ANTWERP, Belgium, January 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
- EBITDA USD 160.6 million: highest quarterly result since Q3 2008
- Tanker fundamentals: remain healthy and look sustainable
- Ship sales: old vessels sold reducing average age of fleet
Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN & Euronext: EURN) ("Euronav" or the "Company") today reported its non-audited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.
Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said: "Recent capital market gyrations have oversold the crude tanker market which continues to be robust. With a lower oil price (it fell 18% during Q4 and further since year end) tanker freight nets back to higher results through a reduction in variable cost. Furthermore, one should expect additional stimulation of demand for crude and therefore for crude tankers over 2016. Current vessel supply is well spread over the next 3 years and should therefore be capable of being absorbed by the demand. The winter market started in Q4 with higher TCE averages than in any other quarter of 2015 and has even strengthened in Q1 2016. Consequently, management remains confident of further progress and committed to its policy of distributing 80% of net income excluding exceptional items such as gains on the disposal of vessels."
The most important key figures (unaudited) are: Fourth Fourth Full Full in thousands of Quarter Quarter Year Year USD 2015 2014 2015 2014 Revenue 225,644 144,866 846,507 473,985 Other operating Income 1,154 4,853 7,426 11,411 Voyage expenses and commissions (15,956) (27,176) (71,237) (118,303) Vessel operating expenses (38,812) (37,000) (153,718) (124,089) Charter hire expenses (6,438) (10,014) (25,849) (35,664) General and administrative expenses (16,122) (12,286) (46,251) (40,565) Net Gain (loss) on disposal of tangible assets 11,165 4,345 5,300 5,706 EBITDA 160,635 67,588 562,178 172,481 Depreciation (54,896) (47,894) (210,206) (160,954) EBIT (result from operating activities) 105,739 19,694 351,972 11,527 Net finance expenses (9,809) (37,458) (47,640) (93,353) Share of profit (loss) of equity accounted investees 13,335 7,992 51,407 30,286 Result before taxation 109,266 (9,772) 355,739 (51,540) Tax Benefit (Expense) (4,602) 5,837 (5,633) 5,743 Profit (loss) for the period 104,664 (3,935) 350,106 (45,797) Attributable to: Owners of the company 104,664 (3,935) 350,106 (45,797) Non-controlling interests - - - - The contribution to the result is as follows Fourth Fourth Full Full in thousands of Quarter Quarter Year Year USD 2015 2014 2015 2014 Tankers 96,503 (11,243) 317,152 (75,250) FSO 8,162 7,308 32,954 29,453 result after taxation 104,665 (3,935) 350,106 (45,797) Information per share: Fourth Fourth Full Full in USD per Quarter Quarter Year Year share 2015 2014 2015 2014 Weighted average number of shares (basic)* 158,628,151 129,300,666 155,872,171 116,539,018 EBITDA 1.01 0.52 3.61 1.48 EBIT (operating result) 0.67 0.15 2.26 0.10 Result after taxation 0.66 (0.03) 2.25 (0.39)
All figures have been prepared under IFRS as adopted by the EU (International Financial Reporting Standards) and have not been audited nor reviewed by the statutory auditor.
* The number of shares outstanding on 31 December 2015 is 159,208,949.
The Company had a net profit of USD 104.7 million (fourth quarter 2014: net loss of USD -3.9 million) for the three months ended 31 December 2015 or USD 0.66 per share (fourth quarter 2014: USD -0.03 per share). EBITDA (a non IFRS-measure) for the fourth quarter 2015 was USD 160.6 million (fourth quarter 2014: USD 67.6 million). For the full year ending 31 December 2015, the preliminary net profit is USD 350.1 million (2014: USD -45.8 million) or USD 2.25 per share (2014: net loss of USD -0.39 per share).
If the Company had continued to apply the proportionate consolidation method for its joint ventures for the fourth quarter of 2015, the adjusted EBITDA (a non IFRS-measure) would have been USD 182.2 million (fourth quarter 2014: USD 84.5 million), the adjusted EBIT would have been USD 119.9 million (fourth quarter 2014: USD 29.3 million) and the profit for the period would have remained the same.
