Royal Caribbean Reports 2018 Q3 Earnings

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Royal Caribbean Cruises today reported third quarter results and narrowed its full year Adjusted EPS guidance to a range of $8.75 to $8.85 per share.

"While 2018 is proving to be another record year, 2019 is shaping up to be even better," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. "I can't recall ever starting a new year with such an exciting blueprint. Our brands are strong; our new ships are awesome; our existing ship upgrades are powerful; our tech is exciting; our people are psyched; and our other new products are opening new horizons."

The Adjusted EPS range includes a negative impact of approximately $0.10 per share due to a stronger dollar and higher fuel prices since the company's previous guidance, the company said.

The company reported third quarter US GAAP earnings of $3.86 per share and adjusted earnings of $3.98 per share, beating the mid-point of previous guidance by $0.05 per share.

US GAAP Net Income was $810.4 million or $3.86 per share and Adjusted Net Income was $836.3 million or $3.98 per share in 2018 versus US GAAP and Adjusted Net Income of $752.8 million or $3.49 per share in 2017.

Gross Yields were up 1.9% in Constant-Currency (up 1.0% As-Reported). Net Yields were up 2.6% in Constant-Currency (up 1.8% As-Reported).

Gross Cruise Costs per APCD increased 0.2% in Constant-Currency (down 0.2% As-Reported). Net Cruise Costs ("NCC") excluding Fuel per APCD were down 0.1% in Constant-Currency (down 0.4% As-Reported).

Adjusted earnings are expected to be in the range of $8.75 to $8.85 per share for the full year. This range includes a negative impact of approximately $0.10 per share from currency and fuel and also includes Silversea's operations.

Net Yields are expected to increase 4.0% to 4.5% in Constant-Currency and approximately 4.5% As-Reported. These metrics include approximately 80 basis points from Silversea's operations.

NCC excluding Fuel per APCD are expected to be up approximately 4.5% in Constant-Currency (up 4.5% to 5.0% As-Reported). These metrics include approximately 140 basis points from Silversea's operations.

US GAAP Net Income for the third quarter was $810.4 million or $3.86 per share and Adjusted Net Income was $836.3 million or $3.98 per share, beating the mid-point of the guidance by $0.05 per share. Last year, both US GAAP and Adjusted Net Income were $752.8 million or $3.49 per share.

Gross Yields were up 1.9% and Net Yields were up 2.6% in Constant-Currency, exceeding prior guidance due to strong close-in demand for our core products and better onboard revenues.

Gross Cruise Costs per APCD increased 0.2% in Constant-Currency. NCC excluding Fuel per APCD were down 0.1% in Constant-Currency, slightly higher than guidance, driven by timing.
Bunker pricing net of hedging for the third quarter was $538.57 per metric ton and consumption was 338,700 metric tons.

The company expects full year Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $8.75 to $8.85 per share.

This guidance now includes Silversea's operations, which, as previously disclosed, will be accounted for on a three month lag. The transaction closed on July 31st 2018, therefore the results corresponding to August and September will be consolidated in the fourth quarter, the company said.

As an luxury brand, Silversea's revenues and expenses are both higher than the rest of the company. This will have an impact on some of the individual components of the income statement, but overall, Silversea's financial results are not expected to be material to the 2018 Adjusted Earnings per Share.

Since the last guidance, foreign exchange and fuel prices have continued to negatively impact the company's results. Based on current rates, we expect these factors to cost the company approximately $0.10 per share in 2018 relative to the company's previous guidance. Since the beginning of the year, currency and fuel have impacted expected earnings for both 2018 and 2019 by approximately $0.55 per share, Royal Caribbean stated. 

The company expects a Net Yield increase of 4.0% to 4.5% in Constant-Currency and approximately 4.5% As-Reported. These metrics include an approximately 80 basis point uplift from Silversea's operations. In addition, the company's third quarter outperformance together with booking strength for the fourth quarter are contributing to the increase in the full year Net Yield guidance.

NCC excluding Fuel per APCD are expected to be up approximately 4.5% in Constant-Currency and up 4.5% to 5.0% As-Reported. These metrics include approximately 140 basis points from Silversea's operations. This updated guidance also reflects an increase in our costs related to the acceleration of technology investments.

Taking into account current fuel pricing, interest and currency exchange rates, and the factors detailed above, the company estimates 2018 Adjusted EPS will be in the range of $8.75 to $8.85 per share.

"2018 is shaping up to be another year of yield growth and record earnings," said Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO. "As we enter 2019, we are particularly enthusiastic about the new projects that complement our core business such as Perfect Day at Cococay, the new terminal in Miami and Excalibur. These investments will help us deliver even greater vacations while generating higher yields and better returns."

FOURTH QUARTER 2018

Constant-Currency Net Yields are expected to be up 6.5% to 7.0%. This metric includes approximately 350 basis points from Silversea's operations.

NCC excluding Fuel in Constant-Currency are expected to increase 6.0% to 6.5%, which includes approximately 500 basis points from Silversea's operations. This updated guidance also reflects an increase in our costs related to technology investments.

Based on current fuel pricing, interest and currency exchange rates and the factors detailed above, the company expects fourth quarter Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $1.45 to $1.50 per share.

2019 OUTLOOK

The company is experiencing strong early booking trends for 2019. Booked load factors and rates are higher than same time last year across all core products while the booking window has continued to extend, the company said.

The market response to Symphony of the Seas, Azamara Pursuit and Celebrity Edge has been excellent. While these ships are being introduced this year, 2019 will see the benefit of their full year of operations in various markets as they sail in both North America and Europe.

These three vessels together with Spectrum of the Seas, which will be introduced in June 2019 in Shanghai, are supporting a solid outlook for 2019. While still early in the booking cycle, the view for 2019 is encouraging and the company expects another year of solid yield and earnings growth.

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