Company Results

Vail Resorts Reports Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter EBITDA Up 6.0%

Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. was $59.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, representing a 2.1% decrease compared to the same period in the prior year.

Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:   MTN) today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 ended January 31, 2014 and the Company's ski season-to-date metrics through March 9, 2014. In addition, the Company announced a 100% increase to its quarterly dividend.

Highlights

  • Resort Reported EBITDA increased 6.0% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. was $59.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, representing a 2.1% decrease compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Skier visits at the Colorado resorts grew 11.9% for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year, with commensurate growth in Mountain revenue. The Tahoe resorts had a 27.7% decline in skier visitation for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year, due to adverse weather conditions.
  • The Company revised its fiscal 2014 guidance range downward to reflect the challenging Tahoe results. Resort Reported EBITDA is now expected to be between $255 million and $265 million.
  • During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company closed on three units at One Ski Hill Place. Net Real Estate Cash Flow for the second quarter was $2.1 million and was $9.6 million year-to-date. Subsequent to quarter end, three Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail and five One Ski Hill Place units have closed.
  • The Company announced its calendar year 2014 capital plan of approximately $85 million, excluding capital expenditures for summer related activities, with notable projects including upgraded lifts at Beaver Creek and Breckenridge, as well as renovations at The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort property. Capital expenditures for summer related activities are expected to be approximately $5 million. In addition, the Company is providing longer term guidance on its expected capital expenditures.
  • The Company's Board of Directors approved a 100% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.4150 per share from $0.2075 per share beginning with the dividend payable on April 16, 2014 to stockholders of record as of April 1, 2014.

Commenting on the Company's fiscal 2014 second quarter results, Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer said, "Overall, we are very pleased with our performance in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.   Despite the very challenging conditions in Tahoe, where total snowfall was down 73% as of January 31, 2014 compared to the prior year, we have seen overall growth in visitation of 9.1% and increased guest spending, highlighting the strength of our geographically diverse business model.  Results in Colorado were particularly encouraging, with total visitation up 11.9%, ski school revenue up 9.7% and dining revenue up 16.0% compared to the prior year.  Unfortunately, our results were tempered by the very poor snowfall and warm temperatures in Tahoe where total visitation was down 27.7% compared to the prior year.  Our Tahoe resorts only had 33% of trails open as of January 31, 2014, compared to 95% of trails open at the same point last season and compared to 65% of trails open even during the very challenging 2011/2012 ski season.  Despite the conditions, our Tahoe resorts have done an admirable job in maximizing open terrain and maintaining high levels of guest service to differentiate our resorts in that marketplace. Overall, total lift revenue increased by 11.2%, ski school revenue increased by 12.5% and total Mountain revenue increased by 8.3% compared to the prior year. Our mountain performance includes the results of Canyons, which were in line with our previous public estimates, and the results of our Urban ski areas, whose performance was quite strong and also in line with our expectations."

Regarding Lodging, Katz said, "Our lodging results were very strong for the quarter. Revenue, excluding payroll cost reimbursements, increased 21.3% compared to the prior year and revenue per available room, or RevPAR, increased 12.4% compared to the prior year.  Our results were driven by the strong performance of our core Colorado markets with increased occupancy and favorable rate increases, along with the addition of the Canyons lodging properties to our portfolio.  The Tahoe region does not represent a material component of our lodging business and therefore did not have a significant negative impact on lodging results."

Katz continued, "Resort Reported EBITDA was $151.1 million for the quarter, an increase of 6.0% over the prior year.  Excluding the Canyons integration and litigation expenses of $3.0 million in the quarter, Resort Reported EBITDA increased 8.1% over the prior year.  While Tahoe did finally receive substantial snowfall ahead of the Presidents' Day holiday, conditions did not meaningfully recover until the end of February.  This impacted not only February results but March as well, as we believe guests deferred their booking decisions waiting for snowfall.  Our revised guidance for Resort Reported EBITDA for fiscal 2014 of $255 million to $265 million reflects an approximate 10% reduction in Resort Reported EBITDA from our original guidance, reflecting the lower than anticipated contribution from our Tahoe resorts and San Francisco Bay Area retail operations."

