Teekay Tankers Ltd.
NYSE : TNK

Teekay Tankers Ltd.

February 27, 2008 23:57 ET

Teekay Tankers Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2008) - Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) -

Highlights

- Completed the initial public offering of 11.5 million common shares on December 18, 2007

- Declared a cash dividend of $0.115 per share for the 14-day period from December 18, 2007 to December 31, 2007

- Achieved TCE of $38,626 per day on the spot Aframax fleet during the 14-day post-IPO period

Teekay Tankers Ltd. (Teekay Tankers or the Company) today reported its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2007. On December 18, 2007, Teekay Tankers completed its initial public offering (IPO) of 11.5 million common shares at $19.50 per share, raising net proceeds of approximately $208.2 million that it used to repay debt owed to its parent company, Teekay Corporation (Teekay).

Net income for the period from December 18, 2007 to December 31, 2007 was $2.3 million. On February 6, 2008, Teekay Tankers declared a cash dividend of $0.115 per share for the 14-day period from December 18, 2007 to December 31, 2007, representing a total cash dividend of $2.875 million(1). The dividend will be paid on February 29, 2008 to all shareholders of record on February 15, 2008.

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2007 was $6.2 million, compared to net income of $8.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007. Net voyage revenues(2) for the three months ended December 31, 2007 were $21.2 million, compared to $22.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007.

Operating Results

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



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December 18, Three Three
2007 to Months Ended Months Ended
December 31, December 31, September 30
2007 2007 2007
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Time-Charter Aframax Fleet
Revenue days (3) 56 240 230
TCE per revenue day (4) $32,063 $33,182 $33,981

Spot-Charter Aframax Fleet
Revenue days (3) 70 588 598
TCE per revenue day (4) $38,626 $22,610 $23,890

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Total Aframax Fleet
Revenue days (3) 126 828 828
TCE per revenue day (4) $35,709 $25,679 $26,692

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(1) Refer to Appendix A for the calculation of the cash dividend amount.
(2) 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.
(3) Revenue days excludes offhire days.
(4) TCE per day excludes Aframax Pool management fees.


Spot tanker freight rates strengthened significantly towards the end of the fourth quarter of 2007 rising to near record highs in December 2007 and into January 2008. However, the financial benefit of the increase in spot tanker rates had only a minimal impact on the fourth quarter financial results due to the timing difference between booking voyages and the physical commencement of voyages. The main drivers behind the strengthening in rates were the restocking of low global oil inventories, a rise in global oil supply as OPEC increased output, and the completion of oil field and refinery maintenance. These factors occurred later than normal, and as a result tanker rates did not strengthen until late in the fourth quarter of 2007. Although tanker rates have declined from the high levels experienced early in the first quarter of 2008, they remain at high levels compared to historical averages.

As of February 13, 2008, the International Energy Agency (IEA) was forecasting global oil demand growth of 1.7 mb/d (or 1.9 percent) for 2008 which would be the highest since 2004. Developing regions such as China, other parts of Asia and the Middle East are expected to lead majority of the increase in global oil consumption.

In December 2007, an accident involving a single-hull VLCC, owned and operated by Far Eastern interests, resulted in a large oil spill off the coast of South Korea. The incident subsequently led to certain Asian countries accelerating their single-hull tanker phase-out schedule and several major regional charterers announcing a voluntary moratorium on the use single-hull tankers from 2009 onwards. Teekay Tankers and Teekay have no single-hull tankers in their conventional tanker fleets.

Tanker sales for dry bulk carrier conversion continued to rise during the fourth quarter and the majority of these vessels are expected to leave the world tanker fleet during 2008, which would have a dampening effect on overall tanker supply growth.

Teekay Tankers' Fleet

The following table summarizes the Company's fleet as of February 27, 2008:



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Number of
Aframax Fleet Owned Vessels
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Time-Charter Vessels 5

Spot-Charter Vessels 4
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Total 9
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In February 2008, one of the Company's Aframax tankers, the Everest Spirit, commenced a one-year fixed-rate time-charter at a rate of $31,400 per day. This vessel was previously trading in the spot market but has now been included as a time-charter vessel in the above fleet list.

Future Growth Opportunities

Teekay has agreed to offer the Company, within 18 months following the completion of Teekay Tankers' IPO, the right to purchase from it up to four existing Suezmax-class oil tankers. The Company anticipates additional opportunities to expand its fleet through acquisitions of tankers from third parties and additional tankers that it expects Teekay Corporation will offer to it from time to time. These tankers may include crude oil and product tankers.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2007, the Company had total liquidity of $149.8 million, comprising $34.8 million in cash and $115.0 million in an undrawn revolving credit facility.

About Teekay Tankers Ltd.

Teekay Tankers Ltd. is a Marshall Islands corporation recently formed by Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) as part of its strategy to expand its conventional oil tanker business. Teekay Tankers Ltd. currently owns a fleet of nine double-hull Aframax-class oil 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. In addition, Teekay Corporation has agreed to offer to Teekay Tankers Ltd., within 18 months following the completion of its initial public offering on December 18, 2007, the opportunity to purchase up to four existing Suezmax-class oil tankers. Teekay Tankers Ltd. 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 trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TNK".

Earnings Conference Call

The Company plans to host a conference call at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 28, 2008, to discuss the Company's results and the outlook for its business activities. All stockholders and interested parties are invited to listen to the live conference call and view the Company's earnings presentation through the Company's web site at www.teekaytankers.com. The Company plans to make available a recording of the conference call until midnight March 7, 2008 by dialing (866) 203-1112 or (647) 436-0148, access code 7797154, or via the Company's web site until March 30, 2008.



