Frontline reports large net deficit due to impairments

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Frontline Ltd. reported unaudited results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017.

Highlights

  • Reports net loss attributable to the Company of $248.4 million, or $1.46 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017, including non-cash impairment losses of $255.8 million
  • Reports net income attributable to the Company adjusted for certain non-cash items of $5.0 million, or $0.03 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Reports net loss attributable to the Company of $264.9 million, or $1.56 per share, and a net loss adjusted for certain non-cash items of $4.4 million, or $0.03 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2017.
  • Agreed with Ship Finance to terminate the long-term charter for the 1998-built VLCC Front Circassia.
  • Extended the terms of its senior unsecured loan facility of up to $275.0 million facility with an affiliate of Hemen Holding Ltd. by 12 months to November 2019.

Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS commented:

“The spot rates in the fourth quarter were weak, as inventory draws impacted a freight market that was already suffering from high fleet growth. At the same time, the key drivers for the tanker market, crude oil demand and the world economy remain strong, and we may also be nearing the end of the cycle of inventory draws. The headwind factors experienced in 2017 could turn in our favour possibly towards the end of the year. The quarter shows Frontline’s resilience in weak markets, which is the direct result of low break-even levels and access to competitively priced capital.”

Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, added:

“With asset values, rates and Frontline’s cash break-even rates at historically low levels our downside risk is limited. We are in a unique position to capitalize on increases in both asset values and rates and we have a strong liquidity position in excess of $300 million as at the end of December 2017.”

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