FORM 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2013

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission File Number: 001-35784

 

 

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Bermuda   98-0691007

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

7665 Corporate Center Drive, Miami, Florida 33126

(Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)

(305) 436-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company (See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   x  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

There were 203,997,492 ordinary shares outstanding as of May 8, 2013.

 

 

 


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Financial Statements

     1   

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     16   

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     25   

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

     25   

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

     27   

Item 1A. Risk Factors

     27   

Item 6. Exhibits

     27   

SIGNATURES

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Revenue

    

Passenger ticket

   $ 358,928      $ 351,330   

Onboard and other

     168,703        164,100   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     527,631        515,430   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cruise operating expense

    

Commissions, transportation and other

     94,579        90,615   

Onboard and other

     42,371        39,201   

Payroll and related

     74,039        73,348   

Fuel

     72,498        65,526   

Food

     29,962        31,380   

Other

     49,240        51,957   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cruise operating expense

     362,689        352,027   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating expense

    

Marketing, general and administrative

     85,206        71,162   

Depreciation and amortization

     48,748        45,797   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating expense

     133,954        116,959   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     30,988        46,444   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-operating income (expense)

    

Interest expense, net

     (127,656     (46,170

Other income (expense)

     (832     3,010   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-operating income (expense)

     (128,488     (43,160
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     (97,500     3,284   

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

     (1,105     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

   $ (96,395   $ 3,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding

    

Basic

     198,350,433        178,140,455   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     198,350,433        178,954,960   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share

    

Basic

   $ (0.49   $ 0.02   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ (0.49   $ 0.02   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(unaudited, in thousands)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Net income (loss)

   $ (97,500   $ 3,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss):

    

Shipboard Retirement Plan

     117        98   

Cash flow hedges:

    

Net unrealized gain (loss) related to cash flow hedges

     (19,696     30,677   

Amount realized and reclassified into earnings

     (1,836     (12,093
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income (loss)

     (21,415     18,682   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

     (118,915     21,966   

Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest

     (1,595 )     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

   $ (117,320   $ 21,966   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited, in thousands, except share data)

 

     March 31,
2013
    December 31,
2012
 

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 81,201      $ 45,500   

Accounts receivable, net

     13,387        15,062   

Inventories

     42,291        39,681   

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     69,888        64,686   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     206,767        164,929   

Property and equipment, net

     4,997,543        4,960,142   

Goodwill and tradenames

     611,330        611,330   

Other long-term assets

     176,090        202,026   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 5,991,730      $ 5,938,427   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Current portion of long-term debt

   $ 221,747      $ 221,233   

Accounts payable

     67,699        79,126   

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     255,734        231,040   

Due to Affiliate

     36,882        59,897   

Advance ticket sales

     464,080        353,793   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     1,046,142        945,089   

Long-term debt

     2,416,580        2,764,120   

Due to Affiliate

     91,585        147,364  

Other long-term liabilities

     35,835        63,070   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     3,590,142        3,919,643   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)

    

Shareholders’ equity:

    

Ordinary shares, $.001 par value; 490,000,000 shares authorized; 203,997,492 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013, and $.0012 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 21,000,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012

     204        25   

Additional paid-in capital

     2,806,635        2,327,097   

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

     (38,544     (17,619

Retained earnings (deficit)

     (395,580     (299,185
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity controlling interest

     2,372,715        2,010,318   

Non-controlling interest

     28,873        8,466  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity

     2,401,588        2,018,784   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 5,991,730      $ 5,938,427   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited, in thousands)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Cash flows from operating activities

    

Net income (loss)

   $ (97,500   $ 3,284   

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization expense

     55,480        52,470   

Loss (gain) on derivatives

     112        (3,766

Deferred income taxes, net

     2,043        —     

Write-off of deferred financing fees

     14,042        —     

Share-based compensation expense

     18,753        165   

Premium on debt issuance

     —          6,000  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable, net

     1,675        172   

Inventories

     (2,610     (3,440

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     488        (3,630

Accounts payable

     (11,427     (8,052

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     (8,307     32,156   

Advance ticket sales

     109,346        83,075   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     82,095        158,434   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

    

Additions to property and equipment and other

     (85,152     (24,333
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (85,152     (24,333
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

    

Repayments of long-term debt

     (1,093,009     (277,776

Repayment to Affiliate

     (79,651     —     

Proceeds from long-term debt

     744,525        151,005   

Proceeds from the issuance of ordinary shares, net

     473,017        —     

Other, primarily deferred financing fees

     (6,124     (2,283
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     38,758        (129,054
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     35,701        5,047   

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     45,500        58,926   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 81,201      $ 63,973   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

(unaudited, in thousands)

 

     Ordinary
Shares
     Additional
Paid-in
Capital
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Retained  Earnings
(Deficit)
    Non-controlling
Interest
    Total  

Balance, December 31, 2011

   $ 25       $ 2,324,167      $ (19,794   $ (467,741   $ 7,806      $ 1,844,463   

Share-based compensation

     —           —          —          —          660       660   

Transactions with Affiliates, net

     —           2,930        —          —          —          2,930   

Other comprehensive income

     —           —          2,175        —          —          2,175   

Net income

     —           —          —          168,556        —          168,556   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance, December 31, 2012

     25         2,327,097        (17,619     (299,185     8,466        2,018,784   

Share-based compensation

     —           28,734        —          —          19       28,753   

Transactions with Affiliates, net

     —           (51     —          —          —          (51

Corporate Reorganization

     —           (18,994     —          —          18,994        —     

Proceeds from the issuance of ordinary shares, net

     179         472,838        —          —          —          473,017   

Other comprehensive loss

     —           —          (20,925     —          (490     (21,415

Net loss

     —           —          —          (96,395     (1,105 )     (97,500

Vesting of Management NCL Corporation Units

     —           (2,989     —          —          2,989        —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance, March 31, 2013

   $ 204       $ 2,806,635      $ (38,544   $ (395,580   $ 28,873      $ 2,401,588   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

Unless otherwise indicated or the context otherwise requires, references in this report to (i) the “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to, prior to the consummation of the initial public offering of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s ordinary shares, the “IPO,” NCL Corporation Ltd. and its subsidiaries and after the IPO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., or “NCLH” and its subsidiaries, (ii) “NCLC” refers to NCL Corporation Ltd. and its subsidiaries, (iii) “Norwegian Cruise Line” or “Norwegian” refers to the Norwegian Cruise Line brand and its predecessors, (iv) “Apollo” refers to Apollo Global Management, LLC and its subsidiaries and the “Apollo Funds” refers to one or more of AIF VI NCL (AIV), L.P., AIF VI NCL (AIV II), L.P., AIF VI NCL (AIV III), L.P. and AIF VI NCL (AIV IV), L.P., AAA Guarantor Co-Invest VI (B), L.P., Apollo Overseas Partners (Delaware) VI, L.P., Apollo Overseas Partners (Delaware 892) VI, L.P., Apollo Overseas Partners VI, L.P. and Apollo Overseas Partners (Germany) VI, L.P., (v) “TPG Global” refers to TPG Global, LLC, “TPG” refers to TPG Global and its affiliates and the “TPG Viking Funds” refers to one or more of TPG Viking, L.P., TPG Viking AIV I, L.P., TPG Viking AIV II, L.P., and TPG Viking AIV III, L.P. and/or certain other affiliated investment funds, each an affiliate of TPG, (vi) “Genting HK” refers to Genting Hong Kong Limited and/or its affiliates and (vii) “Affiliate(s)” refers to Genting HK, the Apollo Funds and/or the TPG Viking Funds. References to the “U.S.” are to the United States of America, “dollars” or “$” are to U.S. dollars and “euros” or “€” are to the official currency of the Eurozone.

 

  1. Corporate Reorganization

In January 2013, the Company completed the IPO of 27,058,824 ordinary shares, par value $.001 per share. In connection with the consummation of the IPO, NCLC’s ordinary shares were exchanged for the ordinary shares of NCLH, and NCLH became the owner of 100% of the ordinary shares (representing a 97.3% economic interest) and parent company of NCLC (the “Corporate Reorganization”). Accordingly, NCLH contributed $460.0 million to NCLC and the historical financial statements of NCLC became those of NCLH. As a result of the Corporate Reorganization, the Management NCL Corporation Units (as defined in Note 7—“Share-Based Employee Compensation”) created a non-controlling interest within NCLH. The Corporate Reorganization was effected solely for the purpose of reorganizing our corporate structure. NCLH had not, prior to the completion of the Corporate Reorganization, conducted any activities other than those incidental to its formation and to preparations for the Corporate Reorganization and the IPO. We refer you to Note 5—“Related Party Disclosures” for more information on the Corporate Reorganization and Note 7—“Share-Based Employee Compensation” regarding the Management NCL Corporation Units.

 

  2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are unaudited and, in our opinion, contain all normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair statement of the results for the periods presented.

Our operations are seasonal and results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results for the entire fiscal year. Historically, demand for cruises has been strongest during the summer months. The interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, which are included in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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Earnings (Loss) Per Share

Basic earnings (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. by the weighted-average shares outstanding during each period. Diluted earnings per share incorporates the incremental shares issuable upon conversion of potentially dilutive shares. A reconciliation between basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share was as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

   $ (96,395   $ 3,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic weighted-average shares outstanding

     198,350,433        178,140,455   

Dilutive effect of awards

     —          814,505   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding

     198,350,433        178,954,960  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share

   $ (0.49   $ 0.02   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

   $ (0.49   $ 0.02   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2013 did not include 5,794,079 shares because the effect of including them would have been antidilutive.

Revenue and Expense Recognition

Revenue and expense includes taxes assessed by governmental authorities that are directly imposed on a revenue-producing transaction between a seller and a customer. The amounts included in revenue on a gross basis were $31.4 million and $32.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-02, “Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income.” Significant amounts reclassified from each component of accumulated other comprehensive income and the income statement line items affected by the reclassification shall be disclosed in a note to the consolidated financial statements or presented parenthetically on the face of the financial statements. We refer you to Note 3— “Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)”.

