Royal Caribbean Announces US$250 Million Senior Notes OfferingBy Prne, Gaea News Network
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL) today announced that it has commenced an offering of US$250 million aggregate principal amount of 6-year Senior Notes. The offering of the Senior Notes is being made pursuant to a shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company plans to use the proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including repayment of amounts outstanding under its unsecured revolving credit facility.
As part of its prospectus supplement for the offering, the company provided a business update and details of the effects of the H1N1 virus outbreak and rising fuel prices.
Overall, the company reported booking volumes and pricing levels have remained stable and consistent with prior guidance. With the exception of the Spanish market, the peak summer products are performing consistent with prior guidance. While it is still early, the trajectory of both rate and volume - especially as it relates to its newer ships - points to improving yields in 2010.
Since the company last provided guidance on April 23, 2009, the H1N1 virus outbreak and rising fuel prices have negatively impacted what otherwise would be considered a stabilizing operating environment. On April 23, the company provided guidance of 2009 earnings per share of approximately US$1.35 plus or minus US$0.10 per share for every 10% change in fuel prices. Since then, the price of oil has risen approximately 45%. On June 9, the company estimated the effects of the H1N1 virus on 2009 earnings per share to be approximately (US$0.22) per share.
In the prospectus supplement, the company provided further guidance that:
1) Hedging and fuel cost management have mitigated the impact of increasing oil prices and that full year fuel expense would now be up only US$0.12 per share at today’s prices; 2) Other Income and Expense for the second quarter is expected to be worse than prior guidance due mainly to foreign currency adjustments to the balance sheet and for ineffectiveness related to hedging amounting to about US$0.10 per share; and 3) Interest on the senior notes is expected to increase interest expense for the year by approximately US$0.05 per share. 4) Fuel consumption is currently hedged at 48%, 50% and 45% for 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Commenting on the bond offering, Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer noted, “Although there are clear signs of stabilization in our business and we enjoy solid liquidity, we believe prudence dictates that we be proactive and opportunistic in these uncertain and volatile financial markets.”
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France. The company has a combined total of 37 ships in service and six under construction. It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and New Zealand. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebrity.com, www.pullmantur.es, www.azamaracruises.com or www.rclinvestor.com.
The issuer has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents the issuer has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the issuer, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus. A written prospectus for this offering meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933 (other than a free writing prospectus as defined in Securities Act Rule 405) may be obtained from the offices of Morgan Stanley at 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Source: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Ian Bailey, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., +1-305-982-2625
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