SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

May 03, 2011 08:16 ET

Assessing the Volatility in the Shipping Industry

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Genco and Horizon Lines

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - The traditional indicator of the shipping industry's health, the Baltic Dry Index, has plummeted close to fifty percent in the last six months as demand for dry-bulk shipping has fallen. Meanwhile an oversupply of ships has continued to damage a fragile recovery. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Shipping Industry and provides research reports on Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. (NYSE: GNK) and Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

The bulk and tanker sectors of the shipping industry have struggled this year. Both segments have been underperforming as freight rates remain under pressure based on too many available ships and not enough demand to match supply.

Unlike the bulk and tanker sector, container ship fleet sizes are not growing. New orders for container ships fell 21 percent over the past year, while growth of the dry-bulk fleet is estimated to be 13 percent in 2011. Maria Bertzeletou, an analyst at shipbroker Golden Destiny, explains that "the container sector has shown a remarkable rebound after a difficult 2009 due to the discipline of carriers on the supply side and the revival of trade growth in 2010."

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Horizon Lines provides container shipping and integrated logistics services. Excluding onetime charges, Horizon posted a first quarter net loss of $28 million, or 90 cents per share, compared with $10.5 million, or 34 cents per diluted share, a year ago. Sales rose to $285.4 million from $274.7 million.

Genco is heavily focused on dry-bulk shipping and is set to post first quarter earnings on Wednesday. In the company's fiscal fourth quarter, Genco posted modest year-on-year gains, however management had little to say about the direction of freight rates.

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