Red Lion Hotels is the latest hotel company to release its third quarter 2014 results, with the company's comparable revenue from owned and leased hotels up 7.9 percent over last year to $35.9 million.
Red Lion attributes this growth to gains in revenue per available room (RevPAR), which rose 8.3 percent to $80.41, a figure that found its own assistance in a 3.7 percent increase in average daily rate (ADR) to $100.19 and a 340 basis-point increase in occupancy.
The company's franchise revenue actually dropped to $2.1 million, as opposed to $2.4 million during Q3 2013, due to the change in mix and location of franchise hotels. However, total company Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter increased $2.1 million, compared to the prior year, while net income from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2014 was $4.9 million compared to $1.6 million in the same period a year ago. This improvement is sourced to a decline in corporate expenses, such as the absence of CEO transition costs that were recorded in 2013.
Additionally, year to date, Red Lion signed 12 new franchise agreements and as of Sept. 30, 2014, the company sold three properties. As of that same period, the company had $28.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and no cash borrowings on its $10 million revolving line of credit. The company also had outstanding debt of $63 million, of which $2.4 million was current.
Red Lion recently launched its own full-service lifestyle brand with Hotel RL. The company plans to announce the first property addition to Hotel RL before the end of the year, and is also looking to convert more properties to the brand in 2015. While both Red Lion and hotel owners are expected to invest between $50 million and $100 million in these conversions, Red Lion will also be pressing joint venture and equity ownership opportunities with these properties on a selective basis.