CineGraphic Posted September 30, 2022 #1 Share Posted September 30, 2022 Shares of Carnival Corp. sank to a post-pandemic low after the cruise operator reported yet another wider-than-expected loss and sales miss, even as capacity improved to 92%. The stock CCL, -18.51%, which was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500 index SPX, 0.74%, plunged 19.1% in morning trading, to break below the previous post-pandemic closing low of $7.97 on April 2, 2020. It was headed for the lowest close since October 1992. Carnival reported a net loss for the fiscal third quarter to Aug. 31 that narrowed to $770 million, or 65 cents a share, from a loss of $2.84 billion, or $2.50 a share, in the same period a year ago. Total revenue soared nearly eight-fold, to $4.31 billion from $546 million, as available lower berth days (ALBD) improved to represent 92% of total fleet capacity from 17%, but was well below the FactSet revenue consensus of $4.90 billion. Passenger ticket revenue grew nearly nine-fold to $2.60 billion, but missed the FactSet consensus of $3.10 billion, while onboard and other revenue increased seven-fold to $1.71 billion but was below expectations of $1.81 billion. The company has now reported a loss for every quarter since the fiscal second quarter of 2020, which ended in May, with losses wider than expected in all but one of those quarters. Revenue has now missed expectations for 10 straight quarters. “We are continuing to close the gap to 2019 as we progress through the year, building occupancy on higher capacity and lower unit costs,” said Chief Executive Josh Weinstein. The company said cumulative advance bookings for the fourth quarter are below the historical range at lower prices, due primarily to future cruise credits (FCCs), while cumulative advance bookings for 2023 are slightly above the historical range at “considerably higher” prices. ALBDs for the third quarter were 21 million, and are expected to be 22 million for the fourth quarter. For last year’s third quarter, ALBDs were 3.8 million. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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