MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS, Nov. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pioneer Marine Inc. and its subsidiaries (OSLO-OTC: PNRM) ("Pioneer Marine," or the "Company") a leading shipowner and global drybulk handysize transportation service provider announced its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Financial Highlights:

•   Net Income /(Loss)

  • Net Loss of $0.6 million or $0.02 per share for Q3 2018, decreased by $0.2 million compared to a net loss of $0.8 million for Q3 2017.
  • Net Income of $1.8 million or $0.06 per share for the nine month period of 2018, increased by $9.3m compared to the same period in 2017 where a net loss of $7.5 million was reported.

•   Time Charter equivalent (TCE) revenue 

  • $15.0 million for Q3 2018, increased by $4.1 million or 38% compared to Q3 2017.
  • $41.4 million for the nine months in 2018, increased by $9.4 million or 29% compared to the same period in 2017.

•   Adjusted EBITDA*

  • $5.8 million for Q3 2018, increased by $3 million compared to $2.8 million for Q3 2017.
  • $16.2 million for the nine months in 2018, increased by $9.1 million compared to the same period in 2017 where Adjusted EBITDA was $7.1 million.

Recent Events:

  • On September 20, 2018 the Company entered into a credit facility with DVB BANK SE for an amount of $29.3 million, with significantly improved terms for the Company. The facility was used to refinance two of the Company’s existing loan facilities.
     
  • On September 6, 2018, the Board of Directors of Pioneer Marine Inc. declared a cash dividend of $0.91 per outstanding share of company’s Common Stock. On September 20, 2018, the dividend was paid to stockholders of record as of September 13, 2018.
     
  • On November 5,2018, the Company entered into a commercial management agreement with an affiliate of Interorient Navigation Company Limited Cyprus (“Interorient”) to undertake the commercial management of one of the dry bulk vessels of Interorient’s fleet, enhancing in this context its operating platform.

Liquidity & Capital Resources:

As of September 30, 2018, the Company had a total liquidity of $28.6million inclusive of $11.6 million in restricted cash.  The Company has no capital commitments.

*For reconciliation and definition of Adjusted EBITDA refer to “Summary of Operating Data (unaudited)” section within this press release.

Torben Janholt, Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are pleased with our results during the third quarter which have seen an important increase in our TCE earnings of about 20% as compared to the same prior year period.  In actual figures, the daily TCE earning went from $7,498 per day to $9,008 per day.

“Along with our positive results and the successful completion of the refinancing of our major loan facilities with ABN Amro and DVB Bank, we are well prepared for new opportunities. We believe in a positive development of our market segment and our vessels are well positioned to take advantage of this.”

Financial Review:  Three months ended September 30, 2018

TCE revenue for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 increased by $4.1 million, or 38%, to $15.0 million as compared to $10.9 million for the respective period of 2017. The increase is mainly attributable to the improved market rates for the third quarter of 2018, and partially due to the addition of three newly acquired Handysize vessels. TCE per day rate for the third quarter of 2018 increased to $9,008 per day as compared to $7,498 per day for the third quarter of 2017, increased by 20%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 increased by $3 million compared to same period in previous year. The increase is mainly due to $4.1 million increase in TCE revenue as described above, partially offset with an increase of $1.1 million in Operating Expenses which mainly derives from the addition of the three new acquired vessels.

One off items for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 include the $0.5 million loss on debt extinguishment resulting from the refinancing of two of the Company’s existing facilities, while one off items for the same period in 2017 included $0.3 million restructuring costs.

After adjusting net income/loss for the one-off items occurred within the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 respectively, the Adjusted Net Loss decreased by $0.4 million to $0.1 million for the third quarter of 2018 as compared to the Adjusted Net Loss of $0.5 million for the same period in previous year.

Financial Review:  Nine months ended September 30, 2018

TCE revenue for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018 increased by $9.4 million, or 29%, to $41.4 million as compared to $32.0 million for the respective period of 2017. The increase is mainly attributable to the improved market rates prevailing the market throughout 2018, and partially due to the addition of three newly acquired Handysize vessels.  TCE per day rate for the nine months of 2018 increased to $9,153 per day as compared to $7,496 per day for the same period of 2017, increased by 22%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018 increased by $9.1 million compared to same period in previous year. The two main factors affected this increase are: i) $9.4 million increase in TCE revenue as described above, ii) $0.4 million increase in Operating expenses due to the addition of the three new acquired vessels and, iii) $0.1 million decrease in General and Administrative expenses.

