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Carnival Corporation & plc
Trading name
Carnival Corporation
Carnival plc
Formerly called
Carnival Cruise Line
Type
Dual-listed public company
Traded as NYSE: CCL
NYSE: CUK
LSE: CCL
S&P 500 Component
FTSE 100 Constituent
ISIN PA1436583006/GB0031215220
Industry Hospitality, tourism
Founded 1972; 45 years ago (1972) (as Carnival Cruise Line)
Founder
  • Ted Arison
Headquarters Miami, Florida, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Micky Arison
(Chairman)
Arnold W. Donald
(President and CEO)
Brands
  • AIDA Cruises
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Costa Cruises
  • Fathom
  • P&O Cruises
  • P&O Cruises Australia
  • Cunard
  • Princess Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Seabourn
Services Cruise line
Revenue US$16.389 billion (2016)
Operating income
US$3.071 billion (2016)
Profit US$2.779 billion (2016)
Total assets US$38.936 billion (2016)
Number of employees
120,000 (2017)
Website www.carnivalcorp.com

Carnival Corporation & plc is an American cruise company and the world's largest travel leisure company, with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across 10 cruise line brands. A dual listed company, Carnival is composed of two companies, Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc, which are combined and function as one entity, listed on the New York Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange respectively. As such, Carnival is the only company in the world to be listed on both the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 indices. Carnival Corporation's global headquarters is located in Miami, Florida, in the United States, with UK headquarters at Southampton, Hampshire, and with regional offices in Australia, Germany and Italy.

Carnival Corporation & plc was formed in 2003, with the acquisition by Carnival Corporation of P&O Princess Cruises.

Carnival Corporation was founded as Carnival Cruise Line in 1972. The company grew steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, making an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 1987. The capital generated was used to finance acquisitions, and between 1989 and 1999, the company acquired Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, Westours, Seabourn Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and Cunard Line. The name Carnival Corporation was adopted in 1993, to distinguish the parent company from its flagship cruise line subsidiary.

P&O Princess Cruises plc was formed in 2000, following the demerger of the cruise ship division of the P&O group. Originating as the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company in England in 1837, P&O operated the world's first commercial passenger ships, the predecessor of modern cruise ships. Restructuring of the P&O group in the 20th Century led to its cruise operations being rebranded as P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia, with the company acquiring Princess Cruises in 1974. Following the demerger in 2000, the company also acquired AIDA Cruises, as well as establishing the A'Rosa Cruises and Ocean Village brands.

Prior to Carnival Corporation's acquisition, P&O Princess Cruises plc had agreed to a merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The deal unraveled as Carnival Corporation initiated a hostile takeover with improved terms for British shareholders.

It was agreed that P&O Princess Cruises plc would remain as a separate company, listed on the London Stock Exchange and retaining its British shareholder body and management team. The company would simply be renamed Carnival plc, with the operations of the two companies merged into one entity. Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc, jointly own all the operating companies in the Carnival group.

Carnival sold Windstar Cruises to Ambassadors Group in February 2007 and Swan Hellenic to Lord Sterling in March 2007.

The Carnival group now comprises 11 cruise line brands operating a combined fleet of over 100 ships, totalling over 190,000 lower berths, and with new ships on order. A 10th brand, stylised as fathom, was announced in June 2015, and commenced operations in April 2016. Fathom operations will be discontinued in June 2017. In 2011 the combined brands of the Carnival group controlled a 49.2% share of the total worldwide cruise market. The following operating companies have full executive control of the Carnival brands in their portfolio.

AIDA Cruises originates from the state-owned German shipping conglomerate Deutsche Seereederei, established in Rostock, Germany in 1952. The company entered the passenger market in the 1960s, but after the unification of Germany in 1990, the company was privatised and its passenger ships acquired by Deutsche Seetouristik. In 1996, the company launched its first new cruise ship AIDA, but after failing to achieve a profit, the ship was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, continuing operations under a charter agreement. In 1999, Deutsche Seetouristik was acquired by British shipping company P&O, with the AIDA being repurchased from NCL. P&O subsequently formed AIDA Cruises as a subsidiary brand, with two new ships ordered to form a fleet. AIDA was renamed AIDAcara, with AIDAvita and AIDAaura launched in 2002 and 2003 respectively. From 2000 to 2003, AIDA Cruises was a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises plc and since the formation of Carnival Corporation & plc in 2003, it has been under the executive control of Costa Cruises Group, with corporate headquarters in Genoa, Italy and operational headquarters in Rostock, Germany.