The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE, a non IFRS-measure) can be summarized as follows:
In USD per day Fourth Fourth Full Full quarter quarter year year 2015 2014 2015 2014 VLCC Average spot rate (in TI pool)* 61,482 31,650 55,055 27,625 Average time charter rate** 41,776 29,731 41,981 31,086 SUEZMAX Average spot rate* 41,596 24,248 41,686 23,382 Average time-charter rate** 36,042 30,513 35,790 25,930
* Excluding technical offhire days
** Including profit share where applicable
EURONAV TANKER FLEET
On 11 November 2015 the Company sold the Suezmax Cap Laurent (1998 - 146,145 dwt), for USD 22.25 million. The vessel was wholly owned by Euronav and one of its four oldest Suezmaxes. The capital gain on that sale of USD 11.1 million was recorded in the fourth quarter. The vessel was delivered to its new owner on 26 November 2015.
On 15 January 2016 the Company sold the VLCC Famenne (2001 - 298,412 dwt), one of its two oldest VLCC vessels, for USD 38.4 million. The vessel is wholly owned by Euronav. The capital gain on that sale of about USD 13.8 million will be recorded at delivery which is expected in the first quarter of 2016.
On 26 January 2016 Euronav took delivery of the second vessel of four VLCCs which were acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts as announced on 16 June 2015: the VLCC Alice (2016 - 343,057 dwt).
On 3 December 2015 Carl Steen was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Euronav. This change is part of a process to further increase the independence and diversification of the Board as the Company has completed its migration to an independent public company with a highly liquid share and a wide shareholder base. As from that date, the Board of Directors comprises Carl Steen (Chairman), Daniel Bradshaw, Ludwig Criel, Alexandros Drouliscos, Anne-Hélène Monsellato, John Michael Radziwill, Paddy Rodgers, Ludovic Saverys, William (Bill) Thomson and Alice Wingfield Digby.
On the finance side, Euronav is fully funded in its current structure and retains a strong conviction that tanker markets are well balanced. The last two VLCCs to be delivered in March 2016 and May 2016 have a combined remaining capex of USD 130.6 million (as at 1 January 2016). With the vast majority of its fleet currently on the water, Euronav is ideally positioned to benefit from this positive freight market environment and will remain disciplined as good steward of shareholder capital.
The final audited results for the year 2015 and the final dividend will be announced at the end of March 2016. The dividend will then need to be approved at the subsequent Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in May.
SHARE BUY BACK
As reported on 26 January 2016, Euronav has bought back 500,000 shares at an average cost of EUR 9.5256 per share. The Board of Directors remains authorized to buy shares back. The extent to which it does and the timing of these purchases will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations.
The fourth quarter saw the return of high volatility of freight rates. Such volatility occurs when the balance between demand and supply is very tight. This is a positive structure for tanker owners. This current market positioning looks sustainable and provides management with a positive outlook.
Demand for crude oil remains firm with current consensus (source: IEA) projecting around 1.2m bpd of additional demand of oil in 2016. Whilst this is lower than the 1.6m bpd delivered in 2015 it is worth noting that, at this stage last year, forecasts were set at 0.9m bpd for 2015. Since the OPEC meeting in early December and the setting of these projections, the oil price has fallen by more than a third. This could potentially bring additional demand to that already forecast.
Whilst the order book growth slowed dramatically since the end of Q3 for both VLCC and Suezmax sectors, the order book itself requires constant monitoring and assessment. This is a critical issue and Euronav would like to point out three thoughts. First, in 2016, the delivery schedule for VLCCs is heavily skewed toward the latter half of the year. Second, based on the current forecasted oil demand and scheduled deliveries of newbuildings, demand and supply are broadly in equilibrium and should remain so. Third, whilst scrapping is expected to be extremely modest when markets are strong, the average 20 year life for a crude tanker implies a natural level of attrition (5% per annum) in the global fleet.
