DHT Maritime, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2009 Results

ST. HELIER, Channel Islands, Feb 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- DHT Maritime, Inc. (NYSE:DHT) today announced results for the period from October 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Total revenues for this period were $23.9 million and net income was $3.9 million, or $0.08 per share (diluted). Effective January 1, 2009, DHT no longer accounts for interest rate swaps as hedges for accounting purposes and as a result, net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 includes non-cash financial expense related to interest rate swaps. Net income adjusted for non-cash financial items related to interest rate swaps was $3.7 million, or $0.08 per share1. Free cash flow from operations after contractual debt service (net income adjusted for non-cash items) was $10.7 million, or $0.22 per share2.

DHT's policy 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, which experienced continued weakness in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, the current charter rates obtainable in the spot market have had, and are expected to continue to have, a negative impact on the Company's revenues by no longer providing the profit sharing element available under the charter agreements.

The average remaining term under the current charters is about 3.5 years and all of the Company's vessels are chartered to wholly-owned subsidiaries of Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. ("OSG"), which has a credit rating of BB-/Ba2.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company's cash balance was $72.7 million. The Company is within its financial covenants and generates stable, positive cash flow from the base hire component of its period charters. The fall in ship values is showing signs to level off but the Company continues to monitor the uncertain market developments for any impact that further negative changes in its vessels' values may have on the Company's compliance with its financial covenants.

1)   Net income adjusted for non-cash financial items related to interest rate swaps represents the sum of net income, amortization of unrealized loss of interest rate swaps and fair value (gain)/loss on derivative financial instrument. Please refer to the table on page 9 for a reconciliation between net income and net income adjusted for non-cash financial items related to interest rate swaps.
2)   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.

To enable the Company to take advantage of opportunities created by the adverse global shipping market and to preserve liquidity for the Company's financial commitments, the Board of Directors believes that the Company continues to be best served by strengthening its balance sheet and has, therefore, decided not to declare any dividend for the fourth quarter 2009.

Payment of dividends remains 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.

DHT plans to host a conference call at 8:30 am ET on February 16, 2010 to present the results for the quarter. See below for further details.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Results

Total revenues for the fourth quarter were $23.9 million. For the fourth quarter, the Company did not earn any additional hire under the Company's profit sharing arrangements with OSG3, the charterer of DHT's vessels. Of the total revenue derived from base charter hire, $19.5 million relates to the seven vessels on time charter and $4.4 million relates to the two vessels on bareboat charter.

With the base hire rates under the time charter agreements exceeding the charter rates achievable in the spot market, the Company's revenue for the fourth quarter exceeded the earnings of the vessels on a TCE basis in their respective commercial pools.

In the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the VLCCs earned an average TCE of $37,800 per day equal to the base hire under the time charter agreements, while the average earnings in the commercial pool were $23,300 per day (compared to $21,700 per day in the third quarter of 2009 and $62,300 per day in the fourth quarter of 2008) and 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 while the average earnings in the commercial pool were $13,300 per day (compared to $13,400 per day in the third quarter of 2009 and $35,300 per day in the fourth quarter of 2008). The Aframax tankers Overseas Ania and Overseas Rebecca, both operating in the OSG Lightering Service earned $19,100 per day, equal to the base hire under the time charter agreements while the vessels' earnings in the lightering service which is the basis for the profit sharing was $29,000 and $17,500 per day, respectively. The Suezmax tanker Overseas Newcastle earned $26,300 per day under its bareboat charter and achieved average TCE earnings for the fourth quarter of $22,000 per day (compared to $14,700 per day in the third quarter of 2009 and $45,100 per day in the fourth quarter of 2008).

3)   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.

The revenue days for the fourth quarter of 2009 were 271 for the VLCCs (compared to 276 revenue days in the fourth quarter of 2008) and for the Aframaxes 349 (compared to 320 revenue days in the fourth quarter of 2008). The Aframax Overseas Ania had 18 off hire days in the quarter related to the vessel completing the mandatory Special Class Survey, and the charterers' Condition Assessment Program (CAP). The vessel successfully passed the Special Class Survey and achieved the top grade of CAP I.