Regarding Real Estate, Katz said, "Net Real Estate Cash Flow for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $2.1 million and was $9.6 million year-to-date.  During the quarter, we closed on three One Ski Hill Place units.  We are continuing to see strong buyer interest at both our One Ski Hill Place and Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail properties and closed on three Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail units and five One Ski Hill Place units subsequent to January 31, 2014."

Katz continued, "Further demonstrating our continued commitment to return capital to our stockholders, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has decided to increase our quarterly dividend by 100% and declared a quarterly cash dividend on Vail Resorts' common stock of $0.4150 per share, payable on April 16, 2014 to stockholders of record on April 1, 2014.  The increase in our dividend demonstrates our confidence in our consistent and strong free cash flow generation and the stability of our business model, despite dramatic weather." Katz added, "Our balance sheet remains very strong.  We ended the quarter with $205.3 million of cash on hand and no borrowings under the revolver component of our senior credit facility and our Net Debt was 2.6 times trailing twelve months Total Reported EBITDA."

The Company also announced its calendar year 2014 capital plan of approximately $85 million, excluding capital expenditures for summer related activities.  The Company expects approximately $5 million of additional capital will be invested in summer related activities. Commenting on this announcement, Katz said, "The 2014 capital plan reflects our goal to generate strong free cash flow while targeting high return investments in projects that have a meaningful impact on the perceived value of our guests' experience at our resorts with the highest profitability.  The plan includes approximately $50 million of maintenance capital expenditures and two high-impact lift upgrades, among other projects.  First, at Beaver Creek, we will replace the Centennial Lift with a high speed, state-of-the-art combination lift that will include both six-person chairs and gondola cabins.  This combination lift will increase uphill capacity at our key base area portal by over 30% and provide our Beaver Creek guests with an enhanced experience, particularly for children and first time skiers, who will now be able to use a gondola to access terrific beginner terrain at the top of the mountain.  In Breckenridge, we will upgrade the Colorado Chair to a six-person chair that will increase capacity by nearly 30%, improving the guest experience and dramatically reducing wait times at one of the highest volume lifts at any of our resorts.  Other notable projects include room renovations at our iconic The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort property, continued investments in our customer data analytics capabilities and expansion of the Cloud Dine restaurant at Canyons."

Katz continued, "We also want to provide investors with longer term guidance regarding our capital spending.  We intend to maintain our future annual capital expenditures at approximately $85 million, adjusted for inflation and the growth in our resorts. This target would include approximately $50 million of annual maintenance spending.  These levels would exclude the investment we plan to make in our Epic Discovery and summer related projects, which we expect will total approximately $85 million in the upcoming years, subject to regulatory approvals, and significant one-time capital improvements associated with acquisitions, including Canyons."

Operating Results

A complete Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations can be found in the Company's Form 10-Q for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 ended January 31, 2014 filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The following are segment highlights:

Mountain Segment

  • Total lift revenue increased $19.7 million, or 11.2%, compared to the same period in the prior year, to $195.4 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014, driven largely by a $13.7 million, or 18.0%, increase in season pass revenue. Lift revenue excluding season pass revenue increased 6.0%, driven by increases at our Colorado resorts and incremental revenue from Canyons, partially offset by lower lift revenue excluding season pass revenue in Tahoe where visitation excluding season pass holders declined by 27.9% compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Ski school revenue increased by $5.2 million, or 12.5%, and dining revenue increased $2.8 million, or 9.3%, for the three months ended January 31, 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Retail/rental revenue increased $2.0 million, or 2.4%, for the three months ended January 31, 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year, due primarily to increases in rental and retail sales in our Colorado and Utah regions, incremental revenue generated by Hoigaard's (our mid-west retailer acquired in April 2013); partially offset by revenue declines at stores proximate to our Tahoe resorts as a result of the challenging weather conditions in the Tahoe region and a decrease in on-line sales due to the shutdown of our on-line retail platform as we are transitioning to a different approach to on-line sales, which will also eliminate operating losses in the on-line retail business.
  • Operating expense increased $22.5 million, or 10.2%, for the three months ended January 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended January 31, 2013, primarily due to incremental expenses from Canyons of $15.9 million (including integration and PCMR litigation related expense of $3.0 million).
  • Mountain Reported EBITDA increased $7.3 million, or 5.2%, for the quarter compared to the same period in the prior year.

