WYN’s writedown risk rises; TPX is pricey

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WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE $74.20 (New York symbol WYN; TSINetwork Rating: Extra Risk) (973- 753-6000; www.wyndhamworldwide.com; Shares outstanding: 116.1 million; Market cap: $8.5 billion; Dividend yield: 2.3%) is one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, with 7,700 franchised hotels worldwide. Wyndham also manages vacation resorts, rental properties, luxury clubs and time-shares. It currently has around 110,000 vacation-rental properties in 100 countries. In the three months ended September 30, 2015, Wyndham’s revenue rose 3.3%, to $1.56 billion from $1.51 billion a year earlier. The company gets most of its revenue from vacation rather than business travel, and vacation bookings rose in the latest quarter. That helped increase its occupancy rate by 1.7%. Buybacks fuel latest earnings Meantime, Wyndham continues to buy back its stock, including 2.1 million shares for a total of $170 million in the latest quarter. That’s partly why its earnings per share rose 6.6% before one-time items, to $1.78 from $1.67. Wyndham continues to grow quickly, including by acquiring resorts…

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