One off items for the nine month period ended September 30, 2018 include the $1.3 million loss on debt extinguishment resulting from the refinancing of three of the Company’s existing  loan facilities, while one off items for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 include the $0.1 million loss on vessel disposition resulting from the sale of M/V Azure Bay and the $1.3 million restructuring costs expensed in the same period.

After adjusting net income/loss for the one-off items occurred within the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 respectively, the Adjusted Net Income increased by $9.3 million to $3.1 million for the nine months of 2018 as compared to the Adjusted Net Loss of $6.2 million for the same period in previous year. The increase is attributable to the increased Adjusted EBITDA of $9.1 million as described above, the decrease of $0.7 million relating to the drydock expense, partially offset with the increase of $0.2 million in Interest expense and interest income net, and the increased depreciation by $0.3 million.

Current Fleet List

VesselYardDWTYear Built
    
Handysize   
Calm BaySaiki Heavy Industries37,5342006
Reunion BayKanda Shipbuilding32,3542006
Fortune BayShin Kochijyuko28,6712006
Ha Long BayKanda Kawajiri32,3112007
Teal BayKanda Kawajiri32,3272007
Eden BayShimanami Shipyard28,3422008
Emerald BayKanda Shipbuilding32,2582008
Mykonos BayJinse Shipbuilding32,4112009
Resolute BayHyundai Vinashin36,7672012
Jupiter BayTsuji Heavy Industries30,1532012
Venus BayTsuji Heavy Industries30,0032012
Orion BayTsuji Heavy Industries30,0092012
Falcon BayYangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding38,4642015
Kite BayYangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding38,4192016
Alsea BayHyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd36,8922011
Liberty BayHyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd36,8922012
Monterey BayHyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd36,8872013
    
Handymax   
Paradise BayOshima Shipbuilding46,2322003
    
Supramax   
Tenacity BayJiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry56,8422008
    


Summary of Operating Data (unaudited)
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars except per share data)

  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 
Revenue, net 16,175 12,387 48,234 35,655 
Voyage expenses  (1,204)(1,465)(6,800)(3,633)
Time charter equivalent revenue   14,971 10,922 41,434 32,022 
      
Vessel operating expense (7,863)(6,840)(21,760)(21,384)
Drydock expense (1,860)- (2,453)(3,216)
Depreciation expense (2,422)(2,003)(6,509)(6,152)
General and administration expense (1,289)(912)(3,041)(3,106)
Loss on vessel disposition - - - (62)
Loss on debt extinguishment (533)- (1,287)- 
Restructuring costs - (284)- (1,286)
Interest expense and finance cost (1,644)(1,379)(4,578)(4,231)
Interest income 140 157 561 455 
Other expenses and taxes, net (100)(430)(594)(585)
Net (loss) /Income   (600)(769)1,773 (7,545)
Adjusted net (loss)/Income (2) (67)(485)3,060 (6,197)
     
Net (loss) /Income per share, basic and diluted (0.02)(0.03)0.06 (0.26)
Adjusted net (loss)/Income per share, basic and diluted (2) (0.00)(0.02)0.11 (0.21)
      
  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 
Net (loss)/ Income (600)(769)1,773 (7,545)
Add: Loss on vessel disposition - - - 62 
Add: Restructuring costs - 284 - 1,286 
Add: Loss on debt extinguishment 533 - 1,287 - 
Adjusted Net (loss)/ Income  (67)(485)3,060 (6,197)
Add: Depreciation expense 2,422 2,003 6,509 6,152 
Add: Drydock expense 1,860 - 2,453 3,216 
Add: Interest expense and finance cost 1,644 1,379 4,578 4,231 
Add: Other taxes 54 29 139 132 
Less: Interest income (140)(157)(561)(455)
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 5,773 2,769 16,178 7,079 
  1. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income/(loss) before interest, other taxes, depreciation and amortization, drydock expense, loss on vessel disposition, restructuring costs and loss on debt extinguishment and is used as a supplemental financial measure by management to assess our financial and operating performance.  We believe that Adjusted EBITDA assists our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period.  We believe that including Adjusted EBITDA as a financial and operating measure benefits investors in selecting between investing in us and other investment alternatives.  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.
     
