Revenue Outperformance Drives Third Quarter Earnings Above Expectations Despite Impacts from Hurricane Dorian

Full Year 2020 Bookings Ahead of this Year’s Record Levels in Occupancy and Pricing

Company Executes $150 Million in Share Repurchases in the Quarter

Company’s Newest and Most Innovative Ship, Norwegian Encore, Joins Fleet

MIAMI, Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) (together with NCL Corporation Ltd., “Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings”, “Norwegian” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, as well as provided guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2019.

Highlights

  • The Company generated GAAP net income of $450.6 million or EPS of $2.09 compared to $470.4 million or $2.11 in the prior year.  Adjusted Net Income was $481.5 million or Adjusted EPS of $2.23 compared to $506.4 million or $2.27 in the prior year.  These results include a $0.06 per share impact from voyage cancellations, itinerary modifications and relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian. 
  • Total revenue increased 3.0% to $1.9 billion on a decrease in Capacity Days of 1.8%. Gross Yield increased 4.8%.  Net Yield increased 3.9% on a Constant Currency basis, outperforming August guidance by 215 basis points.
  • Full year Adjusted EPS is in line with the midpoint of August guidance and is expected to be approximately $5.05, inclusive of a $0.15 per share adverse impact from Hurricane Dorian.  Without this headwind, the Company’s full year outlook would have exceeded the high-end of its August guidance range, primarily as a result of revenue outperformance in the third quarter, coupled with a stronger revenue outlook for the fourth quarter driven primarily by outperformance in the core Caribbean.
  • Strong demand in the Company’s core markets more than offset the approximately 25 basis point impact on full year Net Yield growth from Hurricane Dorian, leading the Company to raise its outlook for Net Yield growth to approximately 3.0% on a Constant Currency basis. 
  • Company is on solid trajectory to achieve its Full Speed Ahead 2020 targets provided at its 2018 Investor Day.
  • The Company’s environmental stewardship efforts to reduce the use of single-use plastics took another step forward when Norwegian Cruise Line announced it will become the first major cruise line to eliminate all single-use plastic water bottles which is expected to eliminate over six million plastic bottles each year.

“The underlying fundamentals of our business remain as strong as ever, allowing us to post another solid quarter of financial results despite the impacts from Hurricane Dorian.  The top line exceeded expectations and we recorded the highest quarterly revenue in our history,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “We are on track to deliver yet another record-breaking year in 2019, and the positive momentum for our global brands is carrying over into 2020, as demand, occupancy and pricing continue to outpace 2019 record levels, buoyed by the addition of Norwegian Encore and Seven Seas Splendor.” 

Third Quarter 2019 Results

GAAP net income was $450.6 million or EPS of $2.09 compared to $470.4 million or $2.11 in the prior year.  The Company generated Adjusted Net Income of $481.5 million or Adjusted EPS of $2.23 compared to $506.4 million or $2.27 in the prior year. These results include a $0.06 per share adverse impact from voyage cancellations, itinerary modifications and relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian.

Revenue increased 3.0% to $1.9 billion on a decrease in Capacity Days of 1.8% compared to slightly less than $1.9 billion in 2018.  This increase was primarily due to an increase in Net Yield driven by the repositioning of Norwegian Joy to North America, robust onboard spending along with strong growth in organic pricing across all core markets. Gross Yield increased 4.8%. Net Yield increased 3.9% on a Constant Currency basis and 3.3% on an as reported basis.

Total cruise operating expense increased 6.7% in 2019 compared to 2018, primarily due to continuing effects from the redeployment of Norwegian Joy during the second quarter of 2019 and incremental direct costs related to air promotions.  Gross Cruise Costs per Capacity Day increased 8.9%.  Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day increased 11.0% on a Constant Currency basis and 10.2% on an as reported basis.

Fuel price per metric ton, net of hedges decreased to $504 from $510 in 2018.  The Company reported fuel expense of $98.9 million in the period. 

Interest expense, net decreased to $60.2 million in 2019 from $69.5 million in 2018. The decrease reflects lower outstanding debt balances and lower margins associated with recent refinancings, partially offset by newbuild financings.

Other income, net was income of $10.3 million in 2019 compared to income of $0.1 million in 2018. In 2019 the income primarily related to gains on foreign currency exchange.

Outlook

“We accelerated returns to shareholders to take advantage of current valuations and executed $150 million in share repurchases in the quarter, bringing our total capital returns since January 2018 to $1 billion,” said Mark A. Kempa, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. "The combination of the continued robust demand environment and the building excitement for the launches of Norwegian Encore and Seven Seas Splendor are setting up 2020 to be another milestone year."

2019 Guidance and Sensitivities

In addition to announcing the results for the third quarter 2019, the Company also provided guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2019, 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 2019 guidance and the most directly comparable GAAP measures because it would be too difficult to prepare a reliable U.S. GAAP quantitative reconciliation without unreasonable effort.

