• A total of 2,763 hotels or 278,843 hotel rooms in operation as of December 31, 2015
  • Net revenues increased 16.2% year-over-year to RMB1,506.3 million (US$232.5 million) 1 for the fourth quarter and 16.3% to RMB5,774.6 million (US$891.4 million) for the full year of 2015, in line with the guidance previously announced.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) increased 55.4% year-over-year to RMB320.4 million (US$49.5 million) for the fourth quarter and increased 32.2% to RMB1,324.2 million (US$204.4 million) for the full year of 2015.
  • Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited was RMB70.8 million (US$10.9 million) for the fourth quarter and RMB436.6 million (US$67.4 million) for the full year of 2015, increasing 51.1% year-over-year for the fourth quarter and increasing 42.1% for the full year of 2015.
  • Basic earnings per ADS 2 were RMB1.13 (US$0.18) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB6.97 (US$1.08) for the full year of 2015. Diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.10 (US$0.17) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB6.82 (US$1.05) for the full year of 2015. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.36 (US$0.21) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB7.81 (US$1.21) for the full year of 2015 and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.32 (US$0.20) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and RMB7.64 (US$1.18) for the full year of 2015.
  • For full year of 2015, the Company repurchased 0.77 million ADS for $17.5 million; the Company also declared cash dividend of $0.68 per ADS in 2015 which was paid in early 2016.
  • The Company provided guidance for Q1 2016 net revenues growth of 14% to 15% and full year 2016 net revenues growth of 12% to 15%.

SHANGHAI, China, March 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) ("China Lodging Group", "Huazhu" or the "Company"), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Operational Highlights of Fourth Quarter 2015

  • During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company opened 4 leased ("leased-and-operated") hotels and 192 manachised ("franchised-and-managed") and franchised hotels, and closed 7 leased hotels and 14 manachised and franchised hotels.
  • The ADR, which is defined as the average daily rate for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), was RMB177 in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with RMB176 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB188 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase of 0.4% was mainly attributable to more favorable brand mix with an increased number of midscale hotels, which was partially offset by the city mix shifting toward lower-tier cities. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.
  • The occupancy rate for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels) was 84.3% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 86.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 89.2% in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly due to soft macro economy and a dilutive impact from newly-opened hotels in lower-tier cities. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.
  • RevPAR, defined as revenue per available room for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), was RMB149 in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with RMB153 in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB167 in the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was a result of lower occupancy rate. The sequential decrease resulted mainly from seasonality.
  • For all hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB154 for the fourth quarter of 2015, a 2.9% decrease from RMB158 for the fourth quarter of 2014, with a flattish ADR and a 2.6-percentage-point decrease in occupancy rate. The midscale and upscale hotels registered a 7.8% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, with a 4.7% increase in ADR and 2.4-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate.

Operational Highlights of Full Year 2015
  • For the full year of 2015, the Company opened 22 leased hotels and 813 manachised and franchised hotels, and closed 17 leased hotels and 50 manachised and franchised hotels. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 616 leased hotels, 2,067 manachised hotels, and 80 franchised hotels in operation in 352 cities. The number of hotel rooms in operation totaled 278,843, an increase of 33% from a year ago.
  • As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 21 leased hotels and 656 manachised and franchised hotels contracted or under construction.
  • For the full year of 2015, the ADR for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels) was RMB179, compared to RMB179 in 2014.
  • For the full year of 2015, the occupancy rate for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels) was 85.3%, compared with 89.0% in 2014. The decline in occupancy rate was mainly due to soft macro economy and a dilutive impact from newly-opened hotels in lower-tier cities.
  • For the full year of 2015, the RevPAR for all hotels in operation (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), was RMB153, a 4.1% decrease from RMB159 in 2014. The decrease was a result of lower occupancy rate.
  • For all the hotels which had been in operation for at least 18 months (excluding certain franchised Starway hotels), the same-hotel RevPAR was RMB159 in 2015, a 3.6% decrease from RMB165 in 2014, with a 0.3% increase in ADR and a 3.5-percentage-point drop in occupancy rate. In 2015, the midscale and upscale hotels registered a 6.5% same-hotel RevPAR improvement, with a 5.5% increase in ADR and 0.8-percentage-point increase in occupancy rate.
  • As of December 31, 2015, the Company's loyalty program had more than 49 million members, who contributed more than 80% of room nights sold during the full year of 2015. In 2015, more than 90% of room nights were sold through the Company's own channels.

Mr. Qi Ji, founder and executive Chairman of China Lodging Group, said, "Our business continues to perform well in 2015, with strong unit growth and improved margin. Our brands have a growing popularity among customers and franchisees. In 2015, we added a total of 68,888 rooms bringing our network to more than 278,000 rooms, about 73% under manachise and franchise models. In spite of the soft Chinese macro economy, our comparable mature hotels (in operation at least 18 months) achieved occupancy rate of 88%. In particular, our midscale and upscale hotels registered a 6.5% same-hotel RevPAR improvement.

"Our healthy balance sheet has allowed us to make investments in our business, while at the same time returning capital to shareholders. Our increasing unit growth and solid operational performance should continue to fuel improving margin, growing cash flow and steady returns to shareholders in the long term." Mr. Ji added.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2015 Financial Results
(RMB in thousands) Q4 2014   Q3 2015   Q4 2015   2014 FY   2015 FY
Revenues:                  
Leased hotels   1,160,852       1,374,492       1,287,714       4,522,431       4,986,872  
Manachised and franchised hotels   212,059       318,864       305,573       742,797       1,123,979  
Total revenues   1,372,911       1,693,356       1,593,287       5,265,228       6,110,851  
Less: business tax and related surcharges   (76,674 )     (93,176 )     (86,972 )     (300,500 )     (336,227 )
Net revenues   1,296,237       1,600,180       1,506,315       4,964,728       5,774,624  
                                       

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,593.3 million (US$246.0 million), representing a 16.1% year-over-year increase and a 5.9% sequential decrease. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to our hotel network expansion. The sequential decrease was due to seasonality.

Total revenues for the full year of 2015 were RMB6,110.9 million (US$943.4 million), representing an increase of 16.1% from the full year of 2014.

