SOURCE: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Tsakos Energy Navigation

September 15, 2017 08:30 ET

TEN Ltd. Reports Six Months and Second Quarter 2017 Profits and Declares New Dividend of $0.05 Per Share

22 new long-term charters commenced since January 2017

$1.4 billion in minimum contracted future revenues

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Sep 15, 2017) -

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • EBITDA of $115.4 million for the first six months of 2017 and $53.7 million for the second quarter of 2017
  • Net income of $21.1 million for the first six months of 2017 and $3.6 million for the second quarter of 2017
  • Average time charter rate per vessel per day at $20,038 for first six months 2017
  • A further 3% reduction in daily vessel operating expenses to $7,729 for first six months of 2017
  • Continuous high fleet utilization at 96.8% for first six months of 2017
  • 22 new charters since January 2017 - Results in more than 75% long term coverage
  • Total fleet contracted revenues at minimum $1.4 billion excluding profit sharing
  • Strong balance sheet and cash liquidity at $258.2 million as of June 30, 2017
  • Pro-forma fleet of 65 vessels, totaling 7.2 million dwt, consisting of 47 tankers for trade in the crude space, three shuttle tankers, 13 tankers carrying products and two LNG vessels. Final new building delivery of the 15 vessel program in Q4 2017
  • Dividend of $0.05 per common share to be paid on November 15, 2017 bringing TEN's total distributions per share, since NYSE listing in 2002, to $10.56

TEN, Ltd. (TEN) (NYSE: TNP) (the "Company") today reported results (unaudited) for the six months and second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

SIX MONTHS 2017 RESULTS
TEN's net income in the first six months of 2017 was $21.1 million or $0.13 per basic and diluted share after taking into account $10.5 million in preferred stock dividends. Operating income was $49.1 million.

Earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $115.4 million. The daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel was $20,038 and fleet utilization increased to 96.8% compared to $22,477 and 95.8% respectively in the same period of 2016.

The Company and its technical managers continue to keep costs under control with average daily operating expenses per vessel at $7,729, a 3.0% reduction compared to the same period in 2016.

Depreciation and dry-docking amortization costs amounted to $66.6 million compared to $53.0 million for the same period of 2016, with the increase due to the addition of eleven vessels since the first half of 2016. General and administrative expenses totaled $12.7 million, a reduction of $0.2 million from the same period 2016 mainly due to lower incentive awards and reduced office costs.

Interest and finance costs increased to $27.7 million mainly due to increased indebtedness and loan interest increases, while capitalized interest fell as new vessels were delivered.

Since the beginning of this year, the Company has sold 1,165,717 common shares from Treasury Stock and 24,803 Series D preferred shares, in addition to its underwritten sale of 4,600,000 Series E preferred shares in April 2017.

SECOND QUARTER 2017 RESULTS
TEN generated positive net income of $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2017 or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share after taking into account $6.5 million in preferred stock dividends. Operating income amounted to $19.3 million.

Despite difficult market conditions, TEN's fleet operated at 96.4% utilization in the second quarter of 2017, during which TEN operated, on average, a fleet of 62.3 vessels compared to 50.5 vessels in the second quarter of 2016.

Revenues, net of voyage expenses (bunker, port expenses and commissions), amounted to $104.1 million, an increase of 9.7% from the second quarter of 2016 due mainly to the eleven newbuilding vessels delivered to TEN and now operating in the fleet.

Following the Company's stated policy, all vessels on time charter have together generated enough gross revenue to cover the voyage, operating, overhead and financial costs of the whole fleet, including those on spot.

EBITDA amounted to $53.7 million in the second quarter of 2017. Six vessels underwent scheduled dry-docking during this period.

During the second quarter of 2017, two additional newbuilding aframaxes, Oslo TS and Sola TS, were delivered to TEN, the newbuilding aframax Stavanger TS was delivered in the third quarter and the newbuilding aframax Bergen TS, will be delivered in the fourth quarter. These vessels, with their long-term employment to a major European oil concern will have a positive impact on the results in the second half of the year.

Depreciation and dry-docking amortization costs were approximately $34.3 million in the second quarter, increasing mainly as a result of the extra tonnage joining the fleet over the twelve months to June 30, 2017.

Global increases in interest rates and fresh financing relating to the new vessels that joined the fleet, caused interest and finance costs to rise to $15.9 million in the second quarter of 2017.

G&A costs totaled $6.6 million, a reduction of $0.9 million from the same period of 2016, mainly due to a reduced incentive award and to savings on office costs.

TEN's balance sheet remained strong with cash balances at $258.2 million, a similar figure to cash balances at the end of the second quarter of 2016. With the capital expenditure program completed bar two vessels, as of June 30, 2017, TEN had undrawn bank facilities totaling $46.7 million, relating to the vessels at the time, still to be delivered. Net debt to capital at the end of the second quarter was at a comfortable 50.8%, despite the debt necessary for the new vessels.

