Carnival Q2 earnings: revenue pops 18% on continued demand

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Carnival Corp (NYSE: CCL) is trading up in premarket on Tuesday after reporting market-beating financial results for its second quarter. 

Carnival stock does not currently pay a dividend.

Carnival stock gains on upbeat guidance

The stock is being rewarded also because CCL issued encouraging guidance for the future. The cruise company now forecasts its adjusted net income to print at $275 million this year.

Carnival also expects net yields to come in at 10.25% in fiscal 2024. Josh Weinstein – its chief executive said in a press release today:

On our upwardly revised guidance, we will be on average around two-thirds of the way to achieving our three 2026 SEA Change targets after just one year. With two years remaining, it certainly gives us even more conviction in achieving these deliverables.

Wall Street currently has a consensus “overweight” rating on Carnival stock that’s down some 2.0% versus its year-to-date high at writing. 

Carnival Q2 earnings snapshot

  • Net income increased some $500 million YoY to $92 million
  • Per-share earnings also improved significantly to 7 cents
  • Adjusted EPS printed at 11 cents as per the earnings report
  • Revenue jumped 18% year-over-year to $5.78 billion
  • Consensus was 20 cents a share loss on $5.7 billion in revenue

Carnival saw gross margin yields increase by nearly 50% in its second quarter while total customer deposits jumped to an all-time high of $8.3 billion. CEO Weinstein also said on Tuesday:

We have made incredible strides in improving our commercial operations, strategically reallocating our portfolio composition and formulating growth plans, while strengthening even further our global team, the best in the business.

Carnival stock price forecast

Carnival stock has been seeing bullish momentum in weeks ahead of its earnings release. It is currently trading comfortably above its 5-day, 20-day, and 50-day exponential moving averages.

Plus, it is well above its 200-day simple moving average as well at writing. Other technical indicators that currently suggest a bullish trend in CCL shares include the MACD and Bollinger Bands. Note that analysts at JPMorgan continue to rate Carnival stock at “overweight” and see upside in it to $21 that translates to about a 25% upside from here.

JPM analysts are positive on Carnival shares as they see “continued progress on the multi-year portfolio opportunity at CCL”. Other than strength in Aida and the Carnival brand, analysts at the investment firm expect the New York listed company to improve its European fleet as well.

Invzz expert Harsh Vardhan is also convinced that Carnival shares are not currently overvalued.

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