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HLT Hilton Worldwide

Participants
Jill Slattery Senior Director of Investor Relations
Chris Nassetta President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Jacobs Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Joe Greff JP Morgan
Carlo Santarelli Deutsche Bank
Shaun Kelley Bank of America
Bill Crow Raymond James
Felicia Hendrix Barclays
Brian Dobson Nomura Instinet
Stephen Grambling Goldman Sachs.
Thomas Allen Morgan Stanley
Smedes Rose Citi
Jeff Donnelly Wells Fargo
Robin Farley UBS
Jared Shojaian Wolfe Research
Patrick Scholes SunTrust
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to the Hilton Worldwide Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] I would like to turn the conference over to Jill Slattery, Senior Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Jill Slattery

Thank you, Denise. quarter call. third Hilton’s to XXXX earnings Welcome

in Before that publicly or include our we today would are those forward-looking statements as revise And remind undertake you like to no indicated from these discussions materially today. Actual effective could statements. we forward-looking made update results statements. forward-looking begin, statements. differ the of this We only morning will to obligation

the some of to the factors factors cause most could our results see XX-K. of that differ, actual recently please discussion risk Form of section For filed

will measures we addition, refer this In to certain financial on non-GAAP call.

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Chris. questions. I’m pleased that, take to With remarks, call their your happy the over be Following to to we’ll turn

Chris Nassetta

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XX% the quarter RevPAR in slightly approximately of which of ahead So system-wide October, is far contributes expectations.

average. fixed good forecasted rate fundamentals to investment macro between feel set continue we delivering remains give to at slightly beyond this point we indicators corporate X%. and U.S. a the us. supply nonresidential and year even ability increase about XXXX, to position year better growth expect modest this year-over-year. broader in business our to roughly and X% negotiated group of our increases U.S. with of look Supply XX better we In forecasted see of year environment than where we As have decent growth about XX% value XXXX the we GDP Economic with sightlines, and up around ahead what it’s and

up of X% similar system-wide X%. pricing a XXXX set to should leading guidance Given that level we have of power growth year RevPAR next to

we’ve on development around hotels into unit nearly have for next a rooms XX,XXX Year-to-date result, good the year. with net as to under deliver and we Turning XXX half expect X.X% With X.X% and unit our again to over we track unit would opened full pipeline growth growth, of approximately year. roughly our the construction, side. very of net already visibility remain

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Kevin Jacobs

and Chris morning good everyone. Thanks

RevPAR range our items largely guidance FX by versus $XXX XX% management Indeed, For the midpoint range and In travel of the and fees, of business $XX and the high strength and driven the onetime led results a was X% RevPAR million. weighing with adjusted pro driven basis. quarter, to on and was demand expected owned and license and to and X.X% special forma the on of the in benefits estimate portfolio. July major basis exceeding for of to the the fees largely Jewish in and million our segment, and $XXX year $X.XX, leased displaced our well non-RevPAR leisure timing XX% holiday Japan prior quarter, offset end earnings due group calendar versus outperformance hurricanes hotel fees and July some the year a exceeded fee guidance UK Harvey grew shifts million, strong performance system-wide franchise prior drove Irma greater and and guidance currency-neutral performance results. high in from benefit than in EBITDA shifts. the Diluted we international end the items. Adjusted System-wide better quarter increasing our the on better per above to September. by year-over-year Calendar Hotel ahead from while X% grew range. these share it shifts was demand continued Xth

offset Comparable in We continued U.S. regional in outlook. U.S. and in business negatively driven business basis less in weighed in by partially estimate the due by calendar the that estimate those major offset was our meaningful our our of premiums performance strength points with a by under leisure. calendar the industry benefit than group two particularly that convention roughly markets. RevPAR RevPAR quarter approximately to overall the flat U.S. lift shifts share in from performance the to Turning the on hurricane-related aftermath occupancy XX We hurricanes. was

was towards growth the saw RevPAR the For XXXX, full X.X% U.S. we system-wide X% quarter. to to lower Leisure our range. to demand. year transient strong prior the in half year Americas digit In RevPAR continue U.S. for single grew versus of high room the outside the Mexico, forecast due night driven X% the in which quarter growth transient by particular third strength

expect the expectations guidance due of in For full transient to the X% strength XXXX, UK, a we grew RevPAR quarter, Europe solid RevPAR in higher range. and end the of at in Spain. our the in Turkey, growth region ahead

