Teekay Tankers Ltd.
NYSE : TNK

Teekay Tankers Ltd.

May 15, 2009 08:30 ET

Teekay Tankers Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Highlights - On May 14, 2009, declared a cash dividend of $0.59 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. - Reported fourth quarter adjusted net income of $13.0 million, or $0.52 per share (excluding an unrealized loss of $13.8 million, or $0.55 per share, relating to the change in fair value of an interest rate swap agreement). - Earned average TCE of $33,971 per day on the spot Aframax fleet and $46,497 per day on the spot Suezmax fleet during the quarter ended December 31, 2008.

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - Teekay Tankers Ltd. (Teekay Tankers or the Company) (NYSE:TNK) today reported its fourth quarter and annual results for 2008. On February 24, 2009, the Company declared a dividend of $0.72 per share for the fourth quarter of 2008, representing a total cash dividend of $17.9 million(1). In total, the Company paid cash dividends of $3.39 per share relating to calendar year 2008.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company earned an average Suezmax spot rate of $46,497 per day and average Aframax spot rate of $33,971 per day. Rates decreased from the record-high rates realized in the third quarter of 2008 primarily due to slowing demand for oil as a result of a global economic downturn.

On May 14, 2009, the Company declared a dividend of $0.59 per share for the first quarter of 2009, representing a total cash dividend of $14.75 million.

Teekay Tankers' policy is to pay a variable quarterly dividend equal to its Cash Available for Distribution(2), subject to any reserves its board of directors may from time to time determine are required. Since the Company's initial public offering in December 2007, it has paid a dividend for five consecutive quarters, which now totals $3.98 per share on a cumulative basis (including the $0.59 per share dividend to be paid on May 29, 2009).

During the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company fixed two of its Aframax tankers (the Kyeema Spirit and the Kareela Spirit) on fixed-rate time-charters for a period of three years and recently entered into a nine-month time-charter extension for the Aframax tanker, the Everest Spirit. With these additional fixed-rate charters, Teekay Tankers has now fixed 62 percent, 41 percent, and 27 percent of its operating days for 2009, 2010, and 2011, respectively, at an average rate of approximately $30,000 per day.

"Active management of our fleet between fixed-rate and spot charters is a key component of our strategy and has positioned Teekay Tankers to be able to pay an attractive dividend, even in today's relatively weak tanker market," commented Bjorn Moller, Teekay Tankers' Chief Executive Officer. "With almost two-thirds of our 2009 fleet operating days locked-in at attractive rates under fixed-rate time-charter contracts, Teekay Tankers would, as an example, be able to pay an annualized dividend of about $0.90 per share even if Aframax and Suezmax spot tanker rates were to fall to $10,000 per day." Mr. Moller continued, "Spot tanker rates have declined significantly from the record rates achieved in 2008 and are likely to remain under pressure for the remainder of 2009 due to weak market fundamentals. However, any recovery in the global economy beginning next year would stimulate oil demand and thus be positive for tanker rates. 2010 is also the timing of the mandated phase-out of the world's single-hull tanker fleet, which would lend further support to the tanker market. Teekay Tankers' fleet employment profile is well matched to these market fundamentals, with our high degree of fixed-rate cover for 2009 and our gradually rising spot market exposure from 2010."



(1) Please refer to Appendix A to this release for the calculation of
the cash dividend amount.
(2) Cash Available for Distribution represents net (loss) income plus
depreciation and amortization, unrealized losses from derivatives,
non-cash items and any write-offs or other non-recurring items less
unrealized gains from derivatives.


Estimated Second Quarter 2009 Dividend

The table below presents the estimated cash dividend per share for the quarter ending June 30, 2009 at various average rates earned by the Company's spot tanker fleet and reflects the contribution from its existing fixed-rate time-charter contracts, but excludes the annual profit share from the Ganges Spirit to be paid in the second quarter of 2009. These estimates are based on current assumptions and actual dividends may differ materially from those included in the following table:



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Q2 2009 Estimated
Dividend Per Share Suezmax Spot Rate Assumption (TCE per day)
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$10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000
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$10,000 $0.23 $0.27 $0.30 $0.36 $0.41 $0.47
Aframax -------------------------------------------------------------
Spot $15,000 $0.28 $0.32 $0.36 $0.41 $0.47 $0.52
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Assumption $20,000 $0.34 $0.37 $0.41 $0.47 $0.52 $0.57
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$25,000 $0.39 $0.42 $0.46 $0.52 $0.57 $0.61
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$30,000 $0.44 $0.48 $0.51 $0.57 $0.61 $0.67
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$35,000 $0.49 $0.53 $0.57 $0.61 $0.67 $0.72
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$40,000 $0.55 $0.58 $0.61 $0.67 $0.72 $0.77
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$45,000 $0.60 $0.62 $0.66 $0.72 $0.77 $0.82
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(i) Estimated dividend per share is based on Cash Available for
Distribution, less $0.9 million for principal payments related
to one of the Company's debt facilities and less $2 million reserve
for estimated dry docking costs. Excluded from the above table is an
additional $0.10 to $0.12 per share of annual estimated profit share
for the Ganges Spirit to be recognized and paid in the second quarter
of 2009. Cash Available for Distribution represents net (loss) income
plus depreciation and amortization, unrealized losses from derivatives,
non-cash items and any write-offs or other non-recurring items less
unrealized gains from derivatives.


Teekay Tankers' Fleet

The following table summarizes the Company's fleet as of May 1, 2009:



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Aframax Fleet Suezmax Fleet Number of Owned Vessels
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Time-Charter Vessels 6 1 7

Spot Vessels 3 1 4
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Total 9 2 11
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As previously announced, the Everest Spirit has extended its time-charter agreement for an additional nine months at a fixed-rate of $26,500 per day, which is expected to commence in late May or early June 2009.

Teekay Tankers has the right to purchase from Teekay Corporation (Teekay) two existing Suezmax tankers at fair market value. The Company also anticipates additional opportunities to expand its fleet through acquisitions of tankers from third parties and from time to time additional tankers offered from Teekay. This may include crude oil and product tankers.

Financial Summary

The Company reported a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.03 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2008, compared to net income of $19.6 million, or $0.78 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2008. The results for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 included an unrealized loss relating to the change in fair value of an interest rate swap that had the net effect of decreasing net income by $13.8 million, or $0.55 per share, compared to an unrealized loss that had the net effect of decreasing net income by $1.4 million, or $0.06 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2008. Excluding the unrealized losses relating to the interest rate swap, net income would have been $13.0 million ($0.52 per share) and $20.9 million ($0.84 per share) for the three months ended December 31, 2008 and September 30, 2008, respectively. Net voyage revenues(1) for the three months ended December 31, 2008 were $32.0 million, compared to $41.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2008.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $51.8 million, or $2.03 per share, compared to net income of $40.6 million, or $2.76 per share, for the same period of the prior year. The results for the year ended December 31, 2008 included an unrealized loss relating to the change in fair value of an interest rate swap that had the net effect of decreasing net income by $14.2 million, or $0.57 per share. Net voyage revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased to $142.3 million from $108.2 million for the same period in 2007.

Operating Results

The following table highlights the operating performance of the Company's time-charter and spot vessels measured in net revenue per revenue day, or time-charter equivalent (TCE) rates, before pool management fees and commissions:



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Three Months Ended
December 31, 2008 September 30, 2008
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Time-Charter Fleet
Aframax revenue days 472 323
Aframax TCE per revenue day $31,766 $32,201
Suezmax revenue days 91 92
Suezmax TCE per revenue day(i) $31,516 $30,744

Spot Fleet
Aframax revenue days 344 492
Aframax TCE per revenue day $33,971 $47,425
Suezmax revenue days 73 92
Suezmax TCE per revenue day $46,497 $65,254

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Total Fleet
Aframax revenue days 816 815
Aframax TCE per revenue day $32,695 $41,393
Suezmax revenue days 164 184
Suezmax TCE per revenue day $38,185 $48,013

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(i) The Ganges Spirit is employed on a time-charter contract at a
base rate of $30,500 per day with a profit sharing agreement
whereby Teekay Tankers is entitled to the first $3,000 per day
of the vessel's earnings above the base rate and 50 percent of
the earnings above $33,500 per day. The profit share amount is
determined on an annual basis for the period from June 1 to
May 31 in the second quarter of each year.


Liquidity

As of December 31, 2008, the Company had total liquidity of $72.4 million which consisted of $26.7 million of cash and $45.7 million in an undrawn revolving credit facility. As of March 31, 2009, the Company's total liquidity increased to $78.1 million.



(1) Net voyage revenues represents voyage revenues less voyage expenses.
Net voyage revenues is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain
investors to measure the financial performance of shipping companies.
Please see the Company's website at www.teekaytankers.com for a
reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure.


About Teekay Tankers

Teekay Tankers Ltd. was formed in December 2007 by Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) as part of its strategy to expand its conventional oil tanker business. Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of nine double-hull Aframax tankers and two double-hull Suezmax tankers, which an affiliate of Teekay Corporation manages through a mix of short- or medium-term fixed-rate time-charter contracts and spot tanker market trading. Teekay Tankers intends to distribute on a quarterly basis all of its cash available for distribution, subject to any reserves established by its board of directors.