  2. Adjusted net income/(loss) and related per share amounts is not a measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be used in isolation or substitution of Company’s results.


      
Vessel Utilization: Three Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 
Ship days (2) 1,746 1,472 4,681 4,461 
Less: Off-hire days 11 15 65 89 
Less: Off-hire days due to drydock 73 - 89 100 
Operating days (3) 1,662 1,457 4,527 4,272 
Fleet Utilization (4) 95.2%99%96.7%95.8%
      
TCE per day- $ (1) 9,008 7,498 9,153 7,496 
Opex per day- $ (6) 4,503 4,647 4,649 4,794 
Adjusted G&A expenses per day- $ (7) 447 620 488 696 
Vessels at period end 19 16 19 16 
Average number of vessels during the period (5) 19 16 17 16 
  1. Time Charter Equivalent, or TCE revenue, are non-GAAP measures.  Our method of computing TCE revenue is determined by voyage revenues less voyage expenses (including bunkers and port charges).  Such TCE revenue, divided by the number of our operating days during the period, is TCE per day, which is consistent with industry practice.  TCE revenue is included 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 and time charters), and it provides useful information to investors and management.
  2. Ship days: We define ship days as the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us.  Ship 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 a period.
  3. Operating days: We define operating days as the number of our ship days in a period less days required to prepare vessels acquired for their initial voyage and off-hire days associated with off-hire for undergoing repairs, drydocks or special surveys.  The Company uses operating days to measure the number of days in a relevant period during which vessels should be capable of generating revenues.
  4. Fleet utilization is defined as the ratio of operating days to ship days.
  5. 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 ship days divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
  6. Opex per day: is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ship days for the relevant time period.
  7. Adjusted G&A expenses per day: is calculated by dividing running general and administrative expenses by ship days for the relevant time period.


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)  
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)  

As atSeptember 30, 2018 December 31, 2017 
ASSETS    
Cash & cash equivalents17,018 61,354 
Restricted cash (current and noncurrent)11,576 12,468 
Vessels, net204,157 171,387 
Other receivables 8,476 5,449 
Other assets59 62 
Total assets241,286 250,720 
     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
     
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities6,728 4,249 
Deferred revenue1,033 656 
Total debt, net of deferred finance costs109,572 92,535 
Total liabilities117,333 97,440 
     
Shareholders' equity123,953 153,280 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity241,286 250,720 
     


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited) 
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)                                                         

 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2018
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017
 
Cash flows from operating activities  
Net Income/ (Loss)1,773 (7,545)
Adjustments to reconcile net income/ (loss) to net cash provided by/ (used in)  
operating activities:  
Depreciation6,509 6,152 
Amortization of deferred finance fees472 610 
Loss on debt extinguishment1,287 - 
Loss on vessel disposition- 62 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities(484)(1,628)
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities9,557 (2,349)
   
Cash flows from investing activities  
Payments for vessel acquisition and improvements(39,215)(357)
Cash proceed from vessel sale- 6,982 
Purchase of other fixed assets(29)(10)
Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities(39,244)6,615 
   
Cash flows from financing activities  
Loan Proceeds93,710 - 
Payment of Debt extinguishment fees(637)(90)
Loan repayments and prepayments(77,271)(16,895)
Payment of deferred finance fees and other loan fees(258)- 
Repurchase of common stock(6,231)- 
Dividends paid(24,854)- 
Net cash used in financing activities(15,541)(16,985) 
    
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(45,228)(12,719) 
Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash at the beginning of the period73,822 81,822 
Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash at period end28,594 69,103 
    


About Pioneer Marine Inc.

Pioneer Marine is a leading ship owner and global drybulk handysize transportation service provider. Pioneer Marine currently owns seventeen Handysize, one Handymax and one Supramax drybulk carriers.

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydock and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors.

Contact:
Pioneer Marine Inc.
Torben Janholt CEO
+45 21 639 232, +30 212222 3750

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