REUTERS: Hotel chain Marriott International Inc on Monday mapped out a three-year plan to open more than 1,700 hotels around the world, return up to US$11 billion to shareholders and make a full-year profit of as much as US$8.50 per share by 2021.
Marriott, which owns the Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis luxury hotel brands, said it would add between 275,000 and 295,000 rooms over three years, potentially adding US$400 million in fee revenue in 2021 and US$700 million annually when stabilized.
The company also forecast a profit of US$7.65 to US$8.50 per share by 2021, the mid point of which was above US$7.72 estimated by analysts, according to Refinitiv data.
During the three-year period, the company plans to pay US$1.9 billion to US$2 billion in dividends and buy back US$7.6 billion to US$9 billion in shares, Marriott said.
The company, which plans to hold an investor conference on Monday, expects comparable hotel revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth - a key measure of hotel health - between 1 and 3 percent on an annual basis for the three-year period.
Last month, Marriott missed Wall Street estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and forecast a lower-than-expected full-year profit, blaming weak demand in North America, its largest market.
The company was hit by a massive data breach involving up to 383 million guests in its Starwood hotels reservation system and Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson earlier this month apologized before a U.S. Senate panel and vowed to protect against future attacks.
(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Anil D'Silva)