ANTWERP, Belgium, August 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Interim dividend of USD 0.62 (to be paid in September)
- Adding the USD 0.25 already paid in May, brings the total dividend paid in 2015 under the new dividend policy to USD 0.87 equivalent to 80% of net earnings
- IEA increase demand for oil estimate to 1.6m bpd for 2015 underpinning confidence in tanker sector
During its meeting of 18 August 2015, the Board of Directors of Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN & Euronext: EURN) ("Euronav" or the "Company") approved the final condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2015. This press release also refers to the press release distributed on 30 July 2015.
Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said: "Delivery on our dividend commitment is an important step for Euronav. We are delighted to reward shareholders a tangible return on their investment. We are not surprised by the current rate environment for this season. Management expects the market to rebound in the winter and with robust fundamentals in place it is confident of further progress going forward."
The most important key figures are: First Second First First Quarter Quarter Semester Semester in thousands of USD 2015 2015 2015 2014 Revenue 204,521 212,008 416,529 201,157 Other operating Income 2,488 1,808 4,296 3,534 - Voyage expenses and commissions (21,916) (15,749) (37,665) (54,586) Vessel operating expenses (36,809) (39,970) (76,779) (52,144) Charter hire expenses (9,052) (4,674) (13,726) (11,121) General and administrative expenses (10,020) (11,106) (21,126) (17,223) Net Gain (loss) on disposal of tangible assets 2,120 6 2,126 (1,026) EBITDA 131,332 142,323 273,655 68,591 Depreciation (49,116) (52,583) (101,699) (67,684) EBIT (result from operating activities) 82,216 89,740 171,956 907 Net finance expenses (16,534) (10,501) (27,035) (36,515) Share of profit (loss) of equity accounted investees 13,624 11,391 25,015 14,393 Result before taxation 79,306 90,630 169,936 (21,214) Tax Benefit (Expense) 1,549 1,766 3,315 (38) Profit (loss) for the period 80,855 92,396 173,251 (21,252) Attributable to: Owners of the company 80,855 92,396 173,251 (21,252) Non-controlling intrests - - - - The contribution to the result is as follows First Second First First Quarter Quarter Semester Semester in thousands of USD 2015 2015 2015 2014 Tankers 72,772 83,853 156,625 (35,388) FSO 8,083 8,543 16,626 14,136 result after taxation 80,855 92,396 173,251 (21,252) Information per share: First Second First First Quarter Quarter Semester Semester in USD per share 2015 2015 2015 2014 Weighted average number of shares (basic) * 148,065,537 158,023,051 153,071,800 104,324,074 EBITDA 0.89 0.90 1.79 0.66 EBIT (operating result) 0.56 0.57 1.12 0.01 result after taxation 0.55 0.58 1.13 (0.20)
All figures have been prepared under IFRS as adopted by the EU (International Financial Reporting Standards) and have been reviewed by our auditors
*The number of shares outstanding on 30 June 2015 is 159,208,949.
The half year report including a full version of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015, prepared in accordance with IAS 34 and including the auditor's review report and the statement on the true and fair view of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements and the fair overview of the interim management report, can be downloaded on http://www.euronav.com . The half year report can be downloaded on http://www.euronav.com as from 31 August 2015.
During its meeting of 18 August 2015, the Board of Directors of Euronav approved an interim dividend for the first semester of USD 0.62. Together with the USD 0.25 dividend paid in May, this brings the total dividend paid this year to USD 0.87 in line with the Company's dividend policy to distribute 80% of net earnings for each fiscal year excluding exceptional items such as gains or losses on the disposal of vessels. The interim dividend of USD 0.62 will be payable as from 22 September 2015. The shares will trade ex-dividend as from 9 September 2015 (record date 10 September 2015). The interim dividend to holders of Euronext shares will be paid in EUR at the USD/EUR exchange rate of the record date. In view of this interim dividend payment, investors are reminded that shareholders cannot reposition their shares between the Belgian share register and the U.S. share register from Wednesday 9 September 2015 until Friday 11 September 2015 at 9 am CET.
Euronav has applied the accounting standards IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 as of 1 January 2014. If the Company would have continued to apply the proportionate consolidation method for its joint ventures for the first half of 2015, the adjusted EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) would have been USD 316.1 million (first half 2014: USD 108.5 million) and the result after taxation would have remained the same.
Highlights and activity report for the first half year of 2015
On 15 January 2015 Euronav delivered the VLCC Antarctica (2009 - 315,981 dwt) to its new owners for conversion into an FPSO. Delivery was earlier than expected, resulting in an increased sale price and a corresponding gain on disposal of assets of USD 2.1 million which was recorded in the first quarter of 2015.
On 20 January 2015 Euronav announced the commencement of its underwritten initial public offering in the United States of 13,550,000 ordinary shares.
