SOURCE: DryShips Inc.

DryShips Inc.

May 10, 2017 16:05 ET

DryShips Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the First Quarter 2017

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - May 10, 2017) - DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), or DryShips or the Company, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Updated Key Information as of May 10, 2017:

  • Cash and cash equivalents: approximately $340.7 million (or $5.05 per share)

  • Book value of vessels, net: approximately $286.2 million (or $4.25 per share) 

  • Sifnos Loan Facility balance: approximately $200.0 million

  • Number of Shares Outstanding: 67,401,964

New Acquisitions

On May 10, 2017, the Company entered into an agreement with an entity affiliated with the Company's Chairman and CEO, Mr. George Economou, to acquire one 158,000 deadweight tons Suezmax tanker currently under construction in China. The Company will finance the total gross purchase price of approximately $64.0 million using cash on hand and expects to take delivery of the vessel during May 2017. The vessel will be time chartered back to the seller and employed from the time of delivery under a five year time charter plus optional periods in charterer's option at a base rate plus profit share. The charterer will also be granted purchase options at the end of each firm period. The total expected backlog under the time charter, assuming an average spot market for Suezmaxes for the next 5 years of $25,000 per day is estimated to be approximately $43.1 million.

The transaction was approved by the audit committee of the Company's Board of Directors and the independent members of the Company's Board of Directors.

Bank Update

The Company has now fully repaid its last commercial loan facility and following the Sifnos Loan Facility's latest amendment, announced on April 10, 2017, the Company has completed the restructuring of its balance sheet over the last 6 months, resulting in all of the Company's assets being unencumbered.

Earlier this month, the Company received a firm commitment from a major European bank and an Asian export credit agency for a secured term loan facility of up to $200 million to partly finance the delivery of its four Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCs). The commitment remains subject to documentation and successful syndication.

Recent Equity Issuances and Use of Proceeds

The Company has raised approximately $570 million of equity over the last six months that has been deployed to acquire modern vessels in multiple segments in order to take advantage of historically low vessel values.

On aggregate, the Company entered into agreements to acquire 17 vessels, of which 12 are with unaffiliated third parties, with an average age of 2 years for a total cost of approximately $765.5 million, of which $219.2 million has been advanced as of this date.

In connection with the above acquisitions the Company is now engaged in four different shipping segments: drybulk, comprising of 13 Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 4 Newcastlemax drybulk carriers; tankers, comprising of 2 Aframax vessels, 1 Suezmax vessel and 1 Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC); liquefied petroleum gas carriers, comprising of 4 VLGCs; and offshore support, with 2 platform supply and 4 oil spill recovery vessels.

Indicative Fleet Earnings Capacity

On an annual basis, assuming all the vessels we have agreed to acquire have been delivered, that vessels are fully utilized and earn $16,000 per day for Newcastlemaxes, $12,000 per day for Kamsarmaxes, $10,000 per day for Panamaxes, $18,000 per day for Aframaxes, $25,000 per day for Suezmaxes and $30,000 per day for very large crude carriers ("VLCCs"), and the rest of the vessels in the Company's fleet that are employed under time charters will earn their respective fixed rates, the Company estimates for indicative purposes that its active fleet (i.e. excluding laid up vessels in our offshore support fleet) will generate EBITDA(1) of approximately $77.0 million. 

(1) EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Dividend Policy

Earlier this year, the Company has initiated a new dividend policy. Under this policy, DryShips expects to pay a regular fixed quarterly dividend of $2.5 million to the holders of its common stock. In addition, at its discretion, the Board may decide to pay additional amounts as dividend each quarter depending on market conditions and the Company's financial performance, over and above the fixed amount.

As of today two consecutive dividends have been declared. 

Any future dividends will be dependent upon the Company's earnings, financial condition, cash requirements and availability, fleet renewal and expansion, restrictions in the Company's loan agreements, the provisions of Marshall Islands law affecting the payment of distributions to shareholders and other factors.

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented:

"DryShips has come a long way since last year when we were fighting for the Company's survival. Since then we have cleaned up the Company's balance sheet and almost doubled our fleet by acquiring modern quality vessels. With this rapid expansion phase behind us we look forward to taking delivery of the vessels we have acquired in the last few months at historically low asset values and starting to generate revenue that will improve our bottom line and demonstrate the earnings capacity of our fleet over the next few quarters."

Fleet List
The table below describes the Company's fleet as of May 10, 2017, including vessels the Company has agreed to acquire:

    Year       Gross rate   Redelivery    
    Built   DWT   Per day   Earliest   Latest
Drybulk fleet                    
Raraka   2012   76,037   Spot   N/A   N/A
Rapallo   2009   75,123   Spot   N/A   N/A
Catalina   2005   74,432   Spot   N/A   N/A
Majorca   2005   74,477   Spot   N/A   N/A
Ligari   2004   75,583   Spot   N/A   N/A
Mendocino   2002   76,623   Spot   N/A   N/A
Bargara   2002   74,832   Spot   N/A   N/A
Ecola   2001   73,931   Spot   N/A   N/A
Capitola   2001   74,816   Spot   N/A   N/A
Levanto   2001   73,925   Spot   N/A   N/A
Maganari   2001   75,941   Spot   N/A   N/A
Marbella   2000   72,561   Spot   N/A   N/A
Redondo   2000   74,716   Spot   N/A   N/A
Marini   2014   205,855   $19,400   Feb.-18   May-18
Newcastlemax (1)   2015   205,855   $9,350   Dec.-17   Apr.-18
Newcastlemax (1)   2013   206,000   T/C Index Linked   Aug.-18   Dec.-18
Newcastlemax (1)   2013   205,123   Spot   N/A   N/A
Nasaka   2014   81,918   Spot   N/A   N/A
Kamsarmax - under construction (1)   2017   81,300   Spot   N/A   N/A
Kamsarmax (1)   2014   81,129   Spot   N/A   N/A
Kamsarmax (1)   2014   81,129   Spot   N/A   N/A
Kamsarmax (1)   2014   82,129   Spot   N/A   N/A
  (1) Expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2017.          
Tanker fleet:                    
Very Large Crude Carriers:                    
Very Large Crude Carrier (1)   2011   320,105   Spot   N/A   N/A
Suezmax Tanker - under construction (1)   2017   158,000   Base rate plus profit share   Mar.-22   May-25
Balla   2017   113,644   Spot   N/A   N/A
Aframax Tanker (1)   2012   115,666   Spot   N/A   N/A
  (1) Expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2017.          
Gas Carrier fleet                    
Very Large Gas Carriers:       CBM            
Very Large Gas Carrier - under construction (1)   2017   78,700   $30,000   Jun.-22   Jun.-25
Very Large Gas Carrier - under construction (2)   2017   78,700   $30,000   Sep.-22   Sep.-25
Very Large Gas Carrier - under construction (3)   2017   78,700   $28,833   Oct.-27   Oct.-27
Very Large Gas Carrier - under construction (4)   2017   78,700   $28,833   Dec.-27   Dec.-27
  (1) Expected to be delivered during June 2017.          
  (2) Expected to be delivered during September 2017.          
  (3) Expected to be delivered during October 2017.          
  (4) Expected to be delivered during December 2017.          
Offshore Supply fleet                    
Platform Supply Vessels:                    
Crescendo   2012   1,457   Laid up   N/A   N/A
Colorado   2012   1,430   Laid up   N/A   N/A
Oil Spill Recovery Vessels:                    
Indigo   2013   1,393   Laid up   N/A   N/A
Vega Jaanca   2012   1,393   Idle   N/A   N/A
Vega Emtoli   2012   1,363   T/C   May-17   May-17
Jubilee   2012   1,317   Laid up   N/A   N/A
Drybulk Carrier Segment Summary Operating Data (unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except average daily results)
Drybulk   Three Months Ended March 31,
    2016   2017
Average number of vessels(1)   23.0   13.0
Total voyage days for vessels(2)   2,093   1,170
Total calendar days for vessels(3)   2,093   1,170
Fleet utilization(4)   100.0%   100.0%
Time charter equivalent(5)   $2,978   $5,617
Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6)   $4,817   $5,146
(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted the Company's fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of the Company's fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
(2) Total voyage days for fleet are the total days the vessels were in the Company's possession for the relevant period net of dry-docking and laid-up days.
(3) Calendar days are the total number of days the vessels were in the Company's possession for the relevant period including dry-docking days and laid-up days.
(4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that the Company's vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.
(5) Time charter equivalent, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. The Company's method of calculating TCE is consistent with industry standards and is determined by dividing voyage revenues (net of voyage expenses) by voyage days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage and are paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. TCE revenues, a non-U.S. GAAP measure, provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with revenues from the Company's vessels, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, because it assists the Company's management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of its vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. TCE is also a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. Please see below for a reconciliation of TCE rates to voyage revenues.
(6) Daily vessel operating expenses, which includes crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by fleet calendar days net of laid-up days for the relevant time period.
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except for TCE rate, which is expressed in Dollars, and voyage days)
Drybulk Three Months Ended March 31,  
  2016   2017  
Voyage revenues $ 8,451   $ 8,488  
Voyage expenses   (2,219 )   (1,916 )
Time charter equivalent revenues $ 6,232   $ 6,572  
Total voyage days for fleet   2,093     1,170  
Time charter equivalent TCE $ 2,978   $ 5,617  
DryShips Inc.
Financial Statements
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)  
Three Months Ended March 31,
    2016     2017  
Voyage revenues   $ 17,021     $ 11,808  
      17,021       11,808  
Voyage expenses     2,921       2,234  
Vessel operating expenses     14,788       7,969  
Depreciation and amortization     862       812  
Vessels impairment, loss on sales and other     45,945       -  
General and administrative expenses     9,890       8,713  
Other, net     (1,517 )     173  
Operating loss     (55,868 )     (8,093 )
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):                
Interest and finance costs, net of interest income     (3,295 )     (2,439 )
Other, net     (1,938 )     (175 )
Total other expenses, net     (5,233 )     (2,614 )
Net loss     (61,101 )     (10,707 )
Equity in losses of Ocean Rig     (45,714 )     -  
Net loss attributable to DryShips Inc.   $ (106,815 )   $ (10,707 )
Net loss attributable to DryShips Inc. common stockholders     (107,152 )     (10,707 )
Loss per common share, basic and diluted (1) (2)   $ (7,708.22 )   $ (0.69 )
Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted (1) (2)     13,901       15,550,085  
(1) Share and per share data give effect to a cumulative 1-for-48,000 reverse stock split between March 11, 2016 and April 11, 2017.
(2) Share and per share data does not give effect to the 1-for-7 reverse stock split, approved on May 2, 2017, which will become effective on or about May 11, 2017.
DryShips Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars)   December 31, 2016   March 31, 2017
  Cash, cash equivalents, including restricted cash (current and non-current)   $ 76,774   $ 397,834
  Other current assets     21,406     28,715
  Advances for vessels under construction and acquisitions     -     66,818
  Vessels, net     95,550     94,738
  Total assets     193,730     588,105
  Total debt     133,428     176,997
  Total other liabilities     10,528     7,625
  Total stockholders' equity     49,774     403,483
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 193,730   $ 588,105
Dryships Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
    Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2016     2017  
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities   $ (5,484 )   $ (19,146 )
Cash Flows Provided by/(Used in) Investing Activities:                
Sale of fixed assets     (12,260 )     -  
Advances for vessels under construction and acquisitions     -       (36,118 )
Decrease in restricted cash     9,286       -  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (2,974 )     (36,118 )
Cash Flows Provided by/(Used in) Financing Activities :                
Proceeds from long-term debt     28,000       -  
Principal payments of short and long-term debt     (19,518 )     (667 )
Net proceeds from common stock issuance     -       379,491  
Conversion of preferred shares     (24 )     -  
Dividends paid     -       (2,500 )
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities     8,458       376,324  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     -       321,060  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period     -       76,414  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period   $ -     $ 397,474  