Dividend - Common Shares
The Company will pay a dividend of $0.05 per common share on November 15, 2017, to shareholders of record as of November 9, 2017. Inclusive of this distribution, TEN will have distributed $10.56 per share in uninterrupted dividends to its common shareholders since the Company's listing on the NYSE in March 2002.

Operational Highlights
In the first two quarters of the year, 22 new time charter contracts to international oil concerns have commenced including new strategic relationships with major end users. This brings the time charter coverage of the fleet to more than 75%.

Corporate Strategy
With our growth program through a series of 15 purposely built newbuildings almost complete, management is focusing on the most efficient employment of the fleet, particularly in view of the upcoming winter months which are customarily the stronger periods, in terms of rates. In addition, with 2018 expected to be a year in which the impact of the concentrated deliveries to the global fleet experienced in 2017 will start to wane, the Company's employment policy will focus on taking advantage of such uptick without weakening its fleet's tried and tested policy of having a blend of charters to safeguard a consistent, solid and visible cash flow. This blend has recently been enriched through a number of profit sharing charters with various international oil concerns in order to capture the expected upside while safeguarding healthy revenue streams going forward. In addition to the above, the existing secured contracts cover all of Company's operating expenses, allowing management to explore attractive employment and growth opportunities as they appear.

Apart from solidifying the earning capabilities of the fleet, management, in close cooperation with the fleet's technical managers, will continue to implement cost effective ways to operate the vessels in order to keep expenses in check, while maintaining the highest standards in terms of safety and environmental protection. The result of such a hands-on approach, epitomizing good vessel management, has been the reduction of the fleet's average operating expenses per vessel by 3% in the first six months.

With $258 million of cash reported at the end of the second quarter, TEN will continue to be receptive to growth opportunities that would improve the fleet's already young age profile, while further entrenching the Company's position as a carrier of choice to blue chip global oil concerns.

Apart from growth, management is also exploring various ways and opportunities to divest a number of its first generation vessels, which will also generate free cash for further investments.

"TEN's industrial shipping model is continuously reinforced with over 75% of the fleet on long term employment, including profit sharing provisions. This offers cash flow stability, visibility and substantial upside potential," Mr. George Saroglou, Chief Operating Officer of TEN stated. "The continuous appetite of global oil concerns to cover their long term needs with solid charters is a positive sign for upcoming developments in the global oil markets. TEN, with one of the youngest fleets in international tanker shipping, will be well positioned to benefit from expected market upturns," Mr. Saroglou concluded.

Conference Call:
As previously announced, today, Friday, September 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, TEN will host a conference call to review the results as well as management's outlook for the business. The call, which will be hosted by TEN's senior management, may contain information beyond that which is included in the earnings press release.

Conference Call details:
Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Tsakos" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until Friday, September 22, 2017 by dialling 1 866 247 4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550 000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 90295809#

Simultaneous Slides and Audio Webcast:
There will also be a simultaneous live, and then archived, slides webcast of the conference call, available through TEN's website (www.tenn.gr). The slides webcast will also provide details related to fleet composition and deployment and other related company information. This presentation will be available on the Company's corporate website reception page at www.tenn.gr. Participants for the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

ABOUT TEN
TEN, founded in 1993, is one of the first and most established public shipping companies in the world today. TEN's pro-forma fleet, including one aframax tanker under construction, consists of 65 double-hull vessels, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and LNG carriers, totaling 7.2 million dwt. Of these, 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers.

COMPANY'S GROWTH TIME-TABLE
 
#   Vessel Name   Type   Dwt   Delivery   Status   LT Contracts
1   Ulysses   VLCC   300,000   May 2016   Delivered   Yes
2   Elias Tsakos   Aframax   112,700   June 2016   Delivered   Yes
3   Thomas Zafiras   Aframax   112,700   Aug 2016   Delivered   Yes
4   Leontios H   Aframax   112,700   Oct 2016   Delivered   Yes
5   Parthenon TS   Aframax   112,700   Nov 2016   Delivered   Yes
6   Sunray   Panamax LR1   74,200   Aug 2016   Delivered   Yes
7   Sunrise   Panamax LR1   74,200   Sep 2016   Delivered   Yes
8   Maria Energy   LNG   93,616   Oct 2016   Delivered   Yes
9   Hercules I   VLCC   300,000   Jan 2017   Delivered   Yes
10   Marathon TS   Aframax   112,700   Feb 2017   Delivered   Yes
11   Lisboa   DP2 Shuttle   157,000   Mar 2017   Delivered   Yes
12   Sola TS   Aframax   112,700   Apr 2017   Delivered   Yes
13   Oslo TS   Aframax   112,700   May 2017   Delivered   Yes
14   Stavanger TS   Aframax   112,700   July 2017   Delivered   Yes
15   Bergen TS   Aframax   112,700   Q4 2017   TBD   Yes
                         