Total revenues from leased hotels for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,287.7 million (US$198.8 million), representing a 10.9% year-over-year increase and a 6.3% sequential decrease.

For the full year of 2015, total revenues from leased hotels were RMB4,986.9 million (US$769.8 million), representing a 10.3% year-over-year increase.

Total revenues from manachised and franchised hotels for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB305.6 million (US$47.2 million), representing a 44.1% year-over-year increase and a 4.2% sequential decrease.

For the full year of 2015, total revenues from manachised and franchised hotels were RMB 1,124.0 million (US$173.5 million), representing a 51.3% year-over-year increase. It accounts for 18.4% of total revenues, compared to 14.1% of total revenues for the year of 2014.

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,506.3 million (US$232.5 million), representing a 16.2% year-over-year increase and a 5.9% sequential decrease.

Net revenues for the full year of 2015 were RMB5,774.6 million (US$891.4 million), representing a 16.3% year-over-year increase.
                   
(RMB in thousands) Q4 2014   Q3 2015   Q4 2015   2014 FY   2015 FY
Operating costs and expenses:                  
Hotel operating costs 1,048,926   1,166,759   1,198,604   3,878,027   4,512,147
Selling and marketing expenses 65,179   42,383   46,791   187,435   179,568
General and administrative expenses 102,985   101,426   128,233   342,128   403,008
Pre-opening expenses 43,246   27,649   16,216   186,325   110,011
Total operating costs and expenses 1,260,336   1,338,217   1,389,844   4,593,915   5,204,734
                   

Hotel operating costs for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,198.6 million (US$185.0 million), compared to RMB1,048.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB1,166.8 million in the previous quarter, representing a 14.3% year-over-year increase and a 2.7% sequential increase. Total hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB1,196.3 million (US$184.7 million), representing 79.4% of net revenues, compared to 80.7% for the fourth quarter in 2014 and 72.7% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease in the percentage was mainly attributable to the increased proportion of revenues from manachised and franchised hotels. The sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to the increased impairment loss from a few under-performing leased hotels.

For the full year of 2015, hotel operating costs were RMB4,512.1 million (US$696.6 million), compared to RMB3,878.0 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation, hotel operating costs (non-GAAP) were RMB4,503.3 million (US$695.2 million), representing 77.9% of net revenues, compared to 78.0% in 2014.

Selling and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB46.8 million (US$7.2 million), compared to RMB65.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB42.4 million in the previous quarter. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB46.7 million (US$7.2 million), or 3.1% of net revenues, compared to 5.0% for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 2.6% for the previous quarter. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to lower marketing spending. The sequential increase was mainly due to increased cost associated with membership points in the fourth quarter.

For the full year of 2015, selling and marketing expenses were RMB179.6 million (US$27.7 million), compared to RMB187.4 million in 2014. Selling and marketing expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB178.7 million (US$27.6 million), representing 3.1% of net revenues, compared to 3.8% in 2014. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to lower marketing spending.

General and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB128.2 million (US$19.8 million), compared to RMB103.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB101.4 million in the previous quarter. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB116.8 million (US$18.0 million), representing 7.7% of net revenues, compared with 7.9% of net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 5.7% in the previous quarter. The sequential increase in the percentage was mainly due to increased professional fees, personnel cost and decreased revenue base.

For the full year of 2015, general and administrative expenses were RMB403.0 million (US$62.2 million), compared to RMB342.1 million in 2014. General and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses (non-GAAP) were RMB360.2 million (US$55.6 million), representing 6.3% of net revenues, compared to 6.4% in 2014.

Pre-opening expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were RMB16.2 million (US$2.5 million), representing a 62.5% year-over-year decrease and a 41.4% sequential decrease. The decrease was mainly due to fewer leased hotels opened and in the pipeline in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Pre-opening expenses for the full year of 2015 were RMB110.0 million (US$17.0 million), compared to RMB186.3 million in 2014, representing a year-over-year decrease of 41.0%. The decrease in pre-opening expenses was mainly due to fewer leased hotel opened and in the pipeline in 2015. The pre-opening expenses as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 1.9% in 2015 from 3.8% in 2014.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB130.6 million (US$20.2 million), compared to RMB48.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB281.7 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB144.5 million (US$22.3 million), compared to adjusted income from operation (non-GAAP) of RMB51.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB294.6 million for the previous quarter. The adjusted operating margin, defined as adjusted operating income (non-GAAP) as percentage of net revenues, for the fourth quarter of 2015 was 9.7%, compared with 4.0% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 18.4% in the previous quarter. The improved year-over-year adjusted operating margin was mainly due to a higher proportion of manachised and franchised business and cost control efforts. The sequential decrease in the margin was due to seasonality.

Income from operations for the full year of 2015 was RMB601.2 million (US$92.8 million), compared to RMB389.4 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted income from operations (non-GAAP) for the year of 2015 was RMB653.7 million (US$100.9 million), compared to RMB421.3 million for the year of 2014. The growth in income from operations was mainly attributable to increased contribution from manachised and franchised hotels in 2015. The adjusted operating margin (non-GAAP) for the year of 2015 was 11.4%, compared with 8.5% for the year of 2014. The improvement of 2.9-percentage-points in the adjusted operating margin was mainly due to a higher proportion of manachised and franchised business and cost control efforts in 2015.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB70.8 million (US$10.9 million), compared to RMB46.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB223.6 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB84.7 million (US$13.1 million), representing a 72.7% year-over-year increase and a 64.2% sequential decrease.

Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited for the full year of 2015 was RMB436.6 million (US$67.4 million), compared to RMB307.3 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB489.1 million (US$75.5 million), compared to RMB339.3 million in 2014. The year-over-year increase of 44.2% was mainly attributable to the expanded hotel network, increased contribution from manachised and franchised business and lower pre-opening expenses, as a result of the Company's continued asset-light strategy.

Basic and diluted earnings per share/ADS.  For the fourth quarter of 2015, basic and diluted earnings per share were RMB0.28 (US$0.04); basic earnings per ADS were RMB1.13 (US$0.18) and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB1.10 (US$0.17). For the fourth quarter of 2015, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.34 (US$0.05) and adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB0.33 (US$0.05); adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.36 (US$0.21) and adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB1.32 (US$0.20).