Carnival Cruise Line was founded in 1972 as a subsidiary of American International Travel Service (AITS), by Ted Arison and Meshulam Riklis. Due to mounting debts, Riklis sold his stake in the company to Arison for $1 in 1974. However through the acquisition of existing ships, the company continued to grow and, in 1980, Carnival ordered its first new commission, the Tropicale, which was completed in 1981/2. Three further ships were commissioned during the 1980s, the Holiday (1985), Jubilee (1986) and Celebration (1987). In 1987, Carnival completed an initial public offering of 20 percent of its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange, raising approximately $400m in capital. The capital raised was used to finance acquisitions, so in 1993 the business was restructured as a holding company, under the name Carnival Corporation, with Carnival Cruise Line becoming its principal subsidiary. Carnival continues to be the largest single brand within the Carnival group today, operating twenty six vessels.

Costa Cruises originates from a cargo shipping company founded by Giacomo Costa fu Andrea in Genoa, Italy in 1854. Better known as Costa Line or C Line by the 1920s, its first passenger carrier was the Maria C, a former U.S. Navy stores ship that was partly converted for passenger use and served various routes to North and South America from 1947 to 1953. The company's first dedicated passenger ship was the Anna C, a cargo vessel that was requisitioned for war time use by the Royal Navy and refitted as an accommodation ship before returning to merchant use. Costa purchased the ship in 1947 and it operated between Italy and South America from 1948, later converting to full-time cruising and serving with the company until 1971. From the late 1960s until the 1980s, Costa rapidly developed its passenger operations into what we now recognise as modern cruise ships. Subsequently, in 1987, it consolidated its cruise ship operations into a new company, Costa Cruises, which at its peak, was the largest cruise ship operator in the world. The takeover of Costa Cruises by Carnival Corporation began in 1997, as a 50/50 deal between Carnival and the British tour operator Airtours. Carnival then began purchasing Airtours' shares in the company, becoming the sole shareholder in September 2000. Costa Cruises is now one of the largest brands within the Carnival Group, with 15 ships.

The second oldest brand in the Carnival group after P&O Cruises, Cunard Line originates from 1840 and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015. It was founded by Samuel Cunard, who was awarded the first trans-Atlantic mail contract in 1837 and established the British and North American Royal Mail Steam-Packet Company in 1840. After initially dominating the trans-Atlantic route, the need for new capital led to the company being re-organised as the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd in 1879. The early 1900s saw increased competition for speed, particularly from Germany, which led the British government to subsidise the building of the Mauretania and Lusitania, which both won the Blue Riband. Competition continued to increase however and by the early 1930s, Cunard was experiencing financial difficulties. To secure further government subsidy, it agreed to merge with its chief rival White Star Line, to form Cunard-White Star Line in 1934. Cunard later purchased the remaining White Star shares in 1947, reverting to the name Cunard Line in 1949. Cunard continued to operate independently until 1971, when it was acquired by the conglomerate Trafalgar House, which was in turn taken over by the Norwegian company Kværner in 1996. In 1998, Carnival Corporation purchased a controlling stake in Cunard, completing the acquisition in 1999 to become sole shareholder. Since that time, Cunard has been one of Carnival's most high-profile brands, with the continued popularity of the famous Queen Elizabeth 2 and the development of the world's largest trans-Atlantic Ocean liner Queen Mary 2, which continues to be the flagship of the fleet. Following the merger of Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc in 2003, executive control of the Cunard brand was transferred to Carnival UK, with corporate and operational headquarters in Southampton, England.

Stylised as fathom - Commenced operations in 2016. Operations will be discontinued in June 2017.

Holland America Line originated as Plate, Reuchlin & Company, founded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1871. Initially struggling to survive, the company went public in 1873, renamed Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (NASM). The company grew quickly in the early years, acquiring several new ships, including the SS Rotterdam, which operated the company's first passenger cruise in 1895. The company also quickly became known by its shortened English name, Holland America Line, which was officially adopted in 1869. By the early 1900s, the company had separated its cargo and passenger operations, with its passenger ships being identifiable by names ending with dam, a tradition which continues with Holland America cruise ships today. The development of container shipping in the 1960s, forced the company to make a decision between investing in new cargo ships, or cruise ships. It ultimately sold its cargo operations, becoming exclusively a cruise ship company in 1973. Holland America continued to thrive well into the 1980s, consolidating its business with the acquisitions of Westours, Windstar Cruises and Home Lines. In 1989 however, it was itself the subject of an acquisition, when it was purchased in full by Carnival Corporation. Since the formation of Carnival Corporation and plc in 2003, Holland America Line has been one of the principal operating companies of the Carnival Group, with corporate and operational headquarters in Seattle.

