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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reports Results for Second Quarter 2014

August 12, 2014

MIAMI, Aug. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Regent Seven Seas Cruises (Seven Seas Cruises S. DE R.L., or the "Company") reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

• Total Revenue was a record $142.9 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $142.7 million in the second quarter of 2013.• Adjusted EBITDA was a record $29.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 4.6% compared with $28.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.• Net Income was a record $11.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.• Net Yield increased 7.8% to a record $561.85 for the quarter compared with $521.24 in the second quarter of 2013.• Occupancy was 95.4%, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from a year earlier, while capacity during the quarter was 167,790 Available Passenger Cruise Days compared to 171,990 in the second quarter of 2013, due to 6 days of the 10-day scheduled Seven Seas Mariner drydock occurring in April 2014.

Commenting on the second quarter of 2014, the Company's Chairman and CEO, Frank Del Rio stated, "We are pleased with our financial results, including record revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, net income and Net Yield for the quarter. In July, construction began on Seven Seas Explorer with a steel cutting ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The ceremony marked the beginning of what we believe will set the standard for luxury cruising when Seven Seas Explorer joins the fleet in the summer of 2016. Our strong financial performance and new construction are a reflection of our commitment to providing our guests with an extraordinary experience."

Other key operating metrics for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year are as follows:

• Net Cruise Cost, excluding Fuel and Other expense, per APCD, increased 0.5% for the quarter compared to the second quarter of 2013 due to fewer Available Passenger Cruise Days.• Fuel expense, net of settled fuel hedges, was $9.8 million for the quarter compared to $10.1 million for the second quarter of 2013.• Other expense was $4.9 million for the quarter compared to $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2013 due to 6 days of the 10-day scheduled Seven Seas Mariner drydock occurring in April 2014.

About Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the world's most inclusive luxury cruise line. The line's fares include all-suite accommodations, round-trip air, highly personalized service, acclaimed cuisine, fine wines and spirits, sightseeing excursions in every port, all gratuities, a pre-cruise luxury hotel package and complimentary Wi-Fi for those guests staying in concierge and higher suites. Three award-winning, all-suite vessels, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Mariner, and Seven Seas Voyager, are among the most spacious at sea and visit more than 250 destinations around the globe. The line is currently building Seven Seas Explorer, which will be delivered in the summer of 2016.

About Prestige Cruise Holdings

Prestige Cruise Holdings (PCH) is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. PCH manages select assets in Apollo Management's cruise investment portfolio and is led by Chairman & CEO Frank J. Del Rio and President & COO Kunal S. Kamlani. PCH is the market leader in the upper-premium and luxury segments of the cruise industry with over 6,400 berths between the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.

Terminology

Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss) excluding depreciation and amortization, interest income, interest expense, other income (expense), and income tax benefit (expense), and other supplemental adjustments in connection with the calculation of certain financial ratios in accordance with our credit agreements.

Available Passenger Cruise Days ("APCD") is our measurement of capacity and represents double occupancy per cabin multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period.

EBITDA is net income (loss) excluding depreciation and amortization, net interest expense, and income tax benefit (expense).

Gross Yield represents total revenue per APCD.

Net Per Diem represents Net Revenue divided by Passenger Days Sold.

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

Net Yield represents Net Revenue per APCD.

Occupancy is calculated by dividing Passenger Days Sold by APCD.

Passenger Days Sold ("PDS") represents the number of revenue passengers carried for the period multiplied by the number of days within the period of their respective cruises.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We utilize a variety of operational and financial metrics which are defined below to evaluate our performance and financial condition. We use certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Net Per Diems and Net Yields to enable us to analyze our performance and financial condition. We utilize these financial measures to manage our business on a day-to-day basis and believe that they are the most relevant measures of our performance. Some of these measures are commonly used in the cruise industry to measure performance. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide expanded insight to measure revenue and cost performance, in addition to the standard GAAP based financial measures. There are no specific rules or regulations for determining non-GAAP measures, and as such, they may not be comparable to measures used by other companies within our industry. The presentation of non-GAAP financial information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used by management to measure operating performance of the business. Management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, when considered along with other performance measures, are useful measures as they reflect certain operating drivers of our business, such as sales growth, operating costs, selling, general and administrative expenses and other operating income and expense. While neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a recognized measure under GAAP, management uses these financial measures to evaluate and forecast our business performance. These non-GAAP financial measures have certain material limitations, including:

• They do not include net interest expense. As we have borrowed money for general corporate purposes, interest expense is a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate profits and cash flows; and• They do not include depreciation and amortization expense. As we use capital assets, depreciation and amortization are necessary elements of our costs and ability to generate profits and cash flows. Management compensates for these limitations by using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, as only two of several measures for evaluating our business performance. In addition, capital expenditures, which impact depreciation and amortization, net interest expense, and income tax benefit (expense), are reviewed separately by management.

Management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA can provide a more complete understanding of the underlying operating results and trends of the Company and an enhanced overall understanding of our financial performance and prospects for the future. Adjusted EBITDA is also used as a basis to calculate our adherence to certain debt covenant ratios. Certain covenants in our debt agreement are based on financial ratios that reference Adjusted EBITDA. Such covenants restrict our ability to incur or guarantee additional debt and make certain acquisitions in each case under certain circumstances and subject to various exceptions.

We believe that the inclusion of the supplemental adjustments applied in calculating Adjusted EBITDA for purposes of such ratios is appropriate to provide additional information to investors to assess our ability to take certain actions in the future, such as the incurrence of additional secured indebtedness. You are encouraged to evaluate the adjustments 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 presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not defined terms under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA differs from the term "EBITDA" as it is commonly used. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of liquidity or cash flows from operations or a measure 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 is subject to certain additional adjustments as permitted under our debt agreement. Our use of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other companies within our industry.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain statements, estimates or projections that constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts, 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) and our second quarter results (which reflect what the Company currently expects to report and are subject to adjustment), are forward-looking. Many, but not all, of these statements can be found by looking for terms like "expect," "anticipate," "goal," "project," "plan," "believe," "seek," "could," "will," "may," "might," "forecast," "estimate," "intend," and "future" and for similar words. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations and 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, adverse economic conditions that may affect consumer demand for cruises, such as declines in the securities and real estate markets, declines in disposable income and 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; our substantial leverage, including the inability to generate the necessary amount of cash to service our existing debt and the incurrence of substantial indebtedness in the future; continued availability under our credit facilities and compliance with our covenants; changes in interest rates, fuel costs, or foreign currency rates; the risks associated with operating internationally; changes in general economic, business and geopolitical conditions; the impact of changes in the global credit markets on our ability to borrow and our counterparty credit risks, including with respect to our credit facilities, derivative instruments, contingent obligations and insurance contracts; the impact of problems encountered at shipyards, as well as any potential claim, impairment, loss, cancellation or breach of contract in connection with any contracts we have with shipyards; 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 seasonal variations in passenger fare rates and occupancy levels at different times of the year; adverse events impacting the security of travel that may affect consumer demand for cruises, such as terrorist acts, acts of piracy, armed conflict and other international events, including political hostilities or war; the impact of the spread of contagious diseases; the impact of mechanical failures or accidents involving our ships and the impact of delays, costs and other factors resulting from emergency ship repairs, as well as scheduled maintenance, repairs and refurbishment of our ships; accidents, criminal behavior and other incidents affecting the health, safety, security and vacation satisfaction of passengers and causing damage to ships, which could, in each case, cause reputation harm, the modification of itineraries or cancellation of a cruise or series of cruises; the continued availability of attractive port destinations; our ability to attract and retain qualified shipboard crew members and key personnel; changes involving the corporate, tax, environmental, health, safety and other regulatory regimes in which we operate; and such other risks and uncertainties detailed in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, our risk factors set forth in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The above examples are not exhaustive. From time to time, new risks emerge and existing risks increase in relative importance to our operations. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Such forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we will operate in the future. 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 thereto or any change of events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement was based. In addition, certain financial measures in this release constitute non-GAAP financial measures as defined by Regulation G. A reconciliation of these items can be found attached hereto and on the Company's web site at http://www.rssc.com/about/investors/.