For the full year of 2015, basic earnings per share were RMB1.74 (US$0.27) and diluted earnings per share were RMB1.70 (US$0.26); basic earnings per ADS were RMB6.97 (US$1.08), while diluted earnings per ADS were RMB6.82 (US$1.05). For the full year of 2015, excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted basic earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB1.95 (US$0.30), while adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) were RMB1.91 (US$0.29), and adjusted basic earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB7.81 (US$1.21), while adjusted diluted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP) were RMB7.64 (US$1.18).

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB306.5 million (US$47.3 million), compared with RMB204.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB451.9 million in the previous quarter. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB320.4 million (US$49.5 million), compared with RMB206.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB464.8 million for the previous quarter.

EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,271.7 million (US$196.3 million), compared to RMB969.5 million in 2014. Excluding share-based compensation expenses, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,324.2 million (US$204.4 million), compared with RMB1,001.5 million in 2014, representing a 32.2% year-over-year increase. The year-over-year increase was mainly due to the expansion of the Company's hotel network. The adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) for the year of 2015 was 22.9%, compared with 20.2% for the year of 2014. The improvement of 2.7-percentage-points in adjusted EBITDA margin was mainly due to a higher proportion of manachised and franchised business in 2015.

Hotel income (non-GAAP), which is the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs, was RMB307.7 million (US$47.5 million) for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with RMB247.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and RMB433.4 million in the previous quarter. The hotel income from the leased hotels was RMB87.3 million (US$13.5 million) during the fourth quarter of 2015. The hotel income from the manachised and franchised hotels was RMB220.4 million (US$34.0 million) during the fourth quarter of 2015, or accounting for approximately 71.6% of total hotel income.

Hotel income (non-GAAP) for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,262.5 million (US$194.9 million), compared with RMB1,086.7 million for 2014. The hotel income from the leased hotels was RMB456.0 million (US$70.4 million) for the full year of 2015. The hotel income from the manachised and franchised hotels was RMB806.5 million (US$124.5 million) during the full year of 2015, or accounting for approximately 63.9% of total hotel income.

Cash flow. Operating cash inflow for the fourth quarter of 2015 was RMB578.3 million (US$89.3 million). Investing cash inflow for the fourth quarter was RMB114.3 million (US$17.7 million).

Operating cash inflow for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,749.7 million (US$270.1 million), representing an increase of 20.3% from 2014. The significant growth was mainly due to the Company's fast network expansion with manachise and franchise models. Investing cash outflow for the full year of 2015 was RMB1,550.4 million (US$239.3 million), representing an increase of 45.8% from 2014. The increase was mainly attributable to the purchase of Home Inns ADS from the open market in the second and third quarter of 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had a total balance of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash of RMB1,598.3 million (US$246.7 million).

Debt financing. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had a short-term loan balance of RMB324.7 million and the total credit facility available to the Company was RMB499.3 million.

Accor-Huazhu Alliance Transaction

In January 2016, China Lodging Group completed the transaction of strategic alliance with AccorHotels. The Company has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region. China Lodging Group takes a non-controlling stake of 29.3% and two board seats in a joint venture for AccorHotels Luxury and Upscale hotel operating platform in Greater China. AccorHotels has a 10.8% stake in of China Lodging Group, including newly issued 24,895,543 ordinary shares at a price of $6.6375 per ordinary share (or 9.0% of China Lodging Group's outstanding shares after issuance; 4 ordinary shares=1 American depositary shares) and the Company's American depositary shares purchased by AccorHotels from the open market. Sebastien Bazin, Chaiman and CEO of AccorHotels, has been appointed to China Lodging Group's Board of Directors.

Business Outlook and Guidance for 2016

"We remain positive about the long-term prospects about China travel industry. In 2016, we continue our consistent execution of asset-light and multiple-brand strategy. We plan to open 750 to 800 hotels, with 80% for economy hotels and 20% for midscale and upscale hotels. The manachised and franchised hotels continue to be the vast majority of our new openings in 2016, which is similar to 2015." commented Mr. Ji.

In the first quarter of 2016, the Company expects net revenues to grow 14% to 15% year-over-year. For the full year 2016, the Company expects net revenues to grow 12% to 15% from 2015.

The above forecast reflects the Company's current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

Conference Call

China Lodging Group's management will host a conference call at 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 10, 2016 (or 9 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the Shanghai/Hong Kong time zone) following the announcement. To participate in the event by telephone, please dial +1 (855) 500 8701 (for callers in the US), +86 400 120 0654 (for callers in China Mainland), +852 3018 6776 (for callers in Hong Kong) or +65 6713 5440 (for callers outside of the US, China Mainland, and Hong Kong) and entering pass code 5380 2516.  Please dial in approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the call.

A recording of the conference call will be available after the conclusion of the conference call through March 18, 2016. Please dial +1 (855) 452 5696 (for callers in the US) or +61 2 9003 4211 (for callers outside the US) and entering pass code 5380 2516.

The conference call will also be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties at the Company's Web site, http://ir.huazhu.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's unaudited consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company uses the following non-GAAP measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: hotel operating costs excluding share-based compensation expenses; general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; selling expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted income from operations excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted operating margin excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share and per ADS excluding share-based compensation expenses; EBITDA; adjusted EBITDA excluding share-based compensation expenses; adjusted EBITDA margin excluding share-based compensation expenses; and hotel income. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP results" set forth at the end of this release. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding Company performance by excluding share-based compensation expenses that may not be indicative of Company operating performance. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Company performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are also useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used regularly by Company management in financial and operational decision-making. A limitation of using non-GAAP financial measures excluding share-based compensation expenses is that share-based compensation expenses have been - and will continue to be - a significant recurring expense in the Company's business. Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying tables have more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company believes that EBITDA is a useful financial metric to assess the operating and financial performance before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, given the significant investments that the Company has made in leasehold improvements, depreciation and amortization expense that comprise a significant portion of the Company's cost structure. In addition, the Company believes that EBITDA is widely used by other companies in the lodging industry and may be used by investors as a measure of financial performance. The Company believes that EBITDA will provide investors with a useful tool for comparability between periods because it eliminates depreciation and amortization expense attributable to capital expenditures. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as EBITDA before share-based compensation expenses, to assess operating results of the hotels in operation. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expenses helps facilitate year-on-year comparison of the results of operations as the share-based compensation expenses may not be indicative of Company operating performance. Therefore, the Company believes adjusted EBITDA more closely reflects the performance capability of hotels currently in operation. The presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an indication that the Company's future results will be unaffected by other charges and gains considered to be outside the ordinary course of business.

