Stealthgas Inc., reports 9 months 2017 Financial and Operating results

Accountancy, Company Profiles, LPG, Shipmanagement, Statistics, Stock Markets — By on November 22, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Harry Vafias

ATHENS, GREECE, November 22, 2017. STEALTHGAS INC. (NASDAQ: GASS), a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today its unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operational utilization of 95.4% in Q3 17’ (88.1% in Q3 16’).
  • Commercial off hire days reduced in Q3 17’ by 63% compared to Q3 16’.
  • 89% of fleet days secured on period charters for the remainder of 2017, with a total of around $176 million in contracted revenues.
  • Sale of two more of our oldest vessels, the Gas Moxie (1992 built) and the Gas Nirvana (1996 built), both for further trading.
  • Revenues of $38.5 million, an increase of 11.9% compared to Q3 16’
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $15.3 million in Q3 17’ compared to $11.2 million in Q3 16’.
  • Moderate gearing as debt to assets stands at about 40%.
  • Cash in hand of about $41.3 million with operating cash flow of $34.7 million.

Nine Months 2017 Results:

  • Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, amounted to $115.9 million, an increase of $9.2 million, or 8.6%, compared to revenues of $106.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to improved market conditions.
  • Voyage expenses and vessels’ operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $11.8 million and $44.4 million respectively, compared to $11.7 million and $44.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The $0.1 million increase in voyage expenses was mainly due to the higher bunker prices prevailing in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. The $0.1 million increase in vessels’ operating expenses was mainly due to higher utilization of several vessels that faced a lot of idle time during the same period of last year, thus leading to increased maintenance costs.
  • Drydocking Costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 were $2.5 million and $3.2 million, respectively, representing the costs of 5 and 9 vessels drydocked in the corresponding periods.
  • Depreciation for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, was $29.3 million, a $0.1 million increase from $29.2 million for the same period of last year.
  • Included in the first nine months of 2017 results were net losses from interest rate derivative instruments of $0.3 million. Interest paid on interest rate swap arrangements amounted to $0.3 million.
  • The Company recorded an impairment loss of $6.5 million in the first nine months of 2017 for seven of its oldest vessels, four of which had been classified as held for sale, as of the end of the related period.
  • As a result of the above, the Company reported a net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 of $2.0 million, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The weighted average number of shares outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was 39.8 million. Loss per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 amounted to $0.05 compared to loss per share of $0.09 for the same period of last year.
  • Adjusted net income was $4.7 million, or $0.12 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to adjusted net loss of $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, for the same period of last year.
  • EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 amounted to $39.6 million. Reconciliations of Adjusted Net (Loss)/Income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss are set forth below. An average of 53.1 vessels were owned by the Company during the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to 53.3 vessels for the same period of 2016.
  • As of September 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $41.3 million and total debt amounted to $398.2 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017 debt repayments amounted to $32.4 million.

Fleet Update Since Previous Announcement

The Company announced the conclusion of the following chartering arrangements:

  • A one year time charter extension for its 1995 built LPG carrier, the Gas Texiana, with an international trading house until December 2018.
  • A one year time charter extension for its 2008 built LPG carrier, the Gas Shuriken, with a national oil company until November 2018.
  • A one year time charter extension for its 2012 built LPG carrier, the Gas Husky, with a shipping company until January 2019.
  • A one year time charter extension for its 2011 built LPG carrier, the Gas Myth, with an Oil Major until December 2018.
  • A one year time charter for its 2007 built LPG carrier, the Gas Haralambos, with an international LPG trader until September 2018.
  • A fourteen months’ time charter extension for its 2007 built LPG carrier, the Gas Flawless, with an international LPG trader until March 2019.
  • A two year time charter extension for its 2008 built LPG carrier, the Gas Defiance, with national oil company until January 2020.
  • A three year time charter for its 1997 built LPG carrier, the Gas Galaxy, with an international petrochemical company until January 2021.
  • A one year time charter extension for its 2006 built LPG carrier, the Gas Ethereal, with an international trading house until December 2018.
  • A one year time charter extension for its 2016 built LPG carrier, the Eco Dominator, with a national LPG importer until January 2019.
  • A six months’ time charter for its 1998 built LPG carrier, the Gas Legacy, with an Oil Major until April 2018.
  • A three months’ time charter for its 2006 built LPG carrier, the Gas Enchanted, with an international petrochemical trader until January 2018.
  • A three months’ time charter for its 2006 built LPG carrier, the Gas Sikousis, with an international trading house until March 2018.
  • A three months’ time charter for its 2017 built LPG carrier, the Eco Frost, with an international LPG trader until January 2018.
  • A two months’ time charter for its 2014 built LPG carrier, the Eco Corsair, with an international LPG trader until February 2018.
  • A one months’ time charter for its 2015 built LPG carrier, the Eco Lucidity, with an international petrochemical trader until November 2017.

With these charters, the Company has contracted revenues of approximately $176 million. Total anticipated voyage days of our fleet are 89% covered?for the remainder of 2017 and 63% covered for 2018.

Board Chairman Michael Jolliffe Commented

In the third quarter of 2017, our market continued the positive momentum noticeable since the beginning of the year. As a result, we witnessed a further strengthening of the freight rates, a strong demand in spite of the weak seasonal period and managed to decrease our idle days by 63% compared to the same period of last year.

