EuroDry posts Q1 loss due to Covid-19 “dramatic effects”

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EuroDry, an owner and operator of drybulk vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk cargoes, announced its results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Highlights:

  • Total net revenues of $5.1 million; net loss of $2.3 million; net loss attributable to common shareholders (after a $0.4 million dividend on Series B Preferred Shares) of $2.6 million or $1.17 loss per share basic and diluted. Adjusted net loss attributable to common shareholders1 for the period was $2.1 million or $0.91 per share basic and diluted.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $0.6 million.
  • An average of 7.0 vessels were owned and operated during the first quarter of 2020 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $7,885 per day.
  • The Company declared its fifth cash dividend of $0.4 million on its Series B Preferred Shares.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of EuroDry commented:

“Year 2020 to-date has been marked by the dramatic effects on the global economy and seaborne trade of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drybulk seaborne trade, in particular, declined dramatically causing charter rates for Panamax vessels to drop to levels of about 50% lower compared to fourth quarter of 2019, a period that already had shown signs of a weakening market. By mid-May 2020, countries have only timidly started reopening their economies and as a result, we anticipate that we will continue experiencing low charter rates and low demand well into the next few months.”

“A positive effect of the depressed market and the prevailing uncertainty is the extremely low level of newbuilding orders placed. This development, in combination with the already low orderbook and delays in completing existing newbuilding contracts set the stage for a quick recovery of rates when, of course, drybulk seaborne trade recovers. We try to position ourselves to benefit from such a development and we continuously evaluate opportunities for investment in vessels or pursue combination with other fleets, especially, focusing on using our status as a public company to provide a consolidation platform.”

Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer of EuroDry commented:

“Our net revenues for the first quarter of 2020 were lower by 12.5% as compared to the first quarter of 2019. This was the result of lower average charter rates by 16.8% earned during the quarter as compared to the first quarter of 2019 and 36.6% lower when compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, the latter decline being partly moderated by our fixed rate charter contracts.”

“Total daily vessel operating expenses, including management fees, general and administrative expenses, but excluding drydocking costs, increased by approximately 3.5% during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter of last year.”

“Adjusted EBITDA during the first quarter of 2020 was $0.6 million compared to $2.5 million achieved for the first quarter of last year. As of March 31, 2020, our outstanding debt (excluding the unamortized loan fees) was $54.9 million versus restricted and unrestricted cash of approximately $6.4 million.”

First Quarter 2020 Results:

For the first quarter of 2020, the Company reported total net revenues of $5.1 million representing a 12.5% decrease over total net revenues of $5.8 million during the first quarter of 2019, which was the result of the lower time charter rates our vessels earned during the first quarter of 2020. The Company reported net loss for the period of $2.3 million and net loss attributable to common shareholders of $2.6 million, as compared to net income and net income attributable to common shareholders of $0.9 million and $0.4 million, respectively, for the same period of 2019. Depreciation expenses for the first quarter of 2020 were $1.6 million remaining unchanged compared to the same period of 2019. Vessel operating expenses and management fees were $3.3 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to $3.1 million in the same period of 2019 while general and administrative expenses remained unchanged at $0.6 million for the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the same period of last year.

Interest and other financing costs for the first quarter of 2020 amounted to $0.7 million compared to $1.0 million for the same period of 2019. Interest during the first quarter of 2020 was lower due to the lower average outstanding debt and the decreased Libor rates of our loans during the period as compared to the same period of last year. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company recognized a $0.3 million loss on two interest rate swaps as compared to a gain on derivatives of $1.5 million, comprised of a $1.6 million gain on forward freight agreements and a $0.1 million loss on two interest rate swaps, for the same period of 2019.

On average, 7.0 vessels were owned and operated during the first quarter of 2020 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $7,885 per day compared to 7.0 vessels in the same period of 2019 earning on average $9,472 per day.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.6 million compared to $2.5 million achieved during the first quarter of 2019.

Basic and diluted loss per share attributable to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2020 was $1.17 calculated on 2,267,375 basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.18 for the first quarter of 2019, calculated on 2,244,803 basic and 2,252,427 diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding.

Excluding the effect on the loss attributable to common shareholders for the quarter of the unrealized gain / loss on derivatives and loss on write-down of inventory, the adjusted loss attributable to common shareholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 would have been $0.91 per share basic and diluted, compared to an adjusted loss of $0.21 per share basic and diluted for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Usually, security analysts do not include the above item in their published estimates of earnings per share.

