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Marriott Vacations Worldwide Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results and 2017 Outlook

ORLANDO, Fla. – February 23, 2017 – Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results and provided its outlook for the full year 2017.

Fourth quarter 2016 highlights:

Full Year 2016 highlights:


Non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted net income, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted fully diluted earnings per share, adjusted development margin and adjusted free cash flow are reconciled and adjustments are shown and described in further detail on pages A-1 through A-12 of the Financial Schedules that follow.

"I am extraordinarily pleased with how we finished 2016. In the fourth quarter, contract sales grew nearly 15 percent, driving $95 million of Adjusted EBITDA, our strongest quarter as a public company," said Stephen P. Weisz, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to execute our growth strategy as our same store marketing initiatives continue to build a strong tour pipeline, and we opened our sixth new sales center for 2016 at our Miami Beach location in the last week of December. Subsequent to the end of the year, we opened our additional New York sales location, adding to our momentum and giving us confidence that we will achieve 2017 contract sales growth of 9 to 15 percent, net income of $139 million to $148 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $276 million to $291 million for the full year."

2017 Outlook:
The company is providing guidance for the full year 2017 on the non-GAAP financial measures provided below. Pages A-1 through A-12 of the Financial Schedules reconcile the non-GAAP financial measures set forth below to the following full year 2017 expected GAAP results:

Net income $139 million to $148 million
Fully diluted EPS $4.97 to $5.29
Net cash provided by
operating activities
$110 million to $125 million
Adjusted net income $139 million to $148 million
Adjusted fully diluted EPS $4.97 to $5.29
Adjusted EBITDA $276 million to $291 million
Adjusted free cash flow $160 million to $180 million
Contract sales growth 9 percent to 15 percent

Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Company Results

Fourth quarter 2016 company net income was $49.8 million, a $16.7 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2015. These results were driven by $9.8 million of higher development margin, $6.4 million of higher resort management and other services revenues net of expenses, $1.8 million of lower acquisition related transaction costs, $1.7 million of higher financing revenues net of expenses and consumer financing interest expense, $1.4 million of lower interest expense, $0.9 million of higher rental revenues net of expenses, and $2.7 million of lower general and administrative costs stemming from lower bonus payouts and cost containment initiatives.

Total company vacation ownership contract sales were $234.3 million, $30.1 million, or 14.7 percent, higher than the fourth quarter of 2015. These results were driven by $27.0 million of higher contract sales in the company's North America segment and $5.6 million of higher contract sales in the company's Asia Pacific segment, partially offset by $2.5 million of lower contract sales in the company's Europe segment as it continues to sell through the remaining developer inventory. The company estimates that Hurricane Matthew negatively impacted contract sales by approximately $8.1 million in the fourth quarter. Adjusting for that impact, contract sales would have grown by nearly 19 percent over 2015.

Development margin was $53.8 million, a $9.8 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2015. Development margin percentage was 24.3 percent compared to 22.1 percent in the prior year quarter. The increase in development margin reflected $8.1 million from lower product costs, $6.6 million from higher contract sales volumes net of expenses, and $0.5 million related to the timing of revenue reportability year-over-year, partially offset by $2.4 million from higher sales reserve activity mainly associated with a 5.4 percentage point increase in financing propensity, $2.0 million related mainly to higher usage of plus points for sales incentives, and $1.4 million of higher marketing and sales costs primarily from ramp-up costs associated with the company's new sales distributions. Adjusted development margin percentage, which excludes the impact of revenue reportability year-over-year, was 22.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 20.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Rental revenues totaled $82.9 million, a $5.2 million decrease from the fourth quarter of 2015. Rental revenues net of expenses were $13.8 million, a $0.9 million, or 6.9 percent, increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Resort management and other services revenues totaled $93.0 million, a $2.4 million decrease from the fourth quarter of 2015. Resort management and other services revenues, net of expenses, totaled $42.3 million, a $6.4 million, or 18.0 percent, increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Financing revenues totaled $39.2 million, a $0.8 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2015. Financing revenues, net of expenses and consumer financing interest expense, were $24.3 million, a $1.7 million, or 7.7 percent, increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net income was $49.8 million, compared to net income of $33.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $16.7 million, or 50.3 percent. Adjusted EBITDA was $95.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a $21.5 million, or 29.3 percent, increase from $73.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The company estimates that Hurricane Matthew negatively impacted Adjusted EBITDA by approximately $3.6 million in the fourth quarter. Adjusting for that impact, Adjusted EBITDA would have totaled nearly $99 million in the fourth quarter.

Segment Results

North America

North America vacation ownership contract sales were $209.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of $27.0 million, or 14.9 percent, from the prior year period, reflecting higher sales from existing sales centers driven by the success of our new marketing programs, as well as the continued ramp-up of new sales centers. VPG increased $402, or 12.7 percent, to $3,563 in the fourth quarter of 2016 from the fourth quarter of 2015. Total tours in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 3.4 percent, driven by an 8.3 percent increase in first time buyer tours. Tours were negatively impacted by 3.9 percentage points due to Hurricane Matthew. Adjusting for this impact, tours would have improved almost 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter 2016 North America segment financial results were $141.2 million, an increase of $18.8 million from the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase was driven primarily by $9.4 million of higher development margin, $7.1 million of higher resort management and other services revenues net of expenses, $1.0 million of higher financing revenues, $0.7 million of higher rental revenues net of expenses, and $0.4 million of lower acquisition related transaction costs.

