Compagnie des Alpes reports consolidated sales for the 3rd quarter of financial year 2021/2022 of €203.5 million, which represents an increase of 22.0% compared with the same period in financial year 2018/2019 (adjusted for the removal from consolidation of the ski resort Les 2 Alpes), the most recent fully completed financial year prior to the appearance of the health crisis.
3rd quarter: Consolidated sales for the Group from April 1, through June 30, 2022
Overall, since the beginning of this financial year, sales total €744.7 million, an increase of 17.7% compared with the same period in financial year 2018/2019 (adjusted for the removal from consolidation of Les 2 Alpes).
First 9 months: Consolidated sales for the Group from October 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022
The table above shows sales through the first 9 months of financial year 2021/2022 and sales through the first 9 months of the three previous financial years, adjusted for the Les 2 Alpes ski resort. Comparisons with the first 9 months of 2020/2021, which were substantially impacted by the closure of sites in late October of 2020, are not relevant. The same is true for comparisons with the first 9 months of financial year 2019/2020, due to the total shutdown of sites as of mid-March of 2020. In the table above and in the commentary presented below, the Group thus draws a comparison with the first 9 months of financial year 2018/2019, the most recent fully completed financial year pre-Covid.
For the 3rd quarter of financial year 2021/2022, sales totaled €55.2 million, an increase of 17.1% versus the 3rd quarter of 2018/2019 (adjusted for Les 2 Alpes). Sales for this quarter, which basically correspond to the Easter school holiday period, were brisk and continued to reap the benefits of the investments the Group has made since the start of the health crisis to reinforce site attractivity, in addition to optimal snow and sun conditions. The number of skier-days thus increased compared with 2018/2019 (+4.5% in April), while average revenue per skier-day remained above that recorded in 2018/2019, in line with the 1st half of 2021/2022.
In total, over the first 9 months of the current financial year, sales for the Ski Areas reached €447.3 million, an increase of 12.0% compared with the same period of reference year 2018/2019, adjusted for Les 2 Alpes.
The number of skier-days was affected at the beginning of the ski season by travel restrictions in effect between the United Kingdom and France, and then gradually caught up, ending the period down by 3.3% for the first 9 months of the current financial year compared with the same period in financial year 2018/2019. Average revenue per skier-day for lifts rose by nearly 13% versus the same period in financial year 2018/2019. This increase is primarily attributable to marketing and sales initiatives deployed by the Group, as well as to a less intermediated client mix (notably linked to the absence of British clients until mid-January) and rate indexation.
Consistent with the positive trend observed since the beginning of this financial year, sales for the Leisure Parks division for the 3rd quarter of financial year 2021/2022 rose a substantial +22.0% compared with the same period in financial year 2018/2019. They totaled €143.2 million.
This good performance was achieved across all sites: sales recovery was sustained over the April school holiday period and in June thanks to the return of school groups, and the implementation of nocturnal hours on Fridays and Saturdays in May and June was a solid success.
Over the first 9 months of financial year 2021/2022, Leisure Park sales reached €263.6 million, an increase of +25.2% versus the first 9 months of 2018/2019, driven by the revival in customer appetite on display since the beginning of the financial year.
Overall, for the first 9 months of the current financial year, sales have been boosted by a substantial increase in attendance (+8.4%), the fruit of investments in attractivity maintained by the Group since the outbreak of the health crisis. The increase in sales is also attributable to a very dynamic average spend per visitor, which is up by more than 16.8%. Ticket sales were lifted by the effort to optimize sales channels and more efficient management of sales offers, while in-park sales increased across the board (restaurants, stores, hotels).
Holdings & Support
Sales for the Holdings & Support business unit for the first 9 months of financial year 2021/2022 came to €33.8 million, an increase of 49.1% versus the same period in 2018/2019. Since October 1, 2021, this division also includes the mountain real estate agencies. Restated to reflect the impact of this business, the increase in sales would be around 7%.
Sales for Travelfactory rose significantly over the first 9 months of the current financial year, driven by dynamic sales for Travelski – which specializes in family vacation packages – and international sales (Benelux and the UK), as well as by the successful launch of the rail link (starting at the end of January) between London and Moûtiers / Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
- Ski Areas
- Leisure Parks
Fourth-quarter sales are expected to get a boost from the investments the Group has maintained despite the health crisis. This is the case for Futuroscope, which will benefit from its brand-new attraction Chasseurs de Tornades, a theater in the round on a revolving platform that can attain a speed of up to 30 km/h, facing a screen that measures 17 meters diameter and is 8 meters high. The site has also inaugurated its thematic hotel, which was awarded the High Environmental Quality label, baptized Station Cosmos. These projects are part of the plan for transforming and expanding the Futuroscope site over the coming years.
Other highlights of the quarter
- Acquisition of MMV
- Refinancing of syndicated RCF
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Upcoming events and releases in 2021/2022:
- 2021/2022 4th quarter sales: Thursday, October 20, 2022, after stock market close
- 2021/2022 annual results: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, before stock market close