Performance Shipping sees Q1 earnings dip

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Performance Shipping, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tanker vessels, reported net income of $11.4 million and net income attributable to common stockholders of $11.0 million for the first quarter of 2024. The 2024 first quarter results compared to a net income of $15.7 million and net income attributable to common stockholders of $4.6 million for the same period in 2023. Earnings per share, basic and diluted, for the first quarter of 2024 were $0.89 and $0.29, respectively.

Revenue was $22.4 million ($21.6 million net of voyage expenses) for the first quarter of 2024, compared to $29.5 million ($28.0 million net of voyage expenses) for the same period in 2023. This decrease was attributable to the decrease in time-charter equivalent rates (“TCE rates”) realized during the quarter, and to the decrease in the ownership days following the sale of the vessel P. Kikuma in December 2023. Fleetwide, the average TCE rate for the first quarter of 2024 was $33,857, compared with an average rate of $41,157 for the same period in 2023. During the first quarter of 2024, net cash provided by operating activities was $17.3 million, compared with net cash provided by operating activities of $18.7 million for the first quarter of 2023.

Commenting on the results of the first quarter of 2024, Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated:

During the first quarter of 2024, the tanker market remained solid supported by the ongoing shift in trade patterns arising from the Russian oil trade and Red Sea disruptions and resulting in longer haul tanker voyages. The increased ton-mile demand, in conjunction with limited supply growth, continues to sustain tanker charter rates at firm levels. This enabled our Company to achieve a fleetwide average time charter equivalent rate of $33,857 per day, corresponding to quarterly revenues of $22.4 million. As a result, during the quarter ended March 31, 2024, we generated net income attributable to common stockholders of $11.0 million, representing an increase of 137%, compared to the same period in 2023.

“Going forward, we believe that the solid tanker market environment will be sustainable, prompting our continued focus on a fleet deployment strategy that emphasizes balanced exposure to short- and medium-term time charter contracts and the spot market. Specifically, five of our Aframax tankers are currently operating under time charter contracts with first-class charterers, securing a fixed revenue backlog of approximately $38.5 million, based on the minimum duration of each contract. Our remaining two Aframax tankers operate under pool arrangements, benefiting from exposure to the prevailing robust Aframax spot rates.

“Looking ahead, we believe our fleet expansion and renewal strategy is consistent with our view of continuing favorable market fundamentals. As previously announced, we have entered into shipbuilding contracts for the construction of three LNG-ready LR2 Aframax tankers and one LR1 chemical/product oil tanker, expected to be delivered to our Company between late 2025 and early 2027. These vessels, which will be equipped with scrubbers and water ballast treatment systems, will feature the latest high-specification engines and comply with stringent emission requirements. Our decision to acquire these three identical LR2 Aframax “sister” vessels, along with our first LR1 chemical/product oil tanker, reflects our focus on fuel efficiency and our commitment to participate in the energy transition. Our newbuilding commitments are supported by the recently announced 5-year time charter employment contracts for our three newbuilding LR2 Aframax tankers, which will generate gross revenues of $169.8 million and supplement our existing revenue backlog of $38.5 million. We believe that our financial position is strong, with a quarter-end cash balance (including restricted cash) of approximately $60.8 million representing 1.1x our outstanding bank debt, and aggregate revenue backlog of $208.3 million, corresponding to 94% of all our remaining newbuilding capital expenditures.”

Corporate Developments

Update on Outstanding Shares and Warrants

As of May 29, 2024, the Company had outstanding 12,310,930 common shares. In addition, the following common share purchase warrants were outstanding as of such date:

  • Class A Warrants to purchase up to 567,366 common shares at an exercise price of $15.75 per common share;
  • Warrants issued July 19, 2022, to purchase up to 1,033,333 common shares at an exercise price of $1.65 per common share;
  • Warrants issued August 16, 2022, to purchase up to 2,122,222 common shares at an exercise price of $1.65 per common share;
  • Series A Warrants issued March 3, 2023, which are exchangeable for up to 14,300 common shares; and
  • Series B Warrants issued March 3, 2023, to purchase up to 4,167,000 common shares at an exercise price of $2.25 per common share.

Finally, the Company had 50,726 shares of its Series B Convertible Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock and 1,426,692 shares of its Series C Convertible Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock outstanding.