IPO Preview: Intrawest Resort Holdings

| About: Intrawest Resorts (SNOW)

Based in Denver, CO, Intrawest Resort Holdings (NYSE:SNOW) scheduled a $250 million IPO on the NYSE with a market capitalization of $729 million at a price range mid-point of $16 for Friday, January 31, 2014.

SEC Documents

Manager, Joint Managers: Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, BofA Merrill Lynch

Co-Managers: JMP Securities, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Stephens Inc.

End of lockup (180 days): Wednesday, July 30, 2014


SNOW owns interests in seven mountain resorts, runs an adventure helicopter skiing business and also runs a real estate business with 1,150 acres available for real estate development.



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Compared to MTN, SNOW's IPO is priced at price-to-sales and price-to-book value discount, but is priced at a big price-to-earnings premium. The SNOW kicker is its 1,150 acres available for real estate development.

The rating on SNOW is avoid at the price range mid-point, partially because there is no immediately visible growth plan except for real estate development.

To put the conclusions and observations in context, the following is reorganized, edited and summarized from the full S-1 referenced above:


SNOW is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers for over three decades.

Mountain resorts

SNOW owns interests in seven four-season mountain resorts with more than 11,000 skiable acres and more than 1,150 acres of land available for real estate development.

SNOW's mountain resorts are geographically diversified across North America's major ski regions, including the Eastern United States, the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Southwest and Canada, which SNOW believes helps reduce its financial exposure to any single geographic area as weather patterns and economic conditions vary across these regions.

SNOW's mountain resorts are located within an average of approximately 160 miles of major metropolitan markets with high concentrations of affluent skiers and major airports, including New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Denver, Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto.

During fiscal 2013, SNOW's portfolio of resorts received more than six million visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Adventure travel

SNOW also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstore of which is CMH, the leading heli-skiing adventure company in North America.

CMH provides helicopter-accessed skiing, mountaineering and hiking to more skiable terrain than all lift-accessed mountain resorts combined.

Real estate

Additionally, SNOW operates a comprehensive real estate business through which SNOW manages, markets and sells vacation club properties; manages condominium hotel properties; and sells and markets residential real estate.


SNOW's resorts directly compete with other mountain resorts in their respective local and regional markets, as well as with other major destination resorts. SNOW's individual mountain resorts primarily compete as follows:

Steamboat's primary competition is from Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado, Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and other large international ski destinations.

Winter Park's primary competition is from Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort and other ski resorts located in Colorado's Front Range.

Tremblant's primary competition is from Mont-Sainte-Anne, Mont Blanc, Le Massif and Mont Saint-Sauveur, all located in Quebec, other resorts in the Laurentian Mountains, and both Jay Peak and Stowe Mountain in Northern Vermont.

Stratton's primary competition is from other mid-to-large size ski resorts in Southern Vermont, including Okemo, Mount Snow and Killington Resort.

Snowshoe's primary competition is from ski resorts in the mid-Atlantic, such as Seven Springs Mountain Resort located in Pennsylvania, and Bryce Resort and Wintergreen Resort, both located in Virginia.

Blue Mountain's primary competition is from Horseshoe Valley Resort and Mount St. Louis, both located in Ontario, and Holiday Valley Resort in western New York.


SNOW's business is highly seasonal. Although each of its mountain resorts and CMH operates as a four-season business, SNOW generates the highest revenues during its second and third fiscal quarters, which is the peak ski season.

As a result of the seasonality of its business, SNOW mountain resorts and CMH typically experience operating losses during the first and fourth quarters of each fiscal year.

In addition, throughout its peak quarters, SNOW generates the highest daily revenues on weekends, during the Christmas/New Year's and Presidents' Day holiday periods and, in the case of its mountain resorts, during school spring breaks.

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Use of proceeds

SNOW expects to net $43.6 million from its IPO. Proceeds are allocated as follows:

working capital and other general corporate purposes, which may include potential investments in, and acquisitions of, ski and adventure travel businesses and assets. No material acquisitions are probable at this time.

Disclaimer: This SNOW IPO report is based on a reading and analysis of SNOW's S-1 filing, which can be found here, and a separate, independent analysis by IPOdesktop.com. There are no unattributed direct quotes in this article.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.