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CPLG earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2021.

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CorePoint Lodging Inc. (CPLG)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
May 6, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good day, everyone. This is the CorePoint Lodging First Quarter Earnings Conference Call.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Becky Roseberry.

Becky Roseberry -- Senior Vice President, Finacne and Investor Relations

Good afternoon and welcome to CorePoint Lodging's first quarter 2021 earnings conference call. In a moment we will have remarks from Keith Cline, our CEO; and Dan Swanstrom, our CFO.

Before we start, I would like to remind everyone that our remarks today will include forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements and forward-looking statements made today speak only to our expectations as of today. We do not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risk factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. For more details on some of these risks, please refer to the Risk Factor section of the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2021.

In today's remarks, we will also refer to certain non-GAAP financial measures, corresponding GAAP measures and a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to GAAP metrics are provided in our earnings release, which is available on our website at Finally for those listening to a replay of this call, after May 6, 2021, we remind you that this presentation will not be updated and it is possible that the information discussed will no longer be current.

With that I will now turn the call over to Keith.

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Becky. Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our first quarter call. We are pleased you can join us and also I want to thank everyone for their patience as there was clearly some technical issues in getting this call started today.

While the global pandemic is still creating a challenging environment for CorePoint as well as the lodging industry in the US and global economies, the performance of our portfolio of select service hotels has strengthened from the seasonally low demand periods of November through February. I am pleased with the work that our corporate team and third party management have done as we continue to balance the need for a vigilant focus on cost containment and cash preservation, while quickly responding to the accelerating demand environment over the last two months. With nearly 80% of our non-core dispositions either sold or under contract, we're also very pleased with the attractive multiples and sales proceeds we are generating to pay down debt and create value for our shareholders. Dan will get into more of those details later.

Turning to operations. Our portfolio of select service hotels has continued to outperform the broader lodging market. We were able to achieve property level EBITDAre of $8 million for the quarter, which includes the seasonally low demand periods in January and February. We have continued to experience some market improvement in operating results with strong RevPAR index gains. This relative outperformance is occurring most dramatically in our drive-to destination markets including those in Florida, California and other Sunbelt states.

Leisure travel currently represents over two-thirds of our bookings and weekends are still outperforming weekdays. In addition to leisure, we are seeing some recovery in certain segments of corporate travel related to essential businesses such as construction, transportation and project-related businesses.

As we have noted on previous calls, our fourth and first quarters are historically part of our slower non-peak season. To that end, we have achieved comparable occupancy of 53% and comparable RevPAR of $39 for the first quarter, with March being our strongest month at 62% comparable occupancy and $48 of comparable RevPAR. We continue to see positive momentum into April with even stronger comparable RevPAR of $52. Given the relative strengthening in demand, our asset management team is working closely with our property manager to drive rate opportunistically and capture the property level EBITDA opportunity. With demand strengthening at the onset of the spring break travel season in March and our mix of leisure traveler, we have consistently delivered weekend rate growth. While we are optimistic about this current trend as well as the continued rollout of the COVID vaccine and easing of restrictions enabling the opening of attractions and travel, our default posture will be to maintain a tight rein on cost control initiatives until the demand returns closer to pre-pandemic levels, while adjusting property level costs to meet customer needs.

Given the positive sequential trend in March and April, and the continued success we're having in disposing of our non-core hotels, I want to highlight the performance of our core portfolio. This portfolio of 105 assets, which are mostly located in the top 50 MSAs continues to outperform with over 1,000 basis points higher RevPAR index gains than our non-core portfolio for the first quarter of 2021. With approximately $8 or roughly 23% higher RevPAR values than our non-core portfolio in the first quarter, the core portfolio produced stronger hotel level EBITDAre margins and continues to narrow of the year-over-year RevPAR percentage decline GAAP as compared to the non-core portfolio. With the concentration in higher growth West Coast and Sunbelt markets, we continue to believe that the core portfolio represents our higher quality and growth potential assets.

Lastly, we continue to think it's realistic to expect it will take some time to see a full recovery in our business and the lodging sector in general. We are optimistic for the future though, given the strong positioning of our geographically diverse portfolio, continuing vaccine deployment, the impact of additional stimulus measures and our exposure to suburban drive-to destination and interstate adjacent locations.

With that, I'll turn the call over to our CFO, Dan Swanstrom. Dan?

Daniel E. Swanstrom -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Keith and good afternoon everyone. I will start today by providing a brief review of the first quarter operating results and recent trends. I will also provide updates on our balance sheet, liquidity position and non-core disposition strategy. The comparable RevPAR decline of approximately 24% during the first quarter was driven by a 22% decrease in ADR and 150 basis point decline in occupancy. As expected, the decrease in year-over-year total revenues is primarily due to the reduction in room rate and demand resulting from the impact of COVID-19 as well as the impact of sold hotels.

