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Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

Feb 28, 2017

– Net Income Increased 24 Percent to $48.1 Million for the Quarter and 43 Percent to $159.4 Million for the Year over 2015 periods –
 – Reports Full Year Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $350.2 Million, an Increase of 7.7 Percent Over Full Year 2016 – 
 – Achieved Record Gross Advanced Group Bookings in 2016, Surpassing 2015 Previous Record by 9.9 Percent – 
 – Declares First Quarter 2017 Dividend of $0.80 Per Share; Intends to Pay $3.20 Per Share Annualized Dividend in 2017, a 7 Percent Increase Over Full Year 2016 – 
 – Issues Full Year 2017 Guidance – 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP), a lodging real estate investment trust ("REIT") specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Colin Reed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, said, “Our businesses delivered fourth quarter 2016 results that were in line with our expectations going into the quarter and contributed to another record year for our company from a total revenue, net income, Adjusted EBITDA, and hospitality gross group bookings perspective.  Full year 2016 results for these measures exceeded last year’s performance by 5.2 percent, 42.9 percent, 7.7 percent, and 9.9 percent, respectively. 

We closed fourth quarter 2016 with gross group bookings results that nearly matched our record Q4 2015 production. This strong close solidified 2016 as the best gross room night production year in brand history. We began 2017 with 6.4 million gross room nights on the books for all future years, which, in addition to being a new high-water mark for the brand, is further indication that the group market is alive and well. We remain confident in our market position and the outlook for this segment. While overall industry supply according to STR is expected to grow by a modest 2.0 percent and 2.2 percent in 2017 and 2018, respectively, the demand for hotels of our size and group-oriented nature is robust with little new competitive supply in the pipeline for the foreseeable future.”

 
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results (As Compared to Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015) Included the Following:
Consolidated Results                
($ in thousands, except per share amounts, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)                
                       
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  Dec 31,   Dec 31,
  2016   2015   % ∆   2016   2015   % ∆
Total Revenue $ 319,775     $ 312,120     2.5 %   $ 1,149,207     $ 1,092,124     5.2 %
                           
Operating Income (1) $ 61,499     $ 36,389      69.0 %   $ 213,805     $ 162,062     31.9 %
Operating Income Margin   19.2 %     11.7 %   7.5pt       18.6 %     14.8 %   3.8pt  
                           
Net Income (1) $ 48,096     $ 38,899      23.6 %   $ 159,366     $ 111,511      42.9 %
Net Income Margin (1)   15.0 %     12.5 %   2.5pt       13.9 %     10.2 %   3.7pt  
Net Income per diluted share (1) $ 0.94     $ 0.75      25.3 %   $ 3.11     $ 2.16      44.0 %
                           
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 94,674     $ 88,298     7.2 %   $ 350,194     $ 325,068     7.7 %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin    29.6 %     28.3 %   1.3pt       30.5 %     29.8 %   0.7pt  
                           
Same-Store Hospitality Revenue (2) $ 289,544     $ 285,320     1.5 %   $ 1,029,651     $ 987,631     4.3 %
                           
Same-Store Hospitality RevPAR (2) $ 145.32     $ 148.38     -2.1 %   $ 138.67     $ 134.80     2.9 %
Same-Store Hospitality Total RevPAR (2) $ 387.92     $ 382.97     1.3 %   $ 346.99     $ 334.14     3.8 %
                           
Same-Store Hospitality Operating Income (2) $ 62,959     $ 39,838     58.0 %   $ 215,693     $ 168,833     27.8 %
Same-Store Hospitality Operating Income Margin (2)   21.7 %     14.0 %   7.7pt       20.9 %     17.1 %   3.8pt  
                           
Same-Store Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA (2) $ 91,454     $ 86,857     5.3 %   $ 333,796     $ 312,970     6.7 %
Same-Store Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA Margin (2)   31.6 %     30.4 %   1.2pt       32.4 %     31.7 %   0.7pt  
                           
Funds From Operations (FFO) $ 76,046     $ 67,815     12.1 %   $ 269,241     $ 225,894     19.2 %
FFO per diluted share  $ 1.48     $ 1.31     13.0 %   $ 5.25     $ 4.38     19.9 %
                           
Adjusted FFO (3)  $ 77,745     $ 72,112     7.8 %   $ 281,499     $ 259,887     8.3 %
Adjusted FFO per diluted share (3)  $ 1.51     $ 1.40     7.9 %   $ 5.49     $ 5.04     8.9 %
                         
                       
(1) Net income for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 includes a loss of $0.7 million and $2.8 million, respectively, on joint ventures.
Net income and operating income for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes an impairment charge of $16.3 million and $19.2 million, respectively. 
Net income for twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes a loss of $20.2 million on warrant settlements associated with our previous convertible notes.
Net income for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes a $6.9 million gain associated with the reimbursement of costs that were previously incurred related to a proposed Gaylord Rockies development. 
                       
(2) Same-Store Hospitality excludes the AC Hotel at National Harbor, which opened in April 2015.     
                       
(3) Adjusted FFO for both periods is presented using the 2016 definition of Adjusted FFO contained in this release.            
             

For the Company’s definitions of Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR), Total Revenue Per Available Room (Total RevPAR), Operating Income Margin, Net Income Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, FFO, and Adjusted FFO, as well as a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted FFO to Net Income, see “Calculation of RevPAR and Total RevPAR,” “Calculation of GAAP Margin Figures,” “Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” “Adjusted EBITDA Definition,” “Adjusted EBITDA Margin Definition,” “Adjusted FFO Definition” and “Supplemental Financial Results” below.  Adjusted FFO for 2015 presented herein reflects the Adjusted FFO definition used for 2016.