We have adopted the disclosure requirements as presented in the amendment to subtopic 210-20 “Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities” which requires that we disclose separately for assets and liabilities the gross recognition and the offsetting amounts which are permitted by our master netting arrangements for our derivative contracts (we refer you to Note 6— “Fair Value Measurements and Derivatives”).

 

  3. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was as follows (in thousands):

 

     Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Change
Related to
Cash Flow
Hedges
    Change
Related to
Shipboard
Retirement
Plan
 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) at beginning of period

   $ (17,619   $ (7,872   $ (9,747

Current period other comprehensive loss before reclassifications

     (19,245     (19,245     —     

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

     (1,680     (1,794 ) (1)      114  (2) 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) at end of period

   $ (38,544   $ (28,911 ) (3)    $ (9,633
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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  (1) Amount reclassified to fuel expense.
  (2) Amortization of prior-service cost and actuarial loss reclassified to payroll and related expense.
  (3) Of the existing amounts related to derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, $6.3 million is expected to be reclassified into earnings in the next 12 months.

 

  4. Long-Term Debt

In February 2013, NCLC issued $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes bearing interest at a rate of 5% per annum maturing on February 15, 2018 (the “Notes Offering”). Interest on the notes will be payable semiannually on February 15 and August 15 of each year, commencing on August 15, 2013. The notes were issued at 99.451%.

We used the net proceeds that we received from the IPO and the Notes Offering, aggregating approximately $770.0 million, to pay down debt; including (i) a prepayment of an aggregate $55.6 million that became payable upon the consummation of the IPO consisting of $21.3 million on our €624.0 million Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem Revolving Credit Facility, $14.7 million on our €308.1 million Pride of Hawai’i loan, $8.0 million on our $334.1 million Norwegian Jewel loan, $10.1 million on our €258.0 million Pride of America loan and $1.5 million on our €40.0 million Pride of America commercial loan, (ii) a payment to Genting HK of $79.7 million in connection with the Norwegian Sky purchase agreement, (iii) a full redemption of our $450.0 million 11.75% senior secured notes due 2016 and (iv) a partial redemption of $122.5 million aggregate principal amount of our $350.0 million 9.50% senior notes due 2018. Expenses related to debt prepayments were approximately $90.5 million and were recognized in interest expense.

 

  5. Related Party Disclosures

Following the IPO, NCLH contributed $460.0 million to NCLC. The relative ownership percentages of NCLH’s ordinary shares following the IPO were as follows: Genting HK (43.4%), the Apollo Funds (32.5%), the TPG Viking Funds (10.8%) and public shareholders (13.3%). NCLH is treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes. We also made a payment of $79.7 million to Genting HK in connection with the Norwegian Sky purchase agreement.

 

  6. Fair Value Measurements and Derivatives

Fair value is defined as the price at which an orderly transaction to sell an asset or to transfer a liability would take place between market participants at the measurement date under current market conditions (that is, an exit price at the measurement date from the perspective of a market participant that holds the asset or owes the liability).

Fair Value Hierarchy

The following hierarchy for inputs used in measuring fair value should maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs by requiring that the most observable inputs be used when available:

 

Level 1    Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that are accessible at the measurement dates.
Level 2    Significant other observable inputs that are used by market participants in pricing the asset or liability based on market data obtained from independent sources.
Level 3    Significant unobservable inputs we believe market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability based on the best information available.

Derivatives

We are exposed to market risk attributable to changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and fuel prices. We attempt to minimize these risks through a combination of our normal operating and financing activities and through the use of derivatives. We assess whether derivatives used in hedging transactions are “highly effective” in offsetting changes in the cash flow of our hedged forecasted transactions. We use regression analysis for this hedge relationship and high effectiveness is achieved when a statistically valid relationship reflects a high degree of offset and correlation between the fair values of the derivative and the hedged forecasted transaction. Cash flows from the derivatives are classified in the same category as the cash flows from the underlying hedged transaction. The determination of ineffectiveness is based on the amount of dollar offset between the cumulative change in fair value of the derivative and the cumulative change in fair value of the hedged transaction at the end of the reporting period. If it is determined that a derivative is not highly effective as a hedge, or if the hedged forecasted transaction is no longer probable of occurring, then the amount recognized in accumulated other comprehensive

 

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income (loss) is released to earnings. In addition, the ineffective portion of our highly effective hedges is recognized in earnings immediately and reported in other income (expense) in our consolidated statements of operations. There are no amounts excluded from the assessment of hedge effectiveness and there are no credit-risk-related contingent features in our derivative agreements.

We monitor concentrations of credit risk associated with financial and other institutions with which we conduct significant business. Credit risk, including but not limited to counterparty non-performance under derivatives and our revolving credit facility, is not considered significant, as we primarily conduct business with large, well-established financial institutions that we have established relationships with and that have credit risks acceptable to us or the credit risk is spread out among a large number of creditors. We do not anticipate non-performance by any of our significant counterparties.

The following table sets forth the fair value of our derivatives including the balance sheet location (in thousands):

 

          Asset      Liability  
    

Balance Sheet location

   March 31,
2013
     December 31,
2012
     March 31,
2013
     December 31,
2012
 

Fuel swaps designated as hedging instruments

              
  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

   $ 8,128       $ 5,955       $ 301       $ 876   
  

Other long-term assets

     3,832         3,969         281         388   
  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     —           188         —           204   
  

Other long-term liabilities

     —           391         —           42   

Fuel collars designated as hedging instruments

              
  

Prepaid expenses

and other assets

     1,117         1,615         134         530   
  

Other long-term assets

     997         —           545         —     
  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     —           51         —           69   
  

Other long-term liabilities

     —           1,908         —           1,230  

Fuel options not designated as hedging instruments

              
  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     —           —           134         304   
  

Other long-term assets

     —           —           545         —     
  

Other long-term liabilities

     —           —           —           1,231   

Foreign currency options designated as hedging instruments

              
  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     —           —           19,585         20,267   
  

Other long-term liabilities

     —           —           —           16,443   

Foreign currency forward contracts designated as hedging instruments

              
  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     3,464         11,685         —           —     
  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     574         —           30,353         —     

Foreign currency forward contracts not designated as hedging instruments

              
  

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     354         —           334         —     

Foreign currency collar designated as a hedging instrument

              
  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     6,361         —           1,931         —     
  

Other long-term assets

     —           9,765         —           1,613   

 

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The fair values of swap and forward contracts are determined based on inputs that are readily available in public markets or can be derived from information available in publicly quoted markets. The Company determines the value of options and collars utilizing an option pricing model based on inputs that are either readily available in public markets or can be derived from information available in publicly quoted markets. The option pricing model used by the Company is an industry standard model for valuing options and is used by the broker/dealer community. The inputs to this option pricing model are the option strike price, underlying price, risk-free rate of interest, time to expiration and volatility. The fair value of option contracts considers both the intrinsic value and any remaining time value associated with those derivatives that have not yet settled. The Company also considers counterparty credit risk and its own credit risk in its determination of all estimated fair values. Our derivatives and financial instruments were categorized as Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy, and we had no derivatives or financial instruments categorized as Level 1 or Level 3.

Our derivative contracts include rights of offset with our counterparties. We have elected to net certain assets and liabilities within counterparties. We are not required to post cash collateral related to our derivative instruments. The following table discloses the amounts recognized within assets and liabilities (in thousands):

 

March 31, 2013

   Gross Amounts      Gross
Amounts
Offset
    Total Net
Amounts
     Gross
Amounts Not
Offset
    Net Amounts  

Assets

   $ 23,899       $ (3,871   $ 20,028       $ (3,464   $ 16,564   

Liabilities

     50,272         (928     49,344         (46,403     2,941   
            

December 31, 2012

   Gross Amounts      Gross
Amounts
Offset
    Total Net
Amounts
     Gross
Amounts Not
Offset
    Net Amounts  

Assets

   $ 32,989       $ (3,711   $ 29,278       $ (11,685   $ 17,593   

Liabilities

     39,486         (2,538     36,948         (36,710     238   

Fuel Swaps

As of March 31, 2013, we had fuel swaps maturing through December 31, 2015 which are used to mitigate the financial impact of volatility in fuel prices pertaining to approximately 484,000 metric tons of our projected fuel purchases. The effects of the fuel swaps on the consolidated financial statements which were designated as cash flow hedges were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Gain recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) – effective portion

   $ 4,706      $ 26,464   

Gain recognized in other income (expense) – ineffective portion

     221        1,244   

Amount reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into fuel expense

     (2,263     (9,239

Fuel Collars and Options

As of March 31, 2013, we had fuel collars and fuel options maturing through December 31, 2014 which are used to mitigate the financial impact of volatility in fuel prices pertaining to approximately 61,000 metric tons of our projected fuel purchases. The effects of the fuel collars on the consolidated financial statements which were designated as cash flow hedges were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Gain (loss) recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) – effective portion

   $ (35   $ 9,055   

Gain recognized in other income (expense) – ineffective portion

     8        682   

Amount reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into fuel expense

     427        (2,854 )

 

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The effects of the fuel options on the consolidated financial statements which were not designated as hedging instruments were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013      2012  

Gain recognized in other income (expense)

   $ 856       $ 2,081   

Foreign Currency Options

As of March 31, 2013, we had foreign currency derivatives consisting of call options with deferred premiums which are used to mitigate the financial impact of volatility in foreign currency exchange rates related to our ship construction contracts denominated in euros. If the spot rate at the date the ships are delivered is less than the strike price under these option contracts, we would pay the deferred premium and not exercise the foreign currency options. The notional amount of our foreign currency options was €175.0 million, or $224.3 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013. The effects of the foreign currency options on the consolidated financial statements which were designated as cash flow hedges were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Loss recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) – effective portion