Lodging Segment

  • Lodging segment net revenue increased $9.6 million, or 20.7%, for the three months ended January 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in the prior year. The revenue increase includes $5.3 million from the addition of Canyons.
  • For the three months ended January 31, 2014, average daily rate ("ADR") increased 4.0% and RevPAR increased 12.4% at the Company's owned hotels and managed condominiums compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Lodging Reported EBITDA increased 68.3% as compared to the same period in the prior year, to $2.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Resort - Combination of Mountain and Lodging Segments

  • Resort net revenue was $447.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, up 9.7% from the second quarter of the prior year.
  • Resort Reported EBITDA was $151.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, up 6.0% from the second quarter of the prior year.

Real Estate Segment

  • Real Estate segment net revenue declined $9.3 million, or 65.6%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, to $4.9 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014.
  • Net Real Estate Cash Flow was $2.1 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014, down $6.8 million from the same period in the prior year.
  • Real Estate Reported EBITDA declined by $0.6 million, or 21.7%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, to a loss of $3.1 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014.

Total Performance

  • Total net revenue increased $30.3 million, or 7.2%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, to $452.7 million for the three months ended January 31, 2014.
  • Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. was $59.3 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. of $60.6 million, or $1.65 per diluted share, in the second quarter of the prior year.

Season-to-Date Metrics through March 9, 2014

The Company announced ski season-to-date metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through Sunday, March 9, 2014, and for the similar prior year period through Sunday, March 10, 2013, adjusted as if Canyons, which transaction was entered into in May 2013, was owned in both periods.  The reported ski season metrics do not include the results of Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton in either period.  The following data is interim period data and subject to fiscal quarter end review and adjustments.

Highlights

  • Season-to-date total lift revenue at the Company's eight mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was up approximately 4.9% compared to the prior year season-to-date period. Season-to-date- lift revenue at the Company's five mountain resorts in Colorado and Utah (calculated on the same basis) was up 11.5%.
  • Season-to-date ancillary spending outpaced skier visitation, with ski school revenue up 6.8% and dining revenue up 1.7% at the Company's eight mountain resorts. Additionally, retail/rental revenue for resort store locations was up 4.8%. For the Company's Colorado and Utah resorts, season-to-date ski school revenue was up 10.6%, dining revenue was up 11.4% and retail/rental revenue for resort store locations was up 9.8%.
  • Season-to-date total skier visits for the Company's eight mountain resorts were up 0.2% compared to the prior year season-to-date period. Total skier visits at our Colorado and Utah resorts grew at 7.1% compared to the prior year season-to-date period, while total skier visits at our Tahoe resorts declined approximately 20.4%, compared to the prior year season-to-date period.

Outlook

  • We now estimate Resort Reported EBITDA for fiscal 2014 will be $255 million to $265 million, representing an approximate 6% to 10% increase over fiscal 2013.
  • Included in our estimates for fiscal 2014 Resort Reported EBITDA is approximately $9.5 million of integration and litigation related expenses, including approximately $7.5 million in fees associated with the Park City Mountain Resort litigation.
  • We expect Resort EBITDA Margin (defined as Resort Reported EBITDA divided by Resort net revenue) to be approximately 21.8% in fiscal 2014 at the midpoint of the revised guidance range.
  • We have narrowed our estimate of fiscal 2014 Real Estate Reported EBITDA to negative $7 million to negative $11 million.
  • We are reaffirming our Net Real Estate Cash Flow guidance of $15 million to $25 million (defined as Real Estate Reported EBITDA, plus non-cash real estate cost of sales, plus non-cash stock-based compensation expense, plus change in real estate deposits and recovery of previously incurred project costs less investment in real estate).
  • Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. is now expected to be in a range of $23 million to $36 million in fiscal 2014.