On 23 January 2015 Euronav announced the upsizing (from the initially announced 13,550,000 shares to 16,260,000 shares) of its initial public offering in the United States as well as pricing of the offering at an issue price per share of USD 12.25. As of this date, Euronav's shares offered in the United States commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") under the ticker symbol "EURN". On the same date Euronav launched its U.S. Exchange Offer which enabled shareholders to reposition their shares that were listed and tradeable on Euronext Brussels into shares listed and tradeable on the NYSE.
On 28 January 2015 Euronav announced the closing of its initial public offering of 18,699,000 shares at a public offering price of USD 12.25 per share for gross proceeds of USD 229,062,750. This includes the exercise in full by the underwriters of their overallotment option of 2,439,000 shares.
On 31 January 2015 the 250 remaining outstanding fixed rate senior unsecured convertible notes due 2015, with a face value of USD 100,000 each, were fully redeemed at par. Euronav held 18 of these notes. Currently, there are no convertible notes outstanding.
On 6 February 2015 Euronav's share capital was increased following the mandatory contribution in kind of 30 outstanding perpetual convertible preferred equity instruments issued on 13 January 2014 which resulted in the issuance of 9,459,283 new ordinary shares. Currently, there are no perpetual convertible preferred equity instruments outstanding.
On 19 February 2015 and following the closing of its initial public offering on the NYSE, Euronav repaid the USD 235.5 million note issued to partly finance the acquisition of 15 VLCCs as announced on 5 January 2014. As the note was issued below par, in accordance with IFRS, the Company amortized USD 20.4 million (non-cash) in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing the amortization related to this note for the full year 2014 to USD 31.9 million (non-cash) and a further USD 4.1 million (non-cash) in the first quarter of 2015.
On 26 February 2015 Euronav took delivery of the VLCC Hirado (2011 - 302,550 dwt) which was the third vessel delivered as part of the acquisition of four modern Japanese-built VLCC vessels announced on 8 July 2014.
On 23 March 2015 Euronav closed its U.S. Exchange Offer which enabled shareholders to reposition their shares that were listed and tradeable on Euronext Brussels into shares listed and tradeable on the NYSE.
On 30 March 2015 Euronav announced that a total of 42,919,647 shares that were listed and tradable on Euronext Brussels were repositioned pursuant to the U.S. Exchange Offer into an equal number of shares listed and tradable on the NYSE.
On 1 April 2015 Euronav announced the adoption of a new dividend policy for the group going forward. Euronav intends to distribute 80% of its annual net result. The yearly dividend will be paid in two instalments: first as an interim dividend paid in September, then as a payment of the balance corresponding to the final dividend paid in May of the following year after receiving shareholders' approval.
On 9 April 2015 Euronav took delivery of the VLCC Hakata (2010 - 302,550 dwt) which was the last vessel delivered as part of the acquisition of four modern Japanese-built VLCC vessels announced on 8 July 2014.
On 27 April 2015 the temporary difference between Euronav's ordinary shares tradable on the NYSE and its ordinary shares tradable on Euronext Brussels expired. Since this date all ordinary shares have the same rights and privileges in all respects. As of 28 April 2015 all Euronav shares are fully fungible and are able to trade on both NYSE and Euronext Brussels.
On 13 May 2015 the General Meeting of Shareholders approved the gross dividend of USD 0.25 per share as proposed by the Board of Directors. This dividend was paid from profits carried forward over financial year 2014 and on this occasion considered part of the new dividend policy for 2015.
On 16 June 2015 Euronav announced the acquisition through resale of newbuilding contracts of four VLCCs - currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries - for an aggregate purchase price of USD 384 million or USD 96 million per vessel. The vessels are scheduled for prompt delivery as early as September 2015, January 2016, March 2016 and May 2016, respectively. In addition and against the payment of an option fee of an aggregate amount of USD 8 million, the seller has also agreed to grant Euronav an option to acquire up to an additional four VLCCs which are sister vessels to the initial four VLCCs, at a purchase price of USD 98 million each.
Given the volatility of the tanker markets, the Board of Euronav NV has carefully reviewed all potential impairment indicators such as the freight environment as well as the current market value of the fleet compared to its carrying amount. Based on this review, the Board of Directors concluded that no impairment test was required at 30 June 2015. The Board will continue to closely monitor developments in the tanker market and review possible impairment indicators again at each reporting date.
The Board of Directors, represented by Peter G. Livanos, its Chairman, and the Executive Committee, represented by Paddy Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer and Hugo De Stoop, Chief Financial Officer, hereby confirm, in the name and for account of Euronav that, to the best of their knowledge, the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015 which have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union, give a true and fair view, of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation as a whole. The half year management report includes a fair overview of the important events that have occurred during the first half year and of the major transactions with the related parties, and their impact on the condensed consolidated interim financial statements, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remainder of the financial year.
