So what: Revenue was up 18% in the first quarter to $207.1 million, but net income dropped from $21.6 million to $19.6 million, or $0.35 per share. Domestic revenue per available room was up just 1.2%, a slow rate in the hotel business.
Still, management thinks revenue per available room will grow between 3.75% and 4.5% for the full year, so there are optimistic expectations. You can see that in the guidance of $2.30 to $2.35 in earnings for the full year as well.
Now what: Given slow revenue per room growth, I don't think Choice Hotels commands a premium on the market. But shares are trading at 20 times the top end of earnings estimates, which seems lofty in today's environment. If management can pick up growth in the second half of the year, shares may show some value, but for now, this is a stock that looks expensive for long-term investors.
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