The use of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations. Depreciation and amortization expense for various long-term assets, income tax, interest expense and interest income have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA. Share-based compensation expenses have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of the results. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, share-based compensation expenses and other relevant items both in the reconciliations to the U.S. GAAP financial measures and in the consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating the performance of the Company.

The terms EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not defined under U.S. GAAP, and neither EBITDA nor adjusted EBITDA is a measure of net income, operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. When assessing the operating and financial performance, investors should not consider these data in isolation or as a substitute for the Company's net income, operating income or any other operating performance measure that is calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, the Company's EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA - or similarly titled measures utilized by other companies - since such other companies may not calculate EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA in the same manner as the Company does.

To monitor performance of hotels at different maturity level and of different form, the Company also tracks hotel income, which is the difference between net revenues and hotel operating costs.

Reconciliations of the Company's non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and hotel income, to the consolidated statement of operations information are included at the end of this press release.

About China Lodging Group, Limited

China Lodging Group, Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China under 12 brand names. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had 2,763 hotels or 278,843 rooms in operation in 352 cities. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, China Lodging Group's brands include Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Joya Hotel, and Manxin Hotels & Resorts. The Company also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region.

The Company's business includes leased, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers it appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, the Company provides training, reservation and support services to the franchised hotels and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. The Company applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of December 31, 2015, China Lodging Group operates 27 percent of its hotel rooms under lease model, 73 percent under manachise and franchise models.

For more information, please visit the Company's website: http://ir.huazhu.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the Company's capital needs, business strategy and expectations. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, which may be identified by terminology such as "may," "should," "will," "expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "forecast," "project," or "continue," the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Readers should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events or results. Any or all of the Company's forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, risks and uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating these statements, readers should consider various factors, including the anticipated growth strategies of the Company, the future results of operations and financial condition of the Company, the economic conditions of China, the regulatory environment in China, the Company's ability to attract customers and leverage its brand, trends and competition in the lodging industry, the expected growth of the lodging market in China and other factors and risks outlined in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F and other filings. These factors may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. In addition, new factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the Company to predict all factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. This release also contains statements or projections that are based upon information available to the public, as well as other information from sources which the Company believes to be reliable, but it is not guaranteed by the Company to be accurate, nor does the Company purport it to be complete. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document, except as required by applicable law.

1 The conversion of Renminbi ("RMB") into United States dollars ("US$") is based on the exchange rate of US$1.00=RMB6.4778 on December 31, 2015 as set forth in H.10 statistical release of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and available at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h10/hist/dat00_ch.htm.

2 Each ADS represents four of the Company's ordinary shares.

—Financial Tables and Operational Data Follow—
 
China Lodging Group, Limited  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  December 31, 2014   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2015
  RMB   RMB   RMB   US$
  (in thousands)
ASSETS              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   808,865       799,228       1,237,838       191,089  
Restricted cash   -       580,000       360,500       55,652  
Short-term investments   26,615       471,863       533,215       82,314  
Accounts receivable, net   89,243       89,516       93,956       14,504  
Amounts due from related parties   16,293       16,023       16,157       2,494  
Prepaid rent   385,158       450,779       429,588       66,317  
Inventories   29,882       25,818       24,529       3,787  
Other current assets   160,582       143,869       167,995       25,934  
Deferred tax assets   80,026       80,026       98,200       15,160  
Total current assets   1,596,664       2,657,122       2,961,978       457,251  
               
Property and equipment, net   3,907,343       3,795,565       3,805,886       587,527  
Intangible assets, net   104,537       110,162       144,812       22,355  
Long-term investments   229,005       301,376       356,578       55,046  
Goodwill   64,654       64,654       108,344       16,726  
Other assets   197,233       201,991       195,446       30,172  
Deferred tax assets   83,470       83,470       120,477       18,598  
Total assets   6,182,906       7,214,340       7,693,521       1,187,675  
               
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY              
Current liabilities:              
Short-term debt   -       594,812       324,680       50,122  
Accounts payable   640,691       535,183       585,347       90,362  
Amounts due to related parties   6,403       8,362       7,653       1,181  
Salary and welfare payable   186,051       130,593       210,955       32,566  
Deferred revenue   514,268       629,748       705,607       108,927  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   313,017       375,795       576,160       88,944  
Dividends payable   -       -       276,261       42,647  
Income tax payable   59,630       44,795       102,810       15,871  
Deferred tax liabilities   701       701       1,465       226  
Total current liabilities   1,720,761       2,319,989       2,790,938       430,846  
               
Deferred rent   830,414       922,542       945,192       145,912  
Deferred revenue   155,395       176,485       180,861       27,920  
Amounts due to related parties   4,083       2,042       -       -  
Other long-term liabilities   215,762       262,057       275,954       42,600  
Deferred tax liabilities   37,778       37,778       59,828       9,237  
Total liabilities   2,964,193       3,720,893       4,252,773       656,515  
               
Equity:              
Ordinary shares   184       185       186       29  
Treasury share   -       (107,332 )     (107,331 )     (16,569 )
Additional paid-in capital   2,381,568       2,435,661       2,470,099       381,318  
Retained earnings   847,220       1,213,062       1,007,559       155,540  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (12,008 )     (50,346 )     59,596       9,200  
Total China Lodging Group, Limited shareholders' equity   3,216,964       3,491,230       3,430,109       529,518  
Noncontrolling interest   1,749       2,217       10,639       1,642  
Total equity   3,218,713       3,493,447       3,440,748       531,160  
Total liabilities and equity   6,182,906       7,214,340       7,693,521       1,187,675  
               

 
 
