PRN: Orient-Express Hotels Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

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Orient-Express Hotels Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

 
[03-May-2012]
 

HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights

  • First quarter total revenue, excluding real estate, up 10% to $107.0 million from $97.7 million
  • First quarter revenue from owned hotels up 8% to $93.9 million from $86.9 million
  • Same store revenue per available room ("RevPAR") for the quarter up 10% in US dollars and up 11% in local currency
  • Adjusted EBITDA before real estate for the first quarter up 61% to $3.7 million from $2.3 million
  • Completed the sale of Las Casitas del Colca, Peru, in April 2012 for $5.6 million
  • Announced two new independent nominees for election to the Company's Board of Directors at June 2012 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE: OEH, http://www.orient-express.com) (the "Company"), owners or part-owners and managers of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and river cruise properties operating in 23 countries, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

"In the first quarter of 2012, the Company's total revenue and adjusted EBITDA before real estate continued to grow, building on the momentum developed last year and providing a stable platform for our key second and third quarters," said Bob Lovejoy, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer. "Total revenue and adjusted EBITDA before real estate increased by 10% and 61%, respectively, over the first quarter of 2011. The first quarter of 2012 represents the ninth straight quarter of year-over-year growth in these two key metrics.

"We have continued our strategy of portfolio optimization, including completion of the sale of one of our Peruvian joint venture properties and making ongoing investments to improve our room product quality in several properties, including Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Hotel Splendido, Portofino, our two Sicilian properties, La Samanna in St. Martin and The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michael's, Maryland. During 2012, we look forward to the opening in June of Palacio Nazarenas, our new all-suite property in Cuzco, Peru, and to the complete makeover of 121 rooms and suites and the arrival experience at Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.

"As we look forward in 2012, we see good demand continuing in North and South America and Asia, with some softening now in evidence in Europe. Overall, bookings pace for our owned hotels is currently 6% ahead of the same time last year. On the whole, our business outlook today is one of tempered optimism, based on our outstanding and improving portfolio, our good financial position and strong management team and a global economic outlook which is stabilizing and, in most geographies outside Europe, improving."

First Quarter 2012 Earnings Summary

Revenue, excluding real estate, was $107.0 million in the first quarter of 2012, up $9.3 million or 10% from the first quarter of 2011.

Revenue from owned hotels for the first quarter was $93.9 million, up $7.0 million or 8% from the first quarter of 2011. On a same store basis, owned hotels RevPAR was up 10% in US dollars and up 11% in local currency.

Trains & cruises revenue in the first quarter was $9.5 million compared to $7.6 million in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 25%.

Adjusted EBITDA before real estate was $3.7 million for the first quarter, up $1.4 million compared to $2.3 million in the prior year period. The principal increases were at Copacabana Palace (up $0.8 million compared to the same period in the prior year), Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu Falls (up $0.7 million), Charleston Place, South Carolina (up $0.7 million) and from the Company's share of earnings from PeruRail (up $0.8 million). Other notable improvements included Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya (up $0.5 million) and La Samanna (up $0.4 million), offset by Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg (down $0.4 million) and the Road To Mandalay cruise ship, Irrawaddy River (down $0.5 million).

Adjusted net loss from continuing operations for the first quarter was $16.2 million ($0.16 per common share) compared with a loss of $13.6 million ($0.13 per common share) in the first quarter of 2011. There was a $0.2 million tax charge in the first quarter of 2012 compared to a tax credit of $5.0 million in the prior year, accounting for a net year-over-year difference of $0.05 per common share. Net loss attributable to Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. for the first quarter was $15.7 million ($0.15 per common share) compared with a net loss of $14.9 million ($0.15 per common share) in the first quarter of 2011.

Company Highlights

The Company's 50% Peru hotels joint venture concluded the sale of Las Casitas del Colca in April. Gross proceeds of $5.6 million (of which $1.0 million is due in six months) have largely been used to repay associated joint venture debt of $4.0 million and the remainder will be reinvested in other hotels owned by the joint venture.

During the quarter, the Company completed the third and final phase of refurbishments at the two properties in Sicily that it acquired in the first quarter of 2010.  At Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, all public areas, including the restaurant, were renovated, with a new bar that opens onto a terrace with views of Mount Etna and the Gulf of Naxos.  At Villa Sant'Andrea in Taormina Mare, the Company completed new restaurant and bar areas as well as a children's club available to guests of both hotels. Also in Italy, five sumptuous new suites have been added at Hotel Splendido and a further six rooms were renovated at Hotel Cipriani.