DHT's vessel expenses for the quarter, including insurance costs, were $7.7 million reflecting the new technical management contracts effective January 16, 2009. Depreciation and amortization expenses including depreciation of capitalized drydocking cost were $7.0 million and general and administrative expenses were $1.5 million including legal and financial advisory costs. Net finance expenses of $3.8 million include a gain on interest rate swaps of $2.6 million and amortization of unrealized loss on interest rate swaps of $2.4 million.

Market Update

The reduced world-wide demand for oil, a result of the global economic slow down, continue to affect the number of cargoes available and the need for transportation in the tanker sector during the fourth quarter. At the same time there is a net increase in the fleet from deliveries of newbuildings. Combined, these factors continue the negative pressure on freight rates, which, together with the effect of the difficult credit market on capital available to finance vessels, has also had a severe adverse affect on vessel values.

A number of vessels continue to be used for storage as a result of a current oil price contango. Together with some slow steaming, a certain increase in transportation distances and the reduced commercial viability of single hull tankers, these factors have helped to mitigate the unfavorable demand and supply numbers that affect the freight rates and the ship values. Although not sufficiently to offset the increase in the fleet from newbuilding deliveries and the effect of the cut backs in OPEC production.

Cancellations and delays of future deliveries of newbuilding orders resulting from the weak freight market and the difficult credit market, as well as the phase out of single hull and older vessels affected by the 2010 IMO regulations with its trading restrictions for these vessel segments are affecting the tonnage supply, and are expected to bring the net growth in tonnage supply to 3-4% for 2010. At the same time, the growth in demand for seaborne transportation is expected to remain reasonably flat with only marginal increase in oil demand, and restricted OPEC production growth while the high crude oil inventories are slowly being reduced as the global economic slow down gradually improves.

With substantial reduction in West bound cargoes, China with its continued economic growth and corresponding increase in oil demand, expected at 8%, remains the main driver of seaborne oil transportation with long haul supply contracts entered into with Venezuela and Brazil.

In contrast to the low freight rates obtainable in the spot market, the Company's vessels are employed on period charters at pre-contracted rates that assure the Company of stable earnings for several years to come. The current volatility and negative pressure on the freight rates will not affect the Company's revenues derived from base charter hire, although the current market will affect the Company's potential to earn additional hire over and above the base charter hire.

Vessels' Charter Arrangements and Vessel Operations

Of the fleet of nine vessels, seven vessels are time chartered to OSG with the terms expiring from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013. The two Suezmax tankers are bareboat chartered to OSG until 2014 and 2018, respectively.

The Company expects the base hire component of each of its charters will provide for stable cash flow during the current volatile and uncertain market, as the charters provide for fixed monthly base hire payments regardless of prevailing market rates, so long as the vessels are not-off hire for technical reasons. In addition, with respect to eight of the nine charters, if market rates exceed the daily base hire rates set forth in such charters, DHT will have the opportunity to participate in any such excess under the profit-sharing component of the applicable charter arrangements.

DHT's two Suezmax tankers which are bareboat chartered to OSG have their charter hire payable 365 days per year and no operating expenses for the account of DHT. The vessels provide for stable earnings over the period of the charters. One of the two Suezmax tankers, the Overseas Newcastle has a profit-sharing arrangement.

Unlike the vessels on bareboat charter, vessels on time charter may go off-hire. The seven vessels on time charter are subject to scheduled periodic dry docking for the purpose of special surveys and other interim inspections that result in off-hire. In addition to scheduled off-hire, these vessels may be subject to unscheduled off-hire for ongoing maintenance purposes. Total off-hire for running repairs and mandatory inspections amounted to 23 days during the fourth quarter of 2009, of which 18 days related to the Overseas Ania and the vessel's completion of its mandatory Class Special Survey.

Overseas Chris and Overseas Regal are both scheduled to undergo their scheduled Class Interim Survey in the first or second quarter of 2010. It is estimated that each vessel will be off-hire for approximately 5 to 10 days.

