Carnival stock falls to a 30-year low as losses and revenue misses keep piling up
By Tomi Kilgore
Cruise operator reported a much wider-than-expected loss and revenue that fell well short of forecasts
The stock (CCL), which was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500 index , plunged 23.3% to $7.03, to break below the previous post-pandemic closing low of $7.97 on April 2, 2020, and to close at the lowest price since Oct. 15 1992.
The FactSet consensus for per-share losses was 11 cents.
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.
Cash used from operations was $344 million, compared with $879 million a year ago, while cash and cash equivalents on the books fell to $7.07 billion from $8.94 billion.
Shares of other cruise operators suffered collateral damage from
Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index fell 1.5% on Friday to close at the lowest price since November 2020.
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October 01, 2022 10:12 ET (14:12 GMT)
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