Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results Reports Eighth Consecutive Quarter of Profitability

PIRAEUS, Greece, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) ("Aegean" or the "Company") today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Highlights

  • Recorded sales volumes of 2,729,070 metric tons in Q4 2012 and 10,620,864 metric tons for the full year. 
  • Expanded gross profit to $71.8 million in Q4 2012 and $302.6 million for the full year. 
  • Recorded operating income of $11.3 million in Q4 2012 and $55.0 million for the full year.
    • Operating income adjusted for the sale of non-core assets was $13.0 million in Q4 2012 and $61.0 million for the full year. 
  • Recorded net income of $3.3 million attributable to Aegean shareholders or $0.07 basic and diluted earnings per share in Q4 2012 and $20.1 million or $0.44 basic and diluted earnings per share for the full year.
    • Net income attributable to Aegean shareholders adjusted for the sale of a vessel was $5.1 million or $0.11 basic and diluted earnings per share in Q4 2012 and $26.0 million or $0.56 basic and diluted earnings per share for the full year.
  • Recorded EBITDA of $19.5 million in Q4 2012 and $87.6 million for the full year.
    • EBITDA adjusted for the sale of vessels was $21.3 million in Q4 2012 and $93.6 million for the full year.

"Our eighth consecutive quarter of profitability rounded out a year of strong performance for Aegean," said E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President.  "During the fourth quarter we further strengthened our integrated marine fuel logistics chain and continued to build volume in our lubricants business."

Mr. Tavlarios continued, "Throughout 2012, we grew our business across all key areas as we executed on our growth initiatives, made notable progress in diversifying and expanding our revenue base and increased our global market share. At the same time, we reduced our operating expense structure and leveraged our fixed infrastructure – both of which positively impacted our bottom line."

The Company achieved net income attributable to Aegean shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2012 of $3.3 million, or $0.07 basic and diluted earnings per share.  Net income attributable to AMPNI shareholders excluding a non-cash loss from the sale of a non-core vessel was $5.1 million or $0.11 basic and diluted earnings per share.  For the three months ended December 31, 2011 the Company recorded net income of $6.3 million, or $0.14 basic and diluted earnings per share.

Total revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2012, of $1,734.7 million were consistent with the $1,740.3 million reported for the same period in 2011. For the three months ended December 31, 2012, sales of marine petroleum products of $1,724.0 million were also in-line with sales of $1,729.0 million for the same period in 2011. Gross profit, which equals total revenue less directly attributable cost of revenue decreased by 4.77% to $71.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $75.4 million in the same period in 2011.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, the volume of marine fuel sold by the Company increased by 6.24% to 2,729,070 metric tons compared with 2,568,714 metric tons in the same period in 2011.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased by 35.8% to $11.3 million as compared to $17.6 million for the same period in 2011. Operating income excluding a non-cash loss from the sale of a non-core vessel was $13.0 million. Operating expenses excluding net book gain or loss on sale of vessels increased by $1.0 million, or 1.8%, to $58.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, compared with $57.8 million for the same period in 2011.

Mr. Tavlarios concluded, "Looking ahead to 2013, despite the challenging macroeconomic environment, we believe our focus on profitable volume growth, diversification and operational efficiencies will allow Aegean to achieve continued growth and enhance shareholder value."

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net cash provided by operating activities was $42.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Net income, as adjusted for non-cash items (as defined in Note 9) was $15.6 million for the period.

Net cash used in investing activities was $27.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, mainly due to the advances for other fixed assets under construction.

Net cash used in financing activities was $15.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, primarily driven by the pay down of net borrowings.

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $77.2 million and working capital of $53.0 million. Non-cash working capital, or working capital excluding cash and debt, was $434.7 million

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $326.4 million in available liquidity, which includes unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $77.2 million and available undrawn amounts under the Company's working capital facilities of $249.2 million, to finance working capital requirements.

The weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were 45,501,233. The weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2011 were 45,350,768.

