Marriott Reports Earnings in a Challenging Time for the Hospitality Industry | Financial Buzz

Marriott Reports Earnings in a Challenging Time for the Hospitality Industry

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) reported financials for the second quarter of 2020 amidst of a challenging time for the hospitality industry due to the pandemic.

For the second quarter the Company reported diluted loss per share totaled $0.72, compared to reported diluted EPS of $0.69 in the year-ago quarter. Second quarter adjusted diluted loss per share totaled $0.64, compared to second quarter 2019 adjusted diluted EPS of $1.56. Second quarter 2020 impairment charges and bad debt expense related to COVID-19 impacted reported and adjusted diluted loss per share by $0.19 and $0.17, respectively.

Marriott added more than 11,400 rooms globally during the second quarter, including roughly 2,000 rooms converted from competitor brands and approximately 4,700 rooms in international markets. Net rooms grew 4.1 percent from a year ago.

Arne M. Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said, “While our business continues to be profoundly impacted by COVID-19, we are seeing steady signs of demand returning. Worldwide RevPAR has climbed steadily since its low point of down 90 percent for the month of April, to a decline of 70 percent for the month of July. Worldwide occupancy rates, which bottomed at 11 percent for the week ended April 11, have improved each week, reaching nearly 34 percent for the week ended August 1. Currently, 91 percent of our worldwide hotels are now open compared to 74 percent in April, and 96 percent are open today in North America.”

As of the end of the second quarter, the company’s net liquidity totaled approximately $4.4 billion, representing roughly $2.3 billion in cash and cash equivalents, and $2.9 billion of unused borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility.

“While the full recovery from COVID-19 will clearly take time, the current trends we are seeing reinforce our view that when people feel safe traveling, demand returns quickly. My thoughts continue to be with all who have been impacted by the pandemic,” the CEO explained.