Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc., the North American mountain resort and adventure company, reduced its loss in the first quarter ended September 30, to $44.4 million compared to a net loss of $47.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.
Adjusted EBITDA improved 1.6 percent to a loss of $13.9 million compared to the prior-year period, or 7.4 percent excluding Intrawest Resort Club Group (IRCG) during all periods.
Total segment revenue decreased 6.5 percent to $80.2 million compared to the prior-year period, or 1.5 percent excluding IRCG during all periods.
Sales of season pass and frequency products for the 2016/17 season were up approximately 12.4 percent as of October 30, 2016 versus the same time last year.
Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) sales for winter reservations were up approximately 8.6 percent as of October 30, 2016 versus the same time last year.
“Our first quarter results reflect strong summer visitation at our resorts and diligent management of expenses. We are pleased with the progress we have made the past two years in reducing our first quarter losses, and we consider summer to be an ongoing opportunity for future growth,” stated Tom Marano, chief executive officer. “With $116.3 million of cash as of September 30, 2016, and the amendment to our credit agreement in October to reduce the applicable margin on our term loan by 50 basis points, we continue to improve our capital structure and position the company for long-term growth. Season pass sales and CMH winter reservations remain strong, and we look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to our guests in the upcoming ski season.”
Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
Below are the company’s results for the three months ended September 30, 2016 as compared to the prior year period:
- Consolidated revenue decreased by $5.7 million, or 6.6 percent, to $80.5 million, primarily due to the sale of IRCG.
- Net loss attributable to Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. improved by $2.6 million, or 5.6 percent, to $44.4 million, or $1.12 per diluted share. This growth was primarily attributable to a $1.7 million improvement in the loss from equity method investments, which was largely driven by improved summer operations at the Mammoth family of resorts.
- Total adjusted EBITDA improved by $0.2 million to a loss of $13.9 million. The increase was largely due to strong summer operations in the Mountain segment, partially offset by reduced fire suppression activities in the Adventure segment.
- Mountain revenue increased by $4.2 million, or 8.5 percent, to $54 million, primarily due to higher summer visitation.
- Mountain adjusted EBITDA improved by $2.7 million, or 13.1 percent, to a loss of $18.1 million, primarily due to a $4.2 million increase in Mountain revenue, partially offset by a $1.5 million increase in Mountain variable operating expenses as a result of higher summer visitation.
- Adventure revenue decreased by $6.3 million, or 26 percent, to $17.9 million, primarily due to a decrease in ancillary aviation services as a result of reduced flight hours.
- Adventure adjusted EBITDA decreased by $2.7 million, or 55.9 percent, to $2.1 million, primarily due to the $6.3 million decrease in Adventure revenue, partially offset by a $1.8 million decrease in Adventure operating expenses.
Real Estate Segment
- Real Estate revenue decreased by $3.5 million, or 29.9 percent, to $8.3 million, largely due to the sale of IRCG in the prior year. Excluding IRCG, Real Estate revenue increased by $0.8 million, or 11.8 percent.
- Real Estate adjusted EBITDA improved by $0.2 million, or 12.7 percent, to $2 million, primarily due to a $4.2 million decrease in Real Estate operating expenses, partially offset by a $3.5 million decrease in Real Estate revenue. Excluding IRCG, Real Estate adjusted EBITDA grew by $1.1 million, or 126.5 percent.
Intrawest wholly owns and/or operates six four-season mountain resorts with approximately 8,000 skiable acres and over 1,120 acres of land available for real estate development. Intrawest’s mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions, including the Eastern United States, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada. The company also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstone of which is Canadian Mountain Holidays, a leading heli-skiing adventure company in North America. Additionally, the company operates a comprehensive real estate business through which it manages condominium hotel properties and sells and markets residential real estate.