Teekay Tankers Ltd.
NYSE : TNK

Teekay Tankers Ltd.

December 18, 2008 16:06 ET

Teekay Tankers Ltd. Reports Third Quarter Results

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2008) - Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) -

Highlights

- On November 24, 2008, declared a cash dividend of $1.07 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2008, up from $0.90 per share paid for the previous quarter.

- Reported third quarter net income of $19.6 million, or $0.78 per share (including an unrealized loss of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per share, relating to the change in fair value of an interest rate swap agreement).

- Net voyage revenues increased to $41.4 million, up 16.3 percent from the previous quarter.

- Earned average TCE of $47,425 per day on the spot Aframax fleet, and $65,254 per day on the spot Suezmax fleet during the quarter ended September 30, 2008.

Teekay Tankers Ltd. (Teekay Tankers or the Company) today reported net income of $19.6 million, or $0.78 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2008, compared to net income of $22.6 million, or $0.89 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2008. The results for the quarter ended September 30, 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 $1.4 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to an unrealized gain that had the net effect of increasing net income by $5.4 million, or $0.22 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2008. Net voyage revenues(1) for the three months ended September 30, 2008 were $41.4 million, compared to $35.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2008.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 was $52.7 million, or $2.06 per share, compared to net income of $34.9 million, or $2.42 per share, for the same period last year. The results for the nine months ended September 30, 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 $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share. Net voyage revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 increased to $110.3 million from $80.9 million for the same period in 2007.

On November 24, 2008, Teekay Tankers' board of directors declared a cash dividend of $1.07 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2008, representing a total cash dividend of $26.8 million(2). The dividend was paid on December 10, 2008 to all shareholders of record on December 3, 2008.

"We are pleased to report another strong quarter of operational performance as reflected in this quarter's dividend payment of $1.07 per share and total dividends for the first three quarters of 2008 of $2.67 per share," commented Bjorn Moller, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Tankers. "The foundations of our business model - tactical management of the fleet's mix of spot and time-charter trading in an effort to shield us from lows of the spot tanker market while retaining upside opportunities, a strong liquidity position coupled with a spot fleet cash flow breakeven level below zero, and what we consider a favorable debt profile with limited principal payments for several years - allows us to generate surplus cash flow and pay a high dividend even in today's challenging economic and financial climate."

(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.

(2) Please refer to Appendix A to this release for the calculation of the cash dividend amount.

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
September 30, 2008 June 30, 2008
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Time-Charter Fleet
Aframax revenue days 323 394
Aframax TCE per revenue day $32,201 $31,226
Suezmax revenue days 92 91
Suezmax TCE per revenue day (1) $30,744 $42,366

Spot Fleet
Aframax revenue days 492 329
Aframax TCE per revenue day $47,425 $43,828
Suezmax revenue days 92 91
Suezmax TCE per revenue day $65,254 $67,755

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Total Fleet
Aframax revenue days 815 723
Aframax TCE per revenue day $41,393 $36,962
Suezmax revenue days 184 182
Suezmax TCE per revenue day $48,013 $55,061
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Tanker Market

Average spot tanker freight rates during the third quarter of 2008 were the highest on record for a third quarter. This counter-seasonal strength in tanker freight rates was primarily due to higher volumes of oil production from ton-mile intensive OPEC producers, rising crude oil import volumes into the United States, China and India, as well as other factors, including port delays in the United States and Japan and stockpiling of oil ahead of the Olympics in China.

Rates have also been supported in the second half of 2008 by a dampening of tanker supply growth due to the removal of tankers from the global fleet for conversion purposes and an increase in scrapping compared to previous years. During the first nine months of 2008, the world tanker fleet grew by three percent, a decrease from the annual fleet supply growth rate of approximately six percent experienced for the same period in 2006 and 2007.

During the fourth quarter of 2008, rates for very large crude carriers have eased as OPEC producers implemented production cutbacks in response to declining oil prices. In comparison, rates for medium-sized crude oil tankers have remained relatively firm, primarily due to the seasonal increase in oil demand during the northern hemisphere winter, rising volumes of non-OPEC production as seasonal maintenance was completed in the North Sea and weather-related delays, particularly in the Bosphorus Straits.

