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 Hilton Hotels Corp. Reports Third Quarter Net Income of $34 million,
Down 29% from a Year Earlier; Hotels in San Francisco, Chicago
and Boston Pose Challenge for the Fourth Quarter
Hotel Operating Statistics
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2003--Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2003.

The company reported third quarter 2003 net income of $34 million, versus $48 million in the 2002 quarter. Diluted net income per share was $.09 in the third quarter 2003, compared with $.13 in the 2002 quarter. The 2002 third quarter included two items with a combined benefit of $.02 per diluted share: 1) a $15.6 million reduction in the provision for income taxes ($.04 per diluted share), and 2) a pre-tax impairment charge of $10 million ($.02 per diluted share).

Hilton reported 2003 third quarter total company operating income of $126 million (compared with $127 million in the 2002 period), on total revenue of $964 million (compared with $934 million in the corresponding 2002 period). Total company earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-recurring items (“Adjusted EBITDA,” see attachment) were $218 million in the 2003 third quarter, compared with $224 million in the 2002 quarter.

Continued pressure on room rates and higher costs that adversely impacted margins at the company’s owned hotels were factors affecting the quarterly results. Helping partially offset these items were increases in management and franchise fees, along with strong results from the company’s timeshare business.

Owned Hotel Results

The company’s owned hotels maintained solid occupancy levels during the third quarter as a result of strong leisure travel during the summer months. Hilton’s owned properties in New York, Hawaii, San Diego, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis and Anchorage reported occupancy levels of 75 percent-plus during the quarter as leisure travelers filled hotel rooms. Offsetting the solid occupancies were soft room rates, owing to relative weakness in group and business transient demand. San Francisco, while improving, remains a sluggish market.

Across all brands, revenue from the company’s owned hotels (majority owned and controlled hotels) totaled $487 million in the third quarter, a 3 percent decline from the 2002 period. The company’s comparable owned hotels reported a 2 percent revenue decline during the quarter. Contributing to the revenue decline was a 1.9 percent decline in revenue per available room (RevPAR) from comparable owned hotels during the quarter. Occupancy at these hotels was flat at 73.6 percent, while average daily rate (ADR) declined 1.8 percent to $139.03. Revenue was also adversely impacted by reduced business from food and beverage and other hotel items (such as telephone and retail).

Total owned hotel expenses increased 2 percent to $372 million. Expenses at the company’s comparable owned hotels increased 3 percent in the quarter. Owned hotel profitability continued to be impacted by the aforementioned RevPAR, food and beverage and other declines, as well as increases in insurance and healthcare costs and property taxes.

System-wide RevPAR; Management/Franchise Fees

Third quarter system-wide RevPAR performance at each of the company’s brands (including franchise properties) was consistent with the strength of summer leisure travel, as the company’s midscale brands generally fared better than the full-service hotels. Third quarter RevPAR increased 3.0 percent at Hilton Garden Inn; 1.0 percent at Homewood Suites by Hilton; and 1.0 percent at Hampton Inn. Embassy Suites RevPAR declined a modest 0.2 percent, with the Hilton and Doubletree brands down 1.1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

Management and franchise fees for the quarter totaled $87 million, compared with $83 million a year ago, as a result of RevPAR increases at franchised hotels and the addition of new franchised units.

Brand Development/Unit Growth

Year-to-date August 2003 (the latest period for which data is available), all but one of the company’s brands were significantly above their fair share of RevPAR versus their segment competitors. With 100 representing a brand’s fair share of the market, the Hilton brands, according to Smith Travel Research, posted RevPAR index numbers as follows for the first eight months of 2003: Embassy Suites, 126.2; Homewood Suites by Hilton, 119.9; Hampton Inn, 117.7; Hilton Garden Inn, 114.2; Hilton, 108.9; Doubletree, 99.8.

In the third quarter, the company added 43 hotels and 5,350 rooms to its system as follows: Hampton Inn, 23 hotels and 1,944 rooms; Hilton Garden Inn, 8 hotels and 1,118 rooms; Doubletree, 5 hotels and 1,119 rooms; Homewood Suites by Hilton, 5 hotels and 482 rooms; Embassy Suites, 1 hotel and 512 rooms; Hilton, 1 hotel and 175 rooms. Five hotels and 1,260 rooms were removed from the system during the quarter. As of September 30, 2003, the Hilton system consisted of 2,157 properties and 345,141 rooms.

