* Q2 EPS $0.45 vs est $0.44
* Q2 revPAR up 0.3 pct
* Sees Q3 revPAR up 6 pct
* Ups FY10 revPAR view to flat to up 2 pct
* Sees FY10 EPS $1.70-$1.72
July 27 Choice Hotels International Inc's
(CHH.N) second-quarter profit edged past Wall Street
expectations as revenue per available room crawled into
positive territory for the first time in two years.
The company expects third-quarter earnings of 57 cents, in
line with estimates, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Choice Hotels expects a 6 percent increase in revenue per
available room (revPAR) in the third quarter.
For the second quarter, Choice Hotels posted net income of
$27 million, or 45 cents a share, compared with $25.5 million,
or 42 cents last year.
Analysts were expecting the company to earn 44 cents a
share in the quarter.
Domestic systemwide RevPAR in the quarter rose 0.3 percent,
lagging more luxury oriented peers like Starwood Hotels and
Resorts HOT.N and Marriott International Inc MAR.N which
are leading the recovery in the lodging industry.
Shares of Choice, which franchises Comfort Inn and Cambria
Suites hotels, closed at $34.53 Tuesday on the New York Stock
(Reporting by Abhishek Takle in Bangalore; Editing by Maju