Additionally, the quarter. international to in nearly was Europe XX% up inbound

that as performance of saw the of region than We single basis expectations, continue up the and less Africa, points and anticipated. In We ahead to digits. to year the in and significantly Egypt. reversal improving East group we second Arabia, in holiday strong XXXX shifts leisure growth was mid-to-high Saudi in Middle our the XX be full business growth in RevPAR drag the expect RevPAR the quarter of a benefited were

the by year of region, full we which growth the X.X% transient region higher strength over Greater in be increased our strength XXXX, to guidance led In in maturing showed the the RevPAR China, in assets. China expect established For end and was now up range. in both RevPAR continued at Asia-Pacific RevPAR XX%. quarter, at

X% the growth for in the to single full range. RevPAR RevPAR digits mid-to-high year with China we up XXXX, be of expect in region For

return. quarter, a of for paid year-to-date. $X.XX cash on million the $XXX We of paid during Moving a capital to dividend quarterly in total dividends

fourth quarter. also board the authorized in a cash Our dividend $X.XX quarterly of per share

per dividends we We March, an year. buybacks cap billion $X $X.X expect in to buybacks market price of and shareholders initiating return about $XXX X% million $XX.XX. shares purchased our and of billion to of through have between this at average Since or share

expect For fourth system-wide the we and XXXX, quarter X%. RevPAR between growth of X%

We of to expect of adjusted diluted $X.XX. million $XXX for and EBITDA EPS $XXX million to special $X.XX adjusted items

guidance growth RevPAR XXXX X%. year to full of our maintaining X% We’re

growth year of full or mentioned, above Chris range. As expect at the we slightly the midpoint

midpoint of adjusted our raising $X.XX are million than We $XX an year-over-year. the billion by more X% EBITDA increase to at outlook

items to diluted our incremental quarter we full latest incorporate $X.XX. earnings for may We’re as speak Please line range our found share this not release Further to does special adjusted our our EPS prepared of third year would completes details well that also as you raising to to with on the open guidance can note results have. $X.XX EPS ranges all issued earlier in now morning. would like be you remarks. this like questions for any We the morning. We repurchases. This

to and our can Denise, follow-up. question first So related one please we one yourself please. have limit question

Operator

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Joe Greff

Good morning everybody.

Chris Nassetta

morning, Joe. Good

Joe Greff

store can up on and talk same your appreciate But I days how and guidance know from perspective how for a you from the for from it’s think early a versus just early then we read the is segmentation so XXXX? region, XXXX. the RevPAR corporate do to about much about XXXX, of geographic Chris, here, comments rolled you a it relative it and

Chris Nassetta

good one on number sort question the Yes, know front of of Joe, us. is in probably mind, what’s I and question, people’s

as middle do in year, every sort go the we we budgets we’re now. season So of of

We but good Certainly, of we stages why level that, to which honest, to of towards happy give later be complete we’re some the it. have with very sense there. topline, a the guidance on is are not

regional on a it year, a do those budget. granular on region all global describe worked so, of the hotel up every And we to would global is aggregate to Every basis. it a budget, are what every case and very world has in budget the I and then rolled as a

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to have downside We a a we’re to and budget trying an upside that. create and

to So be going have budget. expectations should said way, another the generally are we

fairly environment going So of described demand as the that is, range. the which nonresidential up, our lead in they’re particularly investment in a my introductory growth And that that picking is going somewhere sort that covered, I supply basis the we U.S. it comments, is that The in I side, generally growth. guidance for midpoint of think numbers world seeing we’re are that is to here believe and fixed as to still to this bit up. should some incremental out demand optimistic but which or I in be everybody little below, to is things the various are I and at stable. different tick of still side the around too me mean than generally a we’re not is steady to year. U.S. terribly there, somewhere a says little better. what seeing it’s mean bit numbers growth going two the Everybody GDP

have at look least we’re budgets, a We we assessment going at to all look those look the at now. you of I So we regions next world. that year as put think things best right our it two and together, at is year,

we’re this going next year We’re a have year to like – seeing much year.

geographic the going to growth at similar representation, of end range, the expect topline I high to here of a terms low range. the at again high to probably the this midpoint the think level sort to international the to be I we In would year. and midpoint in is the at probably say so would growth that be the of U.S. greater, of it’s

Joe Greff

you. Thank

Chris Nassetta

Sure.

