

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of September 30, 2022, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents of RMB5.2 billion (US$728 million) and restricted cash of RMB40 million (US$6 million).

Debt financing. As of September 30, 2022, the Company had a total debt balance of RMB11.2 billion (US$1.6 billion) and the unutilized credit facility available to the Company was RMB2.9 billion. Recently, we have successfully redeemed our convertible note with a total amount of US$475 million.

COVID update
For our Legacy-Huazhu business, our RevPAR in Q3 2022 recovered to 90% of the 2019 level, thanks to the pent-up leisure travel demand in the summer holiday during July and August 2022, as well as a gradual recovery of business travel in late September 2022. Breaking down into each month, our RevPAR in July, August and September 2022 recovered to 90%, 89% and 90% of the 2019 levels, respectively. However, we remain cautious on the recovery path in Q4 2022 as we are seeing more recent sporadic resurgences of COVID in various provinces and cities across China.

Steigenberger Hotels AG and its subsidiaries have experienced continuing RevPAR recovery in Q3 2022. After recovering to 93% of 2019 levels in Q2 2022, blended RevPAR increased to 102% of 2019 levels in Q3 2022. Blended RevPAR recovery was driven by a 17% increase in ADR, while occupancy remained 10 percentage points behind 2019 levels. Energy crisis and inflation in Europe is expected to continue, further ADR increases will be therefore required. At same time, focus of DH will continue to be on efficiency improvements, negotiation of lease contract adjustment, and cost optimization.

Guidance
Since March 2022, the highly infectious Omicron variant has been spreading rapidly in China which has seriously affected our near-term business performance. In addition, the current COVID prevention policy has rendered business performance more unpredictable for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, we will continue to provide quarterly guidance based on our best understanding of the most recent situation.

In the fourth quarter of 2022, H World expects revenue to increase 7% to 11% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, or to decrease 1% to 5% if excluding DH.

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

Conference Call
H World’s management will host a conference call at 8 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) on Monday, November 28, 2022 (or 9 a.m. (Hong Kong time) on Tuesday, November 29, 2022) following the announcement.

To join by phone, all participants must pre-register this conference call using the Participant Registration link of https://register.vevent.com/register/BI0ae7c3a955d34ca680b2c55589a22668. Upon registration, each participant will receive details for the conference call, including dial-in numbers, conference call passcode and a unique access PIN.

A live webcast of the call can be accessed at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/226f8gsn or the Company’s website at https://ir.hworld.com/news-and-events/events-calendar.

A replay of the conference call will be available for twelve months from the date of the conference at the Company’s website, https://ir.hworld.com/news-and-events/events-calendar.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the Company’s unaudited consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. Generally-Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”): adjusted net income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities; adjusted basic and diluted earnings (losses) per share/ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities; EBITDA; adjusted EBITDA; adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-Huazhu segment; and adjusted EBITDA from the Legacy-DH segment excluding share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities. 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 “Unaudited 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 and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities 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 and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities is that share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities have been and will continue to be significant and recurring 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 information provides investors with a useful tool for comparability between periods because it excludes depreciation and amortization expense attributable to capital expenditures. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as EBITDA before share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities, to assess operating results of its hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities helps facilitate year-over-year comparisons of the results of operations as the share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities may not be indicative of Company operating performance.

The Company believes that unrealized gains and losses from changes in fair value of equity securities are generally meaningless in understanding the Company’s reported results or evaluating the economic performance of its businesses. These gains and losses have caused and will continue to cause significant volatility in reported periodic earnings.

Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA more closely reflects the performance capability of our hotels. The presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA 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 has certain limitations. Depreciation and amortization expense for various long-term assets (including land use rights), income tax, interest expense and interest income have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA. Share-based compensation expenses and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of adjusted EBITDA. 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 depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, share-based compensation expenses, and unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities 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 are not defined under U.S. GAAP, and neither EBITDA nor adjusted EBITDA 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 may not be comparable to EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA in the same manner as the Company does.

Reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, to the consolidated statement of operations information are included at the end of this press release.

