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Lindblad Expeditions (LIND)

Participants
Craig I. Felenstein CFO
Sven-Olof Lindblad President and CEO
Unidentified Analyst Citigroup
George Kelly Imperial Capital
Greg Pendy Sidoti
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to the Lindblad Expeditions Inc Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call. All participants will be in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions]. After today's presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions]. is event this note, being recorded. Please now Craig Felenstein, would like to to over conference the Chief turn I Financial Officer. Please go ahead.

Craig I. Felenstein

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Craig I. Felenstein

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

Greg ahead. Please question first comes of The go Citi. from Badishkanian

Unidentified Analyst

Jessy this [ph] is actually Hi, Greg. for

cancellations if guidance X.X couple other million that where your range of this walk year from? a ones. kind you the through revenue of quarter, X had think from so million and million quick came full X.X reduce Did just of So, the you by us I you could impact

Craig I. Felenstein

So, three the say decrease separate really relates would items. to I

to The first relates certainly item Cuba.

We have bookings seen actually in State few the Department not have seen and cancellations. October a of coming new a whole lot we warning after in

So for come going was Cuba that is us expected. deliver venture it originally not we in but will are expected. a not return to be It kind as certainly we the profitable seeing revenue still originally in that of

bit which my have an low quarter from highly on expectations. impacting the little a in our is we other the other have in as EBITDA XXXX insurance, in around XXXX. then perspective certainly I The because shift is of that But falloff mentioned there some towards The fourth prepared bookings items. is item. remarks, as is are seen happen trends in the voyage, of that currently more that we are is of seen a those that reality the than margins And profitable those we of cancellations, not second such bulk items seeing options, items revenue revenue extensions, that

size and the bookings bookings it significant but of the the than remains of quality XXXX more in we're XXXX. the seeing in So

guidance current causing factors to So really three that the year. the those lower are are for us

Unidentified Analyst

then deceleration of I Okay, had the XX now. XX% said second, first XX you up about and the another think bookings thanks. think one I in in for the kind are And I XXXX the quarter from

and them So will everything with you just that go kind covered of pretty much just paint there? right

Craig I. Felenstein

the We did growth copy months where current applies is a that in we look of versus year throughout year-on-year towards throughout now half year-on-year bookings the reality the still are seen even also XXXX. examine XXXX. monthly in the last you bookings overall year, of not have growth significant the the the ago some seeing seeing a we year against but XXXX the But XXXX in Yeah, we're XXXX strength XXXX. at we for growth been have that when nice see that we entirety are only were versus bookings already we year of the some back and double-digit strong to

Unidentified Analyst

Thanks. great. Okay,

Operator

from Please question ahead. Kelly Capital. go next The is Imperial George of

George Kelly

be Hi, could thanks Back in from questions. clear for to actually, were taking included quarter they previous to guidance cancellations the were if guidance, my not? third the we and that just

Craig I. Felenstein

entity we reported Quest so was a included. EBITDA QX Correct, already million so the cancellations earnings known $X that when impact the to after was

little and that the XXXX of really of the I mentioned guidance down bit flow a bringing are the Cuba, relates As our items three for other bookings, revenue. to timing

George Kelly

are of and order you putting Okay, in magnitude? those

Craig I. Felenstein

I decline the would pretty than perspective dramatically they're same pretty it's other most the perspective. a other the say less bit that would the probably with maybe impacted all little not much has they're an equal applies the other revenue size. From low part very to say for margin. revenue a regards because But all all I that EBITDA from revenue really EBITDA two.

two items more wouldn't other other the revenue the change. have impacted than really EBITDA So

George Kelly

calls XXXX get was on booked. and to not too of your I conference but previous release XX% and think Okay, --

of change, smallest can can you understand you other help revenue the So just is if component that? help how me the explain the

Craig I. Felenstein

sure. Yeah,

average through windows is in So our what years, bookings so that we normal any as booking advance happens typically months. about our go far have nine been

for we you're as get of ton So current see continue a lot but vast the the year bookings a year end you majority the of what towards is the not seeing certain as come fruition get don't But the normal of of end the as to for is ultimately the towards year. cancellations you year. see do course but bookings cancellations following you

the it business. the bookings. end towards more is normal the It course fourth of of the see nothing part into third out is ordinary quarter to not of get you more you early when So but quarter are typically you seeing of the cancellations the than

some report going the August. any high -- So our is once typically it of see positives even point second the that see to quarter the percentage we revenue you'll some of given at ticket offset And because of any by we positive of year for end or by but in you're the offset year. already predominantly positions expecting today have. cancellations why the little year of debt bookings are the for that bit be negatives a That's remainder the we remainder will

George Kelly

Okay, Thank you. got you.

Operator

[Operator a next from of ahead. question Please Instructions]. The Greg is Sidoti. Pendy go

Greg Pendy

thanks Hi down. net -- question. my wondering guys, for the I wanted just yields, taking I on was just to I that think you broke

You of was growth fleet, said a some wondering an you that that just of in numbers that? a kind of net the was the much just change. vessel how year-over-year coming some itinerary on newer I just is -- can give from yield us perspective from

Craig I. Felenstein

you seeing net the factors. really when in you're look quarter few at yield Sure, the a additional

pricing The the year. across fleet first our do is have we entire for

whenever increase traditionally and opportunities we moment, so the we are Okay, look do any at we prices at our year-on-year. at fleet given what look

look opportunity, it vessels, than demand much the cost adjust Sometimes others. accordingly. we so more is at look we these We at and prices with the associated

increases. So really be the price will first

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want little Alaska. you in about itineraries So a to Sven talk the bit in change the

Sven-Olof Lindblad

to Quest other launched didn't Well, too itineraries much good the we focus have in we estimation vessels idea. which is then to between with want the a vessels running because older head difference to the same the our obviously have when we head on

So to some we've some interestingly distinguish to which different potentially ideas we experimenting differentiate audiences. attracts enough us with been that come with up in different and so started also Alaska -- the allows programs, itineraries

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that and certainly beyond. XXXX were and that's planned for So we about pleased very, very

Craig I. Felenstein

I a certainly that bit. should significant year has you factor well we year-on-year to on mentioned factor so gone is well. in up as third the were regards given as other the newer this of mention as retiring Endeavor Geographic yield the increase That it with vessel other One the yields net ago vessel National as the year the was not little a the you some into items play but did quarter that

Greg Pendy

Got it, that's helpful, thanks a lot.

Craig I. Felenstein

additional office. call I'm questions appreciate New you and time have a me Thanks. in if please York Okay, to answer anything thank that today. happy give taking you everybody for have. you We the us joining you the

Operator

now The presentation. Thank for conference has today's concluded. attending you

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