Highlighting brand development activity during the quarter were: the opening of the first Doubletree hotel in Canada, a 433-room property at Toronto Airport; the first Hampton Inn in Manhattan (144 rooms) with a total of five Hampton Inns expected to open in New York City by 2005; and the opening of the 512-suite Embassy Suites - Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Additionally, Conrad Hotels announced that two Conrad properties will open in Asia in 2004: in Phuket, Thailand (currently operating as the Panwaburi Resort & Spa) and in Bali, along with the Conrad Miami in Florida, scheduled for opening in January 2004. New Hilton-managed convention hotels are on track to open in Houston, Texas (December 2003); Austin, Texas (February 2004); and Omaha, Nebraska (April 2004).
T
he Hilton Family of Brands continues to be recognized for quality, value and service by the traveling public. In August, three of the company’s brands earned first place awards from J.D. Power & Associates for customer satisfaction: Embassy Suites in the upscale hotel category (the fifth consecutive win for that brand); Hilton Garden Inn in the mid-priced category (its second win in as many years of eligibility); and Homewood Suites by Hilton in the extended-stay category.

The continued strong performance of Hilton’s brands has enabled the company to significantly enhance its development pipeline versus its industry competitors. In October, Lodging Econometrics noted that for the first time Hilton had, by a wide margin, more rooms in the active U.S. development pipeline than any other company.

Hilton Grand Vacations

The company’s vacation ownership business, Hilton Grand Vacations Company (HGVC), reported third quarter revenue (included in “other fees and income”) of $94 million, compared to $72 million in the 2002 quarter, an increase of 31 percent. Third quarter expenses were $71 million, compared with $52 million in the 2002 quarter.

Overall unit sales were up 9 percent over the 2002 period, with strong sales at the company’s new projects in Las Vegas and Orlando. The first phase of the Orlando project is on track for sell-out when it opens in early 2004. The average unit sales price increased 5 percent across the HGVC system during the quarter.

Margins in the quarter were lower primarily due to a shift in the sales mix across the company’s various projects. Specifically, the company sold less (as a percentage of total sales) of its highly profitable Hawaii project in the 2003 quarter than it did in the prior year quarter. Timeshare profitability in the quarter was also impacted by the required lease accounting for the Hilton Club in New York, and the sale of timeshare receivables in 2002.

Corporate Finance

At September 30, 2003, Hilton had total debt of $4.08 billion (net of $325 million allocated to Park Place Entertainment), a reduction of $22 million during the third quarter. Approximately 23 percent of the company’s debt is floating rate debt. Cash and equivalents totaled approximately $115 million at September 30, 2003. The company’s average basic and diluted share counts for the third quarter were 378 million and 385 million, respectively.

Consolidated net interest expense (interest expense net of interest and dividend income) declined $3 million in the third quarter due to lower average debt balances.

Hilton’s debt currently has an average life of 9.5 years, at an average cost of approximately 6.2 percent. During the third quarter, Hilton completed a new $1 billion revolving credit facility with a consortium of banks. The new facility expires August 2008, with pricing remaining at LIBOR+125 basis points. The company noted that with this facility in place, it has no significant debt maturities until November 2007.

At September 30, 2003, the company had approximately $400 million of available capacity under its line of credit.

The company’s effective tax rate for the third quarter was approximately 38 percent, versus 8 percent last year. As previously mentioned, the 2002 quarter included a $15.6 million reduction in the provision for income taxes, due to the utilization of capital loss carryforwards.

Total hotel capital expenditures in the quarter were $44 million, with an additional $31 million expended for timeshare development.

Nine-Month Results

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2003, Hilton reported net income of $97 million, compared to $158 million in the corresponding 2002 period. Diluted net income per share was $.25 versus $.42 in the 2002 period. Operating income for the nine months was $376 million (compared with $467 million in the 2002 period) based on revenue of $2.86 billion (versus $2.89 billion in the 2002 period). For the 2003 nine-month period, when compared to the same period last year, total company Adjusted EBITDA declined 12 percent to $667 million.