 Fourth Quarter 2019Full Year 2019
 As Reported Constant Currency As Reported Constant
Currency
 
Net YieldApprox. (1.0%) Flat Approx. 2.4% Approx. 3.0% 
Adjusted Net Cruise Cost
Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day
Approx. 1.75% Approx. 2.25% Approx. 5.0%(2) Approx. 5.75%(2) 
Adjusted EPS (1)Approx. $0.69Approx. $5.05 (2)
Adjusted Depreciation and Amortization (1)Approx. $158 millionApprox. $603 million (2)
Adjusted Interest Expense, netApprox. $65.5 millionApprox. $258 million
Effect on EPS of a
1% change in Adjusted Net Yield
$0.05$0.05 (3)
Effect on Adjusted EPS of a 1% change in Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day$0.03$0.03 (3)

(1)  Excludes $4.6 million and $18.4 million of amortization of intangible assets related to the Acquisition of Prestige in the fourth quarter and full year 2019, respectively.
(2)  Excludes one-time expenses of approximately $30.6 million from Adjusted EPS, primarily resulting from a non-cash write-off, for enhancements to Norwegian Joy, associated with her redeployment to North America, of which approximately $23.6 million is excluded from Adjusted Depreciation and Amortization, and the remainder is excluded from Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day.
(3)  For the remaining quarter of 2019.

The following reflects the Company’s expectations regarding fuel consumption and pricing, along with accompanying sensitivities.

 Fourth Quarter 2019 Full Year 2019
Fuel consumption in metric tons221,000 836,000
Fuel price per metric ton, net of hedges$498 $490
Effect on Adjusted EPS of a 10% change
in fuel prices, net of hedges
$0.02 $0.02 (1)

(1)  For the remainder of 2019.

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had hedged approximately 70%, 56%, 50% and 18% of its total projected metric tons of fuel consumption for the remainder of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively.  The following table provides amounts hedged and price per barrel of heavy fuel oil (“HFO”) which is hedged utilizing U.S. Gulf Coast 3% (“USGC”) and marine gas oil (“MGO”) which is hedged utilizing Gasoil.    

  Remainder of 2019 2020 2021
2022
% of HFO Consumption Hedged 67% 59% 52%19%
Average USGC Price / Barrel $47.82 $41.14 $46.09$48.36
% of MGO Consumption Hedged 75%(1) 55% 49%18%
Average Gasoil Price / Barrel $82.71(2) $84.18 (3) $80.61$75.31

(1)  Includes 14% of hedged consumption through a collar with a call strike of $87.25 and a put strike of $81.07.
(2)  Represents a blended rate that includes a $1.1 million benefit from 2019 Brent hedges that were replaced with Gasoil hedges in the first quarter of 2019.  Does not reflect impact of collar.
(3)  Represents a blended rate that includes a $7.4 million benefit from 2020 Brent hedges that were replaced with Gasoil hedges in the third quarter of 2018.

The following reflects the foreign currency exchange rates the Company used in its fourth quarter and full year 2019 guidance. 

 
 Current Guidance – NovemberPrior Guidance - August
Euro$1.10$1.11
British pound$1.26$1.22
Australian Dollar$0.68$0.68
Canadian Dollar$0.76$0.76

Future capital commitments consist of contracted commitments, including ship construction contracts, and future expected capital expenditures necessary for operations as well as our ship revitalization projects and other strategic investments.  As of September 30, 2019, anticipated capital expenditures were $1.0 billion for the remainder of 2019, $1.2 billion and $0.8 billion for the years ending December 31, 2020 and 2021, respectively. We have export credit financing in place for the anticipated expenditures related to ship construction contracts of $0.7 billion for the remainder of 2019, $0.5 billion and $0.2 billion for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Company Updates and Other Business Highlights

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Announced Organizational Changes at the Norwegian Cruise Line Brand
In October, the Company announced organizational changes at the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.  These changes include the planned departure of Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, following the launch of Norwegian Encore and the appointment of Harry Sommer, current President, International for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, as Stuart’s successor. Stuart will step down from his role on December 31, 2019 and remain with the Company as Senior Advisor through March 31, 2020 to ensure a smooth transition. 

Over the last several years, the Company’s management and Board of Directors have worked closely on a comprehensive succession plan that leveraged the considerable bench strength across the organization.  Sommer’s breadth of knowledge and extensive experience in the industry and Company will enable him to build off the strong position the brand holds today and chart the strategy for the next phase of the Norwegian brand’s journey. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery of its Most Innovative Ship, Norwegian Encore

On October 30, the Company took delivery of its newest, most innovative ship, Norwegian Encore, the final Breakaway Plus Class Ship, the most successful ship class in Norwegian Cruise Line’s history.  Taking the brand’s exclusive, stand-out attractions and entertainment on board to the next level, Norwegian Encore will feature the world’s longest race track at sea at 1,100 feet with four high-speed curves extending up to 13 feet over the side of the ship; the largest outdoor laser tag arena at nearly 10,000 square feet with the addition of augmented reality elements; and new immersive escape room and interactive theatre experiences in the 10,000-square-foot Galaxy Pavilion; and Tony Award®-winning musical, “Kinky Boots” will headline the world-class entertainment on board.  In addition to featuring many of the brand’s highly rated restaurants and lounges, Norwegian Encore will debut a new elevated Italian dining experience, Onda by Scarpetta.

