SOURCE: TBS International Limited

May 08, 2008 16:05 ET

TBS International Limited Reports First Quarter 2008 Financial Results

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - TBS International Limited (NASDAQ: TBSI) announced today its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

First Quarter 2008 highlights:

Metric                                            Q1 2008        Q1 2007
------                                         -------------  -------------
Revenue (thousands)                            $     131,576  $      70,326
Net Income (thousands)                         $      45,378  $      14,404
EPS (diluted)                                  $        1.62  $        0.51
Weighted Average Number of Shares (diluted)       28,080,071     28,035,881
EBITDA (thousands)(1)                          $      64,300  $      25,419
Drydock Days                                             147            212

Freight Voyages
---------------
Average Daily Voyage TCE                       $      28,303  $      17,816
Freight Voyage Days                                    2,375          1,898
Tons of Cargo Shipped (thousands)                      2,044          1,502
Average Freight Rate for All Cargoes           $       48.02  $       34.58
Average Freight Rate excluding Aggregates      $       86.32  $       55.19
Bunker Cost/Voyage Day                         $       6,233  $       4,318

Time Charter out Voyages
------------------------
Average Daily Time Charter TCE                 $      30,339  $      17,115
Time Charter Days                                      1,030            994

   (1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP
       Reconciliations-EBITDA" following the financial statements included
       in this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income.

Management Commentary:

Joseph E. Royce, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated: "In the first quarter of 2008, TBS continued to build on the momentum we generated in 2007, achieving record quarterly results for revenues, EBITDA, net income and earnings per share. With our increased cargo volumes, enlarged fleet and improved freight rates, we have a positive outlook for the entire year.

"Once again I must applaud the professionalism and dedication of the almost 280 worldwide employees of TBS and our affiliated agencies who executed the TBS business growth model as a pure dry cargo shipping and logistics company. This positioning as a solid growth company has enabled TBS to prosper significantly from the very positive cargo volume and freight rate environment that is buoying the dry cargo market.

"The Logistics division of our TBS Five Star Service (Ocean Transportation, Logistics, Port Services, Operations and Strategic Planning) is gaining traction and the prospects for 2008 look promising.

"TBS increased cargo volumes and gained market share in our established trading lanes. We grow our fleet in response to the growth of our business and are looking for suitable vessel acquisitions in the second-hand market. Our program to build six Roymar Class 34,000 dwt multipurpose vessels with retractable tweendecks is progressing with the laying of the keel of the first vessel having taken place in March. We are scheduled to receive delivery of two vessels in 2009 and four vessels in 2010. We are now investigating the feasibility of building additional vessels for delivery in 2011.

"Since January 1, 2008, as a result of our customers' expanded dry cargo transportation requirements, we:

-- Took delivery of six vessels and have two additional vessels under purchase contracts. This will bring our operational fleet to 44 vessels comprised of 23 multipurpose tweendeckers and 21 handymax/ handysize bulk carriers;

-- Financed the six delivered vessels and increased our liquidity;

-- Secured a new contract for the transport of about two million tons of aggregates in the Middle East; and

-- Celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of our Company in March.

"As part of our comprehensive drydock program, which will continue in 2008, TBS drydocked five vessels during the first quarter, including one vessel which extended in the drydock from the fourth quarter of 2007, and plans to drydock 17 vessels for the full year (plus new vessel acquisitions scheduled for a 2008 drydock).

"TBS is strategically positioned to participate in the expanding globalization of world trade, particularly in logistic and project businesses relating to the steel, mining, energy and construction industries. We have strong franchises in Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Our TBS fleet of multipurpose tweendeckers is uniquely suited to the transportation of project cargoes, and our portside and inland logistics services enable TBS to provide complete solutions for the project's transportation requirements.

"Looking at 2008 and beyond, we believe that TBS is positioned to continue benefiting from the positive fundamentals of our business growth model."

