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Full Year Results to 31 December 2007

Headlines

  • System size increase of 5%, 28,848 net rooms, taking total to 585,094 (3,949 hotels).
  • Global constant currency RevPAR growth of 7%.
  • Total gross revenue* from all hotels in IHG’s system of $18bn, up 14% in constant currency.
  • Continuing revenue up 12% from £786m to £883m, up 20% at constant currency.
  • Continuing operating profit up 19% from £200m to £237m, up 30% at constant currency.
  • Operating profit including discontinued operations up 6% from £231m to £245m.
  • Adjusted continuing earnings per share up 23% from 38.0p to 46.9p. Total basic earnings per share of 72.2p.
  • Final dividend up 12% to 14.9p. Total dividend of 20.6p, up 12%. £3.5bn returned to shareholders since March 2004.
  • 2007 signings up 22% to 125,533 rooms (873 hotels). Fourth quarter signings of 41,908 rooms, taking pipeline to 225,872.
  • January 2008 global constant currency RevPAR growth of 5.4%.

*See appendix 5 for definition. All figures and movements unless otherwise noted are at actual exchange rates and before exceptional items. See appendix 3 for analysis of financial headlines. Constant exchange rate comparatives shown in appendix 4.


Commenting on the results and trading, Andrew Cosslett, Chief Executive of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, said:

"IHG delivered a strong performance in 2007 reporting continuing revenue growth of 20% in constant currency. The number of rooms in our system grew by a record 5% and global RevPAR increased 7%, with all our brands out-performing in their major markets across the world. We signed almost 900 hotels into our development pipeline during the year, more than three times the number signed in 2003, our first year as an independent company.

"We are continuing to strengthen our brands, and to expand their geographic reach. The 2005 relaunch of the InterContinental brand is now delivering major benefits, with significant RevPAR outperformance and a further 33 new hotels signed in the year. During the year we announced the relaunch of our biggest brand, Holiday Inn, and the response from our owner community has been very positive. Following continued success in the US, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites will be opening in the UK in 2008, and we have plans for their wider geographic roll-out.

"We have the biggest development pipeline in the industry and this will deliver another high level of hotel openings in 2008. With our broadly based portfolio of brands and our resilient fee based business model we are positioned well for future growth in what is now a less predictable economic environment."


Rooms – record signings and openings

  • 125,533 rooms were signed in 2007, with excellent growth across all brands and all regions. In Greater China, where we are the largest non-domestic hotel operator, 70 hotels, 25,590 rooms, were signed in the year. In the Middle East 19 hotels, 5,307 rooms, were signed, doubling the pipeline in that region. 33 InterContinental hotels were signed, and in January 2008 IHG signed a 40 year agreement to manage an InterContinental branded hotel in the Times Square area of New York which is expected to open in mid 2010.
  • 52,846 rooms were added to the system including 3,542 rooms (15 hotels) through the IHG ANA joint venture. In line with our strategy of driving quality growth 23,998 rooms were exited, giving net room additions of 28,848 rooms. IHG has now added 47,419 rooms towards its three year target of adding 50,000 to 60,000 net rooms by the end of 2008.
  • The pipeline of hotels now stands at 1,674 (225,872 rooms). The global pipeline of Holiday Inn brand family hotels grew by 204 hotels (26,793 rooms) to 1,077 hotels (127,087 rooms), and represents a 30% share of future pipeline supply in the US midscale segment. The InterContinental pipeline stands at a record 62 hotels, representing 39% of its current rooms open.


Strengthening Operating System
Strong revenue delivery to hotel owners through reservation channels and loyalty programme, Priority Club Rewards:

  • $6.8bn of rooms revenue booked through IHG's reservation channels, up 19% and representing 45% of total rooms revenue.
  • $5.2bn of rooms revenue from Priority Club Rewards members, up 16% and representing 35% of total rooms revenue.
  • Internet revenues increased from 16% to 17% of total rooms revenue, 85% from IHG's own websites.

Disposals and returns of funds
In 2007 disposal proceeds of £106m were received. This included the sale of IHG’s 33.3% interest in Crowne Plaza London The City for £19m, the disposal of Crowne Plaza Santiago for £11m and Holiday Inn Disney, Paris for £14m, and the sale of IHG’s 74.11% interest in the InterContinental Montreal for £17m.

