Jennifer Oettel / Kristina Heinrichs / Veronika Bahnmann
Phone: +49 611 36 07121
Company Reports Record Second Quarter Earnings Per Share, with Growth of 36%
Strong Operating Environment and Revenue Initiatives Result in Increase of
Full Year Guidance
Company’s Newest Ship, Norwegian Joy, Christened in Shanghai
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) (together with NCL Corporation Ltd., “Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings”, “Norwegian” or the “Company,”) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, and provided guidance for the third quarter and full year 2017.
“Positive consumer sentiment in North American and key international markets has resulted in a robust booking environment that continues to be one of the strongest in recent history which, combined with our targeted strategic revenue initiatives drove second quarter revenue and yield growth well above expectations,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “All three of our brands benefitted from strength across each of their respective markets and contributed to our second quarter earnings beat.”
Second Quarter 2017 Results
GAAP net income was $198.5 million or EPS of $0.87 compared to $145.2 million or $0.64 in the prior year. The Company generated Adjusted Net Income of $232.7 million or Adjusted EPS of $1.02 compared to $192.6 million or $0.85 in the prior year.
Revenue increased 13.3% to $1.3 billion compared to $1.2 billion in 2016. This increase was primarily attributed to an increase in Capacity Days as a result of a reduction in the amount of Dry-docks during the period, as well as the benefit of sailings from the addition of Regent brand’s Seven Seas Explorer and Oceania Cruises’ Sirena to the fleet in 2016 along with an increase in Net Yield due to strength in ticket pricing and higher onboard and other revenue. Gross Yield increased 7.4%, while Adjusted Net Yield improved 8.1% on a Constant Currency basis and 7.2% on an as reported basis.
Gross Cruise Cost increased 10.6% compared to 2016 due to an increase in total cruise operating expense and marketing, general and administrative expenses. Gross Cruise Costs per Capacity Day increased 4.9%. Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day increased 2.7% on a Constant Currency basis and 2.6% on an as reported basis primarily due to an increase in marketing, general and administrative expenses partially offset by lower other cruise operating expenses.
Fuel price per metric ton, net of hedges was $469, which is commensurate with prior year. The Company reported fuel expense of $86.7 million in the period.
Interest expense, net decreased to $64.2 million in 2017 from $68.4million in 2016. Interest expense for 2017 reflects an increase in average debt balances outstanding primarily associated with the delivery of new ships and newbuild installments, as well as higher interest rates due to an increase in LIBOR. Interest expense for 2016 included a write-off of $11.4 million of deferred financing fees related to the refinancing of certain of our credit facilities in 2016.
Other income (expense), net was an expense of $5.6 million in 2017 compared to an expense of $10.8million in 2016. In 2017, the expense was primarily related to losses on foreign currency exchange of $8.1 million, partially offset by other income. In 2016, the expense was primarily related to unrealized and realized losses on fuel derivative hedge contracts and foreign exchange derivative contracts, partially offset by gains on foreign currency exchange.
“We are pleased to report strong booking trends across all markets for the back half of 2017 where pricing and occupancy are now up mid-single digits over prior year,” said Wendy Beck, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “Strong booking volumes and firm pricing have benefitted our booked business for the next four quarters, contributing to the increase of our 2017 full year outlook and further solidifying our expectation for strong earnings growth.”
2017 Guidance and Sensitivities
In addition to announcing the results for the second quarter, the Company also provided guidance for the third quarter and full year 2017, along with accompanying sensitivities. The Company does not provide guidance on a GAAP basis because the Company is unable to predict, with reasonable certainty, the future movement of foreign exchange rates or the future impact of certain gains and charges. These items are uncertain and will depend on several factors, including industry conditions, and could be material to the Company's results computed in accordance with GAAP. The Company has not provided reconciliations between the Company's 2017 guidance and the most directly comparable GAAP measures because it would be too difficult to prepare a reliable GAAP quantitative reconciliation without unreasonable effort.
Third Quarter 2017
Full Year 2017
Adjusted Net Yield
Adjusted Net Cruise Cost
$3.93 to $4.03
Adjusted Depreciation and Amortization (1)
$123 to $127 million
Approx. $477 million
AdjustedInterest Expense, net
Approx. $67 million
Approx. $249 million
Effect on Adjusted EPS of a
Effect on Adjusted EPS of a 1% change in Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day (2)
The following reflects the Company’s expectations regarding fuel consumption and pricing, along with accompanying sensitivities.
Third Quarter 2017
Full Year 2017
Fuel consumption in metric tons
Fuel price per metric ton, net of hedges
Effect on Adjusted EPS of a 10% change
As of June 30, 2017, the Company had hedged approximately 76%, 65%, 48% and 26% of its total projected metric tons of fuel consumption for the remainder of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively. The following table provides amounts hedged and price per barrel of heavy fuel oil ("HFO") and marine gas oil ("MGO") which are hedged utilizing U.S. Gulf Coast 3% ("USGC") and Brent, respectively.