GRAMMY award-winning artist and superstar Kelly Clarkson has been named godmother to Norwegian Encore.  As godmother, she will perform at the christening ceremony in Miami on Thursday, November 21, as well as fulfill the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming the beautiful Norwegian Encore. To celebrate her new title as godmother, Clarkson and Norwegian Cruise Line recognized and awarded 20 deserving music educators on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” with a seven-day cruise, showcasing the mutual appreciation for education and travel as a powerful tool that connects people and promotes awareness and understanding around the world.

Environment, Safety & Corporate Governance (ESG) Highlights

Norwegian Cruise Line to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Norwegian Cruise Line will become the first major global cruise company to become plastic water bottle free with its recently announced partnership with JUST® Goods, Inc., global consumer goods company dedicated to producing responsibly sourced products, contained in sustainable packaging.  By January 1, 2020, the cruise line will replace all single-use plastic water bottles across its fleet with JUST Water, 100% spring water in a plant-based carton that is refillable and recyclable, beginning with its newest innovative ship, Norwegian Encore.  The brand expects to eliminate over six million plastic bottles each year as part of its effort towards providing guests with more sustainable options at sea.  The decision is the latest sustainable step forward for Norwegian Cruise Line.  In 2018, the Company eliminated single-use plastic straws across its 17-ship fleet and private destinations which is expected to eliminate over 50 million plastic straws each year.  The transition away from single-use plastics across the Company’s fleet and island destinations builds upon the Company’s Sail & Sustain Environmental Program.

Company Relaunched Hope Starts Here Campaign, Contributing $3 Million to Hurricane Relief in the Bahamas

In September, the Company relaunched its Hope Starts Here hurricane relief campaign in partnership with All Hands and Hearts to provide immediate short-term relief for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.  In less than one month, the program received donations from the Company’s valued team members, loyal guests, as well as travel and business partners, which the Company matched with a $2 million cash contribution as well as nearly $1 million for in kind donations to assist All Hands and Hearts with emergency response efforts across the Bahamas, including debris cleanup and removal, and the rebuilding of community infrastructure such as houses or schools. In addition, the Company coordinated with local Bahamian authorities to bring needed provisions to the affected areas, and on September 5, Norwegian Breakaway departed Miami with hurricane relief supplies donated by Company employees, in addition to items collected by the City of Miami and other local organizations, which were delivered to Nassau, and the Company’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

Company Honored for Advancing Gender Parity in the Boardroom

The Company was honored today by the Women’s Forum of New York at their fifth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions in New York City.  This event recognizes the S&P 500/Fortune 1000 companies which have achieved 30 percent or greater female representation on their corporate boards.  This benchmark event brings together more than 600 thought leaders and change-makers including CEOs, board directors and government officials in support of the shared goal of gender parity in the boardroom by 2025.  Norwegian’s board is committed to seeking out directors and management leadership with diverse backgrounds and has actively recruited women and members of minority groups to where today its board is comprised of 30% women and 60% members with diverse backgrounds.

In 2017, Norwegian appointed its first female director to its board, Ms. Stella David, former chief executive officer of William Grant & Sons Limited.  In 2018, retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral, Ms. Mary Landry, and Ms. Pamela Thomas-Graham, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dandelion Chandelier LLC were appointed as new directors to the Company’s board.

Oceania Cruises Unveiled New Go Local Tours

Oceania Cruises unveiled its groundbreaking new Go Local series of immersive destination tours.  As a part of the brand’s stream of OceaniaNEXT enhancements, these new, exclusive small-batch tours go beyond the tourist sites and embed our guests in the fabric of local communities. Guests will experience destinations on an entirely new level where they are welcomed into local homes and businesses and immersed into their way of life.  More than 120 tours are offered throughout Europe, Alaska, and South America with myriad choices of tours that run the gamut from A Day at the Farm in Kusadasi, Turkey to the Hidden Treasures of Milongas in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Playing Gaelic Games in Cork, Ireland.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Debuts New Serene Spa & WellnessTM Fleetwide

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® announced Serene Spa & WellnessTM, a new globally inspired spa brand, which will debut across its five-ship fleet this winter.  A new and innovative experience in travel wellness, Serene Spa & WellnessTM will enhance guests experience with exclusive, destination-inspired spa treatments, rejuvenating fitness classes, nutritionally balanced cuisine and wellness tours as they journey around the world.  Serene Spa & Wellness™, originally designed to perfect luxury on board Seven Seas SplendorTM, will launch fleetwide ahead of Seven Seas Splendor’s maiden voyage. 

Oceania Cruises Debuts Aquamar Spa and Vitality Center

In October, Oceania Cruises debuted the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center, the most unique and comprehensive spa and wellness center at sea, which will be introduced across all of its six ships this winter. As part of the brand’s continued OceaniaNEXT enhancements, the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center extends well beyond a traditional spa, offering a complete and original collection of holistic wellness encounters both on board and ashore that supports all dimensions of wellness while encouraging a lifestyle of health and longevity. 