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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(1)
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data)
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December 18, October 1, Three Three
2007 to 2007 to Months Ended Months Ended
December 31, December 17, December 31, September 30,
2007 2007 2007 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
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VOYAGE REVENUES 5,696 29,393 35,089 33,955
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OPERATING EXPENSES
Voyage expenses 1,307 12,632 13,939 11,802
Vessel operating
expenses 923 5,161 6,084 5,659
Depreciation and
amortization 599 3,340 3,939 3,919
General and
administrative 240 2,853 3,093 2,863
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3,069 23,986 27,055 24,243
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Income from vessel
operations 2,627 5,407 8,034 9,712
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OTHER ITEMS
Interest expense (361) (1,439) (1,800) (1,348)
Foreign exchange gain
(loss) - (9) (9) 2
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(361) (1,448) (1,809) (1,346)
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Net income 2,266 3,959 6,225 8,366
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Earnings per share
- Basic and diluted $0.09 $0.29 $0.41 $0.62
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Weighted-average
number of Class A
common shares
outstanding
- Basic and
diluted (2) 12,500,000 1,000,000 2,750,000 1,000,000
Weighted-average
number of Class B
common shares
outstanding
- Basic and
diluted (2) 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000
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Weighted-average
number of total
common shares
outstanding
- Basic and
diluted 25,000,000 13,500,000 15,250,000 13,500,000
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(1) During October 2007, Teekay Corporation formed Teekay Tankers Ltd., a
Marshall Islands corporation. Prior to the closing of the Company's
initial public offering on December 18, 2007, a subsidiary of Teekay
Corporation transferred to the Company nine wholly owned subsidiaries,
each of which owns one Aframax-class oil tanker, in exchange for
12,500,000 shares of the Company's Class B common stock, 2,500,000
shares of the Company's Class A common stock and a $180.8 million
non-interest bearing promissory note. Prior to these contributions to
the Company, Teekay Corporation transferred seven of the nine Aframax
tankers to seven new ship-owning subsidiaries. The accounts of the
remaining two wholly owned subsidiaries and any transactions
specifically attributable to these nine vessels in Teekay Corporation
or other subsidiaries of Teekay Corporation which were not contributed
to the Company are collectively referred to as Teekay Tankers
Predecessor or the Predecessor. These transfers represent a
reorganization of entities under common control and have been recorded
at historical cost. The combined carve-out financial statements for the
periods prior to December 18, 2007 reflect the combined carve-out
financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the
Predecessor.
(2) For periods prior to the Company's initial public offering on
December 18, 2007, represents the number of common shares received by
Teekay Corporation in exchange for a 54% ownership in Teekay Tankers
Ltd. at the time of the initial public offering.


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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
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As at As at
December 31, December 31,
2007 2006
(unaudited) (unaudited)
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ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents 34,839 -
Due from affiliates 4,735 -
Other current assets 2,178 14,204
Vessels and equipment 267,729 282,451
Other assets 1,574 1,970
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Total Assets 311,055 298,625
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LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY/
OWNER'S EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 4,615 7,854
Current portion of long-term debt 3,600 3,600
Advances from affiliates - 42,496
Long-term debt 145,500 35,100
Other long-term liabilities 7,815 -
Stockholders' equity/owner's equity 149,525 209,575
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Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity/
Owner's Equity 311,055 298,625
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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
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Years Ended
December 31,
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2007 2006
(unaudited) (unaudited)
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Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used for)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
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Net operating cash flow 61,262 62,170
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FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from long-term debt 437,604 154,004
Capitalized loan cost (1,287) (398)
Scheduled repayments of long-term debt (3,600) (3,600)
Prepayments of long-term debt (323,604) (336,951)
Repayment of note payable (259,800) -
Net advances to affiliates (1,453) (1,179)
Contribution/(return) of capital (55,564) 126,976
Proceeds from issuance of Common Stock 209,648 -
Repurchase of Common Stock (27,422) -
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Net financing cash flow (25,478) (61,148)
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INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Expenditures for vessels and equipment (945) (1,022)
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Net investing cash flow (945) (1,022)
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Increase in cash and cash equivalents 34,839 -
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
the period - -
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Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period 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, loan cost amortization, non-cash tax costs and any write-offs or other non-recurring items.



For the 14-day period
December 18 to
December 31, 2007
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(unaudited)

Net Income 2,266
Add:
Depreciation and amortization 599
Loan cost amortization 9
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Cash Available for Distribution 2,874
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Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 25,000,000

Cash dividend per share $ 0.115
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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; and the potential for Teekay Corporation to offer to Teekay Tankers Ltd. the opportunity to purchase tankers, including the four existing Suezmax-class oil tankers which Teekay Corporation is obligated to offer the Company within 18 months following the completion of Teekay Tankers' IPO. 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 long-term contracts and inability of the Company to renew or replace long-term contracts; the Company's ability to raise financing to purchase additional vessels; and other factors discussed in the Registration Statement of Teekay Tankers Ltd. on Form F-1 dated December 12, 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.
    Dave Drummond
    Investor Relations Enquiries Contact
    (604) 609-6442
    or
    Teekay Tankers Ltd.
    Alana Duffy
    Media Enquiries Contact
    (604) 844-6605
    Website: www.teekaytankers.com