Stylised as fathom - Commenced operations in 2016. Operations were be discontinued in June 2017.

Carnival has various notable ships as follows:

In early 2013, Carnival acquired a Gulfstream G650 (construction number 6021, built 2013) new from the manufacturer. The aircraft's registration, N305CC, was assigned on April 1, 2013. The aircraft is held in trust by and registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest of Ogden, Utah. The N-number was previously assigned to a Bombardier Global Express (construction number 9027, built 1999) acquired in 2002, re-registered N304CC on February 13, 2013.

News

Carnival Corporation & Plc -10.76% (consumer cyclical)

Q reports

Period Date Adjusted Actuals EPS GAAP EPS
Q3 2020 2020-09-24 Future report Set alerts
Q2 2020 2020-06-29 0.00 -6.07
Q1 2020 2020-04-03 0.22 -1.14
Q4 2019 2019-12-20 0.62 0.61
Q3 2019 2019-09-26 2.63 2.58
Q2 2019 2019-06-20 0.66 0.65
Q1 2019 2019-03-26 0.49 0.48
Q4 2018 2018-12-20 0.70 0.71
Q3 2018 2018-09-27 2.36 2.41
Q2 2018 2018-06-25 0.68 0.78

Ratings

2016-06-30 Reiterated Rating Wells Fargo Outperform
2016-06-30 Reiterated Rating Wells Fargo & Co. Outperform
2016-06-29 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Neutral $46.50 to $52.00
2016-06-29 Reiterated Rating Barclays Hold $58.00 to $56.00
2016-06-29 Reiterated Rating Nomura Buy $62.00
2016-06-29 Reiterated Rating Barclays PLC Hold $58.00 to $56.00
2016-06-29 Reiterated Rating Nomura Holdings Inc. Buy $62.00
2016-06-29 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Neutral $46.50 to $52.00
2016-06-07 Initiated Coverage Sterne Agee CRT Buy $60.00
2016-05-31 Upgrade Tigress Financial Neutral to Buy
2016-05-26 Lower Price Target Morgan Stanley Equal to Equal Weight $60.00 to $54.00
2016-05-24 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Buy $60.00
2016-05-24 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Group AG Buy $60.00
2016-04-02 Reiterated Rating Nomura Buy $62.00
2016-04-01 Reiterated Rating Citigroup Inc. Buy $58.00
2016-03-31 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Buy $59.00 to $60.00
2016-03-31 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight $57.00 to $58.00
2016-03-31 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Neutral $57.00 to $58.00
2016-03-31 Reiterated Rating Stifel Nicolaus Buy $64.00 to $67.00
2016-03-31 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Buy $60.00
2016-03-31 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Banks Inc. Buy $59.00 to $60.00
2016-03-29 Reiterated Rating Goldman Sachs Neutral $49.50 to $52.50
2016-03-28 Lower Price Target Susquehanna Positive $63.00 to $62.00
2016-03-23 Reiterated Rating Berenberg Bank Buy $60.00
2016-02-29 Initiated Coverage Credit Suisse Outperform $60.00
2016-01-29 Lower Price Target Goldman Sachs $57.50 to $49.50
2016-01-04 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $55.30 to $60.00
2016-01-04 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank AG Buy $55.30 to $60.00
2015-12-28 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold
2015-12-22 Boost Price Target Susquehanna Positive $58.00 to $63.00
2015-12-22 Boost Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $45.00 to $50.00
2015-12-21 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Hold $54.00
2015-12-21 Reiterated Rating Barclays Equal Weight $54.00 to $57.00
2015-12-21 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Buy $55.00 to $59.00
2015-12-21 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Buy $61.00 to $64.00
2015-11-25 Initiated Coverage HSBC Buy $60.00 to $60.00
2015-11-18 Initiated Coverage Wolfe Research Peer Perform
2015-11-04 Lower Price Target Buckingham Research Buy $65.00 to $60.00
2015-10-05 Lower Price Target Citigroup Inc. Buy $58.00 to $57.00
2015-09-25 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Buy $55.00
2015-09-25 Reiterated Rating Raymond James Outperform $54.00
2015-09-25 Reiterated Rating Raymond James Financial Inc. Outperform $54.00
2015-09-24 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy
2015-09-24 Reiterated Rating Barclays Equal Weight
2015-09-23 Boost Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Neutral $52.00 to $57.00
2015-09-23 Reiterated Rating Numis Securities Ltd Add
2015-09-23 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Outperform
2015-09-23 Lower Price Target Susquehanna $58.00 to $56.00
2015-09-23 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Buy $60.00 to $61.00
2015-09-23 Upgrade Nomura Neutral to Buy $53.00 to $62.00
2015-09-21 Reiterated Rating William Blair Market Perform
2015-09-21 Reiterated Rating Susquehanna Positive $56.00 to $60.00
2015-09-21 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Hold $52.00 to $54.00
2015-09-18 Boost Price Target Berenberg Bank Buy $55.00 to $60.00
2015-09-18 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight $48.00 to $53.00
2015-08-06 Boost Price Target Morgan Stanley Equal Weight $49.00 to $54.00
2015-07-14 Upgrade Jefferies Group Underperform to Hold $45.00