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, vessel and investment impairments and certain other non-cash items as described below and gains or losses on interest rate swaps. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and the Company's calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which the Company measures its operations. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by the Company's lenders as a credit metric and the Company believes that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The following table reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:

(Dollars in thousands)   Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
    Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Net loss attributable to DryShips Inc.   $ (106,815 )   $ (10,707 )
Add: Net interest expense     3,295       2,439  
Add: Depreciation and amortization     862       812  
Add: Impairment losses on sales and other     45,945       -  
Add: Income taxes     -       9  
Add: Loss on interest rate swaps     557       -  
Add: Equity in losses of affiliate     45,714       -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ (10,442 )   $ (7,447 )

About DryShips Inc.

The Company is a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels that operate worldwide. The Company owns a fleet of (i) 13 Panamax drybulk vessels; (ii) 4 Newcastlemax drybulk vessels, 3 of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017; (iii) 5 Kamsarmax drybulk vessels, 4 of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017; (iv) 1 very large crude carrier, which is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017; (v) 2 Aframax tankers, 1 of which is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017 (vi) 1 Suezmax tanker expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017; (vii) 4 VLGCs which are expected to be delivered in June, September, October and December of 2017; and (viii) 6 offshore support vessels, comprising 2 platform supply and 4 oil spill recovery vessels. DryShips' common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market where it trades under the symbol "DRYS."

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Forward-Looking Statement

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation.

Forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company's records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company's control, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the factors related to the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter rates, utilization of vessels and vessel values, failure of a seller or shipyard to deliver one or more vessels, failure of a buyer to accept delivery of a vessel, the Company's inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more charterers of the Company's ships, changes in demand for drybulk or LPG commodities, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers, scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, changes in the Company's voyage and operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations, changes in the Company's relationships with the lenders under its debt agreements, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, international hostilities and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by DryShips Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 20-F.

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations / Media:

    Nicolas Bornozis
    Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
    Tel. 212-661-7566