TEN Ltd. Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months 2018 Results

Positive Operating Income in a Challenging Environment

$190 million Debt Reduction since Q3 2017

Over 60% Outperformance of Spot Market in Nine Months

$250 million Minimum Additional Revenues From 24 New Charters Over an Average Two-Year Period

10 Vessels to be Re-chartered in a Strong Market

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TEN, Ltd. (TEN) (NYSE: TNP) (the “Company”) reports results (unaudited) for third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

In the first nine months of 2018, TEN generated positive operating income of $11.5 million and an adjusted EBITDA of $124.5 million. As a result of seven vessels purposely undergoing early dry dockings, as well as programmed vessel repairs and the very weak tanker market, the Company recorded a net loss of $36.1 million.  However, with the anticipated market recovery already upon us, the last quarter of the year should reflect the strength currently exhibited in spot rates. In particular, VLCCs in the first nine months of the year averaged about $12,615 per day while today they are at over $56,000. Suezmaxes, during the same period, were at about $8,000 per day and now at $44,000. Similarly, Aframaxes from just over $9,000 per day during the first nine months of 2018 are today over $28,000.  

The daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel for the Company’s fleet was $17,155 with utilization again at a high 96.2% because of the Company’s diversified tonnage and chartering strategy. TEN outperformed the spot market by over 60% in the first nine months of 2018.

TEN and its technical managers were successful in keeping costs under control with average daily operating expenses per vessel at a still healthy $7,755 after bringing forward certain supplies and repairs in order to increase the number of vessel days for the expected market upturn. Vessel overhead costs (mainly G&A expenses and management fees) per ship per day were at $1,125, similar to that of the first nine months of 2017.

The addition of two new vessels, built against long term employment, since September 30, 2017 modestly increased depreciation and dry-docking amortization costs to $109.6 million compared to $102.5 million for the same period of 2017.

Interest and finance costs totaled $50.6 million, due to the loans associated with the newly delivered vessels and to rising short-term US dollar interest rates.

Strong liquidity maintained with $232.6 million in cash on the balance sheet at September 30, 2018.

Net debt to capital at the end of the third quarter 2018 was 46.9% with bank debt at September 30, 2018 totaling $1.63 billion, about $190 million lower (approximately $2.0 per share) from September 30, 2017 and about $50 million less from June 30, 2018. TEN’s diversified fleet, with the optionality it offers combined with its flexible chartering strategy ensures that the Company continues to maintain an impeccable debt service record, never failing to meet its obligations irrespective of market conditions.

In the third quarter of 2018, TEN Ltd. generated positive operating income of $2.0 million and adjusted EBITDA of $40.4 million. The repositioning of two panamax product tankers to the Far East for their upcoming special survey in order to install, in a timely manner, Water Ballast Treatment systems, high oil prices that added over $5.0 million to voyage costs, as well as the prolonged weakness particularly in the products market, resulted to the Company incurring a net loss of $14.6 million.  However, TEN’s fleet is already taking advantage of the much firmer rates seen in the fourth quarter.

TEN’s diversified fleet, in the third quarter of 2018, continued to operate at high utilization levels of 96.2% as a result of a majority of our vessels trading crude. During the quarter, TEN operated, on average, a fleet of 64.0 vessels, 13 of which were in product trades.

Fleet revenues, net of voyage expenses (bunker, port expenses and commissions), amounted to $92.6 million, a relatively modest reduction from the third quarter of 2017 due to higher expenses that stemmed from vessels operating primarily in the products spot market as increased bunker costs, owing to higher oil prices, added over $5.0 million to voyage costs.

Vessels on time charter accounted for approximately 68.0% of operating days in the third quarter of 2018 again generating enough gross revenue to cover all the voyage, operating and overhead expenses of the whole fleet, including vessels on spot.

Depreciation and dry-docking amortization were $37.1 million, mainly due to new vessel deliveries since the 2017 third quarter.

Operating costs were relatively stable at $7,568 per day per vessel despite the bringing forward of supplies and an earlier than scheduled dry docking in order for the vessels to be available for the expected market recovery. Sound housekeeping also led to daily overhead costs (office G&A, management fees) to fall by 4% to an average of $1,041 per day per vessel.

Dividend – Common Shares
The Company will to pay a dividend of $0.05 per common share on December 6, 2018. During the third quarter of 2018, the Company issued 268,192 common shares using Treasury Stock.

