Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced yesterday its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, the Company generated net revenues of $21.3 million, a 60% increase compared to the first quarter of 2017. As of March 31, 2018, stockholders’ equity was $37.2 million and cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, was $8.2 million.
Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“Our financial results for the quarter that ended on March 31, 2018 were improved due to the higher average daily charter rates earned by our vessels, and the addition of the M/V Partnership to our fleet in the second quarter of 2017, resulting in a 10% increase in our total ownership days. Specifically, we achieved a daily time charter equivalent (“TCE”)1 rate of $11,712 in the first quarter of 2018, which is 92% higher than the $6,106 per day earned in the first quarter of 2017.
“The improvement in charter rates was reflected positively in our financial performance, as EBITDA for the first quarter of 2018 increased to $4.6 million as compared to a negative EBITDA of $62 thousand in the same period of 2017. Our bottom line was affected by sizeable non-cash expenses including $934 thousand in non-cash amortization of our convertible notes.
“Most importantly, our corporate leverage has drastically improved following the commencement of debt principal repayments in all our bank facilities in the last quarter of 2017, as well as with the refinancing of the M/V Championship in the third quarter of 2017. In this context, our book equity has strengthened significantly by increasing to $37.2 million as of March 31, 2018 from $26.7 million as of March 31, 2017. Our total equity, as adjusted for the market value of our fleet, stood at $40.7 million as of March 31, 2018, as compared to $5.8 million as of March 31, 2017.
“As regards general market conditions, in the first quarter of 2018 we experienced a period of weakness caused by adverse weather conditions in Brazil and a slowdown in Chinese imports due to the Chinese New Year, which was further exacerbated by restrictions on industrial production introduced in 2017 pursuant to environmental regulations. Nevertheless, in the first quarter of 2018 the market increased materially in terms of the daily average earnings of the Baltic Capesize Index as compared to the same period in 2017, mainly due to the dramatic reduction in newbuilding deliveries, which is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Overall we expect the seaborne transportation of iron ore and coal to increase by 3% to 4% on an annual basis while the historically low order book should facilitate a substantial increase in freight rates.
“Having delivered a significant improvement in our performance during what is seasonally the weakest and most volatile part of the year, we are optimistic about the second half of 2018, and we remain confident that the improved day-rate and asset value environment should further benefit the net asset value of our fleet.”