SOURCE: OceanFreight Inc.

OceanFreight Inc.

August 23, 2011 16:05 ET

OceanFreight Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2011

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2011) - OceanFreight Inc. (NASDAQ: OCNF), a global provider of marine transportation services, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

Financial Highlights

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2011 the Company reported a Net Loss of $1 million or $0.16 basic and diluted loss per share. Included in these results is a loss of $2.0 million associated with the sale of M/T Olinda.

Excluding this item, Net Income for the second quarter of 2011 would amount to $1 million or $0.16 cents basic and diluted earnings per share.

Recent Developments

On July 20, 2011, we received notice from the Nasdaq Stock market that the Company has regained compliance with the minimum bid price of $1.00 per share and the noncompliance matter is now closed.

On July 26, 2011, we entered into a definitive agreement for DryShips Inc. to acquire the outstanding shares of the Company for a consideration per share of $19.85, consisting of $11.25 in cash and 0.52326 of a share of common stock of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. or $8.6 based on the last traded price as of July 25, 2011 of $16.44. Ocean Rig UDW Inc. is a global provider of offshore ultra deepwater drilling services that is 78% owned by DryShips. Under the terms of the transaction, the Ocean Rig shares are to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market upon the closing of the merger.

Prof. John Liveris, the Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, commented:

"The highlight of the most recent developments is OceanFreight's merger with DryShips. This merger enables our shareholders to realize the value created from the significant repositioning of the company's fleet and employment profile. This value unfortunately was not reflected in our stock price. Additionally, we are pleased to provide our shareholders with the opportunity to participate in Ocean Rig, a growing company in the ultra deep water drilling sector. We believe that OceanFreight's four-year journey in the public markets has reached a worthy homeport."

Second Quarter 2011 Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, Voyage Revenues amounted to $15.0 million and Operating Income amounted to $0.7 million. Net Loss amounted to $1 million. Net cash provided by operating activities was $13.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA(*) for the second quarter of 2011 was $7.7 million.

An average of 6.6 vessels were owned and operated during the second quarter of 2011, earning an average Time Charter Equivalent, or TCE rate, of $24,352 per day.

(*) Please see later in this release for a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by operating activities.

Fleet Data

Three Months Ended June 30,
2010 2011
Average number of vessels (1) 11.6 6.6
Total voyage days for fleet (2) 952 574
Total calendar days for fleet (3) 1,050 600
Time charter equivalent (TCE) daily rate (4) $ 23,812 $ 24,352
Fleet utilization (5) 90.7% 95.7%
(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of our 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 our possession for the relevant period net of off hire.
(3) Calendar days are the total days the vessels were in our possession for the relevant period including off hire days.
(4) Time charter equivalent rate, or TCE, 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 gross 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, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. 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 charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods.
(5) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

The following table reflects the calculation of our TCE daily rates for the periods then ended:

(Dollars in thousands, except Average Daily results - unaudited) Three Months Ended June 30,
2010 2011
Voyage revenue and imputed deferred revenue 24,043 14,918
Voyage expenses (1,374) (940)
Revenue on a time charter basis 22,669 13,978
Total voyage days for fleet 952 574
Time charter equivalent (TCE) daily rate $ 23,812 $ 24,352

Financial Statements

The following are OceanFreight Inc.'s Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three -month periods ended June 30, 2010 and 2011:

Three Months Ended June 30,
(Dollars in thousands, except for share and per share data)
2010 2011
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (unaudited) (unaudited)
Voyage revenues $ 24,014 $ 14,918
Gain on forward freight agreements 261 -
Imputed revenue 29 -
Gross revenue 24,304 14,918
Voyage expenses (1,374 ) (940 )
Vessels operating expenses (10,983 ) (5,072 )
Depreciation (6,833 ) (4,149 )
General and administrative expenses (1,490 ) (1,920 )
Survey and drydocking costs (1,336 ) -
Gain/(loss) on sale of vessels and vessels held for sale 1,491 (2,049 )
Operating income 3,779 788
Interest income 41 149
Interest expense and finance costs (1,143 ) (624 )
Loss on derivative instruments (3,490 ) (1,289 )
Net loss $ (813 ) $ (976 )
Loss per common share, basic and diluted $ (0.24 ) $ (0.16 )
Weighted average number of common shares, basic and diluted (1) 3,341,355 5,926,598
(1) The weighted average number of common shares gives effect to the 1:20 reverse stock split which took place on July 6, 2011

The following are OceanFreight Inc.'s Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2011:

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
2010 2011
ASSETS (audited) (unaudited)
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,549 $ 19,275
Vessels held for sale 88,274 -
Other current assets 11,931 4,962
Total current assets 109,754 24,237
FIXED ASSETS, NET:
Vessels under construction 46,618 87,438
Vessels, net of accumulated depreciation 311,144 303,010
Other, net of accumulated depreciation 597 478
Total fixed assets, net 358,359 390,926
OTHER NON-CURRENT ASSETS
Restricted cash 5,511 3,011
Other non -current assets 5,239 5,443
Total assets 478,863 423,617
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt 82,331 26,524
Other current liabilities 28,980 17,015
Total current liabilities 111,311 43,539
NON -CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Derivative liability, net of current portion 4,875 3,361
Long-term debt, net of current portion 127,441 116,319
Total non-current liabilities 132,316 119,680
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: 235,236 260,398
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 478,863 423,617

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

OceanFreight Inc. considers EBITDA to represent net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA excludes loss on sale of vessels and impairment on vessels. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by U.S. GAAP and our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included in this earnings release because it is a basis upon which we assess our liquidity position, because it is used by our lenders as a measure of our compliance with certain loan covenants and because we believe that it presents useful information to investors regarding our ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The following table reconciles Net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDA as adjusted for the effect of the loss from the sale of vessels and impairment loss:

Three Months Ended June 30,
(amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) 2010 2011
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities 4,477 13,629
Net increase/(decrease) in operating assets 6,709 (6,796 )
Net (increase)/decrease in operating liabilities (7,575 ) (1,315 )
Net interest expense 3,197 2,267
Amortization of deferred financing costs included in interest expense (*) (140 ) (74 )
Adjusted EBITDA 6,668 7,711

(*) Net interest expense includes the realized loss of interest rate swaps included in "Loss on interest rate swaps" in the interim consolidated unaudited statements of operations.

Fleet List

The table below describes our fleet and current employment profile as of August 22, 2011:

Vessel Name Year Built DWT Type Current Employment Gross Rate per Day Earliest Redelivery Latest Redelivery
Drybulk Vessels
M/V Robusto 2006 173,949 Capesize TC 26,000 Aug-14 Mar-18
M/V Cohiba 2006 174,200 Capesize TC 26,250 Oct-14 May-18
M/V Montecristo 2005 180,263 Capesize TC 23,500 May-14 Jan-18
M/V Partagas 2004 173,880 Capesize TC 27,500 Jul-12 Dec-12
M/V Topeka 2000 74,710 Panamax TC 15,000 Jan-12 Apr-13
M/V Helena 1999 73,744 Panamax TC 32,000 May-12 Oct-16
Vessels to be Acquired
Newbuilding VLOC #1 (1) 2012 206,000 Capesize TC 25,000 Apr-15 Apr-20
Newbuilding VLOC #2 (2) 2012 206,000 Capesize TC 23,000 Aug-17 Aug-22
Newbuilding VLOC #3 (3) 2012 206,000 Capesize TC 21,500 Oct-19 Oct-26
Newbuilding VLOC #4 2012 206,000 Capesize Spot
Newbuilding VLOC #5 2013 206,000 Capesize Spot
(1) Upon delivery of the vessel, which is expected in the second quarter of 2012, it is scheduled to commence time charter employment for a minimum period of three years at a gross daily rate of $25,000.
(2) Upon delivery of the vessel, which is expected in the third quarter of 2012, it is scheduled to commence time charter employment for a minimum period of five years at a gross daily rate of $23,000. In addition, the time charter contract provides for a 50% profit sharing arrangement when the daily Capesize average time charter rate is between $23,000 and $40,000 per day.
(3) Upon delivery of the vessel, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012, it is scheduled to commence time charter employment for a minimum period of seven years at a gross daily rate of $21,500. In addition, the time charter contract provides for a 50% profit sharing arrangement when the daily Capesize average time charter rate is between $21,500 and $38,000 per day.

About OceanFreight Inc.

OceanFreight Inc. is an owner and operator of drybulk vessels that operate worldwide. OceanFreight owns a fleet of eleven vessels, comprised of six drybulk vessels (four Capesize and two Panamaxes) and five newbuilding Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) with a combined deadweight tonnage of about 1.9 million tons.

OceanFreight Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market where it trades under the symbol "OCNF". Visit our website at www.oceanfreightinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our 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 our records and other data available from third parties. Although OceanFreight Inc. 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 our control, OceanFreight Inc. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydocking, changes in OceanFreight Inc.'s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by OceanFreight Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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