ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) is releasing preliminary operating metrics for the fourth quarter of 2020:
- Gross vacation ownership interest (VOI) sales of $281 million (1)
- VOI sales were impacted by increased restrictions related to COVID-19, particularly in Hawaii and California where resorts were closed in December
- Fourth quarter gross VOI sales were 51.8% lower than the prior year with tours 63.8% lower year-over-year, partially offset by a 23.8% increase in VPG
- Excluding Hawaii, and California in December, fourth quarter gross VOI sales declined 48.5% and tours declined 61.0% year-over-year
“We were pleased to finish the year strong while adhering to important and necessary safety guidelines for the benefit of our owners, members and associates,” commented Michael D. Brown, president and CEO of Wyndham Destinations. “Restrictions in California and certain other markets curtailed the momentum we had coming out of the summer. However, the underlying strength at our resorts that remained fully open support our expectation of a strong return of leisure travel in 2021. Our bookings for the summer of 2021 and beyond continue to be strong.”
The Company is reaffirming the following:
- Expect the loan loss provision associated with fourth quarter gross VOI sales to remain below 20%
- Continue to expect positive adjusted free cash flow for the full year of 2020
The operating metrics reported in this release are preliminary and subject to change as the Company completes its financial statements for the fourth quarter and full year 2020.
Gross VOI sales, a non-GAAP measure, represents sales of vacation ownership interests (VOIs), including sales under the fee-for-service program before the effect of loan loss provisions. We believe that Gross VOI sales provide an enhanced understanding of the performance of our vacation ownership business because it directly measures the sales volume of this business during a given reporting period. This measure is presented only on a non-GAAP basis because not all of the information necessary for a quantitative reconciliation of this preliminary estimated non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is available without unreasonable effort; primarily due to the ongoing calculation of the company’s loan loss provision. A full reconciliation of this non-GAAP metric will be included in the company’s earnings release reporting on its fourth quarter results.
About Wyndham Destinations
Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world’s largest vacation club and exchange company, is on a mission to put the world on vacation. The company offers more than 4 million members and owner families the opportunity to own, exchange, or rent their vacation experience while enjoying quality, flexibility, and great value from a trusted brand. The company’s Wyndham Vacation Clubs offer 230 resorts that provide a contemporary take on the timeshare model through brands Club Wyndham®, Worldmark® by Wyndham, and Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham. With a global presence in 110 countries, the company’s membership travel business – Panorama – includes today’s leading vacation exchange, leisure travel, and technology brands, including RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange that provides access to 4,200+ affiliated resorts, and Extra Holidays, offering condo vacations at hotel prices. Year after year, our worldwide team of associates delivers exceptional vacation experiences to millions of families as they make life’s favorite memories. At Wyndham Destinations, our world is your destination.
About the new Travel + Leisure Co.
As announced in the Company’s January 6, 2021 press release, Wyndham Destinations acquired the Travel + Leisure group from Meredith Corporation and will change its name to Travel + Leisure Co. As a result, in the first quarter of 2021, Travel + Leisure Co. will become the world’s leading membership and leisure travel company, with a portfolio of nearly 20 resort, travel club and lifestyle travel brands. The company provides outstanding vacation experiences and travel inspiration to millions of owners, members, and subscribers every year through its products and services: Wyndham Destinations, the largest vacation ownership company with 230 vacation club resort locations across the globe; Panorama, the world’s foremost membership travel business that includes the largest vacation exchange company, industry-leading travel technology, and subscription travel brands; and Travel + Leisure Group, featuring top online and print travel content, online booking platforms and travel clubs, and branded consumer products. At Travel + Leisure Co., our global team of associates brings hospitality to millions, turning vacation inspiration into exceptional travel experiences. We put the world on vacation.
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