LAS VEGAS, NV (Nov. 26, 2015) — Diamond Resorts International, Inc. (NYSE:DRII), announced yesterday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Intrawest Resort Club Group (“IRCG”) from Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW) for $85 million, subject to certain closing date adjustments. The transaction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2016.
IRCG develops, sells interests in, and manages a points-based timeshare vacation club called Club Intrawest. The transaction includes the management contracts with Club Intrawest, the current balance of notes receivable, approximately four acres of undeveloped land, and the current balance of points available for sale. Club Intrawest consists of nine resorts across North America and more than 22,000 members.
“We are acquiring a business with a very strong member base and a set of high quality resorts that will complement our portfolio, and we look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship with Intrawest beyond this transaction,” said David Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Resorts International. “The purchase of Intrawest Resort Club Group follows our recent acquisition of Gold Key Resorts, both providing us with significant value creation opportunities through synergies, sales innovation and cost savings. We are confident that acquisitions such as these will enhance our financial profile and create long-term shareholder value.”
“We are excited to enter into this agreement and believe this is a strategic move for both the vacation club business and Intrawest,” stated Tom Marano, Chief Executive Officer of Intrawest Resorts. “With the additional cash from this transaction, we are well positioned to continue driving organic growth at our mountain resorts and adventure businesses while also actively pursuing strategic acquisitions and evaluating opportunities to unlock the value of our real estate holdings over time. We are committed to working closely with Diamond Resorts to execute a seamless transaction and look forward to a long-term relationship with Diamond Resorts that we believe will benefit club owners and our resorts alike.”
Club Intrawest has resorts in the following locations:
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Ucluelet, British Columbia
- Whistler, British Columbia
- Panorama, British Columbia
- Blue Mountain, Ontario
- Tremblant, Quebec
- Palm Desert, California
- Sandestin, Florida
- Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to the closing of the transaction discussed in this release and the performance of the acquired business. These forward-looking statements are covered by the “Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” or other similar statements, but these words are not the exclusive means for identifying such statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include: general economic conditions, the economic environment for the hospitality industry, our ability to maintain an optimal inventory of vacation ownership interests, and risks associated with this acquisition, including any difficulty in integrating operations and personnel, disruption of ongoing business and increased expenses, as well as the risks described in Diamond’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission including Diamond’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Given the risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, changed circumstances or future events or for any other reason.
About Diamond Resorts International®
Diamond Resorts International® (NYSE: DRII), with its network of more than 350 vacation destinations located in 34 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™
Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 350 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.
About Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc.
Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers for over three decades. The Company wholly owns six four-season mountain resorts with approximately 8,000 skiable acres and over 1,130 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, markets and sells vacation club properties; manages condominium hotel properties; and sells and markets residential real estate. Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SNOW). For more information, visit www.intrawest.com.
Source: Diamond Resorts International, Inc.