The following table reflects the forecasted guidance range for the Company's fiscal year ending July 31, 2014, for Reported EBITDA (after stock-based compensation expense) and reconciles such Reported EBITDA guidance to net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. guidance for fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2014 Guidance

(In thousands)

For the Year Ending

July 31, 2014

Low End

Range

High End

Range

Mountain Reported EBITDA (1)

$

239,000

$

249,000

Lodging Reported EBITDA (2)

14,000

19,000

Resort Reported EBITDA (3)

255,000

265,000

Real Estate Reported EBITDA  (4)

(11,000)

(7,000)

Total Reported EBITDA

244,000

258,000

Depreciation and amortization

(141,000)

(137,000)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets, net

(2,000)

(1,500)

Investment income, net

200

500

Interest expense

(65,000)

(63,500)

Income before provision for income taxes

36,200

56,500

Provision for income taxes

(13,400)

(20,900)

Net income

22,800

35,600

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

200

400

Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$

23,000

$

36,000

(1) Mountain Reported EBITDA includes approximately $10 million of stock-based compensation.

(2) Lodging Reported EBITDA includes approximately $2 million of stock-based compensation.

(3) The Company provides Reported EBITDA ranges for the Mountain and Lodging segments, as well as for the two combined. The low and high end of the expected ranges provided for the Lodging and Mountain segments, while possible, do not sum to the low or high end of the Resort Reported EBITDA range provided because we do not expect or assume that we will hit the low or high end of both ranges.

(4) Real Estate Reported EBITDA includes approximately $2 million of stock-based compensation.

 

Return of Capital to Stockholders

The Company's Board of Directors approved a 100% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.4150 per share from $0.2075 per share beginning with the dividend payable on April 16, 2014 to stockholders of record as of April 1, 2014.

The Company did not repurchase any shares of common stock in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  Since inception of the stock repurchase program in 2006, the Company has repurchased an aggregate of 4,949,111 shares at a cost of approximately $193.2 million.  As of January 31, 2014, 1,050,889 shares remained available to repurchase under the existing repurchase authorization.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

January 31,

Six Months Ended

January 31,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Net revenue:

Mountain

$

391,656

$

361,741

$

448,987

$

413,653

Lodging

56,187

46,543

113,401

99,051

Real estate

4,877

14,167

13,723

26,097

Total net revenue

452,720

422,451

576,111

538,801

Segment operating expense:

Mountain

243,512

220,997

368,286

328,545

Lodging

53,259

44,803

110,164

96,609

Real estate

8,006

16,739

17,237

32,353

Total segment operating expense

304,777

282,539

495,687

457,507

Other operating expense:

Depreciation and amortization

(36,204)

(33,418)

(70,360)

(65,097)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

(1,044)

(531)

(1,473)

(533)

Income from operations

110,695

105,963

8,591

15,664

Mountain equity investment income, net

14

99

617

533

Investment income, net

70

99

165

153

Interest expense

(16,239)

(8,534)

(32,337)

(16,909)

Income (loss) before (provision) benefit from income taxes

94,540

97,627

(22,964)

(559)

(Provision) benefit from income taxes

(35,340)

(37,098)

8,727

485

Net income (loss)

$

59,200

$

60,529

$

(14,237)

$

(74)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

63

22

124

45

Net income (loss) attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$

59,263

$

60,551

$

(14,113)

$

(29)

Per share amounts:

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$

1.64

$

1.69

$

(0.39)

$

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$

1.60

$

1.65

$

(0.39)

$

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.2075

$

0.1875

$

0.4150

$

0.3750

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

36,130

35,895

36,078

35,798

Diluted

37,120

36,663

36,078

35,798

Other Data (unaudited):

Mountain Reported EBITDA

$

148,158

$

140,843

$

81,318

$

85,641

Lodging Reported EBITDA

$

2,928

$

1,740

$

3,237

$

2,442

Resort Reported EBITDA

$

151,086

$

142,583

$

84,555

$

88,083

Real Estate Reported EBITDA

$

(3,129)

$

(2,572)

$

(3,514)

$

(6,256)

Total Reported EBITDA

$

147,957

$

140,011

$

81,041

$

81,827

Mountain stock-based compensation

$

2,535

$

2,215

$

5,182

$

4,935

Lodging stock-based compensation

$

593

$

572

$

1,012

$

942

Resort stock-based compensation

$

3,128

$

2,787

$

6,194

$

5,877

Real Estate stock-based compensation

$

434

$

372

$

860

$

754

Total stock-based compensation

$

3,562

$

3,159

$

7,054

$

6,631

 

 

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Mountain Segment Operating Results

(In thousands, except effective ticket price ("ETP"))

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

January 31,

Percentage

Increase

Six Months Ended

January 31,

Percentage Increase

2014

2013

(Decrease)