China Lodging Group, Limited  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 31, 2014   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015
  RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
  (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)
Revenues:                          
Leased hotels   1,160,852       1,374,492       1,287,714       198,789       4,522,431       4,986,872       769,840  
Manachised and franchised hotels   212,059       318,864       305,573       47,172       742,797       1,123,979       173,512  
Total revenues   1,372,911       1,693,356       1,593,287       245,961       5,265,228       6,110,851       943,352  
Less: business tax and related surcharges   (76,674 )     (93,176 )     (86,972 )     (13,426 )     (300,500 )     (336,227 )     (51,904 )
Net revenues   1,296,237       1,600,180       1,506,315       232,535       4,964,728       5,774,624       891,448  
                           
Operating costs and expenses:                          
Hotel operating costs:                          
Rents   (414,525 )     (459,805 )     (470,567 )     (72,643 )     (1,543,651 )     (1,804,532 )     (278,572 )
Utilities   (83,723 )     (82,475 )     (85,288 )     (13,166 )     (323,837 )     (341,620 )     (52,737 )
Personnel costs   (210,210 )     (247,161 )     (232,662 )     (35,917 )     (788,973 )     (919,555 )     (141,955 )
Depreciation and amortization   (152,386 )     (161,178 )     (164,890 )     (25,455 )     (558,833 )     (645,058 )     (99,580 )
Consumables, food and beverage   (121,754 )     (125,703 )     (130,017 )     (20,071 )     (454,795 )     (485,099 )     (74,886 )
Others   (66,328 )     (90,437 )     (115,180 )     (17,781 )     (207,938 )     (316,283 )     (48,826 )
Total hotel operating costs   (1,048,926 )     (1,166,759 )     (1,198,604 )     (185,033 )     (3,878,027 )     (4,512,147 )     (696,556 )
Selling and marketing expenses   (65,179 )     (42,383 )     (46,791 )     (7,223 )     (187,435 )     (179,568 )     (27,720 )
General and administrative expenses   (102,985 )     (101,426 )     (128,233 )     (19,796 )     (342,128 )     (403,008 )     (62,214 )
Pre-opening expenses   (43,246 )     (27,649 )     (16,216 )     (2,503 )     (186,325 )     (110,011 )     (16,983 )
Total operating costs and expenses   (1,260,336 )     (1,338,217 )     (1,389,844 )     (214,555 )     (4,593,915 )     (5,204,734 )     (803,473 )
Other operating income   12,947       19,718       14,111       2,178       18,551       31,264       4,827  
Income from operations   48,848       281,681       130,582       20,158       389,364       601,154       92,802  
Interest income   7,872       6,277       9,007       1,390       23,162       26,712       4,124  
Interest expense   (173 )     (1,908 )     (1,606 )     (248 )     (1,533 )     (3,854 )     (595 )
Other income (expense)   (417 )     (766 )     2,064       319       4,749       4,083       630  
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   (17 )     6,793       4,533       700       (246 )     7,814       1,206  
Income before income taxes   56,113       292,077       144,580       22,319       415,496       635,909       98,167  
Income tax expense   (8,755 )     (67,290 )     (73,742 )     (11,384 )     (113,105 )     (196,529 )     (30,339 )
Net income   47,358       224,787       70,838       10,935       302,391       439,380       67,828  
Less: net  loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (517 )     (1,138 )     (78 )     (12 )     4,957       (2,780 )     (429 )
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited   46,841       223,649       70,760       10,923       307,348       436,600       67,399  
Other comprehensive income                          
Unrealized securities holding gains (losses), net of tax   (30,847 )     (68,357 )     106,600       16,456       28,458       68,069       10,508  
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax   (1,126 )     1,789       3,342       516       (1,082 )     3,535       546  
Comprehensive income   15,385       158,219       180,780       27,907       329,767       510,984       78,882  
Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest   (517 )     (1,138 )     (78 )     (12 )     4,957       (2,780 )     (429 )
Comprehensive income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited   14,868       157,081       180,702       27,895       334,724       508,204       78,453  
                           
Earnings per share:                          
Basic   0.19       0.89       0.28       0.04       1.23       1.74       0.27  
Diluted   0.18       0.87       0.28       0.04       1.21       1.70       0.26  
                           
Earnings per ADS:                          
Basic   0.75       3.58       1.13       0.18       4.94       6.97       1.08  
Diluted   0.74       3.49       1.10       0.17       4.86       6.82       1.05  
                           
Weighted average number of shares used in computation:                          
Basic   249,642       249,956       249,674       249,674       248,958       250,533       250,533  
Diluted   253,906       256,083       256,546       256,546       253,004       256,104       256,104  
                           

 
China Lodging Group, Limited  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 31, 2014   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015
  RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
  (in thousands)
Operating activities:                          
Net income   47,358       224,787       70,838       10,935       302,391       439,380       67,828  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                          
Share-based compensation   2,199       12,938       13,909       2,147       31,937       52,535       8,110  
Depreciation and amortization   156,096       165,302       169,355       26,144       570,722       661,404       102,103  
Deferred taxes   (42,391 )     -       (42,673 )     (6,588 )     (42,391 )     (50,149 )     (7,742 )
Bad debt expenses   3,022       348       1,909       295       4,770       1,997       308  
Deferred rent   58,172       37,482       32,440       5,008       182,580       130,301       20,115  
Loss (gain) from disposal of property and equipment   (522 )     -       (5,519 )     (852 )     803       (5,519 )     (852 )
Impairment loss   13,868       34,735       50,368       7,776       27,391       95,608       14,759  
Investment loss (income)   898       477       (1,975 )     (305 )     (4,902 )     129       20  
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation   (2,867 )     (1,790 )     (7,833 )     (1,209 )     (11,697 )     (12,838 )     (1,982 )
                           
