Eagle Bulk Shipping reports 1Q loss

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Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq: EGLE) announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter Highlights:

Net reported loss of $39.3 million, or $1.04 per share, compared to a net loss of $20.7 million, or $0.55 per share, for the comparable quarter in 2015.
Adjusted net loss of $27.5 million, or $0.73 per share, which excludes one-time refinancing expenses of $5.6 million and non-cash vessel impairment of $6.2 million.
Net revenues of $21.3 million, compared to $26.3 million for the comparable quarter in 2015.
Fleet utilization rate of 98.4%.
As previously reported, completion of a comprehensive balance sheet recapitalization that provides Eagle Bulk with approximately $105 million in incremental liquidity and enhanced financial flexibility.

Events Subsequent to the Close of the First Quarter Include:

The sale of the vessel Peregrine for $2.7 million net after brokerage commissions.
Agreement to sell two additional vessels, MV Harrier and MV Falcon, for $6.5 million net, after brokerage commissions.

Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, commented, “In a quarter which saw dry bulk indices hit all-time lows in February – coupled with the uncertainty and negative business impact of a protracted forbearance with certain of our lenders – Eagle Bulk acted decisively to significantly enhance our liquidity position and improve our long-term financial flexibility through the execution of a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring. In addition, as part of this transaction, we formed a new corporate structure to facilitate the Company’s ability to capitalize on market opportunities going forward.

“In this regard, and in line with our objective to become the premier Supramax owner/operator, we continued to build out the Company’s operating platform through the recruitment of top-tier talent in both chartering and operations. We have also focused on technical enhancements, which includes bringing substantially all vessels under in-house management to help actively pursue operational excellence and cost efficiencies over the long-term.”

Results of Operations for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016 and 2015

For the first quarter of 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $39,278,670 or $1.04 per share, based on a weighted average of 37,829,257 diluted shares outstanding. In the comparable first quarter of 2015, the Company reported a net loss of $20,667,064 or $0.55 per share, based on a weighted average of 37,527,010 diluted shares outstanding.

Net revenues in the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $21,278,288 compared with $26,331,166 recorded in the comparable quarter in 2015. The decrease in revenue is attributable to lower time charter hire rates in the first quarter of 2016.

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $57,742,766 compared with $43,839,019 recorded in the first quarter of 2015. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to increase in voyage expenses, refinancing expenses and vessel impairment.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net cash used in operating activities during the three-month period ended March 31, 2016 was $19,494,868, compared with net cash used in operating activities of $9,636,748 during the corresponding three-month period ended March 31, 2015. The increase is primarily due to lower charter rates and professional fees with regard to the refinancing transaction.

Net cash used in investing activities during the three-month period ended March 31, 2016, was $508,792, compared with $742,014 during the corresponding three-month period ended March 31, 2015.

Net cash provided by financing activities during the three-month period ended March 31, 2016 was $11,876,073 compared to net cash used in financing activities of $5,191,756 during the corresponding three-month period ended March 31, 2015. The increase in financing activities is due to $60,000,000 received from our Second Lien Loan facility offset by repayment of $15,625,000 of our term loan and $30,158,500 of our revolver loan. The Company also paid $2,340,427 in deferred financing costs.

As of March 31, 2016, our cash balance was $16,768,574, compared to a cash balance of $24,896,161 at December 31, 2015.

As of March 31, 2016 our total availability in the revolving credit facility under the First Lien Facility was $40,158,500.

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