Additionally during the quarter, we remodeled the Lobby Bar at Grand Hotel Europe.  A highlight of the $0.8 million project is a 10-meter-long backlit bar carved from alabaster marble topped with black granite. The Company also significantly improved two of its safari lodges in Botswana, Khwai River Lodge and Savute Elephant Camp, by installing floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass panels to the front of all 27 keys to enhance the accommodation and game-viewing experience for guests.

The Company announced in April the nomination of nine directors for election to its Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 7, 2012. The slate includes two new independent director nominees: Ruth A. Kennedy, co-founder of Kennedy Dundas, a consulting firm advising clients in the luxury goods and services sectors, and Jo Malone, creator of one of the world's most popular luxury fragrance and beauty product brands, "Jo Malone". Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Malone will stand for election with the current directors, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer J. Robert (Bob) Lovejoy, Harsha V. Agadi, John D. Campbell, Mitchell C. Hochberg, Prud! ence M. Leith, Philip R. Mengel and Georg R. Rafael.

Operating Performance

Europe:  

In the first quarter, revenue from owned hotels was $15.8 million, up $1.1 million or 7% from $14.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. Revenue growth in Europe was driven by the Italian properties, which opened for the season earlier this year than previously. Revenue at Hotel Cipriani increased by $0.6 million compared to the first quarter in 2011. Same store RevPAR in Europe was up 8% from the prior year in US dollars (up 11% in local currency), primarily due to an improvement in occupancy to 33% from 29% in the same period in the prior year.

EBITDA for the quarter was a loss of $7.6 million compared to an EBITDA loss of $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. This decline in EBITDA is largely due to a $0.8 million EBITDA decrease at Grand Hotel Europe, which included a $0.4 million non-recurring, non-cash write-off of fixed asset balances.

North America:  

Revenue from owned hotels for the quarter was $29.1 million, up $1.8 million or 7% from $27.3 million in the first quarter of 2011, generated by revenue growth of $1.3 million at Charleston Place and $0.5 million at La Samanna. Charleston Place continues to deliver strong results, largely from corporate and group business, that is expected to continue during the rest of the year. La Samanna has recorded improved revenue following the refurbishment of 46 keys that was completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. Same store RevPAR in the region increased by 9% in both US dollars and local currency as a result of a 9% improvement in average daily rate ("ADR") over the first quarter of 2011 to $440 from $402.


EBITDA in North America grew by 26% to $7.2 million compared to $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. This EBITDA growth includes $0.7 million at Charleston Place and $0.4 million at La Samanna, as well as a $0.5 million increase in EBITDA at Maroma Resort and Spa, as more positive press coverage for the region boosted visitor numbers from the key US market.

Rest of World:

Southern Africa:  

First quarter revenue was unchanged from the first quarter of the prior year at $8.8 million. Same store RevPAR was up 4% in US dollars (up 14% in local currency) due to a small increase in ADR. EBITDA was up $0.5 million or 36% to $1.9 million compared to $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, as the properties benefited from labor and other cost savings.

South America:  

Revenue increased $3.0 million or 12% to $27.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, from $24.4 million in the first quarter of 2011. Of this growth, $2.8 million came from the two Brazilian properties, where continued strong results reflected particularly high demand from local markets, with a 25% increase in the number of room nights sold to Brazilians compared to the same period of the prior year. Same store RevPAR in the region increased 16% in both US dollars and local currency as a result of a 7% increase in ADR and an increase in occupancy from 67% to 73% compared to the first quarter of 2011.

EBITDA for the quarter was $9.0 million, an increase of $1.6 million or 22% compared to $7.4 million in the first quarter of last year. The record results generated in 2011 at the Brazilian properties have continued into 2012 where, in their best ever quarter, the Company's two properties delivered combined EBITDA of $8.3 million, representing growth of $1.5 million or 22% compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Asia-Pacific:  

Revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $12.8 million, an increase of $1.1 million or 9% compared to $11.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. Revenue growth was recorded in almost all operations and reflects a period of socio-economic stability in the region. The majority of the improvement came from Napasai, Koh Samui ($0.5 million), which benefited from its new lagoon, and The Governor's Residence, Yangon ($0.4 million), as Myanmar further opens to international tourism. Same store RevPAR increased by 7% in US dollars (up 5% in local currency) due to a 10% increase in ADR in US dollar terms compared to the first quarter of 2011.

