Vail Resorts (MTN) Tops Q4 EPS by 38c, Miss on Revenues; FY18 EBITDA Guidance Between $652M-$682M
Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) reported Q4 EPS of ($1.43), $0.38 better than the analyst estimate of ($1.81). Revenue for the quarter came in at $209.12 million versus the consensus estimate of $210.12 million.
- Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. was $210.6 million for fiscal 2017, an increase of 40.6% compared to fiscal 2016. Included in net income for fiscal 2017, on a pre-tax basis, are charges for an increase in the Canyons contingent consideration of $16.3 million and a future contribution to Town of Vail parking of $4.3 million, as well as a foreign currency gain of $15.3 million on the intercompany loan to Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. (\"Whistler Blackcomb\").
- Resort Reported EBITDA was $593.4 million for fiscal 2017, an increase of 31.1% compared to fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 Resort Reported EBITDA includes the operations of Whistler Blackcomb and Stowe Mountain Resort (\"Stowe\") prospectively from their respective acquisition closing dates and $10.8 million of acquisition and integration related expenses.
- Season pass sales through September 24, 2017 for the upcoming 2017/2018 North American ski season increased approximately 17% in units and 23% in sales dollars as compared to the period in the prior year through September 25, 2016, including Whistler Blackcomb and Stowe pass sales in both periods, adjusted to eliminate the impact of foreign currency by applying current period exchange rates to the prior period.
- The Company issued its fiscal 2018 guidance range and expects Resort Reported EBITDA to be between $652 million and $682 million, including an estimated $2.6 million of integration related expenses.
Commenting on guidance for fiscal 2018, Katz said, \"Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. is expected to be between $234 million and $272 million in fiscal 2018. We estimate Resort Reported EBITDA for fiscal 2018 will be between $652 million and $682 million. Our Resort Reported EBITDA guidance includes the first full fiscal year of operating results for Whistler Blackcomb and Stowe and also includes an estimated $2.6 million of anticipated integration related expenses. Given the very strong performance at Whistler Blackcomb in fiscal 2017, we expect the resort\'s fiscal 2018 contribution will exceed our initial expectations but the year-over-year growth will be slower due to the outperformance in fiscal 2017. We do expect to see a rebound in our performance in Colorado, assuming more normal early season conditions, an earlier Easter holiday and more available lodging inventory in both Vail and Breckenridge. We expect Stowe\'s fiscal 2018 results to be in line with our previously issued expectations. We expect Resort EBITDA Margin to be approximately 31.9% in fiscal 2018, using the midpoint of the guidance range. This is an estimated 50 basis point increase over fiscal 2017. We estimate fiscal 2018 Real Estate Reported EBITDA to be between negative $8 million and negative $2 million. Net Real Estate Cash Flow is expected to be between $0 million and $10 million, excluding our expected $4.3 million contribution to the Town of Vail parking structure. All of these estimates are predicated on an exchange rate of $0.81 between the Canadian Dollar and U.S. Dollar, related to the operations of Whistler Blackcomb in Canada and an exchange rate of $0.80 between the Australian Dollar and U.S. Dollar, related to the operations of Perisher in Australia.
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