(1) 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 fifty 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. During the quarter ended June 30, 2008, Teekay Tankers recognized approximately $1.0 million in profit sharing revenue relating to the period from April 7, 2008 (date of acquisition) to May 31, 2008. In accordance with US GAAP, no accrual was made for the profit share amount relating to the period from June 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008, since the profit share amount is determined on an annual basis.

Teekay Tankers' Fleet

The following table summarizes the Company's fleet as of December 1, 2008:



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Aframax Suezmax Number of
Fleet Fleet 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 of December 1, 2008, 55 percent and 42 percent of the aggregate ship days for the Company's current fleet for 2009 and 2010, respectively, were subject to fixed-rates. In mid-November, three-year, fixed-rate time-charters commenced for two Aframax tankers, the Kareela Spirit and the Kyeema Spirit, at $31,000 per day and $28,825 per day, respectively. In early August 2008, the Company entered into a one-year time-charter for an Aframax tanker, the Nassau Spirit, at $39,000 per day. Both the charterer and Teekay Tankers have the option to extend this time-charter for an additional year at rates of $39,250 per day and $32,500 per day, respectively.

Estimated Fourth Quarter 2008 Dividend

The following table presents the estimated dividend per share for the quarter ending December 31, 2008 at various prospective average rates earned by the Company's spot tanker fleet and reflects the contribution from its existing fixed-rate time-charter contracts. These estimates are based on current assumptions and actual dividends may differ materially from those included in the following table:



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Q4 2008 Estimated Suezmax Spot TCE Rate Per Day
Dividend Per Share(i) ----------------------------------------------------
$30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 $80,000
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$20,000 $0.54 $0.57 $0.61 $0.64 $0.68 $0.70
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$25,000 $0.59 $0.63 $0.67 $0.70 $0.73 $0.76
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$30,000 $0.65 $0.69 $0.72 $0.75 $0.78 $0.82
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Aframax $35,000 $0.71 $0.74 $0.77 $0.80 $0.84 $0.87
Spot TCE Rate ------------------------------------------------------------
Per Day $40,000 $0.76 $0.79 $0.83 $0.86 $0.90 $0.93
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$45,000 $0.81 $0.85 $0.88 $0.92 $0.95 $0.99
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$50,000 $0.87 $0.90 $0.94 $0.97 $1.01 $1.04
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$55,000 $0.92 $0.96 $1.00 $1.03 $1.07 $1.10
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$60,000 $0.98 $1.02 $1.05 $1.09 $1.12 $1.16
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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. Cash Available for Distribution
represents estimated net income plus depreciation and amortization,
loan cost amortization, non-cash items and any write-offs or other non-
recurring items.


Future Growth Opportunities

Teekay Corporation (Teekay) has agreed to offer the Company, prior to June 18, 2009, the right to purchase from it an additional two existing Suezmax tankers. The Company anticipates additional opportunities to expand its fleet through acquisitions of tankers from third parties and additional tankers that it expects Teekay will offer to it from time to time. This may include crude oil and product tankers.

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2008, the Company had total liquidity of $72.5 million comprised of $16.9 million of cash and $55.6 million in an undrawn revolving credit facility.

About Teekay Tankers Ltd.

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. In addition, Teekay Corporation has agreed to offer to Teekay Tankers, prior to June 18, 2009, the opportunity to purchase an additional two existing Suezmax tankers. 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 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 19, 2008, to discuss its results for the third quarter of 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 (877) 723-9520, or (719) 325-4749 if outside North America, and quoting confirmation code 1889432. The Company plans to make available a recording of the conference call until midnight December 26, 2008 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (647) 436-0148, access code 6870104, or via the Company's web site until January 18, 2009.



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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (1)
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data)
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Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
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September June September September September
30, 2008 30, 2008 30, 2007 30, 2008 30, 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) unaudited)

