Scorpio Bulkers Announces Financial Results for the 2nd Quarter of 2017

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Scorpio Bulkers, a leading provider of marine transportation of dry bulk commodities, reported its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

For the second quarter of 2017 the Company’s GAAP net loss was $13.4 million, or $0.19 loss per diluted share.  For the same period in 2016 the Company’s GAAP net loss was $24.7 million, or $0.48 loss per diluted share.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $48.0 million, or $0.67 loss per diluted share compared to a GAAP net loss of $83.0 million, or $2.05 loss per diluted share for the prior year period.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s adjusted net loss was $29.8 million, or $0.41 adjusted loss per diluted share, which excludes the impact of a write down of assets held for sale of $17.7 million and a write off of deferred financing costs on the credit facility related to those specific vessels of $0.5 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company’s adjusted net loss was $58.1 million, or $1.43 adjusted loss per diluted share, which excludes a loss/write off of vessels and assets held for sale of $12.4 million, the write off of deferred financing costs on credit facilities that will no longer be used of $2.5 million and a charterhire contract termination fee of $10.0 million.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of July 21, 2017, the Company had approximately $148.3 million in cash and cash equivalents.

TCE Revenue

TCE Revenue Earned during the Second Quarter of 2017

  • Our Kamsarmax fleet earned $9,273 per day
  • Our Ultramax fleet earned $8,360 per day

Voyages Fixed thus far for the Third Quarter of 2017

  • Kamsarmax fleet: approximately $8,749 per day for 50% of the days
  • Ultramax fleet: approximately $9,005 per day for 56% of the days

Recent Significant Events

Reinstatement of Debt Amortization and Restoration of the Ability to Pay Dividends

During 2016, we entered into agreements with certain of our lenders to, among other things; defer future principal repayments under certain of our loan agreements.  In July 2017, we reached agreements in principal with such lenders whereby principal repayments on our debt totaling $45.4 million that were previously deferred would be reinstated to their original form.  Under these agreements in principal, we will be required to make principal payments of approximately $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 and quarterly principal payments ranging from $1.0 million to $4.5 million per quarter from the fourth quarter of 2017 through the fourth quarter of 2020.

All restrictions on the payment of dividends that were put in place as part of prior loan amendments have been removed from all of our credit facilities.

Completion of the Sale of Vessels

During the second quarter of 2017, we completed the sale of SBI Cakewalk and SBI Charleston for $22.5 million each. Net cash proceeds is approximately $24.2 million after repaying the outstanding loan balance of $20.1 million under the $39.6 Million Credit Facility.

Newbuilding Vessel Delivery

During the second quarter of 2017, the Company took delivery of the following newbuilding vessel:

  • SBI Jive, a Kamsarmax vessel, delivered from Hudong-Zhonghua (Group) Co., Ltd.

All 46 vessels in our newbuilding program have been successfully delivered, all contracted amounts have been paid in full and we have no further obligations due to any shipyard.

Agreement to Time Charter-In One Ultramax Vessel

During the second quarter of 2017, we entered into a time charter-in agreement with an unrelated third party for one Ultramax vessel. The agreement is for two years at approximately $10,125 per day.  We have the option to extend the agreement for one year at approximately $10,885 per day. The time charter is expected to commence prior to the end of October 2017.

Debt and Liquidity Overview

The Company’s outstanding debt balance, gross of unamortized deferred financing costs as of June 30, 2017 and July 21, 2017 are as follows (dollars in thousands).

Credit Facility Amount Outstanding
Senior Notes $ 73,625
$409 Million Credit Facility 179,473
$330 Million Credit Facility 260,136
$42 Million Credit Facility 38,512
$67.5 Million Credit Facility 40,461
$12.5 Million Credit Facility 10,379
$27.3 Million Credit Facility 19,375
Total $ 621,961

The Company’s projected quarterly debt repayments through 2019, including the impact from the reinstated principal repayments as noted above, is as follows (dollars in thousands):

Q3 2017 (1 ) $ 13,433
Q4 2017 9,837
Q1 2018 9,289
Q2 2018 9,629
Q3 2018 9,197
Q4 2018 8,537
Q1 2019 8,259
Q2 2019 8,357
Q3 2019 (2 ) 82,415
Q4 2019 10,319
Total $ 169,272

(1) Relates to payments expected to be made from July 22, 2017 to September 30, 2017
(2) Includes $73.6 million repayment of Senior Notes due at maturity

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2017 Compared to the Three Months Ended June 30, 2016

The Company had a GAAP net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.19 loss per diluted share for the second quarter of 2017 compared with a GAAP net loss of $24.7 million, or $0.48 loss per diluted share for the second quarter of 2016.

Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenue, a Non-GAAP financial measure, is vessel revenues less voyage expenses (including bunkers, port charges, broker fees and other miscellaneous expenses that we are unable to recoup under time charter and pool arrangements). TCE revenue is included herein because it is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company’s performance irrespective of changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters, and pool charters), and it provides useful information to investors and management.