 
SEVEN SEAS CRUISES S. DE R.L.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
         
 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2014201320142013
Revenue        
Passenger ticket  $ 128,784  $ 129,774  $ 247,681  $ 243,212
Onboard and other 14,160 12,962 27,532 23,841
Total revenue 142,944 142,736 275,213 267,053
         
Cruise operating expense        
Commissions, transportation and other 44,482 49,293 84,741 89,209
Onboard and other 4,189 3,795 8,466 6,475
Payroll, related and food 19,871 20,084 39,417 39,420
Fuel 10,093 10,052 20,754 21,529
Other ship operating 10,811 12,075 20,181 21,714
Other 4,862 1,272 8,414 2,521
Total cruise operating expense 94,308 96,571 181,973 180,868
Other operating expense        
Selling and administrative 19,750 19,269 42,114 41,549
Depreciation and amortization 9,793 9,115 19,080 18,368
Total operating expense 123,851 124,955 243,167 240,785
Operating income 19,093 17,781 32,046 26,268
         
Non-operating income (expense)        
Interest income 47 64 128 139
Interest expense (8,168) (9,643) (16,742) (19,691)
Other income (expense) 748 (1,711) (1,741) (5,195)
Total non-operating expense (7,373) (11,290) (18,355) (24,747)
Income before income taxes 11,720 6,491 13,691 1,521
Income tax expense (15) (30) (189) (109)
Net income  $ 11,705  $ 6,461  $ 13,502  $ 1,412
 
 
SEVEN SEAS CRUISES S. DE R.L.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
     
 June 30,December 31,
 20142013
Assets    
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 143,757  $ 138,526
Restricted cash 59 367
Trade and other receivables, net 8,937 7,706
Inventories 8,260 7,352
Prepaid expenses 21,883 21,266
Other current assets 2,765 3,007
Total current assets 185,661 178,224
Property and equipment, net 656,388 651,286
Goodwill 404,858 404,858
Intangible assets, net 80,874 81,324
Other long-term assets 24,397 36,776
Total assets  $ 1,352,178  $ 1,352,468
     
Liabilities and Members' Equity    
Current liabilities    
Trade and other payables  $ 3,341  $ 5,798
Related party payables 819 1,560
Accrued expenses 42,677 48,154
Passenger deposits 234,699 194,173
Current portion of long-term debt 2,218 2,679
Total current liabilities 283,754 252,364
Long-term debt 466,385 516,833
Other long-term liabilities 15,512 8,896
Total liabilities 765,651 778,093
Commitments and contingencies    
Members' equity    
Contributed capital 564,959 564,830
Retained earnings 20,345 6,843
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,223 2,702
Total members' equity 586,527 574,375
Total liabilities and members' equity  $ 1,352,178  $ 1,352,468
 
 
SEVEN SEAS CRUISES S. DE R.L.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
     
 Six Months Ended June 30,
 20142013
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income  $ 13,502  $ 1,412
Adjustments:    
Depreciation and amortization 19,080 18,368
Amortization of deferred financing costs 1,101 1,016
Accretion of debt discount 293 360
Stock-based compensation 581 429
Change in fair value of derivative contracts 135 1,203
Loss on early extinguishment of debt, excluding prepayment penalty 2,008 2,500
Prepayment penalty excluded from loss on early extinguishment of debt (2,093)
Other, net 317 (1)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Trade and other accounts receivable (1,230) (2,472)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,705) (1,366)
Inventories (908) (485)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (7,100) 2,282
Passenger deposits 47,509 40,259
Net cash provided by operating activities 73,583 61,412
Cash flows from investing activities    
Purchases of property and equipment (24,045) (4,955)
Change in restricted cash 12,326 7,970
Other (75) (127)
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (11,794) 2,888
Cash flows from financing activities    
Repayment of long-term debt (51,480)
Debt related costs (4,621) (959)
Payments on other financing obligations (2,000)
PCI offering costs (321)
Net cash used in financing activities (56,422) (2,959)
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (136) (191)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 5,231 61,150
Cash and cash equivalents    
Beginning of period 138,526 99,857
End of period  $ 143,757  $ 161,007
 
 
SEVEN SEAS CRUISES S. DE R.L.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION
         
The following table sets forth selected statistical information:        
         
