Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Nov 09, 2015, 07:30 ET from Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; "Lindblad", the "Company"), a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. 

Lindblad also announced today that the Company's Board of Directors has approved a $20 million stock and warrant repurchase plan, which authorizes the Company to purchase its stock and warrants from time to time.

Lindblad's Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2015

  • Lindblad generated tour revenue of $58.6 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of $7.1 million or 13.8% compared to the prior year quarter
  • Tour revenue for the first nine months of 2015 amounted to $163.5 million, an increase of $9.8 million or 6.4% compared to the prior year period
  • Net Yield for the third quarter was $935.21 compared to $950.02 in the prior year quarter, and $966.09 in the first nine months of 2015 compared to $964.61 in the prior year period
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $15.8 million, a 16.2% increase from $13.6 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $42.1 million for the first nine months of 2015, an 8.8% increase from $38.7 million in the prior year period

Review of Lindblad's Third Quarter 2015 Results

"The Company continued to post excellent results in the third quarter, driven specifically by the strong performance of the owned and chartered fleet, supplemented by additional charter inventory and a slight increase in departures of the owned vessels. We were pleased to see tour revenue and Adjusted EBITDA grow 13.8% and 16.2%, respectively, compared to the prior year quarter, and we remain confident in the outlook for the rest of the year," said Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lindblad.  "These results also demonstrate the resilience of our business as we made up for weak demand in Australia related to the downturn in the Australian economy and currency by successfully refocusing on our core U.S. market."    

Tour revenue in the third quarter amounted to $58.6 million, compared to $51.5 million in the third quarter in 2014 which represents an increase of $7.1 million or 13.8%. The growth was primarily driven by $5.7 million higher guest ticket revenues derived from an increase in the number of voyages, both on chartered and owned vessels, as well as the timing of dry docks in 2015 when compared to 2014. This increase was partially offset by slightly lower occupancy for the fleet, a 2.5% change, primarily related to the National Geographic Orion in the Kimberley season in Australia and on its Indonesian and South Pacific itineraries. As part of the redeployment of this vessel, these voyages will not be repeated in 2016.  Tour revenues for the first nine months of 2015 increased 6.4% compared to the prior year, to $163.5 million from $153.7 million in the first nine months of 2014.

Net Yield in the quarter amounted to $935.21 compared to $950.02 in the third quarter of 2014, which represents a decrease of 1.6%, related to the decrease of occupancy in the quarter as well as an increase in commissions and incentives.  Lindblad recorded 48,200 Guest Nights Sold in the third quarter of 2015, 5,817 guests, and an occupancy rate of 90.5%.  Net Yield for the first nine months of 2015 amounted to $966.09 compared to $964.61 in the prior year period.

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost per Available Guest Night amounted to $637.90 in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $660.60 in the same period in the prior year, which represents a decrease of 3.4%. The decrease in Adjusted Net Cruise Cost per Available Guest Night was primarily driven by a reduction in the cost of fuel in the third quarter of 2015 compared to 2014 and a decrease in dry dock costs and related fleet expenses for the owned fleet due to improved cost controls. Adjusted Net Cruise Cost per Available Guest Night amounted to $674.84 for the first nine months of 2015 compared with $683.63 for the same time period in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 16.2% in the third quarter of 2015 to $15.8 million compared to $13.6 million in the same period in 2014. Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.8% in the first nine months of 2015 to $42.1 million compared to $38.7 million in the first nine months of 2014.  A reconciliation between Adjusted EBITDA and GAAP net income is included in the accompanying financial data.

Full Year 2015

The Company continues to be confident it will achieve the 2015 financial projections set forth in the investor presentation filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on April 1, 2015 which projected revenue of $204 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $45 million for the full year of 2015.

Ian Rogers, the Company's Chief Financial and Operating Officer also added: "We continue to see early indicators of a strong booking pace for 2016 with 63% of ticket revenue for the 2016 financial year on the books as of October 15, 2015, compared with 61% at the same time in 2014 for the 2015 financial year."