EBITDA was $3.4 million compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2011. The Company's Asian portfolio performed particularly well, with EBITDA growth of 30% compared to the same quarter of 2011, reflecting the continued strength of operations in the region.

Hotel management & part-ownership interests:  

EBITDA for the first quarter of 2012 was a loss of $0.7 million compared to a loss of $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2011. The quarterly result included a $0.3 million decline at Hotel Ritz, Madrid due to increased payroll costs.


Restaurants:  

Revenue from '21' Club, New York, in the first quarter of 2012 was $3.9 million compared to $3.3 million in the same quarter of 2011, reflecting growth in both the number of covers and average check. EBITDA was $0.3 million compared to $0.1 million in the same quarter of 2011.

Trains & cruises:  

Revenue increased by $1.9 million or 25% to $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 from $7.6 million in the prior year period, reflecting increases in all businesses except Road To Mandalay, where low water levels on the Irrawaddy River towards the end of the season and maintenance operations meant that trips were withdrawn and the ship was instead moored for use as a floating hotel. This shortfall is expected to be recovered over the remainder of the year.

EBITDA was a loss of $0.3 million compared to a loss of $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2011. This improvement was largely due to a $0.8 million increase in share of results from PeruRail compared to the first quarter of 2011, which was still impacted by the effects of the 2010 floods and landslides in Peru, offset by a $0.5 million decrease from Road To Mandalay.

Central overheads:  

In the first quarter of 2012, central costs were $9.5 million compared with $7.7 million in the prior year period. This increase is attributable to a $1.1 million increase in compensation costs, a $0.4 million increase in stock option expenses and a $0.3 million increase in professional fees. In addition, the Company incurred $0.3 million of central marketing costs as it continues to invest in the Orient-Express brand.

Real estate:  

In the first quarter of 2012, there was an EBITDA loss of $1.5 million from real estate activities, primarily related to Porto Cupecoy, Sint Maarten, compared with a loss of $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2011. Six condominium units were sold at Porto Cupecoy during the quarter, bringing cumulative sales at the end of the quarter to 117, or 64% of the total number of units.

Depreciation and amortization:  

The depreciation and amortization charge for the first quarter of 2012 was unchanged from the first quarter of 2011 at $11.0 million.

Interest:  

The interest charge for the first quarter of 2012 was $7.5 million, down $1.8 million from $9.3 million in the prior year quarter due to the reduction in net debt over the last 12 months and $0.9 million of capitalized interest in the first quarter of 2012 related to the construction of El Encanto.


Tax:  

The tax charge for the first quarter of 2012 was $0.2 million, compared to a credit of $5.0 million for the same quarter in the prior year. The primary reason for this movement is that the first quarter of 2012 included a charge for uncertain tax provisions of $0.3 million while the first quarter of 2011 recorded a corresponding credit of $2.1 million. Additionally, the first quarter tax charge in 2012 included a deferred tax charge of $0.8 million versus $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, arising in respect of fixed asset timing differences following the appreciation of local currencies against the US dollar.

Investment:  

The Company invested a total of $19.6 million during the first quarter of 2012, including $8.0 million for the ongoing restoration of El Encanto, $1.2 million primarily for the refurbishment of 39 rooms at The Inn at Perry Cabin, $1.1 million at La Samanna largely for the completion of the rooms refurbishment, $1.1 million at Hotel Splendido primarily for the construction of five new suites on the top floor of the existing building, $1.0 million at Hotel Cipriani largely for the renovation of six rooms, and the balance for routine capital expenditures.

Balance Sheet

At March 31, 2012, the Company had long-term debt (including the current portion and debt of consolidated variable interest entities) of $627.2 million, working capital loans of $0.1 million and cash balances of $81.7 million (including $15.2 million of restricted cash), resulting in total net debt of $545.6 million compared with total net debt of $531.1 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011. At March 31, 2012, the ratio of net debt to trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA (before real estate) was 4.9 times compared to 4.8 times at December 31, 2011.

Undrawn amounts available to the Company at March 31, 2012 under short-term lines of credit were $4.3 million, bringing total cash availability (excluding restricted cash) at March 31, 2012 to $70.8 million.