About H World Group Limited
Originated in China, H World Group Limited is a key player in the global hotel industry. As of September 30, 2022, H World operated 8,402 hotels with 797,489 rooms in operation in 17 countries. H World’s brands include Hi Inn, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Orange Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Manxin Hotel, Madison Hotel, Joya Hotel, Blossom House, Ni Hao Hotel, CitiGO Hotel, Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, MAXX, Jaz in the City, IntercityHotel, Zleep Hotels, Steigenberger Icon and Song Hotels. In addition, H World also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in the pan-China region.

H World’s business includes leased and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, H World directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned properties. Under the manachise model, H World manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers that H World appoints, and H World collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, H World provides training, reservations and support services to the franchised hotels, and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. H World applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of September 30, 2022, H World operates 13 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, and 87 percent under manachise and franchise models.

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For more information, please visit H World’s website: https://ir.hworld.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Such factors and risks include our anticipated growth strategies; our future results of operations and financial condition; economic conditions; the regulatory environment; our ability to attract and retain customers and leverage our brands; trends and competition in the lodging industry; the expected growth of demand for lodging; and other factors and risks detailed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.

H World undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

—Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—

H World Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  December 31, 2021
  September 30, 2022
  RMB
  RMB
  US$3  
  (in millions)
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents 5,116     5,177     728  
Restricted cash 25     40     6  
Short-term investments 2,589     1,915     269  
Accounts receivable, net 521     1,231     173  
Loan receivables, net 218     161     23  
Amounts due from related parties 149     177     25  
Inventories 88     83     12  
Other current assets, net 847     779     109  
Total current assets 9,553     9,563     1,345  
       
Property and equipment, net 7,056     6,804     957  
Intangible assets, net 5,385     5,240     737  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 29,942     28,610     4,022  
Finance lease right-of-use assets 2,235     2,372     333  
Land use rights, net 206     201     28  
Long-term investments 1,965     1,865     262  
Goodwill 5,132     5,069     713  
Amounts due from related parties, non-current 1     6     1  
Loan receivables, net 98     115     16  
Other assets, net 834     696     98  
Deferred tax assets 862     846     119  
Total assets 63,269     61,387     8,631  
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Short-term debt 6,232     5,144     723  
Accounts payable 968     810     114  
Amounts due to related parties 197     85     12  
Salary and welfare payables 591     459     64  
Deferred revenue 1,366     1,280     180  
Operating lease liabilities, current 3,628     3,732     525  
Finance lease liabilities, current 41     45     6  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,838     2,054     289  
Income tax payable 418     126     18  
Total current liabilities 15,279     13,735     1,931  
       
Long-term debt 3,565     6,091     856  
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 28,012     27,216     3,826  
Finance lease liabilities, non-current 2,684     2,857     402  
Deferred revenue 785     822     116  
Other long-term liabilities 903     967     136  
Deferred tax liabilities 853     798     112  
Retirement benefit obligations 144     138     19  
Total liabilities 52,225     52,624     7,398  
       
Equity:      
Ordinary shares          
Treasury shares (107 )   (441 )   (62 )
Additional paid-in capital 9,964     10,127     1,424  
Retained earnings 1,037     (1,076 )   (151 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 41     70     10  
Total H World Group Limited shareholders’ equity 10,935     8,680     1,221  
Noncontrolling interest 109     83     12  
Total equity 11,044     8,763     1,233  
Total liabilities and equity 63,269     61,387     8,631  
                 
H World Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, 2021    June 30, 2022   September 30, 2022    
  RMB    RMB    RMB    US$ 
  (in millions, except share, per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:        
Leased and owned hotels 2,345     2,361     2,695     379  
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,128     945     1,313     185  
Others 50     76     85     11  
Total revenues 3,523     3,382     4,093     575  
         
