TEN Ltd. Reports Profits for Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 and Declares Dividend of $0.05 per Common Share

200% Increase in Operating Income before impairments Y-o-Y

$208 million Repayment of Debt and Preferred in 2019

Very Firm Current Rates - Market Long Fundamentals Favorable

Initiating $50 million Stock Buyback Program

ATHENS, Greece, March 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TEN, Ltd. (TEN) (NYSE: TNP) (the “Company”) reports results (unaudited) for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2019.

In 2019, TEN produced profits of $42.7 million before non-cash impairment charges and positive net income of $15.1 million, a $76 million turnaround from 2018.  Such improvement in profitability was primarily due to the very strong freight market that arose in the fourth quarter of the year, and still the case today, and resulted in voyage revenues reaching $597.5 million.

Operating income reached $113.5 million compared to $37.8 million in 2018, both before non-cash impairment charges, a threefold increase.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $257 million in 2019, $66.2 million more than in 2018, a 35% increase.

The average daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel climbed to almost $21,400 with fleet utilization again at a high 96.2% as a result of the Company’s time-charter policy and the continued excellent relationship with our first-class clients, with many of the contracts renewed in the year on attractive terms. 

Excluding impairment charges, in nearly all expense categories, the numbers were almost the same as in 2018, except for depreciation which decreased due to the sale of vessels and impairments at the end of 2018. Average daily operating expenses remained stable at about $7,700. Vessel overhead costs per ship per day averaged $1,182, similar to 2018.

The outstanding loan balance decreased to $1.545 billion from $1.607 billion at the end of 2018, resulting to a $2.0 million interest and financing savings in 2019. 

In the fourth quarter of 2019, TEN Ltd. generated profits of $40.7 million, before non-cash impairment charges, compared to $2.8 million before non-cash impairment charges for the equivalent quarter in 2018. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was at $13.1 million compared to a net loss of $63.1 million in the same quarter of 2018.

Operating income in the fourth quarter, before non-cash impairment charges, amounted to $55.0 million, more than double the operating income generated in the 2018 fourth quarter, before non-cash impairment charges.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 36% to $90 million and total cash balances by the end of the quarter (and year) neared $200 million.

This substantial and material improvement in fourth quarter net income results was mostly due to gross revenues increasing by $21.6 million, 14.1% up from the 2018 fourth quarter with an almost identical number of vessels in the fleet,  elevating total voyage revenues to $175.4 million for the quarter.

The increase in revenue was due to a greatly improved crude tanker market during the quarter, in which 16 vessels operating in spot trades enjoyed the strongest rates seen in the last five years, as oil demand strengthened and oil supplies increased, especially from the U.S, while growth of the global fleet continued its downward trend. Moreover, vessels on time charter with profit sharing provisions began to see significant income over and above their applicable minimum rates helping the average daily TCE per vessel in the fleet to reach $25,576, a 19.3% increase from the fourth quarter of 2018.

In addition, the two LNG carriers Neo Energy and Maria Energy, again earned higher rates in the fourth quarter of 2019 than in the 2018 fourth quarter, by 45% and 58% respectively.

Our fleet of 65 operating vessels achieved again high utilization rates, averaging 98.4%, with only one vessel in dry-dock for just part of the quarter.

Expenses incurred by the Company in the fourth quarter were relatively stable in all categories compared to the 2018 fourth quarter. Voyage expenses, however, experienced a 22% reduction much due to lower bunker costs. Total operating costs remained almost the same at $46.0 million, while daily average operating costs per vessel stayed at approximately $7,800.

G&A expenses remained at $7.3 million and depreciation and amortization charges were somewhat lower due to vessels held for sale that no longer incurred depreciation.

Interest and finance costs were down by nearly half that of the 2018 fourth quarter, falling to $13.7 million from $26.2 million, mainly due to bunker hedge positive valuation movements.

Dividend (Common Shares) and Stock Buyback
The Company will pay a dividend of $0.05 per common share in June 2020 and has received authorization from the Company’s Board of Directors to commence an up to $50 million common and preferred stock buyback.

Corporate Strategy& Outlook
In hindsight, 2019 looks now a very normal year regardless of its rollercoaster market changes. In today’s turbulent environment, TEN maintains its steady course navigating unprecedented challenges with success. With oil prices collapsing the demand for inventory build-up and transportation services is booming. TEN with its flexible employment model is taking advantage of that to the full. The increasing floating storage of oil and the developing contango following the precipitous decline in the price of crude, has led to a reduction in fleet capacity which should assist in maintaining the strong rates currently in evidence.

“As the impact of the coronavirus is being felt around the globe, TEN’s business model is able not only to sustain such shocks, but also profit from them as well. Our long-established strategy of providing downside protection and upside potential is working well and we remain confident that we will continue taking advantage of the strong freight environment while offering investors healthy returns,” Mr. George Saroglou, COO of TEN commented. “With significant cash flow visibility, a healthy balance sheet and favorable industry fundamentals, like the continuously low orderbook, we remain confident that once the panic selling stops TEN will be ascribed a valuation that it merits and deserves. In the meantime, management top priority is to maintain the good health of its seafarers and onshore employees and wishes all good health in these challenging times,” Mr. Saroglou concluded.