At March 31, 2012, approximately 51% of the Company's debt was at fixed interest rates and 49% was at floating interest rates. The weighted average maturity of the debt was approximately 2.9 years and the weighted average interest rate was approximately 4.1%. The Company had $68.0 million of debt repayments due within 12 months. These amounts are expected to be met through a combination of operating cash flow, refinancing of the facilities and utilization of available cash.

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ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD.

SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS

(Unaudited)

                                                     Three months ended                                                            March 31     $'000 - except per share amounts                2012         2011     Revenue and earnings from unconsolidated     companies     Owned hotels     - Europe                                      15,788      14,680     - North America                               29,065      27,287     - Rest of world                               49,069      44,943     Hotel management & part-ownership interests     (262)       (76)     Restaurants                                    3,866       3,341     Trains & cruises                               9,466       7,558     Revenue and earnings from unconsolidated       companies before real estate                 106,992      97,733     Real estate revenue                            1,814       1,655     Total (1)                                    108,806      99,388       Analysis of earnings     Owned hotels     - Europe                                      (7,604)     (6,858)     - North America                                7,191       5,717     - Rest of world                               14,199      11,555     Hotel management & part-ownership interests     (744)       (220)     Restaurants                                      339         148     Trains & cruises                                (322)       (836)     Central overheads                             (9,489)     (7,717)     Central marketing costs for brand awareness     campaign                                        (278)          -     EBITDA before real estate and gain on     disposal                                       3,292       1,789     Real estate                                   (1,524)     (1,044)     EBITDA before gain on disposal                 1,768         745     Gain on disposal                                  -          606     EBITDA                                        1,768        1,351     Depreciation & amortization                 (11,028)     (10,992)     Interest                                     (7,461)      (9,311)     Foreign exchange                                865          963     Loss before tax                             (15,856)     (17,989)     Tax                                            (234)       4,972     Net loss from continuing operations         (16,090)     (13,017)     Discontinued operations                         690       (1,663)     Net loss                                    (15,400)     (14,680)     Net earnings attributable to non-controlling     interests                                      (271)        (227)     Net loss attributable to Orient-Express     Hotels Ltd.                                 (15,671)     (14,907)     Net loss per common share attributable to     Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.                    (0.15)       (0.15)     Number of shares - millions                  102.72       102.43 


(1)   Comprises losses from unconsolidated companies of $46,000 (2011 - $765,000) and revenue of $108,852,000 (2011 - $100,153,000).

ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD.

SUMMARY OF OPERATING INFORMATION FOR OWNED HOTELS

                                     Three months ended March                                               31                                         2012         2011     Average Daily Rate       (in US dollars)     Europe                              423          423     North America                       440          402     Rest of world                       379          348     Worldwide                           402          373       Room Nights Available     (000's)     Europe                               49           48     North America                        64           63     Rest of world                       120          118     Worldwide                           233          229       Rooms Nights Sold (000's)     Europe                               16           14     North America                        41           41     Rest of world                        79           76     Worldwide                           136          131       Occupancy     Europe                              33%          29%     North America                       64%          65%     Rest of world                       66%          64%     Worldwide                           58%          57%       RevPAR (in US dollars)     Europe                              134          124     North America                       280          258     Rest of world                       249          224     Worldwide                           233          212                                                                Change %     Same Store RevPAR                                              Local       (in US dollars)                                       Dollar  currency     Europe                              134          124       8%      11%     North America                       280          258       9%       9%     Rest of world                       249          224      11%      13%     Worldwide                           233          212      10%      11% 


ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

                                                             March 31 December 31       $'000                                                     2012        2011       Assets       Cash and restricted cash                                81,706     103,318     Accounts receivable                                     50,947      44,972     Due from unconsolidated companies                       10,616      10,754     Prepaid expenses and other                              28,081      20,176     Inventories                                             46,056      44,499     Other assets held for sale                              16,869      38,251     Real estate assets                                      31,210      32,021     Total current assets                                   265,485     293,991       Property, plant & equipment, net book value          1,211,931   1,174,119     Property, plant & equipment, net book value of       consolidated variable interest entities                185,213     185,788     Investments in unconsolidated companies                 61,016      60,012     Goodwill                                               165,237     161,460     Other intangible assets                                 19,318      19,465     Other assets                                            40,115      36,034                                                          1,948,315   1,930,869       Liabilities and Equity       Working capital loans                                      133           -     Accounts payable                                        26,647      28,998     Accrued liabilities                                     93,091      87,617     Deferred revenue                                        47,164      30,881     Other liabilities held for sale                            781       1,781     Current portion of long-term debt and capital     leases                                                  66,185      77,058     Current portion of long-term debt of consolidated     variable interest       entities                                                 1,765       1,784     Total current liabilities                              235,766     228,119       Long-term debt and obligations under capital     leases                                                 470,895     466,830     Long-term debt of consolidated variable interest     entities                                                88,319      88,745     Deferred income taxes                                   95,040      94,036     Deferred income taxes of consolidated variable     interest entities                                       60,881      61,072     Other liabilities                                       39,536      39,542     Total liabilities                                      990,437     978,344       Shareholders' equity                                   955,414     950,330     Non-controlling interests                                2,464       2,195     Total equity                                           957,878     952,525                                                          1,948,315   1,930,869   



ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD.

RECONCILIATIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS

(Unaudited)

                                                          Three months ended     $'000 - except per share amounts                          March 31                                                             2012      2011       EBITDA                                                 1,768     1,351       Real estate                                            1,524     1,044     EBITDA before real estate                              3,292     2,395       Adjusted items:     Write-off of fixed assets (1)                            391         -     Gain on disposal (2)                                       -     (606)     Management restructuring (3)                               -       541       Adjusted EBITDA before real estate                     3,683     2,330       Reported net loss attributable to Orient-Express     Hotels Ltd.                                         (15,671)  (14,907)     Net earnings attributable to non-controlling     interests                                              (271)     (227)     Reported net loss                                   (15,400)  (14,680)     Net (earnings)/loss from discontinued operations     net of tax                                             (690)    1,663     Net loss from continuing operations                 (16,090)  (13,017)       Adjusted items net of tax:     Write-off of fixed assets (1)                            313        -     Gain on disposal (2)                                       -     (394)     Management restructuring (3)                               -      475     Interest rate swaps (4)                                  366       19     Foreign exchange (5)                                   (830)     (661)       Adjusted net loss from continuing operations        (16,241)  (13,578)       Reported EPS attributable to Orient-Express     Hotels Ltd.                                           (0.15)    (0.15)     Reported EPS from continuing operations               (0.16)    (0.13)     Adjusted EPS from continuing operations               (0.16)    (0.13)     Number of shares (millions)                           102.72   102.43 


Footnotes:

  1. Non-recurring, non-cash write-off of fixed asset balances.    
  2. Gain on disposal of New York hotel project.
  3. Restructuring and redundancy costs.
  4. Change in fair value of derivatives that are not designated in hedging relationships and the ineffective portion of derivatives that are designated in hedging relationships.
  5. Foreign exchange is a non-cash item arising on the translation of certain assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than the functional currency.


ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD.

RECONCILIATIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS (CONTINUED)

(Unaudited)

                                              Twelve                      Year                                              months                     ended                                              ended     Three months    December                                             March 31  ended March 31      31                         $'000                 2012     2012     2011     2011       EBITDA                                    48,822    1,768    1,351   48,405       Real estate                                6,883    1,524    1,044    6,403     EBITDA before real estate                 55,705    3,292    2,395   54,808       Adjusted items:     '21' Club litigation (1)                   2,546        -        -    2,546     Management restructuring (2)               4,270        -      541    4,811     Impairment (3)                            59,746        -        -   59,746     Gain on disposal of assets (4)          (15,938)        -    (606) (16,544)     Other (5)                                  5,454      391        -    5,063       Adjusted EBITDA before real estate       111,783    3,683    2,330  110,430       EBITDA                                    48,822    1,768    1,351   48,405       Depreciation and amortization           (46,001) (11,028) (10,992) (45,965)     Interest                                (39,384)  (7,461)  (9,311) (41,234)     Foreign exchange                         (4,327)      865      963  (4,229)     Losses before tax                       (40,890) (15,856) (17,989) (43,023)     Tax                                     (27,643)    (234)    4,972 (22,437)     Net losses from continuing operations   (68,533) (16,090) (13,017) (65,460)     Discontinued operations                 (19,783)      690  (1,663) (22,136)       Net loss                                (88,316) (15,400) (14,680) (87,596)   


