Hurtigruten Group AS: Q3 2022 Trading Update
The third quarter of 2022 marked the first full quarter since fourth quarter 2019 in which Hurtigruten Group’s entire fleets were fully operational. Total revenues and other income in the third quarter of 2022 was EUR 195.3 million for Hurtigruten Group, just 1% below the third quarter of 2019.
Hurtigruten Group AS had in Q3 a normalised EBITDA of EUR 35.7 million, whilst cash flow from operations was negative EUR 6.8m driven by a negative cash flow from working capital offsetting the positive EBITDA.
Capital expenditure in the third quarter of 2022 amounted to EUR 19.4 million with MS Richard With completing its upgrade to battery powered hybrid propulsion and re-joining the Hurtigruten Norway fleet in Q3.
Cash flow from financing activities in Q3 was positive with EUR 21.7m including increase in the subordinated shareholder loan of EUR 55 million and paid interest of EUR 26.6m.
We are continuing to see a change in booking patterns with guests booking closer to departure. For the 6-month period from October 2022 to March 2023 the bookings are, as of 12 November, at EUR 224 million which 6% higher compared to the same 6-month period pre pandemic (Q4 2019-Q1 2020).
The first quarter of 2023 sees good traction and as of 12th November, the bookings for Q1 2023 are at EUR 111 million which is 72% higher compared to the total booked revenue achieved in Q1 2022. The bookings for 1H 2023 are currently at EUR 176 million vs. EUR 194 million booked revenue achieved in 1H 2022.
Booking momentum is increasing and for the last 14 days the average daily new sales for 2023 is EUR 18 million which is up 20% vs. the 14-day period prior and 75% higher than the same period last year for 2022.
For the second half of 2022, we expect to generate approximately EUR 340m total operating revenues and other income and a Normalized Adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 15%, resulting in operating cash flow of approximately EUR 20 million. Net capital expenditures are expected to be approximately EUR 65m for the same period.
In the financial year 2023, we expect total revenues to increase by approximately 40-50% relative to 2022, with a Normalized Adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 25%. In the subsequent four years, total operating revenues and other income are expected to grow between 5.5-7.5% and our Normalized Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to grow to a long-term target of 35%. Capital expenditures net of NOX refunds are anticipated to be EUR 30 million in 2023 and EUR 60 million in 2024. From 2025 onwards, gross maintenance capital expenditures are expected to be on average approximately EUR 25 million per year varying according to vessel docking schedules. Average Unlevered free cash flow conversion (relative to Normalized Adjusted EBITDA) is expected to be at approximately 80% in 2023-2024 and 95% thereafter.
On the 14th of November 2022 the Company’s shareholders agreed to provide a EUR 20 million loan facility that will be utilized for financing the ongoing environment projects in the Hurtigruten Norway fleet and working capital on the back of strong Q3 bookings. Proforma for the loan, the Hurtigruten Group had available liquidity at the end of October 2022 of EUR 45 million. The Company remains in active dialogue with its shareholders and expects to remain in compliance with all its financial covenants and is actively discussing alternatives for Hurtigruten Group’s medium- and short-term maturities with stakeholders and financing providers. The ultimate shareholders of the company have confirmed that they remain supportive and have indicated that they would be willing to consider providing additional liquidity, if necessary.
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About Hurtigruten Group
Hurtigruten Group is the world's leading adventure travel company, allowing guests to explore unique destinations in a sustainable and meaningful way.
With headquarters in Oslo, Norway and London, England and offices around the world, Hurtigruten Grouphas a proudexpedition heritage and is committed to working with the best green technology to ensure our products are safe and respectful towards nature,wildlife,and the communities we visit.
Hurtigruten Group has a comprehensive portfolio encompassing three business areas:Hurtigruten Expeditions,which was founded in 1896, andis the world’s leading expedition cruise operatorofferingmore than 250 destinationsto more than 30 countriesincludingAlaska, Antarctica,Arctic Canada and the Northwest Passage, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Galapagos Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, South America, and West Africa.Hurtigruten Norway, whichoperatesNorwegian Coastal Express,andis considered ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’has been sailingalong the Norwegian coastline since 1893. Hurtigruten Svalbard, one of the mostexclusivetour operators in the industry, offersland-based adventures on the spectacularArctic archipelago.
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