ANTWERP, Belgium, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Sustained improvement in freight rates drives higher EBITDA to USD 142.3 million
- Acquisition of four existing VLCCs under construction with option for four more sister vessels
- Robust start of Q3 with freight rates for VLCC so far above $60,000/day and more than 50% of available days already fixed
- Interim Dividend to be announced on August 20 with final half year results
Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN & Euronext: EURN) ("Euronav" or the "Company") today reported its preliminary financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2015 and for the 6 months ended 30 June 2015.
Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said: "Euronav has made further progress during Q2 by securing four modern VLCCs with the option for four more - at a very competitive price. This fleet rejuvenation was supported by a strong and stable rate environment during the second quarter which has continued into the current quarter. Improving demand for and increased supply of crude oil, rising sea-miles to serve that demand in the Far East and a manageable outlook for vessel supply all provide a supportive market structure. Management look forward with confidence."
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 not been audited nor reviewed by the statutory auditor.
*The number of shares outstanding on 30 June 2015 is 159,208,949.
For the second quarter 2015, the Company had a net result of USD 92.4 million or USD 0.58 per share (second quarter 2014: minus USD 22.6 million and minus USD 0.19 per share). EBITDA (a non-IFRS measure) for the same period was USD 142.3 million (second quarter 2014: USD 22.1 million).
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.
The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE, a non IFRS-measure) can be summarized as follows:
In USD per day Second Second First First quarter quarter Semester Semester 2015 2014 2015 2014 VLCC Average spot rate (in TI Pool) 55,570 21,464 53,370 27,032 Average time-charter rate* 38,148 27,655 41,705 32,380 Suezmax Average spot rate** 41,886 18,445 42,364 19,612 Average time-charter rate* 35,258 19,797 37,954 24,972
* Including profit share where applicable ** Excluding technical offhire days
EURONAV TANKER FLEET
As announced in our first quarter earnings press release, on 9 April 2015 Euronav took delivery of the VLCC Hakata (2010 - 302,550 dwt) which was the last vessel to be delivered as part of the acquisition of four modern Japanese-built VLCC vessels announced on 8 July 2014.
On 16 June 2015, Euronav announced the acquisition through resale of newbuilding contracts of four VLCCs - currently completing construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries for an aggregate purchase price of USD 384 million. The vessels are due for prompt delivery starting September 2015. 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 a further 4 VLCCs sisters of the ones acquired at a price of USD 98 million each.
This transaction is consistent with three core company principles:
Firstly, these vessels are ex-yard resales, which do not add supply to the market and therefore meet our stated aim to only add existing vessels to our fleet and not to order new ships.
Secondly, the time lag between the purchase and the deliveries to the company will be very similar to buying a fleet on the water, therefore allowing the capital deployed to be rewarded by the freight market imminently.
Last, Euronav actively looks to regularly rejuvenate its fleet and enhance its operational strength. This will be achieved as these four vessels are of the latest design and similar or better to the ones acquired in July 2014.
THE TANKER MARKET
The key feature of the tanker market during Q2 was its stability. Freight rates throughout the three months to the end of June were consistently strong in both the VLCC and Suezmax categories. Tanker owners exhibited resolute discipline during the period which continues to be encouraging since it has been applied throughout 2015 so far.
Global oil demand projections were consistently upgraded during Q2 with the IEA, OPEC and EIA all raising forecasts to arrive at a consensus of 1.34m bpd growth in both 2015 and 2016 - up from 1.15m bpd at the end of Q1. The lower oil price - as we intimated at the end of Q1 - has stimulated and continues to boost demand.
The orderbook of tanker vessels has increased during Q2 2015 with further orders at the shipyards but this order flow has remained modest by historical standards - especially given the positive freight rate background. The impact on the global fleet in both VLCC and Suezmax will not be seen until the second half of 2016. Euronav remains of the view that the current schedule of vessel supply is manageable given the robust fundamentals of the tanker sector but as it has been the case in the past, additional orders may result in overcapacity and lead to destruction of the market.
The supply of crude oil is continuing to be driven higher with record output witnessed during Q2 in a number of key territories most notably Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Russia.
An important and growing theme is port congestion. This is taking capacity out of the market and is being driven by excess supply of crude unable to find storage on shore. The congestion seen currently is being treated as normal commercial delay but this de facto storage may soon become recognized storage under normal storage terms.
This is only likely to be resolved in three ways: (1) reduced production - which looks as unlikely given OPEC production plans and the potential return of Iranian output (2) increased demand utilizing this supply - this would be positive for tankers as it would increase the demand for shipping or (3) potentially increase the contango spread on oil prices - this in turn would increase the demand for additional storage and part of that storage is likely to be done offshore onboard tanker vessels.
The current quarter has started positively with freight rates rising in what is usually a seasonally weak period. Industry fundamentals remain healthy with limited vessel supply, growing demand stimulated by a lower oil price, increased supply of oil from record production and the continuing theme of ton mile expansion of Atlantic Basin Oil heading East.
So far, in the third quarter, the Euronav VLCC fleet operated by Tankers International pool earned on average just under USD 61,000 per day (TCE) and 52.6% of the available days have been fixed. Euronav's Suezmax fleet trading on the spot market have earned on average USD 42,750 per day (TCE) and 50% of the available spot days have been fixed.
Euronav is well positioned to continue to benefit from these positive sector trends well into 2016, is conservatively leveraged, has a strong focus on maximizing returns for shareholders in the form of dividends and is disciplined in terms of future growth opportunities.
Euronav will host a conference call at 9:30 a.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. CET on Thursday 30 July 2015 to discuss the results for the quarter.
The call will be a webcast with an accompanying slideshow. You can find details of this conference call below and on the "Investor Relations" page of Euronav's website at http://investors.euronav.com/.
Webcast Information Event Type: Audio webcast with user-controlled slide presentation Event Date: 30 July 2015 Event Time: 9:30 a.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. CET Event Title: "Euronav Q2 2015 Earnings Call" Event Site/URL http://services.choruscall.com/links/euronav150730
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/10069401. Pre-registration fields of information to be gathered: name, company, email.
Telephone participants who are unable to pre-register may dial in to 1-866-807-9684 on the day of the call. The international dial-in number is 1-412-317-5415.
A replay of the call will be available until 7 August 2015, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. CET on 30 July 2015 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 and referencing the conference number 10069401.
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 First Half Results 2015: Thursday 20 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 53 double hulled vessels being 1 V-Plus, 2 FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture), 27 VLCCs (of which 1 in 50%-50% joint venture) and 23 Suezmaxes (of which 4 in 50%-50% joint venture). Deliveries of the recently acquired VLCCs will increase the Euronav tanker fleet by another 4 VLCCs. 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) 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 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 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 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 - Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2015 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 net income/(loss) per share 1.13 (0.20) Diluted net income/(loss) per share 1.13 (0.20) Weighted average number of shares (basic) 153,071,800 104,324,074 Weighted average number of shares (diluted) 153,957,157 104,324,074 Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 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) 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)
Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity (continued...) (in thousands of USD except per share amounts) 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 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 - Jan. 1 - Jun. 30, 2015 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 benefits (expenses) (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
Contact: Mr. Brian Gallagher - Euronav Investor Relations, Tel: +44-20-7870-0436, Email: IR@euronav.com
SOURCE Euronav NV