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Participants
Andrea DeMarco Sieger Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Frank J. Del Rio Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Mark A. Kempa Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Andrew Stuart Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Harry C. Curtis Nomura Instinet
Felicia Hendrix Barclays Capital, Inc.
Steven Moyer Wieczynski Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.
Jared Shojaian Wolfe Research LLC
David James Beckel Bernstein Research
Robin M. Farley UBS Securities LLC
Brandt Montour JPMorgan Securities LLC
Timothy Andrew Conder Wells Fargo Securities LLC
Gregory Robert Badishkanian Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Liz and I will be your operator. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session and instructions for the session will follow at that time.

As a reminder to all participants, this conference call is being recorded. to conference like host, to now Ms. would turn over the your I President and Investor DeMarco, of Andrea Vice Relations Corporate Communications. Ms. DeMarco, please proceed.

Andrea DeMarco Sieger

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Frank J. Del Rio

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Mark A. Kempa

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of season XX% in deployment represent in Europe Our sailings our peak prior approximately line with year.

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updated midpoint comes our XX% year's approximately EPS to guidance increases of XX%. adjusted expected growth in top Our now of the which growth at on prior strong

for to quarter bringing as discounted the confidence from outlook a resulted These and shares delivering shareholders. well business $XXX Turning us the of returns. strengthen focused our year-to-date increasing allocation, remain initiatives share as balance to conviction capital on our $XXX We returning towards at for million our during opportunistically with in we valuation. significant the to shares repurchased return company's repurchase capital as total capital capital continues opportunity strong in pivot we meaningful combination to to sheet And repurchases financial performance, million. will our the to continue

to for With track low As on to by the leverage, back closing call we to that, remarks. for year remain three times Frank end. over I'll the delever turn

Frank J. Del Rio

Thank you, Mark.

on XXXX by shareholders through through and from share, delivering million XXXX and to adjusted per a billion been focused $X Holdings. we invested of have end Regent achieved our earlier, brands the Line the XXXX, by are on to returns of from for in expect full $X.X which through $XXX repurchases returned As up to will The vessels Norwegian adjusted shareholders will XX%, return Norwegian recent These enhancing expected targets three-year this returns a already targets year Cruise the two earnings dividends to laid year a share mark breakout and shareholders sailing repurchases newest I double-digit out of for year. has essentially capital in for billion we and CAGR be XXXX Day. of XXXX XX% stated share to to Investor

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Operator

Thank Mr. Rio. you, Del

Our first question from comes Instinet. with Curtis Harry

now is line open. Your

Harry C. Curtis

next And you kind of is, eventually demand manage shouldn't more close and yield of pricing? as give growth morning, higher booking everyone. the into good relating the to you year globe prices larger year's booking highest view Very is color of Good a your supply that part then had in some cycle, that and that to bookings. kind year? isn't for to forward What's get the next we us on going And Hey. the where as results. the you next and can growth supply positive? deeper question second I of a expect gap be

Frank J. Del Rio

at growth you. Thank next Harry. large for neighborhood The X.X%. is morning, year Good in industry the of the capacity

about only is X%, Norwegian a of Bliss earlier, a than Encore. Cruise mentioned lap of month have Line five we and Norwegian I the months Holdings increase as supply about As of less little

below seeing – history we're deploying relatively it's subdued Europe So industry. we're in there and we're several Where our to and seeing with points be in – that by capacity the Joy our is and late strength repositioned additional starting where the being thankfully most Alaska in going is the where April.

hardware putting it's our highest So the we we're think yield. where best generating

the industry, I the of is world year-over-year. region that highest will believe the For growth the Alaska capacity see

long-term a say as business. again, me So before, you've is heard we don't this –

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Our an high. load are factors all-time at

at make that the constrained. I capacity can Our an is argument pricing all-time high. I'm

our to performing glad I'm to Bliss anxious get hands as Encore. I'm So as performing. well see on she's

right And that's what you question, in optimal in how of terms the terms far direction never is – or that's if do continue and what seeing. I pricing, of of curve extend what – the we're exactly say your know curve pushing curve I prices, is. in other all really out you There's very can higher and to positive. at So it's terms think I in the yield maintain get always bookings the

Harry C. Curtis

Thanks, everyone.

