Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mount Juliet resort targeting a return to profit

The luxury Mount Juliet hotel and golf centre was bought for €15m by Emmet O’Neill and Tetrarch Capital in 2014
The luxury Mount Juliet hotel and golf centre was bought for €15m by Emmet O’Neill and Tetrarch Capital in 2014

Gordon Deegan

The five-star Mount Juliet hotel and golf resort hopes to return to a modest level of profitability in 2016.

That is according to a spokesman for co-owners of the resort, Tetrarch Capital who was commenting on new accounts showing that pre-tax losses last year declined by 23pc to €1.9m as revenues increased by 5pc to €9.47m.

In 2014, Irish entrepreneur, Emmet O'Neill and Tetrarch Capital sealed a deal to buy the resort for an estimated €15m.

The pre-tax loss last year takes into account 'restructuring charges' of €538,167, interest payments almost tripling to €736,328 and hefty non-cash depreciation charges of €932,592.

Numbers employed reduced from 136 to 127 with staff costs coming down from €5.29m to €4.98m.

"Trading in 2016 has been positive. Since our acquisition in 2014, we have invested an additional €6m," said a Tetrarch spokesman.

An expansion of the luxury resort near Kells Priory in Co Kilkenny will deliver another 77 rooms next year.

Irish Independent

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