As previously announced, today, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 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 55 39962 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0808 2380 669 (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 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by dialing 1 866 331 1332 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0808 2380 667 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)3333 00 9785 (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’s Growth Program
1HN8041SuezmaxQ3 2020Under ConstructionYes
2HN8042SuezmaxQ4 2020Under ConstructionYes
3HN3157LNGQ4 2021Under ConstructionUnder Discussion

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.

TEN, founded in 1993 and celebrating this year 27 years as a public company, is one of the first and most established public shipping companies in the world. TEN’s diversified energy fleet currently consists of 68 double-hull vessels including two suezmax tankers and one LNG carrier under construction, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and LNG carriers, totaling 7.4 million dwt.

For further information please contact:

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

Investor Relations / Media
Capital Link, Inc.
Nicolas Bornozis
Markella Kara
+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  Year ended
  December 31 (unaudited)  December 31 (unaudited)
Voyage revenues$175,386   $153,755  $597,452   $529,879 
Voyage expenses 28,914    34,790   125,802    125,350 
Charter hire expense 2,728    2,719   10,822    10,822 
Vessel operating expenses 46,070    45,428   180,233    181,693 
Depreciation and amortization 35,359    37,225   139,424    146,798 
General and administrative expenses 7,321    7,261   27,696    27,032 
Loss on sale of vessels -    -   -    364 
Impairment charges 27,613    65,965   27,613    65,965 
Total expenses 148,005    193,388   511,590    558,024 
Operating income (loss) 27,381    (39,633)  85,862    (28,145)
Interest and finance costs, net (13,735)   (26,226)  (74,723)   (76,809)
Interest income 456    832   3,694    2,507 
Other, net (791)   1,730   (825)   1,405 
Total other expenses, net (14,070)   (23,664)  (71,854)   (72,897)
Net income (loss)  13,311    (63,297)  14,008    (101,042)
Less: Net (income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest (194)   148   1,118    1,839 
Net income (loss) attributable to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited$13,117   $(63,149) $15,126   $(99,203)
Effect of preferred dividends (9,788)   (10,204)  (40,400)   (33,763)
Deemed dividend on Series B preferred shares -    -   (2,750)   - 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders of Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited$3,329   $(73,353) $(28,024)  $(132,966)
Earnings (Loss) per share, basic and diluted$0.04   $(0.84) $(0.32)  $(1.53)
Weighted average number of common shares, basic and diluted 90,510,341    87,604,645   88,757,923    87,111,636 
BALANCE SHEET DATA  December 31   December 31       
Cash 197,770    220,526        
Other assets 261,607    138,924        
Vessels, net 2,633,251    2,829,447        
Advances for vessels under construction 61,475    16,161        
Total assets$3,154,103   $3,205,058        
Debt, net of deferred finance costs 1,534,296    1,595,601        
Other liabilities 147,488    102,680        
Stockholders' equity 1,472,319    1,506,777        
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$3,154,103   $3,205,058        
  Three months ended  Year ended
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA December 31  December 31
Net cash from operating activities$62,976   $39,000  $184,349   $73,945 
Net cash used in investing activities$(41,908)  $(5,552) $(102,205)  $(179)
Net cash used in financing activities$(302)  $(45,490) $(104,900)  $(55,913)
TCE per ship per day$25,576   $21,439  $21,378   $18,226 
Operating expenses per ship per day$7,828   $7,715  $7,716   $7,745 
Vessel overhead costs per ship per day$1,228   $1,233  $1,182   $1,152 
  9,056    8,948   8,898    8,897 
FLEET DATA             
Average number of vessels during period 64.8    64.0   64.2    64.3 
Number of vessels at end of period 65.0    64.0   65.0    64.0 
Average age of fleet at end of periodYears9.1    8.2   9.1    8.2 
Dwt at end of period (in thousands) 7,051    6,936   7,051    6,936 
Time charter employment - fixed rateDays2,647    2,660   9,737    9,600 
Time charter employment - variable rateDays1,733    1,288   6,550    6,464 
Period employment (coa) at market ratesDays169    224   799    1,215 
Spot voyage employment at market ratesDays1,313    1,501   5,456    5,294 
Total operating days 5,862    5,673   22,542    22,573 
Total available days 5,960    5,888   23,432    23,460 
Utilization 98.4%   96.3%  96.2%   96.2%
Non-GAAP Measures
Reconciliation of Net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
  Three months ended  Year ended
  December 31  December 31
Net income (loss) attributable to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited 13,117    (63,149)  15,126    (99,203)
Depreciation and amortization 35,359    37,225   139,424    146,798 
Interest Expense 13,735    26,226   74,723    76,809 
Loss on sale of vessel -    -   -    364 
Impairment charges 27,613    65,965   27,613    65,965 
Adjusted EBITDA$89,824   $66,267  $256,886   $190,733 
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 revenue less voyage expenses is divided by the number of operating days less 107 days lost for the fourth quarter of 2019 and 446 for the year of 2019 as a result of calculating revenue on a loading to discharge basis, compared to 124 for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 378 for the year 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 income (loss).
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.