2003 Outlook

The company is seeing what appear to be initial and moderate signs of improvement in business travel in certain markets, including New York and Washington, D.C., as well as favorable leisure trends in Hawaii and San Diego. It noted, however, that other markets—notably San Francisco, Chicago and Boston—remain challenging for the fourth quarter. Group business overall is expected to remain relatively weak for the balance of the year. Pricing power is expected to remain limited for both the group and business transient segments.

Based on its nine-month results and expectations for the fourth quarter 2003, the company provided the following updated guidance for full year 2003:

        Full Year 2003 Estimates
 Total revenue                $3.84 billion range

 Total operating income    $515 million range

 Total Adjusted EBITDA     $900 million range

 Comparable owned hotel RevPAR  Decline of 3 - 4%

 Diluted earnings per share    $.37 range

Total capital spending in 2003 is expected to be in the $350 million range, with approximately $165 million being spent on routine improvements and technology, $110 million on timeshare projects, $40 million on hotel special projects and $35 million at the Hilton Hawaiian Village related to the mold situation. The company successfully reopened the Kalia Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to guests in early September 2003.

Hilton remains on track to add approximately 112 hotels and 15,000 rooms to its system in 2003. Conversions to one of Hilton’s brands are expected to account for approximately 15 percent of the unit growth.  As noted, the company’s current U.S. development pipeline remains strong with approximately 385 hotels and 52,000 rooms approved and in design, or under construction.

“With travelers taking to the road in significant numbers for vacations and other leisure activities during the summer months, our properties—including many of our owned hotels and our midscale franchised properties—ran at strong occupancy levels,” said Stephen F. Bollenbach, president and chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation. “However, we experienced a continuation of the rate pressure from weakness in groups and business transient travel that has characterized the industry all year.”

Mr. Bollenbach continued: “We get a sense that we are in the initial stages of an improved business environment in certain markets, but it may be a couple of quarters before this improvement is fully realized. Should economic conditions continue to improve, we believe our owned hotels will be major beneficiaries from this increased demand and a limited new supply environment.

“In terms of our franchise business, we now have the most active U.S. development pipeline in the industry. These brands—supported by our proprietary technology system, ‘OnQ,’ and the loyalty of 13 million Hilton HHonors members—continue to strengthen their positions as brands-of-choice for owners, and hotels-of-choice for travelers.”

Mr. Bollenbach concluded: “As a result of our owned hotel assets, great brands, supportive owners, investment in technology, solid financial position and the industry’s most talented people, we are well positioned to benefit from a more favorable business environment over the coming months.”
 

HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
(in millions, except per share amounts)

                       Three Months Ended        Nine Months Ended
                          September 30             September 30
                      2002  2003   % Change    2002    2003   % Change
                      ----  ----   --------    ----    ----   --------
Revenue
     Owned hotels     $502  $487        (3)% $1,555  $1,501        (3)%
     Leased hotels      27    28         4       86      79        (8)
Management and
franchise fees    83    87         5      251     255         2
Other fees and
      income            88   113        28      280     299         7
                     ----- -----              -----   -----
                       700   715         2    2,172   2,134        (2)
Other revenue
from managed
and franchised
      properties       234   249         6      718     730         2
                     ----- -----              -----   -----
                       934   964         3    2,890   2,864        (1)

Expenses
     Owned hotels      365   372         2    1,080   1,120         4
     Leased hotels      24    25         4       77      72        (6)
Depreciation and
amortization      86    84        (2)     258     249        (3)
Impairment loss
and related costs 10    --        --       20      17       (15)
Other operating
expenses          71    89        25      223     243         9
Corporate
      expense, net      17    19        12       47      57        21
                     ----- -----              -----   -----
                       573   589         3    1,705   1,758         3
Other expenses
from managed
and franchised
      properties       234   249         6      718     730         2
                     ----- -----              -----   -----
                       807   838         4    2,423   2,488         3

 Operating income      127   126        (1)     467     376       (19)

Interest and
  dividend income        9     6       (33)      37      21       (43)
 Interest expense      (78)  (72)       (8)    (252)   (224)      (11)
Net interest from
unconsolidated
affiliates            (5)   (4)      (20)     (15)    (13)      (13)
Net loss on asset
  dispositions          (1)   --        --      (16)     (3)      (81)
                     ----- -----              -----   -----
Income before taxes
and minority interest 52    56         8      221     157       (29)
Provision for income
  taxes                 (4)  (21)       --      (58)    (55)       (5)
 Minority interest, net --    (1)       --       (5)     (5)       --
                     ----- -----              -----   -----
 Net income            $48   $34       (29)%   $158     $97       (39)%
                     ===== =====              =====   =====