Operating Results

For the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company reported the following:

 
Hospitality Segment
($ in thousands, except ADR, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)
                       
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  Dec 31,   Dec 31,
  2016   2015   % ∆   2016   2015   % ∆
Hospitality Results                      
Hospitality Revenue  $ 292,104     $ 287,472     1.6 %   $ 1,039,643     $ 994,603     4.5 %
                       
Hospitality Operating Income (1) $ 63,369     $ 40,074     58.1 %   $ 217,564     $ 169,383     28.4 %
Hospitality Operating Income Margin   21.7 %     13.9 %   7.8pt     20.9 %     17.0 %   3.9pt
                       
Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA $ 92,180     $ 87,416     5.4 %   $ 336,931     $   315,466     6.8 %
Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA Margin    31.6 %     30.4 %   1.2pt     32.4 %     31.7 %   0.7pt
                       
Hospitality Performance Metrics                       
Occupancy   76.2 %     76.4 %   -0.2pt     75.0 %     73.6 %   1.4pt
Average Daily Rate (ADR) $ 189.91     $ 192.87     -1.5 %   $ 184.36     $ 182.56     1.0 %
RevPAR $ 144.79     $ 147.33     -1.7 %   $ 138.27     $ 134.44     2.8 %
Total RevPAR $ 382.30     $ 376.93     1.4 %   $ 342.25     $ 330.61     3.5 %
                       
Gross Definite Rooms Nights Booked     971,130         976,883     -0.6 %       2,568,749         2,336,561      9.9 %
Net Definite Rooms Nights Booked     808,573         835,883     -3.3 %       2,059,659         1,898,181      8.5 %
Group Attrition (as % of contracted block)   12.7 %     12.7 %    0.0pt     12.5 %     12.8 %   -0.3pt
Cancellations ITYFTY (2)     5,856         2,484      135.7 %       41,239         29,746      38.6 %
                       
Same-Store Hospitality Results (3)                      
Same-Store Hospitality Revenue $ 289,544     $ 285,320     1.5 %   $ 1,029,651     $ 987,631     4.3 %
                       
Same-Store Hospitality Operating Income (1) $ 62,959     $ 39,838     58.0 %   $ 215,693     $ 168,833     27.8 %
Same-Store Hospitality Operating Income Margin   21.7 %     14.0 %   7.7pt     20.9 %     17.1 %   3.8pt
                       
Same-Store Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA $ 91,454     $ 86,857     5.3 %   $ 333,796     $   312,970     6.7 %
Same-Store Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA Margin   31.6 %     30.4 %   1.2pt     32.4 %     31.7 %   0.7pt
                       
Same-Store Hospitality Performance Metrics                       
Occupancy    76.5 %     76.9 %   -0.4pt     75.2 %     73.9 %   1.3pt
Average Daily Rate (ADR) $ 190.00     $ 192.83     -1.5 %   $ 184.40     $ 182.34     1.1 %
RevPAR $ 145.32     $ 148.38     -2.1 %   $ 138.67     $ 134.80     2.9 %
Total RevPAR $ 387.92     $ 382.97     1.3 %   $ 346.99     $ 334.14     3.8 %
                       
                       
(1) Operating income for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes an impairment charge of $16.3 million and $19.2 million, respectively.
                       
(2) "ITYFTY" represents In The Year For The Year.             
                       
(3) Same-Store Hospitality excludes the AC Hotel at National Harbor, which opened in April 2015.     
     

Property-level results and operating metrics for fourth quarter and full year 2016 are presented in greater detail below and under “Supplemental Financial Results—Hospitality Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliations,” which includes a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA to Hospitality Operating Income, Same-Store Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA to Same-Store Hospitality Operating Income, and property-level Adjusted EBITDA to property-level Operating Income for each of the hotel properties. Highlights for fourth quarter 2016 for the Hospitality segment and at each property include:

  • Hospitality Segment (Same-Store): Total revenue increased 1.5 percent to $289.5 million in fourth quarter 2016 compared to fourth quarter 2015. RevPAR decreased 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter 2016 compared to the fourth quarter 2015, driven primarily by the unfavorable impact of group cancellations as a result of Hurricane Matthew and the Jewish holiday shift from third quarter 2015 to fourth quarter 2016, both of which impacted the Gaylord Palms the most. The decline due to the hurricane was partially offset by a pickup in groups associated with hurricane cleanup efforts. We estimate that the Jewish holiday shift represented approximately 85 basis points of the fourth quarter 2016 RevPAR decline as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Total RevPAR increased 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter 2016 compared to the fourth quarter 2015, driven by strong-performing holiday programming. Fourth quarter 2015 included a $16.3 million impairment charge related to a change in our expansion plans for the Gaylord Texan property. In addition, during full year 2015, the hospitality segment incurred $2.9 million in impairment charges related to assets previously used in special events programming that was discontinued. Operating income increased 58.0 percent to $63.0 million in fourth quarter 2016, as compared to fourth quarter 2015, driven by the Gaylord Texan, as described below. Operating income margin improved nearly 800 basis points to 21.7 percent.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 5.3 percent to $91.5 million in fourth quarter 2016, as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Adjusted EBITDA margin improved 120 basis points to 31.6 percent.
     
  • Gaylord Opryland: Total revenue for fourth quarter 2016 increased 0.9 percent to $97.8 million compared to fourth quarter 2015, driven by modestly higher occupancy and a 0.7 percent year-over-year increase in outside-the-room spend related to strong banquet and holiday performance. Gains in outside-the-room spending offset a 2.0 percent year-over-year decline in RevPAR related to an unfavorable group mix shift that also impacted ADR. Operating income increased 12.4 percent to $26.6 million in fourth quarter 2016, as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Operating income margin improved 280 basis points to 27.2 percent. Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.9 percent year-over-year, to $34.6 million, and Adjusted EBITDA margin improved 290 basis points to 35.4 percent, due to cost savings and productivity gains.
     