Following completion of the above surveys, no vessel is scheduled to undergo any mandatory Class Special Survey until 2011.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
   
SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
($ in thousands except per share amounts)
         
   4Q 2009   4Q 2008   Year   Year
   Oct 1 - Dec.   Oct 1 - Dec.   Jan. 1 - Dec.   Jan. 1 - Dec.
   31, 2009   31, 2008   31, 2009   31, 2008
   Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited   Audited
         
Shipping revenues   23,882    30,871    102,576    114,603  
         
Vessel expenses   7,702    6,231    30,034    21,409  
Depreciation and amortization   6,952    6,609    26,762    25,948  
General and administrative   1,518    1,388    4,588    4,766  
Total operating expenses   16,172    14,228    61,384    52,123  
         
Income from vessel operations   7,710    16,643    41,192    62,480  
         
Interest income   28    300    298    1,572  
Interest expense   (4,011 )   (5,075 )   (18,130 )   (21,904 )
Fair value gain/(loss) on derivative instruments   167    -    (4,062 )   -  
Other financial   -    -    (2,452 )   -  
         
Net income   3,894    11,868    16,846    42,148  
         
Basic net income per share   0.08    0.30    0.36    1.17  
Diluted net income per share   0.08    0.30    0.36    1.17  
         
Weighted average number of shares (basic)   48,675,897    39,238,807    46,321,404    36,055,422  
Weighted average number of shares (diluted)   48,675,897    39,238,807    46,321,404    36,055,422  
         
         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
         
Profit for the period   3,894    11,868    16,846    42,148  
Other comprehensive income:         
Cash flow hedges   2,406    806    12,055    (16,200 )
         
Total comprehensive income for the period   6,300    12,674    28,901    25,948  

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
($ in thousands)
     
   Dec. 31, 2009   Dec. 31, 2008
   Unaudited   Audited
     
ASSETS     
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents   72,664    59,020  
Voyage receivables from OSG   -    8,791  
Prepaid expenses   1,329    382  
Prepaid technical management fee to OSG   1,958    768  
Total current assets   75,951    68,961  
     
Vessels, net of accumulated depreciation   441,036    462,387  
Other long term receivables   984    -  
Total assets   517,971    531,348  
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     
Current liabilities     
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   6,250    6,400  
Derivative financial instruments   11,779    10,945  
Deferred shipping revenues   7,898    7,855  
Total current liabilities   25,927    25,200  
     
Long term liabilities     
Long term debt   293,041    342,852  
Derivative financial instruments   6,646    15,473  
Other long term liabilities   433    -  
Total long term liabilities   300,120    358,325  
     
Total liabilities   326,047    383,525  
     
Shareholders' equity     
Preferred stock   -    -  
Common stock   487    392  
Paid-in additional capital   239,624    200,570  
Retained earnings/(deficit)   (33,824 )   (26,721 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)   (14,363 )   (26,418 )
Total stockholders' equity   191,924    147,823  
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   517,971    531,348  

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
($ in thousands)
 
   4Q 2009   4Q 2008   Year   Year
   Oct 1 - Dec.   Oct 1 - Dec.   Jan. 1 - Dec.   Jan. 1 - Dec.
   31, 2009   31, 2009   31, 2009   31, 2008
   Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited   Audited
         
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:         
Net income   3,894    11,868    16,846    42,148  
Depreciation and amortization   6,999    6,657    26,951    26,137  
Deferred compensation related to options and restricted stock granted         
  149    125    749    476  
Amortisation and swap expense   (166 )   -    4,062    -  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:         
Receivables   560    (800 )   8,791    (7,244 )
Prepaid expenses   (1,958 )   723    (2,137 )   525  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and deferred revenue         
  1,730    (395 )   (107 )   2,840  
Net cash provided by operating activities   11,208    18,178    55,155    64,882  
         
Cash flows from Investing Activities:         
Investments in vessels   (3,929 )   -    (5,411 )   (81,185 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,929 )   -    (5,411 )   (81,185 )
         