In 2007 £709m was paid to shareholders by way of a special dividend with associated share consolidation and 7.7m shares were repurchased at a cost of £81m. This leaves £100m of a previously announced £150m share buyback programme to be completed and takes the total returned to shareholders since March 2004 to £3.5bn. There were 295m shares outstanding at the end of December, 291m after the deduction of shares in the ESOP and 299m on a fully diluted basis.

IHG’s net debt at the period end was £825m including the $200m (£100m) finance lease on the InterContinental Boston.


Americas: strong revenue and profit growth

Revenue performance
RevPAR increased 6.1% with rate generating all of the increase. InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express each outperformed their market segments, with RevPAR up 10.1%, 7.5%, 4.9% and 6.7% respectively.  In line with the industry, RevPAR growth moderated in the fourth quarter as a result of slight occupancy declines.  Continuing revenue grew 16% from $778m to $902m driven by 34% growth in revenues from owned and leased hotels and 10% growth in managed and franchised revenues.  

Operating profit performance
Operating profit from continuing operations increased 11% from $395m to $440m. Continuing owned and leased hotels profit increased from $22m to $40m, driven by 14% RevPAR growth at the InterContinental New York and an $11m increased contribution from the InterContinental Boston which opened in November 2006. While managed hotels revenues grew strongly, up 9%, after the impact of increased revenue investment to support new signings and openings and $6m of charges not related to underlying trading, profit fell $9m to $41m.   Franchised hotels profit increased 11% to $425m reflecting RevPAR growth of 5.8% and net rooms growth of 4.0%.


EMEA: strong RevPAR and profit growth

Revenue performance
RevPAR increased 8.6%, driven by increased occupancy and 6.3% rate growth. The Middle East continued to perform strongly, raising RevPAR by 19.6%. Continental Europe grew RevPAR by 7.6%, with strong increases in France of 10.3% but slower growth in Germany due to the year on year impact of the football 2006 World Cup.  In the UK, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express outperformed their market segment with RevPAR growth of 6.3%.

Operating profit performance
Operating profit from continuing operations increased 81% from £37m to £67m. Continuing owned and leased hotel operations improved £21m to £17m.  The InterContinental London Park Lane contributed £14m of the improvement following the completion of its refurbishment at the end of June 2007.  The performance of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand continued to strengthen with a 14% RevPAR increase and improved profit margins.  Managed hotels profit increased 16% from £37m to £43m benefiting from retained management contracts on assets sold in 2006.  Franchised hotels profit increased 21% from £24m to £29m reflecting RevPAR growth of 7% and net rooms growth of 10%.


Asia Pacific: strong revenue and profit growth with growing contribution from China and Japan


Revenue performance
RevPAR increased 8.9%, mainly driven by rate.  All brands performed strongly with InterContinental up 11.1%, Crowne Plaza up 6.5%, Holiday Inn up 8.7% and Holiday Inn Express up 11.0%. Greater China RevPAR increased 7.0%, driven by rate increases.  Continuing revenues grew 27% from $204m to $260m, driven by 52% growth in managed revenues and the doubling of franchised revenues.   

Operating profit performance
Operating profit from continuing operations grew 21% from $52m to $63m.  Owned and leased hotels operating profit increased 16% to $36m.  Managed hotels profit grew 18% to $46m.  The contribution from the increasing number of hotels under IHG management was partly offset by the previously disclosed integration and ongoing costs associated with the ANA joint venture in Japan and continued infrastructure investment in China.  Franchised hotels profit increased 20% to $6m driven by RevPAR growth of 15% and net room count growth of 13%, offset by the impact of higher costs associated with the ANA joint venture in Japan.


Overheads, Tax and Exceptional items
Total regional overheads increased £4m to £68m.  Central overheads were flat at £81m.
The effective tax rate for 2007 is 22%; the underlying rate before the impact of prior year items is 36%.  As previously disclosed the effective tax rate will be volatile in the immediate future and trend upwards over time.  The effective tax rate in 2008 is expected to be in the mid to high 20’s.

In 2007 IHG announced its intention to make a non-recurring revenue investment of up to £30m to accelerate implementation of the global relaunch of the Holiday Inn brands, which will be treated as an exceptional item in 2008.  IHG expects to generate a strong return on this investment through RevPAR increases on completion of the relaunch.


