Torm exits third quarter in the red


In the third quarter of 2021, TORM achieved TCE rates of USD/day 12,854 (2020, same period: USD/day 16,762) and an EBITDA of USD 30.4m (2020, same period: USD 43.4m). The loss before tax amounted to USD -14.1m (2020, same period a profit of USD 1.0m), and loss per share (EPS) was USD -0.18 or DKK -1.14 (2020, same period earnings per share: USD 0.01 or DKK 0.05). Cash flow from operating activities was positive at USD 12.0m in the third quarter of 2021 (2020, same period: USD 52.5m), and Return on Invested Capital (RoIC) was -0.9% (2020, same period: 2.7%).

In the third quarter of 2021, the product tanker market was negatively influenced by lockdowns in Asia and Hurricane Ida related refinery outages in the US Gulf, which were only partly offset by increasing long haul flows to the Atlantic basin where product inventories have fallen to below five-year lows. This was aggravated by the weak crude tanker market, where crude supply is still lagging demand, and the market continues to rely on inventory draws. The unsustainable imbalance between supply and demand has resulted in historically low product tanker freight rates in the third quarter of 2021.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TORM has fully maintained its operations. The One TORM platform has secured high safety performance during the third quarter, while keeping operating expenses at a competitive level. TORM is using every opportunity to get sea staff vaccinated. In various ports in the US and Europe, TORM has successfully conducted 67 vaccination drives for our vessels and has vaccinated more than 900 crew members. Further, TORM has shown the great value of the One TORM platform by successfully integrating the 11 vessels acquired earlier this year into the fleet, despite the very challenging times.

During the third quarter of 2021, TORM took delivery of the remaining two of the eight 2007-2012 built MR product tanker vessels from Team Tankers Deep Sea Ltd. TORM also took delivery of TORM Kiara (previously named Nissos Heraclea), the last of three LR2 vessels acquired from Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp. All three vessels announced earlier this year.

Early in the third quarter, TORM completed the sale and leaseback of the two LR2 vessels TORM Hellerup and TORM Herdis, with an existing Chinese financial institution at attractive terms. After 30 September 2021, TORM obtained commitment from a new Chinese financial institution for the sale and operational leaseback of nine existing MR vessels built from 2010 to 2012. The transactions are expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 with a liquidity contribution of USD 75.5m, and they underline TORM’s ability to obtain attractively priced and diversified operational lease financing.

As of 30 September 2021, TORM’s available liquidity was USD 185.5m consisting of USD 109.9m in cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash and USD 75.6m in available sale and leaseback financing related to the financing of the two newbuildings expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Cash and cash equivalents include USD 5.7m in restricted cash, primarily related to collateral for financial instruments. As of 30 September 2021, net interest-bearing debt amounted to USD 938.2m, and TORM’s net loan-to-value (LTV) ratio was 53.6%.

Based on broker valuations, TORM’s fleet including newbuildings had a market value of USD 1,886.1m as of end September 2021. Compared to broker valuations as of 30 June 2021, the market value of the fleet decreased by USD 17.4m when adjusted for acquired and sold vessels in Q3 2021. The book value of TORM’s fleet was USD 1,953,2 as of 30 September 2021 excluding outstanding payments on the newbuildings and secondhand vessels. The outstanding installments include payment for scrubbers related to the two LR2 newbuildings.

As of 30 September 2021, TORM had installed 50 scrubbers out of 53 planned and the remaining three are expected to be installed during the remainder of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, including two on the LR2 newbuildings.

As of 30 September 2021, 27% of the remaining total earning days in 2021 were covered at an average rate of USD/day 13,880. As of 07 November 2021, the coverage for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 69% at USD/day 12,985. For the individual segments, the coverage was 69% at USD/day 16,053 for LR2, 54% at USD/day 15,182 for LR1, 71% at USD/day 12,148 for MR and 72% at USD/day 10,208 for Handysize.

“The market for refined oil is at present negatively impacted by the restricted crude supply not meeting demand, thereby drawing onshore stocks resulting in stock levels that are below five-year lows in several regions. This imbalance has led to historically low product tanker freight rates in the third quarter of 2021, resulting in an EBITDA of USD 30.4m and a loss before tax of USD -14.1m,” says Executive Director Jacob Meldgaard and adds: “In these challenging times, TORM continues a relentless focus on operational efficiency while maintaining a solid liquidity and capital structure.”