SOURCE: Excel Maritime

Excel Maritime

March 28, 2013 17:20 ET

Excel Maritime Reports Results for the Second Half and Year Ended December 31, 2012

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Mar 28, 2013) - Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd (NYSE: EXM) ("Excel"), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and an international provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today its preliminary unaudited financial highlights for the second half and year ended December 31, 2012. 

Financial highlights

         
    Second half   Year ended December 31,
    2011   2012   2011   2012
    (amounts in millions of U.S Dollars, except per share data and daily TCE)
Voyage Revenues   $ 164.2   $ 114.8   $ 353.4   $ 242.0
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 70.8   $ 28.4   $ 162.8   $ 68.4
Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) per day   $ 16,670   $ 12,038   $ 17,984   $ 12,743
                         

Second Half 2012

For the second half of 2012, Excel reported voyage revenues of $114.8 million compared to voyage revenues of $164.2 million for the same period in 2011.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second half of 2012 was $28.4 million compared to $70.8 million for the second half of 2011, a decrease of approximately 59.9%.

An average of 46.0 and 47.2 vessels were operated during the second half of 2012 and 2011, respectively, earning a blended average time charter equivalent rate of $12,038 and $16,670 per day, respectively. 

Year Ended December 31, 2012

For the year ended December 31, 2012, Excel reported voyage revenues of $242.0 million compared to voyage revenues of $353.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $68.4 million compared to $162.8 million for the respective year of 2011, a decrease of approximately 58%.

An average of 46.5 and 47.7 vessels were operated during the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, earning a blended average time charter equivalent rate of $12,743 and $17,984 per day, respectively. 

Corporate highlights

The Company is currently in advanced restructuring discussions with its lenders under its syndicated credit facility, dated as of April 14, 2008 (the "Syndicate Lenders"), which include amended amortization schedules and extension of the facility's maturity. While such discussions continue, the Syndicate Lenders have agreed to forbear from exercising their rights in connection with the principal installments that have become due in the current fiscal year, through April 30, 2013. The Company's access to the escrowed funds to fund its equity raising commitment has been similarly extended to April 30, 2013. The Company is in similar discussions with its lenders under its bilateral credit facilities. To date, the Company has not obtained a forbearance from its lenders with respect to other, non-payment related, defaults under its syndicated and bilateral credit facilities. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to reach an agreement with its lenders and other creditors on such restructuring. Also, the ultimate accounting impact of the restructuring is unknown and will be determined once an agreement on the final terms of such restructuring has been reached.

In addition, three of the vessels that were employed on bareboat charter have been redelivered to their respective owners for an amount of up to $6.0 million payable in cash or in stock up to December 2017, in the latter case at the market price on the date of the stock's issuance in 2017. The remaining four vessels that were employed on bareboat charter have been redelivered to their respective owners, with the claims of the parties being the subject of arbitration.

Fleet Coverage

Fleet Coverage, as of March 22, 2013   Full Year '13
Capesize Fleet   69%
Kamsarmax / Panamax Fleet   56%
Fleet - Fixed Charters   57%

As of March 22, 2013, we have secured contract coverage for 69% of the available days of our Capesize vessels and 56% of the available days of our Kamsarmax/Panamax vessels for the year ending December 31, 2013. With respect to the entire fleet, 57% of the available days of 2013 have been fixed.

   
FINANCIAL DATA AND OTHER OPERATING INFORMATION  
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share, per share data and daily results)  
   
    Second Half     Year
Ended December 31,
 
    2011     2012     2011     2012  
                                 
CASH FLOW DATA:                                
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   $ 32,977     $ (284 )   $ 104,350     $ 3,913  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   $ 7,107     $ 2,652     $ (1,520 )   $ 2,591  
Net cash used in financing activities   $ (46,061 )   $ (7,675 )   $ (114,998 )   $ (38,325 )
Total cash at the end of the year     -       -     $ 117,199     $ 77,844  
ADJUSTED EBITDA:   $ 70,797     $ 28,410     $ 162,833     $ 68,351  
                                 
                                 
FLEET DATA:                                
Average number of vessels     47.2       46.0       47.7       46.5  
Available days for fleet     8,469       8,129       17,058       16,280  
Calendar days for fleet     8,688       8,473       17,407       17,027  
Fleet utilization     97.5 %     95.9 %     98.0 %     95.6 %
                                 
                                 
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS:                                
Time charter equivalent rate   $ 16,670     $ 12,038     $ 17,984     $ 12,743  
Vessel operating expenses   $ 4,857     $ 4,677     $ 4,887     $ 4,685  
                                 

Glossary of Terms

Average number of vessels: This is the number of vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of calendar days each vessel formed part of our fleet during that period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

Total calendar days: We define these as the total days we possessed the vessels in our fleet for the relevant period including off hire days associated with major repairs, dry dockings or special or intermediate surveys. Calendar days are an indicator of the size of the fleet over a specific period of time and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that are recorded during that period.

Available days: These are the calendar days less the aggregate number of off-hire days associated with major repairs, dry dockings or special or intermediate surveys. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels should be capable of generating revenue.

Time charter equivalent rate ("TCE"): This is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. Our method of calculating TCE is consistent with industry standards and is determined by dividing revenue generated from voyage charters (net of voyage expenses) by available days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. Time charter equivalent revenue and TCE rate are not measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of financial performance used by other companies. However, TCE is 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 voyage charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods.