   $ (4,012   $ (4,842

Loss recognized in other income (expense) – ineffective portion

     (298     (269

 

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Foreign Currency Forward Contracts

As of March 31, 2013, we had foreign currency forward contracts which are used to mitigate the financial impact of volatility in foreign currency exchange rates related to our ship construction contracts denominated in euros. The notional amount of our foreign currency forward contracts designated as cash flow hedges was €467.0 million, or $598.6 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013. The effects of the foreign currency forward contracts on the consolidated financial statements which were designated as cash flow hedges were as follows (in thousands):

 

                                 
     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Loss recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) – effective portion

   $ (16,633   $ —     

Gain recognized in other income (expense) – ineffective portion

     68        —     

As of March 31, 2013, the effects of the foreign currency forward contracts on the consolidated financial statements which were not designated as hedging instruments were as follows (in thousands):

 

                                 
     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013      2012  

Gain recognized in other income (expense)

   $         20       $ —     

Foreign Currency Collar

As of March 31, 2013, we had a foreign currency collar used to mitigate the volatility of foreign currency exchange rates related to our ship construction contracts denominated in euros. The notional amount of our foreign currency collar was €100.0 million, or $128.2 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013. The effects of the foreign currency collar on the consolidated financial statements which was designated as a cash flow hedge was as follows (in thousands):

 

                                 
     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Loss recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) – effective portion

   $ (3,722   $ —     

Long-Term Debt

As of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the fair value of our long-term debt, including the current portion, was $2,747.8 million and $3,106.9 million, which was $109.5 million and $121.5 million higher, respectively, than the carrying values. The difference between the fair value and carrying value of our long-term debt is due to our fixed and variable rate debt obligations carrying interest rates that are above or below market rates at the measurement dates. The fair value of our long-term debt was calculated based on estimated rates for the same or similar instruments with similar terms and remaining maturities. The calculation of the fair value of our long-term debt is considered a Level 2 input.

Other

The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets of all financial assets and liabilities other than our long-term debt approximate fair value.

 

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  7. Share-Based Employee Compensation

In 2009, we adopted a profits sharing agreement which authorized us to grant profits interests in the Company to certain key employees. These interests generally vested with the holders based on a combination of performance-based and time-based vesting metrics, each as specified in the Profits Sharing Agreement and each holder’s award agreement. Genting HK, the Apollo Funds and the TPG Viking Funds were entitled to initially receive any distributions made by the Company, pro rata based on their shareholdings in the Company. Once Genting HK, the Apollo Funds and the TPG Viking Funds received distributions in excess of certain hurdle amounts specified in the Profits Sharing Agreement and each holder’s award agreement, each vested profits interest award generally entitled the holder of such award to a portion of such excess distribution amount.

In connection with the Corporate Reorganization, NCLC’s outstanding profits interests granted under the Profits Sharing Agreement to management (or former management) of NCLC, including the Ordinary Profits Units, were exchanged for an economically equivalent number of NCL Corporation Units (the “Management NCL Corporation Units”). The Management NCL Corporation Units received upon the exchange of outstanding profits interests are subject to the same time-based and performance-based vesting requirements applicable to the profits interests for which they were exchanged. To the extent that they are vested, and subject to certain conditions, these Management NCL Corporation Units can be exchanged for NCLH ordinary shares. These units are not transferrable without NCLH’s prior consent and do not entitle the holders to any voting, pre-emptive or sinking fund rights. The Management NCL Corporation Units represents ownership in NCLC that is not attributed to NCLH which results in a non-controlling interest in NCLH.

Management NCL Corporation Units

The Management NCL Corporation Units generally consist of fifty percent of “Time-Based Units” (“TBUs”) and fifty percent of “Performance-Based Units” (“PBUs”). The TBUs generally vest over five years and upon a distribution event, the vesting amount of the PBUs is based on the amount of proceeds that are realized above certain hurdles. The termination of employment results in forfeiture of any non-vested TBUs and all PBUs. TBUs that are vested can be either continued by the Company or cancelled and paid to the employee. Cancellation can take place any time after termination but not before two years after the grant date. The following is a summary of the Management NCL Corporation Units activity for the three months ended March 31, 2013:

 

     Number of
Management NCL  Corporation Units
 
     TBUs      PBUs  

Outstanding as of December 31, 2012

     2,265,554         3,495,737   

Granted

     —           —     

Forfeited

     —           —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Outstanding as of March 31, 2013

     2,265,554         3,495,737   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Vested as of March 31, 2013

     1,641,326         875,364   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Non-vested as of March 31, 2013

     624,228         2,620,373   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2013, the weighted-average fair value of all outstanding Management NCL Corporation Units was $3.53 per unit.

Share Options

In January 2013, the Company adopted the 2013 Performance Incentive Plan which provides for the issuance of up to 15,035,106 of our ordinary shares, with no more than 5,000,000 shares being granted to one individual in any calendar year. During the three months ended March 31, 2013, there were 3,251,052 non-qualified share options granted as described below. The share options granted have a contractual term of seven years.

As part of the Corporate Reorganization, holders of Management NCL Corporation Units were granted 2,818,552 options with vesting conditions consistent with those of their original award. The fair value of the 2,818,552 share options at date of grant were estimated using a binomial lattice valuation model. The assumptions used within the valuation were as follows:

 

      Three Months
Ended
March 31, 2013
 

Dividend yield

     0

Expected share price volatility

     50.0

Risk-free interest rate

     1.0

Expected term

     6 years   

 

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An additional 432,500 options were granted to other employees and generally vest in equal installments over a five year period. The fair value of the 432,500 share options at the date of grant were estimated using a Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing valuation model. The assumptions used within the valuation were as follows:

 

      Three Months
Ended
March 31, 2013
 

Dividend yield

     0

Expected share price volatility

     54.8

Risk-free interest rate

     0.8

Expected term

     5 years   

The following is a summary of option activity under our share option plan for the three months ended March 31, 2013:

 

     Number of
Share Option Awards
     Weighted-Average
Exercise Price
     Weighted-Average
Exercise Price
 
     Time-Based      Performance-Based      Time-Based      Performance-Based  

Outstanding as of December 31, 2012

     —           —           

Granted

     1,671,113         1,579,939       $ 19.00       $ 19.00   

Forfeited

     —           —           —           —     

Exercised

     —           —           —           —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

       

Outstanding as of March 31, 2013

     1,671,113         1,579,939       $ 19.00       $ 19.00   
  

 

 

    

 

 

       

Vested as of March 31, 2013

     734,226         —         $ 19.00         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

       

Non-vested as of March 31, 2013

     936,887         1,579,939       $ 19.00       $ 19.00   
  

 

 

    

 

 

       

The weighted-average fair value for all share options granted during the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $6.18 per share.

Restricted Shares

During the three months ended March 31, 2013, there were 10,526 restricted shares granted to a member of our Audit Committee. The restricted shares vest in substantially equal quarterly installments over the period June 30, 2013 through March 31, 2015. The weighted-average fair value per restricted share granted during the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $19.00.

Total share-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 was $18.8 million, which includes $18.5 million of non-recurring charges associated with the Corporate Reorganization, and $0.2 million, respectively, and was recorded in marketing, general and administrative expense. Total unrecognized pre-tax compensation expense related to all share-based compensation arrangements as of March 31, 2013 was $5.1 million. As of March 31, 2013, the fair value of all share-based compensation awards granted was $32.7 million.

 

  8. Commitments and Contingencies

Ship Construction Contracts

In September 2010, we reached an agreement with Meyer Werft GmbH to build two new next generation Freestyle Cruising ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, with financing commitments in place from a syndicate of banks for export credit financing. In April 2013, we took delivery of Norwegian Breakaway (we refer you to Note 9— “Subsequent Events”). Norwegian Getaway, at approximately 144,000 Gross Tons and 4,000 Berths, is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2014. The aggregate cost of this ship is approximately €625.8 million, or $802.2 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013.

In October 2012, we reached an agreement with Meyer Werft GmbH to build a new cruise ship for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2015 with an option to build a second ship with an expected delivery date in spring 2017. Currently referred to as “Breakaway Plus,” this new ship will be the largest in our fleet at approximately 163,000 Gross Tons and 4,200 Berths and will be similar in design and innovation to our current Breakaway class ships. The contract cost of this ship is approximately €698.4 million, or $895.3 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013. We

 

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entered into an export credit facility that provides financing for 80% of the contract price of the ship. In addition, we have an option in place for export credit financing for the second ship on similar terms. In connection with the contracts to build the ships, we do not anticipate any contractual breaches or cancellation to occur. However, if any would occur, it could result in, among other things, the forfeiture of prior deposits or payments made by us and potential claims and impairment losses which may materially impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Litigation

In July 2009, a class action complaint was filed against NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, on behalf of a purported class of crew members alleging inappropriate deductions of their wages pursuant to the Seaman’s Wage Act and wrongful termination resulting in a loss of retirement benefits. In December 2010, the Court denied the plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification. In February 2011, the plaintiffs filed a Motion for Reconsideration as to the Court’s Order on Class Certification which was denied. The Court tried six individual plaintiffs’ claims, and in September 2012 awarded wages aggregating approximately $100,000 to such plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ have filed an appeal of the Court’s decision in the individual actions as well as the denial of the Class Certification. We intend to vigorously defend this appeal and are not able at this time to estimate the impact of these proceedings.

In May 2011, a class action complaint was filed against NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, on behalf of a purported class of crew members alleging inappropriate deductions of their wages pursuant to the Seaman’s Wage Act and breach of contract. In July 2012, this action was stayed by the Court pending the outcome of the litigation commenced with the class action complaint filed in July 2009. We are vigorously defending this action and are not able at this time to estimate the impact of these proceedings.

