NCL Corporation, the Bermuda domiciled parent of Norwegian Cruise Lines and NCL America, reduced net loss in fourth quarter 2011 to $1.9 million from $40.0 million in the same period last year, while revenues increased to $488.6 million from $483.6 million. However, full year net profit soared to $126.9 million from $23.0 million in 2010 on a 10% rise in revenues that reached $2.20 billion, the company said in a statement.
President and CEO Kevin Sheehan did not give guidance for this year, but referred to investments ion both new tonnage and upgrades to the existing product and stated: ”. These investments in developing our assets, improving our travel agent relationships and enhancing the guest experience will provide benefits in 2012 and onward.”
Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2011 increased 37.1% to $316.1 million from $230.6 million in 2010. Net Revenue for the year increased 10.8% primarily due to the addition of Norwegian Epic to the fleet in June 2010 along with a 3.0% increase in Net Yield, or 2.4% on a constant currency basis. The improvement in Net Yield came primarily from higher ticket pricing as well as increased onboard spend per Capacity Day. Adjusted EBITDA for the year increased 24.9% to $506.0 million from $405.1 million in 2010 and revenue increased 10.3% to $2.2 billion from $2.0 billion.
Continuing business improvement initiatives resulted in a 1.8% decrease in Net Cruise Cost per Capacity Day, or 2.0% on a constant currency basis. Fuel price per metric ton remained elevated versus prior year increasing 14.2% to $571 from $500 in 2010. Excluding fuel, Net Cruise Cost per Capacity Day decreased 4.4%, or 4.7% on a constant currency basis.
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest, increased to $190.2 million from $173.8 million due to a full year of interest on the debt related to Norwegian Epic along with higher average interest rates. Other income was $0.9 million versus an expense of $34.0 million in 2010, which included a non-recurring charge of $33.1 million related to foreign exchange contracts associated with the financing of Norwegian Epic.
As far as the final quarter of 2011 is concerned, adjusted EBITDA in the quarter increased 38.7% to $88.3 million from $63.6 million in 2010. This improvement was a result of an increase in Net Revenue to $361.8 million from $355.2 million and a decrease in Net Cruise Cost to $274.8 million from $292.5 million in 2010. A 2.5% increase in Net Yield, the same on a constant currency basis, as a result of improved pricing and higher onboard spend per Capacity Day drove the increase in Net Revenue. Net Cruise Cost per Capacity Day decreased 5.4%, or 5.8% on a constant currency basis, due to lower dry-dock costs and more normalized repairs and maintenance costs and other operating expenses. The price of fuel in the quarter increased 15.8% to $573 per metric ton from $495 in 2010.
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest, decreased to $45.8 million in the quarter from $54.7 million primarily due to a write-off of certain deferred financing fees in 2010.
Net loss for the quarter narrowed to $1.9 million on revenue of $488.6 million versus a loss of $40.0 million on revenue of $483.6 million in 2010.