For the quarter, we achieved hotel level adjusted EBITDAre of $8 million and adjusted EBITDAre of $3 million. On a sequential basis, the positive $3 million of adjusted EBITDAre compares favorably to the negative $5 million generated in the fourth quarter of 2020.

As Keith mentioned, we are encouraged by the most recent operating trends. For the month of April 2021, preliminary operating metrics are pointing to the best monthly results, since the start of the global pandemic, with comparable occupancy of 62%, comparable ADR of $85 and comparable RevPAR of $52. Our portfolio of select service hotels, predominantly focused on the midscale segments is well positioned to capture the current levels of transient room demand. Our portfolio footprint is mostly in suburban markets near multiple demand generators and we are benefiting from leisure and other guest demand for drive-to destination and intrastate adjacent hotels. These characteristics, continue to be positive differentiators for the CorePoint portfolio.

Now to our balance sheet. Year-to-date, we have repaid approximately $73 million in total debt resulting in an approximately $295 million of total debt repaid since the beginning of 2020 and approximately $410 million of total debt repaid since the inception of our non-core disposition program. As of today, we have paid down our CMBS debt to $657 million through the continued use of net proceeds from asset sales and we have paid down our revolver balance to $80 million using cash on balance sheet. Our current weighted average interest rate is approximately 3.3%. The next maturity date for our CMBS Loan is in June 2021. However, we have borrower options to extend the maturity date for four successive terms of one year each through June 2025. We recently provided notice to the lender to exercise our next option to extend the CMBS facility for one year through June 2022. With respect to our revolver as we discussed on our last call, we were pleased to execute a loan amendment with our bank group that extended the revolver maturity to May 2022.

From a liquidity perspective, our cash balance today is approximately $145 million, which excludes lender and other escrows of approximately $40 million. Our current liquidity reflects the recent positive momentum in operational performance and compares favorably to the cash balance of approximately $130 million at the time of our last call in March. While we are encouraged by the current trends, as Keith noted earlier, we are maintaining a focus on cost containment and capital preservation initiatives.

Turning to our non-core disposition strategy. During the first quarter, we closed on the sale of nine hotels for total gross proceeds of approximately $42 million. Subsequent to quarter end, we have closed on the sale of six additional hotels for total gross proceeds of approximately $37 million. These $79 million of transactions were completed at attractive valuations and average 2019 revenue multiple of approximately 2.7 times, 2019 hotel adjusted EBITDAre multiple of approximately 15 times and about 45,000 per key. Since inception of our non-core disposition strategy we have now completed the sale of 120 hotels for approximately $530 million in gross proceeds at highly attractive valuations. We achieved an average 2019 revenue multiple of approximately 2.6 times, which is slightly higher than the midpoint of our valuation expectations range.

We also have an additional 48 hotels under contract with qualified buyers that are expected to generate total gross proceeds of approximately $278 million at generally similar valuation levels to those achieved to date based on average 2019 revenue multiples. Between the 120 hotels sold to date and these 48 hotels under contract, we have addressed about 80% of the 210 hotels we identified as non-core. This strategy is a proven value creator for CorePoint and we look forward to reporting our continued progress on this strategy during the year.

With that, we will open the line for your questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. Our first question comes from the line of Chris Woronka.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Hey, good afternoon guys.

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Hey Chris.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Hey, how are you? Question was on -- the first question was kind of on visibility in booking windows and I know for your business it's always inherently short, but even a little bit of direction can matter, right. So I'm curious as to whether you saw any lengthening in the admittedly short booking windows of stuff booked in the first quarter? Or whether you're seeing that kind of present day?

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, Chris. That's a great question. The booking window continues to be very narrow. As we've discussed on previous calls, as we move through the pandemic, the booking window narrowed further compared to historical results over the past, let's call it two to three years and results today, continue to stay in a very narrow booking window, especially around people making the choice to pursue leisure travel as you approach weekends.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay, thanks. Very helpful. And then could you give us maybe a little bit of a sense for, right now, or historically how much kind of delta there is between weekend or leisure rates and weekend or weekday in more commercial rates? Is there any way to kind of triangulate that?