Ferdinand V. Lepere, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented: "The expansion of our overall liquidity through the negotiation of additional credit facilities at competitive terms is a testimony to our strong financial condition and profitability, as well as to the soundness of TBS' business model. Specifically, we:

-- Continued our moderate leverage, strong financial condition and access to bank financing;

-- Closed a $75 million loan facility with a syndicate of banks led by DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd.;

-- Closed a $35 million loan facility with AIG Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.;

-- Restructured and expanded our credit facility with the Banc of America Syndicate to $267.5 million from its existing balance of approximately $120 million. This expansion, originally targeted at $200 million, was oversubscribed; and

-- Received commitments from two European Banks to separately finance the Ottawa Princess and the Caribe Maiden.

"We are particularly pleased with the support from the international banking community."

First Quarter 2008 Results:

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2008, total revenues were $131.6 million, an increase of 87.2% compared to the $70.3 million for the same period in 2007. Net income for the first quarter 2008 was $45.4 million, an increase of 215.3% compared to $14.4 million for the same period in 2007. Net income was $1.62 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2008 compared to $0.51 for the first quarter 2007.

EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, increased 153.1% to $64.3 million for the first quarter 2008 from $25.4 million in 2007. Please see "Non-GAAP Reconciliations - EBITDA" following the financial statements in this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA to net income.

Revenues:

Total revenues of $131.6 million for the first quarter 2008 include voyage revenues of $98.2 million, time charter revenues of $32.7 million and other revenues of $0.7 million.

An average of 37 vessels (excluding off-hire) were operated during the first quarter 2008 compared to 32 vessels (excluding off-hire) during the same period of 2007.

Voyage Revenues:

Voyage revenues in the first quarter 2008 were $98.2 million, an increase of $46.3 million or 89.2% from the $51.9 million during the same period in 2007.

General cargo volume (excluding aggregates) increased 153,079 tons or 18.2% to 993,829 tons for the first quarter 2008 from 840,750 tons for the same period in 2007. Reflecting stronger market conditions, freight rates excluding aggregates increased $31.13 per ton or 56.4% to $86.32 per ton for the first quarter 2008 from $55.19 per ton during the same period in 2007.

Average Daily Voyage Time Charter Equivalent, which is an industry standard metric reflecting the daily net earnings of a voyage after deducting all voyage expenses from voyage revenues, was $28,303 per vessel in the first quarter 2008, an increase of 58.9% from the $17,816 during the same period in 2007 and an increase of 17.2% from the $24,149 per day during the fourth quarter 2007, indicative of the continued market strength in the industry.

Total cargo volume (including aggregates) increased 541,862 tons or 36.1% to 2,043,952 tons for the first quarter 2008 from 1,502,090 for the same period in 2007. The majority of the increase in the cargo volume is attributed to the increase in aggregates carried as well as an increase in the non-aggregate bulk cargo products carried.

Time Charter Revenues:

Time charter revenues increased by $14.6 million or 80.7% to $32.7 million for the first quarter 2008 from $18.1 million for the same period in 2007.

Average Daily Time Charter Equivalent which is an industry standard metric reflecting time charter-out revenues during the period reduced by commissions was $30,339 per day in the first quarter 2008, an increase of 77.3% from the $17,115 during the same period of 2007. The increase in the average charter hire rate per day is mainly due to the continued strength in the overall worldwide shipping spot market rates.

Expenses:

Total operating expenses for the first quarter 2008 increased by $28.0 million or 52.7% to $81.1 million from $53.1 million for the same period in 2007. However, as a percentage of revenue, total operating expenses decreased by 13.9% to 61.6% for the first quarter of 2008 from 75.5% for the same period of 2007.

Voyage expenses, which include fuel, commissions, port call charges and stevedoring increased by $13.2 million or 69.0% to $32.4 million for the first quarter 2008. However, as a percentage of total revenue, they decreased by 2.7% as compared to the same period last year. The increase is due to higher average fuel costs and commission expense as a result of higher voyage revenues, as well as port call expenses and stevedore and other cargo-related expenses.