In the normal course of our business, various other claims and lawsuits have been filed or are pending against us. Most of these claims and lawsuits are covered by insurance and, accordingly, the maximum amount of our liability is typically limited to our deductible amount. Nonetheless, the ultimate outcome of these claims and lawsuits that are not covered by insurance cannot be determined at this time. We have evaluated our overall exposure with respect to all of our threatened and pending litigation and, to the extent required, we have accrued amounts for all estimable probable losses associated with our deemed exposure. We are currently unable to estimate any other potential contingent losses beyond those accrued, as discovery is not complete nor is adequate information available to estimate such range of loss or potential recovery. We intend to vigorously defend our legal position on all claims and, to the extent necessary, seek recovery.

 

  9. Subsequent Events

In April 2013, we took delivery of Norwegian Breakaway. To finance the purchase, we drew $528.0 million of our €529.8 million Breakaway One Loan which is due April 2025. Also, we drew $57.7 million of our €126 million Norwegian Jewel Term Loan and €126.1 million Norwegian Jade Term Loan which will come due April 2016. The loans bear interest at LIBOR plus 1.6%.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this report constitute forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts in this report, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategy, financial position, results of operations, plans, prospects and objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and objectives relating to our activities), are forward-looking statements. Many, but not all of these statements can be found by looking for words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “intend” and “future” and for similar words. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to:

 

   

the adverse impact of the worldwide economic downturn and related factors such as high levels of unemployment and underemployment, declines in the securities and real estate markets, and perceptions of these conditions that decrease the level of disposable income of consumers or consumer confidence;

 

   

changes in cruise capacity, as well as capacity changes in the overall vacation industry;

 

   

intense competition from other cruise companies as well as non-cruise vacation alternatives which may affect our ability to compete effectively;

 

   

our substantial leverage, including the inability to generate the necessary amount of cash to service our existing debt, repay our credit facilities if payment is accelerated and incur substantial indebtedness in the future;

 

   

changes in fuel prices or other cruise operating costs;

 

   

the risks associated with operating internationally;

 

   

the continued borrowing availability under our credit facilities and compliance with our financial covenants;

 

   

our ability to incur significantly more debt despite our substantial existing indebtedness;

 

   

the impact of volatility and disruptions in the global credit and financial markets which may adversely affect our ability to borrow and could increase our counterparty credit risks, including those under our credit facilities, derivatives, contingent obligations, insurance contracts and new ship progress payment guarantees;

 

   

adverse events impacting the security of travel that may affect consumer demand for cruises such as terrorist acts, acts of conspiracy, armed conflict and other international events;

 

   

the impact of any future changes relating to how travel agents sell and market our cruises;

 

   

the impact of any future increases in the price of, or major changes or reduction in, commercial airline services;

 

   

the impact of the spread of contagious diseases;

 

   

accidents and other incidents affecting the health, safety, security and vacation satisfaction of guests or causing damage to ships, which could cause the modification of itineraries or cancellation of a cruise or series of cruises;

 

   

the impact of any breaches in data security or other disturbances to our information technology and other networks;

 

   

our ability to attract and retain key personnel and qualified shipboard crew, maintain good relations with employee unions, maintain or renegotiate our collective bargaining agreements on favorable terms and prevent any disruptions in work;

 

   

the continued availability of attractive port destinations;

 

   

the control of our Company by certain of our shareholders whose interests may not continue to be aligned with ours;

 

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the impact of problems encountered at shipyards, as well as, any potential claim, impairment loss, cancellation or breach of contract in connection with our contracts with shipyards;

 

   

changes involving the tax, environmental, health, safety, security and other regulatory regimes in which we operate;

 

   

our ability to obtain insurance coverage on terms that are favorable or consistent with our expectations;

 

   

the lack of acceptance of new itineraries, products or services by our targeted guests;

 

   

our ability to implement brand strategies and our shipbuilding programs, and to continue to expand our brands and business worldwide;

 

   

the costs of new initiatives and our ability to achieve expected cost savings from our new initiatives;

 

   

changes in interest rates and/or foreign currency rates;

 

   

increases in our future fuel expenses related to implementing IMO regulations, which require the use of higher priced low sulfur fuels in certain cruising areas;

 

   

the delivery schedules and estimated costs of new ships on terms that are favorable or consistent with our expectations;

 

   

the impact of pending or threatened litigation and investigations;

 

   

the impact of changes in our credit ratings;

 

   

the possibility of environmental liabilities and other damage that is not covered by insurance or that exceeds our insurance coverage;

 

   

our ability to attain and maintain any price increases for our products;

 

   

the impact of delays, costs and other factors resulting from emergency ship repairs as well as scheduled repairs, maintenance and refurbishment of our ships;

 

   

the implementation of regulations in the U.S. requiring U.S. citizens to obtain passports for travel to additional foreign destinations;

 

   

the impact of weather and natural disasters; and

 

   

other factors set forth under “Risk Factors.”

The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we will operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard hereto or any change of events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement was based.

The interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, which are included in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Terminology

Unless otherwise indicated in this report, the following terms have the meanings set forth below:

 

   

Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA adjusted for other income (expense) and other supplemental adjustments (we refer you to “Results of Operations” for a calculation of Adjusted EBITDA).

 

   

Adjusted EPS. Diluted earnings (loss) per share adjusted for supplemental adjustments (we refer you to “Results of Operations” for a calculation of Adjusted EPS).

 

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Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel. Net Cruise Cost less fuel expense adjusted for supplemental adjustments (we refer you to “Results of Operations” for a calculation of Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel).

 

   

Adjusted Net Income. Net income adjusted for supplemental adjustments (we refer you to “Results of Operations” for a calculation of Adjusted Net Income).

 

   

Berths. Double occupancy capacity per cabin (single occupancy per studio cabin) even though many cabins can accommodate three or more passengers.

 

   

Capacity Days. Available Berths multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period.

 

   

Charter. The hire of a ship for a specified period of time.

 

   

Constant Currency. A calculation whereby foreign currency-denominated revenue and expenses in a period are converted at the U.S. dollar exchange rate of a comparable period in order to eliminate the effects of the foreign exchange fluctuations.

 

   

Dry-dock. A process whereby a ship is positioned in a large basin where all of the fresh/sea water is pumped out in order to carry out cleaning and repairs of those parts of a ship which are below the water line.

 

   

EBITDA. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

 

   

GAAP. Generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S.

 

   

Gross Cruise Cost. The sum of total cruise operating expense and marketing, general and administrative expense.

 

   

Gross Tons. A unit of enclosed passenger space on a cruise ship, such that one gross ton = 100 cubic feet or 2.831 cubic meters.

 

   

Gross Yield. Total revenue per Capacity Day.

 

   

IMO. International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency that sets international standards for shipping.

 

   

IPO. The initial public offering of 27,058,824 ordinary shares, par value $.001 per share, of NCLH, which was consummated on January 24, 2013.

 

   

Net Cruise Cost. Gross Cruise Cost less commissions, transportation and other expense and onboard and other expense.

 

   

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel. Net Cruise Cost less fuel expense.

 

   

Net Revenue. Total revenue less commissions, transportation and other expense and onboard and other expense.

 

   

Net Yield. Net Revenue per Capacity Day.

 

   

Shipboard Retirement Plan. An unfunded defined benefit pension plan for certain crew members which computes benefits based on years of service, subject to certain requirements.

 

   

Occupancy Percentage. The ratio of Passenger Cruise Days to Capacity Days. A percentage in excess of 100% indicates that three or more passengers occupied some cabins.

 

   

Passenger Cruise Days. The number of passengers carried for the period, multiplied by the number of days in their respective cruises.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as Net Revenue, Net Yield, Net Cruise Cost, Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel, Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income to enable us to analyze our performance. We utilize Net Revenue and Net Yield to manage our business on a day-to-day basis and believe that they are the most relevant measures of our revenue performance because they reflect the revenue earned by us net of significant variable costs and are commonly used in the cruise industry to measure revenue performance. In measuring our ability to control costs in a manner that positively impacts net income, we believe changes in Net Cruise Cost and Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel to be the most relevant indicators of our performance and are commonly used in the cruise industry as a measurement of costs.

As our business includes the sourcing of passengers and deployment of vessels outside of North America, a portion of our revenue and expenses are denominated in foreign currencies, particularly euro and British Pound sterling, which are subject to fluctuations in currency exchange rates versus our reporting currency, the U.S. dollar. In order to monitor results excluding these fluctuations, we calculate certain non-GAAP measures on a Constant Currency basis whereby current period revenue and expenses denominated in foreign currencies are converted to U.S. dollars using currency exchange rates of the comparable period. We believe that presenting these non-GAAP measures on both a reported and Constant Currency basis is useful in providing a more comprehensive view of trends in our business.

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Company’s performance incentive bonus paid to its employees. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure in determining the Company’s performance as it reflects certain operating drivers of the Company’s business, such as sales growth, operating costs, marketing, general and administrative expense and other operating income and expense. You are encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a defined term under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of liquidity or cash flows from operations or measures comparable to net income as it does not take into account certain requirements such as capital expenditures and related depreciation, principal and interest payments and tax payments and it includes other supplemental adjustments. Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other companies. Please see a historical reconciliation of these measures to items in our consolidated financial statements below in the “Results of Operations” section.

In addition, we utilize Adjusted Net Income as a supplemental financial measure to demonstrate GAAP net income excluding non-recurring, infrequent or unusual charges. These charges vary from period to period; thus, our presentation of Adjusted Net Income may not be indicative of future adjustments or results.

Financial Presentation

Revenue from our cruise and cruise-related activities are categorized by us as “passenger ticket revenue” and “onboard and other revenue.” Passenger ticket revenue and onboard and other revenue vary according to the size of the ship in operation, the length of cruises operated and the markets in which the ship operates. Our revenue is seasonal based on demand for cruises, which has historically been strongest during the summer months.