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:                          
Accounts receivable   9,119       4,159       (5,419 )     (836 )     (18,773 )     (5,749 )     (888 )
Prepaid rent   (13,353 )     (30,510 )     21,191       3,271       (21,577 )     (44,430 )     (6,859 )
Inventories   2,876       1,553       1,888       291       4,130       5,952       919  
Amounts due from related parties   -       -       -       -       256       -       -  
Other current assets   11,669       (481 )     (27,515 )     (4,248 )     (42,369 )     (15,518 )     (2,395 )
Other assets   (6,861 )     (4 )     6,544       1,010       (13,220 )     1,787       276  
Accounts payable   4,045       (7,763 )     8,187       1,264       18,016       14,194       2,191  
Amounts due to related parties   (554 )     (1,574 )     1,332       206       810       1,250       193  
Salary and welfare payables   83,441       (29,622 )     79,990       12,348       38,813       24,532       3,787  
Deferred revenue   63,235       54,260       80,235       12,386       253,562       216,805       33,469  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   24,380       26,481       58,797       9,077       58,995       121,502       18,757  
Income tax payable and receivable   17,693       11,075       58,255       8,993       45,274       56,019       8,647  
Other long-term liabilities   25,949       10,642       13,968       2,156       68,494       60,481       9,337  
Net cash provided by operating activities   457,472       512,495       578,272       89,269       1,454,015       1,749,673       270,101  
                           
Investing activities:                          
Purchases of property and equipment   (219,024 )     (128,910 )     (119,380 )     (18,429 )     (930,922 )     (640,222 )     (98,833 )
Purchases of intangibles   (5,629 )     (444 )     (1,182 )     (182 )     (10,423 )     (8,818 )     (1,361 )
Amount received as a result of government zoning   -       -       5,721       883       10,557       6,721       1,038  
Acquisitions, net of cash received   (2,160 )     (460 )     (3,633 )     (561 )     (16,050 )     (19,153 )     (2,957 )
Proceeds from disposal of subsidiary and branch   1,000       2,500       2,500       386       18,484       5,000       772  
Purchase of long-term investments   (14,789 )     (72,437 )     (36,168 )     (5,583 )     (191,064 )     (137,707 )     (21,258 )
Proceeds from sale of long-term investments   4,345       4,007       19,007       2,934       88,266       29,139       4,498  
Payment for shareholder loan to joint venture   (734 )     -       (134 )     (21 )     (15,640 )     (1,386 )     (214 )
Collection of shareholder loan from joint venture   -       773       -       -       -       1,522       235  
Purchase of short-term investments   (19,710 )     (207,916 )     -       -       (75,210 )     (455,811 )     (70,365 )
Proceeds from sales of short-term investments   55,499       885       28,109       4,339       55,499       30,858       4,764  
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash   -       (580,000 )     219,500       33,885       3,317       (360,500 )     (55,652 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (201,202 )     (982,002 )     114,340       17,651       (1,063,186 )     (1,550,357 )     (239,333 )
                           
Financing activities:                          
Net proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of option   12,624       1,917       10,970       1,694       20,985       22,619       3,492  
Payment of share repurchase   -       (107,331 )     -       -       -       (107,331 )     (16,569 )
Proceeds from short-term debt   -       489,376       -       -       300,000       589,376       90,984  
Repayment of short-term debt   (300,000 )     (13,581 )     (269,424 )     (41,592 )     (300,000 )     (283,516 )     (43,767 )
Funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders   -       -       5,432       839       -       5,432       839  
Repayment of funds advanced from noncontrolling interest holders   (340 )     (100 )     (120 )     (19 )     (1,559 )     (900 )     (139 )
Acquisition of noncontrolling interest   (2,042 )     (2,042 )     (2,042 )     (315 )     (4,083 )     (4,083 )     (630 )
Contribution from noncontrolling interest holders   (7,000 )     -       200       31       -       2,450       378  
Dividend paid to noncontrolling interest holders   (1,333 )     (475 )     (120 )     (19 )     (5,357 )     (4,604 )     (711 )
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation   2,867       1,790       7,833       1,209       11,697       12,838       1,982  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (295,224 )     369,554       (247,271 )     (38,172 )     21,683       232,281       35,859  
                           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (1,703 )     5,705       (6,731 )     (1,039 )     (1,082 )     (2,624 )     (405 )
                           
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (40,657 )     (94,248 )     438,610       67,709       411,430       428,973       66,222  
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period   849,522       893,476       799,228       123,380       397,435       808,865       124,867  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period   808,865       799,228       1,237,838       191,089       808,865       1,237,838       191,089  
                           

 
 
China Lodging Group, Limited  
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results
  Quarter Ended December 31, 2015
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  RMB       RMB       RMB    
  (in thousands)
                       
Hotel operating costs 1,198,604     79.6 %     2,352       0.2 %   1,196,252     79.4 %
Selling and marketing expenses 46,791     3.1 %     100       0.0 %   46,691     3.1 %
General and administrative expenses 128,233     8.5 %     11,457       0.8 %   116,776     7.7 %
Pre-opening expenses 16,216     1.1 %     -       0.0 %   16,216     1.1 %
Total operating costs and expenses 1,389,844     92.3 %     13,909       1.0 %   1,375,935     91.3 %
Income from operations 130,582     8.7 %     13,909       1.0 %   144,491     9.7 %
                       
  Quarter Ended December 31, 2015
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  US$         US$       US$    
  (in thousands)
                       
Hotel operating costs 185,033     79.6 %     363       0.2 %   184,670     79.4 %
Selling and marketing expenses 7,223     3.1 %     15       0.0 %   7,208     3.1 %
General and administrative expenses 19,796     8.5 %     1,769       0.8 %   18,027     7.7 %
Pre-opening expenses 2,503     1.1 %     -       0.0 %   2,503     1.1 %
Total operating costs and expenses 214,555     92.3 %     2,147       1.0 %   212,408     91.3 %
Income from operations 20,158     8.7 %     2,147       1.0 %   22,305     9.7 %
                       
  Quarter Ended September 30, 2015
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  RMB       RMB       RMB    
  (in thousands)
                       
Hotel operating costs 1,166,759     72.9 %     2,910       0.2 %   1,163,849     72.7 %
Selling and marketing expenses 42,383     2.6 %     246       0.0 %   42,137     2.6 %
General and administrative expenses 101,426     6.3 %     9,782       0.6 %   91,644     5.7 %
Pre-opening expenses 27,649     1.7 %     -       0.0 %   27,649     1.7 %
Total operating costs and expenses 1,338,217     83.5 %     12,938       0.8 %   1,325,279     82.7 %
Income from operations 281,681     17.6 %     12,938       0.8 %   294,619     18.4 %
                       
  Quarter Ended December 31, 2014
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  RMB       RMB       RMB    
  (in thousands)
                       
