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Village Roadshow sells US waterparks
Entertainment, media and theme park conglomerate Village Roadshow Limited (VRL) has agreed to sell its wholly owned Wet'n'Wild waterpark in Phoenix, Arizona, to real estate group CNL Lifestyle Properties.
The Melbourne-based company is also to end its lease of the Wet'n'Wild Hawaii property from CNL.
Net cash proceeds from the sales, after repayment of debt, are expected to total around $27 million.
Upon completion of the transaction, which is set for the end of this month, CNL Lifestyle will also acquire the US rights to the Wet'n'Wild brand name.
Village Roadshow will continue to hold its approximately 51% interest in Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas, which opened in May 2013 and has had a successful first season of operation.
A statement from Village Roadshow (VRL) explained that the company considers it to be an "appropriate time" to divest its waterpark interests in the US, as it believes it would be "difficult to achieve a significant presence in this market."
The statement continued, "the competitive pressure to acquire properties has been increasing with the upturn in the US economy, and VRL believes that management time and capital can be better focused in countries where the market is not yet mature, and higher returns possible."
In Asia, Village Roadshow is examine opportunities for theme parks and waterparks and is currently developing a waterpark on Hainan Island, China, in conjunction with the marine theme park under construction by R&F Properties.
The company recently appointed former Luna Park Melbourne Chief Executive Jason Todd as its new General Manager Operations - Asia as part of this development.
Meanwhile, Wet'n'Wild Sydney, Village Roadshow's $120 million waterpark in western Sydney is set to open on 12th December.
Commenting on this, the company's statement concluded "VRL is looking forward to the successful launch of one of the world's biggest and best water theme parks, with over 40 slides and attractions."
Image shows Wet'n'Wild Phoenix, USA.
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19th October 2012 - VILLAGE ANNOUNCES CHINESE THEME PARK DEAL
12th October 2012 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW TAKES MAJORITY STAKE IN LAS VEGAS WATERPARK
1st April 2011 – VILLAGE ROADSHOW TO DEVELOP CHINA THEME PARKS
1st August 2008 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW TAKES ON ARIZONA WATERPARK
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