NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Choice Hotels International(CHH) - Get Report reported mixed 2016 second quarter earnings on Tuesday morning. The hotel conglomerate posted earnings per share of 68 cents on revenue of $241.8 million. The EPS came in above analyst expectations of 71 cents, however, revenue fell below the projected $247.2 million
Choice Hotels CEO Stephen Joyce joined CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday morning to analyze the report and talk more about the hotel business in the current global environment.
"We're having a big summer; gas prices are low and the general hassle of going through airlines has put a lot more people on the road which is good for us because we have lots of hotels at a lot of destinations," Joyce noted. Seventy-two percent of people will be traveling on the road rather than by air, the CEO stated, citing a survey conducted by the company.
Joyce went on to discuss the impact that the current economic landscape has had on the company.
"Here's the interesting thing about the hotel business, low supply growth has done incredibly well without any support from GDP. The fact that we still have a workforce that is under 63% unemployed is a big opportunity for us," he explained.
Joyce sees the opportunity as reliant on the company's customers finding jobs, which will boost the industry when formerly unemployed consumers begin traveling again. If that happens Joyce believes the support will "give us a very strong year."
Additionally, Choice Hotels continues to be the value play for consumers as it provides complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and breakfasts (for the most part), Joyce continued.
Finally, as terrorist attacks increase across the globe the travel industry is facing uncertainty as consumers become more concerned about safety and less likely to travel.
"Obviously it's a consideration, but if you look at the history of places that have experienced terrorism, unfortunately, we're getting used to it. Something happens, there's an immediate impact, but then people get back to living and traveling," Joyce said. The CEO is on a mission to first and foremost make Choice Hotels the safest it can possibly be.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings rates Choice Hotels as a "Hold" with a ratings score of "C+." The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks.
The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, TheStreet Ratings also finds weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.
TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.
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