Hotel operating costs 1,048,926     80.9 %     2,075       0.2 %   1,046,851     80.7 %
Selling and marketing expenses 65,179     5.0 %     289       0.0 %   64,890     5.0 %
General and administrative expenses 102,985     7.9 %     (165 )     0.0 %   103,150     7.9 %
Pre-opening expenses 43,246     3.3 %     -       0.0 %   43,246     3.3 %
Total operating costs and expenses 1,260,336     97.1 %     2,199       0.2 %   1,258,137     96.9 %
Income from operations 48,848     3.8 %     2,199       0.2 %   51,047     4.0 %
                       
  Year Ended December 31, 2015
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  RMB       RMB       RMB    
  (in thousands)
                       
Hotel operating costs 4,512,147     78.1 %     8,835       0.2 %   4,503,312     77.9 %
Selling and marketing expenses 179,568     3.1 %     907       0.0 %   178,661     3.1 %
General and administrative expenses 403,008     7.0 %     42,793       0.7 %   360,215     6.3 %
Pre-opening expenses 110,011     1.9 %     -       0.0 %   110,011     1.9 %
Total operating costs and expenses 5,204,734     90.1 %     52,535       0.9 %   5,152,199     89.2 %
Income from operations 601,154     10.5 %     52,535       0.9 %   653,689     11.4 %
                       
  Year Ended December 31, 2015
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  US$         US$         US$      
  (in thousands)
Hotel operating costs 696,556     78.1 %     1,364       0.2 %   695,192     77.9 %
Selling and marketing expenses 27,720     3.1 %     140       0.0 %   27,580     3.1 %
General and administrative expenses 62,214     7.0 %     6,606       0.7 %   55,608     6.3 %
Pre-opening expenses 16,983     1.9 %     -       0.0 %   16,983     1.9 %
Total operating costs and expenses 803,473     90.1 %     8,110       0.9 %   795,363     89.2 %
Income from operations 92,802     10.5 %     8,110       0.9 %   100,912     11.4 %
                       
  Year Ended December 31, 2014
  GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues   Share-based Compensation   % of Net Revenues   Non-GAAP Result   % of Net Revenues
  RMB       RMB       RMB    
  (in thousands)
Hotel operating costs 3,878,027     78.1 %     6,830       0.1 %   3,871,197     78.0 %
Selling and marketing expenses 187,435     3.8 %     939       0.0 %   186,496     3.8 %
General and administrative expenses 342,128     6.9 %     24,168       0.5 %   317,960     6.4 %
Pre-opening expenses 186,325     3.8 %     -       0.0 %   186,325     3.8 %
Total operating costs and expenses 4,593,915     92.6 %     31,937       0.6 %   4,561,978     92.0 %
Income from operations 389,364     7.9 %     31,937       0.6 %   421,301     8.5 %
                       

 
 
China Lodging Group, Limited  
  Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results  
  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 31, 2014   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015
  RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
  (in thousands, except per share and per ADS data)            
                           
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP)   46,841       223,649       70,760       10,923       307,348       436,600       67,399  
Share-based compensation expenses   2,199       12,938       13,909       2,147       31,937       52,535       8,110  
Adjusted net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (non-GAAP)   49,040       236,587       84,669       13,070       339,285       489,135       75,509  
                           
Earnings per share (GAAP)                          
Basic   0.19       0.89       0.28       0.04       1.23       1.74       0.27  
Diluted   0.18       0.87       0.28       0.04       1.21       1.70       0.26  
                           
Earnings per ADS (GAAP)                          
Basic   0.75       3.58       1.13       0.18       4.94       6.97       1.08  
Diluted   0.74       3.49       1.10       0.17       4.86       6.82       1.05  
                           
Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP)                          
Basic   0.20       0.95       0.34       0.05       1.36       1.95       0.30  
Diluted   0.19       0.92       0.33       0.05       1.34       1.91       0.29  
                           
Adjusted earnings per ADS (non-GAAP)                          
Basic   0.79       3.79       1.36       0.21       5.45       7.81       1.21  
Diluted   0.77       3.70       1.32       0.20       5.36       7.64       1.18  
                           
Weighted average number of shares used in computation                          
Basic   249,642       249,956       249,674       249,674       248,958       250,533       250,533  
Diluted   253,906       256,083       256,546       256,546       253,004       256,104       256,104  
                           
  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 31, 2014   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015
  RMB   RMB   RMB   US$   RMB   RMB   US$
  (in thousands)            
                           
Net income attributable to China Lodging Group, Limited (GAAP)   46,841       223,649       70,760       10,923       307,348       436,600       67,399  
Interest income   (7,872 )     (6,277 )     (9,007 )     (1,390 )     (23,162 )     (26,712 )     (4,124 )
Interest expenses   173       1,908       1,606       248       1,533       3,854       595  
Income tax expense   8,755       67,290       73,742       11,384       113,105       196,529       30,339  
Depreciation and amortization   156,096       165,302       169,355       26,144       570,722       661,404       102,103  
EBITDA (non-GAAP)   203,993       451,872       306,456       47,309       969,546       1,271,675       196,312  
Share-based Compensation   2,199       12,938       13,909       2,147       31,937       52,535       8,110  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)   206,192       464,810       320,365       49,456       1,001,483       1,324,210       204,422  
                           
  Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  December 31, 2014   September 30, 2015   December 31, 2015   December 31, 2014   December 31, 2015
  RMB   RMB   RMB   US$       RMB   US$
  (in thousands)            
                           
Net revenues (GAAP)   1,296,237       1,600,180       1,506,315       232,535       4,964,728       5,774,624       891,448  
Less:  Hotel operating costs   (1,048,926 )     (1,166,759 )     (1,198,604 )     (185,033 )     (3,878,027 )     (4,512,147 )     (696,556 )
Hotel income (non-GAAP)   247,311       433,421       307,711       47,502       1,086,701       1,262,477       194,892  
                           

 
 
China Lodging Group, Limited
Operational Data        
  As of  
    December 31,     September 30,     December 31,  
    2014     2015     2015  
Total hotels in operation:   1,995     2,588     2,763  
Leased hotels   611     619     616  
Manachised hotels   1,376     1,899     2,067  
Franchised hotels   8     70     80  
Total hotel rooms in operation   209,955     264,076     278,843  
Leased hotels   72,335     75,384     75,436  
Manachised hotels   136,689     182,663     196,737  
Franchised hotels   931     6,029     6,670  
Number of cities   300     342     352  
       