Vessel expenses which consist of operating expenses relating to owned vessels, such as crewing, stores, maintenance, insurance and charter hire for vessels we chartered-in increased by $5.8 million or 33.0% to $23.4 million for the first quarter 2008 as compared to $17.6 million for the same period in 2007. This increase reflects an increase in average daily operating costs and the number of vessel days for owned/controlled vessels as well as increased hire rates for vessels we charter in.

General and administrative expenses increased by $4.6 million or 63.9% to $11.8 million in the first quarter 2008 reflecting an increase in staff levels due to the growth of TBS' business.

Net interest expense for the first quarter 2008 increased by $0.7 million as compared to the same period last year. This is primarily due to higher debt levels, higher fees and amortized deferred financing costs, and a decrease in the valuation of an interest rate swap contract that did not qualify for hedge accounting.

Recent Fleet Developments:

On March 25, 2008, TBS took delivery of the M.V. Ottawa Princess, formerly known as the M.V. Wedellsborg, an acquisition the Company announced in December 2007 when it was purchased en bloc for $46 million charter free along with its sister vessel, the M.V. Caribe Maiden.

On April 18, 2008, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire the M.V. North Star, to be renamed the M.V. Houma Belle, a 1985 built, 42,219 dwt handymax bulk carrier for $34.0 million. TBS expects to take delivery of this vessel in June 2008.

TBS's current fleet consists of 42 multipurpose tweendeckers, handymax and handysize vessels. TBS expects to take delivery of two handymax bulk carriers (the M.V. Canarsie Princess and M.V. Houma Belle) by the end of the second quarter 2008. Once these deliveries are concluded, the TBS fleet will be comprised of 44 vessels, with an aggregate of 1,310,719 dwt, including 23 multipurpose tweendeckers and a combination of 21 handysize and handymax bulk carriers.

Fleet Expansion and Newbuilding Program:

The previously announced TBS Newbuilding Program to construct six multipurpose vessels with retractable tweendecks is proceeding with the laying of the keel of the first vessel in March 2008. We expect delivery of two vessels in 2009 and four vessels in 2010.

TBS entered into a $150 million term loan credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders led by The Royal Bank of Scotland to finance the building and purchase of these six new multipurpose vessels.

TBS 2008 Intensive Drydock and Vessel Upgrade Program:

For 2008, TBS plans to drydock 17 vessels for approximately 572 drydocking days with a steel renewal of about 2,695 metric tons at a total cost of approximately $16.4 million.

Our anticipated 2008 drydocking schedule is as follows:

-- During the three months ended March 31, 2008, TBS drydocked one vessel that entered into drydock during the fourth quarter of 2007 and continued its drydocking for 15 days in the first quarter of 2008. Additionally, four vessels entered drydock requiring about 895 metric tons of steel for a total of 132 drydock days.

-- Second quarter 2008, five vessels requiring about 650 metric tons of steel and about 200 drydock days.

-- Third quarter 2008, three vessels requiring about 350 metric tons of steel and about 100 drydock days.

-- Fourth quarter 2008, four vessels requiring about 800 metric tons of steel and about 125 days in drydock.

Conference call and webcast:

On Friday, May 9, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, the company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

Conference call details:

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1-888-713-4216 (from the US) or 1-617-213-4868 (International Dial In). Participant Passcode: 83764873. The conference call will also be webcast live on the company's website: www.tbsship.com by clicking on the webcast link. Participants may pre-register for the call at https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PLEJC8TEB.

Pre-registrants will be issued a PIN number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection.

Webcast:

There will also be a live -- and then archived -- slides and audio webcast of the conference call on the company's website www.tbsship.com, which can be accessed by clicking on the webcast link. As soon as practicable, the webcast and the corresponding slides will be archived and will also be accessible on our website.

Replay:

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available from 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 9, 2008 until Friday, May 16, 2008 by dialing 1-888-286-8010 (from the US) or 1-617-801-6888 (International Dial In). Access Code: 45413552. A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call.