Operator

next Barclays. from comes with question Felicia Our Hendrix

Your is open. now line

Felicia Hendrix

Thank you. morning. Good Hi.

Andrea DeMarco Sieger

Good morning.

Felicia Hendrix

me? hear you Can

Andrea DeMarco Sieger

can hear We you. Yes.

Frank J. Del Rio

Hi, Felicia. Yeah.

Felicia Hendrix

Okay, great.

sure so – have make I wanted I I right. heard to you So Frank that – a statistic gave

that advance ticket XX%. You said sales were up

think all just correct sure heard was I XXXX? was I make for to bookings, wanted not that future that I but and just

Frank J. Del Rio

No.

sales X% liability ticket up capacity. year-over-year see a that is our you sheet balance in advance If to sheet and on the our increase XX% on go you'll balance

is positive black So number, has of of grow stronger think auditors is advance the that is sheet, proof talk and we if will, that than balance strong, all which the white sales XX% ever scrutiny up of good I – very that hard can you the are, it wasn't. in auditable to pass future that business a how sits that things but if to want those we ticket

Felicia Hendrix

since changed? function press a How in were what that of a about. follow And on much just if talking in in laid obviously we certainly which at more that were So strong, just XXXX? to release as you're visibility XXXX, the and the you've that's out quarter look to last for booked comments, you you than gain quarter? more last you are your able what's How much call, your wondering is

Frank J. Del Rio

prices give than we were today. I'm booked XX Well, we going delta days where tell year-over-year better where we the that higher a three ago, are ago. you I today months will you were we on are at compared not between to basis,

number So higher that of positive manifesting in mentioned in the I opening and itself at taking my bookings we're comments that prices. trend is

Felicia Hendrix

or affecting it basis the half revenue to you say assume being yield have quarter? it And in fourth that fair that increase to is fair of to have question $X.XX, split half, in The the if impact quarter Thanks. the to between reported that XX you that third would see the really that points? itinerary for adjust fair the Mark. revenues, it XX-XX Okay. for I that you're optimization from be would second And do one and half point second XXX the technical a been going is $X.XX basis

Mark A. Kempa

Yeah, great question.

is between expenses a it marketing $X.XX, the more quarter revenue more and In conversely in fourth evenly you quarter do the impact is a initiatives. quarter. yes, though, the little and the around both So, third cost the revenue bit there's third fourth the split and and in less impact have

our back impact we guidance we guidance we've to would then said have of if what if basis raised going that, is year yields XXX XX raised points basis full or the full points. our excluded year our So we

is QX significant well So seeing building in expectations saw we're have for strength. back great We half we it it. and

Felicia Hendrix

you Thank great. so much. Okay,

Operator

Steve comes Our with Wieczynski next from Stifel. question

is line Your open. now

Steven Moyer Wieczynski

guys, Hey the Congrats strong second good on morning. quarter.

guess the the Frank ago. a and you around about I weeks itinerary question is the Norwegian up morning brought and this couple enhancements fleet changes, So talked of

the what will wondering $X.XX going that You drive Thanks. to of these help or maybe are you drivers number? – was additional about you that these us with change or estimate mentioned $X.XX XXXX. up changes in in how if earnings going are some into came think about maybe can I

Mark A. Kempa

taking that's If ships of so, North Yeah, at as market, American obviously other Hi into net markets. $X.XX. than a just out the do them a into But $X.XX. number redeploying have higher Mark. roughly and Steve, Norwegian looked the Joy certain we a basis then domino it's on moving it's effect you it

is do there's then takes. little depreciation. have to incremental a There of So and expense a And some we bit have puts that you bit marketing incur. more

a the optimization. So domino think is some mind as you effect keep all good that $X.XX redeploy to you have all, but we is in there number, the the in other ships in