Spyros Gianniotis, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "2012 was another strong year for the Company as we grew our base business and developed new revenue streams while improving the Company's cost structure. We executed on our strategy to sell non-core assets, which allowed us to reduce our expenditures related to maintenance and, at the same time, increase our fleet utilization and enhance overall profitability. As we leverage our dynamic financial model, we will use the financial flexibility it creates to invest in growth opportunities that we believe will create significant long-term value. We are well positioned to succeed should industry headwinds continue longer than anticipated, and at the same time, we have positioned the company to capitalize on improving macro fundamentals as they emerge."

 

Summary Consolidated Financial and Other Data (Unaudited)



For the Three Months Ended

December 31,


For the Year Ended

December 31,



2011


2012



2011


2012



(in thousands of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise stated)

Income Statement Data:










Revenues - third parties

$

1,728,794

$

1,728,984


$

6,910,348

$

7,207,813

Revenues - related companies


11,554


5,730



55,117


51,147

Total revenues


1,740,348


1,734,714



6,965,465


7,258,960

Cost of revenues  - third parties


1,572,125


1,561,464



6,284,179


6,498,967

Cost of revenues– related companies


92,775


101,401



404,988


457,344

Total cost of revenues


1,664,900


1,662,865



6,689,167


6,956,311

Gross profit


75,448


71,849



276,298


302,649

Operating expenses:










Selling and distribution


49,393


50,734



192,846


210,236

General and administrative


8,038


7,703



29,806


29,897

Amortization of intangible assets


392


375



1,461


1,505

Loss on sale of vessels, net


-


1,748



8,682


5,966

Operating income


17,625


11,289



43,503


55,045

Net financing cost


7,573


7,279



27,807


32,260

Foreign exchange losses (gains), net


1, 116


(982)



(1,440)


(3,786)

Income taxes


2,125


1,339



5,428


4,122

Net income


6,811


3,653



11,708


22,449

Less income attributable to non-controlling interest


518


309



1,480


2,372

Net income attributable to AMPNI shareholders

$

6,293

$

3,344


$

10,228

$

20,077

Basic earnings per share (U.S. dollars)

$

0.14

$

0.07


$

0.22

$

0.44

Diluted earnings per share (U.S. dollars)

$

0.14

$

0.07


$

0.22

$

0.44











EBITDA(1)

$

23,856

$

19,525


$

73,791

$

87,639











Other Financial Data:










Gross spread on marine petroleum products(2)

$

70,045

$

64,663


$

256,960

$

268,804

Gross spread on lubricants(2)


530


928



1,965


3,077

Gross spread on marine fuel(2)


69,515


63,735



254,995


265,727

Gross spread per metric ton of marine

fuel sold (U.S. dollars) (2)


27.1


23.4



24.0


25.0

Net cash provided by/ (used in) operating activities

$

45,454

$

42,472


$

(44,865)

$

122,328

Net cash used in investing activities


18,551


27,733



45,589


56,971

Net cash provided by/ (used in) financing activities


5,181


(15,119)



73,169


(57,127)











Sales Volume Data (Marine Fuel Metric Tons): (3)










Total sales volumes


2,568,714


2,729,070



10,646,271


10,620,864











Other Operating Data:










Number of owned bunkering tankers, end of period(4)


58.0


57.0



58.0


57.0

Average number of owned bunkering tankers(4)(5)


57.6


57.0



56.3


58.42

Special Purpose Vessels, end of period(6)


1.0


1.0



1.0


1.0

Number of owned storage facilities, end of period(7)


8.0


7.0



8.0


7.0

 

Summary Consolidated Financial and Other Data (Unaudited)




As of

December 31, 2011

As of

December 31
2012







(in thousands of U.S. dollars,

unless otherwise stated)

Balance Sheet Data:



Cash and cash equivalents


68,582

77,246

Gross trade receivables


526,450

477,738

Allowance for doubtful accounts


(1,354)

(3,503)

Inventories


204,057

180,826

Current assets


851,991

787,795

Total assets


1,472,438

1,431,843

Trade payables


250,810

242,899

Current liabilities (including current portion of long-term debt)


650,810

734,751

Total debt


706,916

653,286

Total liabilities


992,896

927,325

Total stockholder's equity


479,542

504,518





Working Capital Data:




Working capital(8)


201,181

53,044

Working capital excluding cash and debt(8)


497,925

434,675

 

Notes:



1.

