Scorpio Tankers meets 1Q profit forecasts

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Scorpio Tankers Inc. reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and declaration of a quarterly dividend.

Results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the Company’s adjusted net income was $30.5 million (see Non-IFRS Measures section below), or $0.19 basic and $0.18 diluted earnings per share, which excludes (i) a $2.2 million loss on sales of vessels and write-down of vessels held for sale, (ii) a $1.8 million write-off of deferred financing fees, (iii) a $1.0 million unrealized gain on derivative financial instruments and (iv) a $0.6 million gain recorded on the repurchase of $5.0 million face value of the Company’s Convertible Senior Notes due 2019 (the “Convertible Notes”). The adjustments aggregated to an increase of adjusted net income by $2.4 million or $0.02 basic and $0.01 diluted earnings per share. For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the Company had net income of $28.0 million, or $0.17 basic and diluted earnings per share.

The diluted weighted average number of shares considers the potentially dilutive shares relating to the Company’s Convertible Notes representing 32,002,761 potential common shares that the Company may issue upon conversion (see below for further information).

For the three months ended March 31, 2015, the Company’s adjusted net income was $39.3 million (see Non-IFRS Measures section below), or $0.26 basic and $0.24 diluted earnings per share, which excludes a gain of $2.0 million related to the closing of the sales of three vessels and an unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments of $0.6 million. The adjustments aggregated to a decrease of adjusted net income by $1.4 million, or $0.01 basic and diluted loss per share. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, the Company had net income of $40.7 million, or $0.27 basic and $0.25 diluted earnings per share.

Declaration of Dividend

On April 27, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share, payable on June 24, 2016 to all shareholders as of May 11, 2016 (the record date). As of April 27, 2016, there were 173,035,794 shares outstanding.

Diluted Weighted Number of Shares

Diluted earnings per share is determined using the if-converted method. Under this method, the Company assumes that the Convertible Notes (which were issued in June 2014) are converted into common shares at the beginning of each period and the interest and non-cash amortization expense associated with these notes of $5.5 million during the three months ended March 31, 2016, are not incurred. Conversion is not assumed if the results of this calculation are anti-dilutive.

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the Company’s basic weighted average number of shares were 160,471,857. The Company’s diluted weighted average number of shares were 165,680,353 excluding the impact of the Convertible Notes and 197,620,040 under the if-converted method. Earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2016 does not consider the effect of the Convertible Notes as the if-converted method was anti-dilutive. Adjusted earnings per share (see Non-IFRS Measures section below) for the three months ended March 31, 2016 was calculated using the if-converted method as the effect of which was dilutive. The Convertible Notes are currently ineligible for conversion.

Summary of Recent and First Quarter Significant Events:

Below is a summary of the voyages fixed thus far in the second quarter of 2016:
For the LR2s in the pool: approximately $23,000 per day for 43% of the days
For the LR1 in the pool: approximately $18,000 per day for 38% of the days
For the MRs in the pool: approximately $18,000 per day for 39% of the days
For the Handymaxes in the pool: approximately $12,000 per day for 34% of the days
Below is a summary of the TCE revenue earned during the first quarter of 2016:
For the LR2s in the pool: $27,392 per day
For the LR1s in the pool: $25,078 per day
For the MRs in the pool: $18,573 per day
For the Handymaxes in the pool: $15,855 per day
Reduced the Company’s outstanding debt by $109.5 million between January 1, 2016 and April 26, 2016.
Took delivery of STI Grace, an LR2 product tanker that was under construction from Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (“DHSC”) and STI Lombard, an LR2 product tanker that was previously bareboat chartered-in, in March and April 2016, respectively.
Reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to sell five 2014 built MR tankers for $33.3 million each. Two of these sales closed in the first quarter of 2016, one sale closed in April 2016, and the remaining two sales are expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.
Time chartered-in three ice class 1A Handymax product tankers, each for three years at $15,600 per day.
Repurchased $5.0 million face value of the Company’s Convertible Notes for $831.05 per $1,000 principal amount.
Repurchased an aggregate of 2,299,606 of the Company’s common shares since January 1, 2016 at an average price of $5.96 per share; the repurchased shares are being held as treasury shares.
Paid a quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s common stock of $0.125 per share in March 2016.
Amended and restated the Company’s previously announced $87.0 million credit facility with ING Bank N.V. to increase the borrowing capacity to $132.5 million. The proceeds from the upsizing were utilized in April 2016 to partially finance the purchase of STI Lombard and refinance the existing indebtedness on STI Osceola.
Vessel deliveries