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss third quarter 2019 results.  A link to the live webcast along with a slide presentation can be found on the Company’s Investor Relations website at www.nclhltdinvestor.com.  A replay of the conference call will also be available on the website for 30 days after the call.

About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: 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 27 ships with approximately 58,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide. The Company will introduce ten additional ships through 2027.

Terminology

Acquisition of Prestige. In November 2014, we acquired Prestige in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration of $3.025 billion, including the assumption of debt.

Adjusted Depreciation and Amortization.  Depreciation and amortization adjusted to exclude amortization of intangible assets related to the Acquisition of Prestige and a one-time, non-cash write-off for revitalizations to Norwegian Joy associated with her redeployment to North America.

Adjusted EBITDA.  EBITDA adjusted for other income, net and other supplemental adjustments.

Adjusted EPS. Adjusted Net Income divided by the number of diluted weighted-average shares outstanding.

Adjusted Interest Expense.  Interest expense adjusted to exclude write-offs of deferred financing fees related to the refinancing of certain of our credit facilities.

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel. Net Cruise Cost less fuel expense adjusted for supplemental adjustments.

Adjusted Net Income.   Net income adjusted for supplemental adjustments.

Adjusted ROIC.  Adjusted EBITDA less Adjusted Depreciation and Amortization divided by debt and shareholders’ equity, averaged for four quarters.

Berths.  Double occupancy capacity per cabin (single occupancy per studio cabin) even though many cabins can accommodate three or more passengers.

Breakaway Plus Class Ships. Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore.

Capacity Days.  Available Berths multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period.

Constant Currency. A calculation whereby foreign currency-denominated revenues and expenses in a period are converted at the U.S. dollar exchange rate of a comparable period in order to eliminate the effects of foreign exchange fluctuations.

Dry-dock. A process whereby a ship is positioned in a large basin where all of the fresh/sea water is pumped out in order to carry out cleaning and repairs of those parts of a ship which are below the water line.

EBITDA.  Earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization.

EPS. Diluted earnings per share.

Full Speed Ahead 2020 Targets. The Full Speed Ahead 2020 Targets refer to long-term financial targets announced at the Company’s 2018 Investor Day.  These targets are (i) double-digit three-year Adjusted EPS CAGR (2018 to 2020), Adjusted ROIC of approximately 12% in 2020, Net Leverage of approximately 2.5x to 2.75x by the end of 2020 and approximately $1.0 to $1.5 billion of cash available for potential shareholders returns from 2018 to 2020. The Company does not provide targets 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 targets and the most directly comparable GAAP measures because it would be too difficult to prepare a reliable U.S. GAAP quantitative reconciliation without unreasonable effort. Any determination to pay dividends or repurchase shares in the future will be entirely at the discretion of the Board of Directors or management, respectively, and will depend upon our results of operations, cash requirements, financial condition, business operations, contractual restrictions, restrictions imposed by applicable law and other factors that the Board of Directors or management deems relevant.

GAAP. Generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S.

Gross Cruise Cost.  The sum of total cruise operating expense and marketing, general and administrative expense.

Gross Yield.  Total revenue per Capacity Day.

Net Cruise Cost.  Gross Cruise Cost less commissions, transportation and other expense and onboard and other expense.

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel.  Net Cruise Cost less fuel expense.

Net Leverage. Long-term debt, including current portion, less cash and cash equivalents divided by Adjusted EBITDA.

Net Revenue. Total revenue less commissions, transportation and other expense and onboard and other expense.

Net Yield. Net Revenue per Capacity Day.

Occupancy Percentage or Load Factor. The ratio of Passenger Cruise Days to Capacity Days. A percentage in excess of 100% indicates that three or more passengers occupied some cabins.

Passenger Cruise Days.  The number of passengers carried for the period, multiplied by the number of days in their respective cruises.

Project Leonardo. The next generation of ships for our Norwegian brand.

Secondary Equity Offering(s). Secondary public offering(s) of NCLH’s ordinary shares in December 2018, March 2018, November 2017, August 2017, December 2015, August 2015, May 2015, March 2015, March 2014, December 2013 and August 2013.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as Net Revenue, Net Yield, Net Cruise Cost, Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted ROIC, Net Leverage, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS, to enable us to analyze our performance. See “Terminology” for the definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures. We utilize Net Revenue and Net Yield to manage our business on a day-to-day basis and believe that they are the most relevant measures of our revenue performance because they reflect the revenue earned by us net of significant variable costs. In measuring our ability to control costs in a manner that positively impacts net income, we believe changes in Net Cruise Cost and Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel to be the most relevant indicators of our performance.

As our business includes the sourcing of passengers and deployment of vessels outside of the U.S., a portion of our revenue and expenses are denominated in foreign currencies, particularly British pound, Canadian dollar, euro and Australian dollar, which are subject to fluctuations in currency exchange rates versus our reporting currency, the U.S. dollar. In order to monitor results excluding these fluctuations, we calculate certain non-GAAP measures on a Constant Currency basis whereby current period revenue and expenses denominated in foreign currencies are converted to U.S. dollars using currency exchange rates of the comparable period. We believe that presenting these non-GAAP measures on both a reported and Constant Currency basis is useful in providing a more comprehensive view of trends in our business.