Cash flows from Financing Activities         
Issuance of common stock   -    -    38,400    91,426  
Deferred Offering costs   -    -    -    134  
Issuance of long-term debt, net of acquisition costs   -    -    -    90,300  
Cash dividends paid   -    (11,772 )   (23,949 )   (41,902 )
Repayment of long-term debt   -    (75,000 )   (50,000 )   (75,000 )
Net cash provided by / (used in) financing activities   -    (86,772 )   (35,549 )   64,958  
         
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   7,279    (68,594 )   14,195    48,655  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   65,385    127,614    59,020    10,365  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   72,664    59,020    73,215    59,020  
         
Interest paid   4,157    5,683    18,238    20,750  

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES
IN SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY
($ in thousands except shares)
Unaudited
             
   Common Stock   Paid-in     Cash   
   Shares   Amount   Additional   Retained   Flow   Total
       Capital   Earnings   Hedges   equity
             
Balance at January 1, 2008   30,030,811   300   108,760   (26,967 )   (10,218 )   71,875  
Cash dividends declared and paid         (41,902 )     (41,902 )
Issue of Common stock   9,200,000   92   91,334       91,426  
Compensation related to options and restricted stock       476       476  
Issue of restricted stock awards   7,996           -  
Total comprehensive income         42,148    (16,200 )   25,948  
Balance at December 31, 2008   39,238,807   392   200,570   (26,721 )   (26,418 )   147,823  
             
             
Balance at January 1, 2009   39,238,807   392   200,570   (26,721 )   (26,418 )   147,823  
Cash dividends declared and paid         (23,949 )     (23,949 )
Issue of Common stock   9,408,481   95   38,305       38,400  
Compensation related to options and restricted stock   28,609     749       749  
Total comprehensive income         16,846    12,055    28,901  
Balance at December 31, 2009   48,675,897   487   239,624   (33,824 )   (14,363 )   191,924  

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE PERIOD ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009

Basis for preparation

The condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

Significant accounting policies

The condensed financial statements have been prepared under 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. GAAP to IFRS. There are no differences in the statement of operations and equity between IFRS and U.S. GAAP.

Reconciliation of non-IFRS financial measures ($ in thousands except shares and per share amounts)

   4Q 2009   4Q 2008   Year   Year
   Oct 1 - Dec.   Oct 1 - Dec.   Jan. 1 - Dec.   Jan. 1 - Dec.
   31, 2009   31, 2009   31, 2009   31, 2008
   Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited   Audited
         
Net Income   3,894    11,868   16,846    42,148
Amortization of unrealized loss of interest rate swaps   2,406    -   12,055    -
Fair value (gain)/loss on derivative financial instrument   (2,573 )   -   (7,993 )   -
Net Income adjusted for non-cash financial items   3,727    11,868   20,908    42,148
         
Weighted average number of shares (diluted)   48,675,897    39,238,807   46,321,404    36,055,422
Net Income adjusted for non-cash financial items per share         
  0.08    0.30   0.45    1.17
         
         
Net Income   3,894    11,868   16,846    42,148
Amortization of unrealized loss of interest rate swaps   2,406    -   12,055    -
Fair value (gain)/loss on derivative financial instrument   (2,573 )   -   (7,993 )   -
Depreciation and amortization   6,952    6,609   26,762    25,948
Free cash flow from operations after contractualdebt service         
  10,679    18,477   47,670    68,096
         
Free cash flow from operations after contractual debt service per share         
  0.22    0.47   1.03    1.89

EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

DHT plans to host a conference call at 8:30 am ET on Tuesday February 16, 2010 to discuss the results for the fourth quarter. All shareholders and other interested parties are invited to call into the conference call, which may be accessed by calling (800) 599 9795 within the United States and +1-617 786 2905 for international calls The passcode is "DHT Maritime". A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investor Relations section on DHT's website at http://www.dhtmaritime.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET on February 16, 2010 through February 23, 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 33362478. A webcast of the replay will be available in the Investor Relations section on DHT's website at http://www.dhtmaritime.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 12, 2009.

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.

 

SOURCE: DHT Maritime, Inc.

DHT Maritime, Inc.
Eirik Ub√łe
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