The return of Iran to the global oil markets was confirmed with the lifting of certain sanctions on 17 January 2016. Whilst an important development, we believe it will take time for this impact to be properly felt. We expect the effect will largely be neutral to positive for the tanker sector for two reasons. First, it should be noted that half of the Iranian fleet (circa 40 VLCCs in total) continued to trade mostly to the Far East between 2012-2015. The part of the Iranian fleet (which is not too old) that effectively returns should therefore absorb the anticipated increase in Iranian crude production for export. Second, snapback provisions in the sanctions lifting agreement and other financial dollar based restrictions will take time to be lifted in full, implying full integration of Iran will be over a prolonged period.
The timing of the repeal of the USA crude export ban in December was unexpected but at the same time welcomed. Rather like the Iranian situation management's view is that this development will add incremental ton-miles but will need time to take effect given the current lack of loading infrastructure required in the USA.
Typically, the fourth quarter is seasonally the strongest quarter during the tanker calendar year and 2015 proved this again. This reflects the strong fundamentals that underpin the crude tanker sector currently and which Euronav believes has structural support to drive the market for several years.
So far in the first quarter of 2016 the Euronav VLCC fleet operated in the Tankers International pool has earned about USD 75,000 per day and 46% of the available days have been fixed. Euronav's Suezmaxes trading on the spot market have earned about USD 41,000 per day on average with 47% of the available days fixed for the first quarter.
Euronav is well positioned to benefit from the strong tanker industry fundamentals in place. An established dividend distribution policy maximizes returns to shareholders backed by an active approach toward fleet portfolio management and provides the group with a discipline for future growth opportunities.
With a constructive structure of crude oil demand, supported by oil prices at twelve year lows and a manageable vessel supply pipeline, Euronav believes that the outlook remains positive for the tanker sector. Euronav now has 56 vessels on the water with two VLCCs to be delivered by May 2016. With its fleet fully financed, Euronav has no funding requirements going forward and is supported by a proven management team, strict capital discipline and an established dividend distribution policy.
Euronav will host a conference call at 9:30 a.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. CET on Thursday 28 January 2016 to discuss the results for the fourth quarter 2015.
The call will be a webcast with an accompanying slideshow. You can find details of this conference call below and on the "Investors" page of Euronav's website at http://investors.euronav.com.
Webcast Information Event Type: Audio webcast with user-controlled slide presentation Event Date: 28 January 2016 Event Time: 9:30 a.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. CET Event Title: "Euronav Q4 2015 Earnings Call"
Event Site/URL http://services.choruscall.com/links/euronav160128.html
Telephone participants may avoid any delays by pre-registering for the call using the following link to receive a special dial-in number and PIN conference call registration link: http://dpregister.com/10077222. Pre-registration fields of information to be gathered: name, company, email.
Telephone participants located in the U.S. who are unable to pre-register may dial in to 001-877-328-5501 on the day of the call. Others may use the international dial-in number 001-412-317-5471.
A replay of the call will be available until 5 February 2016, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. CET on 28 January 2016 by dialing 001-877-344-7529 or 001-412-317-0088 and referencing the conference number 10077222.
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.
Announcement of final year results 2015: Thursday 31 March 2016
Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products. 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 56 double hulled vessels being one V-Plus vessel, 29 VLCCs (of which 1 in 50%-50% joint venture), two VLCCs under construction which were recently acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts, 22 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.
Regulated information within the meaning of the Royal Decree of 14 November 2007.
