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Marriott Vacations Worldwide Reports First Quarter Financial Results

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 4, 2017 – Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) today reported first quarter financial results and reaffirmed its guidance for the full year 2017. Due to the change in the company's financial reporting calendar beginning in 2017, the first quarter of 2017 included the period from December 31, 2016 through March 31, 2017 (91 days) compared to the 2016 first quarter, which included the period from January 2, 2016 to March 25, 2016 (84 days). Prior year results have not been restated for the change in the company's reporting calendar.

First quarter 2017 highlights:

"I couldn't be more pleased with our start to 2017. In the first quarter, adjusted EBITDA grew over 20 percent to over $62 million, and contract sales, on a year-over-year comparable basis, grew nearly 16 percent," said Stephen P. Weisz, president and chief executive officer. "Our first quarter was a continuation of the strong performance we delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016 and gives us confidence that we will achieve 2017 full year 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."

Non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted net income, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted fully diluted earnings per share, and adjusted development margin are reconciled and adjustments are shown and described in further detail on pages A-1 through A-11 of the Financial Schedules that follow.

First Quarter 2017 Results

As a result of a change in the company's financial reporting calendar, financial results for the first quarter 2017 include the impact of seven additional days of operations.

Company Results

First quarter 2017 company net income was $33.7 million, a $9.3 million increase from the first quarter of 2016. These results were driven by $8.6 million of higher resort management and other services revenues net of expenses, $4.5 million of higher development margin, $2.2 million of lower acquisition related transaction costs, $1.7 million of higher financing revenues net of expenses and consumer financing interest expense, and $1.2 million of lower interest expense, partially offset by $2.7 million of higher royalty fees, $2.2 million of higher general and administrative costs, and $0.8 million of lower rental revenues net of expenses.

Total company vacation ownership contract sales were $193.8 million, $40.3 million, or 26.3 percent, higher than the first quarter of 2016. These results were driven by $37.8 million of higher contract sales in the company's North America segment and $2.5 million of higher contract sales in the company's Asia Pacific segment. Excluding the estimated impact of the change in the company's financial reporting calendar, total company vacation ownership contract sales would have increased 15.7 percent.

Development margin was $28.9 million, a $4.5 million increase from the first quarter of 2016. Development margin percentage was 16.8 percent compared to 17.6 percent in the prior year quarter. The increase in development margin reflects $8.3 million from higher contract sales volumes net of expenses, $3.1 million from lower product costs and $1.6 million related mainly to lower usage of plus points for sales incentives, partially offset by $3.3 million related to unfavorable revenue reportability year-over-year, $3.0 million of higher marketing and sales costs primarily from ramping up the company's new sales distributions, $1.4 million from higher sales reserve activity mainly associated with a 7.6 percentage point increase in financing propensity, and $0.8 million of higher other development and inventory costs. Adjusted development margin percentage, which excludes the impact of revenue reportability year-over-year, was 17.9 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 17.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016.

Rental revenues totaled $85.3 million, a $5.0 million increase from the first quarter of 2016. Rental revenues net of expenses were $14.8 million, a $0.8 million decrease from the first quarter of 2016.

Resort management and other services revenues totaled $74.3 million, a $10.6 million increase from the first quarter of 2016. Resort management and other services revenues, net of expenses, totaled $32.5 million, an $8.6 million, or 36.1 percent, increase from the first quarter of 2016.

Financing revenues totaled $32.1 million, a $2.9 million increase from the first quarter of 2016. Financing revenues, net of expenses and consumer financing interest expense, were $21.0 million, a $1.7 million, or 9.0 percent, increase from the first quarter of 2016.

Net income was $33.7 million, compared to net income of $24.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of $9.3 million, or 38.1 percent. Adjusted EBITDA was $62.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, a $10.5 million, or 20.3 percent, increase from $51.6 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Segment Results

North America

North America vacation ownership contract sales were $177.4 million in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of $37.8 million, or 27.1 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 $195, or 5.6 percent, to $3,691 in the first quarter of 2017 from the first quarter of 2016. Total tours in the first quarter of 2017 increased 23.6 percent, reflecting a 23.9 percent increase in first time buyer tours and a 23.5 percent increase in owner tours. Excluding the estimated impact of the change in the company's financial reporting calendar, vacation ownership contract sales and tours would have increased 16.9 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively.

First quarter 2017 North America segment financial results were $105.7 million, an increase of $16.1 million from the first quarter of 2016. The increase was driven primarily by $8.3 million of higher resort management and other services revenues net of expenses, $4.4 million of higher development margin, $2.8 million of higher financing revenues, and $2.3 million of lower acquisition related transaction costs, partially offset by $1.0 million of higher royalty fees and $0.4 million of lower rental revenues net of expenses.

Development margin was $30.2 million, a $4.4 million increase from the first quarter of 2016. Development margin percentage was 19.2 compared to 20.6 percent in the prior year quarter. The increase in development margin reflects $8.2 million from higher contract sales volumes net of expenses, $2.3 million from lower product costs and $1.6 million related mainly to lower usage of plus points for sales incentives, partially offset by $3.2 million related to unfavorable revenue reportability year-over-year, $3.1 million of higher marketing and sales costs primarily from ramping up the company's new sales distributions, $0.9 million from higher sales reserve activity mainly associated with a 9.2 percentage point increase in financing propensity, and $0.5 million of higher other development and inventory costs. Adjusted development margin percentage, which excludes the impact of revenue reportability, was 20.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017, slightly above the first quarter of 2016.

Asia Pacific

Total vacation ownership contract sales in the segment were $11.9 million, an increase of $2.5 million, or 26.7 percent, from the first quarter of 2016, due primarily to the opening of the new sales location in Surfers Paradise, Australia in the second quarter of 2016. Segment financial results were $1.1 million, relatively flat to the first quarter of 2016. Excluding the estimated impact of the change in the company's financial reporting calendar, vacation ownership contract sales would have increased 16.0 percent.

Europe

First quarter 2017 contract sales were $4.4 million and segment financial results were $0.7 million, both relatively flat to the first quarter of 2016.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

On March 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $101.8 million. Since the beginning of the year, real estate inventory balances decreased $19.9 million to $688.3 million, including $324.4 million of finished goods, $28.7 million of work-in-progress and $335.2 million of land and infrastructure. The company had $692.1 million in gross debt outstanding at the end of the first quarter, a decrease of $54.4 million from year-end 2016, consisting primarily of $684.0 million in gross non-recourse securitized notes.

As of March 31, 2017, the company had approximately $199 million in available capacity under its revolving credit facility after taking into account outstanding letters of credit and approximately $201.5 million of gross vacation ownership notes receivable eligible for securitization in its warehouse credit facility.

Fiscal Year Change

The table below shows the number of days for each reporting period in 2017 and 2016:

20172016
First Quarter91 days84 days
Second Quarter91 days84 days
Third Quarter92 days84 days
Fourth Quarter92 days112 days
Full Year366 days364 days

Outlook

The company is reaffirming guidance for the full year 2017 on the non-GAAP financial measures provided below. Pages A-1 through A-11 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 growth9 percent to 15 percent

First Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT 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 13659218. 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 May 4, 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.

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