Choice Hotels to change revenue recognition practice Choice Hotels International announced that the Company will change its practice of accounting for royalty and certain marketing and reservation fees in order to comply with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. by reporting these fees in the same period that the underlying gross room revenues are earned by the Company's franchisees rather than one month in arrears. This change will result in immaterial upward adjustments to annual statements and will result in certain quarterly and interim periods being restated.
Choice Hotels sees FY14 EPS $1.99-$2.02, consensus $1.96 EBITDA for full-year 2014 are expected to range between $216 million and $219 million. The effective tax rate for continuing operations is expected to be 30.7% and 30.3% for the fourth quarter and full- year 2014, respectively. EBITDA from franchising activities for full-year 2014 are expected to range between $234 million and $237 million; Net domestic unit growth for 2014 is expected to range between 1% and 2%; RevPAR is expected to increase approximately 9% for the fourth quarter and range between 8% and 8.5% for full-year 2014; The effective royalty rate is expected to decline 5 basis points for full-year 2014 as compared to full-year 2013. Reductions in EBITDA relating to our investment in the SkyTouch division for full-year 2014 are expected to be approximately $18 million; Execution of third-party contracts results in annualized revenue ranging between $4 million and $6 million with realized revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 totaling approximately $1 million; and SG&A expenses are forecasted to be approximately $19 million related to investment in business development, sales and marketing and non-capitalizable product development expenditures related to the division's cloud-based hotel operating system's technology related products and services.