Operating costs and expenses:        
Hotel operating costs:        
Rents (1,009 )   (1,012 )   (935 )   (131 )
Utilities (137 )   (123 )   (163 )   (23 )
Personnel costs (793 )   (899 )   (964 )   (136 )
Depreciation and amortization (356 )   (355 )   (351 )   (49 )
Consumables, food and beverage (264 )   (245 )   (286 )   (40 )
Others (326 )   (338 )   (346 )   (49 )
Total hotel operating costs (2,885 )   (2,972 )   (3,045 )   (428 )
Other operating costs (14 )   (15 )   (13 )   (2 )
Selling and marketing expenses (189 )   (142 )   (181 )   (26 )
General and administrative expenses (388 )   (368 )   (405 )   (57 )
Pre-opening expenses (15 )   (31 )   (25 )   (3 )
Total operating costs and expenses (3,491 )   (3,528 )   (3,669 )   (516 )
   Other operating income (expense), net 40     154     76     11  
Income (losses) from operations 72     8     500     70  
Interest income 25     19     23     3  
Interest expense (101 )   (90 )   (93 )   (13 )
Other (expense) income, net 4     29     (14 )   (2 )
Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes of equity securities (60 )   (240 )   (313 )   (44 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (92 )   (402 )   (359 )   (50 )
Income (loss) before income taxes (152 )   (676 )   (256 )   (36 )
Income tax (expense) benefit 13     299     (434 )   (61 )
Income (loss) from equity method investments 3     14     (20 )   (3 )
Net income (loss) (136 )   (363 )   (710 )   (100 )
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (1 )   13     (7 )   (1 )
Net income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited (137 )   (350 )   (717 )   (101 )
         
Other comprehensive income        
Gain arising from defined benefit plan, net of tax 1     (0 )        
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax (28 )   26     7     1  
Comprehensive income (loss) (163 )   (337 )   (703 )   (99 )
Comprehensive (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (1 )   13     (7 )   (1 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited (164 )   (324 )   (710 )   (100 )
         
Earnings (losses) per share:        
Basic (0.04 )   (0.11 )   (0.23 )   (0.03 )
Diluted (0.04 )   (0.11 )   (0.23 )   (0.03 )
         
Earnings (losses) per ADS:    
Basic (0.44 )   (1.13 )   (2.31 )   (0.32 )
Diluted (0.44 )   (1.13 )   (2.31 )   (0.32 )
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:      
Basic 3,115,104,798     3,108,693,946     3,107,798,883     3,107,798,883  
Diluted 3,115,104,798     3,108,693,946     3,107,798,883     3,107,798,883  
H World Group Limited
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, 2021    June 30, 2022    September 30, 2022    
  RMB    RMB    RMB    US$ 
  (in millions)      
Operating activities:        
Net income (loss) (136 )   (363 )   (710 )   (100 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Share-based compensation 31     26     29     4  
Depreciation and amortization, and other 383     374     370     52  
Impairment loss 51     91     10     1  
Loss from equity method investments,
net of dividends
1     (14 )   22     3  
Investment (income) loss 135     531     550     78  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (305 )   (135 )   182     26  
Other 32     479     (1 )   (0 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 192     989     452     64  
         
Investing activities:        
Capital expenditures (346 )   (143 )   (256 )   (36 )
Acquisitions, net of cash received (395 )   (3 )        
Purchase of investments (303 )   (0 )   (300 )   (42 )
Proceeds from maturity/sale of investments     186     6     1  
Loan advances (32 )   (49 )   (29 )   (4 )
Loan collections 41     65     52     7  
Other 4         2      
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (1,031 )   56     (525 )   (74 )
Financing activities:        
Payment of share repurchase     (143 )        
Proceeds from debt 491     283     3,721     523  
Payment of debt (497 )   (313 )   (3,336 )   (469 )
Dividend paid     (416 )        
Other (11 )   (12 )   76     11  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (17 )   (601 )   461     65  
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 9     87     149     21  
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (847 )   531     537     76  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the period 6,258     4,149     4,680     658  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period 5,411     4,680     5,217     734  
H World Group Limited
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, 2021     June 30, 2022     September 30, 2022    
  RMB     RMB     RMB     US$  
  (in millions, except shares, per share and per ADS data)
Net income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited (GAAP) (137 )   (350 )   (717 )   (101 )
Share-based compensation expenses 31     26     29     4  
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities 60     240     313     44  
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited (non-GAAP) (46 )   (84 )   (375 )   (53 )
         
Adjusted earnings (losses) per share (non-GAAP)
Basic (0.01 )   (0.03 )   (0.12 )   (0.02 )
Diluted (0.01 )   (0.03 )   (0.12 )   (0.02 )
         
Adjusted earnings (losses) per ADS (non-GAAP)        
Basic (0.15 )   (0.27 )   (1.21 )   (0.17 )
Diluted (0.15 )   (0.27 )   (1.21 )   (0.17 )
         