  • Gaylord Palms: Total revenue for fourth quarter 2016 decreased 0.4 percent to $52.1 million compared to fourth quarter 2015, driven by a 4.6 percent decrease in RevPAR as a result of a 2.9 percentage point decrease in occupancy related to group cancellations as a result of Hurricane Matthew and the shift in the Jewish holiday. The decline due to the hurricane was partially offset by a pickup in groups associated with hurricane cleanup efforts who used the hotel as a staging area; however, these groups were at a lower room rate and incurred little to no outside-the-room spending on food and beverage. The shift in the Jewish holiday represented roughly an estimated 400 basis point decline in RevPAR for fourth quarter 2016 as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Total RevPAR decreased 1.1 percent compared to fourth quarter 2015. Robust holiday programming sales partially offset hurricane-related year-over-year Total RevPAR declines. Operating income decreased 11.8 percent to $7.4 million in fourth quarter 2016, as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Operating income margin declined 180 basis points to 14.1 percent. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 6.0 percent to $13.5 million compared to fourth quarter 2015, and Adjusted EBITDA margin declined 150 basis points to 26.0 percent, due primarily to the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
     
  • Gaylord Texan: Total revenue for fourth quarter 2016 increased 5.7 percent to $68.7 million compared to fourth quarter 2015, driven by a 2.5 percent increase in ADR related to a favorable mix shift to corporate room nights. Total RevPAR increased 5.7 percent in fourth quarter 2016, compared to fourth quarter 2015, related to strong banquet performance and strong holiday programming revenue. Operating income increased 1,656 percent to $19.8 million in fourth quarter 2016, as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2015 included a $16.3 million impairment charge related to a change in our expansion plans for the property. Operating income margin increased 2,720 basis points to 28.9 percent. Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.4 percent to $24.9 million compared to fourth quarter 2015. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 190 basis points to 36.3 percent on strong overall performance.
     
  • Gaylord National: Total revenue for fourth quarter 2016 decreased 0.7 percent to $67.1 million, compared to fourth quarter 2015, due to a decline in both occupancy and ADR related to a decrease in group room nights, which was partially offset by an increase in transient room nights. Total RevPAR declined 0.7 percent in fourth quarter 2016 compared to fourth quarter 2015. Operating income increased 45.6 percent to $7.3 million in fourth quarter 2016, as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Operating income margin improved 350 basis points to 10.9 percent. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 2.2 percent to $16.2 million, as compared to fourth quarter 2015. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased 40 basis points to 24.1 percent.

Reed continued, “Overall, 2016 was an excellent year for our hotels, with Gaylord Opryland and Gaylord Texan both surpassing their previous full year revenue, operating income, and Adjusted EBITDA records. Despite some unforeseen challenges in the fourth quarter related to Hurricane Matthew, Gaylord Palms led the Gaylord Hotels brand in full year revenue growth and achieved its best-ever full year results in revenue, operating income, and Adjusted EBITDA. While Gaylord National’s performance was relatively flat in 2016, we believe the future is bright for this hotel as it is poised to benefit from its new riverfront ballroom, set to open in May of 2017, as well as the neighboring MGM National Harbor, which continues to ramp up its operations.”

Entertainment Segment

For the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company reported the following:

         
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
($ in thousands)   Dec 31,
  Dec 31, 
    2016 2015 % ∆   2016 2015 % ∆
 
Revenue   $27,671 $24,648 12.3%
  $109,564 $97,521 12.3%
Operating Income   $5,562 $4,512 23.3%
  $27,980 $24,353 14.9%
Operating Income Margin   20.1%
18.3%
1.8pt
  25.5%
25.0%
0.5pt
Adjusted EBITDA   $7,929 $6,205 27.8%
  $35,725 $30,787 16.0%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   28.7%
25.2%
3.5pt
  32.6%
31.6%
1.0pt
                 

Reed continued, “2016 is the third consecutive year that our Entertainment segment has produced double-digit revenue, operating income, and Adjusted EBITDA growth and the first year we have seen this segment surpass $100 million in revenue. With Opry City Stage in New York City set to open this year and our plans for Ole Red taking shape, we continue to believe there is additional upside potential for this segment in the years ahead as we begin to extend the reach of our iconic Entertainment brands both inside and outside Nashville.”

Corporate and Other Segment

For the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company reported the following:

       
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
($ in thousands) Dec 31,   Dec 31,
  2016   2015   % ∆   2016   2015   % ∆
Operating Loss (1) ($7,432)   ($8,197)   9.3%   ($31,739)   ($31,674)   -0.2%
Adjusted EBITDA ($5,435)   ($5,323)   -2.1%   ($22,462)   ($21,185)   -6.0%
                       
(1) Corporate operating loss includes a non-cash net settlement charge for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 of $0.1 million and $1.7 million, respectively, and for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 of $0.8 million and $2.4 million, respectively, for the Company’s defined benefit pension plan, which was a result of increased lump sum distributions.
 

Development Update

Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, the Company announced two development projects that are set to open in 2018. Both projects will be funded with cash on hand and borrowings under the Company’s credit facility.

On January 5, 2017, the Company announced plans to transform Blake Shelton’s breakout hit “Ol’ Red” into a new lifestyle brand anchored by a $20 million multi-level entertainment venue in the heart of Music City’s famed Lower Broadway. Ole Red Nashville will be a multi-level 26,000-square-foot entertainment venue, with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and private VIP booths for small groups. The complex will also include a large, private event space and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop featuring an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant with panoramic views of Lower Broadway. The Company also announced it will open a smaller, similarly-branded Ole Red concept in Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma in late 2017.

On January 25, 2017, the Company announced plans for SoundWaves, a proposed $90 million luxury indoor/outdoor waterpark, adjacent to Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The proposed project includes nearly 111,000 square feet of upscale indoor water attractions and activities over three levels and another 106,000 square feet of outdoor water amenities. The project will have dedicated indoor and outdoor recreation zones for adults, young children and families, as well as dining options and private cabana rentals. Adult guests will have exclusive access to adults-only indoor and outdoor pools, bars and lounging areas throughout the complex.

Guidance

The following business performance outlook is based on current information as of February 28, 2017. The Company does not expect to update the guidance provided below before next quarter’s earnings release. However, the Company may update its full business outlook or any portion thereof at any time for any reason. The Hospitality segment guidance for RevPAR and Total RevPAR provided herein includes the AC Hotel at National Harbor.

