Head to Head Survey: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) and The Competition

Norwegian Cruise Line (NASDAQ:NCLHGet Rating) is one of 30 public companies in the “Water transportation” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Norwegian Cruise Line to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.2% of Norwegian Cruise Line shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.8% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Norwegian Cruise Line shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Norwegian Cruise Line and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Norwegian Cruise Line -46.86% -286.66% -10.87%
Norwegian Cruise Line Competitors 13.86% -14.90% 2.92%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Norwegian Cruise Line and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Norwegian Cruise Line 0 0 0 0 N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line Competitors 302 1162 1867 33 2.48

As a group, “Water transportation” companies have a potential upside of 57.15%. Given Norwegian Cruise Line’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Norwegian Cruise Line has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Norwegian Cruise Line has a beta of 2.51, suggesting that its stock price is 151% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Norwegian Cruise Line’s competitors have a beta of 1.41, suggesting that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Norwegian Cruise Line and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Norwegian Cruise Line $4.84 billion -$2.27 billion -2.33
Norwegian Cruise Line Competitors $2.82 billion -$689.72 million 13.10

Norwegian Cruise Line has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Norwegian Cruise Line is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Norwegian Cruise Line competitors beat Norwegian Cruise Line on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. engages in the provision of cruise travel services. It provides cruise experiences for travelers with itineraries in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii. It also offers an entirely inter-island itinerary in Hawaii. Its brands include Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Miami, FL.

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