Maroussi, Athens, Greece - May 17, 2013 - Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced today its results for the three month period ended March 31, 2013.
First Quarter 2013 Highlights:
•Net loss of $4.6 million or $0.10 loss per share basic and diluted on total net revenues of $10.9 million. Adjusted net loss1 for the period was the same.
•Adjusted EBITDA 1 was $(0.1) million.
•An average of 15.00 vessels were owned and operated during the first quarter of 2013 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $8,718 per day.
•Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.015 per share for the first quarter of 2013 payable on June 14, 2013 to shareholders of record on June 5, 2013. This is the thirty-first consecutive quarterly dividend declared.
1 Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net loss and Adjusted loss per share are not recognized measurements under 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 U.S. GAAP.
Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: "During the first four months of 2013, both drybulk and containership markets appeared to be bottoming out. Renewal rates were just slightly higher than fixtures that were made during the last six months; however for expiring charters that had been concluded more than six months ago (mostly our drybulk vessels) renewal rates were lower than the previous ones. We do not see any significant improvement in the near term as deliveries of new vessels are to continue at a high rate eclipsing any demand growth. The current market information for supply and demand trends seems to indicate that in all likelihood a meaningful charter market recovery will have to wait the coming of 2014. Our chartering strategy is focused on keeping our vessels employed ideally with charters of short duration so our vessels could take advantage of any market recovery.
"On the investment front, the depressed charter market is starting to suggest that attractive investment opportunities for both sectors can be made as ship values appear to be bottoming out too. We continue to evaluate such opportunities and we intend to soon acquire additional vessels whilst possibly selling some of our older ships. During the first quarter, we invested our remaining capital commitment of $6.25 million in Euromar, our joint venture with two private equity firms. Euromar has a young fleet of ten large feeder vessels and is in a position to expand further by acquiring 2-4 vessels worth $30-35 million, thus, benefiting from the current state of the containership market and the expected recovery.
"Faithful to our strategy of paying meaningful dividends, our Board decided to continue paying a dividend of $0.015 per share which represents a yield of about 5.4% on the basis of our stock price on May 15, 2013."
Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer of Euroseas commented: "The results of the first quarter of 2013 primarily reflect depressed state of the markets and the drydocking expenses that we incurred for the drydocking of 3 of our vessels. If we compare our results for the first quarter of 2013 with the same period of 2012, our net revenues declined by about $3 million and we incurred an additional $1.8 million of drydocking expenses for a total of $4.8 million difference, or about $0.11/ share,which explains the difference in the results between the two periods.
"Total daily vessel operating expenses, including management fees and general and administrative ("G&A") expenses increased by 4.7% on a per vessel per day basis during the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the first quarter of 2012. This increase mainly reflects higher running expenses and higher G&A expenses per vessel because our fleet was reduced by about one vessel during the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the first quarter of 2012. Our drydocking expenses in the first quarter of 2013 were $1,343/day on a per vessel per day basis, a level that was significantly higher as compared to the $22/day for same period of 2012. We believe that we continue to maintain one of the lowest operating cost structures amongst the public shipping companies which, we believe, is one of our competitive advantages.
"As of March 31, 2013, our outstanding debt is about $59.5 million versus restricted and unrestricted cash of about $35.9 million. We were in compliance with all our loan covenants."
First Quarter 2013 Results:
For the first quarter of 2013, the Company reported total net revenues of $10.9 million representing a 21.7% decrease over total net revenues of $13.9 million during the first quarter of 2012. The Company reported losses for the period of $4.6 million as compared to a net loss of $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2012. The results for the first quarter of 2013 include a $0.5 million unrealized gain on derivatives as compared to $0.2 million unrealized gain on derivatives and trading securities for the same period of 2012; and a $0.4 million realized loss on derivatives compared to a $0.4 million realized loss in the same period of 2012. Drydocking expenses of $1.8 million during the quarter were higher than the $0.03 million incurred in the first quarter of 2012 and refer to expenses for three of our vessels drydocked in the first quarter of 2013. Depreciation expense for the first quarter of 2013 was $4.3 million compared to $4.5 million during the same period of 2012. On average, 15.00 vessels were owned and operated during the first quarter of 2013 earning an average time charter equivalent rate of $8,718 per day compared to 15.92 vessels in the same period of 2012 earning on average $11,258 per day.
Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2013 was $(0.1) million, a 101.5% decrease from $4.9 million achieved during the first quarter of 2012. Please see below for Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to net loss and cash flow provided by operating activities.
Basic and diluted loss per share for the first quarter of 2013 was $0.10, calculated on 45,319,605 weighted average number of shares outstanding compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.28 for the first quarter of 2012, calculated on 31,910,518 weighted average number of shares outstanding.
Excluding the effect on the loss for the quarter of the unrealized gain and realized losses on derivatives, the adjusted loss per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 would have remained the same at $0.10 per share basic and diluted, compared to the loss, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 of $0.00 per share basic and diluted. Usually, security analysts do not include the above items in their published estimates of earnings per share.