EBITDA represents net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to that recorded by other companies. EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which the Company assesses its operating performance and because the Company believes that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness. The following table reconciles net income to EBITDA for the periods presented:

 


For the Three Months Ended

December 31,

For the Year Ended

December 31,


2011

2012

2011

2012






Net income attributable to

AMPNI shareholders

6,293

3,344

10,228

20,077






Add: Net financing cost

including amortization of

financing costs

7,573

7,279

27,807

32,260

  Add: Income tax expense

2,125

1,339

5,428

4,122

  Add: Depreciation and

  amortization excluding

  amortization of financing costs

7,865

7,563

30,328

31,180






EBITDA

23,856

19,525

73,791

87,639

 

2.

Gross spread on marine petroleum products represents the margin the Company generates on sales of marine fuel and lubricants.  Gross spread on marine fuel represents the margin that the Company generates on sales of various classifications of marine fuel oil ("MFO") or marine gas oil ("MGO"). Gross spread on lubricants represents the margin that the Company generates on sales of lubricants. Gross spread on marine petroleum products, gross spread of MFO and gross spread on lubircants are not items recognized by U.S. GAAP and should be not be considered as an alternative to gross profit or any other indicator of a Company's operating performance required by U.S. GAAP. The Company's definition of gross spread may not be the same as that used by other companies in the same or other industries.  The Company calculates the above-mentioned gross spreads by subtracting from the sales of the respective marine petroleum product the cost of the respective marine petroleum product sold and cargo transportation costs. For arrangements in which the Company physically supplies the respective marine petroleum product using its bunkering tankers, costs of the respective marine petroleum products sold represents amounts paid by the Company for the respective marine petroleum product sold in the relevant reporting period. For arrangements in which the respective marine petroleum product is purchased from the Company's related company, Aegean Oil S.A., or Aegean Oil, cost of the respective marine petroleum products sold represents the total amount paid by the Company to the physical supplier for the respective marine petroleum product and its delivery to the custom arrangements in which the Company purchases cargos of marine fuel for its floating storage facilities, transportation costs may be included in the purchase price of marine fuels from the supplier or may be incurred separately from a transportation provider. Gross spread per metric ton of marine fuel sold represents the margin the Company generates per metric ton of marine fuel sold. The Company calculates gross spread per metric ton of marine fuel sold by dividing the gross spread on marine fuel by the sales volume of marine fuel. Marine fuel sales do not include sales of lubricants. The following table reflects the calculation of gross spread per metric ton of marine fuel sold for the periods presented:

 


For the Three Months Ended

December 31,


For the Year Ended

December 31,


2011


2012


2011


2012




Sales of marine petroleum products

1,729,005


1,724,034


6,925,582


7,208,440

Less: Cost of marine petroleum products sold

(1,658,960)


(1,659,371)


(6,668,622)


(6,939,636)

Gross spread on marine petroleum products

70,045


64,663


256,960


268,804

Less: Gross spread on lubricants

(530)


(928)


(1,965)


(3,077)

Gross spread on marine fuel

69,515


63,735


254,995


265,727









Sales volume of marine fuel (metric tons)

2,568,714


2,729,070


10,646,271


10,620,864









Gross spread per metric ton of marine

fuel sold (U.S. dollars)

27.1


23.4


24.0


25.0

 

3.

Sales volume of marine fuel is the volume of sales of various classifications of MFO and MGO for the relevant period and is denominated in metric tons. The Company does not use the sales volume of lubricants as an indicator.



The Company's markets include its physical supply operations in the United Arab Emirates, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Singapore, Northern Europe, Ghana, Vancouver, Montreal, Mexico, Portland (U.K.), Trinidad and Tobago (Southern Caribbean), Tangiers (Morocco), Las Palmas, Tenerife, Panama, Hong Kong and Greece, where the Company conducts operations through its related company, Aegean Oil.




4.

Bunkering fleet comprises both bunkering vessels and barges. 



5.

Figure represents average bunkering fleet number for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each bunkering tanker or barge was used as part of the fleet during the period divided by the cumulative number of calendar days in the period multiplied by the number of bunkering tankers at the end of the period.   This figure does not take into account non-operating days due to either scheduled or unscheduled maintenance.