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is appropriate as a supplemental financial measure as it is used by management to assess operating performance. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure in determining our performance as it reflects certain operating drivers of our business, such as sales growth, operating costs, marketing, general and administrative expense and other operating income and expense. Adjusted EBITDA is not a defined term under GAAP nor is it intended to be a measure of liquidity or cash flows from operations or a measure comparable to net income, as it does not take into account certain requirements such as capital expenditures and related depreciation, principal and interest payments and tax payments and it includes other supplemental adjustments.

Net Leverage is a performance measure that we believe provides management and investors a more complete understanding of our leverage position and borrowing capacity after factoring in cash and cash equivalents.  Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain amounts and are used to supplement GAAP net income and EPS. We use Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS as key performance measures of our earnings performance. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparison to our historical performance. Our management believes the presentation of Adjusted ROIC provides a useful performance metric to both management and investors for evaluating our effective use of capital. In addition, management uses Adjusted EPS and Adjusted ROIC as performance measures for our incentive compensation. The amounts excluded in the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures may vary from period to period; accordingly, our presentation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted ROIC and Net Leverage may not be indicative of future adjustments or results. For example, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we incurred $0.5 million related to Secondary Equity Offering expenses. We included this as an adjustment in the reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income since the offering expenses are not representative of our day-to-day operations and we have included similar adjustments in prior periods; however, this adjustment did not occur and is not included in the comparative period presented within this release.

You are encouraged to evaluate each adjustment used in calculating our non-GAAP financial measures and the reasons we consider our non-GAAP financial measures appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating our non-GAAP financial measures, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in our presentation. Our non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Our presentation of our non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other companies. Please see a historical reconciliation of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measure presented in our consolidated financial statements below.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this release or that may be mentioned on our conference call constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this release or that may be mentioned on our conference call, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategy, financial position and results of operations, including our 2019 guidance and Full Speed Ahead 2020 Targets, plans, potential share repurchases or dividends, future deleveraging, ESG initiatives prospects and objectives of management for future operations (including expected fleet additions, development plans, demand environment, objectives relating to our activities and expected performance in new markets), are forward-looking statements. Many, but not all, of these statements can be found by looking for words like "expect," "anticipate," "goal," "project," "plan," "believe," "seek," "will," "may," "forecast," "estimate," "intend," "future," and similar words. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the impact of: adverse events impacting the security of travel, such as terrorist acts, armed conflict and threats thereof, acts of piracy, and other international events; adverse incidents involving cruise ships; adverse general economic and related factors, such as fluctuating or increasing levels of unemployment, underemployment and the volatility of fuel prices, declines in the securities and real estate markets, and perceptions of these conditions that decrease the level of disposable income of consumers or consumer confidence; the spread of epidemics and viral outbreaks; breaches in data security or other disturbances to our information technology and other networks; the risks and increased costs associated with operating internationally; changes in fuel prices and/or other cruise operating costs; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; our expansion into and investments in new markets;  overcapacity in key markets or globally; the unavailability of attractive port destinations; our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage; evolving requirements and regulations regarding data privacy and protection and any actual or perceived compliance failures by us; our indebtedness and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business, including the significant portion of assets that are collateral under these agreements; volatility and disruptions in the global credit and financial markets, which may adversely affect our ability to borrow and could increase our counterparty credit risks, including those under our credit facilities, derivatives, contingent obligations, insurance contracts and new ship progress payment guarantees; our inability to recruit or retain qualified personnel or the loss of key personnel; delays in our shipbuilding program and ship repairs, maintenance and refurbishments; our reliance on third parties to provide hotel management services to certain ships and certain other services; future increases in the price of, or major changes or reduction in, commercial airline services; amendments to our collective bargaining agreements for crew members and other employee relation issues;  pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; our inability to keep pace with developments in technology; seasonal variations in passenger fare rates and occupancy levels at different times of the year; changes involving the tax and environmental regulatory regimes in which we operate; and other factors set forth under "Risk Factors" in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we expect to operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein or that may be mentioned on our conference call to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change of events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement was based, except as required by law.

Investor Relations & Media Contact
Andrea DeMarco
(305) 468-2339
InvestorRelations@nclcorp.com 


  
  
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(Unaudited) 
(in thousands, except share and per share data) 
               
       Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
       September 30, September 30, 
        2019   2018   2019   2018  
               