Passenger ticket revenue primarily consists of revenue for accommodations, meals in certain restaurants on the ship, certain onboard entertainment, and includes revenue for service charges and air and land transportation to and from the ship to the extent passengers purchase these items from us.

Onboard and other revenue primarily consists of revenue from gaming, beverage sales, specialty dining, shore excursions, retail sales and spa services. We record onboard revenue from onboard activities we perform directly or that are performed by independent concessionaires, from which we receive a share of their revenue.

Our cruise operating expense is classified as follows:

 

   

Commissions, transportation and other primarily consists of direct costs associated with passenger ticket revenue. These costs include travel agent commissions, air and land transportation expenses, related credit card fees, costs associated with service charges and certain port expenses.

 

   

Onboard and other primarily consists of direct costs that are incurred in connection with onboard and other revenue. These include costs incurred in connection with shore excursions, beverage sales and gaming.

 

   

Payroll and related consists of the cost of wages and benefits for shipboard employees.

 

   

Fuel includes fuel costs, the impact of certain fuel hedges and fuel delivery costs.

 

   

Food consists of food costs for passengers and crew.

 

   

Other consists of repairs and maintenance (including Dry-dock costs), ship insurance, Charter costs and other ship expenses.

 

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Executive Quarterly Overview

In January 2013, the IPO was completed at a price of $19.00 per share and in February 2013 NCLC issued $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes bearing interest at a rate of 5% per annum maturing on February 15, 2018 (the “Notes Offering”).

For the first quarter of 2013, the Company reported Adjusted Net Income of $12.9 million and Adjusted EPS of $0.06, which excludes $110.4 million in expenses related to debt prepayments funded by the aggregate net proceeds from the IPO and the Notes Offering as well as non-cash share-based compensation and other expenses related to the IPO. On a GAAP basis, net loss attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and diluted loss per share were $(96.4) million and $(0.49), respectively.

Three months ended March 31, 2013 (“2013”) compared to the three months ended March 31, 2012 (“2012”)

Total revenue increased 2.4% to $527.6 million in 2013 compared to $515.4 million in 2012. Net Revenue in 2013 increased 1.3% to $390.7 million from $385.6 million in 2012 due to an increase in Net Yield of 3.3% partially offset by lower Capacity Days primarily due to a planned Dry-dock.

Operating income in 2013, which includes $18.5 million of share-based compensation expense related to the IPO, was $31.0 million compared to $46.4 million in 2012 and Adjusted EBITDA (we refer you to our “Results of Operations” below for a calculation of Adjusted EBITDA) improved 6.6% for the same period.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth operating data as a percentage of revenue:

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Revenue

    

Passenger ticket

     68.0     68.2

Onboard and other

     32.0     31.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     100.0     100.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cruise operating expense

    

Commissions, transportation and other

     17.9     17.6

Onboard and other

     8.0     7.6

Payroll and related

     14.0     14.2

Fuel

     13.7     12.7

Food

     5.7     6.1

Other

     9.4     10.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cruise operating expense

     68.7     68.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating expense

    

Marketing, general and administrative

     16.2     13.8

Depreciation and amortization

     9.2     8.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating expense

     25.4     22.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     5.9     9.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-operating income (expense)

    

Interest expense, net

     (24.2 )%      (9.0 )% 

Other income (expense)

     (0.2 )%      0.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-operating income (expense)

     (24.4 )%      (8.4 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     (18.5 )%      0.6

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

     (0.2 )%      —  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

     (18.3 )%      0.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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The following table sets forth selected statistical information:

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Passengers carried

     368,010        384,877   

Passenger Cruise Days

     2,528,192        2,581,687   

Capacity Days

     2,351,299        2,398,374   

Occupancy Percentage

     107.5     107.6

Gross Yield and Net Yield were calculated as follows (in thousands, except Capacity Days and Yield data):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013      2013
Constant
Currency
     2012  

Passenger ticket revenue

   $ 358,928       $ 358,760       $ 351,330   

Onboard and other revenue

     168,703         168,703         164,100   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

     527,631         527,463         515,430   

Less:

        

Commissions, transportation and other expense

     94,579         94,532         90,615   

Onboard and other expense

     42,371         42,371         39,201   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Revenue

   $ 390,681       $ 390,560       $ 385,614   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Capacity Days

     2,351,299         2,351,299         2,398,374   

Gross Yield

   $ 224.40       $ 224.33       $ 214.91   

Net Yield

   $ 166.16       $ 166.10       $ 160.78   

Gross Cruise Cost, Net Cruise Cost and Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel were calculated as follows (in thousands, except Capacity Days and per Capacity Day data):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013      2013
Constant
Currency
     2012  

Total cruise operating expense

   $ 362,689       $ 362,738       $ 352,027   

Marketing, general and administrative expense

     85,206         85,168         71,162   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross Cruise Cost

     447,895         447,906         423,189   

Less:

        

Commissions, transportation and other expense

     94,579         94,532         90,615   

Onboard and other expense

     42,371         42,371         39,201   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Cruise Cost

     310,945         311,003         293,373   

Less:

        

Fuel expense

     72,498         72,498         65,526   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel

     238,447         238,505         227,847   

Less:

        

Non-cash share-based compensation related to IPO

     18,527         18,527         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel

   $ 219,920       $ 219,978       $ 227,847   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Capacity Days

     2,351,299         2,351,299         2,398,374   

Gross Cruise Cost per Capacity Day

   $ 190.49       $ 190.49       $ 176.45   

Net Cruise Cost per Capacity Day

   $ 132.24       $ 132.27       $ 122.32   

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day

   $ 101.41       $ 101.44       $ 95.00   

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day

   $ 93.53       $ 93.56       $ 95.00   

 

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Adjusted Net Income was calculated as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

   $ (96,395   $ 3,284   

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

     (1,105     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     (97,500     3,284   

Non-cash share-based compensation related to IPO

     18,527        —     

Tax expense related to IPO and debt prepayments

     1,376        —     

Expenses related to debt prepayments (1)

     90,505        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Income

   $ 12,908      $ 3,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted weighted–average shares outstanding – Net income (loss)

     198,350,433 (2)      178,954,960   

Diluted weighted–average shares outstanding – Adjusted Net Income

     204,144,512        178,954,960   

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

   $ (0.49   $ 0.02   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EPS

   $ 0.06      $ 0.02   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) Consists of premiums, write-offs of deferred fees and other expenses related to prepayments of debt.
(2) Excludes 5,794,079 shares, as including these would be antidilutive.

Adjusted EBITDA was calculated as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2013     2012  

Net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

   $ (96,395   $ 3,284   

Interest expense, net

     127,656        46,170   

Depreciation and amortization expense

     48,748        45,797   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

EBITDA

     80,009        95,251   

Non-controlling interest

     (1,105     —     

Other (income) expense

     832        (3,010

Non-cash compensation and other

     1,497        1,300   

Non-cash share-based compensation related to IPO

     18,527        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 99,760      $ 93,541   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31, 2013 (“2013”) compared to three months ended March 31, 2012 (“2012”)

Revenue

Total revenue increased 2.4% to $527.6 million in 2013 compared to $515.4 million in 2012. Net Revenue increased 1.3% in 2013, due to an increase in Net Yield of 3.3% partially offset by a decrease in Capacity Days primarily due to a planned Dry-dock. The increase in Net Yield was due to an increase in net passenger ticket revenue and onboard and other revenue primarily due to an increase in beverage sales and shore excursions. On a Constant Currency basis, Net Yield increased 3.3% in 2013 compared to 2012.

Expense

Total cruise operating expense increased 3.0% in 2013 compared to 2012 primarily due to an increase in fuel expense, partially offset by the timing of certain expenses. The increase in fuel expense was primarily the result of a 12.5% increase in the average fuel price to $673 per metric ton in 2013 from $598 per metric ton in 2012. Total other operating expense increased 14.5% in 2013 compared to 2012 primarily due to non-cash expenses related to share-based compensation recognized upon the realization of the IPO. On a Capacity Day basis, Net Cruise Cost increased 8.1% on both an as reported and Constant Currency basis due to the expenses discussed above. Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Capacity Day decreased 1.5% on an as reported and Constant Currency basis mainly due to the timing of certain expenses.

 

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Interest expense, net increased to $127.7 million in 2013 from $46.2 million in 2012 primarily due to $90.5 million of expenses associated with debt prepayments.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

General

As of March 31, 2013, our liquidity was $550.8 million consisting of $81.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and $469.6 million available under our revolving credit facility. Our primary ongoing liquidity requirements are to finance working capital, capital expenditures and debt service.

As of March 31, 2013, we had a working capital deficit of $839.4 million. This deficit included $464.1 million of advance ticket sales, which represents the passenger revenues we collect in advance of sailing dates and accordingly are substantially more like deferred revenue balances rather than actual current cash liabilities. Our business model, along with our revolving credit facilities, allows us to operate with a working capital deficit and still meet our operating, investing and financing needs. We believe we will continue to have working capital deficits for the foreseeable future.

Sources and Uses of Cash

In this section, references to 2013 refer to the three months ended March 31, 2013 and references to 2012 refer to the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $82.1 million in 2013 as compared to $158.4 million in 2012. The change in net cash provided by operating activities reflects the loss in 2013 of $97.5 million which includes fees related to prepayment of debt of $76.5 million compared to income of $3.3 million in 2012, as well as timing differences in cash receipts and payments relating to operating assets and liabilities. In 2012, $6.0 million was related to the premium received from the issuance of $100.0 million of senior unsecured notes.