On behalf of the Board of directors:
Paddy Rodgers Peter G. Livanos Chief Executive Officer Chairman of the Board of Directors
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 tanker vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking 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. Please see our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
Half year report 2015 available on website: Monday, 31 August 2015
Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil. The company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. VLCCs on the spot market are traded in the Tankers International pool of which Euronav is one of the major partners. Euronav's owned and operated fleet consists of 57 double hulled vessels being 1 V-Plus vessel, 27 VLCCs (of which 1 in 50%-50% joint venture), four VLCCs under construction which were recently acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts, 23 Suezmaxes (of which four are owned in 50%-50% joint ventures) and two FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture). The company's vessels mainly fly Belgian, Greek, French and Marshall Island flags.
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Condensed consolidated statement of financial position (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) June 30, 2015 December 31, 2014 ASSETS Current assets Trade and other receivables 225,424 194,733 Current tax assets 33 36 Cash and cash equivalents 148,224 254,086 Non-current assets held for sale - 89,000 Total current assets 373,681 537,855 Non-current assets Vessels 2,322,408 2,258,334 Assets under construction 122,790 - Other tangible assets 1,129 1,226 Prepayments 8,001 16,601 Intangible assets 83 29 Receivables 269,364 258,447 Investments in equity-accounted investees 17,576 17,332 Deferred tax assets 9,815 6,536 Total non-current assets 2,751,166 2,558,505 TOTAL ASSETS 3,124,847 3,096,360 EQUITY and LIABILITIES Current liabilities Trade and other payables 87,846 125,555 Tax liabilities 136 1 Bank loans 167,139 146,303 Convertible and other Notes - 23,124 Provisions 449 412 Total current liabilities 255,570 295,395 Non-current liabilities Bank loans 1,035,333 1,088,026 Convertible and other Notes - 231,373 Other payables 494 489 Deferred tax liabilities - - Employee benefits 2,096 2,108 Amounts due to equity-accounted joint ventures 5,880 5,880 Provisions 621 381 Total non-current liabilities 1,044,424 1,328,257 Equity Share capital 173,046 142,441 Share premium 1,215,228 941,770 Translation reserve (12) 379 Hedging reserve - - Treasury shares (15,354) (46,062) Other equity interest - 75,000 Retained earnings 451,945 359,180 Equity attributable to owners of the Company 1,824,853 1,472,708 TOTAL EQUITY and LIABILITIES 3,124,847 3,096,360
Condensed consolidated statement of profit or loss (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 2015 2014 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2015 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2014 Shipping revenue Revenue 416,529 201,157 Gains on disposal of vessels/other tangible assets 2,128 6,390 Other operating income 4,296 3,534 Total shipping revenue 422,953 211,081 Operating expenses Voyage expenses and commissions (37,665) (54,586) Vessel operating expenses (76,779) (52,144) Charter hire expenses (13,726) (11,121) Losses on disposal of vessels/other tangible assets (2) - Impairment on non-current assets held for sale - (7,416) Depreciation tangible assets (101,688) (67,674) Depreciation intangible assets (11) (10) General and administrative expenses (21,126) (17,222) Total operating expenses (250,997) (210,173) RESULT FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 171,956 908 Finance income 389 623 Finance expenses (27,424) (37,138) Net finance expenses (27,035) (36,515) Share of profit (loss) of equity accounted investees (net of income tax) 25,015 14,393 PROFIT (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX 169,936 (21,214) Income tax benefit (expense) 3,315 (38) PROFIT (LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD 173,251 (21,252) Attributable to: Owners of the company 173,251 (21,252) Basic earnings per share 1.13 (0.20) Diluted earnings per share 1.11 (0.20) Weighted average number of shares (basic) 153,071,800 104,324,074 Weighted average number of shares (diluted) 155,915,594 104,324,074 Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 2015 2014 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2015 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2014 Profit/(loss) for the period 173,251 (21,252) Other comprehensive income, net of tax Items that will never be reclassified to profit or loss: Remeasurements of the defined benefit liability (asset) - - Items that are or may be reclassified to profit or loss: Foreign currency translation differences (391) (54) Cash flow hedges - effective portion of changes in fair value - 1,291 Equity-accounted investees - share of other comprehensive income 718 960 Other comprehensive income, net of tax 327 2,197 Total comprehensive income for the period 173,578 (19,055) Attributable to: Owners of the company 173,578 (19,055)
Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) Share Share Translation Hedging Treasury capital premium reserve reserve shares Balance at January 1, 2014 58,937 365,574 946 (1,291) (46,062) Profit (loss) for the period - - - - - Total other comprehensive income - - (54) 1,291 - Total comprehensive income - - (54) 1,291 - Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares 41,645 308,355 - - - Issue and conversion convertible Notes 20,103 89,597 - - - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity 10,281 64,718 - - - Equity-settled share-based payment - - - - - Total transactions with owners 72,029 462,670 - - - Balance at June 30, 2014 130,966 828,244 892 - (46,062) Table cont'd. Capital Other Retained and equity Total earnings reserves interest equity Balance at January 1, 2014 422,886 800,990 - 800,990 Profit (loss) for the period (21,252) (21,252) - (21,252) Total other comprehensive income 960 2,197 - 2,197 Total comprehensive income (20,292) (19,055) - (19,055) Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares (8,601) 341,399 - 341,399 Issue and conversion convertible Notes (7,422) 102,278 - 102,278 Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity (3,500) 71,499 75,000 146,499 Equity-settled share-based payment 2,210 2,210 - 2,210 Total transactions with owners (17,313) 517,386 75,000 592,386 Balance at June 30, 2014 385,281 1,299,321 75,000 1,374,321 Share Share Translation Hedging Treasury capital premium reserve reserve shares Balance at January 1, 2015 142,441 941,770 379 - (46,062) Profit (loss) for the period - - - - - Total other comprehensive income - - (391) - - Total comprehensive income - - (391) - - Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares 20,324 208,739 - - - Issue and conversion convertible Notes - - - - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity 10,281 64,719 - - - Dividends to equity holders - - - - - Treasury shares - - - - 30,708 Equity-settled share-based payment - - - - - Total transactions with owners 30,605 273,458 - - 30,708 Balance at June 30, 2015 173,046 1,215,228 (12) - (15,354) Table cont'd. Capital Other Retained and equity Total earnings reserves interest equity Balance at January 1, 2015 359,180 1,397,708 75,000 1,472,708 Profit (loss) for the period 173,251 173,251 - 173,251 Total other comprehensive income 718 327 - 327 Total comprehensive income 173,969 173,578 - 173,578 Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares (19,357) 209,706 - 209,706 Issue and conversion convertible Notes - - - - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity - 75,000 (75,000) - Dividends to equity holders (39,656) (39,656) - (39,656) Treasury shares (23,158) 7,550 - 7,550 Equity-settled share-based payment 967 967 - 967 Total transactions with owners (81,204) 253,567 (75,000) 178,567 Balance at June 30, 2015 451,945 1,824,853 - 1,824,853
Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 2015 2014 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2015 Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2014 Cash flows from operating activities Profit (loss) for the period 173,251 (21,252) Adjustments for: 99,507 93,079 Depreciation of tangible assets 101,688 67,674 Depreciation of intangible assets 11 10 Impairment on non-current assets held for sale - 7,415 Provisions 262 - Tax expenses (benefits) (3,315) 38 Share of profit of equity-accounted investees, net of tax (25,015) (14,393) Net finance expense 27,035 36,515 Capital gain (loss) on disposal of assets (2,126) (6,390) Equity-settled share-based payment transactions 967 2,210 Changes in working capital requirements (55,875) (52,668) Change in cash guarantees (39) - Change in trade receivables 10,581 (7,332) Change in accrued income (12,697) (11,483) Change in deferred charges 3,737 (25,603) Change in other receivables (32,370) (15,134) Change in trade payables 16,746 (1,817) Change in accrued payroll (620) (825) Change in accrued expenses (4,348) 10,132 Change in deferred income 3,062 (2,454) Change in other payables (39,927) 1,828 Change in provisions for employee benefits - 20 Income taxes paid during the period 173 129 Interest paid (33,460) (27,564) Interest received 188 244 Dividends received from equity-accounted investees 275 9,410 Net cash from (used in) operating activities 184,059 1,378 Acquisition of vessels (271,743) (452,096) Proceeds from the sale of vessels 91,065 27,900 Acquisition of other tangible assets (8,114) (88,239) Acquisition of intangible assets (63) (5) Proceeds from the sale of other (in)tangible assets 63 2 Loans from (to) related parties 12,835 (38) Proceeds of disposals of joint ventures, net of cash disposed 1,500 - Purchase of joint ventures, net of cash acquired - - Net cash from (used in) investing activities (174,457) (512,476) Proceeds from issue of share capital 229,063 350,000 Transaction costs related to issue of share capital (19,357) (8,601) Proceeds from issue of perpetual convertible preferred equity - 150,000 Transaction costs related to issue perpetual convertible preferred equity - (3,500) Proceeds from sale of treasury shares 7,550 - Proceeds from new long-term borrowings 338,770 536,399 Repayment of long-term borrowings (631,317) (300,834) Transaction costs related to issue of loans and borrowings - (11,886) Dividends paid (39,658) - Net cash from (used in) financing activities (114,949) 711,578 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (105,347) 200,480 Net cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 254,086 74,309 Effect of changes in exchange rates (515) (302) Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 148,224 274,487
SOURCE Euronav NV