Royal Caribbean Cruises 8-K 2006
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
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The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): October 31, 2006
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The following information is provided pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K, Results of Operations and Financial Conditions and Item 7.01 of Form 8-K, Regulation FD Disclosure.
Section 2 Financial Information
Section 7 Regulation FD
Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On October 31, 2006, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. issued a press release entitled Royal Caribbean Reports Third Quarter 2006 Earnings. A copy of this press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report. This information shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not incorporated by reference into any filing of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., whether made before or after the filing of this report, regardless of any general incorporation language in the filing, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Section 9 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit 99.1 Press release entitled Royal Caribbean Reports Third Quarter 2006 Earnings dated October 31, 2006 (furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 and Item 7.01).
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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For Immediate Release
ROYAL CARIBBEAN REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2006 EARNINGS
MIAMI October 31, 2006 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL).
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced net income for the third quarter of 2006 of $345.4 million, or $1.63 per share, compared to net income of $374.7 million, or $1.64 per share, for the third quarter of 2005. The third quarter of 2005 includes a net gain of $44.2 million, or $0.19 per share, related to the redemption of the companys investment in First Choice Holidays PLC. Revenues for the third quarter of 2006 increased to $1.6 billion from revenues of $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2005.
Net Yields increased 2.7% over the third quarter of 2005, consistent with previous guidance of an increase of approximately 3%, driven by strong cruise pricing. Net Cruise Costs, on a per APCD basis, increased 4.5% compared to the third quarter of 2005. Fuel accounted for 3.4 percentage points of the increase in Net Cruise Costs. Our at-the-pump fuel price averaged $442 per metric ton this quarter and $385 per metric ton in the third quarter of 2005. Non-fuel costs accounted for the remaining increase of 1.1 percentage points. This figure also includes expenses associated with the cancellation of one Infinity sailing to replace one of the ships propulsion pods.
We are extremely pleased with the performance of our two brands, said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer. It is particularly gratifying to continue to show such good results despite significantly higher fuel costs.
Although the company traditionally has losses in the fourth quarter, we expect a very good fourth quarter 2006 based on strong yield growth and lower costs. The company expects Net Yields for the fourth quarter of 2006 will show year over year increases consistent with those seen in the third quarter. This continued yield improvement demonstrates the strength of our two brands.
As the company has previously advised, the timing of expenses in 2006 has been more heavily weighted toward the first nine months of the year than in 2005. Accordingly, the company expects that Net Cruise Costs per APCD for the fourth quarter of 2006 will decrease approximately 4% compared to the same quarter in 2005, driven mainly by the timing of drydocking and marketing expenses. Lower fuel costs account for approximately 0.6 percentage points of this decrease. Our current at-the-pump fuel price is $388 per metric ton. If fuel prices for the rest of the year remain at todays level, the company estimates that its fourth quarter 2006 fuel costs (net of hedging and fuel savings initiatives) will decrease approximately $5 million.
As separately announced, the company has received all necessary governmental approvals to our Pullmantur deal and expects to close in mid-November. This acquisition is expected to negatively impact fourth quarter earnings by $0.02 to $0.03 per share. The company is also more confident about the benefits that will accrue to our businesses and now feels comfortable projecting that it will be accretive in 2007. The company is particularly excited about the benefits of swapping ships between
Celebrity and Pullmantur, which gives Pullmantur more capacity while allowing Celebrity to expand its very successful Celebrity Expeditions product.
Based upon the expectations and assumptions contained in this outlook section (including Pullmantur), we expect fourth quarter 2006 earnings per share to be $0.20 to $0.25.
Back in February 2006, the company provided initial Net Yield guidance for the full year 2006 of an increase of 2% to 4% compared to 2005. We subsequently increased that to 3% to 4% in April. From that guidance, the third quarter results were slightly better than anticipated and the fourth quarter guidance slightly worse. Accordingly, we now expect to come in close to the mid-point of this range.
The company estimates that Net Cruise Costs per APCD for 2006 will increase approximately 6% as compared to the prior year. Higher fuel costs account for approximately 3.9 percentage points of this increase. Our current at-the-pump fuel price is $388 per metric ton. If fuel prices for the rest of the year remain at todays level, the company estimates that its 2006 fuel costs (net of hedging and fuel savings initiatives) will be approximately $110 million higher than the prior year.