In April 2016, the Company took delivery of STI Lombard, an LR2 product tanker that was previously bareboat chartered-in, and paid the remaining 90% of the purchase price, or $53.1 million, upon delivery. The Company drew down $26.5 million from its ING Credit Facility to partially finance this transaction.

In March 2016, the Company took delivery of STI Grace, an LR2 product tanker from DHSC. The Company drew down $26.0 million from its ING Credit Facility to finance the delivery of this vessel.

Agreement to Sell Five MR Product Tankers

In February 2016, the Company reached an agreement with an unrelated third party to sell five 2014 built MR product tankers (STI Lexington, STI Mythos, STI Chelsea, STI Olivia and STI Powai) for $33.3 million each. The sales of STI Lexington and STI Mythos closed in the first quarter of 2016, the sale of STI Chelsea closed in April 2016 and the sales of STI Powai and STI Olivia are expected to close in the second quarter of 2016. The Company recorded an aggregate loss on sale of vessels and a write-down of vessels held for sale of $2.2 million during the first quarter of 2016 in connection with this agreement.

As part of these sales, the Company repaid $36.2 million in secured debt in the first quarter of 2016 and $18.4 million in April 2016. The Company expects to repay $36.7 million in secured debt as part of the sales of the remaining two vessels before the end of the second quarter of 2016.

Upsizing of ING Credit Facility

In March 2016, the Company amended and restated its previously announced $87.0 million credit facility with ING Bank N.V. to increase the borrowing capacity to $132.5 million. The facility bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 1.95% per annum, and the proceeds from the upsizing were used in April 2016 to partially finance the purchase of STI Lombard and refinance the existing indebtedness on STI Osceola.

The terms and conditions, including covenants, are similar to those in the Company’s existing credit facilities.

$250 Million Securities Repurchase Program

In May 2015, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a new Securities Repurchase Program to purchase up to an aggregate of $250 million of the Company’s common stock and bonds, which currently consist of its (i) Convertible Notes, which were issued in June 2014, (ii) Unsecured Senior Notes Due 2020 (NYSE: SBNA), which were issued in May 2014, and (iii) Unsecured Senior Notes Due 2017 (NYSE: SBNB), which were issued in October 2014.

Since January 1, 2016 through the date of this press release, the Company has repurchased the following:

an aggregate of 2,299,606 of its common shares at an average price of $5.96 per share; the repurchased shares are being held as treasury shares. There are 173,035,794 shares outstanding as of April 27, 2016.
$5.0 million face value of its Convertible Notes at an average price of $831.05 per $1,000 principal amount.

The Company has $160.4 million remaining under its Securities Repurchase Program as of the date of this press release. The Company expects to repurchase any securities in the open market, at times and prices that are considered to be appropriate by the Company, but is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any securities.

Time Charter-in Update

In April 2016, the Company exercised its option to extend the charter on an MR product tanker that is currently time chartered-in for an additional year at $16,350 per day effective May 2016.

In March 2016, the Company entered into time charter-in agreements with an unrelated third party on three ice class 1A Handymax product tankers. Each agreement is for three years at $15,600 per day and the Company has two consecutive one year options to extend the agreements at $16,500 per day and $17,500 per day, respectively. These vessels were delivered in March 2016. In addition, the Company has the option to time charter-in up to four additional ice class 1A Handymax product tankers under the same terms.

In March 2016, the Company extended the charters on two ice class 1B Handymax product tankers that are currently time chartered-in, each for one year at $17,000 per day effective April and June 2016, respectively.

In March 2016, the Company exercised its option to extend the charter on an MR product tanker that is currently time chartered-in for an additional year at $16,200 per day effective May 2016.

In February 2016, the Company extended the charter on an LR1 product tanker that is currently time chartered-in. The term of the agreement is for an additional year at $17,250 per day effective March 2016.

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