Condensed consolidated statement of financial position (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014 ASSETS Current assets Trade and other receivables 219,080 194,733 Current tax assets 114 36 Cash and cash equivalents 131,663 254,086 Non-current assets held for sale 24,195 89,000 Total current assets 375,052 537,855 Non-current assets Vessels 2,288,036 2,258,334 Assets under construction 93,890 - Other tangible assets 1,048 1,226 Prepayments 2 16,601 Intangible assets 238 29 Receivables 259,908 258,447 Investments in equity-accounted investees 21,452 17,332 Deferred tax assets 935 6,536 Total non-current assets 2,665,509 2,558,505 TOTAL ASSETS 3,040,561 3,096,360 EQUITY and LIABILITIES Current Liabilities Trade and other payables 79,078 125,555 Tax liabilities 1 1 Bank loans 102,419 146,303 Convertible and other Notes - 23,124 Provisions 406 412 Total current liabilities 181,904 295,395 Non-current liabilities Bank loans 950,029 1,088,026 Convertible and other Notes - 231,373 Other payables 590 489 Deferred tax liabilities - - Employee benefits 2,048 2,108 Amounts due to equity-accounted joint ventures - 5,880 Provisions 436 381 Total non-current liabilities 953,103 1,328,257 Equity Share capital 173,046 142,441 Share premium 1,215,227 941,770 Translation reserve (50) 379 Hedging reserve - - Treasury shares (12,283) (46,062) Other equity interest - 75,000 Retained earnings 529,614 359,180 Equity attributable to owners of the Company 1,905,554 1,472,708 TOTAL EQUITY and LIABILITIES 3,040,561 3,096,360
Condensed consolidated statement of profit or loss (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 2015 2014 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014 Shipping revenue Revenue 846,507 473,985 Gains on disposal of vessels/other tangible assets 13,302 13,122 Other operating income 7,426 11,411 Total shipping revenue 867,235 498,518 Operating expenses Voyage expenses and commissions (71,237) (118,303) Vessel operating expenses (153,718) (124,089) Charter hire expenses (25,849) (35,664) Losses on disposal of vessels/other tangible assets (8,002) - Impairment on non-current assets held for sale - (7,416) Depreciation tangible assets (210,156) (160,934) Depreciation intangible assets (50) (20) General and administrative expenses (46,251) (40,565) Total operating expenses (515,263) (486,991) RESULT FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 351,972 11,527 Finance income 3,302 2,617 Finance expenses (50,942) (95,970) Net finance expenses (47,640) (93,353) Share of profit (loss) of equity accounted investees (net of income tax) 51,407 30,286 PROFIT (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX 355,739 (51,540) Income tax benefit (expense) (5,633) 5,743 PROFIT (LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD 350,106 (45,797) Attributable to: Owners of the company 350,106 (45,797) Basic earnings per share 2.25 (0.39) Diluted earnings per share 2.22 (0.39) Weighted average number of shares (basic) 155,872,171 116,539,018 Weighted average number of shares (diluted) 157,529,562 116,539,018 Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) Profit/(loss) for the period 350,106 (45,797) Other comprehensive income, net of tax Items that will never be reclassified to profit or loss: Remeasurements of the defined benefit liability (asset) (44) (393) Items that are or may be reclassified to profit or loss: Foreign currency translation differences (429) (567) Cash flow hedges - effective portion of changes in fair value - 1,291 Equity-accounted investees - share of other comprehensive income 1,610 2,106 Other comprehensive income, net of tax 1,136 2,437 Total comprehensive income for the period 351,242 (43,360) Attributable to: Owners of the company 351,242 (43,360)
Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) Share Share Translation capital premium reserve Balance at January 1, 2014 58,937 365,574 946 Profit (loss) for the period - - - Total other comprehensive income - - (567) Total comprehensive income - - (567) Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares 53,119 421,881 - Issue and conversion convertible Notes 20,103 89,597 - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity 10,282 64,718 - Equity-settled share-based payment - - - Total transactions with owners 83,504 576,196 - Balance at December 31, 2014 142,441 941,770 379 Share Share Translation capital premium reserve Balance at January 1, 2015 142,441 941,770 379 Profit (loss) for the period - - - Total other comprehensive income - - (429) Total comprehensive income - - (429) Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares 20,324 208,738 - Issue and conversion convertible Notes - - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity 10,281 64,719 - Dividends to equity holders - - - Treasury shares - - - Equity-settled share-based payment - - - Total transactions with owners 30,605 273,457 - Balance at December 31, 2015 173,046 1,215,227 (50)
