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Orient-Express Hotels Reports Third Quarter 2009 Net Loss of $13.0 million Compared with Net Earnings of $6.4 million in Prior year Same Quarter
RevPAR Down 26% in US dollars

Hotel Operating Statistics

 

HAMILTON, Bermuda, November 3, 2009 - - Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Summary

    - Third quarter total revenues, excluding Real Estate, of $142.5 million
- Same store RevPAR down 20% in local currency, 26% in US dollars
- Adjusted EBITDA before Real Estate and Impairment of $30.6 million


Key Events

- Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans sold in October, for $44.3 million,
over 50x 2008 EBITDA
- Total proceeds from non-core asset sales now $86.3 million
- Letter of intent signed in October for sale of third non-core hotel
asset
- Relaunched Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, upgraded to
Orient-Express standards
- Returned refurbished Road to Mandalay river cruise ship in Burma to
service
- Commenced conversion of historic convent into 56 key hotel Palacio
Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru, scheduled for completion in 2011
- Sold a further two residential villas at Napasai, Koh Samui, Thailand
for $1.7 million

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE: OEH, http://www.orient-express.com), owners or part-owners and managers of 49 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruise properties operating in 25 countries, today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

The net loss for the period was $13.0 million (loss of $0.17 per common share) on revenue of $144.2 million, compared with net earnings of $6.4 million ($0.15 per common share) on revenue of $176.7 million in the third quarter of 2008. The net loss from continuing operations for the period was $2.7 million (loss of $0.04 per common share) compared with net earnings from continuing operations of $20.6 million ($0.48 per common share) in the third quarter of 2008. The adjusted net earnings from continuing operations for the period was $1.4 million ($0.02 per common share) compared with adjusted net earnings from continuing operations of $22.6 million ($0.53 per common share) in the third quarter of 2008.

Commenting on the quarter, Paul White, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "The third quarter has again demonstrated the resilience of the Orient-Express business model. Our focus on the high end leisure traveller and our international diversification translated into RevPAR declines that were not as steep as those experienced by the luxury sector in general or the 'big brand' operators that rely heavily on group and corporate business. Nevertheless, the quarter was another challenging trading period for the Company and the industry as a whole.

"During the quarter we continued to expedite the sale of non-core assets, with $86.3 million of sales completed so far this year. A non-binding letter of intent has since been signed for the sale of a third non-core hotel asset, and total proceeds are expected to rise to over $100 million by the end of 2009. The completed sales, coupled with the equity raised in April, has helped to reduce our net debt from $835.3 million at December 31, 2008 to $705.8 million.

"Progress continues on our Real Estate developments in St. Martin. The construction of Porto Cupecoy is nearing completion, with the grand opening scheduled for February 2010. To date the project is nearly 50% sold. We expect the balance of 93 condominiums to be sold over the next two to three years at an anticipated average price of $0.6 to $0.7 million, which will further deleverage the balance sheet.

"Trading has been consistent with our expectations. It is particularly pleasing to see the operational efficiencies continue through the high season, when savings are more challenging in the luxury sector. Again in this quarter, we achieved savings sufficient to offset 47% of the revenue drop, excluding Charleston Place, which was consolidated from January 1, 2009."

Business Highlights

Revenue, excluding Real Estate revenue, was $142.5 million in the third quarter of 2009, down $30.8 million from the third quarter of 2008. On a same store basis, revenue, excluding Real Estate revenue, was down by 22% in US dollars or by $37.7 million.

Revenue from Owned Hotels for the third quarter was $116.5 million, including $10.0 million from Charleston Place. This excludes revenue from Windsor Court Hotel, which has been accounted for as a discontinued operation. On a same store basis, revenue from Owned Hotels declined by 21% year over year. Owned Hotels same store RevPAR declined by 20% in local currency (26% in US dollars).

Trains and Cruises revenue fell by 23% or $7.0 million. These operations have a high variable cost component and EBITDA fell by only $2.6 million.

