Teekay Tankers Ltd.
NYSE : TNK

Teekay Tankers Ltd.

December 14, 2015 06:58 ET

Teekay Tankers Announces New Dividend Policy; Secures New $900 Million Debt Facility

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwired - Dec. 14, 2015) - Teekay Tankers Ltd. (Teekay Tankers or the Company) (NYSE:TNK) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new dividend policy, effective immediately, under which the Company intends to pay out 30 to 50 percent of its quarterly adjusted net income(1), with a minimum quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share, subject to any reserves determined to be required by the Company's Board of Directors. The new dividend policy will provide investors the opportunity to more directly participate in the earnings from the tanker market while also enable the Company to further strengthen its balance sheet.

Based on the Company's estimated results for the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company's Board of Directors has declared a fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.12 per share, representing a 400 percent increase from the previous fixed dividend of $0.03 per share. The cash dividend is payable on February 12, 2016 to all shareholders of record as at February 2, 2016.

Teekay Tankers also announced today that it has secured a new $900 million long-term debt facility that will mature in January 2021. The new facility will be used to refinance 36 of the Company's existing vessels, including the recently-acquired vessels that are secured by the Company's two bridge loan facilities which mature in early-2016, and the Company's main corporate revolving credit facility that matures in 2017. The new facility includes both a term loan and a revolving credit facility component, which will stretch out the Company's debt maturity profile as well as provide financial flexibility. The facility, which was led by Nordea and ABN AMRO, is expected to be completed in January 2016 subject to final documentation.

"During the past year, we have successfully expanded our owned fleet by 17 vessels through accretive acquisitions in addition to growing our in-the-money chartered-in fleet. Our new dividend policy will provide long-term investors the opportunity to more directly participate in the Company's strong free cash flow generation while enabling further de-levering of our balance sheet, which increases the Company's net asset value and further strengthens our financial position," commented Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers' Chief Executive Officer. "We believe the new dividend policy provides the right balance between prudently managing the balance sheet and distributing cash to shareholders. Given our desire to further de-lever our balance sheet over the near-term, the dividend declared for fourth quarter of 2015 is based on the lower end of the intended payout ratio of 30 to 50 percent of adjusted net income. Going forward, the payout ratio will be determined taking into account several factors, including the Company's financial leverage and potential growth opportunities, amongst others."

Mr. Mackay continued, "We are also grateful for the continued strong support we receive from our growing bank group, as represented by our new $900 million debt facility, which was 1.4 times oversubscribed. With the combination of these two key financial initiatives and the Company's well-timed fleet growth and renewal over the past year, we believe Teekay Tankers' shareholders are well-positioned to benefit from what we expect will continue to be a strong tanker market."

(1) Adjusted net income attributable to shareholders of Teekay Tankers is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted net income excludes specific items affecting net income that are typically excluded by securities analysts in their published estimates of the Company's financial results, including unrealized gains and losses from derivative instruments.

About Teekay Tankers

Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 43 double-hull tankers, including 22 Suezmax tankers, 12 Aframax tankers, 7 Long Range 2 (LR2) product tankers and 2 Medium-Range (MR) product tankers, and has 13 time charter-in tankers. Teekay Tankers' vessels are employed through a mix of short- or medium-term fixed-rate time charter contracts and spot tanker market trading. The Company also owns a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) through a 50 percent-owned joint venture. In addition, Teekay Tankers owns a ship-to-ship transfer business and a minority interest of approximately 10 percent in Tanker Investments Ltd. (OSE:TIL), which currently owns a fleet of 20 modern tankers. Teekay Tankers was formed in December 2007 by Teekay Corporation as part of its strategy to expand its conventional oil tanker business.

Teekay Tankers' common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TNK."

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) which reflect management's current views with respect to certain future events and performance, including statements regarding: the impact of the tanker market and recent acquisitions on the Company's earnings, free cash flow, net asset value and future dividends; tanker market fundamentals; future dividend payout ratio; and the impact on the Company's debt maturity profile and financial flexibility as a result of the new $900 million long-term debt facility. The following factors are among those that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, and that should be considered in evaluating any such statement: changes in the production of, or demand for, oil or refined products; changes in trading patterns significantly affecting overall vessel tonnage requirements; greater or less than anticipated levels of tanker newbuilding orders and deliveries and greater or less than anticipated rates of tanker scrapping; changes in global oil prices; changes in applicable industry laws and regulations and the timing of implementation of new laws and regulations; the amount of cash reserves established by the Company's Board of Directors; actual payout ratio determined by the Company's Board of Directors; failure by the Company to complete the new $900 million long-term debt facility; changes in interest rates and the financial markets; increased costs; and other factors discussed in Teekay Tankers' filings from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and Form 6-K for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly 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 such statement is based.

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