Hedging Treasury Retained reserve shares earnings Balance at January 1, 2014 (1,291) (46,062) 422,886 Profit (loss) for the period - - (45,797) Total other comprehensive income 1,291 - 1,713 Total comprehensive income 1,291 - (44,084) Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares - - (12,694) Issue and conversion convertible Notes - - (7,422) Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity - - (3,500) Equity-settled share-based payment - - 3,994 Total transactions with owners - - (19,622) Balance at December 31, 2014 - (46,062) 359,180 Hedging Treasury Retained reserve shares earnings Balance at January 1, 2015 - (46,062) 359,180 Profit (loss) for the period - - 350,106 Total other comprehensive income - - 1,565 Total comprehensive income - - 351,671 Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares - - (19,357) Issue and conversion convertible Notes - - - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity - - - Dividends to equity holders - - (138,001) Treasury shares - 33,779 (25,516) Equity-settled share-based payment - - 1,637 Total transactions with owners - 33,779 (181,237) Balance at December 31, 2015 - (12,283) 529,614
Other Capital and equity Total reserves interest equity Balance at January 1, 2014 800,990 - 800,990 Profit (loss) for the period (45,797) - (45,797) Total other comprehensive income 2,437 - 2,437 Total comprehensive income (43,360) - (43,360) Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares 462,306 - 462,306 Issue and conversion convertible Notes 102,278 - 102,278 Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity 71,500 75,000 146,500 Equity-settled share-based payment 3,994 - 3,994 Total transactions with owners 640,078 75,000 715,078 Balance at December 31, 2014 1,397,708 75,000 1,472,708 Other Capital and equity Total reserves interest equity Balance at January 1, 2015 1,397,708 75,000 1,472,708 Profit (loss) for the period 350,106 - 350,106 Total other comprehensive income 1,136 - 1,136 Total comprehensive income 351,242 - 351,242 Transactions with owners of the company Issue of ordinary shares 209,705 - 209,705 Issue and conversion convertible Notes - - - Issue and conversion perpetual convertible preferred equity 75,000 (75,000) - Dividends to equity holders (138,001) - (138,001) Treasury shares 8,263 - 8,263 Equity-settled share-based payment 1,637 - 1,637 Total transactions with owners 156,604 (75,000) 81,604 Balance at December 31, 2015 1,905,554 - 1,905,554
Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 2015 2014 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015 Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2014 Cash flows from operating activities Profit (loss) for the period 350,106 (45,797) Adjustments for: 208,500 217,410 Depreciation of tangible assets 210,156 160,934 Depreciation of intangible assets 50 20 Impairment on non-current assets held for sale - 7,416 Provisions 91 840 Tax benefits (expenses) 5,633 (5,743) Share of profit of equity-accounted investees, net of tax (51,407) (30,286) Net finance expense 47,640 93,353 Capital gain (loss) on disposal of assets (5,300) (13,118) Equity-settled share-based payment transactions 1,637 3,994 Changes in working capital requirements (57,692) (112,280) Change in cash guarantees 1 (658) Change in trade receivables 12,330 (23,755) Change in accrued income (13,175) (8,577) Change in deferred charges 11,090 (2,124) Change in other receivables (34,654) (64,299) Change in trade payables 1,190 (10,512) Change in accrued payroll 255 166 Change in accrued expenses (1,649) 9,581 Change in deferred income 6,612 (2,016) Change in other payables (39,800) (10,171) Change in provisions for employee benefits 108 85 Income taxes paid during the period (109) 67 Interest paid (50,810) (54,449) Interest received 262 421 Dividends received from equity-accounted investees 275 9,410 Net cash from (used in) operating activities 450,532 14,782 Acquisition of vessels (351,596) (1,053,939) Proceeds from the sale of vessels 112,890 123,609 Acquisition of other tangible assets (8,289) (123,188) Acquisition of intangible assets (258) (19) Proceeds from the sale of other (in)tangible assets 95 22 Loans from (to) related parties 39,785 29,508 Proceeds of disposals of joint ventures, net of cash disposed 1,500 1,000 Purchase of joint ventures, net of cash acquired - - Net cash from (used in) investing activities (205,873) (1,023,007) Proceeds from issue of share capital 229,063 475,000 Transaction costs related to issue of share capital (19,357) (12,694) 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 8,263 - Proceeds from new long-term borrowings 695,770 1,395,392 Repayment of long-term borrowings (1,132,371) (799,891) Transaction costs related to issue of loans and borrowings (8,680) (15,284) Dividends paid (138,003) (2) Net cash from (used in) financing activities (365,315) 1,189,021 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (120,656) 180,796 Net cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 254,086 74,309 Effect of changes in exchange rates (1,767) (1,019) Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 131,663 254,086
SOURCE Euronav NV