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Center Parcs Longford Forest Holiday Resort Experienced A Net Loss Of €13.8m During The Year That Ended April 23, 2020

Published on Mar 1 2021 11:30 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Center Parcs / Center Parcs Longford Forest

Center Parcs Longford Forest Holiday Resort Experienced A Net Loss Of €13.8m During The Year That Ended April 23, 2020

Accounts for Center Parcs Longford Forest have revealed that the Co. Longford holiday resort experienced a net loss of €13.8 million during the year that ended on April 23, 2020, despite generating revenues of €33.6 million.

As reported by The Irish Times, the resort did not begin trading until July 29, 2019, and it shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13, 2020, so the above statistics only cover 33 weeks of normal trading during the twelve month period.

Cancellation And Rolling Operating Costs

Following the onset of the pandemic, the resort had to pay out €7.3 million in customer refunds for cancellations, and its rolling operating costs while closed reportedly appear to run at €1 million per month.

Furloughed Employees And Tax Payment Deferrals

Approximately 92% of the resort's employees are currently furloughed and on the state's wage subsidy scheme, and its directors said that Revenue permitted the resort to defer certain large tax payments that were due.

Funding Lifeline

The resort's owner, infrastructure fund Brookfield, stepped in with a funding lifeline of close to €14 million.

EBITDA And Employee Count

Stripping out pre-opening costs and judging the resort's performance solely on the period during which it traded normally, Center Parcs Longford Forest generated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of €7.9 million.

Additionally, Center Parcs Longford Forest employed an average of 885 staff when it was open, and its EBITDA for that period indicates that it is a viable and potentially profitable business.

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