Reed continued, “As we communicated to you throughout 2016, our group room nights on the books for 2017 were pacing in line with what we saw going into 2016, and while we believe 2017 will be another solid year for our hospitality business, we anticipate flat to modest year-over-year growth in hospitality revenue. In addition, we anticipate having approximately 49,000 room nights out of service in 2017 as we complete a planned renovation of the Delta portion of our Gaylord Opryland property. As such, we expect both RevPAR and Total RevPAR growth in 2017 in the range of 0% – 3%.

For full year 2017, net income assumes a range of $139.8 to $157.6 million.  Our Adjusted EBITDA guidance range for full year 2017 for our Hospitality segment is $330.0 to $344.0 million. This Adjusted EBITDA guidance for our Hospitality segment includes the impact of continued room renovation work at Gaylord Opryland and we anticipate a meaningful increase in property tax payments across our portfolio due to the improved financial performance we have had at our hotels since our last major assessments took place in 2013. 

Our 2017 Adjusted EBITDA guidance for the Entertainment segment is $34.0 to $38.0 million and Corporate & Other guidance for Adjusted EBITDA in 2017 is a loss of $24.0 to $22.0 million. As a result, our guidance for 2017 Adjusted EBITDA on a consolidated basis is $340.0 to $360.0 million.

We entered 2017 with 6.4 million gross room nights on the books for all future years, and we remain confident in our ability to capitalize on the strength of the group market in the short term and especially in 2018 and beyond when we will begin to see the benefit of our capital reinvestments at Gaylord Texan and Gaylord Opryland, as well as our investment in Gaylord Rockies. Coupled with our aggressive growth plans on the Entertainment side of our business, we believe the future looks tremendous for our Company.”

   
$ in millions, except per share figures  Guidance
    Full Year 2017
    Low   High
         
Hospitality RevPAR 1,2   0.0 %     3.0 %
Hospitality Total RevPAR 1,2   0.0 %     3.0 %
         
Net Income $   139.8     $   157.6  
         
Adjusted EBITDA      
Hospitality 1,2 $   330.0     $   344.0  
Entertainment      34.0         38.0  
Corporate and Other     (24.0 )       (22.0 )
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $   340.0     $   360.0  
         
Funds from Operations (FFO) $   253.3     $   274.1  
Adjusted FFO  $   264.5     $   285.5  
         
Net Income per Diluted Share $   2.73     $   3.07  
         
FFO per Diluted Share  $   4.94     $   5.34  
         
Estimated Diluted Shares Outstanding     51.3         51.3  
 
1 Hospitality segment guidance for RevPAR, Total RevPAR, and Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA include the AC Hotel.
2 Hospitality segment guidance assumes approximately 49,000 room nights out of service in 2017 due to the renovation of rooms at Gaylord Opryland.  The out of service rooms are included in the total available room count for calculating hotel metrics (e.g., RevPAR and Total RevPAR).
 

For reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and Adjusted FFO guidance to Net Income and reconciliations of segment Adjusted EBITDA to segment Operating Income, see “Reconciliations of Forward-Looking Statements,” below.

Dividend Update

The Company paid its fourth quarter 2016 cash dividend of $0.75 per share of common stock on January 13, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 30, 2016. Including the fourth quarter cash dividend payment, the Company paid a total of $3.00 per share of dividends to its common shareholders for the full year 2016.

Today, the Company declared its first quarter cash dividend of $0.80 per share of common stock payable on April 14, 2017 to stockholders of record on March 31, 2017. It is the Company’s current plan to distribute total 2017 annual dividends of approximately $3.20 per share in cash in equal quarterly payments in April, July, and October of 2017 and in January of 2018, which is a 7 percent increase over the full year 2016 dividend of $3.00. If expected regular quarterly dividends for 2017 do not satisfy the Company’s annual distribution requirements, the Company would satisfy the annual distribution requirement by paying a “catch up” dividend in January 2018. Any future dividend is subject to the board’s future determinations as to the amount of quarterly distributions and the timing thereof.

Balance Sheet/Liquidity Update

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had total debt outstanding of $1,502.6 million (net of unamortized deferred financing costs) and unrestricted cash of $59.1 million. As of December 31, 2016, $382.4 million of borrowings were drawn under the revolving credit line of the Company’s credit facility, and the lending banks had issued $2.1 million in letters of credit, which left $315.5 million of availability for borrowing under the credit facility.

Earnings Call Information

Ryman Hospitality Properties will hold a conference call to discuss this release today at 10 a.m. ET. Investors can listen to the conference call over the Internet at www.rymanhp.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the Investor Relations section of the website (Investor Relations/Presentations, Earnings and Webcasts) at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call and will be available for at least 30 days.

About Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,811 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home. For additional information about Ryman Hospitality Properties, visit www.rymanhp.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements as to the Company’s beliefs and expectations of the outcome of future events that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the future performance of our business, estimated capital expenditures, new projects or investments, out-of-service rooms, the expected approach to making dividend payments, the board’s ability to alter the dividend policy at any time and other business or operational issues. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These include the risks and uncertainties associated with economic conditions affecting the hospitality business generally, the geographic concentration of the Company’s hotel properties, business levels at the Company’s hotels, the effect of the Company’s election to be taxed as a REIT for federal income tax purposes commencing with the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company’s ability to remain qualified as a REIT, the Company’s ability to execute its strategic goals as a REIT, the Company’s ability to generate cash flows to support dividends, future board determinations regarding the timing and amount of dividends and changes to the dividend policy, which could be made at any time, the determination of Adjusted FFO and REIT taxable income, and the Company’s ability to borrow funds pursuant to its credit agreement. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in the filings made from time to time by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and include the risk factors and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements made by it to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Additional Information
This release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. Copies of our reports are available on our website at no expense at www.rymanhp.com and through the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System (“EDGAR”) at www.sec.gov.

Calculation of RevPAR and Total RevPAR
We calculate revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for our hotels by dividing room revenue by room nights available to guests for the period. We calculate total revenue per available room (“Total RevPAR”) for our hotels by dividing the sum of room revenue, food & beverage and other ancillary services revenue by room nights available to guests for the period.

