DHT Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

ST. HELIER, Channel Islands, May 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --DHT Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHT) ("DHT" or the "Company") today announced:

Highlights

  • The Board of Directors of DHT (the "Board") declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share for the quarter payable on June 8, 2010 for shareholders of record as of May 31, 2010.
  • Revenues of $22.4 million reflect the stability of contracted charters but no profit-sharing revenues due to continued weakness in spot markets.
  • Adjusted for swap expenses, net income was $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share. Net loss including swap expenses was $2.2 million, or $0.05 per share, driven largely by lower revenues, costs associated with terminating interest rate swaps related to debt prepayment and legal expenses related to the corporate restructuring.
  • Cash on hand at quarter-end of $49.4 million.
  • The Company took important strategic actions to increase long-term shareholder value, including:
    • Established new holding company structure to provide enhanced flexibility for growth and payment of dividends;
    • Continued to de-leverage its balance sheet by pre-paying $28.0 million of debt;
    • Instituted a management change, appointing one of its current directors, Randee Day, to serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer; and
    • Expanded and strengthened its Board.

DHT will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT today to present the results for the quarter. See below for further details.

First Quarter Results

The Company today reported revenues for the period from January 1 to March 31, 2010, of $22.4 million, compared to revenues of $29.8 million for the prior-year period. The Company reported a net loss of $2.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2010, compared to net income of $6.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2009. After adjusting for non-cash financial items related to interest rate swaps and a $3.7 million expense relating to the termination of part of an interest rate swap, net income for the first quarter of 2010 was $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share. Free cash flow from operations was $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share1.

Randee Day, Acting Chief Executive Officer, stated, "DHT's strategy of employing its vessels on medium- to long-term charters that provide stable earnings and cash flow is serving the Company well in the current freight market."

The decrease in year-over-year revenues primarily reflects the lack of revenues under the Company's profit-sharing arrangements with OSG2, the charterer of DHT's vessels. In the comparable 2009 period, the Company realized $7.3 million in additional revenues under the Company's profit-sharing arrangements. Net income was affected by a cash expense of $3.7 million from early termination of $35 million in interest rate swaps and increased general and administrative expenses due to the corporate restructuring.

First Quarter Strategic Initiatives and Reinstatement of Dividend

During the first quarter, the Company undertook significant corporate actions to better position it to deliver on its long-term growth strategy. These actions, combined with a modest increase in vessel values and the Company's cash position, enabled the Board to declare a cash dividend. Future dividend distributions remain subject to quarterly reviews and assessment of several factors, including the Company's current and projected cash flow, the relative strength of the shipping markets, new business opportunities and the Company's financial commitments.

Ms. Day continued, "In the first quarter, the Company established a holding company structure to provide enhanced flexibility to support growth and capital opportunities. In addition, with the deleveraging of the balance sheet as a result of $153 million in debt repayments since 2008, firming of vessel values over the past quarter and cash on hand of $49 million, the Board determined that it could prudently reinstate a quarterly dividend without impinging on its ability to take advantage of opportunities created by the current shipping market.

    1)   Free cash flow from operations after contractual debt service represents the sum of net income, amortization of unrealized loss of interest rate swaps, fair value (gain)/loss on derivative financial instrument and depreciation and amortization. Please refer to the table on page 9 for a reconciliation between net income and free cash flow from operations after contractual debt service.
      
    2)   Through the profit-sharing elements of the time charter agreements for the VLCCs and the Aframax tankers, DHT earns an additional amount equal to 40% of the excess of the vessels' actual net time charter equivalent ("TCE") earnings in the commercial pools over the base charter hire rates for the quarter, calculated on a fleet wide basis and on a four quarter rolling average. The Overseas Newcastle has a profit sharing arrangement whereby DHT earns an additional amount equal to 33% of the vessel's TCE earnings above $35,000 per day.

"We have also strengthened our Board with the addition of Michael Steimler and Robert Cowen. Mr. Steimler, as the founder and former CEO of Tanker (UK) Agencies, brings seasoned commercial, operational and industry-specific experience. Mr. Cowen, currently a shipping industry consultant and DHT investor, previously had a 25-year career with OSG and will offer an important perspective to the Board."