2014

2013

(Decrease)

Net Mountain revenue:

Lift

$

195,357

$

175,658

11.2

%

$

195,357

$

175,658

11.2

%

Ski school

46,930

41,723

12.5

%

46,930

41,723

12.5

%

Dining

32,602

29,826

9.3

%

40,066

36,199

10.7

%

Retail/rental

85,717

83,748

2.4

%

114,616

110,473

3.8

%

Other

31,050

30,786

0.9

%

52,018

49,600

4.9

%

Total Mountain net revenue

$

391,656

$

361,741

8.3

%

$

448,987

$

413,653

8.5

%

Mountain operating expense:

Labor and labor-related benefits

$

94,500

$

83,684

12.9

%

$

133,801

$

117,978

13.4

%

Retail cost of sales

33,989

35,244

(3.6)

%

50,856

51,435

(1.1)

%

Resort related fees

19,528

17,396

12.3

%

20,631

18,385

12.2

%

General and administrative

37,788

34,813

8.5

%

68,937

62,117

11.0

%

Other

57,707

49,860

15.7

%

94,061

78,630

19.6

%

Total Mountain operating expense

$

243,512

$

220,997

10.2

%

$

368,286

$

328,545

12.1

%

Mountain equity investment income, net

14

99

(85.9)

%

617

533

15.8

%

Mountain Reported EBITDA

$

148,158

$

140,843

5.2

%

$

81,318

$

85,641

(5.0)

%

Total skier visits

3,512

3,220

9.1

%

3,512

3,220

9.1

%

ETP

$

55.63

$

54.55

2.0

%

$

55.63

$

54.55

2.0

%

 

 

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Lodging Operating Results

(In thousands, except ADR and RevPAR)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

January 31,

Percentage

Increase

Six Months Ended

 January 31,

Percentage

Increase

2014

2013

(Decrease)

2014

2013

(Decrease)

Lodging net revenue:

Owned hotel rooms

$

10,198

$

8,906

14.5

%

$

24,311

$

22,600

7.6

%

Managed condominium rooms

18,124

14,605

24.1

%

25,896

20,419

26.8

%

Dining

7,902

5,492

43.9

%

21,248

16,102

32.0

%

Transportation

7,752

7,123

8.8

%

9,624

8,814

9.2

%

Golf

%

7,597

7,647

(0.7)

%

Other

9,421

7,880

19.6

%

19,513

17,752

9.9

%

53,397

44,006

21.3

%

108,189

93,334

15.9

%

Payroll cost reimbursements

2,790

2,537

10.0

%

5,212

5,717

(8.8)

%

Total Lodging net revenue

$

56,187

$

46,543

20.7

%

$

113,401

$

99,051

14.5

%

Lodging operating expense:

Labor and labor-related benefits

$

25,551

$

21,472

19.0

%

$

51,923

$

44,922

15.6

%

General and administrative

8,847

7,236

22.3

%

16,329

14,261

14.5

%

Other

16,071

13,558

18.5

%

36,700

31,709

15.7

%

50,469

42,266

19.4

%

104,952

90,892

15.5

%

Reimbursed payroll costs

2,790

2,537

10.0

%

5,212

5,717

(8.8)

%

Total Lodging operating expense

$

53,259

$

44,803

18.9

%

$

110,164

$

96,609

14.0

%

Lodging Reported EBITDA

$

2,928

$

1,740

68.3

%

$

3,237

$

2,442

32.6

%

Owned hotel statistics:

ADR

$

249.22

$

232.85

7.0

%

$

206.76

$

198.83

4.0

%

RevPar

$

142.40

$

124.06

14.8

%

$

125.78

$

117.46

7.1

%

Managed condominium statistics:

ADR

$

430.84

$

416.08

3.5

%

$

344.22

$

338.20

1.8

%

RevPar

$

136.94

$

122.84

11.5

%

$

86.45

$

76.58

12.9

%

Owned hotel and managed condominium statistics (combined):

ADR

$

358.07

$

344.26

4.0

%

$

270.23

$

262.07

3.1

%

RevPar

$

138.42

$

123.16

12.4

%

$

99.23

$

89.49

10.9

%

 

 

Key Balance Sheet Data

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



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