Calculation of GAAP Margin Figures
We calculate Net Income Margin by dividing GAAP consolidated Net Income by GAAP consolidated Total Revenue. We calculate consolidated, Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level Operating Income Margin by dividing consolidated, Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level GAAP Operating Income by consolidated, Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level GAAP Revenue.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We present the following non-GAAP financial measures we believe are useful to investors as key measures of our operating performance:

Adjusted EBITDA Definition
To calculate Adjusted EBITDA, we first determine Operating Income, which represents Net Income (loss) determined in accordance with GAAP, plus, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented: loss (income) from discontinued operations, net; provision (benefit) for income taxes; other (gains) and losses, net; loss on extinguishment of debt; (income) loss from joint ventures; and interest expense, net. Adjusted EBITDA is then calculated as Operating Income, plus, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented: depreciation and amortization; preopening costs; non-cash ground lease expense; equity-based compensation expense; impairment charges; any closing costs of completed acquisitions; interest income on Gaylord National bonds; other gains and (losses), net; (gains) losses on warrant settlements; pension settlement charges; pro rata Adjusted EBITDA from joint ventures, (gains) losses on the disposal of assets, and any other adjustments we have identified in this release. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because this measure helps investors evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest expense) and our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from our operating results. A reconciliation of Net Income (loss) to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of segment, same-store, and property-level Operating Income to segment, same-store, and property-level Adjusted EBITDA are set forth below under “Supplemental Financial Results.” Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA—Same-Store excludes the AC Hotel at National Harbor.

Adjusted EBITDA Margin Definition
We calculate consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Margin by dividing consolidated Adjusted EBITDA by GAAP consolidated Total Revenue. We calculate Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level Adjusted EBITDA Margin by dividing Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level Adjusted EBITDA by Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level GAAP Revenue.  We believe Adjusted EBITDA Margin is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because this non-GAAP financial measure helps investors evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by presenting a ratio showing the quantitative relationship between Adjusted EBITDA and GAAP consolidated Total Revenue or Same-Store Hospitality, segment, or property-level GAAP Revenue, as applicable.

Adjusted FFO Definition
We calculate Adjusted FFO to mean Net Income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented: non-controlling interests, and (gains) and losses from sales of property; depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts) and certain pro rata adjustments from joint ventures (which equals FFO). We then exclude, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented, impairment charges; write-offs of deferred financing costs, non-cash ground lease expense, amortization of debt discounts and amortization of deferred financing cost, pension settlement charges, additional pro rata adjustments from joint ventures, (gains) losses on other assets, and (gains) losses on extinguishment of debt and warrant settlements. Beginning in 2016, we exclude the impact of deferred income tax expense (benefit). We believe that the presentation of Adjusted FFO provides useful information to investors regarding the performance of our ongoing operations because it is a measure of our operations without regard to specified non-cash items such as real estate depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on sale of assets and certain other items which we believe are not indicative of the performance of our underlying hotel properties. We believe that these items are more representative of our asset base than our ongoing operations. We also use Adjusted FFO as one measure in determining our results after taking into account the impact of our capital structure. A reconciliation of Net Income (loss) to Adjusted FFO is set forth below under “Supplemental Financial Results.” 2015 Adjusted FFO figures are presented using the 2016 definition of Adjusted FFO.

We caution investors that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted FFO may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, because not all companies calculate these non-GAAP measures in the same manner. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted FFO, and any related per share measures, should not be considered as alternative measures of our Net Income (loss), operating performance, cash flow or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted FFO may include funds that may not be available for our discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures and property acquisitions and other commitments and uncertainties. Although we believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted FFO can enhance an investor’s understanding of our results of operations, these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed individually, are not necessarily better indicators of any trend as compared to GAAP measures such as Net Income (loss), Net Income Margin, Operating Income (loss), Operating Income Margin, or cash flow from operations. In addition, you should be aware that adverse economic and market and other conditions may harm our cash flow.

               
 RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES   
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS   
 Unaudited   
 (In thousands, except per share data)   
               
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
    Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,  
      2016     2015       2016     2015    
Revenues :            
  Rooms $   110,626   $   112,368     $   420,011   $   404,457    
  Food and beverage     114,943       115,226         477,493       461,157    
  Other hotel revenue     66,535       59,878         142,139       128,989    
  Entertainment     27,671       24,648         109,564       97,521    
  Total revenues     319,775       312,120         1,149,207       1,092,124    
               
Operating expenses:            
  Rooms     27,126       29,851         109,618       110,067    
  Food and beverage     66,262       67,919         267,307       261,580    
  Other hotel expenses     103,264       102,476         322,774       312,989    
  Management fees     6,948       4,141         22,194       14,657    
  Total hotel operating expenses     203,600       204,387         721,893       699,293    
  Entertainment     19,920       18,588         74,550       67,363    
  Corporate     6,828       7,530         29,143       28,914    
  Preopening costs     -        -          -        909    
  Impairment and other charges     -        16,310         -        19,200    
  Depreciation and amortization     27,928       28,916         109,816       114,383    
  Total operating expenses     258,276       275,731         935,402       930,062    
               
Operating income     61,499       36,389         213,805       162,062    
               
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized     (15,904 )     (16,136 )       (63,906 )     (63,901 )  
Interest income     2,384       3,001         11,500       12,384    
Loss from joint ventures     (708 )     -          (2,794 )     -     
Other gains and (losses), net     1,873       7,215         4,161       (10,889 )  
Income before income taxes     49,144       30,469         162,766       99,656    
               
(Provision) / benefit for income taxes     (1,048 )     8,430         (3,400 )     11,855    
Net income $   48,096   $   38,899     $   159,366   $   111,511    
               
Basic net income per share  $   0.94   $   0.76     $   3.12   $   2.18    
Fully diluted net income per share  $   0.94   $   0.75     $   3.11   $   2.16    
               
Weighted average common shares for the period:            
  Basic     51,008       51,287         51,009       51,241    
  Diluted     51,337       51,684         51,312       51,612    

 

 RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
 Unaudited 
 (In thousands) 
             
        Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
        2016   2015
             
 ASSETS:       
   Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  $   1,998,012   $   1,982,816
   Cash and cash equivalents - unrestricted      59,128       56,291
   Cash and cash equivalents - restricted      22,062       22,355
   Notes receivable      152,882       152,560
   Trade receivables, net      47,818       55,033
   Investment in Gaylord Rockies joint venture      70,440       -
   Prepaid expenses and other assets      55,411       62,379
     Total assets  $   2,405,753   $   2,331,434
             
             
 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:       
   Debt and capital lease obligations  $   1,502,554   $   1,431,710
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities      163,205       153,383
   Dividends payable      39,404       36,868
   Deferred management rights proceeds      180,088       183,119
   Deferred income taxes, net      1,469       1,163
   Other liabilities      151,036       145,629
   Stockholders' equity      367,997       379,562
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $   2,405,753   $   2,331,434

 

RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS  
ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION  
Unaudited  
(in thousands)  
                           
                           
    Three Months Ended Dec. 31,   Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31,  
      2016       2015       2016       2015    
    $ Margin   $ Margin   $ Margin   $ Margin  
  Consolidated                        
  Revenue $   319,775       $   312,120       $   1,149,207       $   1,092,124      
  Net income $   48,096   15.0 %   $   38,899   12.5 %   $   159,366   13.9 %   $   111,511   10.2 %  
  Provision (benefit) for income taxes     1,048           (8,430 )         3,400           (11,855 )    
  Other (gains) and losses, net     (1,873 )         (7,215 )         (4,161 )         10,889      
  Loss from joint ventures     708           -            2,794           -       
  Interest expense, net     13,520           13,135           52,406           51,517      
  Operating Income     61,499   19.2 %       36,389   11.7 %       213,805   18.6 %       162,062   14.8 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     27,928           28,916           109,816           114,383      
  Preopening costs     -            -            -            909      
  Non-cash ground lease expense     1,311           1,341           5,243           5,364      
  Equity-based compensation expense     1,534           1,576           6,128           6,158      
  Pension settlement charge     148           763           1,715           2,356      
  Impairment charges     -            16,310           -            19,200      
  Interest income on Gaylord National bonds     2,365           2,990           11,410           12,337      
  Other gains and (losses), net     1,873           7,215           4,161           (10,889 )    
  Loss on warrant settlements     -            -            -            20,246      
  Gain on disposal of assets     (1,984 )         (7,202 )         (2,084 )         (7,058 )    
  Adjusted EBITDA $   94,674   29.6 %   $   88,298   28.3 %   $   350,194   30.5 %   $   325,068   29.8 %  
                           
  Hospitality segment                        
  Revenue $   292,104       $   287,472       $   1,039,643       $   994,603      
  Operating income $   63,369   21.7 %   $   40,074   13.9 %   $   217,564   20.9 %   $   169,383   17.0 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     25,135           26,701           100,186           105,876      
  Preopening costs     -            -            -            851      
  Non-cash lease expense     1,311           1,341           5,243           5,364      
  Impairment charges     -            16,310           -            19,200      
  Interest income on Gaylord National bonds     2,365           2,990           11,410           12,337      
  Other gains and (losses), net     1,955           -            4,459           2,317      
  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets     (1,955 )         -            (1,931 )         138      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   92,180   31.6 %   $   87,416   30.4 %   $   336,931   32.4 %   $   315,466   31.7 %  
                           
  Entertainment segment                        
  Revenue $   27,671       $   24,648       $   109,564       $   97,521      
  Operating income $   5,562   20.1 %   $   4,512   18.3 %   $   27,980   25.5 %   $   24,353   25.0 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     2,189           1,548           7,034           5,747      
  Preopening costs     -            -            -            58      
  Equity-based compensation     178           145           711           629      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   7,929   28.7 %   $   6,205   25.2 %   $   35,725   32.6 %   $   30,787   31.6 %  
                           
  Corporate and Other segment                        
  Operating loss $   (7,432 )     $   (8,197 )     $   (31,739 )     $   (31,674 )    
  Depreciation & amortization     604           667           2,596           2,760      
  Equity-based compensation     1,356           1,431           5,417           5,529      
  Pension settlement charge     148           763           1,715           2,356      
  Other gains and (losses), net     (82 )         7,215           (298 )         (13,206 )    
  Loss on warrant settlements     -            -            -            20,246      
  Gain on disposal of assets     (29 )         (7,202 )         (153 )         (7,196 )    
  Adjusted EBITDA $   (5,435 )     $   (5,323 )     $   (22,462 )     $   (21,185 )    

 

RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS  
FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS ("FFO") AND ADJUSTED FFO RECONCILIATION  
Unaudited  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
                   
    Three Months Ended Dec. 31,   Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31,  
      2016       2015       2016       2015    
  Consolidated                
  Net income $   48,096     $   38,899     $   159,366     $   111,511    
  Depreciation & amortization     27,928         28,916         109,816         114,383    
  Pro rata adjustments from joint ventures     22         -          59         -     
  FFO     76,046         67,815         269,241         225,894    
                   
  Non-cash lease expense     1,311         1,341         5,243         5,364    
  Pension settlement charge     148         763         1,715         2,356    
  Impairment charges     -          16,310         -          19,200    
  Pro rata adjustments from joint ventures     185         -          1,377         -     
  Loss on warrant settlements     -          -          -          20,246    
  Gain on other assets     (1,202 )       (6,903 )       (1,261 )       (6,759 )  
  Write-off of deferred financing costs     -          -          -          1,926    
  Amortization of deferred financing costs     1,215         1,330         4,863         5,507    
  Deferred tax (benefit) expense     42         (8,544 )       321         (13,847 )  
  Adjusted FFO (1) $   77,745     $   72,112     $   281,499     $   259,887    
  Capital expenditures (2)     (16,944 )       (15,001 )       (58,753 )       (50,988 )  
  Adjusted FFO less maintenance capital expenditures $   60,801     $   57,111     $   222,746     $   208,899    
                   
                   
  Basic net income per share  $   0.94     $   0.76     $   3.12     $   2.18    
  Fully diluted net income per share  $   0.94     $   0.75     $   3.11     $   2.16    
                   
  FFO per basic share $   1.49     $   1.32     $   5.28     $   4.41    
  Adjusted FFO per basic share $   1.52     $   1.41     $   5.52     $   5.07    
                   
  FFO per diluted share $   1.48     $   1.31     $   5.25     $   4.38    
  Adjusted FFO per diluted share $   1.51     $   1.40     $   5.49     $   5.04    
                   
(1) Adjusted FFO for both periods is presented using the 2016 definition of Adjusted FFO contained in this release.   
(2) Represents FF&E reserve for managed properties and maintenance capital expenditures for non-managed properties.   