Net income per share (1)
 Basic                $.13  $.09       (31)%   $.42    $.26       (38)%
                     ===== =====              =====   =====
 Diluted              $.13  $.09       (31)%   $.42    $.25       (40)%
                     ===== =====              =====   =====

Average shares 
? basic              376   378         1 %    373     377         1 %
                     ===== =====              =====   =====
Average shares 
? diluted            402   385        (4)%    400     394        (2)%
                     ===== =====              =====   =====

 (1) The sum of EPS for the first three quarters of 2003 differs
     from the year to date EPS and EPS for the nine month period in
     2002 differs from the sum of the six month and third quarter EPS
     due to the required method of computing EPS in the respective
     periods.
 

HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
U.S. Owned Statistics (1)
Three Months Ended
September 30
%/pt 
                                         2002      2003       Change
                                         ----      ----       ------
Hilton
    Occupancy                             74.5 %    74.3 %    (0.2) pts
    Average Rate                       $147.82   $144.97      (1.9)  %
    RevPAR                             $110.17   $107.76      (2.2)  %

All Other
    Occupancy                             69.4 %    69.8 %     0.4  pts
    Average Rate                       $106.84   $106.07      (0.7)  %
    RevPAR                              $74.11    $74.05      (0.1)  %

Total
    Occupancy                             73.7 %    73.6 %    (0.1) pts
    Average Rate                       $141.59   $139.03      (1.8)  %
    RevPAR                             $104.35   $102.33      (1.9)  %
 

                                             Nine Months Ended
September 30
%/pt
                                         2002       2003      Change
                                         ----       ----      ------
Hilton
    Occupancy                             72.9 %    71.8 %    (1.1) pts
    Average Rate                       $154.81   $150.38      (2.9)  %
    RevPAR                             $112.80   $108.01      (4.2)  %

All Other
    Occupancy                             68.1 %    69.1 %     1.0  pts
    Average Rate                       $108.77   $106.58      (2.0)  %
    RevPAR                              $74.02    $73.64      (0.5)  %

Total
    Occupancy                             72.1 %    71.4 %    (0.7) pts
    Average Rate                       $147.80   $143.54      (2.9)  %
    RevPAR                             $106.54   $102.47      (3.8)  %
 

(1) Statistics are for comparable hotels, and include only those
hotels in the system as of September 30, 2003 and owned by us since January 1, 2002.

HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
System-wide Statistics (1)
Three Months Ended
September 30 
%/pt
                                 2002        2003      Change
 Hilton                          ----        ----      ------ 
      Occupancy                   70.4   %    70.5   %  0.1  pts
      Average Rate             $122.10     $120.43     (1.4)  %
      RevPAR                    $85.92      $84.95     (1.1)  %

Hilton Garden Inn
      Occupancy                   68.8   %    71.4   %  2.6  pts
      Average Rate              $95.65      $95.05     (0.6)  %
      RevPAR                    $65.84      $67.83      3.0   %

Doubletree
      Occupancy                   68.7   %    67.6   % (1.1) pts
      Average Rate              $99.54      $98.59     (1.0)  %
      RevPAR                    $68.37      $66.68     (2.5)  %

Embassy Suites
      Occupancy                   71.8   %    72.5   %  0.7  pts
      Average Rate             $119.02     $117.68     (1.1)  %
      RevPAR                    $85.51      $85.34     (0.2)  %

Homewood Suites by Hilton
      Occupancy                   75.5   %    77.0   %  1.5  pts
      Average Rate              $94.87      $93.93     (1.0)  %
      RevPAR                    $71.63      $72.34      1.0   %

Hampton
      Occupancy                   71.3   %    71.3   %   --  pts
      Average Rate              $79.09      $79.85      1.0   %
      RevPAR                    $56.35      $56.90      1.0   %

Other
      Occupancy                   63.9   %    68.2   %  4.3  pts
      Average Rate             $121.49     $120.15     (1.1)  %
      RevPAR                    $77.69      $81.93      5.5   %
 