Fleet Profile:

The EuroDry Ltd. fleet profile is as follows:

Name Type Dwt Year
Built
Employment(*) TCE Rate ($/day)
Dry Bulk Vessels          
EKATERINI Kamsarmax 82,000 2018 TC until Apr-21 Hire 106% of the
Average Baltic
Kamsarmax P5TC(***)
index
XENIA Kamsarmax 82,000 2016 TC until Nov-20 Hire 101% of the
Average Baltic
P5TC(***) index with a
floor of $11,000
ALEXANDROS P. Ultramax 63,500 2017 Guardian
Navigation GMax
LLC Pool
Pool revenue from
August 2019
EIRINI P Panamax 76,466 2004 TC until Jul-20 Hire 100%
of Average
BPI(**) 4TC
STARLIGHT Panamax 75,845 2004 TC until Sep-20 Hire 100%
of Average
BPI(**) 4TC
TASOS Panamax 75,100 2000 TC until Jul-20 $ 6,875
PANTELIS Panamax 74,020 2000 In drydock
Total Dry Bulk Vessels  

7

 

528,931  

 

   

Note:
(*)            Represents the earliest redelivery date.
(**)          BPI stands for the Baltic Panamax Index; the average BPI 4TC is an index based on four time charter routes.
(***)        The average Kamsarmax Baltic P5TC Index is an index based on five Panamax time charter routes.

Summary Fleet Data:

Three months,
ended
March 31, 2019
Three months,
ended
March 31, 2020
FLEET DATA
Average number of vessels (1) 7.0 7.0
Calendar days for fleet (2) 630.0 637.0
Scheduled off-hire days incl. laid-up (3) 0.0 9.9
Available days for fleet (4) = (2) – (3) 630.0 627.1
Commercial off-hire days (5) 0.0 0.0
Operational off-hire days (6) 2.0 0.0
Voyage days for fleet (7) = (4) – (5) – (6) 628.0 627.1
Fleet utilization (8) = (7) / (4) 99.7 % 100.0 %
Fleet utilization, commercial (9) = ((4) – (5)) / (4) 100.0 % 100.0 %
Fleet utilization, operational (10) = ((4) – (6)) / (4) 99.7 % 100.0 %
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
Time charter equivalent rate (11) 9,472 7,885
Vessel operating expenses excl. drydocking expenses (12) 4,928 5,130
General and administrative expenses (13) 921 925
Total vessel operating expenses (14) 5,849 6,055
Drydocking expenses (15) 69 342

(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted the Company’s fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of calendar days each vessel was a part of the Company’s fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

(2) Calendar days. We define calendar days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was owned by us including off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys or days of vessels in lay-up. Calendar days are an indicator of the size of our fleet over a period and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that we record during that period.

(3) The scheduled off-hire days including vessels laid-up are days associated with scheduled repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys or days of vessels in lay-up.

(4) Available days. We define available days as the total number of Calendar days in a period net of scheduled off-hire days incl. laid up. We use available days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels were available to generate revenues.

(5) Commercial off-hire days. We define commercial off-hire days as days a vessel is idle without employment.

(6) Operational off-hire days. We define operational off-hire days as days associated with unscheduled repairs or other off-hire time related to the operation of the vessels.

(7) Voyage days. We define voyage days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession net of commercial and operational off-hire days. We use voyage days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues or are sailing for repositioning purposes.

(8) Fleet utilization. We calculate fleet utilization by dividing the number of our voyage days during a period by the number of our available days during that period. We use fleet utilization to measure a company’s efficiency in finding suitable employment for its vessels and minimizing the amount of days that its vessels are off-hire for reasons such as unscheduled repairs or days waiting to find employment.

(9) Fleet utilization, commercial. We calculate commercial fleet utilization by dividing our available days net of commercial off-hire days during a period by our available days during that period.

(10) Fleet utilization, operational. We calculate operational fleet utilization by dividing our available days net of operational off-hire days during a period by our available days during that period.

(11) Time charter equivalent rate, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily net revenue performance of our vessels. Our method of calculating TCE is determined by dividing time charter revenue and voyage charter revenue net of voyage expenses by voyage days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract or are related to repositioning the vessel for the next charter. TCE is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company’s performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot voyage charters, time charters, pool agreements and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. Our definition of TCE may not be comparable to that used by other companies in the shipping industry.

(12) Daily vessel operating expenses, which includes crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs and management fees are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period. Drydocking expenses are reported separately.

(13) Daily general and administrative expense is calculated by dividing general and administrative expenses by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.

(14) Total vessel operating expenses, or TVOE, is a measure of our total expenses associated with operating our vessels. TVOE is the sum of vessel operating expenses, management fees and general and administrative expenses; drydocking expenses are not included. Daily TVOE is calculated by dividing TVOE by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.

(15) Drydocking expenses include expenses during drydockings that would have been capitalized and amortized under the deferral method divided by the fleet calendar days for the relevant period. Drydocking expenses could vary substantially from period to period depending on how many vessels underwent drydocking during the period. The Company expenses drydocking expenses as incurred.

 

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