Operator

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Carlo Santarelli

for Hey, guys thanks question. taking my

guys think about foresee if you business form thoughts about When perspective. currently least see think a reform. A, proposals start you were think to up do you of as that the transient kind one kind get – and expanded but results, impact the tax of around lot at kind from on of of now, what obviously and three you operating a XXXX. some in being So do of long how having to of the right you that your show B, on Chris, thrown you kind to you

Chris Nassetta

a tax there question. well a I politics the you the to as here been care Congress a personally than definitely some very lot to coming I the bunch path are inside will, whole of out of the as think are things the are live Washington. two, particularly There the of consistent different is and house about obviously pretty then our trying in what for those I that good into wish that And reform heavy themes spending and will so we the reform is get Beltway, think get or take. quite organization become is inside given in We our are with together, in over in sort tax when clearer those administration rather the another engaged Beltway week I Senate. that. I’m there, it I individually. of here that becoming because next will with – now I’m forms figure knew rapidly, moving Yes, over answer and reasons, others very industry directly dose general there flow

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net-net say, as that So I think probability the I it’s reasonable done, industry. done, get there’s they something it gets good for and a think, if I think I

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should things the talked beneficial being be I effect we’re the hearing that to would say about, net think, I us.

it’s nothing trying too do, is the table that won’t how moving I’ve just seen because parts, scale on early, good us, too many now. but that’s right certainly to it Now for I

and like put it the on of me beneficial this Everything other a positive. this because is us point businesses, would Let and more of hands hire more growth it. would a I’ve lot be more think people, right in the the economic net the we get the and seen stimulus whole beneficiary businesses make hands, investments of I cash be to table of to now more

Carlo Santarelli

you very much. thank Great, Chris,

Operator

The Bank Kelley Shaun next America. question of come go Please from will of ahead.

Shaun Kelley

morning everyone. good Hey,

the underperformed some given But at the I select quarter. U.S. the to think Just a mean, I this service the were going for into calendar big and all again – some about wanted we look light, brands a look the talk Hampton. was that bit like select particularly as the little we to broader on of of shifts brands all your a be quarter, going we portfolio of little sort flagships of decomposition, service were HCI expected

bit or So out into where to prepared able that place we of side get a as as about outlook is and there, a there to I be the mentioned little guess year? premiums portfolio and some in the year the price brands head this we progress remarks to what’s we through is, in at landscape XXXX competitive you look balance the those might occupancy question think I the for

Chris Nassetta

good this brands those the lower obviously, were end of Shaun, growth our are and quarter. of Yes, an basis absolute question, brand at RevPAR spectrum

– it. part premium rate I guess I occupancy think, hit I’ll the of

the Second, right, brands RevPAR do high but so high out RevPAR competitors, occupancy of there growth have the coming well. competitors start absolute still their brands, ahead but They up partially they because are such are part quarter really competition the in those is other higher index right, premiums. than perform first the very they

more so quarter the effect quickly, they storms, had up as hotels endure more incrementally because guess, of much filling the or not the they seen, were. those a to You brands were the other benefit I more didn’t than also so from had already, in far,

seeing rate in and haven’t which seeing in terms result, as brands, growth what GDP low, I growth. what has been seen overall strong, so as been a recovery their of has you’re you’re much those is strong been that not the as their think environment as not is inflationary rate you quite In side, has

RevPAR should in it’s this outside You is U.S. one to see RevPAR U.S. continue more the – year almost of from growth see to so XXX% rate the less contribute our growth rate,

it’s really So but bit in day those continue end bag strong of to are preference of those perform way a mixed a for brands They’re brands, still the should brands. with a they lenders the really big by us. well and owners and

Shaun Kelley

Thank you very much.

Operator

will The from go Crow James. next Bill come Raymond question of Please ahead.

Bill Crow

folks. good Hi, morning

Chris Nassetta

Good morning Bill.

Bill Crow

Good morning.

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Chris Nassetta

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Operator

come The Hendrix from Barclays. next Felicia of ahead. will go question Please

Felicia Hendrix

like has not seems Hi, nonresidential good income. year to lot. corporate doesn’t like and on morning fixed demand just visibility, meant, a the forecast, in lot try because demand fixed sorry, and demand I have the you I’m thank it metrics like And talked industry it an about this of form kind nonresidential corporate to we corporate seems GDP a – to those And I’m say investment. rely you. that Chris, led of and curious

at? year? this the look best it just lag as why is So not Is correlated that wondering to metric there a think or maybe I’m wasn’t you

Chris Nassetta

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So longer I it through. a do low and mean inflationary Correlation think probably in correlation environment lower lag. flow will will a a

growth nonresidential flowing investment, see So benefit if through the you’re going some in you to fixed demand. seeing eventually hotel keep

Felicia Hendrix

combined and good a like Looks basis, GDP that’s… then with

Chris Nassetta

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Felicia Hendrix

Okay, helpful. you. Thank

Operator

come Nomura ahead, will Instinet. question question from next of Brian come Dobson Please The from go will

Brian Dobson

Hi, good morning.