Steven Moyer Wieczynski

you're behind fairly increases assumptions spend in kind your But what essentially or it's fair? today, of are is yield with whether seeing that line onboard

Frank J. Del Rio

the putting are introduction want heels extraordinary put more and Yeah, on to Bliss the of I because identical capacity is Alaska Bliss's mean Joy near we're you and Alaska place vessels. Joy in

enjoy So today. of additional seeing that we there. is higher And that think fundamental the really capacity higher onboard driver the $X.XX primarily market yields is operating yields; will compared to where vessel

Steven Moyer Wieczynski

Okay, move that remain Joy. decide given on weighed are market guess wasn't in Joy second great. I are as Spirit end biggest But, day, market in the Korea Frank, that more And are the at that by as there the in like other ship, look table with size the fleet just the that on things the do or smaller this guess, money I is the your ultimate decision? basis. there you like And to pull Joy seasonal fact you this being leaving a learned out clearly, putting as right of things issue then on committed you things market, of cruise from the to putting other or you of Chinese that guys you what back question, have some

Frank J. Del Rio

for-profit organization. We are a

We're hit we aim versus only always quality, We head, profit on at the Canal higher day to that what that and and what generate And contributions for vessels, the quantity. Panama Alaska the was of and you you generating Steve. the cruises in of vessel Mexico, the looking in performance of it China was And need significant. So wintertime, higher with vessel. between unit With for end profitability. nail do growth. will, we in has XX the the the don't if expected in to delta

doesn't cost that significant Joy that has. that we potential vessel And participate do holds a potential believe opportunity have that China gap and so, we with will still in the same

Steven Moyer Wieczynski

guys. it. great. Thanks Appreciate Okay,

Operator

comes Shojaian Our next Research. with Jared from Wolfe question

now open. is line Your

Jared Shojaian

position, for good morning, double-digit targets is you look EPS laid everyone. to to double commentary your I capacity lower Frank, here. year, at each your the given, want that a of expectation your I And specifically, out at my Analyst target as digits? just on taking And it's go term at but growth you've a great at based you're that at I the Day. starting Hey, the year year pretty Thanks booking question. if back CAGR, next specifically, also long be should look

guess, that specifically, be I year? growth at double-digit could So, your next is you expectation

Frank J. Del Rio

to believe year double-digit CAGR will generate a exceed We going Jared. to morning, in to we're everything organically, whether achieve fantastic that. the XXXX We're over is three-year firmly that will Good the challenging that year do be printing to the going that XXXX, year that, going do behind challenging able double-digits to to do effort. double-digit. the be going know period but the we to that's we yeoman's be to especially, purely you that. certainly acknowledge a We it's optics in XXXX. But, so can given be

more it's XXXX going to we're So give I've that be other It year to any got. starting it, gives certainly strong. a us have than shot here. it difficult we've we in but very everything been out going at is that encouragement

Jared Shojaian

quick follow up And helpful. That's me. you. a Thank just Okay. for

Now targets? that capital favorable thinking your possible in seemed participating terms long for the Have secondary? language of you've done some appetite was X.X% on towards leverage buyback, like your the $XXX X.XX% you your million returns. to term a on change more And that does the of changed

Frank J. Del Rio

after that XX% company after to No, with levels to in our stock visibility haven't. point it to circa that, share be to the on to how turn we year's have will estimate. The that thing year, which, stock we or with more next is It's times ridiculous by year that rational today. should this a that than history trades the deciding No, have prices year our continued growth of the of we get dividends only sub-XX capital back business, No. of lot will is we things buyback have a via out and that whether return decide the the of time haven't. stock, certainly, see we depend we

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Jared Shojaian

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

comes from with David question Bernstein Our next Beckel Research.

