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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies


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, 2014, which are included in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.




Certain amounts in prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.


Earnings (Loss) Per Share


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


    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2015     2014  
Net income (loss) attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.   $ (21,456 )   $ 51,267  
Net income (loss)   $ (21,456 )   $ 51,692  
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding     224,301,117       205,163,256  
Dilutive effect of awards           5,850,558  
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding     224,301,117       211,013,814  
Basic earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.10 )   $ 0.25  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.10 )(1)   $ 0.24  


(1) Due to a net loss, excludes 4,745,812 shares, as including these would be antidilutive.


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 $51.9 million and $37.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.


Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements


In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers.” ASU No. 2014-09 requires entities to recognize revenue through the application of a five-step model, which includes identification of the contract, identification of the performance obligations, determination of the transaction price, allocation of the transaction price to the performance obligation and recognition of revenue as the entity satisfies the performance obligations. Entities have the option of using either a full retrospective or a modified approach to adopt the guidance. In April 2015, the FASB decided to propose a one-year delay in the effective date of the new revenue accounting standard (extending it to 2018). Entities will be allowed to early adopt the guidance as of the original effective date (2017). We are currently evaluating the guidance to determine the potential impact of adopting ASU No. 2014-09 on our results of operations, cash flows and financial position.


In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-03 which was issued to simplify the presentation of debt issuance costs. The guidance requires that debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability, consistent with debt discounts. The recognition and measurement guidance for debt issuance costs are not affected by these amendments. This guidance should be applied on a retrospective basis, wherein the balance sheet of each individual period presented should be adjusted to reflect the period-specific effects of applying the new guidance. The guidance will be effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted for financial statements that have not been previously issued. We are currently evaluating the impact, if any, of the adoption of this newly issued guidance to our consolidated financial statements.