Weighted average number of shares used in computation (Non-GAAP)
Basic 3,115,104,798     3,108,693,946     3,107,798,883     3,107,798,883  
Diluted 3,115,104,798     3,108,693,946     3,107,798,883     3,107,798,883  
 
         
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, 2021
  June 30, 2022
  September 30, 2022
  RMB RMB RMB US$
  (in millions, except per share and per ADS data)
Net income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited (GAAP) (137 )   (350 )   (717 )   (101 )
Interest income (25 )   (19 )   (23 )   (3 )
Interest expense 101     90     93     13  
Income tax expense (benefit) (13 )   (299 )   434     61  
Depreciation and amortization 368     365     362     51  
EBITDA (non-GAAP) 294     (213 )   149     21  
Share-based compensation expense 31     26     29     4  
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities 60     240     313     44  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) 385     53     491     69  
                       
See also  H World Group Limited Schedules Second Quarter and Interim
H World Group Limited
Segment Financial Summary(1)
  Quarter Ended September
30, 2021
  Quarter Ended June 30, 2022
  Quarter Ended September 30, 2022
  Legacy- Huazhu
  Legacy-
DH

  Total
  Legacy- Huazhu
  Legacy-
DH

  Total
  Legacy- Huazhu
  Legacy-
DH

  Total
  RMB RMB RMB RMB RMB RMB RMB RMB RMB US
  (in millions) (in millions) (in millions)
Leased and owned hotels 1,784     561     2,345     1,475     886     2,361     1,793     902     2,695     379  
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,110     18     1,128     929     16     945     1,291     22     1,313     185  
Others 40     10     50     57     19     76     77     8     85     11  
Revenue 2,934     589     3,523     2,461     921     3,382     3,161     932     4,093     575  
                     
Hotel operating costs (2,255 )   (630 )   (2,885 )   (2,168 )   (804 )   (2,972 )   (2,301 )   (744 )   (3,045 )   (428 )
Selling and marketing expenses (129 )   (60 )   (189 )   (65 )   (77 )   (142 )   (105 )   (76 )   (181 )   (26 )
General and administrative expenses (306 )   (82 )   (388 )   (267 )   (101 )   (368 )   (330 )   (75 )   (405 )   (57 )
Pre-opening expenses (15 )       (15 )   (31 )       (31 )   (25 )       (25 )   (3 )
                     
Income (losses) from operations 239     (167 )   72     21     (13 )   8     449     51     500     70  
                     
Net income (loss) attributable to H World Group Limited 27     (164 )   (137 )   (298 )   (52 )   (350 )   (731 )   14     (717 )   (101 )
                     
Interest income (25 )   (0 )   (25 )   (19 )   (0 )   (19 )   (23 )   (0 )   (23 )   (3 )
Interest expense 72     29     101     57     33     90     60     33     93     13  
Income tax expense 29     (42 )   (13 )   (287 )   (12 )   (299 )   446     (12 )   434     61  
Depreciation and amortization 306     62     368     304     61     365     303     59     362     51  
EBITDA (non-GAAP) 409     (115 )   294     (243 )   30     (213 )   55     94     149     21  
Share-based Compensation 31         31     26         26     29         29     4  
Unrealized (gains) losses from fair value changes of equity securities 60         60     240         240     313         313     44  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) 500     (115 )   385     23     30     53     397     94     491     69  
(1) The Company presents segment information after elimination of intercompany transactions.

Operating Results: Legacy-Huazhu(1)

  Number of hotels   Number of rooms
  Opened
in Q3 2022
Closed (2)
in Q3 2022
Net added
in Q3 2022
As of
September 30,
2022
(3)
  As of
September 30,
2022
   