2015-07-09 Boost Price Target Citigroup Inc. Buy $56.00 to $58.00
2015-06-24 Boost Price Target SunTrust Buy $53.00 to $55.00
2015-06-24 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Outperform $55.00 to $58.00
2015-06-24 Boost Price Target Buckingham Research Buy $58.00 to $60.00
2015-06-24 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Buy $55.00 to $60.00
2015-06-22 Upgrade Deutsche Bank Hold to Buy $51.00 to $55.30
2015-06-19 Boost Price Target Susquehanna Positive $55.00 to $56.00
2015-05-18 Initiated Coverage KeyBanc Equal Weight
2015-05-18 Initiated Coverage KeyCorp Equal Weight
2015-05-13 Upgrade SunTrust Neutral to Buy $53.00
2015-04-29 Upgrade Tigress Financial Underperform to Neutral
2015-04-13 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Hold $52.00 to $53.00
2015-04-07 Upgrade Wells Fargo & Co. Market Perform to Outperform
2015-04-07 Upgrade Wells Fargo Market Perform to Outperform
2015-03-31 Reiterated Rating Nomura Hold $53.00
2015-03-31 Boost Price Target Susquehanna Positive $55.00
2015-03-30 Set Price Target Wedbush Hold $52.00
2015-03-30 Boost Price Target Barclays Equal Weight $46.00 to $48.00
2015-03-30 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Outperform $52.00 to $55.00
2015-03-30 Upgrade Numis Securities Ltd Hold to Add
2015-03-23 Downgrade Deutsche Bank Buy to Hold $48.00 to $51.00
2015-03-20 Initiated Coverage Wedbush Neutral $52.00
2015-02-11 Set Price Target Credit Suisse Buy $52.00
2015-01-15 Reiterated Rating Stifel Nicolaus Buy
2015-01-12 Downgrade Natixis Buy to Neutral
2015-01-05 Upgrade Raymond James Market Perform to Outperform
2014-12-22 Reiterated Rating William Blair Market Perform
2014-12-22 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Buy $52.00 to $54.00
2014-12-17 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Buy $46.00 to $48.00
2014-12-08 Boost Price Target Jefferies Group Underperform $33.00 to $36.00
2014-12-05 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Buy $49.00 to $53.00
2014-12-05 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Corp. Buy $49.00 to $53.00
2014-12-01 Downgrade Goldman Sachs Buy to Neutral
2014-09-24 Reiterated Stifel Buy $49 to $52
2014-09-24 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Outperform $43.00 to $46.00
2014-09-24 Reiterated Rating Bank of America Buy $45.50 to $49.00
2014-09-24 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Positive to Buy $49.00 to $52.00
2014-09-12 Upgrade Shore Capital Hold to Buy
2014-08-07 Upgrade Bank of America Neutral to Buy $42.90 to $45.50
2014-06-25 Reiterated Rating Telsey Advisory Group $42.00
2014-05-20 Upgrade Morgan Stanley Underweight to Equal Weight
2014-04-29 Initiated Coverage Berenberg Bank Buy $50.00
2014-02-11 Downgrade Jefferies Group Hold to Underperform $31.00 to $33.00
2014-02-06 Upgrade HSBC Securities Neutral to Overweight $33 to $43.50
2014-02-06 Upgrade HSBC Neutral to Overweight $33.00 to $43.50
2014-01-28 Upgrade Numis Securities Ltd Hold to Buy
2014-01-13 Upgrade SunTrust Reduce to Neutral
2013-12-20 Boost Price Target Stifel Nicolaus Buy $41.00 to $43.00
2013-12-20 Upgrade Credit Suisse Neutral to Outperform $30.00 to $43.00
2013-12-20 Upgrade Natixis Reduce to Neutral
2013-12-17 Lower Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Not Rated $42.00 to $40.00
2013-12-06 Reiterated Rating Stifel Nicolaus Buy $42.00 to $41.00
2013-11-01 Upgrade S&P Equity Research Buy to Strong-Buy
2013-10-14 Lower Price Target Credit Suisse Neutral $33.00 to $30.00
2013-10-04 Initiated Coverage SunTrust Reduce $26.00
2013-10-03 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $31.00
2013-10-01 Lower Price Target HSBC Neutral $37.50 to $33.00
2013-09-26 Lower Price Target Credit Suisse Neutral $34.00 to $33.00
2013-09-25 Reiterated Stifel Buy $44 to $42
2013-09-25 Lower Price Target Susquehanna Positive $43.00 to $40.00
2013-09-25 Lower Price Target Nomura Neutral $36.00 to $32.00
2013-09-25 Lower Price Target JPMorgan Chase & Co. Neutral $34.00 to $32.00
2013-09-25 Reiterated Rating Citigroup Inc. Buy $40.00 to $39.00
2013-09-25 Reiterated Rating Stifel Nicolaus Buy $44.00 to $42.00
2013-09-25 Downgrade Numis Securities Ltd Hold
2013-09-25 Downgrade Morgan Stanley Equal Weight to Underweight $32.00
2013-09-25 Downgrade Natixis Neutral to Reduce
2013-09-25 Downgrade Bank of America Buy to Neutral $42.80 to $38.50
2013-09-20 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Buy $42.00 to $44.00
2013-06-26 Reiterated Stifel Buy $40 to $44
2013-05-22 Reiterated Deutsche Bank Buy $42 to $40
2013-03-18 Reiterated Stifel Buy $46 to $43
2013-03-18 Reiterated Deutsche Bank Buy $47 to $42
2012-06-26 Reiterated HSBC Securities Overweight $36 to $42
2012-06-25 Reiterated Stifel Nicolaus Buy $35 to $41
2016-06-30 Reiterated Rating Wells Fargo Outperform
2016-06-30 Reiterated Rating Wells Fargo & Co. Outperform
2016-06-29 Boost Price Target Goldman Sachs Neutral $46.50 to $52.00
2016-06-29 Reiterated Rating Barclays Hold $58.00 to $56.00
2016-06-29 Reiterated Rating Nomura Buy $62.00