Adjusted EBITDA before Real Estate and Impairment was $30.6 million compared to $51.3 million in the prior year. The principal variances from the third quarter of 2008 included results from owned hotels in Italy (down $3.9 million), Reid's Palace, Madeira (down $1.2 million), Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg (down $2.9 million), La Residencia, Mallorca (down $1.8 million), La Samanna, St. Martin (down $1.2 million), Orient-Express Safaris, Botswana (down $1.2 million), and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (down $2.7 million).

The results for the third quarter include a non-cash fixed asset impairment charge of $9.8 million relating to the Company's ownership of Lilianfels Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Australia.

During the quarter, work started on a fully-financed $14.1 million, 56 key hotel Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru, scheduled for completion in 2011. The hotel, a conversion of an historic convent, will complement our next door Hotel Monasterio with a presidential suite, 29 junior suites, 9 suites and 17 deluxe oxygen-enriched rooms.

The entirely refurbished Road to Mandalay river cruise ship in Burma returned to service in August 2009, after an absence of more than 12 months, following damage sustained during Cyclone Nargis. A new Governor's Suite and five additional state cabins have been created. Deluxe cabins have been reduced in number and expanded to improve the guest experience.

Regional Performance

Europe: In the third quarter, revenues from Owned Hotels were $67.5 million, down 23% from $88.1 million in the third quarter of 2008. EBITDA was $25.6 million in 2009 versus $35.9 million in the prior year. Same store RevPAR decreased by 18% in local currency (26% in US dollars). Overall the Italian hotels experienced a 12% fall in local currency RevPAR (19% in US dollars). Reid's Palace, which is heavily dependent on the weakened UK outbound market experienced a 35% fall in local currency RevPAR (39% in US dollars). Similarly, La Residencia, which is also largely dependent on the UK market, experienced a 31% fall in local currency RevPAR (36% in US dollars). Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg continued to be adversely affected by the global recession and suffered a 28% fall in local currency RevPAR (44% in US dollars). The depreciation of the rouble had a $1.4 million adverse impact on the hotel's EBITDA.

North America: Revenue was $19.9 million, including $10.0 million with respect to Charleston Place, South Carolina which was consolidated from January 1, 2009. Excluding this hotel, revenue was 25% lower than the third quarter of 2008. Excluding EBITDA of $1.8 million from Charleston Place, there was an EBITDA decrease of $2.2 million. Same store RevPAR for the region fell by 31%. The region includes La Samanna, St. Martin, which was significantly impacted by the economic downturn as well as the closure of the property for one week due to a hurricane threat. Consequently, the hotel suffered a 41% fall in RevPAR.

Southern Africa: Revenue of $7.2 million was 29% lower year over year, and EBITDA of $1.1 million was 58% lower than in the third quarter of 2008.

South America: Revenue decreased by 10% to $11.3 million in the third quarter of 2009, from $12.5 million in the third quarter of 2008. EBITDA was $0.9 million, compared to $1.9 million last year. Copacabana Palace had a RevPAR decrease of 19% in local currency, and EBITDA was down by $0.5 million. The region's EBITDA results were impacted by a $1.6 million EBITDA loss at Hotel das Cataratas which was relaunched under the Orient-Express brand in October 2009.

Asia Pacific: Revenue for the third quarter of 2009 was $10.7 million, a decrease of 2% year over year. EBITDA was $2.8 million compared to $2.2 million in the third quarter of 2008. Same store RevPAR in local currency for the region fell by 4% from $172 to $166.

Hotel management and part-ownership interests: EBITDA for the third quarter of 2009 was a loss of $0.1 million compared to a profit of $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2008, which included $3.1 million of EBITDA from Charleston Place.

Restaurants: Revenue from restaurants in the third quarter of 2009 was $2.2 million compared to $2.9 million in the same quarter of 2008, and EBITDA was a loss of $0.5 million compared with a loss of $0.3 million in 2008.