Fleet Expansion

During the third quarter of 2015, the Company signed a non-binding letter of intent to build two new coastal vessels with expected deliveries on target for the second quarter of 2017 and 2018. The Company paid a $4 million non-refundable slot fee to reserve a shipyard's capacity for the purpose of these builds.  Negotiations of the final contract based on the letter of intent are ongoing and the build is expected to commence in the fourth quarter.  "We are deep in final details for the new U.S. flagged vessels for delivery in 2017 and 2018. As mentioned before, these two new 100-passenger ships will be deployed in geographies complementary to our existing U.S. coastal vessels where demand is strong," said Sven-Olof Lindblad.  "We also continue to explore a range of acquisition opportunities that we believe would be accretive to our planned newbuild expansion." 

Stock and Warrant Repurchase Plan

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a $20 million stock and warrant repurchase plan. This plan authorizes the Company to purchase from time to time the Company's outstanding common stock and warrants through open market repurchases in compliance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and/or in privately negotiated transactions based on market and business conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors. Any shares and warrants purchased will be retired. The plan has no time deadline and will continue until otherwise modified or terminated by the Company's Board of Directors at any time in the Company's sole discretion.

"We have significant available liquidity beyond the planned investment in the expansion of our fleet and we have established this repurchase program to have the flexibility to opportunistically buy back our stock or warrants and thereby maximize stockholder returns," said Ian Rogers.  

New Chief Financial Officer

On October 28, 2015, the Company announced it had named John McClain as its Chief Financial Officer.  He will join Lindblad on November 10, 2015.   Mr. McClain brings a long history of leadership positions in a wide range of public companies, most recently serving as the chief financial officer of The Jones Group Inc. until its sale to Sycamore Partners in April 2014. Prior to Jones, he held senior positions at Avis Budget Group, Inc., Cendant Corporation, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., ITT Corporation and Arthur Andersen & Co.

Current Chief Operating Officer Ian Rogers, who previously also held the CFO title, will continue as COO and be focused on driving Lindblad's existing operations and its significant growth initiatives.

Mark D. Ein, Chairman of Lindblad said, "We are excited to welcome John to the leadership team at Lindblad. He brings significant public company, financial market and M&A expertise that will be highly valuable to the Company as we execute our plan to grow the platform through an expansion of the fleet and opportunistically seeking compelling strategic acquisitions."

Conference Call Scheduled

The Company has scheduled a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 9, 2015 to discuss the earnings of Lindblad.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing (844) 378-6487 (United States), (855) 669-9657 (Canada) or (412) 542-4182 (outside the U.S.).  A replay of the call will be available at the Company's investor relations website, investors.expeditions.com.

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership's educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS 

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include our financial projections and may also generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would" or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's financial guidance or future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) changes adversely affecting the business in which we are engaged; (ii) management of our growth and our ability to execute on our planned growth; (iii) general economic conditions; (iv) our business strategy and plans; (v) compliance with applicable laws and regulations; (vi) compliance with the financial and/or operating covenants in our amended credit agreement; (vii) adverse publicity regarding the cruise industry in general; (viii) loss of business due to competition; (ix) the result of future financing efforts; (x) the inability to meet revenue and Adjusted EBITDA projections and (xi) those risks described in our filings with the SEC. Stockholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or at http://www.expeditions.com in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of 

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$             208,751,533

$               39,678,720

Restricted cash and marketable securities

9,284,500

8,334,632

Inventories

1,835,325

1,700,226

Marine operating supplies

4,178,662

5,078,552

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

10,153,283

11,320,698

Total current assets

234,203,303

66,112,828

Property and equipment, net

122,027,393

121,873,440

Due from shareholder

-

1,500,926

Other long-term assets

13,081,755

2,019,503

Operating rights

6,528,949

6,528,949

Deferred tax assets

121,330

101,860

Investment in CFMF

-

47,787,835

Total assets

$             375,962,730

$             245,925,341

LIABILITIES 

Current Liabilities:

Unearned passenger revenues

$               72,946,189

$               73,195,195

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

18,629,236

20,028,315

Long-term debt - current

1,750,000

4,934,030

Obligation to repurchase shares of common stock

-

4,965,792

Due to CFMF

-

22,733,000

Total current liabilities

93,325,425

125,856,332

Long-term debt, less current portion

162,697,005

51,755,608

Other long-term liabilities

638,862

447,145

Deferred income taxes - long-term

703,506

299,035

Total liabilities

257,364,798

178,358,120

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized;

0 shares issued and outstanding

-

-

Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized;

45,224,881 and 44,717,759 issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively

4,522

-

Additional paid-in capital

52,308,452

21,466,308

Retained earnings

66,284,958

46,100,913

Total shareholders' equity

118,597,932

67,567,221

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$             375,962,730

$             245,925,341

 

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Tour revenues

$        58,561,323

$        51,540,429

$      163,512,874

$      153,706,109

Cost of tours

25,443,716

22,594,085

71,330,704

68,671,913

Gross profit

33,117,607

28,946,344

92,182,170

85,034,196

Operating expenses:

General and administrative

9,709,100

7,551,316

27,620,640

22,794,039

Selling and marketing

9,464,802

7,778,325

26,816,447

23,624,748

Merger related expenses

5,494,975

-

13,265,866

-

Depreciation and amortization

2,688,894

2,937,883

8,335,719

8,685,677

Total operating expenses

27,357,771

18,267,524

76,038,672

55,104,464

Operating income

5,759,836

10,678,820

16,143,498

29,929,732

Other (expense) income:

Change in fair value of obligation to

repurchase shares of common stock

-

(2,463,336)

-

(3,035,767)

Gain (loss) on foreign currency

147,833

718,620

(46,533)

499,334

Gain on transfer of assets

-

-

7,501,948

-

Other (expense) income, net

(23,978)

-

5,000,000

-

Interest expense, net

(2,948,312)

(1,320,050)

(8,025,939)

(3,977,549)

Total other (expense) income

(2,824,457)

(3,064,766)

4,429,476

(6,513,982)

Income before income taxes

2,935,379

7,614,054

20,572,974

23,415,750

Income tax (benefit) expense

(1,480,899)

333,518

388,933

2,576,010

Net income

$          4,416,278

$          7,280,536

$        20,184,041

$        20,839,740

Common stock

Net income available to common stockholders

$          4,416,278

$          6,370,416

$        20,184,041

$        18,234,621

Weighted average shares outstanding

Basic

45,004,393

44,717,759

44,814,354

44,717,759

Diluted

46,456,315

44,717,759

45,544,382

44,717,759

Earnings per share

Basic

$                   0.10

$                   0.14

$                   0.45

$                   0.41

Diluted

$                   0.10

$                   0.14

$                   0.44

$                   0.41

Class B common stock

Net income available to Class B common stockholders

$                       -

$             910,120

$                       -

$          2,605,119

Weighted average shares outstanding

Basic

-

6,388,677

-

6,388,677

Diluted

-

6,388,677

-

6,388,677

Earnings per share

Basic

$                       -

$                   0.14

$                       -

$                   0.41

Diluted

$                       -

$                   0.14

$                       -

$                   0.41

 

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

Cash Flows From Operating Activities

Net income 

$             20,184,041

$             20,839,740

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

8,335,719

8,685,677

Amortization of National Geographic fee

670,239

-

Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs

2,733,447

553,047

Stock-based compensation

3,641,169

-

Deferred income taxes

385,001

309,450

Gain on currency translation

(46,533)

(499,334)

Gain on transfer of assets

(7,502,668)

-

Changes in operating assets and liabilities 

Inventories and marine operating supplies

761,051

(194,805)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,091,353

(776,311)

Unearned passenger revenues

538,435

(2,251,189)

Other long-term liabilities

191,717

165,180

Accounts payable and accrued expenses 

(715,919)