 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2014201320142013
Passenger Days Sold 160,098 166,583 319,155 323,110
Available Passenger Cruise Days 167,790 171,990 335,090 342,090
Occupancy 95.4% 96.9% 95.2% 94.5%
         
Adjusted EBITDA was calculated as follows:        
         
(in thousands)Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2014201320142013
Net income  $ 11,705  $ 6,461  $ 13,502  $ 1,412
Interest income (47) (64) (128) (139)
Interest expense 8,168 9,643 16,742 19,691
Depreciation and amortization 9,793 9,115 19,080 18,368
Income tax expense, net 15 30 189 109
Other (income) expense (748) 1,711 1,738 5,195
Equity-based compensation/transactions (a) 391 178 581 429
Fuel hedge gain (loss) (b) 338 (84) 408 64
Loss on disposal (c) 26 187
Other addback expenses per credit agreement (d) 137 1,471 416 2,808
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 29,778  $ 28,461  $ 52,715  $ 47,937
         
(a)  Equity-based compensation/transactions represent stock compensation expense in each period. 
(b)  Fuel hedge gain (loss) represents the realized gain (loss) on fuel hedges triggered by the settlement of the hedge instrument and is included in other income (expense).
(c)  Loss on disposal primarily represents asset write-offs during vessel drydock periods.
(d)  Other addback expenses per credit agreement represents the net impact of expenses associated with professional fees and other costs associated with raising capital through debt and equity offerings and certain legal fees. Also included are costs associated with personnel changes and other corporate reorganizations to improve efficiencies.
 
SEVEN SEAS CRUISES S. DE R.L.
NON-GAAP RECONCILING INFORMATION
           
Net Per Diem, Gross Yield and Net Yield were calculated as follows (in thousands, except Passenger Days Sold, APCD, Net Per Diem and Yield data):  
           
 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,  
 2014201320142013  
Passenger ticket revenue  $ 128,784  $ 129,774  $ 247,681  $ 243,212  
Onboard and other revenue 14,160 12,962 27,532 23,841  
Total revenue 142,944 142,736 275,213 267,053  
Less:          
Commissions, transportation and other expense 44,482 49,293 84,741 89,209  
Onboard and other 4,189 3,795 8,466 6,475  
Net Revenue  $ 94,273  $ 89,648  $ 182,006  $ 171,369  
           
Passenger Days Sold 160,098 166,583 319,155 323,110  
Available Passenger Cruise Days 167,790 171,990 335,090 342,090  
Net Per Diem  $ 588.85  $ 538.16  $ 570.27  $ 530.37  
Gross Yield  $ 851.92  $ 829.91  $ 821.31  $ 780.65  
Net Yield  $ 561.85  $ 521.24  $ 543.16  $ 500.95  
           
Gross Cruise Cost and Net Cruise Cost were calculated as follows (in thousands, except APCD and cost per APCD):  
           
           
 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,  
 2014201320142013  
Total cruise operating expense  $ 94,308  $ 96,571  $ 181,973  $ 180,868  
Selling and administrative expense 19,750 19,269 42,114 41,549  
Gross Cruise Cost 114,058 115,840 224,087 222,417  
Less:          
Commissions, transportation and other expense 44,482 49,293 84,741 89,209  
Onboard and other 4,189 3,795 8,466 6,475  
Net Cruise Cost 65,387 62,752 130,880 126,733  
Less:          
Fuel 10,093 10,052 20,754 21,529  
Other expense 4,862 1,272 8,414 2,521  
Net Cruise Cost, excluding Fuel and Other  $ 50,432  $ 51,428  $ 101,712  $ 102,683  
           
Available Passenger Cruise Days 167,790 171,990 335,090 342,090  
Gross Cruise Cost per APCD  $ 679.77  $ 673.53  $ 668.74  $ 650.17  
Net Cruise Cost per APCD  $ 389.70  $ 364.86  $ 390.58  $ 370.47  
Net Cruise Cost, excluding Fuel and Other, per APCD  $ 300.57  $ 299.02  $ 303.54  $ 300.16  

CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact Jason Worth Senior Director, Finance 305-514-2245 jworth@prestigecruiseholdings.com Media Contact Jason Lasecki Senior Director, Public Relations 305-514-3912 jlasecki@prestigecruiseholdings.com



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