LT: Long-Term

ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted by such forward-looking statements. TEN undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

   
TSAKOS ENERGY NAVIGATION LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Selected Consolidated Financial and Other Data  
(In Thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share, per share and fleet data)  
   
      Three months ended     Six months ended  
      June 30 (unaudited)     June 30 (unaudited)  
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA     2017     2016     2017     2016  
                                   
Voyage revenues     $ 132,180     $ 119,851     $ 270,421     $ 241,942  
                                   
Voyage expenses       28,121       25,020       58,204       47,473  
Vessel operating expenses       43,894       36,198       83,905       71,096  
Depreciation and amortization       34,298       26,875       66,588       53,043  
General and administrative expenses       6,557       7,456       12,667       12,889  
Total expenses       112,870       95,549       221,364       184,501  
                                   
  Operating income       19,310       24,302       49,057       57,441  
                                   
Interest and finance costs, net       (15,873 )     (8,012 )     (27,738 )     (15,959 )
Interest income       313       149       431       261  
Other, net       199       (29 )     54       (18 )
Total other expenses, net       (15,361 )     (7,892 )     (27,253 )     (15,716 )
  Net Income       3,949       16,410       21,804       41,725  
                                   
  Less: Net (income)/loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest       (374 )     4       (751 )     114  
Net Income attributable to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited     $ 3,575     $ 16,414     $ 21,053     $ 41,839  
                                   
Effect of preferred dividends       (6,524 )     (3,969 )     (10,492 )     (7,938 )
Net (loss)/income attributable to common stockholders of Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited     $ (2,949 )   $ 12,445       10,561       33,901  
                                   
Earnings per share, basic and diluted     $ (0.03 )   $ 0.15     $ 0.13     $ 0.39  
                                   
Weighted average number of common shares, basic and diluted       84,284,281       85,510,215       84,126,285       86,071,582  
                                   
                                   
BALANCE SHEET DATA     June 30     December 31                  
      2017     2016                  
Cash       258,158       197,773                  
Other assets       173,534       186,210                  
Vessels, net       3,000,038       2,677,061                  
Advances for vessels under construction       51,597       216,531                  
  Total assets     $ 3,483,327     $ 3,277,575                  
                                   
Debt, net of deferred finance costs       1,826,049       1,753,855                  
Other liabilities       125,474       106,270                  
Stockholders' equity       1,531,804       1,417,450                  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $ 3,483,327     $ 3,277,575                  
                                   
                                   
      Three months ended     Six months ended  
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA     June 30     June 30  
      2017     2016     2017     2016  
Net cash from operating activities     $ 56,456     $ 39,553     $ 110,908     $ 93,262  
Net cash used in investing activities     $ (74,586 )   $ (159,392 )   $ (221,221 )   $ (256,124 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     $ 122,327     $ 106,220     $ 172,944     $ 127,113  
                                   
TCE per ship per day     $ 19,200     $ 21,602     $ 20,038     $ 22,477  
                                   
Operating expenses per ship per day     $ 7,866     $ 8,026     $ 7,729     $ 7,958  
Vessel overhead costs per ship per day     $ 1,156     $ 1,621     $ 1,148     $ 1,414  
        9,022       9,647       8,877       9,372  
                                   
FLEET DATA                                  
                                   
Average number of vessels during period       62.3       50.5       61.0       50.1  
Number of vessels at end of period       63.0       52.0       63.0       52.0  
Average age of fleet at end of period   Years   7.5       8.2       7.5       8.2  
Dwt at end of period (in thousands)       7,012       5,633       7,012       5,633  
                                   
Time charter employment - fixed rate   Days   2,297       1,639       4,352       3,319  
Time charter employment - variable rate   Days   1,537       954       2,877       1,647  
Period employment (coa) at market rates   Days   273       273       541       452  
Spot voyage employment at market rates   Days   1,360       1,566       2,911       3,315  
  Total operating days       5,467       4,432       10,681       8,733  
  Total available days       5,671       4,599       11,035       9,113  
  Utilization       96.4 %     96.4 %     96.8 %     95.8 %
                                   
                                   
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP measures used within the financial community may provide users of this financial information additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods as well as comparisons between the performance of Shipping Companies. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. We are using the following Non-GAAP measures:  
(i) TCE which represents voyage revenues less voyage expenses divided by the number of operating days.  
(ii) Vessel overhead costs are General & Administrative expenses, which also include Management fees, Stock compensation expense and Management incentive award.  
(iii) Operating expenses per ship per day which exclude Management fees, General & Administrative expenses, Stock compensation expense and Management incentive award.  
Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.  
   
The Company does not incur corporation tax.  
 

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:
    Company
    Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd.
    George Saroglou
    COO
    +30210 94 07 710
    gsaroglou@tenn.gr

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