Our revenues were 12% higher than the third quarter of 2016, but our profitability, excluding non-cash items was somewhat impacted by a slight increase of our operating cost base. This increase was mostly attributed to a rise in maintenance costs due to the higher utilization of many older vessels that previously faced a lot of idle days.

We proceeded with the sale of two more of our older vessels at a 78% and 220% premiums over scrap value respectively. These sales took place in order to further boost our liquidity and ease our operating cost base. We still maintain strong earnings visibility and have a strong fleet coverage of 63% for 2018.

As our market fundamentals are improving and look promising for the future, we hope to further improve upon our performance – increase our revenues, strengthen our profitability and continue to contain our costs.

About STEALTHGAS INC.

StealthGas Inc. is a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry. StealthGas Inc. currently has a fleet of 52 vessels. The fleet comprises of 48 LPG carriers, including two chartered in LPG vessels, with a total capacity of 258,071 cubic meters (cbm) and three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons (dwt). The Company has agreed to acquire a further 3 LPG carriers with expected deliveries in 2018. Giving effect to the delivery of these acquisitions, StealthGas Inc.’s fleet will be composed of 51 operating LPG carriers with a total capacity of 324,071 cubic meters (cbm). StealthGas Inc.’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trade under the symbol “GASS”.?

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may 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 forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although STEALTHGAS INC. believes 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, STEALTHGAS INC. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, shipyard performance, changes in STEALTHGAS INC’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by STEALTHGAS INC. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fleet List and Fleet Deployment

For information on our fleet and further information:

Visit our website at www.stealthgas.com

Company Contact:

Fenia Sakellaris

STEALTHGAS INC.

011-30-210-6250-001
E-mail: info@stealthgas.com

Fleet Data:

The following key indicators highlight the Company’s operating performance during the third quarters and nine month periods ended September 30, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

FLEET DATA Q3 2016 Q3 2017 9M 2016 9M 2017
Average number of vessels (1) 54.0 52.9 53.3 53.1
Period end number of owned vessels in fleet 54 52 54 52
Total calendar days for fleet (2) 5,152 5,052 15,152 15,047
Total voyage days for fleet (3) 5,093 4,984 14,921 14,895
Fleet utilization (4) 98.9% 98.7% 98.5% 99.0%
Total charter days for fleet (5) 3,877 4,223 11,524 12,541
Total spot market days for fleet (6) 1,216 761 3,397 2,354
Fleet operational utilization (7) 88.1% 95.4% 90.1% 95.9%

1) Average number of vessels is the number of owned vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

2) Total calendar days for fleet are the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period including off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.

3) Total voyage days for fleet reflect the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period net of off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.

4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

5) Total charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on time or bareboat charters for the relevant period.

6) Total spot market charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on spot market charters for the relevant period.

7) Fleet operational utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels generated revenue, and is determined by dividing voyage days (excluding commercially idle days) by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss)/Income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS:

Adjusted net (loss)/income represents net loss before loss on derivatives excluding net swap interest paid, share based compensation, impairment loss and (loss)/gain on sale of vessels. EBITDA represents net loss before interest and finance costs including net swap interest paid, interest income and other income/(expenses) and depreciation. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before share based compensation, loss on derivatives, excluding net swap interest paid, impairment loss and (loss)/gain on sale of vessels. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net (loss)/income and adjusted EPS are not recognized measurements under U.S. GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net (loss)/income and adjusted EPS may not be comparable to that reported by other companies in the shipping or other industries. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net (loss)/income, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net (loss)/income and adjusted EPS are included herein because they are a basis, upon which we assess our financial performance. They allow us to present our performance from period to period on a comparable basis and provide additional information on fleet operational results. We also believe that EBITDA represents useful information for investors regarding a company’s ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

(Expressed in United States Dollars,
except number of shares)
Third Quarter EndedSeptember 30th, Nine Months Period EndedSeptember 30th,
  2016 2017 2016 2017
Net loss – Adjusted Net (Loss)/Income
Net loss (2,501,403) (2,261,375) (3,415,594) (1,966,542)
Loss on derivatives 191,756 77,231 611,047 305,611
Less swap interest paid (197,493) (84,433) (934,543) (329,393)
Loss/(gain) on sale of vessels, net 72,793 (293,791) 72,793
Impairment loss 3,235,383 6,461,273
Share based compensation 91,723 36,699 273,175 108,901
Adjusted Net (Loss)/Income (2,415,417) 1,076,298 (3,759,706) 4,652,643
Net loss – EBITDA
Net loss (2,501,403) (2,261,375) (3,415,594) (1,966,542)
Plus interest and finance costs incl. net swap interest paid 3,884,129 4,504,397 11,471,684 12,504,531
Less interest income and other income/(expenses) (104,973) (84,654) (377,702) (234,679)
Plus depreciation 9,881,182 9,812,055 29,215,256 29,259,875
EBITDA 11,158,935 11,970,423 36,893,644 39,563,185
Net loss – Adjusted EBITDA
Net loss (2,501,403) (2,261,375) (3,415,594) (1,966,542)
Loss on derivatives 191,756 77,231 611,047 305,611
Loss/(gain) on sale of vessels, net 72,793 (293,791)

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