 

RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS  
HOSPITALITY SEGMENT ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATIONS AND OPERATING METRICS  
Unaudited  
(in thousands)  
                           
           
    Three Months Ended Dec. 31,   Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31,  
      2016       2015       2016       2015    
    $ Margin   $ Margin   $ Margin   $ Margin  
  Hospitality segment                        
  Revenue $   292,104       $   287,472       $   1,039,643       $   994,603      
  Operating Income $   63,369   21.7 %   $   40,074   13.9 %   $   217,564   20.9 %   $   169,383   17.0 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     25,135           26,701           100,186           105,876      
  Preopening costs     -            -            -            851      
  Non-cash lease expense     1,311           1,341           5,243           5,364      
  Impairment charges     -            16,310           -            19,200      
  Interest income on Gaylord National bonds     2,365           2,990           11,410           12,337      
  Other gains and (losses), net     1,955           -            4,459           2,317      
  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets     (1,955 )         -            (1,931 )         138      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   92,180   31.6 %   $   87,416   30.4 %   $   336,931   32.4 %   $   315,466   31.7 %  
                           
  Occupancy   76.2 %       76.4 %       75.0 %       73.6 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   189.91       $   192.87       $   184.36       $   182.56      
  RevPAR $   144.79       $   147.33       $   138.27       $   134.44      
  OtherPAR $   237.51       $   229.60       $   203.98       $   196.17      
  Total RevPAR $   382.30       $   376.93       $   342.25       $   330.61      
                           
                           
  Same-Store Hospitality (1)                        
  Revenue $   289,544       $   285,320       $   1,029,651       $   987,631      
  Operating Income $   62,959   21.7 %   $   39,838   14.0 %   $   215,693   20.9 %   $   168,833   17.1 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     24,819           26,378           98,922           104,781      
  Non-cash lease expense     1,311           1,341           5,243           5,364      
  Impairment charges     -            16,310           -            19,200      
  Interest income on Gaylord National bonds     2,365           2,990           11,410           12,337      
  Other gains and (losses), net     1,955           -            4,459           2,317      
  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets     (1,955 )         -            (1,931 )         138      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   91,454   31.6 %   $   86,857   30.4 %   $   333,796   32.4 %   $   312,970   31.7 %  
                           
  Occupancy   76.5 %       76.9 %       75.2 %       73.9 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   190.00       $   192.83       $   184.40       $   182.34      
  RevPAR $   145.32       $   148.38       $   138.67       $   134.80      
  OtherPAR $   242.60       $   234.59       $   208.32       $   199.34      
  Total RevPAR $   387.92       $   382.97       $   346.99       $   334.14      
                           
                           
  Gaylord Opryland                        
  Revenue $   97,766       $   96,886       $   331,828       $   319,211      
  Operating Income $   26,633   27.2 %   $   23,688   24.4 %   $   86,198   26.0 %   $   76,308   23.9 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     7,994           7,826           30,343           30,793      
  Impairment charges     -            -            -            690      
  Other gains and (losses), net     -            -            -            15      
  Gain on disposal of assets     -            -            -            (15 )    
  Adjusted EBITDA $   34,627   35.4 %   $   31,514   32.5 %   $   116,541   35.1 %   $   107,791   33.8 %  
                           
  Occupancy   81.9 %       81.5 %       76.4 %       74.9 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   181.59       $   186.21       $   175.61       $   170.42      
  RevPAR $   148.72       $   151.75       $   134.16       $   127.66      
  OtherPAR $   219.35       $   213.66       $   180.19       $   175.79      
  Total RevPAR $   368.07       $   365.41       $   314.35       $   303.45      
                           
                           
  Gaylord Palms                        
  Revenue $   52,070       $   52,291       $   195,719       $   178,279      
  Operating Income  $   7,351   14.1 %   $   8,330   15.9 %   $   35,008   17.9 %   $   25,956   14.6 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     4,855           4,704           19,098           18,651      
  Non-cash lease expense     1,311           1,341           5,243           5,364      
  Impairment charges     -            -            -            797      
  Other gains and (losses), net     -            -            -            26      
  Gain on disposal of assets     -            -            -            (26 )    
  Adjusted EBITDA $   13,517   26.0 %   $   14,375   27.5 %   $   59,349   30.3 %   $   50,768   28.5 %  
                           
  Occupancy   76.5 %       79.4 %       77.5 %       74.6 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   182.26       $   184.05       $   174.32       $   173.17      
  RevPAR $   139.41       $   146.08       $   135.08       $   129.25      
  OtherPAR $   260.30       $   258.17       $   243.23       $   218.14      
  Total RevPAR $   399.71       $   404.25       $   378.31       $   347.39      
                           
  (1) Same-store excludes the AC Hotel at National Harbor.                 
                           
  Gaylord Texan                        
  Revenue $   68,676       $   64,975       $   231,179       $   220,486      
  Operating Income $   19,843   28.9 %   $   1,130   1.7 %   $   61,586   26.6 %   $   39,797   18.0 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     5,094           4,943           20,184           19,986      
  Impairment charges     -            16,310           -            17,095      
  Other gains and (losses), net     1,955           -            1,955           (192 )    
  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets     (1,955 )         -            (1,955 )         192      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   24,937   36.3 %   $   22,383   34.4 %   $   81,770   35.4 %   $   76,878   34.9 %  
                           
