Cruise Stock Drops on Billion-Dollar Bond Offering

The debt is backed by 28 vessels and two private islands for collateral

Assistant Editor
May 13, 2020 at 3:02 PM
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The shares of Royal Carribean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL) are down 5.8% to trade at $34.21 at last check, amid news that the company is offering $3.3 billion in senior bonds, backed by 28 vessels and two private islands for collateral. The cruise line plans to use the notes to repay a $2.35 billion loan as well as manage other aspects of the company plagued by the global pandemic. 

Struggling to rebound from its mid-March bear gap that coincided with the broad-market selloff and culminated in a nine-year low of $19.25 on March 18, the equity is down 74.4% year-to-date. Turned away multiple times by the $50 region, the equity has been trading sideways as of late, with pressure at the descending 50-day moving average. 

RCL May 13

Options volume is slightly elevated for RCL today. So far, 18,000 puts and 21,000 calls have crossed the tape. Most popular looks to be the May 30- and 33.50-strike puts, with positions being opened at the latter. 

Analysts are leaning bullish on RCL, with seven out of 12 sporting a "strong buy" rating. Meanwhile, the consensus 12-month price target of $79.08 is a staggering 130% premium to current levels. 

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