SOURCE: Safe Bulkers, Inc.

Safe Bulkers, Inc.

July 26, 2017 16:05 ET

Safe Bulkers, Inc. Reports Second Quarter and Six Months 2017 Results

MONACO--(Marketwired - Jul 26, 2017) - Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today its unaudited financial results for the three and six months period ended June 30, 2017.

Summary of Second Quarter 2017 Results

  • Net revenue for the second quarter of 2017 increased by 34% to $35.0 million from $26.2 million during the same period in 2016.
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 was $1.6 million as compared to $9.0 million, during the same period in 2016. Adjusted net loss(1) for the second quarter of 2017 was $2.3 million as compared to $8.7 million, during the same period in 2016.
  • EBITDA(2) for the second quarter of 2017 increased to $17.0 million as compared to $8.4 million during the same period in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA3 for the second quarter of 2017 increased to $16.2 million from $8.8 million during the same period in 2016.
  • Loss per share4 and Adjusted loss per share4 for the second quarter of 2017 were $0.07 and $0.07 respectively, calculated on a weighted average number of 101,363,578 shares, compared to a Loss per share of $0.15 and Adjusted loss per share of $0.15 during the same period in 2016, calculated on a weighted average number of 83,571,957 shares.

Summary of Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 Results

  • Net revenues for the six months of 2017 increased by 34% to $68.3 million from $50.9 million during the same period in 2016.
  • Net loss for the six months of 2017 was $4.9 million as compared to $26.8 million, during the same period in 2016. Adjusted net loss1 for the six months of 2017 was $5.8 million as compared to $23.0 million, during the same period in 2016.
  • EBITDA2 for the six months of 2017 increased to $32.3 million as compared to $8.7 million during the same period in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA3 for the six months of 2017 increased to $31.4 million as compared to $12.5 million during the same period in 2016.
  • Loss per share4 and Adjusted loss per share4 for the six months of 2017 were $0.13 and $0.14, respectively, calculated on a weighted average number of 100,329,624 shares, as compared to Loss per share4 of $0.40 and Adjusted Loss per share4 of $0.36 during the same period in 2016, calculated on a weighted average number of 83,557,124 shares.

1 Adjusted Net income/(loss) is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted Net income/(loss) represents Net income/(loss) before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives and gain/(loss) on foreign currency. See Table 1.
2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and represents Net income/(loss) plus net interest expense, tax, depreciation and amortization. See Table 1.
3 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and represents EBITDA before loss on sale of assets, gain/( loss) on derivatives and gain/(loss) on foreign currency. See Table 1.
4 Earnings/(loss) per share and Adjusted Earnings/(loss) per share represent Net Income/(loss) and Adjusted Net income/(loss) less preferred dividend and preferred deemed dividend divided by the weighted average number of shares respectively. See Table 1.

Fleet and Employment Profile

As of July 19, 2017, our operational fleet comprised of 38 drybulk vessels with an average age of 7.1 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.4 million dwt. Our fleet consists of 14 Panamax class vessels, nine Kamsarmax class vessels, 12 post- Panamax class vessels and three Capesize class vessels, all built 2003 onwards. Taking into account our last contracted drybulk newbuild Kamsarmax class vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2018, our fleet will comprise of 39 vessels, 11 of which will be eco-design vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.5 million dwt, assuming no additional vessel acquisitions or disposals.

Set out below is a table showing the Company's existing and newbuild vessels and their contracted employment as of July 19, 2017:

Vessel Name DWT Year Built Country of construction Gross Charter Rate  [USD/day] Charter Duration1
Panamax
Maria 76,000 2003   Japan 6,500 Aug 2016 - Feb 2018
Koulitsa 76,900 2003   Japan 7,5002 Jan 2017 - Apr 2018
Paraskevi 74,300 2003   Japan            7,400 Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Vassos 76,000 2004   Japan 7,5003 Jan 2017 - Mar 2018
Katerina 76,000 2004   Japan 7,500 Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Maritsa 76,000 2005   Japan 6,750
8,000
10,100
Jul 2016 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Aug 2017 - Aug 2018
Efrossini 75,000 2012   Japan 8,500 Feb  2017 - Jul 2017
Zoe 75,000 2013   Japan
6,2004
Aug 2016 - Nov 2017
Kypros Land 77,100 2014   Japan 12,300      Jul 2017  - Sep 2017
Kypros Sea 77,100 2014   Japan 11,250 Jul 2017 - May 2018
Kypros Bravery 78,000 2015   Japan 7,500 Sep 2016 - May 2018
Kypros Sky 77,100 2015   Japan 9,100 Dec 2016 - Feb 2018
Kypros Loyalty 78,000 2015   Japan 6,250 Jun 2016 - Sep 2017
Kypros Spirit 78,000 2016           Japan            11,750 Apr 2017 - Jul 2017
Kamsarmax
Pedhoulas Merchant 82,300 2006   Japan 6,000 Jun 2016 - Sep 2017
Pedhoulas Trader 82,300 2006   Japan 6,200
11,600
Jul 2016 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017 - Aug 2018
Pedhoulas Leader 82,300 2007   Japan 10,550 Mar 2017- Dec 2017
Pedhoulas Commander 83,700 2008   Japan 10,150 June 2017 - Feb 2018
Pedhoulas Builder 5 81,600 2012   China 8,4007 Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Pedhoulas Fighter 5 81,600 2012   China 8,475 Jun 2017 - Jan 2018
Pedhoulas Farmer 6     81,600       2012           China            10,675 Mar 2017 - Dec 2017
Pedhoulas Cherry 6 82,000 2015   China
6,600

     Apr 2017 - Oct 2018
Pedhoulas Rose 6 82,000 2017   China 8,500 8 Jan 2017 - Mar 2018
Post-Panamax
Marina 87,000 2006   Japan 9,000 Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Xenia 87,000 2006   Japan  10,000 9 Feb 2017 - Jun 2018
Sophia 87,000 2007   Japan 7,250 Apr 2016 - Nov 2018
Eleni 87,000 2008   Japan 9,750 Feb 2017 - Jul 2017
Martine 87,000 2009   Japan 10,150 Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
Andreas K 92,000 2009   South Korea 8,300 Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
Panayiota K 92,000 2010   South Korea 7,500
17,500
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017       Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Venus Heritage 95,800 2010   Japan 8,600 Feb 2017 - Nov 2017
Venus History 95,800 2011   Japan 8,850 Feb 2017 - Oct 2017
Venus Horizon 95,800 2012   Japan 9,250 Jun 2017 - Oct 2017
Troodos Sun 85,000 2016   Japan          12,731 May 2017 - Jul 2017
Troodos Air 85,000 2016   Japan     11,350 10 Mar 2017 - Jul 2018
Capesize
Kanaris 178,100 2010   China   25,928 Sep 2011 - Jun 2031
Pelopidas 176,000 2011   China   38,000 Feb 2012 - Dec 2021
Lake Despina 181,400 2014   Japan      24,376 11 Jan 2014 - Jan 2024
Total dwt of existing fleet 3,421,800  
           
Hull Number DWT Expected delivery Country of construction Gross Charter Rate  [USD/day] Charter Duration1
Kamsarmax          
Hull 1552 81,600 H1 2018 Japan    
Total dwt of orderbook 81,600        

1) The start date represents either the actual start date or, in the case of a contracted charter that had not commenced as of July 19, 2017, the scheduled start date. The actual start date and redelivery date may differ from the referenced scheduled start and redelivery dates depending on the terms of the charter and market conditions and does not reflect the options to extend the period time charter.
2) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 10 to 14 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $9,000.
3) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 10 to 14 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $9,000.
4) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 10 to 15 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $8,200.
5) Vessel sold and leased back on a net daily bareboat charter rate of $6,500 for a period of 10 years, for which the Company agreed to exercise its purchase option in September 2017, at a predetermined purchase price.
6) Vessel sold and leased back on a net daily bareboat charter rate of $6,500 for a period of 10 years, with a purchase obligation at the end of the 10th year and purchase options in favor of the Company after the second year of the bareboat charter, at annual intervals and predetermined purchase prices.
7) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 10 to 14 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $9,900.
8) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 11 to 14 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $10,000.
9) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 12 to 16 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $12,500.
10) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional 12 to 16 months period at a gross daily charter rate of $12,500.
11) A period time charter of ten years at a gross daily charter rate of $23,100 for the first two and a half years and of $24,810 for the remaining period. In January 2017, the period time charter was amended to reflect substitution of the initial charterer with its subsidiary guaranteed by the initial charterer and changes in payment terms; all other charter terms remained unchanged. The charter agreement grants the charterer an option to purchase the vessel at any time beginning at the end of the seventh year of the charter, at a price of $39 million less a 1.00% commission, decreasing thereafter on a pro-rated basis by $1.5 million per year. The Company holds a right of first refusal to buy back the vessel in the event that the charterer exercises its option to purchase the vessel and subsequently offers to sell such vessel to a third party. The charter agreement also grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional twelve months at a time at a gross daily charter rate of $26,330, less 1.25% total commissions, which option may be exercised by the charterer a maximum of two times.

The contracted employment of fleet ownership days as of July 19, 2017 was:

2017 (remaining)   73%
2017 (full year)   88%
2018   27%
2019   8%

Order book, capital expenditure requirements and liquidity as of July 19, 2017

The remaining order book consisted of one newbuild vessel; our wholly-owned subsidiary Pinewood Shipping Corporation has contracted to acquire Hull No. 1552 with scheduled delivery date in 2018 and has agreed to issue $16.9 million of preferred equity to an unaffiliated investor upon delivery.

The remaining capital expenditure requirements amounted to $31.4 million, consisting of $4.1 million payable in 2017 and $27.3 million payable in 2018

We had liquidity of $98.9 million, consisting of $86.7 million in cash and bank time deposits and $12.2 million in restricted cash, in addition to $16.9 million of preferred equity financing and the capacity to borrow against one unencumbered vessel.

Update on the sale and leaseback transaction

In June 2017, we exercised options under the sale and leaseback agreements to purchase two Kamsarmax class vessels at an aggregate predetermined price of $43.8 million. The transaction will consummate in September 2017, and the Company will finance the acquisition of the vessels through cash on hand and committed credit facilities of up to $30.0 million.

The sale and leaseback transaction has been accounted as a financing transaction. Following the exercise of the purchase options, the outstanding obligation of these two vessels, amounting to $43.5 million as of end June 2017, has been included in the current portion of long term debt. Deferred finance costs will be written off upon the consummation of the transaction.

Preferred Shares Exchange offer

In March 2017, the Company announced the commencement of an exchange offer (the "Exchange Offer") for any and all of its outstanding 8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, liquidation preference $25.00 per share (the "Series B Preferred Shares"). The Exchange Offer expired and was settled in April 2017.

Holders who elected to exchange their Series B Preferred Shares in the Exchange Offer received, for each such Series B Preferred Share, (i) $22.50 in cash and (ii) two newly issued shares of common stock of the Company.

Pursuant to the Exchange Offer, a total of 1,106,254 Series B Preferred Shares were tendered, representing 74.46% of the 1,485,768 Series B Preferred Shares outstanding at the commencement of the Exchange Offer. The Exchange Offer resulted in a cash payment of $24.9 million and the issuance of 2,212,508 shares of common stock to holders of validly tendered and accepted Series B Preferred Shares. Following settlement of the Exchange Offer, 379,514 shares of the Series B Preferred Shares remained outstanding.

The difference of $2.1 million, between (i) the cash paid to the preferred shareholders and the fair value of issued common shares and (ii) the carrying amount of the preferred stock immediately before the exchange net of issuance costs, was recorded as preferred deemed dividend during the second quarter of 2017.

Dividend Policy

The Company has not declared a dividend on the Company's common stock for the second quarter of 2017. The Company had 101,515,760 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of July 19, 2017.

The Company declared in July a cash dividend of $0.50 per share on its 8.00% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.B), on its 8.00% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.C) and on its 8.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.D) for the period from April 30, 2017 to July 29, 2017 payable on July 31, 2017 to the respective shareholders of record as of July 24, 2017.

The declaration and payment of dividends, if any, will always be subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company. The timing and amount of any dividends declared will depend on, among other things: (i) the Company's earnings, financial condition and cash requirements and available sources of liquidity; (ii) decisions in relation to the Company's growth and leverage strategies; (iii) provisions of Marshall Islands and Liberian law governing the payment of dividends; (iv) restrictive covenants in the Company's existing and future debt instruments; and (v) global economic and financial conditions.

Management Commentary

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: "In the second quarter of 2017, we continued to see improved rates for our new time charters resulting in improved quarterly revenues on a year over year basis. We are also targeting to reduce our financial outflows by refinancing two Kamsarmax vessels which were under a sale and leaseback arrangement".

Conference Call

On Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time, the Company's management team will host a conference call to discuss the Company's financial 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), 0(800) 953-0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452-542-301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Safe Bulkers" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until August 3, 2017 by dialing 1 (866) 247-4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(800) 953-1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550-000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 1859591#

Slides and Audio Webcast

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

Management Discussion of Second Quarter 2017 Results

Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 decreased to $1.6 million compared to net loss of $9.0 million during the same period in 2016, mainly due to the following factors:

Net revenues: Net revenues increased by 34% to $35.0 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $26.2 million for the same period in 2016, mainly due to an increase in charter rates and to a lesser extent an increase in the average number of vessels. The Company operated 38.00 vessels on average during the second quarter of 2017, earning a TCE(6) rate of $9,978, compared to 36.00 vessels and a TCE rate of $7,675 during the same period in 2016.

Interest expenses: Interest expense increased to $5.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $4.9 million for the same period in 2016, as a result of the increase in the weighted average interest rate of our loans and credit facilities.

6 Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rate, represent the Company's charter revenues less commissions and voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during such period.
4 See Table 2.
7 See Table 2.
8 Safety Management Overseas S.A. and Safe Bulkers Management Limited, each of which is a related party that is referred to in this press release as "our Manager" and collectively "our Managers".

Vessel operating expenses: Vessel operating expenses, which include dry-docking cost and initial supplies expenses, increased to $13.5 million for the second quarter of 2017 compared to $12.5 million for the same period in 2016, mainly as a result of the increased average number of vessels by 6% to 38.00 vessels, from 36.00 vessels respectively. Furthermore, vessel operating expenses for the second quarter of 2017 included the cost of three dry-dockings, compared to one dry-docking during second quarter of 2016. 

Daily vessel operating expenses(7): Daily vessel operating expenses which are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period, increased by 2% to $3,893 for the second quarter of 2017 compared to $3,814 for the same period in 2016.

Daily general and administrative expenses7: Daily general and administrative expenses, which include management fees payable to our Managers(8), increased by 4% to $1,157 for the second quarter of 2017, compared to $1,115 for the same period in 2016.

   
Unaudited Interim Financial Information and Other Data  
   
SAFE BULKERS, INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)  
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)  
   
    Three-Months Period Ended June 30,     Six-Months Period Ended June 30,  
    2016     2017     2016     2017  
REVENUES:                        
  Revenues   27,189     36,431     52,817     71,094  
  Commissions   (949 )   (1,421 )   (1,877 )   (2,757 )
  Net revenues   26,240     35,010     50,940     68,337  
EXPENSES:                        
  Voyage expenses   (1,180 )   (1,014 )   (4,971 )   (2,466 )
  Vessel operating expenses   (12,494 )   (13,462 )   (24,583 )   (25,704 )
  Depreciation   (12,260 )   (12,831 )   (24,126 )   (25,471 )
  General and administrative expenses   (3,653 )   (4,002 )   (7,628 )   (7,937 )
  Loss on sale of assets   -     -     (2,750 )   (120 )
  Other operating expense   -     -     -     (475 )
  Operating (loss)/income   (3,347 )   3,701     (13,118 )   6,164  
                         
OTHER (EXPENSE) / INCOME:                        
  Interest expense   (4,864 )   (5,893 )   (9,685 )   (11,594 )
  Other finance costs   (161 )   (296 )   (1,247 )   (345 )
  Interest income   151     257     288     393  
  (Loss)/gain on derivatives   (265 )   (46 )   (1,228 )   55  
  Foreign currency (loss)/gain   (109 )   789     190     984  
  Amortization and write-off of deferred finance charges   (431 )   (108 )   (2,011 )   (507 )
  Net loss   (9,026 )   (1,596 )   (26,811 )   (4,850 )
  Less Preferred dividend   3,512     2,942     7,027     6,435  
  Less Preferred deemed dividend   -     2,146     -     2,146  
  Net loss available to common shareholders   (12,538 )   (6,684 )   (33,838 )   (13,431 )
  Loss per share basic and diluted   (0.15 )   (0.07 )   (0.40 )   (0.13 )
Weighted average number of shares   83,571,957     101,363,578     83,557,124     100,329,624  
                         
       
    Six Months Period Ended
June 30,
 
    2016     2017  
(In millions of U.S. Dollars)                
CASH FLOW DATA                
Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities   $ (1.0 )   $ 26.6  
Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities     19.3       (23.4 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (66.0 )     (14.7 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (47.7 )     (11.5 )
                 
 
SAFE BULKERS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
    December 31, 2016   June 30, 2017
ASSETS        
  Cash, restricted cash and time deposits   94,813   89,557
  Other current assets   16,195   12,901
  Vessels, net   1,038,719   1,044,069
  Advances for vessel acquisition and vessels under construction   13,007   -
  Restricted cash non-current   10,002   8,151
  Other non-current assets   1,017   815
  Total assets   1,173,753   1,155,493
         
         
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
  Other current liabilities   11,602   13,647
  Current portion of long-term debt, net   12,177   53,946
  Long-term debt, net   569,781   545,381
  Other non-current liabilities   1,657   500
  Shareholders' equity   578,536   542,019
  Total liabilities and equity   1,173,753   1,155,493
         
   
TABLE 1  
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET LOSS, EBITDA, ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED LOSS PER SHARE  
   
    Three-Months
Period Ended June 30,
    Six-Months
Period Ended June 30,
 
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)   2016     2017     2016     2017  
Net Loss - Adjusted Net Loss                        
Net loss   (9,026 )   (1,596 )   (26,811 )   (4,850 )
Plus Loss on sale of assets   -     -     2,750     120  
Plus Loss/(gain) on derivatives   265     46     1,228     (55 )
Plus Foreign currency loss/(gain)   109     (789 )   (190 )   (984 )
Adjusted Net loss   (8,652 )   (2,339 )   (23,023 )   (5,769 )
                         
EBITDA - Adjusted EBITDA                        
Net loss   (9,026 )   (1,596 )   (26,811 )   (4,850 )
Plus Net Interest expense   4,713     5,636     9,397     11,201  
Plus Depreciation   12,260     12,831     24,126     25,471  
Plus Amortization   431     108     2,011     507  
EBITDA   8,378     16,979     8,723     32,329  
Plus Loss on sale of assets   -     -     2,750     120  
Plus Loss/(gain) on derivatives   265     46     1,228     (55 )
Plus Foreign currency loss/(gain)   109     (789 )   (190 )   (984 )
ADJUSTED EBITDA   8,752     16,236     12,511     31,410  
                         
Loss per share                        
Net loss   (9,026 )   (1,596 )   (26,811 )   (4,850 )
Less Preferred dividend   3,512     2,942     7,027     6,435  
Less Preferred deemed dividend   -     2,146     -     2,146  
Net loss available to common shareholders   (12,538 )   (6,684 )   (33,838 )   (13,431 )
Weighted average number of shares   83,571,957     101,363,578     83,557,124     100,329,624  
Loss per share   (0.15 )   (0.07 )   (0.40 )   (0.13 )
                         
Adjusted Loss per share                        
Adjusted Net loss   (8,652 )   (2,339 )   (23,023 )   (5,769 )
Less Preferred dividend   3,512     2,942     7,027     6,435  
Less Deemed dividend   -     2,146     -     2,146  
Adjusted Net loss available to common shareholders  
(12,164
)  
(7,427
)  
(30,050
)  
(14,350
)
Weighted average number of shares   83,571,957     101,363,578     83,557,124     100,329,624  
Adjusted Loss per share   (0.15 )   (0.07 )   (0.36 )   (0.14 )
                         

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted loss per share are not recognized measurements under US GAAP.