Trains and Cruises: Revenue was down $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2009, a decrease of 23% year over year, and EBITDA was down by $2.6 million, reflecting the high level of variable costs in the trains business.

Central costs: In the third quarter of 2009, central costs were $7.4 million compared with $6.2 million in the prior year period. In the quarter, there was a $0.5 million increase in the cost of non-cash equity-compensation awards.

Depreciation and amortization: The depreciation and amortization charge for the third quarter of 2009 was $11.0 million compared with $8.9 million in the third quarter of 2008. The current year quarter includes $1.9 million relating to Charleston Place, which was consolidated from January 1, 2009.

Interest: The interest charge for the third quarter of 2009 was $7.8 million compared with $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2008.

Tax: The tax charge for the quarter was $7.9 million compared to a charge of $8.2 million in the same quarter in the prior year. The third quarter 2009 tax charge includes a deferred tax charge of $1.7 million arising in respect of fixed asset timing differences following appreciation of certain local currencies against the US dollar in the quarter. There was also a benefit to deferred tax of $2.9 million in respect of the impairment charge in the quarter.

Discontinued Operations: The charge in the third quarter of 2009 was $10.3 million. Discontinued operations in the third quarter include the results of Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and La Cabana, Buenos Aires. The charge included an operating loss in the quarter of $0.4 million and impairment charges, net of tax, of $5.4 million relating to La Cabana and $4.5 million relating to Bora Bora Lagoon Resort.

Investment: Capital expenditure in the third quarter was $10.4 million which was necessary to complete projects at, in particular, Grand Hotel Europe and Copacabana Palace. This also included $5.9 million for Road To Mandalay, which is fully covered by insurance. There was an additional $9.0 million deposit for the New York hotel project. In addition, the Company invested $8.9 million during the quarter in the Company's development at Porto Cupecoy and $3.5 million was invested in Hotel das Cataratas.

Liquidity and Capital Reserves

At September 30, 2009, the Company had total debt of $830.1 million, working capital loans of $8.4 million and cash balances of $132.8 million (including $17.8 million of restricted cash), giving a total net debt of $705.8 million compared with total net debt of $683.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2009. Additionally, at September 30, 2009, Other Liabilities Held for Sale included $36.8 million of debt relating to The Windsor Court Hotel, which was repaid in October when the hotel was sold.

At September 30, 2009, undrawn amounts available to the Company under committed short-term lines of credit were $25.0 million and undrawn amounts available to the Company under secured revolving credit facilities were $12.0 million, bringing total cash availability at September 30, 2009, to $169.8 million, including restricted cash of $17.8 million.

At September 30, 2009, approximately 56% of the Company's debt was at fixed interest rates and 44% was at floating interest rates. The weighted average maturity of the debt was approximately 2.7 years and the weighted average interest rate (including margin) was approximately 3.5%.

Outlook

"As we enter the low season period, we see business conditions continuing to stabilize. Bookings remain very last minute, a trend we expect to continue into 2010", said Paul White. "We maintain our tight control of costs and capital expenditures and are pursuing the sale of non-core assets and developed Real Estate in line with our strategy. Having achieved key milestones in all three of these areas, with further progress expected in the coming months, the Company can now begin to evaluate growth opportunities in management, ownership or a combination of both. Our aim continues to be to deleverage the Company significantly by the end of 2011, with a targeted 4-5 times ratio of debt to EBITDA on a stabilized basis."