Additional First Quarter 2010 Financial Information

Of the $22.4 million of revenues for the first quarter of 2010, $17.7 million relates to the seven vessels on time charter and $4.7 million relates to the two vessels on bareboat charter. The VLCCs earned an average TCE of $37,800 per day equal to the base hire under the time charter agreements. The two Aframax tankers which operate in the Aframax International pool earned an average TCE of $25,100 per day equal to the base hire under the time charter agreements. The Aframax tankers, Overseas Ania and Overseas Rebecca earned $19,100 per day, equal to the base hire under the time charter agreements with OSG. The Suezmax tankers, Overseas Newcastle and Overseas London earned $26,300 per day and $26,600 per day respectively under their bareboat charters.

The revenue days for the first quarter of 2010 were 256 for the VLCCs and 355 for the Aframaxes. Total off-hire for running repairs and mandatory inspections amounted to 19 days during the first quarter of 2010 of which 12 days related to Overseas Chris completing its Class Interim Survey.

Overseas Regal and Overseas Cathy are scheduled to undergo their scheduled Class Interim Survey in the second and fourth quarter of 2010, respectively. It is estimated that each vessel will be off-hire for approximately ten days. Following completion of these surveys, no vessel is scheduled to undergo any mandatory Class Survey until the second half of 2011.

DHT's vessel expenses for the quarter, including insurance costs, were $7.2 million. Depreciation and amortization expenses, including depreciation of capitalized dry docking costs, were $7.0 million. General and administrative expenses were $1.8 million and included costs related to the corporate restructuring completed in the first quarter. Net finance expenses of $8.6 million included a gain on interest rate swaps of $1.9 million, amortization of unrealized loss on interest rate swaps of $2.9 million and a $3.7 million cost related to the early termination of $35 million of interest swaps.

At the end of the first quarter, the Company's cash balance was $49.4 million, reflecting the debt repayment of $28 million in the quarter. The Company remains in compliance with its financial covenants.

EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

DHT plans to host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. EDT today to discuss the results for the first quarter. All shareholders and other interested parties are invited to join the conference call, which may be accessed by calling (866) 831-6247 within the United States and +1-617-213-8856 for international calls The passcode is "DHT Holdings". A live webcast of the conference call and a presentation will be available in the Investor Relations section on DHT's website at http://www.dhtholdings.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available from 11:30 a.m. EDT today through May 26, 2010 by calling toll free (888) 286-8010 within the United States or +1-617-801-6888 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 50187628. A webcast of the replay will be available in the Investor Relations section on DHT's website at http://www.dhtholdings.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains assumptions, expectations, projections, intentions and beliefs about future events, in particular regarding daily charter rates, vessel utilization, the future number of newbuilding deliveries, oil prices and seasonal fluctuations in vessel supply and demand. When used in this document, words such as "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "plan," "potential," "will," "may," "should" and "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results. For a detailed discussion of the risk factors that might cause future results to differ, please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 25, 2010.

The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release might not occur, and the Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
($ in thousands except per share amounts)
       
     1Q 2010   1Q 2009
     Jan. 1 - Mar.   Jan. 1 - Mar.
     31, 2010   31, 2009
     Unaudited   Unaudited
       
Shipping revenues    $ 22,417    $ 29,810  
       
Operating expenses      
Vessel expenses     7,180     7,090  
Depreciation and amortization     7,008     6,465  
General and administrative     1,827     1,109  
Total operating expenses     16,015     14,664  
       
Income from vessel operations     6,402     15,146  
       
Interest income     19     94  
Interest expense     (3,933 )    (4,872 )
Fair value gain/(loss) on derivative instruments    (987 )    (3,509 )
Other financial income/(expenses)    (3,710 )    -  
       
Net income / profit for the period    ($2,209 )   $ 6,859  
       
Basic net income per share     (0.05 )    0.17  
Diluted net income per share     (0.05 )    0.17  
       
Weighted average number of shares (basic)    48,688,005     39,254,558  
Weighted average number of shares (diluted)    48,688,005     39,254,558  
       
       
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
       
Profit for the period     ($2,209 )   $ 6,859  
Other comprehensive income:      
Cash flow hedges     6,060     2,669  
       
Total comprehensive income for the period   $ 3,851    $ 9,528  

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
($ in thousands)
     
   Mar. 31, 2010   Dec. 31, 2009
   Unaudited   Audited
     
     
ASSETS     
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 49,389    $ 72,664  
Voyage receivables from OSG    -     -  
Prepaid expenses    827     1,329  
Prepaid technical management fee to OSG    2,619     1,958  
Total current assets    52,835     75,951  
     