Your line is open. now

David James Beckel

Hey. Thanks for question. the

which explaining XX% about I that be from does in wanted sulfur what guidance, then your guys dramatic you Day, feel XXXX your start little of I fleet on So account sulfur Investor to a and follow-up quick exposed why? as will and that low extent effects to decline ships guidance were didn't giving And to touch you some IMO scrubbers Could just the to that. increase some in lower you a bunker? guess for your on At expect XXXX install is a and also pretty fuel that, curves has bit fuel. forward would you by the a

Mark A. Kempa

Yeah.

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flip on going an increased accounting for the be is we are also MGO. expect pricing we to side, On what

that that account in our watch we all taken carefully every So quarter. into and estimates is

to it's on terms our installing fleet, couple In scrubbers it of really comes – down issues. a of

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Frank J. Del Rio

are don't smaller way the vessels is because the or vessels, in on make given ROIs fit. of are deployment today's of sense technology vessel. scrubbers the they some of they the some age don't the the don't just simply in Yeah. because the built and size or and simply stack And either cases, installed, cases, small too These And fit.

we we believe will of fuel. be analyses of may heard that cost at reduce options. closely other very, be certain there available, are this less and look blends the So very that still sulfur fuels the that will that there We've

that I forward impact you our new regulation impact can in that and of IMO that it's but minimize to we the everything reflected guidance. early, assure is still done So the fully we've

David James Beckel

That's we Can assume scrubbers that helpful. and Thanks follow-up. NCL XXXX? quick all have by or ships a will your

Mark A. Kempa

couple not. Investor on XX:XX and percentage have them. will Day. a our majority we that the ships, older for when the of There most estimates gave will are the vast split The accounted vessels, likely in And the Spirit Sky was

David James Beckel

much. Great. Thanks so

Operator

Our with Farley next Robin from UBS. comes question

is line now Your open.

Frank J. Del Rio

perhaps Operator, someone there? else. you are move we to Robin, can

Operator

open. now is line your Robin,

Robin M. Farley

can now? you hopefully, me hear Great.

Frank J. Del Rio

Yes. Hi, Robin.

Robin M. Farley

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Mark A. Kempa

Yeah.

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Frank J. Del Rio

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coming supply So known have quantity being the a at being able to known motivator. and growth slot was secured the prices actual secure primary to of able

lost I might Robin we have again. think

Operator

line the Our Greff Joseph JPMorgan. comes from next of with question

line now Your is open.

Brandt Montour

hear you me? everyone. Hey Can

Frank J. Del Rio

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Brandt Montour

Montour is for This Joe. Great. Brandt actually on

given was next from promotional incremental in the activity the any kind you with pricing could of give from hoping capacity Caribbean on your them? tonnage older some seeing I growth, first any dynamics excessive or the reactions Specifically of maybe us What color you're other competitors? type kind So year. half

Andrew Stuart

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Brandt Montour

kind you you color. And of on then on a more us type what you testing Freedom expect going give follow-up, like? early this of program think some rollout kind details getting as wondering look that's incremental it or to do is could what was year, on? benefits, I later And if starts color any, a of great That's the if financial implemented

Andrew Stuart

Yeah, Cruise in much very Freedom is process.

company a we're with that the and very proximity view As on we with much technology. we've in partnered about talked And as who track we've leader location program.

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in talk it and We delivery Alaska ready And her about to to experience; testing ready going about revenue going the that's of will also any it. improvement Norwegian really starting And out be we of we will elements of season doubt drive we're it's through no with with Norwegian great any really mind There's on We're of Bliss onboard opportunity. it's drive opportunity Norwegian think detail talk to but guest a to come Encore. believe not not yet. Encore yet. my to elements to details that in

Brandt Montour

the time. Thanks. Great, quarter. for Thanks

Operator

Securities. Fargo Wells with Conder Tim from comes question next Our

open. now is line Your

Timothy Andrew Conder

Thank you.