    Reconciliation to reported earnings

$'000 - except per share amounts Three months ended Nine months
September 30 ended
September 30
2009 2008 2009 2008

EBITDA 19,315 51,110 46,609 116,688
Adjusted items:
Legal costs (1) 19 - 648 -
Management restructuring (2) 755 - 1,472 -
Impairment (3) 9,809 - 16,857 -
Adjusted EBITDA 29,898 51,110 65,586 116,688
(13,015) 6,379 (51,967) 21,505

US GAAP reported net
(losses)/earnings
Discontinued operations net of tax 10,308 14,172 34,473 19,135
Net (loss)/earnings from
continuing operations (2,707) 20,551 (17,494) 40,640
Adjusted items net of tax:
Legal costs (1) 19 - 648 -
Management restructuring (2) 455 - 1,080 -
Impairment (3) 6,866 - 13,914 -
Interest rate swaps (4) 113 583 965 137
Foreign exchange (5) (3,355) 1,466 (368) (2,075)
Adjusted net earnings/(loss) from
continuing operations 1,391 22,600 (1,255) 38,702
Reported EPS (0.17) 0.15 (0.80) 0.51
Reported EPS from continuing
Operations (0.04) 0.48 (0.27) 0.96
Adjusted EPS from continuing
Operations 0.02 0.53 (0.02) 0.91
Number of shares (millions) 76.84 42.47 65.08 42.47

1. Costs associated with litigation challenging the Company's class B common share structure, as reported in the 2008 Form 10-K.

2. Restructuring and redundancy costs incurred in 2009 as the final part of the Company's cost reduction program.

3. Goodwill and fixed asset impairment charges recorded on four owned properties.

4. Swaps that did not qualify for hedge accounting.

5. Foreign exchange, net of tax, is a non-cash item arising on the translation of certain assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than the reporting currency of the entity concerned.

Management evaluates the operating performance of the Company's segments on the basis of segment net earnings before interest, foreign currency, tax (including tax on unconsolidated companies), depreciation and amortization (segment EBITDA), and believes that segment EBITDA is a useful measure of operating performance, for example to help determine the ability to incur capital expenditure or service indebtedness, because it is not affected by non-operating factors such as leverage and the historic cost of assets. EBITDA is also a financial performance measure commonly used in the hotel and leisure industry, although the Company's segment EBITDA may not be comparable in all instances to that disclosed by other companies. Segment EBITDA does not represent net cash provided by operating, investing and financing activities under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP), is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund all cash flow needs, and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings from operations or net earnings under U.S. GAAP for purposes of evaluating operating performance.

Adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations, and adjusted E.P.S. are non-GAAP financial measures and do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by U.S. GAAP. They are, therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies, which may be calculated differently, and should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of performance prescribed by U.S. GAAP. Management considers adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations, and adjusted E.P.S. to be meaningful indicators of operations and uses them as measures to assess operating performance because, when comparing current period performance with prior periods and with budgets, management does so after having adjusted for non-recurring items, foreign exchange (a non-cash item) and significant disposals of assets or investments, which could otherwise have a material effect on the comparability of the Company's core operations. Adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations, and adjusted E.P.S. are also used by investors, analysts and lenders as measures of financial performance because, as adjusted in the foregoing manner, the measures provide a consistent basis on which the performance of the Company can be assessed.

This news release and related oral presentations by management contain, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These include statements regarding earnings outlook, investment plans, debt reduction, asset sales and similar matters that are not historical facts. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those mentioned in the news release, unknown effects on the travel and leisure markets of terrorist activity and any police or military response, varying customer demand and competitive considerations, failure to realize hotel bookings and reservations and planned property development sales as actual revenue, inability to sustain price increases or to reduce costs, rising fuel costs adversely impacting customer travel and the Company's operating costs, fluctuations in interest rates and currency values, uncertainty of completing proposed asset sales, adequate sources of capital and acceptability of finance terms made more difficult by the current crisis in financial markets and by weakening national economies, possible loss or amendment of planning permits and delays in construction schedules for expansion or development projects, delays in reopening properties closed for repair or refurbishment and possible cost overruns, shifting patterns of tourism and business travel and seasonality of demand, inability to reduce funded debt as planned or to agree loan agreement waivers or amendments, adverse local weather conditions, changing global and regional economic conditions in many parts of the world and weakness in financial markets, legislative, regulatory and political developments, and possible continuing challenges to the Company's corporate governance structure. Further information regarding these and other factors is included in the filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Orient-Express Hotels will conduct a conference call on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10.00 am ET (15.00 GMT) which is accessible at +1-866-966-5335 (US toll free) or +44(0)20-3037-9120 (Standard International access). The conference ID is 'Orient-Express'. A replay of the conference call will be available until 5.00pm (ET) Wednesday, November 11, 2009 and can be accessed by calling +1-866-583-1035 (US toll free) or +44(0)20-8196-1998 (Standard International) and entering replay access passcode: 3917290#. A replay will also be available on the company's website: http://www.orient-expressinvestorinfo.com.

