EuroDry, an owner and operator of drybulk vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk cargoes, announced its results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2023.
First Quarter 2023 Highlights:
- Total net revenues of $11.3 million.
- Net loss of $1.5 million or $0.55 loss per share basic and diluted, respectively.
- Adjusted net income1 for the quarter of $0.4 million or $0.14 earnings per share basic and diluted, respectively, before unrealized loss on derivatives.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 was $2.4 million.
- An average of 10.0 vessels were owned and operated during the first quarter of 2023 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $10,674 per day. Refer to a subsequent section of the Press Release for the definition and method of calculation of time charter equivalent rate.
- As of May 15, 2023, we had repurchased 198,731 shares of our common stock in the open market for $3.0 million, since the initiation of our repurchase plan of up to $10 million, announced in August 2022.
1Adjusted 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 EuroDry’s 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.
Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of EuroDry commented:
“During the second half of last quarter and through mid-May 2023, drybulk earnings for Supramax and Panamax vessels have recovered from their mid-February lows to levels that are currently profitable for our fleet. However, the market has continued to be volatile as financial and other developments influence economic trends and, thus, influence demand for raw materials. In parallel, the drybulk orderbook as a percentage of the fleet dropped below 7% after hovering for the last three years around a low level of 8% by historical standards. This persistent underbuilding of the fleet along with increased environmentally-driven regulatory requirements that will likely result in slow steaming and increased scrapping, are destined to create in the following two to three years a “supply squeeze”. It remains to be seen whether demand for raw materials will increase over the same timeframe for rates to meaningfully react.
“Our strategy remains to position our fleet and liquidity to deal with and take advantage of both the current environment and the expected developments in the markets. Most of our fleet is exposed to the market by being employed in short term or market linked contracts. At the same time, we selectively use the FFA markets to secure in the near-term rate levels for our vessels which we consider as profitable. We also continuously evaluate investment opportunities in modern vessels having built sufficient liquidity to grow organically by 20-30% if we identify accretive opportunities for our shareholders.”
Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer of EuroDry commented:
“Our net revenues for the first quarter of 2023 were lower by 38.6% as compared to the first quarter of 2022. As a result of the depressed market rates, our vessels earned 56.7% lower average time charter equivalent rates during the quarter as compared to the first quarter of 2022. This effect was slightly offset by the increased number of vessels owned and operated in the first quarter of 2023 as compared to the same period of 2022.
“Vessel operating expenses were $4.7 million for the first quarter of 2023 as compared to $4.2 million for the same period of 2022. The increase is mainly attributable to the increased number of vessels operating in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the corresponding period in 2022 as well as the higher prices for all the categories of vessel supplies paid for our vessels compared to the same period of 2022. The latter is a result of the increased global inflation rates.
“Adjusted EBITDA during the first quarter of 2023 was $2.4 million compared to $12.7 million achieved for the first quarter of last year. As of March 31, 2023, our outstanding debt (excluding the unamortized loan fees) was $66.9 million versus restricted and unrestricted cash of approximately $24.0 million.”