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, I don't have the daily rates mapped out in front of me, but certainly as you think about weekends, as I mentioned in my prepared remarks, we've -- since the beginning of the spring break travel season, we really have been able to drive fairly consistent rate growth on weekends. And that's really reflective of the fact that slightly more than two-thirds of our bookings today are leisure and the leisure traveler really does seem to be out there around either events, weekends, long weekend, destination markets, etc. And it is providing, albeit on a relative basis some opportunity to push rate given the compression of demand.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay. Yes, sure. Understood. And then maybe can you talk for a minute about labor. There has been a lot of headlines and a lot of questions on all the hotel calls about what you're seeing in terms of hourly impact on availability of workers, but also kind of expectations for hourly rate? So any color there would be great.

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Yes, Chris. There has been a lot of discussion, both across the industry and obviously on calls around the labor issue. We came into the pandemic as an industry with the labor shortage and that labor shortage has increased. Obviously, the industry has done a lot of things similar to what we're doing. For example, not cleaning stay-over rooms right, to kind of create additional housekeeping capacity in the hotels. Obviously, we are in dialog every day with our third-party manager on either a combination of incentives or programs to incent people to jump into the hospitality industry and once they're in, incentives for them to stay. So we're in active discussions now on programs we'd like to deploy as we go into the summer months. But rest assured, the shortage of labor today is certainly one of the top topics in this building.

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Okay, great. Very good, thanks guys.

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Chris.


The next question comes from the line of Omer Sander.

Omer Sander -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Hey, Keith, Dan, Becky. I appreciate you taking the question. I appreciate the color on some of the more recent April trends. You discussed the 62% occupancy, which is a nice step-up from the recent months and quarters, but how does that compare to 2019? And I guess, do you see a path if we sit here, six months from now, do you think that there is a possibility that you're back to 2019 levels on the occupancy front?

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, that tends to be the question right? And if you think about the way that occupancy is laid out, what you'll see in our Q, once that has crossed the line, there are some charts in the document the layout, Jan, Feb, March and April and show 1920 and '21. And what you'll see in there is that the 62% in April for 2021 compares to 71% in 2019. So obviously, we're still lagging 2019. We are encouraged as I mentioned in the prepared comments around this trend and I think the rest of the story honestly will play out as we go through the summer months and really see how strong peak season is this summer. I don't want to go out too far right now and project crossing 2019 results, but we are certainly encouraged by the amount of the gap versus '19 that's been closed in the last couple of months.

Omer Sander -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

That's helpful. Appreciate it. And then one on asset sales and obviously you've had impressive progress on that front. But I guess not to say that you're a seller of assets in the core markets. That's not what you guys were trying to do but, how do asset values compare in the core markets versus the non-core markets? And I guess where I'm going with this question is if you're 80% of the way toward that 210. Is there a possibility that at some point you kind of flip the switch and become an incremental buyer of assets?

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I mean, so obviously, we're working down toward the 105 core assets in our portfolio. We did provide a little additional color on our prepared remarks around how the core has been performing, but the reality is the core portfolio does get valued a little bit differently, as we've talked about, the non-core portfolio generally the way the buyers look at these assets is on a multiple of revenue given that they're going to underwrite a different cost structure given in the markets these assets are in and the fact that they are switching from being institutionally managed to in many cases owner operator managed. As you look at the core 105, I mean those are going to be valued similar to how you would value many of the hotels in our competitors' portfolios really based on EBITDA multiples and cap rates and certainly their one size certainly doesn't fit all. Now, I know in some previous investor decks, we've tried to provide some of the building blocks on getting the value. Maybe I'll kick it over to Dan to layout versus -- in the last investor deck what was laid out in terms of kind of the details to get to evaluation.

Daniel E. Swanstrom -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Omer. If you recall, when we announced the Phase 2 of the non-core disposition strategy. I think it was back in our March 2020 Investor presentation. We provided some details related to the core portfolio, which represents 105 hotels, those are again about 50% in our core states of Florida, California and Texas. And we provided what those produced in 2019, which was about $410 million of total revenue and about $108 million of total hotel EBITDA. And as we've mentioned several times in the past that corporate portfolio, which produced 26% EBITDA margins in 2019 has been significantly stronger performer with respect to margins versus the non-core portfolio that we've been selling. And as Keith mentioned, kind of that value arbitrage selling at a revenue multiple and significantly in excess of EBITDA multiples for the non-core portfolio.

Omer Sander -- JPMorgan -- Analyst



There are no further questions at this time. I will now turn the conference back over to Keith Cline.

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Thank you all for the time today. And once again, thank you for your continued interest in CorePoint Lodging. Have a great day.

Duration: 20 minutes

Call participants:

Becky Roseberry -- Senior Vice President, Finacne and Investor Relations

Keith A. Cline -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Daniel E. Swanstrom -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Woronka -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Omer Sander -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

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