SOURCE: Excel Maritime

Excel Maritime

October 25, 2011 16:05 ET

Excel Maritime Reports Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Month Period Ended September 30, 2011

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2011) - 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 operating and financial results for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2011.

Third Quarter Highlights & Recent Developments:

  • Operating profitable for the quarter with Adjusted EBITDA at $36.2 million and Operating Free Cash Flow at $24.0 million;
  • Further increase in charter coverage to 49% of available vessel days for the next 12 months to September 2012;
  • Sale of our oldest vessel, 1985 Handymax MV Lady, on profitable terms.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures discussed herein is included in a later section of this release.

Management Commentary:

Pavlos Kanellopoulos, Chief Financial Officer of Excel, stated, "Excel recorded results with positive operating free cash flow generation. Results were negatively impacted by weaker market environment during the third quarter of 2011, as daily charter rates and vessel values were adversely affected by the deliveries of newbuilds which peaked earlier this year. Since June, Excel has proactively negotiated and agreed with its lenders a relaxation of its financial covenants, and during this quarter Excel increased both its twelve-month forward charter coverage to approximately 50% and its liquidity buffer to $134 million.

"Despite the near-term challenges, we remain positive on the longer-term outlook for the emerging markets that we predominantly serve. We believe that the size and quality of our fleet, our track record of superior operational performance, and the continuous strengthening of our balance sheet positions us well for when rates eventually rebound."

Selected Financial Data


Three-Months ended
September 30,
Nine-Months ended
September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
(amounts in millions of U.S. Dollars, except per share data and daily TCE)
Voyage Revenues $ 104.7 $ 82.3 $ 316.0 $ 271.5
Net Income (Loss) $ 48.0 $ (26.8 ) $ 194.2 $ (43.8 )
Adjusted Net Income (Loss) $ 9.5 $ (21.2 ) $ 21.6 $ (26.3 )
Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) $ 0.57 $ (0.32 ) $ 2.36 $ (0.52 )
Adjusted Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) $ 0.11 $ (0.25 ) $ 0.26 $ (0.31 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 62.3 $ 36.2 $ 184.3 $ 128.3
Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) per day $ 22,848 $ 16,864 $ 23,768 $ 18,480

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures discussed above is included in a later section of this release.

Third Quarter 2011 Results

Excel reported voyage revenues of $82.3 million for the third quarter of 2011 compared to $104.7 million for the same period in 2010, a decrease of approximately 21.4%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 was $36.2 million compared to $62.3 million for the third quarter of 2010, a decrease of approximately 41.9%.

Net loss for the quarter amounted to $26.8 million or $0.32 per weighted average diluted share compared to a net profit of $48.0 million or $0.57 per weighted average diluted share in the third quarter of 2010.

The third quarter 2011 results include a non-cash unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments of $1.6 million compared to a non-cash unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments of $4.1 million in the corresponding period in 2010. In addition, the results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011 include a non-cash gain of $5.1 million realized in connection with the sale of the M/V Lady.

The above net results include also the amortization of favorable and unfavorable time charters that were recorded upon acquiring Quintana Maritime Limited ("Quintana") on April 15, 2008 amounting to a net loss of $9.2 million and a net gain of $42.5 million for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively.

There was an adjusted net loss, excluding all the above items, of $21.2 million or $0.25 per weighted average diluted share for the third quarter of 2011 compared to an adjusted net income, excluding all the above items, of $9.5 million or $0.11 per weighted average diluted share for the same quarter of 2010.

The above adjusted net results also include the amortization of stock based compensation expense of $4.6 million and $5.5 million, for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

An average of 47.4 and 48 vessels were operated during the third quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively, earning a blended average time charter equivalent rate of $16,864 and $22,848 per day, respectively.

A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, adjusted net income to net income and Adjusted Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) to Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) as well as a calculation of the TCE is provided in a later section of this press release.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 Results

Excel reported voyage revenues of $271.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $316.0 million for the same period in 2010, a decrease of approximately 14.1%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the period was $128.3 million compared to $184.3 million for the respective period of 2010, a decrease of approximately 30.4%.

There was a net loss of $43.8 million or $0.52 per weighted average diluted share in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to a net profit of $194.2 million or $2.36 per weighted average diluted share in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

The results for the nine month period ended September 30, 2011 include a non-cash unrealized gain on derivative financial instruments of $3.4 million compared to a non-cash unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments of $8.8 million in the corresponding period in 2010. In addition, the results for the nine month period ended September 30, 2011 include a non-cash gain of $6.4 million realized in connection with the sale of the M/V Marybelle and the M/V Lady.

The above net results include also the amortization of favorable and unfavorable time charters that were recorded upon acquiring Quintana Maritime Limited ("Quintana") on April 15, 2008 amounting to a net loss of $27.3 million and a net gain of $181.5 million for the nine month periods ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

There was an adjusted net loss, excluding all the above items, of $26.3 million or $0.31 per weighted average diluted share for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011 compared to an adjusted net income, excluding all the above items, of $21.6 million or $0.26 per weighted average diluted share for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2010.

The above adjusted net results also include the amortization of stock based compensation expense of $7.9 million and $7.4 million, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

An average of 47.9 and 47.6 vessels were operated during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, earning a blended average time charter equivalent rate of $18,480 and $23,768 per day, respectively.

A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, adjusted net income to net income and Adjusted Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) to Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) as well as a calculation of the TCE is provided in a later section of this press release.

Recent Vessels' Fixtures
Fleet Coverage, as of October 21, 2011 Full Year '11 12 mos forward
Capesize Fleet 96% 79%
Kamsarmax / Panamax Fleet 92% 48%
Fleet - Fixed Charters 94% 49%
% of Fixed Charters with upside participation 29% 42%

As of today, we have secured contract coverage for 96% and 92%, respectively, of the available days of our Capesize vessels and Kamsarmax/Panamax vessels for the year ending December 31, 2011. With respect to the entire fleet, 94% of the available days of 2011 have been fixed, 29% of which under contracts which offer an upside potential through profit sharing arrangements or index-linked structures and hedge against downside price risk through floor protection.

In October 2011, the M/V Iron Manolis (82,269 dwt, built in 2007), M/V Iron Anne (82,220 dwt, built in 2006) and M/V Pascha (82,574 dwt, built in 2006) were fixed under separate time charters for a period of 11-14 months at a daily gross rate of $14,000. These charters are expected to commence in November 2011.

In September 2011, the M/V July M (55,567 dwt, built in 2005), was fixed under a time charter for a period of 4-6 months at a daily gross rate of $14,500.

In July 2011, the M/V Iron Knight (76,429 dwt, built in 2004) and M/V Iron Bradyn (82,769 dwt, built in 2005), were fixed under separate time charters for a period of 14-16 months at a daily gross rate of $12,250 and a period of 12-16 months at a daily gross rate of $12,000 respectively.

Fleet developments

On August 9, 2011, the M/V Lady (41,090 dwt, built in 1985) was delivered to her new owners and we recognized a non-cash gain of approximately $5.1 million as of the same date.

Conference Call Details:

Tomorrow October 26, 2011 at 08:30 A.M. EDT, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss these results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Excel Maritime" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 2, 2011 by dialing 1 866 247 4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550 000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 1838801#

Slides and Audio Webcast:

There will also be a live, and then archived, webcast of the conference call, available through Excel s' website (www.excelmaritime.com). Participants for the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

- Financial Statements and Other Financial Data -

EXCEL MARITIME CARRIERS LTD AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 AND 2011
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data)
Three-month period
Ended September 30,
2010 2011
REVENUES:
Voyage revenues $ 104,713 $ 82,256
Time Charter fair value amortization 52,604 897
Revenue from managing related party vessels 105 -
Revenue from operations 157,422 83,153
EXPENSES:
Voyage expenses 6,292 9,655
Charter hire expense 8,275 8,275
Charter hire amortization 10,068 10,068
Commissions to related parties 723 896
Vessel operating expenses 21,364 21,251
Depreciation expense 31,819 32,319
Dry-docking and special survey cost - 4,406
General and administrative expenses 10,969 10,661
89,510 97,531
Gain on sale of vessel - 5,158
Income (loss) from operations 67,912 (9,220 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):
Interest and finance costs (8,435 ) (10,498 )
Interest income 272 420
Losses on derivative financial instruments (11,207 ) (7,585 )
Foreign exchange gains (losses) (295 ) 101
Other, net 189 330
Total other expenses, net (19,476 ) (17,232 )
Net income (loss) before taxes and loss assumed (income earned) by non controlling interest
48,436

(26,452
)
US Source Income taxes (86 ) (35 )
Net income (loss) 48,350 (26,487 )
Income earned by non-controlling interest (352 ) (292 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd.
$47,998

$(26,779
)
Earnings (losses) per common share, basic $ 0.59 $ (0.32 )
Weighted average number of shares, basic 81,077,800 84,932,666
Earnings (losses) per common share, diluted $ 0.57 $ (0.32 )
Weighted average number of shares, diluted 83,791,670 84,932,666
EXCEL MARITIME CARRIERS LTD AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE NINE MONTH PERIODS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 AND 2011
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data)
Nine-month period
Ended September 30,
2010 2011
REVENUES:
Voyage revenues $ 315,965 $ 271,496
Time Charter fair value amortization 211,346 2,578
Revenue from managing related party vessels 315 17
Revenue from operations 527,626 274,091
EXPENSES:
Voyage expenses 19,558 31,212
Charter hire expense 24,556 24,556
Charter hire amortization 29,876 29,876
Commissions to related parties 2,231 2,988
Vessel operating expenses 64,495 64,126
Depreciation expense 93,462 95,985
Dry-docking and special survey cost 9,520 8,683
General and administrative expenses 27,412 27,724
271,110 285,150
Gain on sale of vessels - 6,432
Income (loss) from operations 256,516 (4,627 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):
Interest and finance costs (30,379 ) (25,739 )
Interest income 1,056 1,244
Losses on derivative financial instruments (31,198 ) (13,595 )
Foreign exchange losses (43 ) (243 )
Other, net (472 ) 551
Total other expenses, net (61,036 ) (37,782 )
Net income (loss) before taxes and loss assumed (income earned) by non controlling interest
195,480

(42,409
)
US Source Income taxes (658 ) (539 )
Net income (loss) 194,822 (42,948 )
Income earned by non-controlling interest (609 ) (852 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. $
194,213
$
(43,800
)
Earnings (losses) per common share, basic $ 2.42 $ (0.52 )
Weighted average number of shares, basic 80,152,297 84,135,854
Earnings (losses) per common share, diluted $ 2.36 $ (0.52 )
Weighted average number of shares, diluted 82,462,602 84,135,854
EXCEL MARITIME CARRIERS LTD AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AT DECEMBER 31, 2010 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)
ASSETS December 31, 2010 September 30,
2011
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,917 $ 70,289
Restricted cash 6,721 6,114
Accounts receivable 7,961 8,374
Other current assets 16,602 11,671
Total current assets 97,201 96,448
FIXED ASSETS:
Vessels, net 2,622,631 2,611,192
Advances for vessels under construction 76,585 -
Office furniture and equipment, net 1,147 1,111
Total fixed assets, net 2,700,363 2,612,303
OTHER NON CURRENT ASSETS:
Time charters acquired, net 184,366 154,490
Derivative financial instruments 923 -
Restricted cash 48,967 57,750
Total assets $ 3,031,820 $ 2,920,991
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt, net of deferred financing fees $ 107,369 $ 103,731
Accounts payable 11,101 13,075
Other current liabilities 32,322 34,662
Derivative financial instruments 21,945 21,137
Total current liabilities 172,737 172,605
Long-term debt, net of current portion and net of deferred financing fees 1,046,672 976,962
Time charters acquired, net 18,108 15,530
Derivative financial instruments 30,155 30,483
Total liabilities 1,267,672 1,195,580
Commitments and contingencies - -
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 851 857
Additional paid-in capital 1,061,134 1,069,045
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) 211 (3,495 )
Retained earnings 691,674 647,874
Less: Treasury stock (189 ) (189 )
Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. Stockholders' equity 1,753,681 1,714,092
Non-controlling interests 10,467 11,319
Total Stockholders' Equity 1,764,148 1,725,411
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,031,820 $ 2,920,991
EXCEL MARITIME CARRIERS LTD AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE NINE MONTH PERIODS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 AND 2011
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)
Nine-month period
ended September 30,
2010 2011
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income (loss) $ 194,822 $ (42,948 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities
(64,131
) 129,391
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Operating assets (911 ) 4,665
Operating liabilities (1,413 ) 4,314
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities $ 128,367 $ 95,422
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Advances for vessels under construction (76,267 ) (18,267 )
Additions to vessel cost (13 ) (25 )
Additions to office furniture and equipment (83 ) (290 )
Proceeds from sale of vessels - 17,089
Net cash used in Investing Activities $ (76,363 ) $ (1,493 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
(Increase) decrease in restricted cash 15,749 (8,176 )
Proceeds from long-term debt 66,967 27,100
Repayment of long-term debt (157,765 ) (107,593 )
Payment of financing costs (802 ) (888 )
Issuance of common stock-related party 4,933 -
Capital contributions from non-controlling interest owners 4,174 -
Net cash used in Financing Activities $ (66,744 ) $ (89,557 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (14,740 ) 4,372
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 100,098 65,917
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 85,358 $ 70,289
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest payments $ 25,251 $ 14,232
U.S Source Income taxes 746 577
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
Three-month period ended September 30, Nine-month period
ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Net income (loss) $ 47,998 $ (26,779 ) $ 194,213 $ (43,800 )
Interest and finance costs, net (1) 15,307 16,094 51,695 41,500
Depreciation 31,819 32,319 93,462 95,985
Dry-dock and special survey cost - 4,406 9,520 8,683
Unrealized derivative financial instruments (gain) loss
4,063

1,569

8,826

(3,410
)
Amortization of T/C fair values (2) (42,536 ) 9,171 (181,470 ) 27,298
Stock based compensation 5,529 4,587 7,400 7,917
Gain on sale of vessels - (5,158 ) - (6,432 )
Taxes 86 35 658 539
Adjusted EBITDA $ 62,266 $ 36,244 $ 184,304 $ 128,280
(1) Includes derivative financial instruments paid and received
(2) Analysis:
Three-month period ended September 30, Nine-month period
ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Non-cash amortization of unfavorable time charters in revenue $
(52,604
) $
(897
) $
(184,420
) $
(2,578
)
Non-cash accelerated amortization of M/V Iron Miner time charter fair value due to charter termination

-


-


(26,926
)

-
Non-cash amortization of favorable time charters in charter hire expense
10,068

10,068

29,876

29,876
$ (42,536 ) $ 9,171 $ (181,470 ) $ 27,298
Reconciliation of Net Income (loss) to Adjusted Net Income (loss)
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
Three-month period ended September 30, Nine-month period
ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Net income (loss) $ 47,998 $ (26,779 ) $ 194,213 $ (43,800 )
Unrealized derivative financial instruments (gain) loss
4,063

1,569

8,826

(3,410
)
Gain on sale of vessels - (5,158 ) - (6,432 )
Amortization of T/C fair values (42,536 ) 9,171 (181,470 ) 27,298
Adjusted Net income (loss) $ 9,525 $ (21,197 ) $ 21,569 $ (26,344 )
Reconciliation of Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted)
to Adjusted Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted)
(all amounts in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
Three-month period ended September 30, Nine-month period
ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Earnings (losses) per Share (Diluted) $ 0.57 $ (0.32 ) $ 2.36 $ (0.52 )
Unrealized derivative financial instruments (gain) loss
0.05

0.02

0.1

(0.03
)
Gain on sale of vessels - (0.06 ) - (0.08 )
Amortization of T/C fair values (0.51 ) 0.11 (2.2 ) 0.32
Adjusted Earnings per Share (Diluted) $ 0.11 $ (0.25 ) $ 0.26 $ (0.31 )

Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income plus net interest expense, depreciation, amortization, and taxes eliminating the effect of deferred stock-based compensation, gains or losses on the sale of vessels, amortization of deferred time charter assets and liabilities and unrealized gains or losses on derivatives, which are significant non-cash items. Following Excel' s change in the method of accounting for dry docking and special survey costs, such costs are also included in the adjustments to EBITDA for comparability purposes. Excel's management uses adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure. Excel believes that adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors, because the shipping industry is capital intensive and may involve significant financing costs. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized by GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other indicator of a Company's operating performance required by GAAP. Excel's definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as that used by other companies in the shipping or other industries.

Adjusted Net Income represents net income plus unrealized gains or losses from our derivative transactions and any gains or losses on sale of vessels, both of which are significant non-cash items and the elimination of the effect of deferred time charter assets and liabilities. Adjusted Earnings per Share (diluted) represents Adjusted Net Income divided by the weighted average shares outstanding (diluted).

These measures are "non-GAAP financial measures" and should not be considered to be substitutes for net income or earnings per share (diluted), respectively, as reported under GAAP. Excel has included an adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share (diluted) calculation in this period in order to facilitate comparability between Excel's performance in the reported periods and its performance in prior periods.

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 40 vessels, one of which, a Capesize vessel, is owned by a joint venture in which Excel holds 71.4%, and, together with seven Panamax vessels under bareboat charters, operates 47 vessels (seven Capesize, 14 Kamsarmax, 21 Panamax, two Supramax and three Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of approximately 4.1 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.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. 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 new time charters.

Words such as "will," "should," "expect," "intend," "plan," "believe," "anticipate," "hope," "estimate," and variations of such words and similar expressions, which are predictions of, or indicate future events and future trends, which do not relate to historical matters, 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. Shareholders and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

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 (and from past results, performance and achievements). Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, changes in 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results. Excel expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether to reflect new information, changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which such statements are based, or otherwise.

APPENDIX

The following key indicators highlight the Company's financial and operating performance for the three and nine months, respectively, ended September 30, 2011 compared to the corresponding periods in the prior year.

Vessel Employment
(In U.S. Dollars per day, except for days and utilization)
Three-month period ended September 30, Nine-month period ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Calendar days 4,416 4,364 12,985 13,083
Available days 4,276 4,252 12,377 12,841
Utilization 96.8 % 97.4 % 95.3 % 98.2 %
Time charter equivalent rate $ 22,848 $ 16,864 $ 23,768 $ 18,480
Vessel operating expenses $ (4,838 ) $ (4,870 ) $ (4,967 ) $ (4,902 )
Net operating cash flows before G&A expenses $ 18,010 $ 11,994 $ 18,801 $ 13,578

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.

Fleet utilization: This is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating days, and is determined by dividing available days by calendar days for the relevant period.

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)
For the three-month period ended September 30, For the nine-month period ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Voyage revenues $ 104,713 $ 82,256 $ 315,965 $ 271,496
Voyage expenses (7,015 ) (10,551 ) (21,789 ) (34,200 )
Total revenue, net of voyage expenses $
97,698
$
71,705
$
294,176
$
237,296
Total available days 4,276 4,252 12,377 12,841
Daily Time charter equivalent $ 22,848 $ 16,864 $ 23,768 $ 18,480

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.

Expected Amortization Schedule for Fair Valued Time Charters for Next Year
(in USD millions) 4Q'11 1Q'12 2Q'12 3Q'12 Total
Amortization of unfavorable time charters (1) $ 0.9 $ 0.9 $ 0.9 $ 0.9 $ 3.6
Amortization of favorable time charters (2) $ (10.1 ) $ (10.1 ) $ (10.1 ) $ (10.0 ) $ (40.4 )
  1. Adjustment to revenue from operations i.e. increases in revenues
  2. Adjustment to charter hire expenses i.e. increases in charter hire expenses

Fleet List as of October 21st, 2011:


Vessel Name

Dwt

Year Built
Charter Type
Daily rate
Average Charter Expiration
1 Mairaki (1) 181,000 2011 Fixed $28,000 Apr 2016
2 Christine (1) (2) 180,000 2010 Fixed $25,000 Jan 2016
3 Sandra (1) 180,274 2008 Fixed $26,500 Nov 2015
4 Iron Miner 177,931 2007 Fixed $41,355 Feb 2012
5 Kirmar 164,218 2001 Fixed $49,000 (net) May 2013
6 Iron Beauty 164,218 2001 Spot
7 Lowlands Beilun (1) 170,162 1999 Fixed $28,000 Nov 2015
Total Capesize (7) 1,217,803
8 Iron Manolis (3) 82,269 2007 Fixed $14,000 Dec 2012
9 Iron Brooke(4) 82,594 2007 Fixed $14,500 (floor) Dec 2011
10 Iron Lindrew(4) 82,598 2007 Fixed $14,500 (floor) Jan 2012
11 Pascha (3) 82,574 2006 $14,000 Nov 2012
12 Coal Gypsy 82,221 2006 Fixed $24,000 Dec 2011
13 Iron Anne(3) 82,220 2006 Fixed $14,000 Dec 2012
14 Iron Vassilis 82,257 2006 Fixed $14,000 Aug 2012
15 Iron Bill (4) 82,187 2006 Fixed $14,500 (floor) Jun 2012
16 Ore Hansa(4) 82,209 2006 Fixed $15,000 (floor) Feb 2012
17 Iron Kalypso(4) 82,224 2006 Fixed $15,000 (floor) Feb 2012
18 Iron Fuzeyya(4) 82,209 2006 Fixed $15,000 (floor) Jan 2012
19 Santa Barbara(5) 82,266 2006 Fixed $15,000 (year 1) Jun 2013
20 Coal Hunter(5) 82,298 2006 Fixed $15,000 (year 1) Jun 2013
21 Iron Bradyn 82,769 2005 Fixed $12,000 Nov 2012
Total Kamsarmax (14) 1,152,895
22 Grain Harvester 76,417 2004 Fixed $15,000 Dec 2011
23 Grain Express 76,466 2004 Fixed $24,000 Jan 2012
24 Iron Knight(3) 76,429 2004 Fixed $12,250 Feb 2013
25 Coal Pride 72,493 1999 Fixed $16,750 Apr 2012
26 Isminaki(6) 74,577 1998 Fixed $11,000 (floor) Nov 2012
27 Angela Star(6) 73,798 1998 Fixed $11,000 (floor) Nov 2012
28 Elinakos 73,751 1997 Fixed $14,600 Nov 2011
29 Happy Day 71,694 1997 Fixed $13,000 Aug 2012
30 Iron Man (7) 72,861 1997 Spot
31 Coal Age (7) 72,824 1997 Spot
32 Fearless I (7) 73,427 1997 Fixed $15,000 Apr 2012
33 Barbara (7) 73,307 1997 Spot
34 Linda Leah (6), (7) 73,317 1997 Fixed $11,000 (floor) Oct 2012
35 King Coal (7) 72,873 1997 Spot
36 Coal Glory (7) 73,670 1995 Fixed $16,750 Apr 2012
37 Powerful 70,083 1994 Spot
38 First Endeavour 69,111 1994 Fixed $17,500 Jan 2012
39 Rodon 73,656 1993 Spot
40 Birthday 71,504 1993 Spot
41 Renuar 70,155 1993 Spot
42 Fortezza 69,634 1993 Spot
Total Panamax (21) 1,532,047
43 July M 55,567 2005 Fixed $14,500 Feb 2012
44 Mairouli 53,206 2005 Spot
Total Supramax (2) 108,773
45 Emerald 45,588 1998 Spot
46 Princess I 38,858 1994 Spot
47 Attractive 41,524 1985 Spot
Total Handymax (3) 125,970
Total Fleet (47) 4,137,488
Average age 10.4 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.

(3) These charters are expected to commence in November 2011.

(4) Charter rate based on the average of the AV4 BPI rates, as published by the Baltic Exchange for the preceding 15 days prior to hire payment with a guaranteed minimum rate (floor) ranging from $14,500 to $15,000 per day.

(5) First year charter rate of $15,000 per day. Second year charter rate based on the average of the AV4 BPI rates, as published daily by the Baltic Exchange for the preceding 15 days prior to hire payment with a guaranteed minimum rate (floor) of $14,000 per day and profit sharing arrangements.

(6) Charter rate based on the average of the AV4 BPI rates, as published by the Baltic Exchange for the preceding 15 days prior to hire payment with a guaranteed minimum rate (floor) of $11,000 per day and profit sharing arrangements.

(7) These vessels were sold in 2007 and leased back under a bareboat charter through July 2015.

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