Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation

Basis of Presentation


The accompanying consolidated financial statements are unaudited and, in our opinion, contain all normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair statement of the results for the periods presented.


Our operations are seasonal and results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results for the entire fiscal year. Historically, demand for cruises has been strongest during the summer months. The interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013, which are included in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Shareholder's Equity

Shareholders’ Equity


In connection with the Corporate Reorganization, previously granted profits interests to employees were exchanged for Management NCL Corporation Units (“Units”), which, upon vesting, represent a proportionate share of the economic interests in NCLC. The effect of this change was a $20.2 million increase in the non-controlling interest.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, following the consummation of the Secondary Offering, additional performance-based Units vested and therefore became eligible to participate in the earnings of NCLC, and as a result, a proportionate amount of equity was allocated to the non-controlling interest.   Each Unit holder has the right, subject to the same time-based and performance-based vesting requirements of the profits interests, to exchange Units for NCLH’s ordinary shares at a rate equal to one ordinary share for every Unit. When such an exchange occurs, this results in the exchange of non-controlling interest to controlling interest.  Accordingly, upon the exchange of a Unit for an ordinary share of NCLH, a portion of the non-controlling interest balance is reclassified to Additional Paid-in Capital. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, there was $9.0 million transferred to non-controlling interest.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, Management NCL Corporation Unit holders were distributed funds for partnership tax payments of $3.9 million of which $3.6 million of these distributions will be repaid to the Company upon a future exchange of Units.


On April 29, 2014, NCLH’s Board of Directors authorized, and NCLH announced, a three-year share repurchase program for up to $500.0 million. Under the program, NCLH may make repurchases in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, in accelerated repurchase programs or in structured share repurchase programs, and any repurchases may be made pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 plans. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, NCLH repurchased approximately 2.5 million ordinary shares under its share repurchase program for $82.0 million, which shares are reflected as treasury shares at cost on the consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2014.


The Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the period ended September 30, 2013 has been revised for an immaterial change of approximately $1.2 million to correctly present the activities within additional paid-in capital and non-controlling interest, with no change in the ending balances.

Earnings Per Share

Earnings Per Share


A reconciliation between basic and diluted earnings per share was as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):


    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net income attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.   $ 201,078     $ 170,858     $ 363,961     $ 65,622  
Net income   $ 203,278     $ 172,894     $ 368,249     $ 66,479  
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding     203,220,218       204,425,308       204,444,469       202,279,989  
Dilutive effect of awards     5,286,963       6,277,936       5,548,178       6,393,619  
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding     208,507,181       210,703,244       209,992,647       208,673,608  
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.99     $ 0.84     $ 1.78     $ 0.32  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.97     $ 0.82     $ 1.75     $ 0.32  
Revenue and Expense Recognition

Revenue and Expense Recognition


Revenue and expense includes taxes assessed by governmental authorities that are directly imposed on a revenue-producing transaction between a seller and a customer. The amounts included in revenue and expense on a gross basis were $51.5 million and $44.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $134.0 million and $111.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.