                            ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD
Three Months ended September 30, 2009
SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS
(Unaudited)

Three months ended
September 30
$'000 - except per share amount 2009 2008

Revenue and earnings

from unconsolidated companies
Owned hotels
- Europe 67,535 88,117
- North America 19,897 13,184
- Rest of World 29,113 33,437
Hotel management & part ownership interests (141) 4,664
Restaurants 2,151 2,899
Trains & Cruises 23,944 30,984
Revenue and earnings from unconsolidated
companies before Real Estate 142,499 173,285
Real Estate 1,688 3,454
Total (1) 144,187 176,739

Analysis of earnings
Owned hotels
- Europe 25,595 35,905
- North America (68) 300
- Rest of World 4,704 6,681
Hotel management & part ownership interes (141) 4,664
Restaurants (494) (269)
Trains & Cruises 7,686 10,247
Central overheads (7,418) (6,195)
EBITDA before Real Estate and Impairment 29,864 51,333
Real Estate (740) (223)
EBITDA before Impairment 29,124 51,110
Impairment (9,809) -
EBITDA 19,315 51,110
Depreciation & amortization (11,041) (8,931)
Interest (7,781) (10,858)
Foreign exchange 4,709 (2,531)
Earnings before tax 5,202 28,790
Tax (7,909) (8,239)
Net (losses)/earnings from continuing
Operations (2,707) 20,551
Discontinued operations (10,308) (14,172)
Net (losses)/earnings on common shares (13,015) 6,379
(Losses)/earnings per common share (0.17) 0.15
Number of shares - millions 76.84 42.47

(1) Comprises earnings from unconsolidated companies of $2,012,000 (2008 - $5,798,000) and revenue of $142,175,000 (2008 - $170,941,000).

                            ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD
Three Months Ended September 30, 2009
SUMMARY OF OPERATING INFORMATION FOR OWNED HOTELS

Three months ended
September 30
2009 2008
Average Daily Rate
(in U.S. dollars)
Europe 797 962
North America 273 308
Rest of World 282 279
Worldwide 458 517

Rooms Available (000's)
Europe 82 82
North America 67 66
Rest of World 119 109
Worldwide 268 257

Rooms Sold (000's)
Europe 48 55
North America 36 41
Rest of World 55 66
Worldwide 139 162

RevPAR (in U.S. dollars)
Europe 470 639
North America 147 193
Rest of World 130 167
Worldwide 238 324

Change %
Same Store RevPAR Dollar Local
(in U.S. dollars) currency
Europe 470 639 -26% -18%
North America 193 282 -31% -31%
Rest of World 145 180 -19% -18%
Worldwide 280 379 -26% -20%



ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD
Nine Months ended September 30, 2009
SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS
(Unaudited)

Nine months ended
September 30
$'000 - except per share amount 2009 2008

Revenue and earnings from unconsolidated
companies
Owned hotels
- Europe 133,212 194,100
- North America 75,877 49,772
- Rest of World 85,278 105,044
Hotel management & part ownership interests 1,774 17,618
Restaurants 8,717 12,162
Trains & Cruises 52,205 73,101
Revenue and earnings from unconsolidated

companies before Real Estate 357,063 451,797
Real Estate 1,688 11,980
Total (1) 358,751 463,777