Operational Highlights
The Company recently concluded the 24th charter of the year thus far, the majority of on contracts with upward rate optionality. With an average charter period of two years, these charters combined will generate additional cash income of at least $250 million bringing the amount of contracted revenue, without incorporating expected proceeds from profit sharing contracts which are now fully in force, to a minimum of $1.15 billion. In addition, and in the backdrop of an improving market environment, management is negotiating new employment, focusing on upside potential, for 10 vessels with contracts expiring in the near future.  

Corporate Strategy
As we approach the end of 2018, the signs that the worst is behind are becoming increasingly evident. Global oil demand is continuing its upward trajectory, US crude exports are soaring and finding new destinations in China and India and the global tanker fleet where most of that oil will be shipped is tightening. As scrapping outpaces new deliveries and the much-discussed IMO 2020 sulphur regulations will create supply distortions, the outlook for tankers looks more positive, than over the past three quarters.

In view of this upturn, management will keep a close eye on developments and refine its employment approach accordingly in order to maximize returns to shareholders, but still maintain a strong complement of vessels on long-term secured contracts to cover the whole fleet’s expenses. Moreover, cash generation and preservation will remain high on the agenda and therefore efficient, effective and safe vessel management will continue to be pursued vigorously, something the Company has taken pride in since inception.

As asset prices are expected to recover from the recent weakness, management will consider divesting some of its early generation tankers while looking for replacement tonnage.

On the growth front, the LNG and shuttle tanker space remain of firm interest and management is actively exploring industrial opportunities to grow without endangering the healthy balance sheet of the corporation. TEN’s two LNG carriers are employed on contracts that reflect the strong tailwinds currently in existence in that market. 

“With three difficult quarters of 2018 now behind us, TEN is already taking advantage of the strong rates available in the fourth quarter. With market fundamentals such as stronger oil demand, lower vessel capacity and adequate oil supplies, particularly from the US, positively affecting tanker trades, this current upturn seems sustainable,” Mr. George Saroglou, Chief Operating Officer of TEN stated. “In addition, with the positive, for owners with young tonnage, disruptions the IMO 2020 rules would create in the vessel supply and demand balance, TEN will be well poised to take advantage of the strong freight environment. The number of vessels in the spot market, those on profit-share arrangements and the 10 ships that will be available for re-charter after expiration of current term employment reinforces this optimism,” Mr. Saroglou concluded.   

As previously announced, today, Friday, November 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, TEN will host a conference call to review the results as well as management's outlook for the business. The call, which will be hosted by TEN's senior management, may contain information beyond that which is included in the earnings press release.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (877) 553-9962 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(808) 238- 0669 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2071 928592 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Tsakos" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until December 7, 2018, by dialling 1(866) 331-1332 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(808) 238-0667 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 3333 009785 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 90295809#

Simultaneous Slides and Audio Webcast:
There will also be a simultaneous live, and then archived, slides webcast of the conference call, available through TEN's website (www.tenn.gr). The slides webcast will also provide details related to fleet composition and deployment and other related company information. This presentation will be available on the Company's corporate website reception page at www.tenn.gr. Participants for the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

TEN, founded in 1993 and celebrating this year 25 years as a public company, is one of the first and most established public shipping companies in the world today. TEN’s diversified energy fleet currently consists of 66 double-hull vessels, including two aframax tankers under construction, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and LNG carriers, totalling 7.2 million dwt. Of the fleet today, 48 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted by such forward-looking statements. TEN undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

For further information please contact:

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd.
George Saroglou
+30210 94 07 710

Investor Relations / Media
Capital Link, Inc.
Nicolas Bornozis
Paul Lampoutis
+212 661 7566