                                     Nine Months Ended
September 30 
%/pt
                                 2002        2003      Change
                                 ----        ----      ------
Hilton
      Occupancy                   69.3   %    68.4   % (0.9) pts
      Average Rate             $127.26     $124.24     (2.4)  %
      RevPAR                    $88.15      $84.96     (3.6)  %

Hilton Garden Inn
      Occupancy                   66.2   %    67.7   %  1.5  pts
      Average Rate              $96.16      $94.91     (1.3)  %
      RevPAR                    $63.70      $64.23      0.8   %

Doubletree
      Occupancy                   67.4   %    66.0   % (1.4) pts
      Average Rate             $102.62     $100.46     (2.1)  %
      RevPAR                    $69.18      $66.29     (4.2)  %

Embassy Suites
      Occupancy                   70.6   %    70.6   %   --  pts
      Average Rate             $121.36     $119.06     (1.9)  %
      RevPAR                    $85.65      $84.01     (1.9)  %

Homewood Suites by Hilton
      Occupancy                   74.1   %    74.0   % (0.1) pts
      Average Rate              $95.41      $94.23     (1.2)  %
      RevPAR                    $70.66      $69.70     (1.4)  %

Hampton
      Occupancy                   68.5   %    67.7   % (0.8) pts
      Average Rate              $78.12      $78.53      0.5   %
      RevPAR                    $53.54      $53.15     (0.7)  %

Other
      Occupancy                   61.0   %    53.8   % (7.2) pts
      Average Rate             $123.42     $125.77      1.9   %
      RevPAR                    $75.33      $67.61    (10.2)  %
 

(1) Statistics are for comparable hotels, and include only those
hotels in the system as of September 30, 2003 and owned, operated or franchised by us since January 1, 2002.

HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
Supplementary Statistical Information
 

                                             September
                                     2002                 2003
                                   Number of            Number of
                               Properties  Rooms    Properties  Rooms
                               ----------  -----    ----------  -----
Hilton
      Owned                          39   28,981          38   28,434
      Leased                          1      499           1      499
      Joint Venture                   5    1,863           7    2,739
      Managed                        16   10,343          20   11,664
      Franchised                    170   45,791         163   43,777
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                    231   87,477         229   87,113
Hilton Garden Inn
      Owned                           1      162           1      162
      Joint Venture                   2      280           2      280
      Managed                        --       --           2      251
      Franchised                    151   20,866         170   23,266
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                    154   21,308         175   23,959
Doubletree
      Owned                           9    3,156           9    3,156
      Leased                          6    2,151           6    2,145
      Joint Venture                  30    8,271          27    8,193
      Managed                        59   16,552          45   11,696
      Franchised                     50   11,440          70   16,319
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                    154   41,570         157   41,509
Embassy Suites
      Owned                           5    1,023           5    1,023
      Joint Venture                  24    6,581          27    7,279
      Managed                        61   15,589          57   14,699
      Franchised                     78   17,776          84   19,300
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                    168   40,969         173   42,301
Homewood Suites by Hilton
      Owned                           7      905           3      398
      Managed                        30    3,605          35    4,221
      Franchised                     80    8,650          91   10,002
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                    117   13,160         129   14,621
Hampton
      Owned                           1      133           1      133
      Managed                        26    3,431          24    3,101
      Franchised                  1,165  118,479       1,225  123,760
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                  1,192  122,043       1,250  126,994

 Timeshare                           26    3,039          28    3,289

Other
      Owned                           1      300           1      300
      Joint Venture                   4    1,598           3    1,393
      Managed                        11    3,240          11    3,254
      Franchised                     --       --           1      408
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                     16    5,138          16    5,355
Total
 ----- 
      Owned                          63   34,660          58   33,606
      Leased                          7    2,650           7    2,644
      Joint Venture                  65   18,593          66   19,884
      Managed                       203   52,760         194   48,886
      Timeshare                      26    3,039          28    3,289
      Franchised                  1,694  223,002       1,804  236,832
                                 ---------------      ---------------

 TOTAL PROPERTIES                 2,058  334,704       2,157  345,141
                                 ===============      ===============
 