       
       
  For the quarter ended
  December 31,   September 30, December 31,  
    2014     2015     2015  
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)      
Leased hotels   87.2 %   90.5 %   85.8 %
Manachised hotels   86.2 %   89.0 %   84.2 %
Franchised hotels   N/A     73.3 %   67.4 %
Blended   86.5 %   89.2 %   84.3 %
Average daily room rate (in RMB)      
Leased hotels   190     207     201  
Manachised hotels   169     179     167  
Franchised hotels   N/A     187     172  
Blended   176     188     177  
RevPAR (in RMB)      
Leased hotels   166     188     172  
Manachised hotels   145     159     141  
Franchised hotels   N/A     137     116  
Blended   153     167     149  
       
  For the full year ended  
  December 31,   December 31,    
    2014     2015    
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)      
Leased hotels   88.9 %   86.6 %  
Manachised hotels   89.0 %   85.0 %  
Franchised hotels   N/A     70.1 %  
Blended   89.0 %   85.3 %  
Average daily room rate (in RMB)      
Leased hotels   190     198    
Manachised hotels   172     170    
Franchised hotels   N/A     177    
Blended   179     179    
RevPAR (in RMB)      
Leased hotels   169     172    
Manachised hotels   153     145    
Franchised hotels   N/A     124    
Blended   159     153    
               

Same-hotel Operational Data: like-for-like performance for leased and manachised hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter and full year
     
  As of and for the quarter ended
  December 31,  
    2014     2015  
Total   1,612     1,612  
Leased hotels   568     568  
Manachised hotels   1,044     1,044  
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)   89.0 %   86.4 %
Average daily room rate (in RMB)   178     178  
RevPAR (in RMB)   158     154  
     
  As of and for full year ended
  December 31,  
    2014     2015  
Total   1,612     1,612  
Leased hotels   568     568  
Manachised hotels   1,044     1,044  
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)   91.4 %   87.9 %
Average daily room rate (in RMB)   181     181  
RevPAR (in RMB)   165     159  
             

               
Hotel breakdown by segment
               
                 
    Number of Hotels in Operation   Number of Hotel Rooms in Operation   Number of Hotels     Number of Rooms  
    As of December 31, 2015   As of December 31, 2015   Net Added in 2015   Net Added in 2015
Economy hotels     2,453     238,156       634         52,197  
Hanting Hotel   2,003   205,577     355       33,236  
Leased hotels   495   57,277     (7 )     (29 )
Manachised hotels   1,508   148,300     362       33,265  
Hi Inn   302   21,340     144       8,789  
Leased hotels   38   3,698     (3 )     (197 )
Manachised hotels   251   16,725     134       8,069  
Franchised hotels   13   917     13       917  
Elan Hotel   148   11,239     135       10,172  
Manachised hotels   128   9,837     115       8,770  
Franchised hotels   20   1,402     20       1,402  
Midscale and upscale hotels     310     40,687       134         16,691  
JI Hotel   186   27,559     69       10,507  
Leased hotels   75   13,195     13       2,935  
Manachised hotels   111   14,364     56       7,572  
Starway Hotel   118   12,138     63       5,817  
Leased hotels   4   604     1       153  
Manachised hotels   67   7,183     23       2,244  
Franchised hotels   47   4,351     39       3,420  
Joya Hotel   3   515     -       -  
Leased hotels   2   315     -       -  
Manachised hotels   1   200     -       -  
Manxin Hotels & Resorts   2   236     1       128  
Leased hotels   1   108     -       -  
Manachised hotels   1   128     1       128  
Mercure Hotel   1   239     1       239  
Leased hotels   1   239     1       239  
Total     2,763     278,843       768         68,888  
               

 
                 
Same-hotel operational data by segment
  Number of hotels in operation Same-hotel RevPAR   Same-hotel ADR   Same-hotel Occupancy  
  As of For the quarter ended   For the quarter ended   For the quarter ended  
  December 31, December 31, yoy change December 31, yoy change December 31, yoy change
  2014 2015 2014 2015   2014 2015     2014     2015    
Economy hotels 1,491 1,491 152 145   -4.6 % 169 167   -1.2 %   90 %   87 %   -3.1 %
Leased hotels 510 510 156 147   -5.3 % 175 173   -0.9 %   89 %   85 %   -4.0 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 981 981 149 143   -4.2 % 166 163   -1.5 %   90 %   87 %   -2.5 %
Midscale and upscale hotels 121 121 224 241   7.8 % 270 282   4.7 %   83 %   85 %   2.4 %
Leased hotels 58 58 245 276   12.5 % 291 308   5.8 %   84 %   90 %   5.3 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 63 63 195 196   0.4 % 240 245   2.4 %   81 %   80 %   -1.6 %
Total 1,612 1,612 158 154   -2.9 % 178 178   0.0 %   89 %   86 %   -2.6 %
                       
                       
  Number of hotels in operation Same-hotel RevPAR   Same-hotel ADR   Same-hotel Occupancy  
  As of For the year ended   For the year ended   For the year ended  
  December 31, December 31, yoy change December 31, yoy change December 31, yoy change
  2014 2015 2014 2015   2014 2015     2014     2015    
Economy hotels 1,491 1,491 159 152   -4.9 % 173 172   -0.8 %   92 %   88 %   -3.9 %
Leased hotels 510 510 162 154   -4.7 % 178 177   -0.5 %   91 %   87 %   -3.9 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 981 981 158 150   -5.1 % 170 169   -1.0 %   93 %   89 %   -3.8 %
Midscale and upscale hotels 121 121 232 247   6.5 % 275 290   5.5 %   84 %   85 %   0.8 %
Leased hotels 58 58 253 277   9.2 % 295 314   6.5 %   86 %   88 %   2.2 %
Manachised and franchised hotels 63 63 202 204   1.2 % 246 252   2.8 %   82 %   81 %   -1.2 %
Total 1,612 1,612 165 159   -3.6 % 181 181   0.3 %   91 %   88 %   -3.5 %
 

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