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

Earnings Conference Call

The Company plans to host a conference call at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, May 15, 2009, to discuss its results for the fourth quarter and annual results for 2008 and the outlook for its business activities. All stockholders and interested parties are invited to listen to the live conference call at www.teekaytankers.com or by dialing (866) 322-2356, or (416) 640-3405 if outside North America, and quoting confirmation code 7817714. The Company plans to make available a recording of the conference call until midnight May 22, 2009 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (647) 436-0148, access code 7817714, or via the Company's web site until June 14, 2009.



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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data)

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Three Months Ended Year Ended
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December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2008 2008 2007 2008 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
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VOYAGE
REVENUES 32,852 41,543 41,334 144,169 155,690
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OPERATING
EXPENSES
Voyage
expenses 855 187 13,990 1,859 47,447
Vessel
operating
expenses 9,004 7,755 7,325 31,113 23,897
Depreciation
and
amortization 5,917 5,823 6,145 22,943 19,272
General
and
adminis-
trative (1) 705 3,394 3,612 7,670 13,403
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16,481 17,159 31,072 63,585 104,019
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Income
from
vessel
operations 16,371 24,384 10,262 80,584 51,671
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OTHER ITEMS
Interest
expense (2) (17,400) (4,888) (4,566) (29,272) (11,112)
Interest
income 117 68 - 475 -
Other
(expense)
income - net 65 (3) (9) 49 (8)
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(17,218) (4,823) (4,575) (28,748) (11,120)
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Net (loss)
income (847) 19,561 5,687 51,836 40,551
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Earnings
(loss)
per share
- Basic
and
diluted (3) ($0.03) $0.78 $0.38 $2.03 $2.76
Weighted-
average
number of
Class A
common
shares
outstanding
- Basic
and
diluted
(4) 12,500,000 12,500,000 4,021,739 12,500,000 2,883,562
Weighted-
average
number of
Class B
common
shares
outstanding
- Basic
and
diluted
(4) 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000
Weighted-
average
number of
total
common
shares
outstanding
- Basic
and
diluted 25,000,000 25,000,000 16,521,739 25,000,000 15,383,562
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(1) General and administrative expense includes a $0.3 million recovery
and a $1.7 million expense for the three months ended December 31,
2008 September 30, 2008, respectively, and a $1.4 million expense for
the year ended December 31, 2008 relating to a performance fee for a
subsidiary of Teekay Corporation that manages the Company's fleet.
The management agreement generally entitles the manager to a performance
fee equal to 20 percent of all Gross Cash Available for Distribution in
a given fiscal year in excess of $3.20 per share, subject to
stockholders receiving at least $2.65 per share in annualized dividends
before any performance fee is paid. Gross Cash Available for
Distribution represents Cash Available for Distribution without giving
effect to any deductions for the performance fee and reduced by the
amount of any reserves the board of directors may have taken during the
applicable fiscal year that have not already reduced Cash Available for
Distribution. Cash Available for Distribution represents net income plus
depreciation and amortization, loan cost amortization, unrealized gains
and losses from derivatives, non-cash items and any write-offs or other
non-recurring items.
(2) Interest expense includes unrealized losses resulting from the change in
the fair value of an interest rate swap. The amounts recorded in the
financial results of the respective periods are summarized in the table
below.
(3) Results for two Suezmax tankers, the Ganges Spirit and the Narmada
Spirit, for the period prior to their acquisition on April 7, 2008 by
the Company when they were owned and operating under Teekay Corporation,
are referred to as the Dropdown Predecessor. Earnings per share is
determined by dividing net income, after deducting the amount of net
income attributable to the Dropdown Predecessor, by the weighted average
number of shares outstanding during the applicable period. The Company
has summarized the Dropdown Predecessor amounts in the financial results
of the respective periods in the table below.
(4) For periods prior to the Company's initial public offering on December
18, 2007, outstanding shares equals the number of common shares received
by Teekay Corporation in exchange for a 54% ownership in Teekay Tankers
at the time of the initial public offering.


