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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 29, 2012 | About:

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Royal Caribbean has a market cap of $6.19 billion; its shares were traded at around $28.9 with a P/E ratio of 10.1 and P/S ratio of 0.8. The dividend yield of Royal Caribbean stocks is 1.4%. Royal Caribbean had an annual average earning growth of 4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Royal Caribbean the business predictability rank of 3-star.

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Our cruise ticket prices include accommodations and a wide variety of activities and amenities, including meals and entertainment. Prices vary depending on the destination, cruise length, stateroom category selected and the time of year the cruise takes place. Although we grant credit terms to certain travel agencies and tour operators in select markets outside of the United States, our payment terms generally require an upfront deposit to confirm a reservation with the balance due prior to the sailing. During the selling period of a cruise, we continually monitor and adjust our cruise ticket prices for available guest staterooms based on demand, with the objective of maximizing net yields. Historically, we have opened cruises for sale at least one year in advance and often as much as two years in advance. Additionally, we offer air transportation as a service for guests that elect to utilize our transportation program. Our air transportation program is available in major cities around the world and prices vary by gateway and destination. Generally, air tickets are sold to guests at prices close to cost. Passenger ticket revenues accounted for 73.3%, 72.7% and 71.4% of total revenues in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

through our cruise-tour operations, Royal Celebrity Tours. Pullmantur offers land-based travel packages to Spanish and European vacation travelers including hotels and flights to Caribbean resorts and sells land based tour packages to Europe aimed at Latin American guests. Pullmantur also owns a 49% interest in an air business that operates four Boeing 747 aircrafts in support of its cruise and tour operations. In addition, we sell cruise vacation protection coverage, which provides guests with coverage for trip cancellation, medical protection and baggage protection. Onboard and other revenues accounted for 26.7%, 27.3% and 28.6% of total revenues in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

other areas. The increase in total revenues was partially offset by higher operating expenses primarily due to the increase in capacity, an increase in fuel expenses and, to a lesser extent, the unfavorable effect of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Our results for 2011 were also positively impacted by income from our investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries of $22.2 million in 2011 as compared to income of $0.2 million in 2010, and a gain on our fuel call options of $18.9 million in 2011 as compared to a loss of $2.8 million in 2010. We also recorded a one-time gain during 2010 of approximately $89.0 million, net of costs and payments to insurers, related to a litigation settlement that did not recur in 2011. As a result, our net income was $607.4 million or $2.77 per share on a diluted basis for 2011 compared to $515.7 million or $2.37 per share on a diluted basis for 2010.

Onboard and other revenues included concession revenues of $273.4 million in 2011 compared to $237.0 million for the same period in 2010. The increase in concession revenues was due to an increase in spending on a per passenger basis and the increase in capacity mentioned above.

Onboard and other revenues included concession revenues of $237.0 million in 2010 compared to $215.6 million for the same period in 2009. The increase in concession revenues was primarily due to the increase in capacity mentioned above.

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