MIAMI — Carnival Corporation & plc reported net income for the third quarter of 2015, which included unrealized losses on fuel derivatives of US$137 million, of $1.2 billion. Revenues for the third quarter of 2015 were $4.9 billion, in line with the prior year.
Carnival Corporation & plc President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald noted, “Our third quarter non-GAAP performance was the strongest of any quarter on record with earnings $0.17 per share higher than the prior year despite a slight drag from the net impact of fuel prices and currency. Net revenue yields improved 5% percent (constant currency) from the prior year benefiting from strong demand which led to higher occupancy levels, increased ticket prices and increased onboard spending. Clearly our ongoing investments in the guest experience, combined with our global marketing and public relations efforts along with our initiatives to leverage our scale are having a positive impact.”
Fuel prices declined 33% to $439 per metric ton for 3Q 2015 from $650 per metric ton in 3Q 2014 and were less than June guidance of $492 per metric ton.
Other highlights during the third quarter included Princess Cruises’ announcement that the Golden Princess will begin sailing out of Tianjin, China on a seasonal basis starting in 2016, which totals six Carnival Corporation vessels based in China, the largest capacity commitment from any cruise company. Additionally, it was announced in July that two vessels in the four-ship newbuild contract with Meyer Werft shipyard will be earmarked for Costa Cruises and will be the largest ships ever built based on guest capacity.
Like the two previously announced AIDA Cruises ships that will also be constructed by Meyer Werft, the Costa ships will be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. Last week, Carnival Corporation announced its new sustainability goals, which include a further reduction in CO2 emissions of 25% by 2020 from the company’s 2005 baseline, along with a fleetwide reduction in shipboard waste generation and improved water usage.
Donald stated, “In 2015, we are on track to achieve a nearly 35% earnings improvement and we are accelerating progress toward achieving double digit return on invested capital in the next three to four years. Our improved performance has driven even stronger operating cash, which is expected to exceed $4 billion this year”.
During the last quarter, fleetwide booking volumes for the first half of 2016 were running nearly 20% higher than the prior year relative to a capacity increase of less than 3%, at lower constant dollar prices. At this time, cumulative advance bookings for the first half of 2016 are well ahead of last year at lower constant dollar prices.
Donald added, “Looking forward to 2016, we have driven a significant lengthening of the booking curve and have less inventory remaining for the first half of 2016 than at this time last year, which bodes well for continued year-over-year revenue yield improvement. Although we already have a solid base of business for next year, we are working hard to maintain the momentum through our ongoing initiatives to create additional demand.”