Leased and owned hotels 4 (19 ) (15 ) 631   90,034
Manachised and franchised hotels 425 (185 ) 240   7,645   682,193
Total 429 (204 ) 225   8,276   772,227
(1)   Legacy-Huazhu refers to H World and its subsidiaries, excluding DH.
(2)   The reasons for hotel closures mainly included non-compliance with our brand standards, operating losses, and property-related issues. In Q3 2022, we temporarily closed 14 hotels for brand upgrade and business model change purposes.
(3)   As of September 30, 2022, 558 hotels were requisitioned by governmental authorities.
  As of September 30, 2022
  Number of hotels   Unopened hotels in pipeline
Economy hotels 4,898   950
Leased and owned hotels 363   1
Manachised and franchised hotels 4,535   949
Midscale and upscale hotels 3,378   1,324
Leased and owned hotels 268   16
Manachised and franchised hotels 3,110   1,308
Total 8,276   2,274
Operational hotels excluding hotels under requisition(4)
  For the quarter ended  
  September 30, June 30, September 30, yoy
  2021  2022  2022  change
Average daily room rate (in RMB)      
Leased and owned hotels 296   243   294   -0.6 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 238   215   248   4.3 %
Blended 246   218   254   3.1 %
Occupancy Rate (as a percentage)      
Leased and owned hotels 69.7 % 62.9 % 73.1 % +3.4 p.p.
Manachised and franchised hotels 72.2 % 64.9 % 76.4 % +4.2 p.p.
Blended 71.9 % 64.6 % 76.0 % +4.2 p.p.
RevPAR (in RMB)        
Leased and owned hotels 206   153   215   4.2 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 172   139   190   10.4 %
Blended 177   141   193   9.1 %
  For the quarter ended
  September 30, September 30, yoy
  2019  2022  change
Average daily room rate (in RMB)    
Leased and owned hotels 288   294   2.1 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 235   248   5.5 %
Blended 245   254   3.4 %
Occupancy Rate (as a percentage)    
Leased and owned hotels 90.0 % 73.1 % -16.9 p.p.
Manachised and franchised hotels 87.2 % 76.4 % -10.8 p.p.
Blended 87.7 % 76.0 % -11.7 p.p.
RevPAR (in RMB)      
Leased and owned hotels 259   215   -17.1 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 205   190   -7.5 %
Blended 215   193   -10.3 %

(4)   If including hotels under requisition, RevPAR in Q3 2022 would have been 90% of the 2019 level.

Same-hotel operational data by class                
Mature hotels in operation for more than 18 months (excluding hotels under requisition)
  Number of hotels Same-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy
  As of
September 30,
For the quarter yoy For the quarter yoy For the quarter yoy
  ended
September 30,
change ended
September 30,
change ended
September 30,
change
  2021 2022 2021 2022   2021 2022   2021   2022   (p.p.)
Economy hotels 3,366 3,366 146 148 1.4 % 189 188 -0.7 % 77.0 % 78.6 % +1.6
Leased and owned hotels 363 363 158 164 3.7 % 215 211 -1.8 % 73.5 % 77.6 % +4.1
Manachised and franchised hotels 3,003 3,003 143 145 1.0 % 185 184 -0.5 % 77.6 % 78.7 % +1.1
Midscale and upscale hotels 2,122 2,122 228 242 6.2 % 324 322 -0.5 % 70.3 % 75.0 % +4.7
Leased and owned hotels 233 233 261 273 4.6 % 398 389 -2.4 % 65.5 % 70.3 % +4.7
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,889 1,889 221 236 6.6 % 311 311 0.0 % 71.2 % 75.8 % +4.7
Total 5,488 5,488 183 190 3.9 % 248 248 -0.2 % 73.9 % 76.9 % +3.0
 
  Number of hotels Same-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy
  As of
September 30,
For the quarter yoy For the quarter yoy For the quarter yoy
  ended
September 30,
change ended
September 30,
change ended
September 30,
change
  2019 2022 2019 2022   2019 2022   2019   2022   (p.p.)
Economy hotels 2,057 2,057 189 147 -22.5 % 203 187 -7.5 % 93.5 % 78.4 % -15.2
Leased and owned hotels 346 346 211 161 -23.5 % 226 208 -7.9 % 93.4 % 77.5 % -15.9
Manachised and franchised hotels 1,711 1,711 184 143 -22.1 % 196 182 -7.3 % 93.5 % 78.6 % -14.9
Midscale and upscale hotels 994 994 295 234 -20.7 % 341 319 -6.3 % 86.7 % 73.4 % -13.2
Leased and owned hotels 181 181 354 251 -29.2 % 405 362 -10.5 % 87.5 % 69.2 % -18.2
Manachised and franchised hotels 813 813 277 229 -17.3 % 321 307 -4.3 % 86.4 % 74.7 % -11.7
Total 3,051 3,051 230 180 -21.6 % 254 236 -6.9 % 90.9 % 76.5 % -14.4