Analysis of earnings
Owned hotels
- Europe 37,357 65,277
- North America 11,957 8,936
- Rest of World 17,253 23,061
Hotel management & part ownership interests 1,774 17,618
Restaurants 31 1,516
Trains & Cruises 15,983 21,616
Central overheads (19,356) (20,153)
EBITDA before Real Estate and Impairment 64,999 117,871
Real Estate (1,533) (1,183)
EBITDA before Impairment 63,466 116,688
Impairment (16,857) -
EBITDA 46,609 116,688
Depreciation & amortization (29,992) (27,609)
Interest (24,588) (33,546)
Foreign exchange 487 2,131
(Losses)/earnings before tax (7,484) 57,664
Tax (10,010) (17,024)
Net (losses)/earnings from continuing
Operations (17,494) 40,640
Discontinued operations (34,473) (19,135)
Net (losses)/earnings on common shares (51,967) 21,505


(Losses)/earnings per common share (0.80) 0.51
Number of shares - millions 65.08 42.47

(1) Comprises earnings from unconsolidated companies of $6,362,000 (2008 - $18,323,000) and revenue of $352,389,000 (2008 - $445,454,000).

                            ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009
SUMMARY OF OPERATING INFORMATION FOR OWNED HOTELS

Nine months ended
September 30
2009 2008
Average Daily Rate

(in U.S. dollars)
Europe 717 879
North America 364 406
Rest of World 276 282
Worldwide 420 484

Rooms Available (000's)
Europe 212 217
North America 164 162
Rest of World 353 343
Worldwide 729 722

Rooms Sold (000's)
Europe 102 128
North America 92 108
Rest of World 174 209
Worldwide 368 445

RevPAR (in U.S. dollars)
Europe 344 519
North America 205 271
Rest of World 136 172
Worldwide 212 299

Change %
Same Store RevPAR Dollar Local
(in U.S. dollars) Currency
Europe 344 521 -34% -23%
North America 272 368 -26% -25%
Rest of World 148 184 -20% -14%
Worldwide 235 332 -29% -21%



ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD
CONSOLIDATED AND CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

September 30 December 31
2009 2008
$'000
Assets

Cash 132,769 77,826
Accounts receivable 62,515 45,232
Due from related parties 14,519 9,985
Prepaid expenses 25,548 19,297
Inventories 44,206 43,265
Other assets held for sale 74,971 156,207
Real estate assets 107,711 83,983
Total current assets 462,239 435,795

Property, plant & equipment, net book value 1,431,993 1,352,996
Investments 70,681 67,464
Goodwill 149,460 154,054
Other intangible assets 20,795 20,255
Other assets 38,463 38,569
2,173,631 2,069,133

Liabilities and Equity

Working capital facilities 8,402 54,179
Accounts payable 26,266 23,243
Accrued liabilities 97,059 72,277
Deferred revenue 69,397 55,988
Other liabilities held for sale 42,775 78,837
Current portion of long-term debt and capital
leases 170,074 138,813
Total current liabilities 413,973 423,337

Long-term debt and obligations under capital
leases 660,064 657,952
Deferred income taxes 168,523 162,199
Other liabilities 36,441 41,476
Total liabilities 1,279,001 1,284,964

Shareholders' equity 893,061 782,598
Non-controlling interests 1,569 1,571
Total equity 894,630 784,169
2,173,631 2,069,133


Contact:
Martin O'Grady
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +44-20-7921-4038
E: martin.ogrady@orient-express.com

Pippa Isbell
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Tel: +44-20-7921-4065
E: pippa.isbell@orient-express.com

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Also See: Orient-Express Hotels Reports Fourth Quarter Net Loss of $48.0 million Compared with a Net Loss of $4.9 million in the Fourth Quarter of 2007; Worldwide RevPAR Declined 29% in U.S. dollars / February 2009
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