Royal Caribbean Cruises has extended the suspension of cruise sailings until Nov. 30, excluding sailings from Hong Kong. The cruise operator has taken the decision due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has dented the demand for voyages.
Royal Caribbean (RCL) said that its cruise brand Celebrity Cruises will suspend the full 2020/21 winter program in Australia and Asia. Its Azamara cruises will also cancel their 2020/21 winter sailings throughout Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and South America.
On Aug. 10, the company reported 2Q loss of $6.13 per share, which was larger than analysts’ loss expectations of $4.82. The 2Q revenues of $175.6 million, however, surpassed the Street consensus of $43.5 million. (See RCL stock analysis on TipRanks)
On Sept. 25, Barclays analyst Felicia Hendrix upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, saying that risk/rewards in the cruise space are very attractive in the U.S. leisure sector. She maintained a price target of $68 (2.8% upside potential).
Currently, the Street has a cautiously optimistic outlook on the stock. The Moderate Buy analyst consensus is based on 7 Buys, 5 Holds and 2 Sells. The average price target of $58.08 implies downside potential of about 12.2% to current levels. Shares have declined by about 50.4% year-to-date.