Three Months Ended Year Ended
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December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2008 2008 2007 2008 2007
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Net
(loss)
income as
reported (847) 19,561 5,687 51,836 40,551
Unrealized
losses
from
change
in fair
value of
interest
rate swap 13,811 1,355 - 14,167 -
Net (income)
loss
attributable
to the
Dropdown
Predecessor - - 538 (1,110) 1,936
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Net income
excluding
the above
non-cash
items 12,964 20,916 6,225 64,893 42,487
Net
income
per share
excluding
the above
non-cash
items $0.52 $0.84 $0.38 $2.60 $2.76
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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

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As at December 31,
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2008 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited) (1)
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ASSETS
Cash 26,698 34,839
Accounts receivable
and pool receivable
from related parties 9,100 4,708
Other current assets 3,667 2,413
Due from affiliates 7,387 133,722
Vessels and equipment 433,978 446,541
Other non-current assets 3,437 2,731
Goodwill 4,670 4,670
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Total assets 488,937 629,624
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LIABILITIES AND
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilities 8,691 5,218
Current portion of
long-term debt 3,600 3,600
Current portion of
derivative instruments 2,716 894
Other current liabilities 379 451
Due to affiliates 2,305 2,434
Long-term debt 325,228 328,507
Other long-term liabilities 23,712 7,969
Stockholders' equity 122,306 280,551
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Total liabilities and
stockholders' equity 488,937 629,624
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(1) The balance sheet as of December 31, 2007 has been
retroactively adjusted for the two Suezmax tankers,
the Ganges Spirit and the Narmada Spirit, which were
acquired from Teekay Corporation on April 7, 2008, as
if the vessels had been acquired by Teekay Tankers on
August 1, 2007, the date the vessels were acquired
by Teekay Corporation.


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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

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Year Ended December 31,
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2008 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited)
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Cash and cash equivalents
provided by (used for)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
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Net operating cash flow 77,573 62,463
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FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from long-term debt 125,000 437,604
Repayments of long-term debt (18,600) (327,204)
Debt issuance costs (276) (1,672)
Proceeds from long-term debt
of Dropdown Predecessor 44,027 107,621
Repayments of long-term debt
of Dropdown Predecessor (153,656) (109,400)
Net advances to affiliates (9,002) (334,342)
Proceeds from issuance of
Class A common stock - 209,648
Repurchase of Class A
common stock (203) (27,422)
Contribution (return)
of capital 1,020 18,730
Cash dividends paid (69,625) -
Share issuance costs (1,130) -
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Net financing cash flow (82,445) (26,437)
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INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Expenditures for vessels
and equipment (3,269) (1,187)
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Net investing cash flow (3,269) (1,187)
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(Decrease) increase in
cash and cash equivalents (8,141) 34,839
Cash and cash equivalents,
beginning of the year 34,839 -
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Cash and cash equivalents,
end of the year 26,698 34,839
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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.

APPENDIX A - CASH DIVIDEND CALCULATION

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)

Cash Available for Distribution

The Company has adopted a dividend policy to pay a variable quarterly dividend equal to its Cash Available for Distribution, subject to any reserves its board of directors may from time to time determine are required for the prudent conduct of its business. Cash Available for Distribution represents net income plus depreciation and amortization, unrealized losses from derivatives, non-cash items and any write-offs or other non-recurring items, less unrealized gains from derivatives.



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Three Months Ended December 31, 2008
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(unaudited)
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Net loss (847)
Add:
Depreciation and amortization 5,917
Unrealized loss from interest rate swap 13,811

Less:
Other non-cash items (34)
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Cash Available for Distribution 18,847

Less:
Reserve for debt principal repayment (900)
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Cash dividend 17,947

Weighted-average number of total common shares outstanding 25,000,000

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Cash dividend per share (rounded) $0.72
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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 Company's future growth prospects; tanker market fundamentals, including the balance of supply and demand in the tanker market, and spot tanker charter rates; the estimated dividends per share for the quarter ending June 30, 2009 based on various spot tanker rates; results of the Company's mix of spot market and time-charter trading; the Company's ability to generate surplus cash flow and pay dividends; and the potential for Teekay Tankers to acquire additional vessels from third parties or Teekay Corporation, including the two existing Suezmax tankers which Teekay Corporation is obligated to offer the Company. 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; changes in trading patterns significantly affecting overall vessel tonnage requirements; changes in applicable industry laws and regulations and the timing of implementation of new laws and regulations; the potential for early termination of short- or medium-term contracts and inability of the Company to renew or replace short- or medium-term contracts; changes in interest rates and the capital markets; increases in the Company's expenses, including any unscheduled drydocking expenses; the Company's ability to raise financing to purchase additional vessels; the ability of Teekay Tankers' board of directors to establish cash reserves for the prudent conduct of Teekay Tankers' business or otherwise; 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, 2007. 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.

Contact Information

  • Teekay Tankers Ltd.
    Kent Alekson
    Investor Relations enquiries
    (604) 844-6654
    or
    Teekay Tankers Ltd.
    Alana Duffy
    Media enquiries
    (604) 844-6605
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