Pre-tax profits at the company that operated the luxury five-star Powerscourt hotel in Co Wicklow which was sold last year for about €50 million, fell by 8 per cent to €1.8 million in 2018.
Hotel group MHL Collection, owned by US billionaire John Malone, purchased the hotel last March. Accounts filed at the Companies Office by the Sugarloaf Ventures Ltd show that the hotel company recorded pre-tax profits of €1.833 million in 2018 – the last full year of operation – after revenues edged up 2 per cent to €21.73 million.
The MHL Collection purchased the Enniskerry hotel from Tetrarch Capital and Midwest Holding. The MHL Collection already includes InterContinental, the Westin in Dublin and Glenlo Abbey in Galway along with a string of four-star hotels.
The directors for Sugarloaf Ventures confirm that the shareholders agreed to sell the company to MHL’s Enniskerry Ventures Ltd on March 26th last. The hotel’s amenities include 194 guest rooms – 93 of them suites – and a 30,000sq ft spa with 20 treatment rooms, two championship golf courses, a traditional Irish pub and facilities for events, conferences and weddings.
The accounts show that Sugarloaf’s pre-tax profit took account of non-cash depreciation costs of €958,857 and lease costs of €858,647 paid to a connected company.
The company recorded an operating profit of €2.2 million. Finance costs of €389,234 reduced profits to a pre-tax profit of €1.83 million.