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Lindblad Expeditions (LIND)

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Sven-Olof Lindblad Chief Executive Officer
Craig Felenstein Chief Financial Officer
Steven Wieczynski Stifel
Alex Furman Craig-Hallum
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Operator

Good Day, and welcome to the Lindblad Expeditions Inc. reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Craig Felenstein, Chief Financial Officer. ahead. go Please

Craig Felenstein

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Sven-Olof Lindblad

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Craig Felenstein

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have all we payment C bonuses XXXX suite of the including for performance, Additionally, bonuses. majority earned of deferred

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Operator

We [Operator will the answer question now begin session. and Instructions].

Our Wieczynski today Stifel. first ahead. question with go comes from Please Steve

Steven Wieczynski

Good guys. afternoon

is bookings. booking So, right? I commentary. first future million Craig, March? say hear the question since you would that all be hear XXXX that That $XX that around new booked your I did of travel Did And you

Craig Felenstein

million XXXX. bookings XXXX. million booking we you future into that XXXX factor been who people in Obviously, travel Yes, over larger are new in, $XX booked $XX actual credits future transferred from The for using not represents factor using when bookings. are is you those much all from number travel so in if credits but the folks have have

Steven Wieczynski

And approximately can don’t this, I where but would you say mean, know if a normally be? pretty I that impressive seems like number? that

Craig Felenstein

previously from versus is the we less where you we past. to but seeing booked, it would are give March. interest looking of where would are significant of it do Yes, someplace we frankly, in does to something the the have not with because come been guests It since were are to that going And the certainly fact go. consistent what than demand to we historically, continue that it we I and not speak would that that, early pretty guests to were this only is do exactly all respect but out to say part

Steven Wieczynski

you new Okay. in have out then from door? versus Craig, the more cash door going coming do today And the refunds bookings

Craig Felenstein

that today, not the of case. is As

cancelled say shift out say expect the forward, the amount would going to the shouldn’t I later, now future and are in amount that of refunds future out Certainly cancellation. no would moving cash exceed year payments to the when of final that. the payments travel. that to through as was we I the Now, to scheduled, not July. to through I days right we due so barring you payments but now regards What for would is payments certainly September amount because because because a we start that that the significantly have of further to advance. are of we travel received have refunds not less the final longer significant been door payments important into deposits XXX XX be but are significant coming Those pushed And because will rest still expect seeing future final significant is with are voyages payments in final is back case look future. many

Steven Wieczynski

to to want when service but in is happen, ask the the to were you. to any clue Okay, the for guys I thoughts understand implementing. about return as you or operations got guys that fully you going updated to no have air I about service look ability chartering you thinking and

reported into guys, guys I you to fall right talked time think the kind that don’t that CDCs you air about a the now? but we is policy, no to up I obviously benefit hang issue you last the the given know be sale seemed the of

Sven-Olof Lindblad

Let respond that. to me Yes, Sevn here.

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And people somewhat going part a that. more or commercial, of of the it. it be protects obviously more so that But prepared cost to which the mitigates people amount also offsets we staying of idea pay it committed, for charter. mitigates imagine to And were certain is charter than would should,

be from And ship actively four days depart positive we have have five so at the to day, which we is negative are XX-hours. test meant then for to within a where another gathering the the a what couple But are point to geographies. returned we test. of And that test or necessarily have get leaving which the to or which within There to done, at want that equation PCR home from of end do is still have in well. so work planned pursuing doesn’t various that people we want

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Steven Wieczynski

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Sven-Olof Lindblad

had to was then in there within proved to online happened, here had And what days are what enough, as the into to out back - individual have French second identified four register negative you with came took you - other you guests who after here later, self that four positive was no guest tests. or know positive. one far at from test their test test. XX-hours Well, the protocols then a have been arrival, test been Interestingly arrived immediately She be the I have take reported on system a the that another and board second PCR Polynesia, She least a this negative of that as negative that was cases days either isolated. a on crew. and turned is administered there has leaving

they test, lot she to put procedures So, any I carefully. at the of reopen with she in have a and this But terms of way? been they day into it tourism I happened the managing dealt so folks to first impressed the so how Polynesians, Ministry should that how at took the transition to did not French this. their say, I looking but transmit the of in protocols and are other there has anything between the it, they They Tourism closely incredibly that at have point now others. looking modify contracted the for with in thought time very in with met some

Steven Wieczynski

appreciate it. guys. great. Thanks Okay, I

Craig Felenstein

Thanks Steve.

Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

Please Our next with Alex come ahead. question will from Furman Craig-Hallum. go

Alex Furman

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Craig Felenstein

Sure.

from operations, Aside you are once get back back to the to normal costs, to that costs, two going are in they operate, operating in not frankly, significant, order the they where the them can incur. that to are biggest have costs

crew The to is going ship. are the you on have to first all get back the

thing So, ultimately that costs you repairs is on bring when to certainly have to done there going travel care once they of location you them And second salaries any associated take to to certainly have are back of be with board. the the launch. and ahead is

waited said, September, that to shifts. us a every year for very the fair there work frame our is time Now, many dry-dock, amount much which is October for that in of of is done

dry-dock get at these we’re which that to very once normal shifts cost would running up we be can do what get less can the these the be that in So, we significant. with ships a looking no in much shifts, up running. is would And line and

Alex Furman

next little six, your seems three, walk kind through would would anyway. I definitely does you us then Thanks, nine-months. when Great, next can a the Craig. based is Alaska just helpful. that normally that really that just trip you The next in of over to you, like over regions few on the what important major is Alaska or a normally season imagine season be you be sailing geography normally two month it bit. through And the

we of what seasons the that major for your and the thinking the spring Beyond should and be about are Alaska, sort some of winter regions for coming-up?

Sven-Olof Lindblad

the November, Antarctica, so us so next in November, is reading January, is December, starting that really February. Yes, for geography

important that important year. Islands the we is geography. for not I America there in so go is most Baja, Central that mean, geography Galapagos nearly this is is important key important not another so permanently are done obviously in the of course And geography. Alaska, Galapagos California we where could doing still but then the an Antarctica. as now because And single have Mexico ships as that. two geography, another you from aside is

French are at the in into main I Xlooking one major for Polynesia right is, a turn to the us of reasons And situation. coming in I are much I’m So, opportunity now. think and March we the into is the there into those ones clear is beyond. here mean, then more a this geography here post-COVID

for less plus So, of here couple the year, or or more for have we we been every year months, a minus. past

is a months. over of highlights. that is so, one of there made is and think possibility up ships next that really that the I be all distinct could focus it of bulk far know we But several that here the some those with than the longer our of of is you the kinds things, but

Alex Furman

voyages passengers as Perfect, of just in as terms million that could thanks had the $XX or bookings so the if And new who well their into of rebooked I passengers for lastly, new for ask, coming friend. are booking are who incremental the maybe upgrading receiving booking credit? they canceling about Anything Are the voyages are are voyages? cancelled. multiple noteworthy incremental for credit cabins they passengers voyages longer booking, their those or with what that booking

Sven-Olof Lindblad

Yes, I think go ahead.

Craig Felenstein

Sure.

now, I of one type there wouldn’t specific you doing is swath action. is or of certain right specific what guest say are geography one So, seeing, a

that voyages seeing in cases the we have their to had a back most in credit, are future. same canceled those that travel going think I are are voyage future what using is,

the have book book future who not additional and using use to that in the wait-and-see road. to credit, the credit works in anytime right future. them Some and also additional are looking But There to to for now looking to bring add future. some are decided And are voyages to others credit pay funds down have happens guests to then the alongside. are to the cabins, some upgrade do in Obviously additional gotten folks it other travel cabins to the that that. what way, who book what best

it of seen, runs think operations. and not will into as there continue that I the type we it is really I back one we gamut think So, re-booking have to specific get evolve and

Alex Furman

That Great. helpful. really both. Thank is you

Sven-Olof Lindblad

you. Thank

Operator

[Operator further I’m no questions. this point, At showing Instructions].

conclude remarks. So, to for back will to our over conference this question-and-answer any Craig would session. I turn like closing Felenstein the

Craig Felenstein

you your us have questions, afternoon, Thanks. today. time We please additional Thanks, Glen. know. and Thank you for let joining appreciate us if everybody this

Operator

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