Operating Results: Legacy-DH(5)

  Number of hotels   Number of
rooms
  Unopened hotels
in pipeline
  Opened
in Q3 2022
Closed
in Q3 2022
Net added
in Q3 2022
As of
September
30, 2022
(6)
 

 

As of
September
30,2022
 

 

As of
September
30,2022
 
Leased hotels 79   14,939   27
Manachised and franchised hotels 1 1 47   10,323   12
Total 1 1 126   25,262   39
(5)   Legacy-DH refers to DH.
(6)   As of September 30, 2022, a total of 4 hotels were temporarily closed. 1 hotel was closed for renovation and 1 hotel was closed due to flood damage. Additionally, 1 hotel was temporarily closed due to extensive hotel refurbishment, and 1 hotel was temporarily closed due to seasonal break .
  For the quarter ended  
  September 30, June 30, September 30, yoy
  2021   2022   2022   change
Average daily room rate (in EUR)        
Leased hotels 94.3   112.6   112.9   19.7 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 104.5   106.7   115.6   10.6 %
Blended 98.6   110.4   113.9   15.5 %
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)        
Leased hotels 48.0 % 61.2 % 67.4 % +19.5 p.p.
Managed and franchised hotels 49.4 % 57.9 % 64.1 % +14.7 p.p.
Blended 48.6 % 59.8 % 66.1 % +17.5 p.p.
RevPAR (in EUR)        
Leased hotels 45.3   68.9   76.1   68.2 %
Managed and franchised hotels 51.6   61.8   74.1   43.5 %
Blended 47.9   66.0   75.3   57.2 %

Hotel Portfolio by Brand

  As of September 30, 2022
  Hotels Rooms Unopened hotels
  in operation in pipeline
Economy hotels 4,913 386,911 964
HanTing Hotel 3,207 285,313 603
Hi Inn 460 24,128 127
Ni Hao Hotel 140 10,074 192
Elan Hotel 868 42,810
Ibis Hotel 223 22,876 28
Zleep Hotels 15 1,710 14
Midscale hotels 2,816 308,164 1,001
Ibis Styles Hotel 85 8,864 18
Starway Hotel 565 46,492 212
JI Hotel 1,629 192,872 534
Orange Hotel 505 54,822 229
CitiGO Hotel 32 5,114 8
Upper midscale hotels 525 75,500 263
Crystal Orange Hotel 161 21,314 53
Manxin Hotel 111 10,443 52
Madison Hotel 50 7,276 62
Mercure Hotel 133 22,250 54
Novotel Hotel 17 4,424 18
IntercityHotel(7) 53 9,793 24
Upscale hotels 124 21,223 76
Jaz in the City 3 587 1
Joya Hotel 8 1,368 1
Blossom House 43 2,055 52
Grand Mercure Hotel 8 1,897 5
Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts(8) 53 13,754 10
MAXX (9) 9 1,562 7
Luxury hotels 15 2,326 4
Steigenberger Icon(10) 9 1,847 1
Song Hotels 6 479 3
Others 9 3,365 5
Other hotels(11) 9 3,365 5
Total 8,402 797,489 2,313

(7)   As of September 30, 2022, 3 operational hotels and 10 pipeline hotels of IntercityHotel were in China.
(8)   As of September 30, 2022, 11 operational hotels and 3 pipeline hotels of Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts were in China.
(9)   As of September 30, 2022, 3 operational hotels and 7 pipeline hotels of MAXX were in China.
(10)   As of September 30, 2022, 3 operational hotels of Steigenberger Icon were in China.
(11)   Other hotels include other partner hotels and other hotel brands in Yongle Huazhu Hotel & Resort Group (excluding Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and Blossom House).

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1 Hotel turnover refers to total transaction value of room and non-room revenue from H World hotels (i.e., leased and operated, manachised and franchised hotels).
2 The conversion of Renminbi (“RMB”) into United States dollars (“US$”) is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB7.1135 on September 30, 2022 as set forth in H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and available at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/hist/dat00_ch.htm.
3 The conversion of Renminbi (“RMB”) into United States dollars (“US$”) is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB7.1135 on September 30, 2022 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.

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