Vessels, net of accumulated depreciation    434,028     441,036  
Other long-term receivables    1,106     984  
Total assets    487,969     517,971  
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     
Current liabilities     
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 5,512    $ 6,250  
Derivative financial instruments    9,008     11,779  
Deferred shipping revenues    7,643     7,898  
Total current liabilities    22,163     25,927  
     
Long term liabilities     
Long-term debt    265,088     293,041  
Derivative financial instruments    4,345     6,646  
Other long term-liabilities    451     433  
Total long-term liabilities    269,884     300,120  
     
Total liabilities    292,047     326,047  
     
Shareholders' equity     
Common stock    487     487  
Paid-in additional capital    239,868     239,624  
Retained earnings/(deficit)    (36,130 )    (33,824 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)    (8,303 )    (14,363 )
Total stockholders' equity    195,922     191,924  
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 487,969    $ 517,971  

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
($ in thousands)
 
     1Q 2010   1Q 2009
     Jan. 1- Mar.   Jan. 1- Mar.
     31, 2010   31, 2009
     Unaudited   Unaudited
       
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:     
Net income      ($2,209 )   $ 6,859  
Items Included in net income not effecting cash flow:     
Depreciation and amortization    7,056     6,513  
Amortization related to interest and swap expense    987     3,509  
Deferred compensation related to options and     
restricted stock     244     309  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
Receivables      -     1,519  
Prepaid expenses     (281 )    74  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and     
deferred revenue     (975 )    (5,087 )
Net cash provided by operating activities    4,822     13,696  
       
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:     
Investments in vessels     -     -  
Net cash used in investing activities    -     -  
       
Cash flows from Financing Activities     
Issuance/(buy back) of common stock    -     -  
Issuance of long-term debt, net of acquisition costs    -     -  
Cash dividends paid     (97 )    (11,780 )
Deferred offering costs     -     -  
Repayment of long-term debt    (28,000 )    -  
Net cash provided by / (used in) financing activities    (28,097 )    (11,780 )
       
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents    (23,275 )    1,916  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period    72,664     59,020  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period    49,389     60,936  
       
Interest paid     $ 4,275    $ 4,614  

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY
($ in thousands except shares)
               
     Common Stock   Paid-in     Cash   
     Shares   Amount   Additional   Retained   Flow   Total
         Capital   Earnings   Hedges   equity
               
Balance at January 1, 2009   39,238,807   $ 392   $ 200,570   ($26,721 )   ($26,418 )   $ 147,823  
Total comprehensive income         6,859    2,669     9,528  
Cash dividends declared and paid         (11,780 )      (11,780 )
Issue of common stock              -  
Compensation related to options and restricted stock   28,609      309        309  
Balance at March 31, 2009   39,267,416   $ 392   $ 200,879   ($31,642 )   ($23,749 )   $ 145,880  
               
               
Balance at January 1, 2010   48,675,897   $ 487   $ 239,624   ($33,824 )   ($14,363 )   $ 191,924  
Total comprehensive income         (2,209 )   6,060     3,851  
Cash dividends declared and paid         (97 )      (97 )
Issue of common stock              -  
Compensation related to options and restricted stock   26,284      244        244  
Balance at March 31, 2010   48,702,181   $ 487   $ 239,868   ($36,130 )   ($8,303 )   $ 195,922  

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2010

Basis for preparation

The condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

Significant accounting policies

The condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with historical cost convention, except for the revaluation of certain financial instruments. The accounting policies that have been followed in these condensed financial statements are the same as presented in the IFRS conversion document included with the first quarter 2009 results published on May 19, 2009.

Reconciliation between IFRS and U.S. GAAP

Effective January 1, 2009, DHT changed the basis on which it prepares its financial statements from U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP") to IFRS. There are no differences in the statements of operations and equity between IFRS and U.S. GAAP.

Reconciliation of non-IFRS financial measures ($ in thousands except shares and per share amounts)
       
     1Q 2010   1Q 2009
     Jan. 1 - Mar.   Jan. 1 - Mar.
     31, 2010   31, 2009
     Unaudited   Unaudited
       
Net income      ($2,209 )   $ 6,859
Amortization of unrealized loss of interest rate swaps    6,060     2,669
Fair value (gain)/loss on derivative financial instruments    (5,073 )    840
Depreciation and amortization     7,008     6,465
Free cash flow from operations after contractual     
debt service     $ 5,786    $ 16,833
       
Free cash flow from operations after contractual     
debt service per share     0.12     0.43

SOURCE: DHT Holdings, Inc.

DHT Holdings, Inc.
Eirik Ub√łe
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