   
Time Charter Equivalent Calculation  
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for Daily Time Charter Equivalent and available days)  
             
   
Second Half
    Year ended
 December 31,
 
    2011     2012     2011     2012  
Voyage revenues   $ 164,157     $ 114,754     $ 353,397     $ 241,973  
Voyage expenses and commissions to related parties    
(22,983
)    
(16,894
)    
(46,632
)    
(34,513
)
Total revenue, net of voyage expenses   $

141,174
    $

97,860
    $

306,765
    $

207,460
 
Total available days     8,469       8,129       17,058       16,280  
Daily Time charter equivalent   $ 16,670     $ 12,038     $ 17,984     $ 12,743  
                                 

Daily vessel operating expenses: This includes crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs and is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by total calendar days for the relevant time period.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and Excel's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters.

Words such as "will" "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. 

Although Excel believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. 

These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Excel. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to the ability to changes in the demand for dry bulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which Excel operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in Excel's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Excel expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Excel's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

About Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd

Excel is an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, such as iron ore, coal and grains, as well as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Excel owns a fleet of 39 vessels (seven Capesize, 14 Kamsarmax, 14 Panamax, two Supramax and two Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of approximately 3.6 million DWT. Excel's Class A common shares have been listed since September 15, 2005 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EXM and, prior to that date, were listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) since 1998. For more information about Excel, please go to our corporate website www.excelmaritime.com.

Fleet List as of March 22, 2013:

                         
    Vessel Name   Dwt   Year Built   Charter Type   Daily rate   Average Charter Expiration
1   Mairaki (1)   181,000   2011   Period   $28,000     Apr 2016
2   Christine (1) (2)   180,000   2010   Period   $25,000     Jan 2016
3   Sandra (1)   180,274   2008   Period   $26,500     Nov 2015
4   Iron Miner   177,931   2007   Spot          
5   Kirmar   164,218   2001   Spot          
6   Iron Beauty   164,218   2001   Period   $8,000     Mar 2013
7   Lowlands Beilun (1)   170,162   1999   Period   $28,000     Nov 2015
    Total Capesize (7)   1,217,803                  
8   Iron Manolis   82,269   2007   Period   $8,500     Jul 2013
9   Iron Brooke   82,594   2007   Period   $8,250     Aug 2013
10   Iron Lindrew   82,598   2007   Period   $12,000     Jan 2014
11   Pascha   82,574   2006   Period   $10,500     Sept 2013
12   Coal Gypsy   82,221   2006   Period   $11,250     May 2013
13   Iron Anne   82,220   2006   Period   $9,000     Oct 2013
14   Iron Vassilis   82,257   2006   Period   $11,000     Jul 2013
15   Iron Bill   82,187   2006   Period   $8,250     Oct 2013
16   Ore Hansa   82,209   2006   Period   $11,250     May 2013
17   Iron Kalypso   82,224   2006   Period   $8,250     Sept 2013
18   Iron Fuzeyya   82,209   2006   Period   $11,750     Nov 2013
19   Santa Barbara   82,266   2006   Period   $14,000 (floor)   Jun 2013
20   Coal Hunter   82,298   2006   Period   $14,000 (floor)   Jun 2013
21   Iron Bradyn   82,769   2005   Period   $8,000     Dec 2013
    Total Kamsarmax (14)   1,152,895                  
22   Grain Harvester   76,417   2004   Period   $8,700     Oct 2013
23   Grain Express   76,466   2004   Period   $9,000     Sept 2013
24   Iron Knight   76,429   2004   Period   $8,250     Nov 2013
25   Coal Pride   72,493   1999   Period   $8,000     Aug 2013
26   Isminaki   74,577   1998   Spot          
27   Angela Star   73,798   1998   Period   $7,500     Jun 2013
28   Elinakos   73,751   1997   Period   $7,500     Sept 2013
29   Happy Day   71,694   1997   Period   $7,000     May 2013
30   Powerful   70,083   1994   Spot          
31   First Endeavour   69,111   1994   Spot          
32   Rodon   73,656   1993   Spot          
33   Birthday   71,504   1993   Spot          
34   Renuar   70,155   1993   Spot          
35   Fortezza   69,634   1993   Spot          
    Total Panamax (14)   1,019,768                  
36   July M   55,567   2005   Spot          
37   Mairouli   53,206   2005   Period   $8,500     May 2013
    Total Supramax (2)   108,773                  
38   Emerald   45,588   1998   Spot          
39   Princess I   38,858   1994   Spot          
    Total Handymax (2)   84,446                  
    Total Fleet (39)   3,583,685                  
    Average age       10.6 Yrs              
                           

(1) The charter includes a 50% profit-sharing arrangement over the indicated base daily time charter rate based on the monthly AV4 BCI Time Charter Rate, which is the Baltic Capesize Index Average of four specific time charter routes as published daily by the Baltic Exchange in London.

(2) The Company holds a 71.4% ownership interest in the joint venture that owns the vessel.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Investor Relations / Financial Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue - Suite 1536
    New York, NY 10169, USA
    Tel: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526

    E-Mail: excelmaritime@capitallink.com
    www.capitallink.com

    Company:
    Pavlos Kanellopoulos
    Chief Financial Officer
    Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd.
    17th Km National Road Athens-Lamia & Finikos Street
    145 64 Nea Kifisia
    Athens, Greece
    Tel: +30-210-62-09-520
    Fax: +30-210-62-09-528

    E-Mail: ir@excelmaritime.com
    www.excelmaritime.com