Development margin was $53.6 million, a $9.4 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2015. Development margin percentage was 26.9 percent compared to 24.5 percent in the prior year quarter. The increase in development margin reflected $7.8 million from lower product costs, and $6.2 million from higher contract sales volumes net of expenses, partially offset by $2.2 million related mainly to higher usage of plus points for sales incentives, $2.1 million from higher sales reserve activity mainly associated with a 5.0 percentage point increase in financing propensity, and $0.7 million of higher marketing and sales costs primarily from ramp-up costs associated with the company's new sales distributions. Adjusted development margin percentage, which excludes the impact of revenue reportability, was 24.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 22.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Asia Pacific

Total vacation ownership contract sales in the segment were $16.1 million, an increase of $5.6 million, or 52.5 percent, from the fourth quarter of 2015, due primarily to the opening of a new sales location in Surfers Paradise, Australia in the second quarter of 2016. Segment financial results were $1.8 million, relatively flat to the fourth quarter of 2015.

Europe

Fourth quarter 2016 contract sales were $9.1 million, a decrease of $2.5 million from the fourth quarter of 2015. Segment financial results were $5.0 million, a $0.3 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2015, driven by $0.5 million of higher development margin.

Full Year 2016 Results

Full year 2016 net income totaled $137.3 million, or $4.83 diluted earnings per share, compared to net income of $122.8 million in 2015, or $3.82 diluted earnings per share. Total company contract sales, excluding residential sales, were $723.6 million, up $23.8 million, or 3.4 percent, from $699.9 million in 2015, driven by $13.9 million, or 2.2 percent, higher contract sales in the company's North America segment, and $13.1 million, or 38.3 percent, higher contract sales in the company's Asia Pacific segment. These increases were partially offset by $3.2 million of lower contract sales in the company's Europe segment.

Full year total company development margin decreased to 20.3 percent in 2016 from 20.8 percent in 2015. Full year total company adjusted development margin decreased to 20.7 percent in 2016 from 20.9 percent in 2015.

Share Repurchase Program and Dividends

During 2016, the company returned $212.0 million to its shareholders, through the repurchase of more than 2.8 million shares for $177.8 million and $34.2 million in dividends paid.

Fiscal Year Change

On December 8, 2016, the Board of Directors approved a change in the company's financial reporting year end to a calendar year end beginning with its 2017 fiscal year. The 2017 fiscal year began on December 31, 2016 (the day after the end of the 2016 fiscal year) and will end on December 31, 2017. Subsequent fiscal years will begin on January 1 and end on December 31. The company's financial quarters will be the three-month periods ending March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31, except that the period ending March 31, 2017 will also include December 31, 2016. The company believes these changes will allow for the simplification of transaction and reporting processes to support future growth. Historical results will not be restated.

Historically (including for the 2016 fiscal year), the company's fiscal year was a 52 or 53 week fiscal year that ended on the Friday nearest to December 31, and quarterly results were for twelve-week periods for the first, second, and third quarters and for a sixteen-week period (or in some cases a seventeen-week period) for the fourth quarter.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

On December 30, 2016, cash and cash equivalents totaled $147.1 million. Since the beginning of the year, real estate inventory balances increased $44.2 million to $708.2 million, including $338.0 million of finished goods, $39.5 million of work-in-progress and $330.7 million of land and infrastructure. The company had $746.4 million in gross debt outstanding at the end of 2016, an increase of $58.3 million from year-end 2015, consisting primarily of $738.4 million in gross non-recourse securitized notes.

As of December 30, 2016, the company had approximately $197 million in available capacity under its revolving credit facility after taking into account outstanding letters of credit and approximately $103 million of gross vacation ownership notes receivable eligible for securitization in its warehouse credit facility.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EST today to discuss these results and the guidance for full year 2017. Participants may access the call by dialing (877) 407-8289 or (201) 689-8341 for international callers. A live webcast of the call will also be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.marriottvacationsworldwide.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for seven days and can be accessed at (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415 for international callers. The conference ID for the recording is 13654437. The webcast will also be available on the company's website.

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About Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation is a leading global pure-play vacation ownership company, offering a diverse portfolio of quality products, programs and management expertise with over 60 resorts. Its brands include Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott. Since entering the industry in 1984 as part of Marriott International, Inc., the company earned its position as a leader and innovator in vacation ownership products. The company preserves high standards of excellence in serving its customers, investors and associates while maintaining a long-term relationship with Marriott International. For more information, please visit www.marriottvacationsworldwide.com.

Note on forward-looking statements: This press release and accompanying schedules contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements about future operating results, estimates, and assumptions, and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. The company cautions you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including volatility in the economy and the credit markets, supply and demand changes for vacation ownership and residential products, competitive conditions, the availability of capital to finance growth, and other matters referred to under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and in subsequent SEC filings, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied in this press release. These statements are made as of February 23, 2017 and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Financial Schedules Follow

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