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Norwegian Cruise Line Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter 2014

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Announces $500 Million Share Repurchase Program

Revenue Improvement of 26% Driven by New Capacity and Higher Net Yield

Strong Growth in Adjusted EPS

MIAMI, April 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Norwegian Cruise Line (Nasdaq:NCLH) (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., NCL Corporation Ltd., "Norwegian" or "the Company"), today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and provided guidance for the second quarter and full year 2014. The Company also announced that its Board of Directors today has authorized a three-year, $500 million share repurchase program.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Adjusted EPS improvement to $0.23 from $0.06 in 2013
  • Net Yield increase of 3.8% (3.9% on a Constant Currency basis)
  • Revenue increase of 25.9% to $664.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increase of 39.6% to $139.3 million; 200 basis point margin improvement
  • Successful introduction of Norwegian Getaway to the fleet

First Quarter Results

"Our strong results in the quarter include an almost four-fold increase in earnings on an adjusted basis," said Kevin Sheehan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. "With both Breakaway class ships now in our fleet, it is easy to appreciate the impact of their impressive earnings power, which includes commanding double-digit premiums over other Norwegian ships in the same itinerary," continued Sheehan.

For the first quarter of 2014, the Company reported an increase in Adjusted EPS to $0.23 on Adjusted Net Income of $49.6 million compared to $0.06 and $12.9 million, respectively for the same period in 2013. On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share and net income were $0.24 and $51.3 million, respectively.

Net Revenue in the period increased 27.8% to $499.3 million, driven by a 23.2% increase in Capacity Days and a 3.8% improvement in Net Yield. The increase in Capacity Days was primarily from the addition of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway to the fleet in May 2013 and January 2014, respectively. The Net Yield improvement of 3.8%, or 3.9% on a Constant Currency basis, was a result of higher passenger ticket and onboard and other revenue. Revenue for the period increased to $664.0 million from $527.6 million in 2013.

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