What is Carnival Corporation & plc?
Carnival Cruise Lines was founded in 1972 by Ted Arison (Theodore Arisohn) following his departure from Norwegian Cruise Lines which he co-founded in 1966. The company has pursued an aggressive acquisition strategy throughout its history to become a leader in the global cruise industry. The company’s current portfolio includes the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK), and Cunard as well as Holland America Princess Alaskan Tours.
The company is headquartered in Miami, Florida and, prior to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, made annual calls at more than 700 ports around the world. Operating a fleet of more than 100 ships and employing more than 150,000 people from 150 countries, Carnival represented approximately 50 per cent of the global cruise line industry.
The pandemic has altered the global travel industry and cruise lines have suffered dramatically. The company was eager to welcome back travellers and has been a leader in designing safety protocols as travel restrictions are eased.
Past performance of CCL stock price
Carnival stock trading began on July 31, 1987. The IPO price was set at $3.875 (adjusted for stock splits). The capital raised was utilised to acquire multiple cruise lines in the following years and the company grew to become the largest cruise vacation supplier in the world.
There have been two stock splits in the history of the company, in December of 1994 and June of 1998, and there are currently almost 758 million shares outstanding. The Carnival share price reached an all-time high of $71.94 on January 29, 2018. 2019 was a record year with Carnival generating $20.8bn (£15.9bn, €17.6bn) in revenue and ranking 160 on the Fortune 500 list.
The company entered 2020 on the back of a banner 2019 with a price of $51.73. While the majority of industries suffered losses as the scale of the disruption the pandemic would inflict became apparent, the travel industry was one of the worst affected. The Carnival share price tumbled through March settling at the 52-week low of $7.97 on April 2. CCL has traded within this 52-week range of $7.80-$51.94 since. Shuttered by a global ban on cruises the company has been forced to issue millions of bonds in order to stay liquid.
While restrictions continue to ease in many areas around the world the cruise ship industry also suffered from negative publicity as passengers were stranded at sea during the onset of the pandemic, with ports refusing to allow entry for infected vessels. Investors remain cautious to invest in Carnival stock as they await clear guidance from global governments on when travel will return to normal.
How to invest in Carnival stock?
CCL trading occurs on the New York and London Stock Exchanges. Carnival is also the only company in the world that is a constituent of both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 250 representing the largest companies traded on both exchanges. Traditionally, those looking to invest in Carnival stock would purchase shares or an index which includes CCL. Traders are also able to purchase derivatives based on CCL stock such as contracts for difference (CFD) or options.
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