Change to
                                   September 2002      December 2002
                                     Number of           Number of
                                 Properties Rooms    Properties  Rooms
                                 ---------- -----    ----------  ----- 
Hilton
      Owned                          (1)    (547)         (1)    (551)
      Leased                         --       --          --       --
      Joint Venture                   2      876           1      448
      Managed                         4    1,321           3    1,063
      Franchised                     (7)  (2,014)         (5)  (1,557)
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                     (2)    (364)         (2)    (597)
Hilton Garden Inn
      Owned                          --       --          --       --
      Joint Venture                  --       --          --       --
      Managed                         2      251           2      251
      Franchised                     19    2,400          12    1,611
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                     21    2,651          14    1,862
Doubletree
      Owned                          --       --          --       --
      Leased                         --       (6)         --       (6)
      Joint Venture                  (3)     (78)         (3)    (348)
      Managed                       (14)  (4,856)        (12)  (4,006)
      Franchised                     20    4,879          18    4,527
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                      3      (61)          3      167
Embassy Suites
      Owned                          --       --          --       --
      Joint Venture                   3      698           3      698
      Managed                        (4)    (890)         (4)    (890)
      Franchised                      6    1,524           5    1,351
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                      5    1,332           4    1,159
Homewood Suites by Hilton
      Owned                          (4)    (507)         (4)    (507)
      Managed                         5      616           5      616
      Franchised                     11    1,352           7      784
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                     12    1,461           8      893
Hampton
      Owned                          --       --          --       --
      Managed                        (2)    (330)         (1)    (167)
      Franchised                     60    5,281          45    4,120
                                 ---------------      ---------------
                                     58    4,951          44    3,953

 Timeshare                            2      250           1      172

Other
      Owned                          --       --          --       --
      Joint Venture                  (1)    (205)         --       (7)
      Managed                        --       14          --       15
      Franchised                      1      408           1      408
                                 ---------------      ---------------
? 217           1      416

Total
      Owned                          (5)  (1,054)         (5)  (1,058)
      Leased                         --       (6)         --       (6)
      Joint Venture                   1    1,291           1      791
      Managed                        (9)  (3,874)         (7)  (3,118)
      Timeshare                       2      250           1      172
      Franchised                    110   13,830          83   11,244
                                 ---------------      ---------------

 TOTAL PROPERTIES                    99   10,437          73    8,025
                                 ===============      ===============
 

HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited)
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to EBITDA and Net Income
Historical Data
($ in millions)

                           Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                              September 30            September 30
                          2002    2003 % Change   2002    2003 % Change
                          ----    ---- --------   ----    ---- --------

 Adjusted EBITDA          $224    $218    (3)%    $758    $667    (12)%
Proportionate share of
depreciation and
amortization of
unconsolidated 
   affiliates               (7)     (7)   --       (20)    (21)     5
  Non-recurring items       (1)     --    --        (3)    (17)    --
  Pre-opening expense       --      --    --        (1)     --     --
Operating interest
and dividend income      (3)     (1)  (67)       (9)     (4)   (56)
Net loss on asset
   dispositions             (1)     --    --       (16)     (3)   (81)
  Minority interest, net    --      (1)   --        (5)     (5)    --
                        ------  ------          ------  ------
 EBITDA                    212     209    (1)      704     617    (12)
Depreciation and
   amortization            (86)    (84)   (2)     (258)   (249)    (3)
  Interest expense, net    (74)    (70)   (5)     (230)   (216)    (6)
Provision for
   income taxes             (4)    (21)   --       (58)    (55)    (5)
                        ------  ------          ------  ------
 Net income                $48     $34   (29)%    $158     $97    (39)%
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HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION
Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited)
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to EBITDA and Net Income
Future Performance - Full Year 2003 Outlook
($ in millions, except per share amounts)
 

Estimated
Full Year
2003

Adjusted EBITDA                                      $900
Proportionate share of depreciation and
   amortization of unconsolidated affiliates           (29)
  Non-recurring items                                  (17)
  Operating interest and dividend income                (5)
  Net loss on asset dispositions                        (3)
  Minority interest, net                                (6)
 EBITDA                                                840
  Depreciation and amortization                       (332)
  Interest expense, net                               (285)
  Provision for income taxes                           (83)
Net income                                           $140

