Ambassadors reduced its net loss by $16.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2009.
Total revenue from continuing operations for the three months ended June 30, 2010 was $13.4 million, compared to $14.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to the global economic conditions over the last twelve months which impacted both occupancy rates and price points of ticket sales during the second quarter of 2010.
Cruise operating expenses were $12.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 compared to $12.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The decrease in cruise operating expenses was due to reduced passenger counts and efficiencies gained in cruise operations. The reduction in costs was partially offset by an increase in fuel prices in 2010.
Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2010 was $5.2 million compared to a net loss of $22.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009.
“The Company continues to reduce its operating loss and remains focused on strengthening our financial position with the goal of becoming profitable,” said Hans Birkholz, CEO of Ambassadors International, Inc. and Windstar Cruises. “For the second half of the year, we are on track for growth, experiencing positive improvement in per diems and load factors and we anticipate approximately an 11 percent improvement in revenue as compared to the second half of 2009.”
“We believe that the Company has adequate liquidity to feel comfortable about our liquidity position,” said Birkholz. “Furthermore, we currently have the full availability of our $5 million revolving credit facility.”
Despite ongoing global economic conditions, the Company is cautiously optimistic about its revenue prospects as evidenced by Windstar’s strong advance bookings and high repeat rate of past guests. Bookings for charter and FIT business continue to increase when compared to the same timeframe a year ago. “Windstar is an award-winning product and we are confident that by actively promoting Windstar’s value proposition in conjunction with strong offers will drive revenue,” said Birkholz. “We are also very excited about our new itineraries and the level of advance bookings on them.”
As previously disclosed, the Company is currently not in compliance with two of the applicable requirements for continued listing of its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market. Those requirements are that the Company must have evidenced a closing bid price of $1.00 or more for a minimum of 10 consecutive trading days and that the Company must have stockholders’ equity of at least $10 million. The Company has received letters from the Nasdaq staff formally notifying the Company of its failure to meet these requirements. Stockholders approved a one-for-eight reverse stock split at the Company’s annual meeting on July 30, 2010, in order to regain compliance with the bid price requirement. This reverse stock split is expected to take effect in late August 2010. Following the implementation of the reverse stock split, stockholders holding common stock certificates will receive a letter of transmittal from the Company’s transfer agent, BNY Mellon Shareowner Services, or from their broker with specific instructions regarding the exchange of stock certificates. Additional details related to the reverse stock split may be obtained from the Company’s Proxy Statement dated June 30, 2010, a copy of which is available online on the Company’s website under “SEC Filings.” The Company has been invited to present its views with respect to the stockholders’ equity requirement to the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel, and the Company intends to do so shortly.
Conference Call Scheduled
Ambassadors International, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the results of operations on Friday, August 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties may join the call by dialing (877) 842-7102, conference ID #: AMIE. The conference call may also by joined via the Internet at http://www.ambassadors.com. For conference replay access, parties may dial (800) 642-1687, conference ID #:93427967 and follow the prompts. Post-call replay will be available two days following the completion of our call.