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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 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.


During the three months ended June 30, 2015, we revised for the year ended December 31, 2014, the classification of goodwill and intangible assets to separately present goodwill and intangible assets, net. The revision was not deemed material to the Consolidated Balance Sheet. 




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


Shareholders’ Equity


In connection with the Corporate Reorganization, previously granted profits interests to employees were exchanged for Management NCL Corporation Units (“Units”), and the vested Unit holders gained proportionate rights to distributions of NCLC and were therefore allocated a proportionate share of NCLC’s equity. The effect of this change was a $20.2 million increase in the non-controlling interest.


During the six months ended June 30, 2014, following the effectiveness of NCLH’s registration statement on Form S-3, additional performance-based Units became eligible to participate in the earnings of NCLC, and as a result, a proportionate amount of NCLC’s equity was allocated to the additional non-controlling interest.   Each Unit holder had 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 occurred, this resulted 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 was reclassified to additional paid-in capital. As of June 30, 2014, there was $7.8 million transferred to non-controlling interest.


As of June 30, 2014, Management NCL Corporation Unit holders were distributed cash to facilitate partnership tax payments of $3.1 million and $2.8 million of these distributions were subsequently repaid to NCLC upon exchange of each Unit holders’ Units. In the fourth quarter of 2014, all Management NCL Corporation Units were exchanged for NCLH ordinary shares and restricted ordinary shares. We refer you to Note 1— “Corporate Reorganization”.


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. 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 three months ended June 30, 2014, NCLH repurchased approximately 2.4 million ordinary shares under its share repurchase program for $79.2 million, which shares are reflected as treasury shares at cost on the consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2014 included in NCLH’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on July 31, 2014. There was no share repurchase activity during the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, and as of June 30, 2015, $418.0 million remained available for repurchases of our outstanding ordinary shares under the share repurchase program. The increase in treasury shares reported in NCLH’s consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2015 relates to certain forfeitures of restricted ordinary shares held by management or former management of NCLH.


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
June 30,

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June 30,








Net income attributable to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.   $ 158,494     $ 111,616     $ 137,038     $ 162,883  
Net income   $ 158,494     $ 113,279     $ 137,038     $ 164,971  
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding     225,698,078       204,965,718       225,003,460       205,063,870  
Dilutive effect of share awards     4,530,066       5,507,273       4,660,750       5,678,785  
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding     230,228,144       210,472,991       229,664,210       210,742,655  
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.70     $ 0.54     $ 0.61     $ 0.79  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.69     $ 0.54     $ 0.60     $ 0.78  


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 $62.4 million and $44.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $114.3 million and $82.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.


Guest cancellation penalties are recognized in passenger ticket revenue at the time of the cancellation.


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. The FASB approved a one-year deferral of the effective date. We can elect to adopt the provisions of ASU No. 2014-09 for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017 including interim periods within that reporting period or we can elect to early adopt the guidance as of the original effective date. We are currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of this newly issued guidance to our consolidated financial statements.


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 of the adoption of this newly issued guidance to our consolidated financial statements.


In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-05 which was issued to clarify a customer’s accounting for fees paid in a cloud computing arrangement. The amendments provide guidance to customers about whether a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license or if the arrangement should be accounted for as a service contract. This guidance will impact the accounting of software licenses but will not change a customer’s accounting for service contracts. The guidance will be effective for annual periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. An entity can elect to adopt the amendments either prospectively or retrospectively. We are currently evaluating the impact, if any, of the adoption of this newly issued guidance to our consolidated financial statements.