Selected Consolidated Financial and Other Data 
(In Thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share, per share and fleet data)
  Three months ended  Nine months ended
  September 30 (unaudited)  September 30 (unaudited)
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA 2018   2017  2018   2017
Voyage revenues$126,473   $124,244  $376,124   $394,665 
Voyage expenses 33,877    27,327   90,560    85,531 
Charter hire expense 2,728    -   8,102    - 
Vessel operating expenses 44,562    43,380   136,266    127,285 
Depreciation and amortization 37,141    35,914   109,573    102,502 
General and administrative expenses 6,128    6,357   19,770    19,024 
Loss on sale of vessel -    -   364    - 
Total expenses 124,436    112,978   364,635    334,342 
Operating  income 2,037    11,266   11,489    60,323 
Interest and finance costs, net (17,855)   (15,409)  (50,583)   (43,147)
Interest income 964    382   1,675    813 
Other, net 8    812   (325)   866 
Total other expenses, net (16,883)   (14,215)  (49,233)   (41,468)
Net (loss) income (14,846)   (2,949)  (37,744)   18,855 
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest 258    (409)  1,691    (1,160)
Net (loss) income attributable to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited$(14,588)    $(3,358) $(36,053)    $17,695 
Effect of preferred dividends (10,204)   (6,642)  (23,559)   (17,134)
Net (loss) income  attributable to common stockholders of Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited$(24,792)  $(10,000) $(59,612)  $561 
(Loss) Earnings per share, basic and diluted$(0.28)  $(0.12) $(0.69)  $0.01 
Weighted average number of common shares, basic and diluted 87,556,541    84,698,376   86,945,494    84,319,077 
BALANCE SHEET DATA  September 30   December 31       
  2018   2017       
Cash 232,568    202,673        
Other  assets 143,898    140,909        
Vessels, net 2,927,106    3,028,404        
Advances for vessels  under construction 12,376    1,650        
  Total assets  $3,315,948     $3,373,636        
Debt, net of deferred finance costs 1,623,515    1,751,869        
Other liabilities 104,149    113,629        
Stockholders' equity 1,588,284    1,508,138        
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $3,315,948     $3,373,636        
  Three months ended  Nine months ended
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA September 30  September 30 
  2018   2017  2018   2017
Net cash (used in ) from operating activities$(3,746)  $28,662  $34,945   $139,569 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities$(1,046)  $(36,100) $5,372   $(257,320)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities$(45,066)  $(37,217) $(10,423)  $135,727 
TCE per ship per day$16,547   $17,430  $17,155   $19,141 
Operating expenses per ship per day$7,568   $7,474  $7,755   $7,640 
Vessel overhead costs per ship per day$1,041   $1,085  $1,125   $1,126 
  8,609    8,559   8,880    8,766 
FLEET DATA             
Average number of vessels during period 64.0    63.7   64.4    61.9 
Number of vessels at end of period 64.0    64.0   64.0    64.0 
Average age of fleet at end of period Years8.0    7.6   8.0    7.6 
Dwt at end of period (in thousands) 6,936    7,125   6,936    7,125 
Time charter employment - fixed rate  Days1,987    2,258   6,940    6,610 
Time charter employment - variable rate  Days1,869    1,670   5,176    4,547 
Period employment (coa) at market rates  Days276    276   991    817 
Spot voyage employment at market rates  Days1,530    1,396   3,793    4,307 
  Total operating days 5,662    5,600   16,900    16,281 
  Total available days  5,888    5,861   17,572    16,896 
  Utilization 96.2%   95.5%  96.2%   96.4%
Non-GAAP Measures
Reconciliation of Net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA
  Three months ended  Nine months ended
  September 30  September 30
  2018   2017  2018   2017
Net (loss) income attributable to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (14,588)   (3,358)  (36,053)   17,695 
Depreciation and amortization 37,141    35,914   109,573    102,502 
Interest Expense 17,855    15,409   50,583    43,147 
Loss on sale of vessel -    -   364    - 
Adjusted EBITDA$40,408   $47,965  $124,467   $163,344 
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP measures used within the financial community  may provide users of this financial information additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods as well as comparisons between the performance of Shipping Companies. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company’s performance. We are using the following  Non-GAAP measures:
(i) TCE which represents voyage revenues less voyage expenses divided by the number of operating days less 254 days lost as a result of calculating revenue on a loading to discharge basis for the first nine months half of 2018 and 66 days for the third quarter of 2018. 
(ii) Vessel overhead costs are General & Administrative expenses, which also include Management fees, Stock compensation expense and Management incentive award. 
(iii) Operating expenses per ship per day which exclude Management fees, General & Administrative expenses, Stock compensation expense and Management incentive award.
(iv) EBITDA. See above for reconciliation to net (loss) income. 
Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to and not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. 
The Company does not incur corporation tax.