Scorpio Bulkers Sees Third Quarter Earnings Nearly Double

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Scorpio Bulkers reported its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

The company also announced that on October 19, 2018, its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share on the Company’s common shares.

Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017

For the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $0.4 million, or $0.01 loss per diluted share. These results include the write off of deferred financing costs of $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to the refinancing of existing debt (see discussion below, “Debt”). For the same period in 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $10.7 million, or $0.15 loss per diluted share. Total vessel revenues for the third quarter of 2018 were $62.5 million, compared to $38.6 million for the same period in 2017. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the third quarters of 2018 and 2017 were $28.8 million and $12.4 million, respectively (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $5.3 million or $0.07 loss per diluted share. For the same period in 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $58.7 million, or $0.82 loss per diluted share. Total vessel revenues for the first nine months of 2018 were $177.3 million, compared to $111.1 million for the same period in 2017. EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 were $77.2 million and $12.3 million, respectively (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

While the first nine months of 2018 did not include any non-GAAP adjustments to net income, the Company’s first nine months of 2017 GAAP net loss included a loss/write-off of vessels and assets held for sale of $17.7 million and the write-off of deferred financing costs on the credit facility related to those specific vessels of $0.5 million. Excluding these items, the Company’s adjusted net loss for the first nine months of 2017 was $40.5 million, or $0.56 adjusted loss per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2017 was $30.0 million (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

TCE Revenue

TCE Revenue Earned during the Third Quarter of 2018

  • Our Kamsarmax fleet earned $13,649 per day
  • Our Ultramax fleet earned $11,342 per day

Voyages Fixed thus far for the Fourth Quarter of 2018

  • Kamsarmax fleet: approximately $14,382 per day for 49% of the days
  • Ultramax fleet: approximately $13,388 per day for 47% of the days

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of October 19, 2018, the Company had approximately $58.0 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Recent Significant Events

Share Repurchase Program

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares of the Company’s common shares, at an average cost of $6.84 per share. The Company subsequently repurchased approximately 0.3 million shares of the Company’s common shares at an average cost of $6.60 per share from October 1, 2018 through October 12, 2018. These repurchases, totaling $11.9 million, were made under the Board of Directors authorized share repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”) and funded from available cash resources. As of October 19, 2018, the Company had $18.4 million authorized remaining available under the Share Repurchase Program.

On October 19, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program to purchase up to an aggregate of $50.0 million of our common shares (the “New Share Repurchase Program”). This New Share Repurchase Program replaced our Share Repurchase Program that was previously authorized in September 2017 and that was terminated in conjunction with the New Share Repurchase Program. The specific timing and amounts of the repurchases will be in the sole discretion of management and may vary based on market conditions and other factors. The Company is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any of its common shares. The authorization has no expiration date.

Dividend

In the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared and the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share totaling approximately $1.5 million.

On October 19, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, payable on or about December 14, 2018, to all shareholders of record as of November 14, 2018. As of October 19, 2018, 75,397,899 shares were outstanding.

Investment in Scorpio Tankers Inc.

On October 12, 2018, the Company invested $100.0 million in a related party, Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE:STNG) (“Scorpio Tankers”) for approximately 54.1 million, or 10.9%, of Scorpio Tankers’ issued and outstanding common shares. The investment was part of a larger $300.0 million equity raise through a public offering of common shares by Scorpio Tankers.

IMO 2020

The Company has agreed letters of intent, which are subject to the execution of definitive documentation, with suppliers, engineering firms, and ship repair facilities to cover the purchase and installation of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (“Scrubbers”) on substantially all of its owned and finance leased Kamsarmax and Ultramax vessels between the second quarter of 2019 and the third quarter of 2020. The Scrubbers and their installation will cost between $1.5 – $2.2 million per vessel, and the Company anticipates that between 60-70% of these costs will be financed.

Charter Employment Fixed

The Company has entered into time charter-out agreements, for which certain information is summarized below.

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