Net cash used in investing activities was $85.2 million in 2013 and $24.3 million in 2012, primarily related to payments for construction of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, and other ship improvements and shoreside projects.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $38.8 million in 2013, primarily due to proceeds from the issuance of our $300.0 million 5% senior notes due 2018 as well as borrowings under other credit facilities and the proceeds from the issuance of ordinary shares partially offset by repayments of our $450.0 million 11.75% senior secured notes due 2016 and revolving credit facilities and a payment related to Norwegian Sky purchase agreement. Net cash used in financing activities was $129.1 million in 2012, primarily due to repayments of our revolving credit facilities and other borrowings which were partially offset by the issuance of $100.0 million of senior unsecured notes.

Future Capital Commitments

Future capital commitments consist of contracted commitments, including ship construction contracts and future expected capital expenditures for business enhancements. As of March 31, 2013, anticipated capital expenditures for business enhancements were $57.2 million for the remainder of 2013, and $77.0 million for each of the years 2014 and 2015. As of March 31, 2013, anticipated capital expenditures for ship construction were $681.1 million for the remainder of 2013, $755.6 million for 2014 and $788.5 million for 2015, of which export credit financing is in place of $572.8 million for 2013, $657.1 million for 2014 and $621.1 million for 2015, based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013.

In October 2012, we reached an agreement with Meyer Werft GmbH to build a new cruise ship for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2015 with an option to build a second ship with an expected delivery date in spring 2017. Currently referred to as “Breakaway Plus,” this new ship will be the largest in our fleet at approximately 163,000 Gross Tons and 4,200 Berths and will be similar in design and innovation to our Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. The contract cost of this ship is approximately €698.4 million, or $895.3 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013, of which we have export credit financing in place for 80% of the contract price of the ship. This facility is repayable in twenty-four equal semi-annual installments beginning on the six month anniversary of the delivery date and bears interest at a rate of 2.98% per annum. Other material terms and conditions contained in this facility are consistent with those in our credit facilities for each of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

Norwegian Getaway, at approximately 144,000 Gross Tons and 4,000 Berths, is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2014. The aggregate cost of this ship is approximately €625.8 million, or $802.2 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013.

In connection with the contracts to build these ships, we do not anticipate any contractual breaches or cancellation to occur. However, if any would occur, it could result in, among other things, the forfeiture of prior deposits or payments made by us, subject to certain refund guarantees, and potential claims and impairment losses which may materially impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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Capitalized interest for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 was $7.5 million and $4.7 million, respectively, associated with the construction of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

Off-Balance Sheet Transactions

None.

Contractual Obligations

As of March 31, 2013, our contractual obligations, with initial or remaining terms in excess of one year, including interest payments on long-term debt obligations, were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Total      Less than
1 year
     1-3 years      3-5 years      More than
5 years
 

Long-term debt (1)

   $ 2,638,327       $ 221,747       $ 554,466       $ 794,519       $ 1,067,595   

Due to Affiliate (2)

     127,562         35,977         73,063         18,522         —     

Operating leases (3)

     36,423         6,444         11,224         9,654         9,101   

Ship construction contracts (4)

     2,168,807         1,345,186         823,621         —           —     

Port facilities (5)

     193,149         24,791         51,860         51,142         65,356   

Interest (6)

     522,750         102,240         182,536         147,598         90,376   

Other (7)

     56,622         35,437         17,375         3,139         671   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 5,743,640       $ 1,771,822       $ 1,714,145       $ 1,024,574       $ 1,233,099   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) Net of unamortized original issue discount of $1.6 million and unamortized premium of $3.4 million. Also includes capital leases.
(2) Primarily related to the purchase of Norwegian Sky.
(3) Primarily for offices, motor vehicles and office equipment.
(4) For Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Breakaway Plus based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013. Financing commitments are in place from a syndicate of banks for export credit financing.
(5) Primarily for our usage of certain port facilities.
(6) Includes fixed and variable rates with LIBOR held constant as of March 31, 2013.
(7) Future commitments for service and maintenance contracts.

Other

Certain of our service providers have required collateral in the normal course of our business including liens on certain of our ships. The amount of collateral may change based on certain terms and conditions.

As a routine part of our business, depending on market conditions, exchange rates, pricing and our strategy for growth, we regularly consider opportunities to enter into contracts for the building of additional ships. We may also consider the sale of ships, potential acquisitions and strategic alliances. If any of these were to occur, they may be financed through the incurrence of additional permitted indebtedness, through cash flows from operations, or through the issuance of debt, equity or equity-related securities.

Funding Sources

Our debt agreements contain covenants that, among other things, require us to maintain a minimum level of liquidity, as well as limit our net funded debt-to-capital ratio, maintain certain other ratios and restrict our ability to pay dividends. Our ships and substantially all other property and equipment are pledged as collateral for our debt. We believe we were in compliance with these covenants as of March 31, 2013.

The impact of changes in world economies and especially the global credit markets has created a challenging environment and may reduce future consumer demand for cruises and adversely affect our counterparty credit risks. In the event this environment deteriorates, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely impacted.

We believe our cash on hand, expected future operating cash inflows, additional available borrowings under our existing credit facilities and our ability to issue debt securities or raise additional equity will be

 

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sufficient to fund operations, debt payment requirements, capital expenditures and maintain compliance with covenants under our debt agreements over the next twelve-month period. As a result of the equity infusion from the IPO and the related use of proceeds, our leverage was improved and our balance sheet was strengthened. There is no assurance that cash flows from operations and additional financings will be available in the future to fund our future obligations.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

General

We are exposed to market risk attributable to changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and fuel prices. We attempt to minimize these risks through a combination of our normal operating and financing activities and through the use of derivatives. The financial impacts of these derivative instruments are primarily offset by corresponding changes in the underlying exposures being hedged. We achieve this by closely matching the amount, term and conditions of the derivatives with the underlying risk being hedged. We do not hold or issue derivatives for trading or other speculative purposes. Derivative positions are monitored using techniques including market valuations and sensitivity analyses.

Interest Rate Risk

From time to time, we consider entering into interest rate swap agreements to modify our exposure to interest rate movements and to manage our interest expense. As of March 31, 2013, 34% of our debt was fixed and 66% was variable. Based on our March 31, 2013 outstanding variable rate debt balance, a one percentage point increase in annual LIBOR interest rates would increase our annual interest expense by approximately $17.5 million excluding the effects of capitalization of interest.

Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk

As of March 31, 2013, we had foreign currency options, including call options with deferred premiums and a collar, and foreign currency forward contracts to hedge the exposure to volatility in foreign currency exchange rates related to our ship construction contracts denominated in euros. These derivatives hedge the foreign currency exchange rate risk on a portion of the final payments on our ship construction contracts. For the call option contracts, if the spot rate at the date the ships are delivered is less than the strike price we would pay the deferred premiums and not exercise the options. For the collar, if the spot rate at the date the ships are delivered is more than the put option strike price and less than the call option strike price, neither the put or call option will be exercised. As of March 31, 2013, the remaining payments not hedged aggregate €949.9 million, or $1,217.7 million based on the euro/U.S. dollar exchange rate as of March 31, 2013. We estimate that a 10% change in the euro as of March 31, 2013 would result in a $121.8 million change in the U.S. dollar value of the foreign currency denominated remaining payments.

Fuel Price Risk

Our exposure to market risk for changes in fuel prices relates to the forecasted purchases of fuel on our ships. Fuel expense, as a percentage of our total cruise operating expense, was 20.0% and 18.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. From time to time, we use fuel derivative agreements to mitigate the financial impact of fluctuations in fuel prices. As of March 31, 2013, we had hedged approximately 61%, 49% and 16% of our 2013, 2014 and 2015 projected metric tons of fuel purchases, respectively. We estimate that a 10% increase in our weighted-average fuel price would increase our anticipated 2013 fuel expense by $21.9 million. This increase would be partially offset by an increase in the fair value of our fuel swap agreements and fuel collars and options of $11.1 million. Fair value of our derivative contracts is derived using valuation models that utilize the income valuation approach. These valuation models take into account the contract terms such as maturity, as well as other inputs such as fuel types, fuel curves, creditworthiness of the counterparty and the Company, as well as other data points.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Our management has evaluated, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2013. There are inherent limitations to the effectiveness of any system of disclosure controls and procedures, including the possibility of human error and the circumvention or overriding of the controls and procedures. Accordingly, even effective disclosure controls and procedures can only provide reasonable assurance of achieving their control objectives. Based upon our evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective to provide reasonable assurance that the information required to be disclosed by us in the reports we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported

 

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within the time periods specified in the applicable rules and forms, and that it is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2013 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

Limitations on the Effectiveness of Controls

It should be noted that any system of controls, however well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, and not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the system will be met. In addition, the design of any control system is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events. Because of these and other inherent limitations of control systems, there is only the reasonable assurance that our controls will succeed in achieving their goals under all potential future conditions.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

In July 2009, a class action complaint was filed against NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, on behalf of a purported class of crew members alleging inappropriate deductions of their wages pursuant to the Seaman’s Wage Act and wrongful termination resulting in a loss of retirement benefits. In December 2010, the Court denied the plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification. In February 2011, the plaintiffs filed a Motion for Reconsideration as to the Court’s Order on Class Certification which was denied. The Court tried six individual plaintiffs’ claims, and in September 2012 awarded wages aggregating approximately $100,000 to such plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ have filed an appeal of the Court’s decision in the individual actions as well as the denial of the Class Certification. We intend to vigorously defend this appeal and are not able at this time to estimate the impact of these proceedings.

In May 2011, a class action complaint was filed against NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, on behalf of a purported class of crew members alleging inappropriate deductions of their wages pursuant to the Seaman’s Wage Act and breach of contract. In July 2012 this action was stayed by the Court pending the outcome of the litigation commenced with the class action complaint filed in July 2009. We are vigorously defending this action and are not able at this time to estimate the impact of these proceedings.