                  Consolidated Statements of Operations
                         For the First Quarter
                     Ended March 31, 2008 and 2007
         (In thousands, except for share and per share amounts)


                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         March 31,
                                                 -------------------------
                                                    2008           2007
                                                 ----------     ----------

 Revenue:
  Voyage revenue                                 $   98,160     $   51,939
  Time charter revenue                               32,726         18,069
  Other revenue                                         690            318
                                                 ----------     ----------
   Total revenue                                    131,576         70,326
                                                 ----------     ----------

 Operating expenses:
  Voyage                                             32,418         19,181
  Vessel                                             23,434         17,557
  Depreciation and amortization of vessels
   and other fixed assets                            13,493          8,414
  General and administrative                         11,767          7,180
  Loss from sale of vessel (1)                            0            779
                                                 ----------     ----------
   Total operating expenses                          81,112         53,111
                                                 ----------     ----------

 Income from operations                              50,464         17,215
                                                 ----------     ----------

 Other (expenses) and income:
  Interest expense                                   (3,437)        (2,772)
  Loss on extinguishment of debt (2)                 (2,318)             -
  Interest and other income (expense)                   669            (39)
                                                 ----------     ----------
   Total other (expenses) and income, net            (5,086)        (2,811)
                                                 ----------     ----------

 Net income                                      $   45,378     $   14,404
                                                 ==========     ==========

 Earnings per share:
 Net income per common share:
  Basic                                          $     1.62     $     0.51
  Diluted                                        $     1.62     $     0.51

 Weighted average common shares outstanding:
  Basic (3)                                      28,044,310     28,013,310
  Diluted                                        28,080,071     28,035,881



     Operating Data for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 and 2007


                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         March 31,
                                                 -------------------------
                                                    2008           2007
                                                 ----------     ----------
Other Operating Data:
  Controlled vessels (at end of period) (4)              42             33
  Chartered vessels (at end of period) (5)                1              4
  Freight Voyage days (6)                             2,375          1,898
  Vessel days (7)                                     3,739          3,186
  Tons of cargo shipped (8)                           2,044          1,502
  Revenue per ton (9)                            $    48.02     $    34.58
  Tons of cargo shipped, excluding
   aggregates (8) (10)                                  994            841
  Revenue per ton, excluding
   aggregates (9) (10)                           $    86.32     $    55.19
  Chartered-out days                                  1,030            994
  Chartered-out rate per day                     $   31,773     $   18,178
  TCE per day - Freight Voyages (11)             $   28,303     $   17,816
  TCE per day - Time Charters - Out (12)         $   30,339     $   17,115

(1)  The 2007 loss on sale of vessel represents the loss on the sale of the
     Maya Princess of $0.8 million.

(2)  In 2008 the loss on early extinguishment of debt represents the
     write-off of unamortized debt finance costs of $2.3 in connection with
     the amended and restated Bank of America credit facility on March 26,
     2008.

(3)  Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for 2008 and 2007
     includes 35,761 and 22,571 weighted average common shares,
     respectively, relating to the restricted Class A common shares granted
     to our employees and independent directors.

(4)  Controlled vessels are vessels that are owned or charter-in with an
     option to purchase. As of March 31, 2008, two vessels in the
     controlled fleet were chartered-in with an option to purchase.

(5)  Represents both vessels that were chartered-in under short-term
     charters (less than one year at the start of the charter) and charter
     in of vessels under long-term charters without an option to purchase.

(6)  Represents the number of days controlled and time-chartered vessels
     were operated by the Company performing freight voyages excluding
     off-hire days. Excludes time charter out days.

(7)  Represents the number of days that relate to vessel expense for
     controlled and time-chartered vessels. Vessel expense relating to
     controlled vessels is based on a 365-day year. Vessel expense relating
     to chartered-in vessels is based on the actual number of days the
     vessel is operated, excluding off-hire days.

(8)  In thousands.

(9)  Revenue per ton is a measurement unit for cargo carried that is
     dependent upon the weight of the cargo, and has been calculated using
     number of tons on which revenue is calculated, excluding time charter
     revenue.