149,112

Net cash provided by operating activities

30,267,052

26,980,567

Cash Flows From Investing Activities

Purchase of investment in CFMF

(68,087,953)

-

Purchase of property and equipment, net

(8,142,821)

(3,382,893)

Advance from (to) shareholder

1,500,926

(70,745)

(Redemption) purchase of restricted cash and marketable securities

(949,868)

246,384

Net cash used in investing activities

(75,679,716)

(3,207,254)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities

Proceeds from long-term debt

175,000,000

-

Net proceeds from merger

96,806,055

-

Deferred financing costs

(10,943,676)

-

Repayments of long-term debt

(41,440,732)

(2,985,406)

Proceeds used in exchange of option shares

(4,850,437)

-

Repurchase of stock from common shareholders

-

3,035,766

Net cash provided by financing activities

214,571,210

50,360

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(85,733)

119,785

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

169,072,813

23,943,458

Cash and cash equivalents as of beginning of period

39,678,720

44,353,563

Cash and cash equivalents as of end of period

$           208,751,533

$             68,297,021

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

Cash paid during the period for:

Interest

$               4,549,829

$               3,193,037

Income taxes

$                  386,765

$               1,326,561

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Investment in CFMF liquidation of Junior debt asset, warrant

$             84,903,567

-

CFMF liquidation of Junior debt long-term debt, additional paid-in capital

(84,903,567)

-

Transfer from inventories and marine operating supplies

(413,593)

-

Transfer to property and equipment, net

413,593

-

Additional paid-in capital exercise proceeds of option shares

2,239,820

-

Additional paid-in capital exchange proceeds used for option shares

(2,239,820)

-

 

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Information

(unaudited)

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Net income

$            4,416,278

$          7,280,536

$          20,184,041

$         20,839,740

Income tax (benefit) expense

(1,480,899)

333,518

388,933

2,576,010

Interest expense, net

2,948,312

1,320,050

8,025,939

3,977,549

Depreciation and amortization expense

2,688,894

2,937,883

8,335,719

8,685,677

EBITDA

8,572,585

11,871,987

36,934,632

36,078,976

Change in fair value of obligation to

repurchase shares of common stock

-

2,463,336

-

3,035,767

(Gain) loss on foreign currency translation

(147,833)

(718,620)

46,533

(499,334)

Stock-based compensation

1,213,722

-

3,641,169

-

Loss (gain) on transfer of assets

23,978

-

(7,501,948)

-

Other non-cash income

-

-

(5,000,000)

-

National Geographic fee amortization -non-cash

670,239

-

670,239

-

Merger related expenses

5,494,975

-

13,265,866

-

Acquisition related expenses

-

-

-

112,000

Adjusted EBITDA

$       15,827,666

$     13,616,703

$       42,056,491

$      38,727,409

 

Guest Metrics

Three Months Ended  September 30,

Nine Months Ended  September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Available Guest Nights

53,235

47,047

144,399

137,827

Guest Nights Sold

48,200

43,744

132,007

130,166

Occupancy

90.5%

93.0%

91.4%

94.4%

Maximum Guests

6,391

5,415

17,001

15,683

Number of Guests

5,817

5,047

15,623

14,851

 

Calculation of Gross Yield and Net Yield

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine  Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Guest ticket revenue

$         51,427,298

$         45,664,781

$       142,380,845

$         135,169,451

Other revenues

7,134,025

5,875,648

21,132,029

18,536,658

Tour Revenues

58,561,323

51,540,429

163,512,874

153,706,109

Less: Commissions 

(4,205,456)

(3,449,808)

(11,328,554)

(10,141,819)

Less: Other expense

(4,569,747)

(3,394,797)

(12,682,042)

(10,614,594)

Net Revenue

$      49,786,120

$      44,695,824

$    139,502,278

$      132,949,696

Available Guest Nights

53,235

47,047

144,399

137,827

Gross Yield 

$1,100.05

$1,095.51

$1,132.37

$1,115.21

Net Yield 

$935.21

$950.02

$966.09

$964.61

 