Chris Nassetta

Good morning.

Brian Dobson

that is there growth, might slowing are driving you’re pricing the looking when high in supply brands your that, sign at over of And been any out new urban markets next terms growth which be and your So brands? been that two your developers how where growth? own in has And then supply weak? of has years, received

Kevin Jacobs

Yes, thanks Brian.

had you a difficult So finance to a environments indications the you seeing projects signed of a in think first problem. has bit more where urban one market become supply are certainly, new and s are little well, that, is I bunch getting up

else So developers are obviously, where. looking

oil of the right? in New those Chicago, still of delivering York, You’re that. seeing markets, you’re patch, still some deliveries some

you’re little So off. I lag, you actual supply see at the Urban, level bit, on if a think forecasters outside forecast but starting starting to projections the to more a are of you’re or broadly look continue deliveries, to still see going

consultants I bit, on see that the – then sort would the be is XXXX that So forward. And what meaning same of probably to and personally probably a the you’ll under XXXX collective, about peak and year. going is be think I’d think will going industry little be them we XXXX take the I predict peak

pipeline same. Hilton are of core new brands, The will of our largest continue the part terms and Hampton the this be quickly trends But deliveries. we are the supply have brands, some with deliveries our be of so our the still you’ll in brand that see that you continue. in the our more and have us, and I course, Tru and HomeX For think ramping of work of largest conversion to brands will growth

Brian Dobson

great. All very much. Thanks right,

Operator

will ahead. from next of Goldman Please The Grambling come question Sachs. Stephen go

Stephen Grambling

thanks, morning. Hey, good

Chris Nassetta

Good morning.

Stephen Grambling

the and CapEx the this about provide or the somewhat year could you of details of forward? on that, but is room spend? all technology do markets connected benchmarking This And back right even ball picture any how the bigger how given think major efforts question, a general is amount and going additional of and kind

Chris Nassetta

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Operator

Thomas The from Stanley. Morgan Please next Allen ahead. question go will of come

Thomas Allen

and Hi strong on quarter. congrats good another morning

So more two So two XXXX. more questions on

Can potential and and had about potential capital XXXX the and new side. can for your expectations talk just brands? returns And you takes capital size driving new talked of recently you just the you XXXX, all Chris, launches. you return gives tell some us the of for First, about conference brand

Chris Nassetta

talk maybe second. the first, ask take about to the I’ll Kevin

about brands. calls. new what from New Nothing we talked prior in

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Kevin Jacobs

And Thomas, Yes. budgeting return, capital Chris as on earlier, mentioned our haven’t process. then finished we

if little year, will thus, grow based next flow free not will those safe to outlook So premature I certainly next cash what it’s saying at combined our But guidance. for year bit grow. that it’s and say EBITDA we’re RevPAR a on think and growth you I we’re think look about giving and

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Thomas Allen

you. thank Helpful,

Chris Nassetta

Thanks, Thomas.

Operator

The next will Please Citi. Rose come question go of Smedes from ahead.

Smedes Rose

and programs around from, you OTAs wondering loyalty the move? can, And Are direct say, if you a earlier. through seeing or and to if the other the more customers efforts channels? made the you touched you’ve all you Hilton.com quantify us on bookings your away technology Hi, you apps given thanks. could the and channels, update can I on that was just movement booking

Chris Nassetta

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will with drive it is cost. want distribution our more have ultimately will is, with because equation reasons to and All the all it of of these that direct engage things a ultimately more part often, drive customers also think clear, deeply And it will to it or more down of driving relationship to to reason giving drive us of up but more to are us. Down have really cost distribution be and we loyalty. share

Smedes Rose

you. Thank Okay.

Operator

go The come Please Fargo. will of Wells from next question Donnelly Jeff ahead.

Jeff Donnelly

in curious are there could to maybe programs XXXX? guess, system-wide Hilton, Good point I’ve beneficial of other do that Hilton room cancellation out it most to few heard and just favorable the a and revamping morning, think you policies, little I’m programs expect to the have adopted as make progress like which them I And rates you I orders. redemption guys. other actually call guess, revamping ultimately some it brands you initiatives do be in certainly rewards for more such And, will these nonrefundable or RevPAR? at be you reservations. folks

Kevin Jacobs

instituted did Jeff, I’ll take policy this the cancellation year. policy a first. We new cancellation

combination a helping are XX returns XX depending on and in And hours market. quarter earlier, days, the early are those the short-term cancellation. actually of working, those really the We’re we’re tide it’s stem are early the that at where third but now of