(10) Aggregates represent high-volume, low-freighted cargo, which can
     overstate the amount of tons that is carried on a regular basis and
     accordingly reduces the revenue per ton. TBS believes that the
     exclusion of aggregates better reflects their cargo shipping and
     revenue per ton data for their principal services.

(11) Time Charter Equivalent or "TCE" rates are defined as voyage revenue
     less voyage expenses during the period divided by the number of
     available freight voyage days during the period. Voyage expenses
     include the following expenses: fuel, port call, commissions,
     stevedore and other cargo related and miscellaneous voyage expenses.
     No deduction is made for vessel or general and administrative
     expenses. TCE is an industry standard for measuring and analyzing
     fluctuations between financial periods and as a method of equating TCE
     revenue generated from a voyage charter to time charter revenue.

(12) Time Charter Equivalent or "TCE" rates for vessels that are time
     chartered out, are defined as time charter revenue during the period
     reduced by commissions divided by the number of available time charter
     days during the period. Commissions for vessels that are time
     chartered out for the three months ended March 31, 2008 and March 31,
     2007 were $1.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively. No deduction is
     made for vessel or general and administrative expenses. TCE is an
     industry standard for measuring and analyzing fluctuations between
     financial periods and as a method of equating TCE revenue generated
     from a voyage charter to time charter revenue. No voyage expenses are
     deducted because they are not applicable.

Balance Sheet Data

Please find below TBS' selected balance sheet data for the three months ended March 31, 2008 and 2007.

                                                  March 31,    December 31,
                                                    2008           2007
                                                 ----------     ----------
Balance Sheet Data (In thousands):

 Cash and cash equivalents                       $   54,867     $   30,498
 Working capital (deficit)                           (4,037)         1,744
 Total assets                                       757,258        559,113

 Long-term debt, including current portion          336,750        180,166
 Total shareholders' equity                         362,060        319,563

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Please find below TBS' EBITDA reconciliation for the three months ended March 31, 2008 and 2007.

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         March 31,
                                                 -------------------------
                                                    2008           2007
                                                 ----------     ----------

EBITDA Reconciliation (In thousands):
 Net Income                                      $   45,378     $   14,404
 Net interest expense                                 5,429          2,601
 Depreciation and Amortization                       13,493          8,414
                                                 ----------     ----------
EBITDA                                           $   64,300     $   25,419
                                                 ==========     ==========

Forward Looking Statements "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and observations.

Included among the factors that, in the company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in this press release are the following:

-- changes in demand;

-- a material decline or prolonged weakness in rates in the shipping market;

-- changes in rules and regulations applicable to the shipping industry, including, without limitation, legislation adopted by international organizations such as the International Maritime Organization and the European Union or by individual countries;

-- actions taken by regulatory authorities;

-- changes in trading patterns significantly impacting overall vessel tonnage requirements;

-- changes in the typical seasonal variations in charter rates;

-- increases in costs including without limitation: changes in production of or demand for oil and petroleum products, generally or in particular regions; crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs and maintenance;

-- changes in general domestic and international political conditions;

-- changes in the condition of the company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards (which may affect, among other things, the company's anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs);

-- availability to us and to China Communications Construction Company Ltd./ Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of satisfactory financing, China Communications Construction Company Ltd./ Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.'s ability to complete and deliver the vessels on the anticipated schedule and the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions in the shipbuilding agreements; and

-- other factors listed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2007 and its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

About TBS International Limited:

TBS is an ocean transportation services company that offers worldwide shipping solutions through liner, parcel and bulk services, and vessel chartering. TBS has developed its business around key trade routes between Latin America and China, Japan and South Korea, as well as select ports in North America, Africa and the Caribbean. TBS provides frequent regularly scheduled voyages in its network, as well as cargo scheduling, loading and discharge for its customers.

Visit our website at www.tbsship.com

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Company Contact:
    Ferdinand V. Lepere
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    TBS International Limited
    Tel. 914-961-1000
    InvestorRequest@tbsship.com

    Investor Relations / Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    Capital Link, Inc. New York
    Tel. 212-661-7566
    nbornozis@capitallink.com