Appendix 1: Asset disposal programme detail

  Number of owned hotels Proceeds Net book
value
Disposed since April 2003 181 £3.0bn £2.9bn
Remaining hotels 18   £0.9bn

For a full list please visit www.ihg.com/Investors
 

Appendix 2: Rooms

  Americas EMEA Asia Pacific Total
Openings 31,744 7,956 13,146 52,846
Removals (17,794) (4,996) (1,208) (23,998)
Net openings 13,950 2,960 11,938 28,848
Signings 75,279 19,153 31,101 125,533


 Appendix 3:  Financial headlines

Twelve months to 31 Dec £m Total Americas EMEA Asia Pacific Central
  2007 2006 2007 2006 2007 2006 2007 2006 2007 2006
Franchised operating profit 244 235 212 208 29 24 3 3    
Managed operating profit 87 85 21 27 43 37 23 21    
Continuing owned and leased
operating profit
55 25 20 12 17 (4) 18 17    
Regional overheads (68) (64) (33) (32) (22) (20) (13) (12)    
Continuing operating profit pre central overheads 318 281 220 215 67 37 31 29    
Central overheads (81) (81) - - - - - - (81) (81)
Continuing operating profit 237 200 220 215 67 37 31 29    
Discontinued owned and leased operating profit 8 31 8 6 0 25 0 0    
Total operating profit 245 231 228 221 67 62 31 29    


Appendix 4: Constant currency continuing operating profits before exceptional items.

  Americas EMEA Asia Pacific Total***
  Actual currency* Constant currency** Actual currency* Constant currency** Actual currency* Constant currency** Actual currency* Constant currency**
Growth 2% 11% 81% 86% 7% 21% 19% 30%
Exchange rates USD:GBP EUR:GBP
2007 2.01 1.46
2006 1.84 1.47
* Sterling actual currency
** Translated at constant 2006 exchange rates
*** After Central Overheads


Appendix 5: Definition of total gross revenue
Total gross revenue is defined as total room revenue from franchised hotels and total hotel revenue from managed, owned and leased hotels. It is not revenue attributable to IHG, as it is derived mainly from hotels owned by third parties. The metric is highlighted as an indicator of the scale and reach of IHG’s brands.


Appendix 6: Investor information for 2007 final dividend

Ex-dividend Date: 26 March 2008
Record Date: 28 March 2008
Payment Date: 6 June 2008
Dividend payment: Ordinary shares 14.9p per share: ADRs 29.2c per ADR


 For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations (Paul Edgecliffe-Johnson; Heather Ward): +44 (0) 1753 410 176
Media Affairs (Leslie McGibbon; Claire Williams):

+44 (0) 1753 410 425
+44 (0) 7808 094 471


High resolution images to accompany this announcement are available for the media to download free of charge from www.vismedia.co.uk. This includes profile shots of the key executives.


Presentation for Analysts and Shareholders

A presentation with Andrew Cosslett (Chief Executive) and Richard Solomons (Finance Director) will commence at 9.30am (London time) on 19 February at the Crowne Plaza, The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will conclude at approximately 10.30am (London time).

There will be a live audio webcast of the results presentation on the web address www.ihg.com/prelims08. The archived webcast of the presentation is expected to be on this website later on the day of the results and will remain on it for the foreseeable future. There will also be a live dial-in facility

International dial-in  +44 (0)20 7863 6164


US Q&A conference call

There will also be a conference call, primarily for US investors and analysts, at 9.00am (Eastern Standard Time) on 19 February with Andrew Cosslett (Chief Executive) and Richard Solomons (Finance Director). There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

International dial-in   +44 (0)1452 556 518
US Toll Free 1866 966 4782
Conference ID: 32546784


A recording of the conference call will also be available for 7 days. To access this please dial the relevant number below and use the access number 32546784#


International dial-in   +44 (0)1452 550 000
US Toll Free 1866 247 4222


Website

The full release and supplementary data will be available on our website from 7.00am (London time) on Tuesday 19 February. The web address is www.ihg.com/prelims08


Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,900 hotels and more than 585,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 37 million members worldwide.

The company pioneered the travel industry’s first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG’s global corporate responsibility focus.

InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com.

For the latest news from InterContinental Hotels Group, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements
This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements as defined under US law (Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934). These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often use words such as ‘anticipate’, ‘target’, ‘expect’, ‘estimate’, ‘intend’, ‘plan’, ‘goal’, ‘believe’ or other words of similar meaning. By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive, speculative and involve risk and uncertainty. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect the business and the financial results are described in ‘Risk Factors’ in the InterContinental Hotels Group PLC Annual report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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