TCE revenue was $37.6 million for the second quarter of 2017 and is associated with a day weighted average of 47 vessels owned and one vessel time chartered-in compared to $17.4 million during the prior year quarter, which was associated with a day weighted average of 34 vessels owned and three vessels time chartered-in. TCE revenue per day was $8,733 and $5,303 for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016, respectively.  Increased worldwide demand across all bulk sectors, regions and commodities, as well as a reduction in supply caused rates to increase compared to the prior year period.  Overall TCE revenue increased significantly versus the prior year period due to the increase in rates combined with the increase in revenue days associated with the growth of our fleet. While TCE rates continued the sequential quarter on quarter growth, rates somewhat stabilized in the second quarter of 2017 as demand for commodities slowed due to China increasing domestic coal and iron ore production.

Vessel operating costs were $21.1 million associated with 47 vessels owned, on average, during the period.  Vessel operating costs for the prior year quarter were $15.6 million and related to 34 vessels owned, on average, during the period. Sequentially, daily operating costs, excluding take over and other non-operating costs, decreased to $4,858 in the second quarter of 2017 from $5,019 in the first quarter of 2017, as a result of our cost reduction efforts.

Charterhire expense decreased to $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2017 from $3.6 million in the prior year period, reflecting the reduction in the number of vessels time chartered-in from three vessels to one vessel, on a day weighted average, respectively.  The existing time chartered-in vessel is expected to be redelivered in August 2017.  An additional time charter-in is expected to commence no later than the end of October 2017. The agreement is for two years at approximately $10,125 per day with an option to extend for one year at approximately $10,885 per day.

Depreciation increased to $12.0 million in the second quarter of 2017 from $8.7 million in the prior year period, reflecting the increase in our weighted average vessels owned to 47 from 34.

General and administrative expense decreased to $7.6 million from $8.6 million in the prior year period due primarily to decreases in restricted stock amortization caused by the run off of awards granted at a higher fair value and a reduction in legal fees, offset in part by an increase in administrative fees reflecting the growth of our fleet.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 Compared to the Six Months Ended June 30, 2016

The Company had a GAAP net loss of $48.0 million, or $0.67 loss per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared with a GAAP net loss of $83.0 million, or $2.05 loss per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company’s adjusted net loss was $29.8 million, or $0.41 adjusted loss per diluted share, which excludes the impact of a write down of assets held for sale of $17.7 million and a write off of deferred financing costs on the credit facility related to those specific vessels of $0.5 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company’s adjusted net loss was $58.1 million, or $1.43 adjusted loss per diluted share, which excludes a loss/write off of vessels and assets held for sale of $12.4 million, the write off of deferred financing costs on credit facilities that will no longer be used of $2.5 million and a charterhire contract termination fee of $10.0 million (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

TCE revenue was $72.2 million in the first half of 2017 and is associated with a day weighted average of 47 vessels owned and one vessel time chartered-in compared to $27.6 million during the prior year period, which was associated with a day weighted average of 33 vessels owned and five vessels time chartered-in. TCE revenue per day was $8,673 and $4,396 for first half of 2017 and 2016, respectively.  TCE revenue increased significantly versus the prior year due to the increase in rates, attributable to increased worldwide demand across all bulk sectors, regions and commodities, as well as a reduction in supply as fewer vessels are now on order, combined with the increase in revenue days associated with the growth of our fleet.

Vessel operating costs were $42.9 million and included approximately $1.2 million of takeover costs associated with new deliveries, and $1.3 million of non-operating expenses and related to 47 vessels owned, on average, during the first half of 2017.  Vessel operating costs for the prior year period were $30.9 million and related to 33 vessels owned, on average. Daily operating costs, excluding take over and other non-operating costs, were $4,944 in the first half of 2017.

Charterhire expense decreased to $3.6 million for the first half of 2017 from $12.2 million in the prior year period, reflecting the reduction in the number of vessels time chartered-in from five vessels to one vessel, on a day weighted average, respectively.  Included in the prior year figures is a charterhire contract termination fee of $10.0 million incurred to terminate four time charter-in agreements. The existing time chartered-in vessel is expected to be redelivered in August 2017.  An additional time charter-in is expected to commence no later than the end of October 2017. The agreement is for two years at approximately $10,125 per day with an option to extend for one year at approximately $10,885 per day.

Depreciation increased to $23.6 million in the first half of 2017 from $16.0 million in the prior year period, reflecting the increase in our weighted average vessels owned to 47 from 33.

General and administrative expense decreased to $15.3 million from $16.4 million in the prior year period due primarily to decreases in restricted stock amortization, due to the run off of awards granted at a higher fair value, offset by an increase in administrative fees reflecting the growth of our fleet.

During the first half of 2017, we recorded a write down on assets held for sale of $17.1 million related to the sale of two Kamsarmax vessels to an unaffiliated third party and also recorded a $0.6 million adjustment related to vessels sold in the prior year.  During the first half of 2016, the Company recorded a write down of vessels and assets held for sale of $12.4 million of which $11.6 million related to the cancellation of a shipbuilding contract for a Kamsarmax bulk carrier and $0.8 million in additional expenses related to vessels held for sale at December 31, 2015.

During the first halves of 2017 and 2016, we wrote off $0.5 million and $2.5 million, respectively, of deferred financing costs accumulated on credit facilities for which the related vessels were sold or the commitments were otherwise reduced.

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