Signature Resorts Announces Agreement To Acquire Vacation Internationale, Ltd.

    SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Signature Resorts, Inc.
 (Nasdaq-NNM: SIGR) today announced the execution of a definitive agreement to
 acquire 100% of the capital stock of Vacation Internationale, Ltd. for
 approximately $24.3 million, comprised of $8.0 million in cash and the
 assumption of approximately $16.3 million of indebtedness.  Founded in 1974,
 Vacation Internationale is a Bellevue, Washington based developer and operator
 of vacation ownership resorts which has sold over $275 million in vacation
 ownership products since its inception.  Its Vacation Time Share Program
 includes 21 owned, managed or affiliated resorts in the Western United States,
 Hawaii, Mexico and Canada. The acquired assets include Vacation
 Internationale's approximately $12.8 million mortgages receivable portfolio.
     Vacation Internationale's club program allows its approximately 31,000
 member families to enjoy increased vacation flexibility by using points as a
 currency to reserve each year the specific resort, season, unit type and
 length of stay at any of the club's 21 resorts which meets their needs,
 resulting in a reported 96% satisfaction rating among its members. This
 points-based reservations program effectively functions as an internal
 exchange company for the members, 92% of  whom use their points to vacation
 within the Vacation Internationale 21 resort system.
     Andrew Jody Gessow, Signature's co-founder, President and co-CEO,
 commented, "Adding Vacation Internationale's 21 resort locations to
 Signature's existing resorts will ultimately offer our combined 140,000 owner
 families 56 vacation destinations in eight countries.  Combining Vacation
 Internationale, the first vacation points club in North America, with LSI, the
 largest points club in Europe, under the same ownership umbrella gives
 Signature a commanding position in the vacation ownership industry and a
 strong platform to expand into other leisure-related services."
     Mr. Gessow continued, "We will be pleased to offer through Vacation
 Internationale such premiere vacation destinations as Sun Valley, Idaho;
 Whistler, British Columbia; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and Puerto Vallarta
 and Mazatlan, Mexico to our expanding portfolio of exciting vacation
 destinations."
     Vacation Internationale's 21 owned, managed and affiliated resorts are
 located in Sun Valley, Idaho; Whistler, British Columbia; Steamboat Springs,
 Colorado; Puerto Vallarta and  Mazatlan, Mexico; the Big Island (2 resorts),
 Maui (4 resorts), Oahu (2 resorts), and Kauai, Hawaii (2 resorts); Palm
 Springs, and Oceanside, California; Newport and Sunriver, Oregon; Ocean
 Shores, Washington; and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
     Signature's agreement to acquire Vacation Internationale is subject to the
 satisfaction of customary closing conditions, is anticipated to close during
 the fourth quarter of 1997 and follows Signature's recent acquisition of LSI
 Group Holdings, PLC, a United Kingdom based developer and operator of a
 European points based vacation club system with 11 resorts in England, Spain
 and Austria.
     Signature Resorts, Inc. is the world's largest owner and operator of
 vacation ownership resorts. Upon completion of Signature's pending acquisition
 of the Embassy Suites Resort at Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii, Signature will
 operate 29 resorts in sales and 35 total resorts located in North America and
 Europe.  Signature's 34 existing resorts are located in Poipu Beach, Kauai,
 Hawaii; South Lake Tahoe (3), Avila Beach and Lake Arrowhead, California;
 Sedona (5) and Scottsdale, Arizona; Orlando (2) and Miami Beach, Florida; St.
 Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (2); Williamsburg, Virginia (2); St. John, U.S.
 Virgin Islands; Branson, Missouri; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Lake Conroe,
 Texas; England's Lake District and Midlands (3); Southern, England; the Sun
 Coast of Spain (3); the Spanish island of Menorca (2); Lanzarote, Canary
 Islands; and the Austrian Alps.
     This release contains forward looking statements, which include
 Signature's geographic and points-based vacation club system expansion plans,
 Signature's future prospects and other forecasts and statements of
 expectations.  Actual results might differ materially from those expressed in
 any forward looking statements made by Signature due to, among other things,
 factors related to whether the Vacation Internationale acquisition closes, the
 assimilation and integration of Vacation Internationale and LSI Group
 Holdings, PLC into Signature's existing operations, exchange rate related
 risks and those factors identified in Part I of Signature's Annual Report on
 Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1996.
 
 

SOURCE Signature Resorts

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