Depreciation and amortization is expected to be in the range of $420 to $425 million and net interest expense is expected to be in the range of $265 to $270 million.
Based upon the expectations and assumptions contained in this outlook section (including Pullmantur), management expects full year 2006 earnings per share to be $2.90 to $2.95.
Looking into 2007, overall booking levels and ticket prices are in line with levels achieved at the same time last year. The beginning of the year is down slightly, with bookings beyond the first quarter more robust. While it is still too early to quantify projections for 2007, management is optimistic that the current demand environment will result in positive yield performance for the full year.
Fuel prices have recently come down, but remain volatile. If 2007 at-the-pump fuel prices remain at current levels, the company estimates that its 2007 fuel costs (net of hedging and fuel savings initiatives) will decrease approximately $35 million, despite a 5% growth in capacity. Additionally, we are currently 40% hedged for 2007, and a 10% change in the market price of fuel results in a $26 million change in our fuel costs after taking into account these existing hedges.
The company has scheduled a conference call at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today to discuss its earnings. This call can be listened to, either live or on a delayed basis, on the companys investor relations web site at www.rclinvestor.com.
Available Passenger Cruise Days (APCD)
APCDs are our measurement of capacity and represent double occupancy per cabin multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period.
Gross Yields represent total revenues per APCD.
Net Yields represent Gross Yields less commissions, transportation and other expenses and onboard and other expenses per APCD. We utilize Net Yields to manage our business on a day-to-day basis and believe that it is the most relevant measure of our pricing performance because it reflects the cruise revenues earned by us net of our most significant variable costs. We have not provided a quantitative reconciliation of projected Gross Yields to projected Net Yields due to the significant uncertainty in projecting the costs deducted to arrive at this measure. Accordingly, we do not believe that reconciling information for such projected figures would be meaningful.
Gross Cruise Costs
Gross Cruise Costs represent the sum of total cruise operating expenses plus marketing, selling and administrative expenses.
Net Cruise Costs
Net Cruise Costs represent Gross Cruise Costs excluding commissions, transportation and other expenses and onboard and other expenses. In measuring our ability to control costs in a manner that positively impacts net income, we believe changes in Net Cruise Costs to be the most relevant indicator of our performance. We have not provided a quantitative reconciliation of projected Gross Cruise Costs to projected Net Cruise Costs due to the significant uncertainty in projecting the costs deducted to arrive at this measure. Accordingly, we do not believe that reconciling information for such projected figures would be meaningful.
Passenger Cruise Days
Passenger Cruise Days represent the number of passengers carried for the period multiplied by the number of days of their respective cruises.
Occupancy, in accordance with cruise industry practice, is calculated by dividing Passenger Cruise Days by APCDs. A percentage of 100% or higher indicates that three or more passengers occupied some cabins.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, with a combined total of 29 ships in service and six under construction. The company also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe through its cruise-tour division. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebrity.com or www.rclinvestor.com.
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements. 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. Such factors include general economic and business conditions, vacation industry competition, including cruise vacation industry competition, changes in vacation industry capacity, including over capacity in the cruise vacation industry, the impact of tax laws and regulations affecting our business or our principal shareholders, the impact of changes in other laws and regulations affecting our business, the impact of pending or threatened litigation, the delivery of scheduled new ships, emergency ship repairs, negative incidents involving cruise ships including those involving the health and safety of passengers, reduced consumer demand for cruises as a result of any number of reasons, including geo-political and economic uncertainties, the unavailability of air service, armed conflict, terrorist attacks and the resulting concerns over safety and security aspects of traveling, the impact of the spread of contagious
diseases, our ability to obtain financing on terms that are favorable or consistent with our expectations, changes in our stock price or principal shareholders, the impact of changes in operating and financing costs, including changes in foreign currency, interest rates, fuel, food, payroll, insurance and security costs, the implementation of regulations in the United States requiring United States citizens to obtain passports for travel to additional foreign destinations, weather, and other factors described in further detail in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition, certain financial measures in this news release constitute non-GAAP financial measures as defined by Regulation G. A reconciliation of these items can be found on our investor relations website at www.rclinvestor.com.
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