In the normal course of our business, various other claims and lawsuits have been filed or are pending against us. Most of these claims and lawsuits are covered by insurance and, accordingly, the maximum amount of our liability is typically limited to our deductible amount. Nonetheless, the ultimate outcome of these claims and lawsuits that are not covered by insurance cannot be determined at this time. We have evaluated our overall exposure with respect to all of our threatened and pending litigation and, to the extent required, we have accrued amounts for all estimable probable losses associated with our deemed exposure. We are currently unable to estimate any other potential contingent losses beyond those accrued, as discovery is not complete nor is adequate information available to estimate such range of loss or potential recovery. We intend to vigorously defend our legal position on all claims and, to the extent necessary, seek recovery.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

We refer you to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for a discussion of the risk factors that affect our business and financial results. There has been no material change to these risk factors.

Item 6. Exhibits

 

10.1    Form of Notice of Grant of Option and Terms and Conditions of Option*+
31.1    Certification of the President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934*
31.2    Certification of the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934*
32.1    Certifications of the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 1350 of Chapter 63 of Title 18 of the United States Code**

 

* Filed herewith
** Furnished herewith
+ Management contract or compensatory plan

Interactive Data File

 

101    The following unaudited financial statements are from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as filed with the SEC on May 8, 2013, formatted in XBRL, as follows:
   (i)    the Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012;

 

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   (ii)    the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012;
   (iii)    the Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012;
   (iv)    the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012;
   (v)    the Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholder’s Equity; and
   (vi)    the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged in summary and detail.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.

(Registrant)

By:  

/S/ KEVIN M. SHEEHAN

Name:   Kevin M. Sheehan
Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer
By:  

/S/ WENDY A. BECK

Name:   Wendy A. Beck
Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Date: May 8, 2013

 

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EX-10.1

Exhibit 10.1

 

 

Notice of Grant of Option

and

Terms and Conditions of Option

 

 

 

Grantee:

   [Name]    Option Number:    [_________]
   [Address]    Plan:    2013
   [Address]    ID:    [_________]

 

 

Effective [            ] (the “Award Date”), you (the “Grantee”) have been granted a nonqualified option (the “Option”) to buy [            ] Ordinary Shares1 of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (the “Company”) at a price of $[            ] per share1 (the “Exercise Price”).

The aggregate Exercise Price of the shares subject to the Option is $[            ].1

The Option will expire on [            ], 2020 (the “Expiration Date”).1,2

Vesting Schedule:

Time-Based Options: [Fifty percent (50%)] of the total number of Ordinary Shares subject to the Option (the “Time-Based Options”) will be or become vested as follows:2

 

Number of Ordinary Shares

Subject to the Option

  

Time-Based Vesting Schedule

[_____]

   This number of Time-Based Options will be fully vested on the Award Date.

[_____]

   This number of Time-Based Options will vest in substantially equal annual installments on each of [Insert Vesting Dates]

[_____]

   This number of Time-Based Options will vest in substantially equal annual installments on each of [Insert Vesting Dates]

[_____]

   This number of Time-Based Options will vest in substantially equal annual installments on each of [Insert Vesting Dates]

 

Performance-Based Options: [Fifty percent (50%)] of the total number of Ordinary Shares subject to the Option (the “Performance-Based Options”) will vest upon the occurrence of a Realization Event (as defined below) based on the amount of Realized Cash (as defined below) received by the Investor (as defined below) in that Realization Event as follows:2

 

If the Realized Cash Exceeds the

Following Multiple of Invested Capital

 

Then the Following Number of Performance-

Based Options will Vest

1x

  [_____]

2x

  [_____]

[2.25x]

  [_____]

The Investor’s receipt of Realized Cash in any prior Realization Event(s) shall be aggregated with any Realized Cash received in any subsequent Realization Event when determining whether the multiples of Invested Capital listed in the table above have been achieved upon any Realization Event (e.g., to the extent any Performance-Based Options have not vested upon the occurrence of a Realization Event, such Performance-Based Options shall (subject to Section 5 of the Terms (as defined below) and Section 7.2 of the Plan) continue

 

1  Subject to adjustment under Section 7.1 of the Plan.
2 

Subject to early termination under Section 5 of the Terms and Section 7.2 of the Plan.


to be eligible to vest upon a subsequent Realization Event as long as the Investor still holds Investments). The Administrator shall determine whether the multiples of Invested Capital listed in the table above have been achieved upon any Realization Event. In no event shall more than the number of Performance-Based Options set forth in the table above vest based on the Realized Cash received by the Investor in any and all Realization Events. Any Performance-Based Options that are unvested following a Realization Event where the Investor sells or otherwise transfers 100% of the Investments then held by the Investor shall automatically terminate and be forfeited as of the date of such Realization Event.

Upon a Sale of the Company (as such term is defined in the Amended and Restated Shareholders’ Agreement of the Company dated as of January [__], 2013, as amended), (a) all of your then-outstanding Time-Based Options will be treated as provided for in Section 7.2 of the Plan; and (b) with respect to any of your then-outstanding and unvested Performance-Based Options, the vesting of such Performance-Based Options will be determined based on the achievement of the Investor’s multiples of Invested Capital as of the date of the Sale of the Company in accordance with the provisions of this Notice of Grant, and any such Performance-Based Options that are unvested after giving effect to such determination will automatically terminate and be forfeited as of such date. Any Performance-Based Options that are vested as of the date of the Sale of the Company after giving effect to the determination in the preceding sentence will be treated as provided for in Section 7.2 of the Plan.

For purposes of this Notice of Grant, the following definitions shall apply:

“Realization Event” means any receipt of cash dividends, distributions or sale proceeds by the Investor with respect to its Investments (other than as a result of a sale or other transfer to another Person that is also an Investor). For purposes of clarity, Realization Events shall include, without limitation, any sale or other transfer of an Investment by the Investor in exchange for cash to a Person that is not an Investor, any ordinary or extraordinary cash dividends received by the Investor with respect to an Investment and any other cash distributions received by the Investor with respect to an Investment.

“Realized Cash” means the amount of cash dividends, distributions or sale proceeds received by the Investor on a Realization Event.

“Investor” means (i) AAA Guarantor Co-Invest VI (B), L.P., AIF VI NCL (AIV), L.P., AIF VI NCL (AIV II), L.P., AIF VI NCL (AIV III), L.P., AIF VI NCL (AIV IV), L.P., Apollo Overseas Partners (Delaware) VI, L.P., Apollo Overseas Partners (Delaware 892) VI, L.P., Apollo Overseas Partners VI, L.P., and Apollo Overseas Partners (Germany) VI, L.P., together with (ii) each of their respective affiliates, and together with (iii) any other investment fund or vehicle managed by Apollo Global Management, LLC or any of its affiliates. Investor shall not include Star NCLC Holdings Ltd., TPG Viking L.P., TPG Viking AIV I, L.P., TPG Viking AIV II, L.P., TPG Viking AIV III, L.P. and any successor investment fund or vehicle to any of these entities.

“Investment” means any investment by the Investor in the equity of the Company, its subsidiaries or any of their respective successor entities, whether in the form of ordinary shares of the Company or otherwise (including, for purposes of clarity, any Investments that may be made after the Award Date). If any Investment is exchanged for or converted into a different type of security (other than cash), such different security shall also be considered an Investment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the ordinary shares of NCL Corporation Ltd. originally purchased by the Investor that were subsequently purchased by investment funds or vehicles affiliated with TPG shall not be considered Investments for purposes of this Notice of Grant.

“Invested Capital” means the aggregate U.S. dollar value of all Investments made by the Investor. The U.S. dollar value of each Investment shall be measured at the time any such Investment was originally made by the Investor.

“Person” shall be construed broadly and shall include, without limitation, an individual, a partnership, a corporation, an association, a joint stock company, a limited liability company, a trust, a joint venture, an unincorporated organization, and a governmental entity or any department, agency or political subdivision thereof.

 

 


By your signature and the Company’s signature below, you and the Company agree that the Option is granted under and governed by the terms and conditions of the Company’s 2013 Performance Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and the Terms and Conditions of Nonqualified Option (the “Terms”), which are attached and incorporated herein by this reference. This Notice of Grant of Option, together with the Terms, will be referred to as your Option Agreement. The Option has been granted to you in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other form of compensation otherwise payable or to be paid to you. Capitalized terms are defined in the Plan if not defined herein or in the Terms. You acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Terms, the Plan and the Prospectus for the Plan.

 

 

 

     
     

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

      Date
     
     
     

[Grantee Name]

      Date


NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.

2013 PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE PLAN

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF NONQUALIFIED OPTION

 

1. General.

These Terms and Conditions of Nonqualified Option (these “Terms”) apply to a particular option (the “Option”) if incorporated by reference in the Notice of Grant of Option (the “Grant Notice”) corresponding to that particular grant. The recipient of the Option identified in the Grant Notice is referred to as the “Grantee.” The per share exercise price of the Option as set forth in the Grant Notice is referred to as the “Exercise Price.” The effective date of grant of the Option as set forth in the Grant Notice is referred to as the “Award Date.” The exercise price and the number of shares covered by the Option are subject to adjustment under Section 7.1 of the Plan.

The Option was granted under and subject to the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. 2013 Performance Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). Capitalized terms are defined in the Plan if not defined herein. The Option has been granted to the Grantee in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other form of compensation otherwise payable or to be paid to the Grantee. The Grant Notice and these Terms are collectively referred to as the “Option Agreement” applicable to the Option.

 

2. Vesting; Limits on Exercise; Incentive Stock Option Status.

The Option shall vest and become exercisable in percentage installments of the aggregate number of shares subject to the Option as set forth on the Grant Notice. The Option may be exercised only to the extent the Option is vested and exercisable.

 

  Cumulative Exercisability. To the extent that the Option is vested and exercisable, the Grantee has the right to exercise the Option (to the extent not previously exercised), and such right shall continue, until the expiration or earlier termination of the Option.

 

  No Fractional Shares. Fractional share interests shall be disregarded, but may be cumulated.

