Thursday, August 6, 2009

Intrawest sells two Resort Villages in France

Intrawest has sold two Resort Villages to French holiday company, Pierre et Vacances. Intrawest said in a statement it had agreed to sell the lodging and commercial operations at Arc 1950 Resort in Savoie and the Flaine Montsoleil Resort (picture attached) in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps. The acquisition is scheduled to close on 1 October 2009, the companies said.
Arc 1950 Resort was Intrawest's first mountain resort in Europe. The acquisition agreement includes the resort's lodging management business which consists of 655 apartments managed under the Radisson and Intrawest Hotels & Residences brands. Also included in the transaction is the management of two restaurants, one bar, and two commercial spaces located in the resort village.
The operations at Flaine Montsoleil Resort include the resort's lodging management business which consists of 138 apartments. All of the staff associated with the resorts are transferring to Pierre et Vacances under the terms of the deal.
Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Intrawest is a portfolio company controlled primarily by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC.
The deal was a leveraged buyout with a $1.7-billion loan, which the company managed to refinance last year after a long struggle. In April this year, Reuters reported Intrawest was eyeing asset sales to pay down debt.