prices. organic would net half those year, you any your this clarify, way here, to out Just Joy like and then And seems the what second yields if be? Bliss strip it negated in on XXXX, the itinerary with concerns now your fuel the with mix on fuel increased in that here the IMO side with XXXX, on changes you've that the largely based current

yield Just moves any just would seem position in XXXX? comments you go then what's there to that along then with continued better how and

Frank J. Del Rio

very evil in are years changes our off. at Fuel revenue. and don't we we've ways fuel look at maximize both paying hedging can look our we a Joy investments They or all maximize install a to technologies. way Yeah, prices. made the and do as We the everything the changes necessary really program negate profitability, other over we to to to really minimize it, the aggressive is itinerary

way business, your I our look guess, for net when And at we negates that are organic but it frankly yield. how let that's can at so, the discuss quite motivation what question manage doing one regarding that And not we I'll you the other, did. looking Mark to

Mark A. Kempa

my prepared basis which roughly organic yield, are said points on the I as Joy. remarks, in X.X% includes we year for XX Yeah, the for estimating the net so

the So excluding we're both clarification. and X.XX%, for that, Joy in and Bliss just excluding that's

that. very happy we're with So

Timothy Andrew Conder

market on-board one of if And out largely great is, I be? maybe and gentlemen, maybe deceleration the see those you seeing little ask there, into another way is a it Okay. Joy, Joy North you we that until get here, clarification bit pull seeing and performance or if it related? what we'll American – then may, guys last had And would repositioned that to on-boards

Mark A. Kempa

been been revenue a statement. bundled necessarily we've saying, so look GAAP the Yeah, on ways one to in numbers number the now reflect financial selling as that requires true you on performance at our that basis, the us don't when allocate the we've product

So you to I us that for the you on-board would X% up stripped if the be out out stripped showing the number think quarter, our the revenue is GAAP allocation and X.X% but closer zone. Joy

Timothy Andrew Conder

some Mark? Joy is expect And then, changed you reacceleration over once

Mark A. Kempa

being That's I because American where that's big see versus Joy part North the opportunity. gap in with we that's – the the market. Certainly where think today of the

on that front. expect definitely we So improvement

Timothy Andrew Conder

Okay, thanks it. confirming for

Frank J. Del Rio

one for operator. We've got time more question

Operator

line from comes last the Our of question Badishkanian. Greg

Your line is now open.

Gregory Robert Badishkanian

you. thank Great,

terms well in particularly whether your did maybe that drove the sourced close-in of what relative passenger or second that So bookings, so came quarter of X% guidance, expectations? in versus yield improved X% qualitatively destinations business just guidance to ahead well outperformed net it's

Frank J. Del Rio

was much quarter anticipated. second really It's than of we number a better things. great, Yeah,

not our of. which onboard our it pleased a particular also of high health then close-in fronts, so So pricing the strong very remaining was of we had business. And saw very for our the great we rest area. is we're very in revenue our expectations which indicator outperformed one that strong we Bliss fleet, coming really really But all the demand, the inventory on with had, from

Gregory Robert Badishkanian

lapped you going Okay. easy the year. we from mentioned compares And see hurricanes then also to we're that last the when

So are you your terms continuation so least what the an acceleration easier? of Are though just of even a bookings in of XXXX? really at get guidance compares are kind easier assuming there's you in compares trend for or assuming assuming you

Frank J. Del Rio

Yeah.

year. position versus were Andy where our I today last what still last mentioned, we're think, comparing again, as had booked we are seeing we year pre-hurricane

the see see So as should in year in that over further versus this definitely time spread position next weeks, to a expecting we're last we booked improvement. we cross so that year, same few definitely our into

Gregory Robert Badishkanian

Thank very Thank Okay. much, you. you

Frank J. Del Rio

you, everyone support. your And Thank you time and for Greg. this morning continued thank your

As to any have. you afternoon answer questions you. always we will this may be available Thank

Operator

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