Diluted EPS                                          $.37
 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Regulation G, “Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” prescribes the conditions for use of non-GAAP financial information in public disclosures. We believe that our presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures, are important supplemental measures of operating performance to investors. The following discussion defines these terms and why we believe they are useful measures of our performance.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is a commonly used measure of performance in our industry which, when considered with GAAP measures, we believe gives investors a more complete understanding of operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes and facilitates comparisons between us and our competitors. Management has historically adjusted EBITDA when evaluating operating performance because we believe that the inclusion or exclusion of certain recurring and non-recurring items described below is necessary to provide the most accurate measure of our core operating results and as a means to evaluate period-to-period results. We have chosen to provide this information to investors to enable them to perform more meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means to evaluate the results of core on-going operations.  Due to recent guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission, we now do not reflect such items when calculating EBITDA, however, we continue to adjust for these items and refer to this measure as Adjusted EBITDA. We have historically reported this measure to our investors and believe that the continued inclusion of Adjusted EBITDA provides consistency in our financial reporting. We use Adjusted EBITDA in this press release because we believe it is useful to investors in allowing greater transparency related to a significant measure used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Adjusted EBITDA is among the more significant factors in management’s internal evaluation of total company and individual property performance and in the evaluation of incentive compensation related to property management. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure in determining the value of acquisitions and dispositions. Adjusted EBITDA is also widely used by management in the annual budget process. Externally, we believe these measures continue to be used by investors in their assessment of our operating performance and the valuation of our company. Adjusted EBITDA for 2003 reflects EBITDA adjusted for the following items:
 

 -- 
Gains and Losses on Asset Dispositions and Non-Recurring
Items: We exclude the effect of gains and losses on asset
dispositions and non-recurring items, such as asset
write-downs and impairment losses, from Adjusted EBITDA. We
believe the inclusion of these items is not consistent with
reflecting the on-going performance of our assets. Management
believes it is useful to exclude gains and losses on asset
dispositions as these amounts are not reflective of our
operating performance or the performance of our assets and the
amount of such items can vary dramatically from period to
period. The timing of, and selection of, an asset for
disposition is subject to a number of variables that are
generally unrelated to our on-going operations.

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Proportionate Share of Depreciation and Amortization of
Unconsolidated Affiliates: Our consolidated results include
the equity earnings from our unconsolidated affiliates after
the deduction of our proportionate share of depreciation and
amortization expense from unconsolidated affiliates. We
exclude our proportionate share of depreciation and
amortization expense from unconsolidated affiliates from
Adjusted EBITDA to provide a more accurate measure of our proportionate share of core operating results before investing activities and to provide consistency with the performance measure we use for our consolidated properties.

 -- 
Operating Interest and Dividend Income: Interest and dividend income from investments related to operating activities is included in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. We consider this income, primarily interest on notes receivable issued to properties we manage or franchise and dividend income from investments related to the development of our core businesses, to be a part of our core operating results.

 -- 
Minority Interest, Net: We exclude the minority interest in
the income or loss of our consolidated joint ventures because
these amounts effectively include our minority partners’
proportionate share of depreciation, amortization, interest
and taxes, which are excluded from EBITDA.
 
 

Prior to January 1, 2003, we also adjusted EBITDA for pre-opening expense, which we no longer exclude, and adjusted only the non-cash portion of non-recurring items.
 

Limitations on the Use of Non-GAAP Measures
 

The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations. Our presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the presentation used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. Depreciation expense for various long-term assets, interest expense, income taxes and other items have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of our results. Additionally, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not consider capital expenditures and other investing activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity.  We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of our depreciation, interest and income tax expense, capital expenditures and other items both in our reconciliations to the GAAP financial measures and in our consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP, nor should these measures be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA reflect additional ways of viewing our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, we believe provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. Management strongly encourages investors to review our financial information in its entirety and not to rely on a single financial measure.

Note: This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities law, including statements concerning business strategies and their intended results, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts.


 
Contact:
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Marc Grossman, 310-205-4030
marc_grossman@hilton.com
http://www.hiltonworldwide.com
Also See: Hilton Reports 3rd Qtr Income of $48 million, Up from $21 million a Year Earlier; Takes $10 million Charge for Mold Cleanup at Kalia Tower - Hopes to Re-open in Second Quarter 2003 / Hotel Operating Statistics / Oct 2002


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