  Occupancy   78.8 %       79.7 %       78.4 %       76.7 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   206.24       $   201.17       $   194.17       $   192.66      
  RevPAR $   162.41       $   160.34       $   152.25       $   147.69      
  OtherPAR $   331.62       $   307.06       $   265.78       $   252.09      
  Total RevPAR $   494.03       $   467.40       $   418.03       $   399.78      
                           
                           
  Gaylord National                        
  Revenue $   67,141       $   67,636       $   255,846       $   256,020      
  Operating Income $   7,296   10.9 %   $   5,011   7.4 %   $   28,763   11.2 %   $   23,283   9.1 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     6,539           8,570           27,962           34,033      
  Impairment charges     -            -            -            618      
  Interest income on Gaylord National bonds     2,365           2,990           11,410           12,337      
  Other gains and (losses), net     -            -            2,504           2,468      
  (Gain) loss on disposal of assets     -            (1 )         24           (14 )    
  Adjusted EBITDA $   16,200   24.1 %   $   16,570   24.5 %   $   70,663   27.6 %   $   72,725   28.4 %  
                           
  Occupancy   66.4 %       66.9 %       69.0 %       70.0 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   208.94       $   216.54       $   207.83       $   208.79      
  RevPAR $   138.70       $   144.97       $   143.35       $   146.06      
  OtherPAR $   226.92       $   223.35       $   206.87       $   205.35      
  Total RevPAR $   365.62       $   368.32       $   350.22       $   351.41      
                           
                           
  The AC Hotel at National Harbor (2)                        
  Revenue $   2,560       $   2,152       $   9,992       $   6,972      
  Operating Income $   410   16.0 %   $   236   11.0 %   $   1,871   18.7 %   $   550   7.9 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     316           323           1,264           1,095      
  Preopening costs     -            -            -            851      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   726   28.4 %   $   559   26.0 %   $   3,135   31.4 %   $   2,496   35.8 %  
                           
  Occupancy   65.9 %       52.7 %       66.5 %       57.8 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   185.40       $   195.87       $   182.56       $   198.38      
  RevPAR $   122.13       $   103.30       $   121.42       $   114.61      
  OtherPAR $   22.80       $   18.55       $   20.77       $   17.92      
  Total RevPAR $   144.93       $   121.85       $   142.19       $   132.53      
                           
                           
  The Inn at Opryland (3)                        
  Revenue $   3,891       $   3,532       $   15,079       $   13,635      
  Operating Income $   1,836   47.2 %   $   1,679   47.5 %   $   4,138   27.4 %   $   3,489   25.6 %  
  Depreciation & amortization     337           335           1,335           1,318      
  Loss on disposal of assets     -            1           -            1      
  Adjusted EBITDA $   2,173   55.8 %   $   2,015   57.0 %   $   5,473   36.3 %   $   4,808   35.3 %  
                           
  Occupancy   80.1 %       74.7 %       78.1 %       73.8 %    
  Average daily rate (ADR) $   123.45       $   120.32       $   127.60       $   121.80      
  RevPAR $   98.90       $   89.82       $   99.64       $   89.93      
  OtherPAR $   40.68       $   37.03       $   36.34       $   33.38      
  Total RevPAR $   139.58       $   126.85       $   135.98       $   123.31      
                           
  (2) The AC Hotel at National Harbor opened in April 2015.           
  (3) Includes other hospitality revenue and expense                 

 

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. and Subsidiaries    
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Statements    
Unaudited    
(in thousands)    
                 
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") 
and Adjusted Funds From Operations ("AFFO") reconciliation:        
                 
                 
        GUIDANCE RANGE    
        FOR FULL YEAR 2017    
        Low    High    
  Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.            
    Net Income   $    139,800     $    157,600      
    Provision (benefit) for income taxes       2,500         3,000      
    Interest expense       70,500         69,000      
    Interest income       (10,000 )       (11,000 )    
    Operating Income       202,800         218,600      
    Depreciation and amortization       113,500         116,500      
    Non-cash lease expense       5,000         5,000      
    Preopening expense       400         500      
    Equity based compensation       6,300         6,400      
    Pension settlement charge, Other       2,000         2,000      
    Interest income        10,000         11,000      
    Adjusted EBITDA   $    340,000     $    360,000      
                 
  Hospitality Segment             
    Operating Income   $    212,000     $    222,000      
    Depreciation and amortization       103,000         106,000      
    Non-cash lease expense       5,000         5,000      
    Interest income       10,000         11,000      
    Adjusted EBITDA   $    330,000     $    344,000      
                 
  Entertainment Segment            
    Operating Income   $    24,800     $    28,600      
    Depreciation and amortization       8,000         8,000      
    Preopening expense       400         500      
    Equity based compensation       800         900      
    Adjusted EBITDA   $    34,000     $    38,000      
                 
  Corporate and Other Segment            
    Operating Income   $    (34,000 )   $    (32,000 )    
    Depreciation and amortization       2,500         2,500      
    Equity based compensation       5,500         5,500      
    Pension settlement charge, Other       2,000         2,000      
    Adjusted EBITDA   $    (24,000 )   $    (22,000 )    
                 
  Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.            
    Net income   $    139,800     $    157,600      
    Depreciation & amortization       113,500         116,500      
    Funds from Operations (FFO)       253,300         274,100      
    Non-cash lease expense       5,000         5,000      
    Amortization of DFC       5,000         5,200      
    Deferred tax expense       (800 )       (800 )    
    Pension settlement charge       2,000         2,000      
    Adjusted FFO   $    264,500     $    285,500      
Investor Relations Contacts:
Mark Fioravanti, President and Chief Financial Officer
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
(615) 316-6588
mfioravanti@rymanhp.com

~or~
Todd Siefert, Vice President of Corporate Finance & Treasurer
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
(615) 316-6344
tsiefert@rymanhp.com

Media Contacts:
Brian Abrahamson, Vice President of Corporate Communications
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
(615) 316-6302
babrahamson@rymanhp.com

~or~
Robert Winters or Sam GibbonsAlpha IR Group
(929) 266-6315 or (312) 445-2874
robert.winters@alpha-ir.com; sam.gibbons@alpha-ir.com

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