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Royal Caribbean reports better than expected third quarter results

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23Oct2015

Royal Caribbean reported a 5.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue in its third quarter 2015 financial results.

Caribbean and European demand and strong performance in Asia more than off-set further weakness in Latin America.  In addition, Anthem of the Seas joining the fleet, efforts to drive incremental Onboard Revenue, and a continued focus on cost efficiencies also contribute to a stronger end of the year.

Royal Caribbean's total revenue jumped to $2.52 billion from $2.39 billion a year earlier, in the third quarter.

"As we have reiterated throughout the year, we remain ahead on both pricing and volume versus same time last year," said Jason T. Liberty, chief financial officer. "While Latin America is stressing yields in the fourth quarter, strong year-over-year pricing in the Caribbean, and the addition of capacity in China, will solidify this fourth quarter as the best in our company's history."

Royal Caribbean also announced a $500 million share repurchase program, where the company will look to buyback its common stock. The company plans to begin with an accelerated share repurchase transaction of $200 million that should be completed by the end of January 2016. The company expects to complete the program by year-end 2016.

Royal Caribbean Third Quarter 2015 Earnings Call Scheduled

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15Oct2015

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on October 23, 2015 at 10am to discuss its third quarter 2015 financial results.

The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number.

A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

Royal Caribbean schedules second quarter 2015 earnings call

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23Jul2015

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on July 31, 2015 at 10am to discuss its second quarter 2015 financial results.

The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

Royal Caribbean reports stronger than expected first quarter earnings

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20Apr2015

Royal Caribbean reported its 2015 first quarter earnings today that came in notably higher than expected.

Royal Caribbean's adjusted net income was $45.2 million, or $0.20 per share, versus a forecast of $0.10 to $0.15 per share. Results were approximately $0.08 better than the mid-point of guidance, despite a $0.05 currency and fuel headwind.

Overall booking volumes during the first quarter were higher than prior year levels even after adjusting for an increase in capacity.  Caribbean itineraries enjoyed particularly strong demand, and bookings were also up year-over-year for Europe and China itineraries.

More recently, Royal Caribbean has taken further steps to improve the integrity of its pricing model including steps to eliminate last minute discounting.

European itineraries in general are booked at a higher load factor  than last year. Western Mediterranean itineraries have been booking well, while trends have been a little weaker for Eastern Mediterranean itineraries, particularly those that turn in Turkey.

Demand for China remains strong and bookings have been outpacing expectations despite the significant capacity growth in the region. 

Royal Caribbean First Quarter Earnings Call Scheduled

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13Apr2015

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on April 20, 2015 at 9:30am to discuss its first quarter 2015 financial results.

The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com.  To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada.  International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

Royal Caribbean declares dividend for shareholders

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07Feb2015

Royal Caribbean's Board of Directors announced on Friday that it will offer its shareholders a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share payable on March 4, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 18, 2015.

This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.59%.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has a 52 week low of $49.65 and a 52 week high of $85.56. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $81.34 and a 200-day moving average of $69.80.

Royal Caribbean fourth quarter earnings miss analyst expectations

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29Jan2015

Royal Caribbean reported fourth-quarter profit of $109.8 million but missed Wall Street expectations, mostly because revenue for the quarter fell two percent.  The decline was attributed to weak pricing in the Caribbean, which is the company's biggest market.

Royal Caribbean has faced stiffed competition in the Caribbean from smaller rivals such as MSC Cruises, who offer cheaper packages.  The good news is pricing is expected to be up low single digits for the remainder of 2015.

Royal Caribbean's net income rose to $109.8 million, or 49 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $7.02 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier.

Royal Caribbean reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.11.

In addition, passenger ticket revenue rose 1% to $1.303B in the fourth quarter but revenue fell to $1.82 billion from $1.85 billion.

Looking forward to 2015, bookings over the past three months have been higher than prior year levels, and the company is experiencing a good, but typical WAVE season.

Royal Caribbean Fourth Quarter Earnings Call Scheduled

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22Jan2015

Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on January 29, 2015 at 10am to discuss its fourth quarter 2015 financial results.

The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.

Royal Caribbean to join stock elite in S&P 500

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01Dec2014

Good news for Royal Caribbean stock holders as the company's stock will join the ranks of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500, effective after the close of trading on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Royal Caribbean replaced Bemis Company Inc on the listing.

The S&P 500 is one of the major stock indices traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is considered one of the top resources used to judge United States market performance. It is a stock market index that seeks to represent the whole stock market. It tracks the 500 most widely held stocks on the New York Stock Exchange.

To be included in the S&P 500, a company must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a U.S. company.
  • Have a market cap of at least $4 billion.
  • At least 50% of its stock must be held by the public.
  • Four consecutive quarters of positive earnings.
  • A stock price of at least $1 per share.
  • Contribute to the overall balance of sectors within the S&P 500, to help it represent the overall market sector make-up.
  • Be listed on either the New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ.

Royal Caribbean finalizes price for stock buy back from original founder

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04Nov2014

Royal Caribbean has finalizes the price that it will repurchase 3.5 million shares of stock that are held by Awilhelmsen AS (Awilhelmsen).  Awilhelmsen is a privately owned investment company that was one of three founders of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in 1968.

The repurchase price per share will be $67.45, which is equal to the price paid by a financial institution to Awilhelmsen in connection with its sale of 3.5 million shares conducted yesterday November 3, 2014 pursuant to Rule 144 of the Securities Act.  The repurchase is expected to close on November 6, 2014.

The last reported sale price of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) common stock on November 3, 2014 was $68.40 per share.

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