 

  Minimum Exercise. No fewer than 100 Ordinary Shares (subject to adjustment under Section 7.1 of the Plan) may be purchased at any one time, unless the number purchased is the total number at the time exercisable under the Option.

 

  Nonqualified Option. The Option is a nonqualified option and is not, and shall not be, an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code.

 

3. Continuance of Employment/Service Required; No Employment/Service Commitment.

The vesting schedule applicable to the Option requires continued employment or service through each applicable vesting date as a condition to the vesting of the applicable installment of the Option and the rights and benefits under this Option Agreement. Employment or service for only a portion of the vesting period, even if a substantial portion, will not entitle the Grantee to any proportionate vesting or avoid or mitigate a termination of rights and benefits upon or following a termination of employment or services as provided in Section 5 below or under the Plan.


Nothing contained in this Option Agreement or the Plan constitutes a continued employment or service commitment by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, affects the Grantee’s status, if he or she is an employee, as an employee at will who is subject to termination without cause, confers upon the Grantee any right to remain employed by or in service to the Company or any Subsidiary, interferes in any way with the right of the Company or any Subsidiary at any time to terminate such employment or service, or affects the right of the Company or any Subsidiary to increase or decrease the Grantee’s other compensation. Nothing in this Option Agreement, however, is intended to adversely affect any independent contractual right of the Grantee without his/her consent thereto.

 

4. Method of Exercise of Option.

The Option shall be exercisable by the delivery to the Secretary of the Company (or such other person as the Administrator may require pursuant to such administrative exercise procedures as the Administrator may implement from time to time) of:

 

  a written notice stating the number of Ordinary Shares to be purchased pursuant to the Option or by the completion of such other administrative exercise procedures as the Administrator may require from time to time;

 

  payment in full for the Exercise Price of the shares to be purchased in cash, check or by electronic funds transfer to the Company;

 

  any written statements or agreements required pursuant to Section 8.1 of the Plan; and

 

  satisfaction of the tax withholding provisions of Section 8.5 of the Plan.

The Administrator also may, but is not required to, authorize a non-cash payment alternative by one or more of the following methods (subject in each case to compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and listing requirements and further subject to such rules as the Administrator may adopt as to any such payment method):

 

  notice and third party payment in such manner as may be authorized by the Administrator;

 

  in Ordinary Shares already owned by the Grantee, valued at their fair market value (as determined under the Plan) on the exercise date;

 

  a reduction in the number of Ordinary Shares otherwise deliverable to the Grantee (valued at their fair market value on the exercise date, as determined under the Plan) pursuant to the exercise of the Option; or

 

  a “cashless exercise” with a third party who provides simultaneous financing for the purposes of (or who otherwise facilitates) the exercise of the Option.

 

5. Early Termination of Option.

5.1 Expiration Date. Subject to earlier termination as provided below in this Section 5, the Option will terminate on the “Expiration Date” set forth in the Grant Notice (the “Expiration Date”).

5.2 Possible Termination of Option upon Certain Corporate Events. The Option is subject to termination in connection with certain corporate events as provided in Section 7.2 of the Plan.


5.3 Termination of Option upon a Termination of Grantee’s Employment or Services. Subject to earlier termination on the Expiration Date of the Option or pursuant to Section 5.2 above, if the Grantee ceases to be employed by or ceases to provide services to the Company or a Subsidiary, the following rules shall apply (the last day that the Grantee is employed by or provides services to the Company or a Subsidiary is referred to as the Grantee’s “Severance Date”):

 

  other than as expressly provided below in this Section 5.3, (a) the Grantee will have until the date that is 3 months after his or her Severance Date to exercise the Option (or portion thereof) to the extent that it was vested on the Severance Date, (b) the Option, to the extent not vested on the Severance Date, shall terminate on the Severance Date, and (c) the Option, to the extent exercisable for the 3-month period following the Severance Date and not exercised during such period, shall terminate at the close of business on the last day of the 3-month period;

 

  if the termination of the Grantee’s employment or services is the result of the Grantee’s death or Total Disability (as defined below), (a) the Grantee (or his beneficiary or personal representative, as the case may be) will have until the date that is 12 months after the Grantee’s Severance Date to exercise the Option (or portion thereof) to the extent that it was vested on the Severance Date, (b) the Option, to the extent not vested on the Severance Date, shall terminate on the Severance Date, and (c) the Option, to the extent exercisable for the 12-month period following the Severance Date and not exercised during such period, shall terminate at the close of business on the last day of the 12-month period.

For purposes of the Option, “Total Disability” means a “permanent and total disability” (within the meaning of Section 22(e)(3) of the Code or as otherwise determined by the Administrator).

In all events the Option is subject to earlier termination on the Expiration Date of the Option or as contemplated by Section 5.2. The Administrator shall be the sole judge of whether the Grantee continues to render employment or services for purposes of this Option Agreement.

 

6. Non-Transferability.

The Option and any other rights of the Grantee under this Option Agreement or the Plan are nontransferable and exercisable only by the Grantee, except as set forth in Section 5.6 of the Plan.

 

7. Notices.

Any notice to be given under the terms of this Option Agreement shall be in writing and addressed to the Company at its principal office to the attention of the Secretary, and to the Grantee at the address last reflected on the Company’s payroll records, or at such other address as either party may hereafter designate in writing to the other. Any such notice shall be delivered in person or shall be enclosed in a properly sealed envelope addressed as aforesaid, registered or certified, and deposited (postage and registry or certification fee prepaid) in a post office or branch post office regularly maintained by the United States Government. Any such notice shall be given only when received, but if the Grantee is no longer employed by the Company or a Subsidiary, shall be deemed to have been duly given five business days after the date mailed in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Section 7.

 

8. Plan.

The Option and all rights of the Grantee under this Option Agreement are subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan, incorporated herein by this reference. The Grantee agrees to be bound by the terms of the Plan and this Option Agreement. The Grantee acknowledges having read and understanding the Plan, the


Prospectus for the Plan, and this Option Agreement. Unless otherwise expressly provided in other sections of this Option Agreement, provisions of the Plan that confer discretionary authority on the Board or the Administrator do not and shall not be deemed to create any rights in the Grantee unless such rights are expressly set forth herein or are otherwise in the sole discretion of the Board or the Administrator so conferred by appropriate action of the Board or the Administrator under the Plan after the date hereof.

 

9. Entire Agreement.

This Option Agreement and the Plan together constitute the entire agreement and supersede all prior understandings and agreements, written or oral, of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. The Plan and this Option Agreement may be amended pursuant to Section 8.6 of the Plan. Such amendment must be in writing and signed by the Company. The Company may, however, unilaterally waive any provision hereof in writing to the extent such waiver does not adversely affect the interests of the Grantee hereunder, but no such waiver shall operate as or be construed to be a subsequent waiver of the same provision or a waiver of any other provision hereof.

 

10. Governing Law.

This Option Agreement shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of Bermuda without regard to conflict of law principles thereunder.

 

11. Effect of this Agreement.

Subject to the Company’s right to terminate the Option pursuant to Section 7.2 of the Plan, this Option Agreement shall be assumed by, be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successor or successors to the Company.

 

12. Counterparts.

This Option Agreement may be executed simultaneously in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

13. Section Headings.

The section headings of this Option Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not be deemed to alter or affect any provision hereof.

 

14. Clawback Policy.

The Option is subject to the terms of the Company’s recoupment, clawback or similar policy as it may be in effect from time to time, as well as any similar provisions of applicable law, any of which could in certain circumstances require forfeiture of the Option and repayment or forfeiture of any Ordinary Shares or other cash or property received with respect to the Option (including any value received from a disposition of the shares acquired upon exercise of the Option).

 

15. Profits Units Award.

If the Grantee was previously awarded one or more awards of profits units (“Profits Units”) under the Profits Sharing Agreement for NCL Corporation Ltd., the Grantee’s acceptance of the Option shall constitute the Grantee’s consent to the treatment of such Profits Units in connection with the Company’s


initial public offering and to the adoption of the Amended and Restated United States Tax Agreement for NCL Corporation Ltd. and the Exchange Agreement for NCL Corporation Ltd. annexed thereto.

 

16. No Advice Regarding Grant.

The Grantee is hereby advised to consult with his or her own tax, legal and/or investment advisors with respect to any advice the Grantee may determine is needed or appropriate with respect to the Option (including, without limitation, to determine the foreign, state, local, estate and/or gift tax consequences with respect to the Option and any shares that may be acquired upon exercise of the Option). Neither the Company nor any of its officers, directors, affiliates or advisors makes any representation (except for the terms and conditions expressly set forth in this Option Agreement) or recommendation with respect to the Option. Except for the withholding rights contemplated by Section 4 above and Section 8.5 of the Plan, the Grantee is solely responsible for any and all tax liability that may arise with respect to the Option and any shares that may be acquired upon exercise of the Option.

EX-31.1

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION

I, Kevin M. Sheehan, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  a. Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b. Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c. Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d. Disclosed in this report any change in the company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a. All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b. Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

   
      /s/ Kevin M. Sheehan
Dated: May 8, 2013       Name: Kevin M. Sheehan
      Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
EX-31.2

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION

I, Wendy A. Beck, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

  a. Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b. Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c. Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d. Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a. All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b. Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
   
      /s/ Wendy A. Beck
Dated: May 8, 2013       Name: Wendy A. Beck
      Title: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
EX-32.1

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATIONS OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CHIEF FINANCIAL

OFFICER PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350 AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, each of Kevin M. Sheehan, the President and Chief Executive Officer, and Wendy A. Beck, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (the “Company”), does hereby certify, that, to such officer’s knowledge:

The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 (the “Form 10-Q”), fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and information contained in the Form 10-Q fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

Date: May 8, 2013

 

By:   /s/ Kevin M. Sheehan
Name:   Kevin M. Sheehan
Title:   President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:   /s/ Wendy A. Beck
Name:   Wendy A. Beck
Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer