Ship Finance International Limited
nyse : SFL

May 23, 2011 08:19 ET

SFL - First Quarter 2011 Results

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2011) -


Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) - Earnings Release Reports preliminary 1Q 2011 results and increased quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share

Ship Finance International Limited ("Ship Finance" or the "Company") today announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Highlights

* The Board of Directors declared an increased quarterly dividend of $0.39
  per share.
* Net income for the quarter was $32.1 million, or $0.41 per share,
  including an accrued profit share in the first quarter of $2.3 million,
  or $0.03 per share.
* In February 2011, the Company acquired a 2007-built jack-up drilling rig
  in combination with a seven-year bareboat charter back to the seller.
* In February 2011, the Company successfully completed an offering of $125
  million in senior unsecured convertible notes due 2016.
* In March and April 2011, the Company took delivery of two 2010-built
  13,800 teu container vessels with 15-year time charters.
* In April 2011, the Company contracted four newbuilding 4,800 teu
  container vessels for delivery in 2013. The vessels have already been
  chartered out for seven years from delivery.
* The Company continues its conservative financing profile and has already
  extended the maturity on a vessel financing due in 2012 for another six
  years at attractive terms.

Dividends and Results for the Quarter ended March 31, 2011 The Board of Directors has declared an increased quarterly cash dividend of $0.39 per share. Ship Finance has now paid a quarterly dividend for 29 quarters, and this is the fifth consecutive dividend increase. The dividend will be paid on or about June 29, 2011 to shareholders of record as of June 9, 2011. The ex-dividend date will be June 7, 2011.

The profit share accrued in the first quarter was $2.3 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to $2.0 million, or $0.03 per share in the fourth quarter of 2010. The profit share is below the historical average as a result of a continued soft tanker spot market in the first quarter.

The Company reported total U.S. GAAP operating revenues on a consolidated basis of $72.0 million, or $0.91 per share, in the first quarter of 2011. This number excludes $26.3 million of charter hire classified as 'repayment of investments in finance lease', and also excludes $93.8 million of charter revenues earned by assets classified as 'investment in associate'.

Reported net operating income pursuant to U.S. GAAP for the quarter was $38.1 million, or $0.48 per share, and reported net income was $32.1 million, or $0.41 per share.

The full report can be found in the link below.

May 23, 2011
The Board of Directors
Ship Finance International Limited
Hamilton, Bermuda

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Ship Finance management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company's records and other data available from third parties. Although Ship Finance believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Ship Finance cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.

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, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the markets in which we operate, changes in demand resulting from changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and worldwide oil consumption and storage, developments regarding the technologies relating to oil exploration, changes in market demand in countries which import commodities and finished goods and changes in the amount and location of the production of those commodities and finished goods, increased inspection procedures and more restrictive import and export controls, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, performance of our charterers and other counterparties with whom we deal, timely delivery of vessels under construction within the contracted price, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

First Quarter 2011 Results:

http://hugin.info/134876/R/1517893/454438.pdf

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Source: Ship Finance International Limited via Thomson Reuters ONE

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Contact Information

  • Questions should be directed to:

    Investor and Analyst Contact:
    Eirik Eide
    Chief Financial Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
    +47 23114006 / +47 95008921
    Magnus T. Valeberg, Vice President, Ship Finance Management AS
    +47 23114012 / +47 93440960

    Media Contact:
    Ole B. Hjertaker
    Chief Executive Officer, Ship Finance Management AS
    +47 23114011 / +47 90141243