VOYAGE
REVENUES 41,543 36,282 37,093 111,317 114,356
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OPERATING
EXPENSES
Voyage
expenses 187 709 11,846 1,004 33,457
Vessel
operating
expenses 7,755 7,650 6,457 22,109 16,572
Depreci-
ation
and
amorti-
zation 5,823 5,559 5,318 17,026 13,127
General
and
admini-
strative
(2) 3,394 1,670 3,276 6,965 9,791
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17,159 15,588 26,897 47,104 72,947
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Income
from
vessel
operations 24,384 20,694 10,196 64,213 41,409
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OTHER
ITEMS
Interest
(expense)
gain (3) (4,888) 1,716 (3,230) (11,872) (6,546)
Interest
income 68 225 - 358 -
Other
(expense)
income -
net (3) (7) 1 (16) 1
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(4,823) 1,934 (3,229) (11,530) (6,545)
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Net income 19,561 22,628 6,967 52,683 34,864
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Earnings
per share
- Basic
and
diluted
(4) $ 0.78 $ 0.89 $ 0.56 $ 2.06 $ 2.42
Weighted-
average
number of
Class
A common
shares
outstand-
ing
- Basic
and
diluted
(5) 12,500,000 12,500,000 2,500,000 12,500,000 2,500,000
Weighted-
average
number of
Class
B common
shares
outstand-
ing
- Basic
and
diluted
(5) 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000 12,500,000
Weighted-
average
number of
total
common
shares
outstand-
ing
- Basic
and
diluted 25,000,000 25,000,000 15,000,000 25,000,000 15,000,000
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(1) In October 2007, Teekay Corporation formed Teekay Tankers. 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. For periods prior to the initial public offering, the
results presented reflect 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. These
transfers represent a reorganization of entities under common control
and have been recorded at historical cost.

(2) General and administrative expense for the three and nine months ended
September 30, 2008 includes an accrual of $1.7 million 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, non-cash items and any write-offs or other non-recurring
items.

(3) Interest (expense) gain for the three and nine months ended September
30, 2008, includes unrealized losses of $1.4 million and $0.4 million,
respectively, due to the change in the fair value of an interest rate
swap agreement.

(4) 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. For the
three months ended September 30, 2008, June 30, 2008 and September 30,
2007, net income was increased by nil and $0.3 million and decreased
by $1.4 million, respectively, due to the inclusion of the Dropdown
Predecessor. For the nine months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007,
net income increased by $1.1 million and decreased by $1.4 million,
respectively, due to the inclusion of 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.

(5) 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.


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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
September 30, 2008 December 31, 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited) (1)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents 16,873 34,839
Accounts receivable and due from
pools 20,957 4,708
Other current assets 4,009 2,413
Due from affiliates 4,979 133,722
Vessels and equipment 436,354 446,541
Other non-current assets 4,017 2,731
Goodwill 4,670 4,670
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Total assets 491,859 629,624
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LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued
liabilities 8,797 5,669
Current portion of long-term debt 3,600 3,600
Current portion of derivative
instruments 1,239 894
Due to affiliates 3,580 2,434
Long-term debt 316,128 328,507
Other long-term liabilities 8,614 7,969
Stockholders' equity 149,901 280,551
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Total liabilities and stockholders'
equity 491,859 629,624
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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 dates 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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Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2008 2007
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used for)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
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Net operating cash flow 49,074 47,936
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FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from long-term debt 115,000 230,862
Debt issuance costs (276) (417)
Prepayments of long-term debt (17,700) (220,770)
Proceeds from long-term debt of Dropdown
Predecessor 44,027 872
Repayments of long-term debt of Dropdown
Predecessor (153,656) -
Net advances to affiliates (9,002) (1,245)
Contribution (return) of capital 1,020 (56,459)
Payment of cash dividends (42,875) -
Share issuance costs (1,130) -
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Net financing cash flow (64,592) (47,157)
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INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Expenditures for vessels and equipment (2,448) (779)
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Net investing cash flow (2,448) (779)
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Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (17,966) -
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the
period 34,839 -
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Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period 16,873 -
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TEEKAY TANKERS LTD.
APPENDIX A - CASH DIVIDEND CALCULATION
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
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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, non-cash items and any write-offs or other non-recurring items, less loan cost amortization.



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Three Months Ended
September 30, 2008
(unaudited)
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Net income 19,561
Add:
Depreciation and amortization 5,823
Unrealized loss from interest rate swap 1,355
Less:
Amortization of debt issuance costs and other (41)
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Cash Available for Distribution 26,698

Weighted-average number of total common shares
outstanding 25,000,000
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Cash dividend per share $1.07
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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 December 31, 2008 based on various spot tanker rates; results of the Company's mix of spot market and time-charter trading; the strength of the Company's liquidity position, its favorable debt profile and 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 prior to June 18, 2009. 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
    Website: www.teekaytankers.com