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Carnival (CCL) Tops Q3 Earnings & Revenue Estimates
September 26, 2016

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Headquartered in Miami, FL, Carnival Corp. (CCL - Free Report) operates as a cruise and vacation company. Notably, Carnival’s cruise ships offer various itineraries to passengers under leading cruise brands through its four primary segments — North America cruise brands, EAA cruise brands, Cruise Support and Tour and Other. 
 
Carnival has adopted a strategy to grow beyond its familiar itineraries and capitalize on Asian opportunities. Moreover, strong marketing initiatives have been helping the company to keep its booking strong over the past few years at most of its itineraries, thereby resulting in improvement in revenue yields. Also, consistent efforts to reduce fuel consumption have aided the company to generate profits.
 
However, negative currency translation, macroeconomic issues like geopolitical uncertainties and the Chinese slowdown, as well as increased marketing expenses remain potent headwinds.
 
Investors should note that the consensus estimate for CCL has been moving slightly upwards over the last 60 days.  Meanwhile, CCL’s earnings have been strong over the past few quarters. In fact, the company’s earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in all of the last four quarters, with an average beat of 20.19%. Revenues also posted positive surprises in three of the trailing four quarters.

CARNIVAL CORP Price and EPS Surprise

 

CARNIVAL CORP Price and EPS Surprise | CARNIVAL CORP Quote

CCL currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) but that could change following Carnival’s earnings report which was just released. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
 
We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:
 
Earnings: CCL beats on earnings. Our consensus earnings estimate called for earnings per share of $1.89, and the company reported earnings of $1.92 per share. Investors should note that these figures take out stock option expenses.
 
Revenues: CCL reported revenues of nearly $5.10 billion. This beat our consensus estimate of $5.04 billion.
 
Key Stats to Note: On a constant dollar basis, net revenue yields (net revenue per available lower berth day) increased 2.7% in third-quarter fiscal 2016, which was toward the top end of the company's June’s guidance of up by 2% to 3%. 
 
Stock Price Impact: At the time of writing, the stock price of Carnival was up nearly 2% during pre-market trading hours following the earnings release.
 
Check back later for our full write up on this CCL earnings report later!
 
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