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Choice Hotels International Inc.’s (CHH) second-quarter profit jumped 5.9% as the hotel-chain operator’s revenue increased more than expected .
Corporate travel and overseas demand have helped strengthen the hotel industry as a whole, but Choice Hotels–whose strongest presence is in the U.S.–had been lagging as domestic recovery has been slower than abroad.
Domestic revenue per available room–a key performance measure for hotels–increased 0.3% compared with April’s forecast of a 2% drop and last year’s 16% slump. The average room rate declined 2.2% while occupancy rose 1.3 percentage points.
The company–whose brands include Comfort Inn and EconoLodge–posted earnings of $27 million, or 45 cents a share, up from $25.5 million, or 42 cents a share, a year earlier. The company had projected at least 42 cents; analysts’ latest average estimate was 44 cents, according to Thomson Reuters.
Revenue grew 4.5% to $149.8 million, while analysts were expecting $145 million.
Looking ahead, the company expects third-quarter earnings of 57 cent a share, matching Wall Street’s estimate. The company also raised the low end of its earnings view for the year by 2 cents, now calling for $1.70 to $1.72 a share.