Euroseas agrees 3-year charter of Diamantis P at $27,000 per day

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Euroseas, an owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, announced its results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Total net revenues of $18.3 million. Net income of $7.9 million and net income attributable to common shareholders (after a $0.1 million dividend on Series B Preferred Shares and a $0.3 million of preferred deemed dividend arising out of the redemption of approximately $6.4 million of Series B Preferred Shares in the second quarter of 2021) of $7.6 million or $1.12 and $1.11 earnings per share basic and diluted, respectively. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders1 for the period was $7.6 million or $1.12 per share basic and diluted.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $10.3 million.
  • An average of 14.00 vessels were owned and operated during the second quarter of 2021 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $14,853 per day.

First Half 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Total net revenues of $32.6 million. Net income of $11.7 million; net income attributable to common shareholders (after a $0.3 million of dividend on Series B Preferred Shares and a $0.3 million of preferred deemed dividend arising out of the redemption of approximately $8.4 million of Series B Preferred Shares in the first half of 2021) of $11.1 million or $1.65 and $1.64 earnings per share basic and diluted, respectively. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders1 for the period was $10.7 million or $1.58 and $1.57 per share basic and diluted, respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $15.9 million.
  • An average of 14.00 vessels were owned and operated during the first half of 2021 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $13,523 per day.

New Charter for M/V Diamantis

The Company announced today a new time charter contract for its container vessel M/V “Diamantis P”, a 2,008 teu vessel built in 1998. The vessel was chartered for a period between a minimum of thirty-six (36) and a maximum of forty (40) months at the option of the charterer, at a gross daily rate of $27,000. The new rate, which is more than four times higher than the vessel’s current charter rate, will commence between October 5, 2021 and October 15, 2021, after the vessel completes its upcoming drydocking.

1 Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per share are not recognized measurements under US GAAP (GAAP) and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for Euroseas 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.

Other Developments

During the second quarter of 2021, the holders of the Company’s Series B Preferred Shares (“Series B shares”) converted all the remaining Series B shares into shares of common stock as per the terms of the Series B shares. As a result of the conversion, Euroseas issued 453,044 common shares to the holders of the Series B shares for the outstanding amount of $6.365 million. Following the conversion of the Series B shares into common stock, the Company’s Director Mr. Christian Donohue, originally appointed to the Board by Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC / Blackrock, Inc. as Series B director and, recently, re-elected as director, resigned from Board in accordance to Blackrock Inc. policy.
In June,2021, the Company signed a term sheet with a bank to draw a loan of $10.0 million with M/V “Aegean Express” and M/V “EM Corfu” as collateral. The loan is expected to be drawn in the fourth quarter of 2021 and it will partly refinance the balloon payment of $12.1 million due in November 2021.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: “Containership markets, both charter rates and secondhand prices, have continued unabated their upward path that started in the fall of last year reaching all time highs in all size segments. Selected short term “fill-the-gap” charters have been reported in extremely high levels while long term charters of two to five years are widely offered by charterers for the various types and ages of vessels. There is no doubt that part of the near term increase in demand for vessels is fueled by the inefficiencies brought about by the effects of the COVID pandemic in the transportation system, in addition to rebounding trade growth. However, the strong demand for securing capacity for the medium and longer term can only come from expectations that vessel capacity will be in short supply in view of the expected demand. We believe that the favorable market fundamentals will continue as incremental regulatory requirements coming in 2023 will further restrict the effective supply of vessels and assist in absorbing increased new deliveries starting from the latter part of 2023 onwards as a result of recently placed newbuilding orders.

“Chartering-wise, we have pursued to-date a staggered expiration strategy which has allowed us to follow the upward path of the market having charters coming due for renewal on a rolling basis. Today, we announced the three-year long charter of our vessel, Diamantis P., at a rate of $27,000 per day which will provide us with more than $28.5 million of contracted revenues and $21 million EBITDA during the term of the charter. As the containership markets keep their present levels or continue to rise, we expect our profitability to rise as well, in addition to providing increased visibility of our earnings which now extends into next year and in 2023.

“Our broader strategy is to build Euroseas in a key long term participant in the feeder/intermediate containership segment as evidenced with the placement of our order to build two 2,800 teu vessels to be delivered in the first half of 2023. In that spirit, we continue to evaluate additional uses of any accumulated earnings for the benefit of our shareholders, like, expanding in a risk measured and accretive manner, targeting to use our public listing as a potential platform to consolidate privately owned vessels or fleets or rewarding our shareholders by re-instituting common stock dividends.”

Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer of Euroseas commented: “The results of the second quarter of 2021 reflect the increased charter rates our vessels earned due to the major recovery of the market compared to the same period of 2020, despite the decrease in the number of vessels we operated during the second quarter of 2021 to 14 vessels, from 19 vessels operated during the same period last year. Our net revenues increased to $18.3 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $13.5 million during the same period of last year. On a per-vessel-per-day basis, our vessels earned a 57.0% higher average charter rate in the second quarter of 2021 as compared to the same period of 2020. Our results have also benefitted from other operating income of $1.1 million, net, mainly consisting of the proceeds of a claim award related to the sale of one of our vessels, M/V “Manolis P”, for scrap in March 2020 that initially failed due to COVID-related reasons with the vessel finally being sold to another buyer within the second quarter of 2020.

“Total daily vessel operating expenses, including management fees, general and administrative expenses but excluding drydocking costs, averaged $6,860 per vessel per day during the second quarter of 2021 as compared to $6,120 per vessel per day for the same quarter of last year, and $6,887 per vessel per day for the first half of 2021 as compared to $6,003 per vessel per day for the same period of 2020, reflecting a 12.1% and 14.7% increase, respectively, which was attributable to increased supply of stores, increase in hull and machinery insurance premiums and the increased crewing costs for our vessels resulting from difficulties in crew rotation due to COVID-19 related restrictions.

“Adjusted EBITDA during the second quarter of 2021 was $10.3 million versus $4.4 million in the second quarter of last year. As of June 30, 2021, our outstanding debt (excluding the unamortized loan fees) was $62.0 million versus restricted and unrestricted cash of $11.0 million. As of the same date, our scheduled bank debt repayments over the next 12 months amounted to about $20.1 million (excluding the unamortized loan fees), and we are in compliance with all our loan covenants.”

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