There is presents forecasts of rating agencies and recommendations for investors about this ticker

Major Shareholders

Name Relationship Total Shares Holding stocks
MA 1994 B SHARES LP See Remarks 14.47%  (85736445) CCL / CUK /
ETERNITY FOUR TRUST 9.91%  (58758183) CCL /
ARISON MICKY MEIR Chairman & CEO 0.55%  (3238210) CCL / CUK /
MBA I, L.P. See Remarks 0.15%  (900000) CCL /
ETERNITY TWO TRUST See Remarks 0.07%  (401307) CCL /
DONALD ARNOLD W 0.06%  (355725) BAC / CCK / CCL / CUK / LG / ODC /
FRANK HOWARD S Vice Chairman & COO 0.03%  (172791) CCL / JOE /
BUCKELEW ALAN President & CEO - PCL 0.03%  (150860) AVB / CCL / CUK /
WEISENBURGER RANDALL J 0.02%  (97985) CCL / CUK / OMC / VLO /
CAHILL GERALD RAYMOND President & CEO, CCL 0.01%  (79201) CCL / CUK /
KRUSE STEIN President & CEO, HAL 0.01%  (67443) CCL / CUK /
DICKINSON ROBERT H 0.01%  (57736) CCL /
SUBOTNICK STUART 0.01%  (46527) CCL / CUK /
WEIL LAURA A 0.01%  (43672) CBK / CCL / CUK / NWY /
Bernstein David Sr. Vice President-Finance,CFO 0.01%  (37776) CCL / CUK /

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