UPDATE 1-Norwegian Cruise Line posts larger-than-predicted reduction on pandemic hit

UPDATE 1-Norwegian Cruise Line posts bigger-than-expected loss on pandemic hit

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Aug 6 (Reuters) – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd claimed a even bigger-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday as journey curbs and no-sail orders thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic introduced the sector to a grinding halt.

The overall health crisis has ravaged the organization of Norwegian, Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean, which together account for a significant chunk of the international cruise industry’s revenues.

They have had to draw down credit history traces, increase billions of dollars as a result of stock and bond offerings and even pledge ships and non-public islands to keep operational.

Norwegian mentioned on Thursday its total debt position as of June 30 was $10.3 billion and it had dollars and funds equivalents of $2.3 billion. It expects an common every month cash burn off of about $160 million, which was at the large conclude of its estimate.

Recently, the cruise providers have signaled a return in demand in 2021, but uncertainties persisted as U.S. operators agreed to suspend voyages until at the very least Oct. 31.

Norwegian mentioned scheduling volumes were being still down below historic amounts and that it experienced $1.2 billion of state-of-the-art ticket sales as of the finish of the quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, Norwegian also noted a staggering 99% slump in quarterly revenue to $16.9 million, missing expectations of $25.5 million, according to Refinitiv IBES information.

The company claimed a internet loss of $715.2 million compared with a profit of $240.2 million, or $1.11 for each share, a calendar year earlier.

Excluding items, it dropped $2.78 for each share, even larger than anticipations of $2.26 for each share.

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Shares of the firm, that have misplaced 3 quarters of its benefit so considerably this yr, have been down 3% in premarket buying and selling.

Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru Enhancing by Anil
D’Silva and Arun Koyyur

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