The share prices for Norwegian Cruise Line have recorded a huge dip in the latest trading session. The company’s shares went down after the cruise line shared its earnings for the recent quarter.
If the earnings were not shocking enough for the investors, the cruise line shared its outlook for the entire year.
The most alarming situation for the cruise line was sharing the outlook for the entire year. The company reportedly shared weak guidance for the year 2023.
Although the company revealed that they are witnessing a persistent demand for travel, it still shared weaker guidance.
After sharing the information, the share prices for the cruise line dipped by over 10%.
Earnings Shared by the Cruise Line
For the fourth quarter, the company reported that its earnings were not in line with the forecast set by analysts.
The company’s losses for the fourth quarter were more than what the analysts had set the forecast for. Even the guidance that the company officials shared for the rest of the year was lower than the expectations.
The officials revealed that the estimations for losses were set by the analysts to 85 cents per share. However, the losses they incurred in the fourth quarter of 2022 were $1.04 per share.
Guidance for the Year
As for the year 2023 guidance, the officials at the company have predicted that the earnings that they are aiming to achieve are 70 cents per share.
The earnings forecast for the full year was set by the analysts to $1.04. This goes to show that the estimations set by the company officials were much lower than what the analysts had anticipated.
The guidance figures are low as the company is not confident when it will be able to deal with the issues that are dragging it down.
It is under massive debt weight and on top of that, the company is facing increasing operational costs. These factors have been dragging down their business and they are still trying hard to recover from these problems.
There is currently a huge debt that is dragging down the business of the Norwegian Cruise Line. The current debt that the company has is almost $13.6 billion. The last time the company reported its debts was back on December 31.
Not Much Confidence for the Investors
As the company reported the earnings and the outlook, it mentioned that it is trying to make it back to the profit zone.
They want to increase their profits but the current situation is not letting their business rise back up. They did, however, claim that they are trying their best to increase their profits in the future.
Although they made a promise, it was still not enough for the shareholders. They are not trusting the claims made by the company and have started to move backward.
The investors are not confident about the performance of the company in the future. Despite the statements by the officials, there is a lot of uncertainty involving the company’s performance in the first half of 2023.
Highest Cost Quarter
The company has already raised the concerns of the investors by sharing an alarming update about the company’s performance in the first quarter of 2023.
They have revealed that they are expecting the costs to hit the highest level in the first quarter of 2023. For them, it is going to be the quarter where they incur the highest costs.
They have already intimated to the investors that the first quarter of 2023 is going to be bad. However, the second quarter is not going to be bad at all.
They are hoping that their business will start recovering in the second quarter of 2023. For the first quarter, the analysts predicted losses of 10 cents per share but the cruise line company is expecting a loss of 45 cents per share.