Apollo-backed Prestige Cruises attempts to float

• Company files for IPO

• Proceeds to be used to repay debt

• Revenue totaled $917.4 mln through Sept 30

The cruise company, which operates under the Oceania and Regent brands in the upper premium and luxury segments, has eight cruise ships, according to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing did not reveal how many shares the company planned to sell, their expected price and the exchange it would list the shares on. 

Net proceeds from the offering will be used to repay debt and for working capital purposes, Miami, Florida-based Prestige said.

The company’s net profit rose to $47.6 million in the nine months ended Sept. 30, from $26.3 million, a year earlier. Revenue rose 7 percent to $917.4 million.

The amount of money a company says it plans to raise in its first IPO filings is used to calculate registration fees. The final size of the IPO could be different.

Avik Das is a reporter for Reuters News in Bangalore