Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 6-K


For the month of January, 2019

Commission File Number: 001-34656 

Huazhu Group Limited
(Translation of registrant's name into English)

No. 2266 Hongqiao Road
Changning District
Shanghai 200336
People's Republic of China
(86) 21 6195-2011
(Address of principal executive office)

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  Huazhu Group Limited    
Date: January 15, 2019 By: /s/ Min (Jenny) Zhang
  Name: Min (Jenny) Zhang
  Title: Chief Executive Officer


Exhibit Number Description
Exhibit 99.1 Huazhu Group Limited Announces Its Preliminary Results for Hotel Operation in the Fourth Quarter of 2018




Huazhu Group Limited Announces Its Preliminary Results for Hotel Operation in the Fourth Quarter of 2018

SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT) (“Huazhu”, or the “Company”), a leading and fast-growing multi-brand hotel group in China, today announced its preliminary results for the hotel operation in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.

Operating Metrics 

 For the quarter ended 
 December 31,September 30,December 31,yoy
 2017 2018 2018 change
Average daily room rate  (in RMB)   
  Leased and owned hotels251 279 275 9.4%
  Manachised hotels197 226 216 10.0%
  Franchised hotels232 264 248 7.2%
  Blended211 239 230 9.2%
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)   
  Leased and owned hotels87.2%92.0%86.7%-0.4%
  Manachised hotels86.6%91.1%85.5%-1.2%
  Franchised hotels72.1%80.7%74.5%2.4%
RevPAR  (in RMB)    
  Leased and owned hotels219 257 238 8.8%
  Manachised hotels170 205 185 8.5%
  Franchised hotels167 213 185 10.8%
  Blended181 217 196 8.1%

Like-for-like performance for hotels opened for at least 18 months during the current quarter 
 As of and for the quarter ended   
 December 31,yoy  
 2017 2018 change  
Total   2,980   2,980    
  Leased and owned hotels  545   545    
  Manachised and franchised hotels  2,435   2,435    
Occupancy rate (as a percentage)88.3%87.5%-0.8%  
Average daily room rate (in RMB)206 216 4.9%  
RevPAR (in RMB)182 189 3.9%  

Hotel Development 

 Number of hotels in operation Number of rooms in operation
 Opened Closed (1)Net added As of  Net added As of 
 in Q4 2018in Q4 2018in Q4 2018December 31, 2018 in Q4 2018December 31, 2018
Leased and owned hotels  9  (8)  1  699   (38)  86,787
Manachised and franchised hotels  205  (31)  174  3,531   13,269   335,960
Total  214   (39)  175   4,230    13,231    422,747
(1) Reasons for closures include property-related issues, operating loss and non-compliance issues. In Q4 2018, 11 hotels were temporarily closed for brand upgrade. 

 Number of hotels in pipeline
as of December 31, 2018
Leased hotels  42
Manachised and franchised hotels  1,063
Total(2)  1,105
(2) Including 196 hotels under brands of ibis, ibis Styles, Mercure, Grand Mercure and Novotel; 132 hotels under brands of Orange Select and Crystal Orange,17 hotels under brand of Blossom Hill.

Business Update by Segment

Hotel breakdown by segment 
 Number of hotels in operation
 Net added As of 
 in Q4 2018December 31, 2018
Economy hotels34  2,892
  HanTing Hotel28 2,283
  Hi Inn10 402
  Elan Hotel(4)200
  Orange Hotel0 7
Midscale and upscale hotels141  1,338
  JI Hotel52 553
  Starway Hotel19 212
  Joya Hotel0 6
  Manxin Hotels & Resorts3 24
  HanTing Premium Hotel15 74
  Ibis Hotel12 137
  Ibis Styles Hotel 6 34
  Mercure Hotel4 39
  Novotel Hotel0 7
  Grand Mercure 0 6
  Orange Select29 172
  Crystal Orange4 56
  Blossom Hill(3)18
Total  175    4,230

Same-hotel operational data by segment           
 Number of hotels in operationSame-hotel RevPAR Same-hotel ADR Same-hotel Occupancy  
 As ofFor the quarter ended For the quarter ended For the quarter ended  
 December 31,December 31,yoy
December 31,yoy
December 31,yoy
 2017201820172018201720182017 2018  
Economy hotels  2,454  2,454  157  1644.1%  174  1835.3%90%89%-1.1% 
  Leased hotels  440  440  165  1777.7%  186  1986.7%89%89%0.8% 
  Manachised and franchised hotels  2,014  2,014  155  1603.0%  171  1794.8%91%89%-1.6% 
Midscale and upscale hotels  526  526  255  2643.7%  311  3223.9%82%82%-0.1% 
  Leased and owned hotels  105  105  316  3253.0%  367  3844.4%86%85%-1.2% 
  Manachised and franchised hotels  421  421  229  2384.2%  284  2953.7%80%81%0.3% 
Total  2,980  2,980  182  1893.9%  206  2164.9%88%87%-0.8% 

About Huazhu Group Limited
Huazhu Group Limited is a leading hotel operator and franchisor in China. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had 4,230 hotels or 422,747 rooms in operation. With a primary focus on economy and midscale hotel segments, Huazhu’s brands include Hi Inn, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, HanTing Premium Hotel, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Manxin Hotel, Joya Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Orange Hotel and Blossom Hill. The Company also has the rights as master franchisee for Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, and co-development rights for Grand Mercure and Novotel, in Pan-China region.

The Company's business includes leased and owned, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease and ownership model, the Company directly operates hotels typically located on leased or owned properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers it appoints and collects fees from franchisees. Under the franchise model, the Company provides training, reservation and support services to the franchised hotels and collects fees from franchisees but does not appoint on-site hotel managers. The Company applies a consistent standard and platform across all of its hotels. As of December 31, 2018, Huazhu Group operates 21 percent of its hotel rooms under lease and ownership model, 79 percent under manachise and franchise models.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website: http://ir.huazhu.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The information in this release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. Such factors and risks include our anticipated growth strategies; our future results of operations and financial condition; the economic conditions of China; the regulatory environment in China; our ability to attract customers and leverage our brand; trends and competition in the lodging industry; the expected growth of the lodging market in China; and other factors and risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, which may be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “forecast,” “project,” or “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. Readers should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events or results.

The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

Contact Information
Investor Relations
Tel: 86 (21) 6195 9561
Email: ir@huazhu.com