So as get you’re that. into seeing sort of one-day out cancellations we down a few points

testing, I flexibility. different markets to for less to recent has elaborate But to or a referring this think then where they’re on or changes – levels We’re owners not to the sure occupancy bit little side, more on spoken in or high the a you’re we’re Chris make fair it made on paying whether a customer’s Honors advance working in we years calls you but on and little working new in that. more to otherwise. want also formula And way don’t on bit the more know price if testing, I’m of what hearing, on redemption exactly I before about you’re maybe all

Chris Nassetta

major point. I think to any in side about don’t Honors redemption speak at at this there’s No, changes of the

get covered Is at? think Jeff, others. I trying Kevin to that anything there you else, were

Jeff Donnelly

window? about No, large know how of I it’s I it. been successful it was has a but early, do curious, booking policy of I’m cancellation meaning with that’s think goal? guys desired and I part the lengthening kind a mean, I of you kind think

Chris Nassetta

throughout months help beyond benefit the XX working. our price early going definitely year, days deal or of said and all – taking days us semi-flexible I to with to accelerate it seven help a and days, but from seven that, is I Kevin really And of It’s then next and think as approach, how flexible product or hours with pricing sort rolling products, XX in okay, we’re we different meaning But it’s an them make out higher sort in. in in changes net-net, growth. concert, as think, just as customers like doing by pockets we’re I think at it we incrementally behavior way to issue meaningful portfolio, growth better ultimately, of we more fairly drive customers that happier and we what a of large are giving because testing we think this has it I as And RevPAR it, the way. scale a choice at the see. drives look And opportunity in a

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Jeff Donnelly

question. third Thanks my for guys. answering Thanks

Operator

The next question of Farley Please from will come go Robin UBS. ahead.

Robin Farley

much may little Great. Two from you how I just group its be the things. a wondering quarter. the better, bit know One, said wanted understand benefiting just that during holiday than I’m versus XXXX what up QX pace the last year year? about during shift in the quarter bookings you makes that for talk for year. forward QX in to came QX Can that last better

Chris Nassetta

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Robin Farley

range rate about guidance upside your of that upside today? the your in – Or that since in Okay, as recurring? sort your to is RevPAR related And that’s of great. sort so Is should guidance benefit to lastly, changed non-RevPAR think that fees. we much just onetime

Chris Nassetta

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Robin Farley

Thank great. you. Okay,

Operator

from question Please Wolfe will of go next come Jared ahead. Shojaian The Research.

Jared Shojaian

and my Hey, thanks taking good everybody morning question. for

Chris Nassetta

morning. Good

Jared Shojaian

the number we rate that. and is in sort today the seen bit a So next decelerate do start how we’ve about your year-to-date of industry with should What and beyond make line year? pipeline then unit to growth trend, of this your growth think you

Chris Nassetta

I I our see we didn’t really look mean, if deceleration. at any numbers, meaningful

the a growth you were I technically rate somewhere grow maybe things just at – really that obviously on lot quarter-to-quarter you��ll going our see the – I last we decel, us continue is but do in that’s expectation going think think quarter in a but a I that will continue happening. of I My various pipeline to zone. I think, is pipeline world, that’s of to think overtime XX% on. and don’t so don’t to nuance add to with regions fifteen, that what’s pipeline see has guess that I I think the

to we In I have the year terms we’re of in comments, deliver unit to deliver or go to it net whole about construction year. of to into and everything XXXX – sightlines you as meaningful meaningful reliably. done going being because conversions. is going think the our that either about that just talked or pretty a and growth, We’ve bunch next if prepared more getting conversions We’ve stuff ready XX% been good financed we’re construction under under with XX% roughly piece doing gap four a that

brands. we’re with that collection brands Curio, luxury Tapestry, with conversion soon conversion new have working We a with

arsenal, pretty track we of the get record, to be on So the I’m sort able based weapons confident in our on conversions our based need. that will

good time our XXXX, last this looking Analyst think in So we I Day we as have I year, looking pretty said I think XXXX, think in sightlines.

I I to zone X% think few for X% achievable. being years, think the readily is in next that

Jared Shojaian

Great. very much. Thank you

Operator

next Please ahead. Scholes from will SunTrust. The go of come question Patrick

Patrick Scholes

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Chris Nassetta

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Patrick Scholes

Well said. Thank you.

Operator

this And his for to Chris I over closing conclude session. Nassetta ladies hand gentlemen would our conference and remarks. question-and-answer like the will back to

Chris Nassetta

the for obviously everybody time our today, quarter. I’m Thanks pleased with third

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Operator

attending gentlemen Thank and At time Ladies your presentation. concluded. for the you. lines. Thank conference disconnect this has you you today’s may