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NCL's bunker bill drops $2.58m in Q3

11 Nov 2016 12:19 GMT

Average fuel price dropped 11.5 percent to $500 per tonne between July and September.



Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCL) has confirmed that bunker expenses fell by $2.58 million, or 2.9%, to $86.3 million during the third quarter of 2016, down from $88.8 million during the corresponding period last year.

In the first nine months of 2016, fuel costs declined by $19.3 million, or 7.2%, to $248.5 million, down from last year's figure of $267.8 million.

The average fuel price per metric tonne in the third quarter, net of hedges, decreased by 11.5% to $500 from $565 in 2015.

Hedging:

A loss of $2.5 million was recorded in other expenses related to the ineffective portion of the company's fuel hedge portfolio due to market volatility.

As of 30th September 2016, the company had hedged approximately 90%, 79%, 57%, 48% and 5% of its total projected metric tonnes of fuel consumption for the remainder of 2016 and full year 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.

Q4 2016

% of HFO consumption hedged: 91%

Average USGC price/barrel: $63.47

% of MGO consumption hedged: 87%

Average USGC price/barrel: $35.01

2017

% of HFO consumption hedged: 81%

Average USGC price/barrel: $59.69

% of MGO consumption hedged: 75%

Average USGC price/barrel: $41.11

2018

% of HFO consumption hedged: 68%

Average USGC price/barrel: $54.90

% of MGO consumption hedged: 22%

Average USGC price/barrel: $46.50

2019

% of HFO consumption hedged: 56%

Average USGC price/barrel: $47.82

% of MGO consumption hedged: 21%

Average USGC price/barrel: $49.25

2020

% of HFO consumption hedged: 6%

Average USGC price/barrel: $44.35

% of MGO consumption hedged: 0%

Average USGC price/barrel: ---

Fuel consumption forecast

The company's fuel consumption and pricing forecast for 2016 is as follows:

Fuel consumption in metric tonnes:

Q4 2016: 182,000

FY 2016: 713,000

Fuel price per metric tonne, net of hedges:

Q4 2016: $453

FY 2016: $480

Effect on Adjusted EPS of a 10% change in fuel prices, net of hedges:

Q4 2016: $0.01

FY 2016: $0.01

Overall results

In its overall results, NCL posted a third-quarter net income of $324.4 million, or $1.50 per share, compared with $251.8 million, or $1.09 per share, in 2015.

Adjusted net income was $369.3 million, or $1.62 per share, compared with $311.1 million, or $1.35 per share, last year.

Revenue increased 15.6 percent to $1.5 billion compared with $1.3 billion in 2015. Adjusted net revenue in the period increased 17.0 percent to $1.1 billion compared with $978.2 million in 2015.

Commenting on the results, Frank Del Rio, NCL president and chief executive officer, said: "In 1966, the M/S Sunward departed on her first voyage from Miami to the Caribbean, marking not just the launch of Norwegian Cruise Line, but the modern cruise industry as we know it today. Fast forward fifty years, where we have reached yet another milestone, reporting the highest single quarter revenue and earnings in our history, bolstered by the addition of Norwegian Escape, Oceania Cruises' Sirena and Seven Seas Explorer to our fleet."

Wendy Beck, executive vice president and chief financial officer of NCL, remarked: "We are on track to deliver robust double-digit growth in Adjusted EPS in 2016, despite headwinds from geopolitical events earlier in the year which dampened demand for Mediterranean sailings. Looking to the first half of 2017, where deployment is weighted to Caribbean sailings, advanced bookings are ahead of prior year's record levels at higher prices, while an early look at the full year shows occupancy commensurate with prior year at this same time at slightly lower prices. Recent significant weakening of certain foreign currencies, primarily the British Pound, against the U.S. dollar, combined with an increase in fuel prices have placed pressure on expectations for the coming year. Despite these headwinds, we still anticipate delivering double-digit growth in adjusted EPS in 2017."






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