Remainder of 2017
% of HFO Consumption Hedged
Average USGC Price / Barrel
% of MGO Consumption Hedged
Average Brent Price / Barrel
The following reflects the foreign currency exchange rates the Company used in its Third Quarter and Full Year 2017 guidance.
Current Guidance - August
Prior Guidance - May
Future capital commitments consist of contracted commitments, including ship construction contracts, and future expected capital expenditures necessary for operations. As of June 30, 2017, our anticipated capital expenditures were $0.3 billion for the remainder of 2017, $1.4 billion for the year ending December 31, 2018 and $1.2 billion for the year ending December 31, 2019, of which we have export credit financing in place for the expenditures related to ship construction contracts of $48.2 million for the remainder of 2017, $0.8 billion for 2018 and $0.6 billion for 2019.
Company Updates and Other Business Highlights
Norwegian Joy Launch and Christening
In June, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship for the Chinese cruise market, was christened in a lavish ceremony held on board the vessel in Shanghai that featured an over-the-top performance by the ship’s Godfather, singer, songwriter, music producer, actor and film director, Wang Leehom. At approximately 168,000 Gross Tons and accommodating approximately 3,880 guests, Norwegian Joy features an innovative design, world-class finishes and amenities tailored to provide a “First Class at Sea” experience for Chinese guests, along with Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature cruising style that offers guests the freedom and flexibility to design their perfect vacation experience.
Alipay Payment Solution Introduced on Norwegian Joy
In June, the Company announced the debut of the Alipay payment solution on board Norwegian Joy. This is the first time a major cruise operator has debuted a cruise ship with Alipay as part of its payment platform from the very beginning of its operations and demonstrates the Company's commitment to providing Chinese guests with offerings geared to their specific needs and tastes. With more than 450 million users, Alipay is China's, and the world's, leading online and mobile payment platform, and significantly enhances the payment platform lineup on Norwegian Joy. The Alipay payment solution on board Norwegian Joy is the latest step in a partnership announced earlier this year between Alibaba and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. - a partnership which combines Norwegian's experience in providing unforgettable vacations with Alibaba's insights into Chinese consumers to offer a cruise product tailor-made for Chinese guests.
Updated Itineraries and Deployments
The Norwegian Cruise Line brand announced several updates and enhancements to its itineraries for summer 2018. Norwegian Sun will reposition to Port Canaveral and offer all-inclusive four-day cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas. Additionally, Norwegian Jewel will rejoin the youngest fleet sailing to Alaska in summer 2018, with a multitude of exciting itineraries including seven- and nine-day sailings from Seattle, Seward and Vancouver.
New for 2020, Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveiled its 2020 world cruise aboard Seven Seas Mariner. Guests aboard the all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will touch on 30 countries on six continents as they circumnavigate the globe, visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage sites among a total of 66 ports, 13 of which are overnight stays.
Norwegian Bliss Keel Laying Ceremony
In May, Norwegian Cruise Line and MEYER WERFT celebrated the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss at the yard's state of the art facility in Papenburg, Germany. During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the approximately 168,000 Gross Ton vessel was lifted into the covered building hall, signifying a major milestone in the ship's construction. Norwegian Bliss is due for delivery in April 2018 and will be the first cruise ship custom built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience. During her inaugural summer 2018 season, Norwegian Bliss will sail seven-day Alaska cruises from the recently expanded Pier 66 Cruise Terminal in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America's last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative features, entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. Norwegian Bliss will sail her inaugural winter season beginning in November 2018, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from PortMiami.
Oceania Cruises Introduces Most Comprehensive Wellness Program at Sea
In May, Oceania Cruises began offering wellness-minded travelers a new and unrivaled array of complimentary wellness options aboard its six ships as they sail to more than 370 ports around the globe. Oceania Cruises now offers the most extensive and comprehensive wellness program at sea, which includes Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, recently-introduced vegan menus, and one-of-a-kind destination experiences offered on Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch. In addition to the complimentary use of the gym and fitness facilities in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Oceania Cruises is breaking new ground by making its fitness and wellness classes complimentary. There are more than two dozen classes, all with professional instruction, for guests to choose from.
About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
With a combined fleet of 25 ships with approximately 50,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 510 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce seven additional ships through 2025, and has an option to introduce two additional ships for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for the finest cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries that span the globe. Expertly crafted voyages aboard designer-inspired, intimate ships call on ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the industry's most inclusive luxury experience aboard its all-suite fleet. A voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises includes round-trip air, highly personalized service, exquisite cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited internet access, sightseeing excursions in every port, gratuities, ground transfers, a pre-cruise hotel package for guests staying in concierge-level suites and higher and beginning in summer 2017, business class air will be provided for all roundtrip air originating from the U.S. and Canada.
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Jennifer Oettel / Kristina Heinrichs / Veronika Bahnmann
Phone: +49 611 36 07121
Corporate Mailing Address
Wiesbaden, Continental Europe Office
NCL (Bahamas) Ltd.
Continental Europe Branch
Kreuzberger Ring 68
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