  • EBITDA represents Net income/(loss) before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization.
  • Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives and gain/(loss) on foreign currency.
  • Adjusted Net loss represents Net loss before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives and gain/(loss) on foreign currency.
  • Adjusted Loss per share represent Adjusted Net loss less preferred dividend and preferred deemed dividend divided by the weighted average number of shares.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted loss per share are used as supplemental financial measures by management and external users of financial statements, such as investors, to assess our financial and operating performance. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures assist our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period. The Company believes that including these supplemental financial measures assists our management and investors in (i) understanding and analyzing the results of our operating and business performance, (ii) selecting between investing in us and other investment alternatives and (iii) monitoring our financial and operational performance in assessing whether to continue investing in us.

The Company believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted loss per share are useful in evaluating the Company's operating performance from period to period because the calculation of EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally further eliminates the effects from loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives and gain/(loss) on foreign currency, items which may vary from year to year and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. Furthermore, the calculation of Adjusted Net loss generally eliminates the effects of loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives and gain/(loss) on foreign currency, items which may vary from year to year and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted Earnings/(loss) per share have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under US GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Loss should not be considered as substitutes for net income and other operations data prepared in accordance with US GAAP or as a measure of profitability. While EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted Earnings/(loss) per share, are frequently used as measures of operating results and performance, they are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation.

In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted Earnings/(loss) per share, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted Loss per share should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by the excluded items.

   
TABLE 2: FLEET DATA AND AVERAGE DAILY INDICATORS
 
   
Three-Months
Period Ended
June 30,
    Six-Months
Period Ended
June 30,
 
    2016     2017     2016     2017  
                         
FLEET DATA                                
Number of vessels at period's end     36       38       36       38  
Average age of fleet (in years)     6.35       7.00       6.35       7.00  
Ownership days (1)     3,276       3,458       6,585       6,862  
Available days (2)     3,265       3,407       6,555       6,792  
Operating days (3)     3,209       3,370       6,374       6,703  
Fleet utilization (4)     98.0 %     97.5 %     96.8 %     97.7 %
Average number of vessels in the period (5)     36.00       38.00       36.18       37.91  
                                 
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS                                
Time charter equivalent rate (6)   $ 7,675     $ 9,978     $ 7,013     $ 9,698  
Daily vessel operating expenses (7)   $ 3,814     $ 3,893     $ 3,733     $ 3,746  
Daily general and administrative expenses (8)   $ 1,115     $ 1,157     $ 1,158     $ 1,157  
                                 

1) Ownership days represents the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us.
2) Available days represents the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession, net of off-hire days associated with scheduled maintenance, which includes major repairs, drydockings, vessel upgrades or special or intermediate surveys.
3) Operating days represents the number of our available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to any reason, excluding scheduled maintenance.
4) Fleet utilization is calculated by dividing the number of our operating days during a period by the number of our ownership days during that period.
5) Average number of vessels in the period is calculated by dividing ownership days in the period by the number of days in that period.
6) Time charter equivalent rate, or TCE rate, represents our charter revenues less commissions and voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of available days during such period.
7) Daily vessel operating expenses include the costs for crewing, insurance, lubricants, spare parts, provisions, stores, repairs, maintenance, statutory and classification expense, drydocking, intermediate and special surveys and other miscellaneous items. Daily vessel operating expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period.
8) Daily general and administrative expenses include daily management fees payable to our Manager and costs in relation to our operation as a public company. Daily general and administrative expenses are calculated by dividing general and administrative expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period.

About Safe Bulkers, Inc.

The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world's largest users of marine drybulk transportation services. The Company's common stock, series B preferred stock, series C preferred stock and series D preferred stock are listed on the NYSE, and trade under the symbols "SB", "SB.PR.B", "SB.PR.C", and "SB.PR.D", respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events, the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy, including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company 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 that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. 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, changes in the demand for drybulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates, risks associated with operations outside the United States and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:

    Company Contact:
    Dr. Loukas Barmparis
    President
    Safe Bulkers, Inc.
    Tel.: +30 2 111 888 400
    +357 25 887 200
    E-Mail:directors@safebulkers.com

    Investor Relations / Media Contact:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
    New York, N.Y. 10169
    Tel.: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526
    E-Mail: safebulkers@capitallink.com