Calculation of Net Cruise Cost Metrics

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine  Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Cost of tours

$        25,443,716

$         22,594,085

$          71,330,704

$         68,671,913

Plus: Merger related expenses

5,494,975

-

13,265,866

-

Plus: Selling and marketing

9,464,802

7,778,325

26,816,447

23,624,748

Plus: General and administrative

9,709,100

7,551,316

27,620,640

22,794,039

Gross Cruise Cost

$        50,112,593

$         37,923,726

$        139,033,657

$       115,090,700

Less: Commission expense

(4,205,456)

(3,449,808)

(11,328,554)

(10,141,819)

Less: Other expenses

(4,569,747)

(3,394,797)

(12,682,042)

(10,614,594)

Net Cruise Cost

$        41,337,390

$         31,079,121

$        115,023,061

$         94,334,287

Less: Fuel expense

(2,106,725)

(2,730,916)

(6,831,311)

(9,092,437)

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel

$        39,230,665

$         28,348,205

$        108,191,750

$         85,241,850

Non-GAAP Adjustments: 

Stock-based compensation

(1,213,722)

-

(3,641,169)

-

National Geographic fee amortization

(670,239)

-

(670,239)

-

Merger related expenses

(5,494,975)

-

(13,265,866)

-

Acquisition related expenses

-

-

-

(112,000)

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel

$        31,851,729

$         28,348,205

$          90,614,476

$         85,129,850

Available Guest Nights

53,235

47,047

144,399

137,827

Gross Cruise Cost per Available Guest Night

$941.35

$806.08

$962.84

$835.04

Net Cruise Cost per Available Guest Night

$776.51

$660.60

$796.56

$684.44

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel per Available Guest Night

$736.93

$602.55

$749.26

$618.47

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost per Available Guest Night

$637.90

$660.60

$674.84

$683.63

Adjusted Net Cruise Cost Excl. Fuel per Available Guest Night

$598.32

$602.55

$627.53

$617.66

 

Key Operational and Financial Metrics

Lindblad uses a variety of operational and financial metrics, which are defined below, to evaluate its performance and financial condition. Lindblad uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Net Yields and Net Cruise Costs, to enable it to analyze its performance and financial condition. Lindblad  utilizes these financial measures to manage its business on a day-to-day basis and believes that they are the most relevant measures of performance. Some of these measures are commonly used in the cruise industry to measure performance. Lindblad believes 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 the 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.

Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss) excluding depreciation and amortization, net interest expense, other income (expense), and income tax benefit (expense), and other supplemental adjustments. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA can provide a more complete understanding of the underlying operating results and trends and an enhanced overall understanding of the Company's financial performance and prospects for the future. While Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measure under GAAP, management uses this financial measure to evaluate and forecast business performance. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of liquidity or cash flows from operations or a measure comparable to net income. The Company's use of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other companies within the industry.

Available Guest Nights is a measurement of capacity and represents double occupancy per cabin (except single occupancy for a single capacity cabin) multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period. The Company also records the number of guest nights available on its limited land programs in this definition.

Gross Cruise Cost represents the sum of cost of tours plus selling and marketing expense and general and administrative expense.

Gross Yield represents tour revenue divided by Available Guest Nights.

Guest Nights Sold represents the number of guests carried for the period multiplied by the number of nights sailed within the period.

Maximum Guests is a measure of capacity and represents the maximum number of guests in a period and is based on double occupancy per cabin (except single occupancy for a single capacity cabin). 

Net Cruise Cost represents Gross Cruise Cost excluding commissions and certain other direct costs of guest ticket revenue and other revenue.

Net Cruise Cost Excluding Fuel represents Net Cruise Cost excluding fuel costs.

Net Revenue represents tour revenue less commissions and direct costs of other revenue.

Net Yield represents Net Revenue divided by Available Guest Nights.

Number of Guests represents the number of guests that travel with the Company in a period.

Occupancy is calculated by dividing Guest Nights Sold by Available Guest Nights.

 

 

SOURCE Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.



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