EuroDry sees profit drop

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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 and twelve month period ended December 31, 2018.

Euroseas Ltd. (“Euroseas” or “Former Parent Company”) contributed to the Company its drybulk fleet of six vessels, one Ultramax and two Kamsarmax vessels built between 2016 and 2018, and three Japanese-built Panamax vessels built between 2000 and 2004 (the “Spin-off”). The Company was spun-off from Euroseas Ltd. on May 30, 2018. The results below refer to the above fleet for the periods presented.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights:

  • Total net revenues of $7.0 million. Net income of $0.8 million; net income attributable to common shareholders (after a $0.2 million dividend on Series B Preferred Shares) of $0.6 million or $0.25 earnings per share basic and diluted. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders1 for the period was $0.7 million or $0.31 per share basic and diluted.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1was $3.5 million.
  • An average of 6.3 vessels were owned and operated during the fourth quarter of 2018 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $12,513 per day (for the definition of time charter equivalent rate please refer to a subsequent section of the Press Release).
  • The Company declared its third dividend of $0.2 million on its Series B Preferred Shares; the dividend was paid in-kind by issuing additional Series B Preferred Shares.

1Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share are not recognized measurements under US GAAP (GAAP) and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for EuroDry’s financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. Refer to a subsequent section of the Press Release for the definitions and reconciliation of these measurements to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of EuroDry commented:
“During the fourth quarter of 2018, the drybulk market was influenced by the continued uncertainty introduced by the trade tensions between US and China and the subsequent trade slowdown. Charter rates weakened throughout the quarter with further declines registering in January and February of 2019. In this environment, we have timely secured physical and FFA contracts to cover the majority of our vessels with fixed rate contracts during 2019 insulating, to a significant extent, our earnings from adverse market moves. At the same time, we have completed the refinancing of some of our loans and increased funds available to exploit investment opportunities should they appear.

We continue to believe that drybulk markets could offer significant opportunities for sizable returns in the medium term. Historically low orderbook and required compliance with emissions and ballast water treatment regulation would limit fleet growth and vessel availability and provide a favorable backdrop for any positive trade demand developments to be translated to higher vessel earnings.”

“Our capital markets strategy remains to be one of conservatively growing the company either organically or by providing a public consolidation platform for other private fleets or vessels. We expect that with time EuroDry will increase its visibility amongst investors and contribute to reducing the significant discount to the NAV our stock trades at, thus, offering additional rewards to our shareholders.”

Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer of EuroDry commented: “The operating results of the fourth quarter of 2018 reflect the average level of charter rates our vessels enjoyed during the quarter which was higher by 11.4% than the average time charter equivalent rate our vessels earned in the fourth quarter of 2017.”

“Total daily vessel operating expenses, including management fees, general and administrative expenses, but excluding drydocking costs, increased approximately 37% during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter of last year, while for the full year 2018 the increase was approximately 23.4%. This is partly due to the higher general and administrative expenses incurred due to the Spin-off and the operation of the Company as a separate public company following the completion of the Spin-off as compared to allocated general and administrative expenses in the carve-out financials for 2017 which resulted in higher contribution to the daily general and administrative expenses. As always, we want to emphasize that cost control remains a key component of our strategy.”

“Adjusted EBITDA during the fourth quarter of 2018 was $3.5 compared to $2.9 million achieved for the fourth quarter of last year. As of December 31, 2018, our outstanding debt (excluding the unamortized loan fees) was $63.9 million versus restricted and unrestricted cash and cash due from related companies of approximately $13.7 million.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results:

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported total net revenues of $7.0 million representing a 21.5% increase over total net revenues of $5.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2017 which was the result of the increased average number of vessels and the increase in the average time charter equivalent rate our vessels earned due to increase in dry bulk market rates. The Company reported net income for the period of $0.8 million and net income attributable to common shareholders of $0.6 million, as compared to net income and net income attributable to common shareholders of $1.3 million for the same period of 2017. Depreciation expenses for the fourth quarter of 2018 amounted to $1.5 million compared to $1.2 million for the same period of 2017. Increased general and administrative expenses reflected mainly the operation of the Company as a separate public company following the completion of the Spin-off.

Interest and other financing costs for the fourth quarter of 2018 amounted to $1.1 million compared to $0.4 million for the same period of 2017. Interest during the fourth quarter of 2018 was higher due to higher debt and higher Libor during the period as compared to the same period of last year.

On average, 6.3 vessels were owned and operated during the fourth quarter of 2018 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $12,513 per day compared to 5.0 vessels in the same period of 2017 earning on average $11,231 per day.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $3.5 million compared to $2.9 million achieved during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $0.25 calculated on 2,240,794 basic and 2,250,946 diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.57 for the fourth quarter of 2017, calculated on 2,222,744 basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding.

Excluding the effect on the earnings attributable to common shareholders for the quarter of the gain / loss on derivatives, the adjusted earnings attributable to common shareholders for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 would have been $0.31 per share basic and diluted compared to adjusted losses of $0.55 per share basic and diluted for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. 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          
Vessels in the water
XENIA Kamsarmax 82,000 2016 TC until Jan-2020
+ 1 year in
Charterers Option
$14,100
$14,350
EIRINI P Panamax 76,466 2004 TC until Aug-19 Hire 103%
of Average
BPI** 4TC
TASOS Panamax 75,100 2000 TC until Apr-19 $ 12,250 plus a Gross
Ballast Bonus of 225K
(total equivalent to
about $7,500)
PANTELIS Panamax 74,020 2000 TC until Mar-19 $5,500
ALEXANDROS P. Ultramax 63,500 2017 Guardian
Navigation GMax
LLC  Pool
Pool revenue from
August 2018
EKATERINI Kamsarmax 82,000 2018 TC until Apr-20 $13,000
STARLIGHT Panamax 75,845 2004 TC until Jul-19 Hire 100%
of Average
BPI** 4TC
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.

Summary Fleet Data:

  3 months,
ended

December
31, 2017
3 months,
ended

December
31, 2018
12 months,
ended 

December
31, 2017
12 months,
ended 

December
31, 2018
FLEET DATA
Average number of vessels (1) 5.0 6.3 4.9 5.7
Calendar days for fleet (2) 460.0 584.0 1,802.0 2,096.0
Scheduled off-hire days incl. laid-up (3) 0.0 0.0 0.0 43.7
Available days for fleet (4) = (2) – (3) 460.0 584.0 1,802.0 2,052.3
Commercial off-hire days (5) 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Operational off-hire days (6) 0.4 2.6 21.5 7.8
Voyage days for fleet (7) = (4) – (5) – (6) 459.6 581.4 1,780.2 2,044.5
Fleet utilization (8) = (7) / (4) 99.9% 99.6% 98.8% 99.6%
Fleet utilization, commercial (9) = ((4) – (5)) / (4) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Fleet utilization, operational (10) = ((4) – (6)) / (4) 99.9% 99.6% 98.8% 99.6%
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
Time charter equivalent rate (11) 11,231 12,513 10,046 12,484
Vessel operating expenses excl. drydocking expenses (12) 3,747 4,900 4,607 5,193
General and administrative expenses (13) 486 897 509 1,120
Total vessel operating expenses (14) 4,233 5,797 5,116 6,313
Drydocking expenses (15) 53 36 71 699

(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 in our possession 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 days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession 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, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. Our method of calculating TCE is determined by dividing revenue generated from charters 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 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 other general and administrative expense 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 other 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, which 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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