6.

Special Purpose Vessels consists of the Orion, a 550 dwt tanker which is based in our Greek market. 



7.

As of December, 2012 the Company owned one Panamax tanker, the Aeolos, and one Aframax tanker, the Leader as floating storage facilities in Gibraltar and United Arab Emirates. Additionally, the Company operates a barge, the Mediterranean, as a floating storage facility in Greece and a small tanker, the Tapuit, as a floating storage facility in Northern Europe.  The Company also has on-land storage facilities in Portland, Las Palmas, Tangiers and Panama.




The ownership of storage facilities allows the Company to mitigate its risk of supply shortages. Generally, storage costs are included in the price of refined marine fuel quoted by local suppliers. The Company expects that the ownership of storage facilities will allow it to convert the variable costs of this storage fee mark-up per metric ton quoted by suppliers into fixed costs of operating its owned storage facilities, thus enabling the Company to spread larger sales volumes over a fixed cost base and to decrease its refined fuel costs.



8.

Working capital is defined as current assets minus current liabilities. Working capital excluding cash and debt is defined as current assets minus cash and cash equivalents minus restricted cash minus current liabilities plus short-term borrowings plus current portion of long-term debt.



9.

Net income as adjusted for non-cash items, such as depreciation, provision for doubtful accounts, restricted stock, amortization, deferred income taxes, loss on sale of vessels, net, unrealized loss/(gain) on derivatives and unrealized foreign exchange loss/(gain), net, is an industry standard used to assist in evaluating a company's ability to make quarterly cash distributions. Net income as adjusted for non-cash items is not recognized by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of the Company's performance required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Dividend Announcement 
On February 27, 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared a fourth quarter 2012 dividend of $0.01 per share payable on March 27, 2013 to shareholders of record as of March 13, 2013. The dividend amount was determined in accordance with the Company's dividend policy of paying cash dividends on a quarterly basis subject to factors including the requirements of Marshall Islands law, future earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, future prospects and such other factors as are determined by the Company's Board of Directors. The Company anticipates retaining most of its future earnings, if any, for use in operations and business expansion.

Conference Call and Webcast Information 
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. will conduct a conference call and simultaneous Internet webcast on  Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its fourth quarter results.  Investors may access the webcast and related slide presentation, by visiting the Company's website at www.ampni.com, and clicking on the webcast link.  The conference call also may be accessed via telephone by dialing (888) 471-3843 (for U.S.-based callers) or (719) 785-1753 (for international callers) and enter the passcode: 6428029. 

A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call and will be accessible on www.ampni.com.  A telephone replay will be available through March 14, 2013 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (for U.S.-based callers) or (719) 457-0820 (for international callers) and enter the passcode: 6428029.

About Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.  
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea. The Company procures product from various sources (such as refineries, oil producers, and traders) and resells it to a diverse group of customers across all major commercial shipping sectors and leading cruise lines. Currently, Aegean has a global presence in 20 markets, including Vancouver, Montreal, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, West Africa, Gibraltar, U.K., Northern Europe, Piraeus, Patras, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Morocco, the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam (ARA) region, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Panama and Hong Kong, and plans to commence operations in Barcelona, Spain during the first quarter of 2013. The Company has also entered into a strategic alliance to extend its global reach to China. To learn more about Aegean, visit http://www.ampni.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding 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," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect" 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 our ability to manage growth, our ability to maintain our business in light of our proposed business and location expansion, our ability to obtain double hull secondhand bunkering tankers, the outcome of legal, tax or regulatory proceedings to which we may become a party, adverse conditions in the shipping or the marine fuel supply industries, our ability to retain our key suppliers and key customers, material disruptions in the availability or supply of crude oil or refined petroleum products, changes in the market price of petroleum, including the volatility of spot pricing, increased levels of competition, compliance or lack of compliance with various environmental and other applicable laws and regulations, our ability to collect accounts receivable, changes in the political, economic or regulatory conditions in the markets in which we operate, and the world in general, our failure to hedge certain financial risks associated with our business, our ability to maintain our current tax treatments and our failure to comply with restrictions in our credit agreements and other factors.  Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

 

 

SOURCE Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.



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