Footnotes:

  1. Non-recurring charge for settlement of employee litigation.
  2. Restructuring, redundancy and associated legal and other costs
  3. Goodwill and fixed asset impairment charges on owned properties and Porto Cupecoy and share of impairment in unconsolidated companies.
  4. Gain on disposal of New York hotel project and excess '21' Club development rights.
  5. For year 2011, non-cash fixed asset write-off related to the refurbishment of La Samanna, non-recurring charge for settlement of VAT claim in Mexico, write-off of costs related to abandoned projects, and cost associated with office move of principal UK administrative subsidiary. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, non-recurring, non-cash write-off of fixed asset balances.


ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS LTD.

NET DEBT TO ADJUSTED EBITDA CALCULATION

(Unaudited)

                                                               Twelve months ended and                                                                       as at                                                                March     $'000                                                   31 2012    December 31 2011       Cash     Cash and cash equivalents                                66,516              90,104     Restricted cash                                          15,190              13,214       Total cash                                               81,706             103,318       Total debt     Working capital facilities                                  133                   -     Current portion of long-term debt and capital leases     66,185              77,058     Current portion of long-term debt of consolidated        variable interest entities                              1,765               1,784     Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases     470,895             466,830     Long-term debt held by consolidated variable        interest entities                                      88,319              88,745       Total debt                                              627,297             634,417       Net debt (1)                                            545,591             531,099       Adjusted EBITDA before real estate                      111,783             110,430       Net debt / adjusted EBITDA before real estate              4.9x                4.8x 


Footnote:

  1. Net debt excludes cash and debt of Keswick Hall, which is accounted for as discontinued operations.


Management evaluates the operating performance of the Company's segments on the basis of segment net earnings before interest, foreign exchange, tax (including tax on unconsolidated companies), depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), and believes that 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 historical cost of assets.  EBITDA is also a financial performance measure commonly used in the hotel and leisure industry, although the Company's EBITDA may not be comparable in all instances to that disclosed by other companies.  EBITDA does not represent net cash provided by operating, investing and financing activities under US generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP), is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund all cash flow needs, and should not be considered as an alternat! ive to earnings from operations or net earnings under US GAAP for purposes of evaluating operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings/(loss) of the Company are non-GAAP financial measures and do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by US 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 US GAAP.  Management considers adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings/(loss) 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), disposals of assets or investments, and certain other items (some of which may be recurring) that management does not consider indicative of ! ongoing operations or that could otherwise have a material effect on the comparability of the Company's operations.  Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net earnings/(loss) 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.

Because the principal activities of the Company relate to its hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and cruises, management considers the revenue from these activities to be a better measure of performance than total revenue which includes real estate sales from past developments of for-sale residences adjoining some of the Company's hotels, currently a small part of the Company's overall business.

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 and debt refinancings, 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 and oral presentations, 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 negotiating and completing proposed asset sales, debt refinancings, capital expenditures and acquisitions, inability to reduce funded debt as planned or to agree bank loan agreement waivers or amendments, adequate sources of capital and acceptability of finance terms, 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, adverse local weather conditions, changing global or regional economic conditions and weakness in financial markets which may adversely affect demand, legislative, regulatory and politica! l developments, and possible new challenges to the Company's c! orporate 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.

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Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. will conduct a conference call on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10.00 hrs EDT (15.00 BST) which is accessible at +1-877-249-9037 (US toll free) or +44(0)20-7136-2055 (Standard International). The conference ID is 7673241. A re-play of the conference call will be available until 7pm (EDT) Thursday, May 10, 2012 and can be accessed by calling +1-866-932-5017 (US toll free) or +44(0)20-7111-1244 (Standard International) and entering replay access number 7673241#. A re-play will also be available on the Company's website: http://www.orient-expresshotelsltd.com. Financial media requiring further information should contact Vicky Legg, ! Director of Corporate Communications, on +44(0)20-3117-1380 or vicky.legg@orient-express.com

Contacts:

Martin O'Grady
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +44-20-3117-1333
E: martin.ogrady@orient-express.com

Amy Brandt
Director of Investor Relations
Tel: +44-20-3117-1323
E: amy.brandt@orient-express.com



Company Codes: NYSE:OEH, Bloomberg:OEH@US, RICS:OEH.N, ISIN:BMG677431071
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