The Euroseas Ltd. fleet profile is as follows:
Note: Charter duration indicates the earliest redelivery date unless the contract rate is lower than the current market rate in which cases the latest redelivery date is assumed; vessels with the latest redelivery date shown are marked by (*). Generally, charterers have a range of 15 days to 3 of months to redeliver the vessels depending on the length of the charter.
Summary Fleet Data:
(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of calendar days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
(2) Calendar days. We define calendar days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession including off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys or days of vessels in lay-up. Calendar days are an indicator of the size of our fleet over a period and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that we record during that period.
(3) The scheduled off-hire days including vessels laid-up are days associated with scheduled repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys or days of vessels in lay-up. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels were available to generate revenues.
(4) Available days. We define available days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession net of scheduled off-hire days including days of vessels laid-up.
(5) Commercial off-hire days. We define commercial off-hire days as days waiting to find employment.
(6) Operational off-hire days. We define operational off-hire days as days associated with unscheduled repairs or other off-hire time related to the operation of the vessels.
(7) Voyage days. We define voyage days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession net of commercial and operational off-hire days. The shipping industry uses voyage days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues.
(8) Fleet utilization. We calculate fleet utilization by dividing the number of our voyage days during a period by the number of our available days during that period. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to measure a company's efficiency in finding suitable employment for its vessels and minimizing the amount of days that its vessels are off-hire for reasons such as unscheduled repairs or days waiting to find employment.
(9) Fleet utilization, commercial. We calculate commercial fleet utilization by dividing our available days net of commercial off-hire days during a period by our available days during that period.
(10) Fleet utilization, operational. We calculate operational fleet utilization by dividing our available net of operational off-hire days during a period by our available days during that period.
(11) Time charter equivalent, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. Our method of calculating TCE is consistent with industry standards and is determined by dividing revenue generated from voyage charters net of voyage expenses by voyage days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract. TCE is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot voyage charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods.
(12) Daily vessel operating expenses, which include crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs and management fees are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period. Drydocking expenses are reported separately.
(13) Daily general and administrative expense is calculated by dividing general and administrative expense by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.
(14) Total vessel operating expenses, or TVOE, is a measure of our total expenses associated with operating our vessels excluding drydocking expenses. TVOE is the sum of vessel operating expenses and general and administrative expenses. Daily TVOE is calculated by dividing TVOE by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.
(15) Drydocking expenses, which include expenses during drydockings that would been capitalized and amortized under the deferral method divided by the fleet calendar days for the relevant period. Drydocking expenses could vary substantially from period to period depending on how many vessels underwent drydocking during the period.
Conference Call and Webcast:
Later today, Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results.
Conference Call details:
Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (from the US), 0800 953 0329 (from the UK) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (from outside the US). Please quote "Euroseas".
A replay of the conference call will be available until May 24, 2013. The United States replay number is 1(866) 247-4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 550 000 and the access code required for the replay is: 6973591#.
Audio webcast - Slides Presentation:
There will be a live and then archived audio webcast of the conference call, via the internet through the Euroseas website (www.euroseas.gr). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast. A slide presentation on the First Quarter 2013 results in PDF format will also be available 30 minutes prior to the conference call and webcast accessible on the company's website (www.euroseas.gr) on the webcast page. Participants to the webcast can download the PDF presentation.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
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Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
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Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
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Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to
Net Loss and Cash Flow Provided By Operating Activities
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Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:
Euroseas Ltd. considers Adjusted EBITDA to represent net earnings / loss before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, gain / loss on derivatives, and gain / loss from the sale of vessels. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income / loss or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which we assess our financial performance and liquidity position and because we believe that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as that used by other companies in the shipping or other industries.
Reconciliation of Net loss to Adjusted net loss
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Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted Net loss per share Reconciliation:
Euroseas Ltd. considers Adjusted Net loss to represent net loss before gain / loss in derivatives, unrealized gain on trading securities, and loss on sale of vessel. Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted Net loss per share is included herein because we believe it assists our management and investors by increasing the comparability of the Company's fundamental performance from period to period by excluding the potentially disparate effects between periods of gain / loss on derivatives, and unrealized gain on trading securities, which items may significantly affect results of operations between periods.
Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted Net loss per share do not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net loss or loss per share, as determined by U.S. GAAP. The Company's definition of Adjusted Net loss and Adjusted Net loss per share may not be the same as that used by other companies in the shipping or other industries.
About Euroseas Ltd.
Euroseas Ltd. was formed on May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 136 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker ESEA.
Euroseas operates in the dry cargo, drybulk and container shipping markets. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements.
The Company has a fleet of 15 vessels, including 4 Panamax drybulk carriers and 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 3 Intermediate containerships, 4 Handysize containerships, 2 Feeder containerships and a multipurpose dry cargo vessel. Euroseas` 5 drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 331,808 dwt, its 9 containerships have a cargo capacity of 15,855 teu and its multipurpose vessel has a cargo capacity of 22,568 dwt or 950 teu.
Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including our expected joint venture and vessel acquisitions and time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for drybulk vessels and containerships, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
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