Revenue         
 Passenger ticket$1,373,779  $1,334,460  $3,526,456  $3,301,372  
 Onboard and other 540,072   523,896   1,455,302   1,372,561  
    Total revenue 1,913,851   1,858,356   4,981,758   4,673,933  
Cruise operating expense        
 Commissions, transportation and other 330,893   301,349   857,848   769,564  
 Onboard and other 122,971   117,747   309,447   281,232  
 Payroll and related 235,833   227,707   688,325   656,868  
 Fuel    98,943   99,643   297,727   288,286  
 Food    56,913   56,038   166,305   160,785  
 Other   145,211   126,460   456,187   403,083  
    Total cruise operating expense 990,764   928,944   2,775,839   2,559,818  
Other operating expense        
 Marketing, general and administrative 255,148   235,436   744,991   688,986  
 Depreciation and amortization 156,215   143,700   482,227   415,648  
    Total other operating expense 411,363   379,136   1,227,218   1,104,634  
     Operating income 511,724   550,276   978,701   1,009,481  
Non-operating income (expense)        
 Interest expense, net (60,188)  (69,540)  (199,660)  (202,226) 
 Other income, net 10,251   98   13,433   11,354  
    Total non-operating income (expense) (49,937)  (69,442)  (186,227)  (190,872) 
Net income before income taxes 461,787   480,834   792,474   818,609  
Income tax benefit (expense) (11,203)  (10,456)  16,457   (18,400) 
Net income $450,584  $470,378  $808,931  $800,209  
               
Weighted-average shares outstanding      
 Basic    214,207,716   221,511,630   215,614,098   224,033,156  
 Diluted  215,499,462   222,752,738   217,050,055   225,422,385  
               
Earnings per share        
 Basic   $2.10  $2.12  $3.75  $3.57  
 Diluted $2.09  $2.11  $3.73  $3.55  
               


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME  
(Unaudited) 
(in thousands) 
             
    Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
    September 30,  September 30, 
     2019   2018    2019   2018  
             
 Net income $450,584  $470,378   $808,931  $800,209  
 Other comprehensive income (loss):          
 Shipboard Retirement Plan  95   107    284   319  
 Cash flow hedges:          
  Net unrealized gain (loss)  (209,511)  15,365    (211,548)  48,047  
  Amount realized and reclassified into earnings  (448)  (10,706)   (16,722)  (19,214) 
  Total other comprehensive income (loss)  (209,864)  4,766    (227,986)  29,152  
 Total comprehensive income $240,720  $475,144   $580,945  $829,361  
             


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands, except share data)  
  September 30,  December 31, 
   2019    2018  
Assets       
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $407,258   $163,851  
Accounts receivable, net  67,698    55,249  
Inventories  94,254    90,202  
Prepaid expenses and other assets  273,506    241,011  
Total current assets  842,716    550,313  
Property and equipment, net  12,288,897    12,119,253  
Goodwill  1,388,931    1,388,931  
Tradenames  817,525    817,525  
Other long-term assets  600,827    329,948  
Total assets $15,938,896   $15,205,970  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity       
Current liabilities:      
Current portion of long-term debt $605,106   $681,218  
Accounts payable  72,151    159,564  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  860,698    716,499  
Advance ticket sales  1,861,636    1,593,219  
Total current liabilities  3,399,591    3,150,500  
Long-term debt  5,672,626    5,810,873  
Other long-term liabilities  593,255    281,596  
Total liabilities  9,665,472    9,242,969  
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders' equity:      
Ordinary shares, $.001 par value; 490,000,000 shares authorized; 237,208,389 shares issued      
and 212,757,530 shares outstanding at September 30, 2019 and 235,484,613 shares issued and      
217,650,644 shares outstanding at December 31, 2018  237    235  
Additional paid-in capital  4,208,975    4,129,639  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (389,633)   (161,647) 
Retained earnings  3,707,771    2,898,840  
Treasury shares (24,450,859 and 17,833,969 ordinary shares at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018,    
respectively, at cost)  (1,253,926)   (904,066) 
Total shareholders' equity  6,273,424    5,963,001  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $15,938,896   $15,205,970  
       


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(Unaudited) 
(in thousands) 
            
        Nine Months Ended 
        September 30, 
         2019   2018  
Cash flows from operating activities     
Net income $808,931  $800,209  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to     
net cash provided by operating activities:     
 Depreciation and amortization expense  482,497   420,154  
 Deferred income taxes, net  (25,731)  3,998  
 Loss on extinguishment of debt  3,988   6,346  
 Provision for bad debts and inventory  2,852   3,420  
 Gain on involuntary conversion of assets  (2,800)  -  
 Share-based compensation expense  82,070   88,797  
 Net foreign currency adjustments  (4,326)  (4,494) 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
  Accounts receivable, net  (12,741)  (5,649) 
  Inventories  (4,681)  (14,237) 
  Prepaid expenses and other assets  1,786   (34,668) 
  Accounts payable  (86,525)  3,003  
  Accrued expenses and other liabilities  (27,504)  136,954  
  Advance ticket sales  262,938   316,268  
     Net cash provided by operating activities  1,480,754   1,720,101  
Cash flows from investing activities     
Additions to property and equipment, net  (615,985)  (1,361,678) 
Issuance of promissory note  (36,392)  -  
Cash received on settlement of derivatives  289   64,796  
Cash paid on settlement of derivatives  (556)  -  
Other     7,719   755  
     Net cash used in investing activities  (644,925)  (1,296,127) 
Cash flows from financing activities     
Repayments of long-term debt  (2,882,354)  (1,233,499) 
Proceeds from long-term debt  2,652,000   1,491,352  
Proceeds from employee related plans  18,203   26,642  
Net share settlement of restricted share units  (20,935)  (13,840) 
Purchase of treasury shares  (349,860)  (463,505) 
Early redemption premium  (117)  (5,154) 
Deferred financing fees and other  (9,359)  (115,699) 
     Net cash used in financing activities  (592,422)  (313,703) 
     Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  243,407   110,271  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period  163,851   176,190  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $407,258  $286,461  
            



NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION 
(Unaudited) 
              
 The following table sets forth selected statistical information:            
              
    Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended   
    September 30, September 30,   
     2019   2018   2019   2018    
              
 Passengers carried   726,921   823,413   2,054,908   2,128,673    
 Passenger Cruise Days   5,387,662   5,493,932   15,377,185   15,177,982    
 Capacity Days   4,854,292   4,941,643   14,198,092   13,958,331    
 Occupancy Percentage   111.0%  111.2%  108.3%  108.7%   
              
              
 Net Revenue, Gross Yield and Net Yield were calculated as follows (in thousands, except Capacity Days and Yield data):  
   
              
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, September 30, 
     2019       2019    
    Constant     Constant   
   2019 Currency  2018   2019  Currency  2018  
              
 Passenger ticket revenue$1,373,779 $1,385,715  $1,334,460  $3,526,456  $3,561,062  $3,301,372  
 Onboard and other revenue 540,072  540,071   523,896   1,455,302   1,455,302   1,372,561  
 Total revenue 1,913,851  1,925,786   1,858,356   4,981,758   5,016,364   4,673,933  
 Less:            
 Commissions, transportation            
 and other expense 330,893  333,330   301,349   857,848   865,013   769,564  
 Onboard and other expense 122,971  122,971   117,747   309,447   309,447   281,232  
 Net Revenue 1,459,987  1,469,485   1,439,260   3,814,463   3,841,904   3,623,137  
              
 Capacity Days 4,854,292  4,854,292   4,941,643   14,198,092   14,198,092   13,958,331  
              
 Gross Yield$394.26 $396.72  $376.06  $350.88  $353.31  $334.85  
 Net Yield$300.76 $302.72  $291.25  $268.66  $270.59  $259.57  
              
  
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 
 NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION 
(Unaudited) 
 Gross Cruise Cost, Net Cruise Cost, Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel and Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel were calculated as follows (in thousands, except Capacity Days and per Capacity Day data):  
   
   
              
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, September 30, 
     2019       2019    
    Constant     Constant   
   2019 Currency  2018   2019  Currency  2018  
 Total cruise operating expense$990,764 $996,548  $928,944  $2,775,839  $2,792,417  $2,559,818  
 Marketing, general and            
 administrative expense 255,148  256,518   235,436   744,991   749,565   688,986  
 Gross Cruise Cost 1,245,912  1,253,066   1,164,380   3,520,830   3,541,982   3,248,804  
 Less:            
 Commissions, transportation            
 and other expense 330,893  333,330   301,349   857,848   865,013   769,564  
 Onboard and other expense 122,971  122,971   117,747   309,447   309,447   281,232  
 Net Cruise Cost 792,048  796,765   745,284   2,353,535   2,367,522   2,198,008  
 Less: Fuel expense 98,943  98,943   99,643   297,727   297,727   288,286  
 Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel 693,105  697,822   645,641   2,055,808   2,069,795   1,909,722  
 Less Non-GAAP Adjustments:            
 Non-cash deferred compensation (1) 533  533   543   1,601   1,601   1,627  
 Non-cash share-based compensation (2) 25,420  25,420   28,962   82,070   82,070   88,797  
 Secondary Equity Offering expenses (3) -  -   -   -   -   482  
 Redeployment of Norwegian Joy (4) -  -   -   7,051   7,051   -  
 Other (5) -  -   -   -   -   (912) 
 Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel$667,152 $671,869  $616,136  $1,965,086  $1,979,073  $1,819,728  
              
 Capacity Days 4,854,292  4,854,292   4,941,643   14,198,092   14,198,092   13,958,331  
              
 Gross Cruise Cost per Capacity Day$256.66 $258.14  $235.63  $247.98  $249.47  $232.75  
 Net Cruise Cost per Capacity Day$163.16 $164.14  $150.82  $165.76  $166.75  $157.47  
 Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day$142.78 $143.75  $130.65  $144.79  $145.78  $136.82  
 Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day$137.44 $138.41  $124.68  $138.40  $139.39  $130.37  
              
 (1) Non-cash deferred compensation expenses related to the crew pension plan and other crew expenses, which are included in payroll and related expense. 
  
 (2) Non-cash share-based compensation expenses related to equity awards, which are included in marketing, general and administrative expense and payroll and related expense. 
 (3) Secondary Equity Offering expenses are included in marketing, general and administrative expense. 
 (4) Expenses related to the redeployment of Norwegian Joy from Asia to the U.S. and the closing of the Shanghai office, which are included in other cruise operating expense and marketing, general and administrative expense. 
 (5) Primarily related to expenses and reimbursements related to certain legal costs, which are included in marketing, general and administrative expense. 


        
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
        
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS were calculated as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):       
        
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018 
        
Net income$450,584  $470,378  $808,931  $800,209 
Non-GAAP Adjustments:       
Non-cash deferred compensation (1) 878   864   2,636   2,591 
Non-cash share-based compensation (2) 25,420   28,962   82,070   88,797 
Secondary Equity Offering expenses (3) -   -   -   482 
Extinguishment of debt (4) -   -   7,268   6,346 
Amortization of intangible assets (5) 4,603   6,222   13,809   18,666 
Redeployment of Norwegian Joy (6) -   -   30,629   - 
Other (7) -   -   -   (912)
Adjusted Net Income$481,485  $506,426  $945,343  $916,179 
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding 215,499,462   222,752,738   217,050,055   225,422,385 
Diluted earnings per share$2.09  $2.11  $3.73  $3.55 
Adjusted EPS$2.23  $2.27  $4.36  $4.06 
        
(1) Non-cash deferred compensation expenses related to the crew pension plan and other crew expenses, which are included in payroll and related expense and other income, net.
(2) Non-cash share-based compensation expenses related to equity awards, which are included in marketing, general and administrative expense and payroll and related expense.
(3) Secondary Equity Offering expenses are included in marketing, general and administrative expense.
(4) Losses on extinguishment and modification of debt are included in interest expense, net.
(5) Amortization of intangible assets related to the Acquisition of Prestige, which are included in depreciation and amortization expense.
(6) Expenses related to the redeployment of Norwegian Joy from Asia to the U.S. and the closing of the Shanghai office, which are included in other cruise operating expense, marketing, general and administrative expense and depreciation and amortization expense.
(7) Primarily related to expenses and reimbursements related to certain legal costs, which are included in marketing, general and administrative expense.
 
 
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
        
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA were calculated as follows (in thousands):       
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018 
        
Net income$450,584  $470,378  $808,931  $800,209 
Interest expense, net 60,188   69,540   199,660   202,226 
Income tax expense 11,203   10,456   (16,457)  18,400 
Depreciation and amortization expense 156,215   143,700   482,227   415,648 
EBITDA 678,190   694,074   1,474,361   1,436,483 
        
Other income, net (1) (10,251)  (98)  (13,433)  (11,354)
Non-GAAP Adjustments:       
Non-cash deferred compensation (2) 533   543   1,601   1,627 
Non-cash share-based compensation (3) 25,420   28,962   82,070   88,797 
Secondary Equity Offering expenses (4) -   -   -   482 
Redeployment of Norwegian Joy (5) -   -   7,051   - 
Other (6) -   -   -   (912)
Adjusted EBITDA$693,892  $723,481  $1,551,650  $1,515,123 
        
(1) Primarily consists of gains and losses, net for proceeds from insurance, a litigation settlement, and foreign currency exchanges.
(2) Non-cash deferred compensation expenses related to the crew pension plan and other crew expenses are included in payroll and related expense.
(3) Non-cash share-based compensation expenses related to equity awards are included in marketing, general and administrative expense and payroll and related expense.
(4) Secondary Equity Offering expenses are included in marketing, general and administrative expense.
(5) Expenses related to the redeployment of Norwegian Joy from Asia to the U.S. and the closing of the Shanghai office, which are included in other cruise operating expense and marketing, general and administrative expense.
(6) Primarily related to expenses and reimbursements related to certain legal costs, which are included in marketing, general and administrative expense.
          


 
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
  
Net Leverage was calculated as follows (in thousands): 
  
 
September 30,
 
 2019
Long-term debt, net of current portion$5,672,626
Current portion of long-term debt 605,106
Total debt 6,277,732
Less: Cash and cash equivalents 407,258
Net Debt 5,870,474
  
Trailing Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA (1) 1,934,269
  
Net Leverage3.0x
  
(1) See the reconciliation of Net income to Adjusted EBITDA presented within.
  


 
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
   
The following table is a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA:  
   
  Twelve Months Ended
  September 30,
(in thousands)  2019 
   
Net income  963,565 
Interest expense, net  267,838 
Income tax (benefit) expense  (20,390)
Depreciation and amortization expense  627,639 
EBITDA  1,838,652 
Other income, net (1)  (22,732)
Non-GAAP adjustments:  
Non-cash deferred compensation (2)  2,141 
Non-cash share-based compensation (3)  109,256 
Secondary Equity Offering expenses (4)  401 
Redeployment of Norwegian Joy (5)  7,051 
Other (6)  (500)
Adjusted EBITDA $1,934,269 
   
(1) Primarily consists of gains and losses, net for proceeds from insurance, a litigation settlement, and foreign currency exchanges.
(2) Non-cash deferred compensation expenses related to the crew pension plan and other crew expenses are included in payroll and related expense.
(3) Non-cash share-based compensation expenses related to equity awards are included in marketing, general and administrative expense and payroll and related expense.
(4) Secondary Equity Offering expenses are included in marketing, general and administrative expense.
(5) Expenses related to the redeployment of Norwegian Joy from Asia to the U.S. and the closing of the Shanghai office, which are included in other cruise operating expense and marketing, general and administrative expense.
(6) Primarily related to expenses and reimbursements related to certain legal costs, which are included in marketing, general and administrative expense.