DryShips Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Second Quarter of 2019

ATHENS, Greece, Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) (“DryShips” or the “Company”), a diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels, and through the acquisition of Heidmar Inc. (“Heidmar”), a global tanker pool operator, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

  • For the second quarter of 2019, the Company reported net loss of $12.7 million, or $0.15 basic and diluted losses per share.
  • Included in the second quarter of 2019 results are the following:
    • Vessel dry-docking costs of $5.7 million, or $0.07 per share
    • Vessel impairments of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per share

Excluding the above, the Company’s net results would have amounted to a net loss of $5.5 million, or $0.06 per share.

  • The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $6.4 million for the second quarter of 2019. ([1])

Other Developments

  • Future Proofing of the Company’s fleet – Update

Further to the Company’s plan to future proof its fleet, as of September 17, 2019, we have completed the dry-docking, installation of ballast water treatment systems (“BWTS”) and scrubbers on 7 vessels, incurring approximately $26.1 million of total costs and 300 off-hire days. For the balance of 2019 and the full year 2020, we expect to continue to execute our plan to upgrade additional vessels and we expect to incur approximately 843 off-hire days for a total estimated cost of $65.8 million.

In connection with the installation of scrubbers on our vessels we have entered into agreements, directly or indirectly, with internationally recognized financial institutions and/or export credit agencies to borrow up to $36.4 million to partly finance such installations. The loans have not yet been drawn and they are guaranteed by entities that may be deemed to be affiliated with our Chairman and CEO, Mr. George Economou.

  • Pending Merger with SPII

As previously announced, on August 18, 2019 the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, SPII Holdings Inc. (“SPII”), a company that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, and Sileo Acquisitions Inc., (“Merger Sub”) a wholly owned subsidiary of SPII. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement Merger Sub will be merged with and into the Company, with the Company continuing as the surviving corporation after the merger and a wholly owned subsidiary of SPII (the “Merger”). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, at the effective time of the Merger, each share  of the Company Common Stock that is issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time (other than shares of Company Common Stock held by SPII or any subsidiary of either SPII or the Company) will be automatically converted into the right to receive the merger consideration of  $5.25 per share in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes. The Company has called a special meeting of its shareholders (the “Special Meeting”) to be held on October 9, 2019, at 4 p.m., local time, at 80 Kifissias Avenue, GR 151 25, Marousi, Athens, Greece. At the Special Meeting, shareholders will be asked to consider and vote on a proposal to authorize and approve the Merger Agreement. Only shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 30, 2019, which has been fixed as the record date for the Special Meeting, will be entitled to vote at the Special Meeting. The merger is also subject to the satisfaction or waiver of other customary closing conditions but not to any financing condition. The merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. Refer to the Transaction Statement on Schedule 13E-3 and the proxy statement, dated September 9, 2019, attached thereto, as filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on September 9, 2019 for additional information on the Merger.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-U.S. GAAP measure; please see later in this press release for reconciliation to net income/ (loss).

Fleet List

The table below describes the Company’s fleet as of September 17, 2019:

 Year Gross rateRedelivery
 BuiltDWTPer dayEarliestLatest
Drybulk fleet     
Conquistador*2016209,090T/C Index LinkedN/AN/A
Huahine2013206,037T/C Index LinkedSep-19Oct-19
Judd2015205,796T/C Index LinkedSep-19Oct-19
Marini*2014205,854T/C Index LinkedOct-19Dec-19
Morandi2013205,854T/C Index LinkedSep-19Sep-19
Netadola*2017208,998T/C Index LinkedN/AN/A
Pink Sands*2016208,931T/C Index LinkedN/AN/A
Xanadu*2017208,827T/C Index LinkedN/AN/A
Tanker fleet     
Very Large Crude Carrier:     
Samsara**2017159,855$18,000 Base rate
plus profit share

Offshore Supply fleet
Platform Supply Vessels:     
Crescendo20121,457Laid upN/AN/A
Colorado20121,430Laid upN/AN/A
Oil Spill Recovery Vessels:     
Indigo20131,401Laid upN/AN/A
Jacaranda20121,360Laid upN/AN/A
Emblem20121,363Laid upN/AN/A
Jubilee20121,317Laid upN/AN/A

* The vessel is time chartered by TMS Dry Ltd., an entity that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by our Company’s Chairman and CEO.

** The vessel is time chartered by Cecilia Shipholdings Limited, an entity that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by our Company’s Chairman and CEO.

Drybulk, Tanker and Gas Carrier Segments Summary Operating Data (unaudited)
(U.S. Dollars in thousands, except average daily results)

Drybulk Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 2018  2019  2018  2019 
Average number of vessels(1)20.9  19.4  21.0  19.2 
Total voyage days for vessels(2)1,850  1,524  3,740  3,233 
Total calendar days for vessels(3)1,903  1,765  3,793  3,475 
Fleet utilization(4)97.2%  86.3%  98.6%  93.0% 
Time charter equivalent(5)$11,246  $9,535  $11,281  $9,778 
Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6)$7,543  $8,786  $6,841  $7,216 

Tanker Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 2018  2019  2018  2019 
Average number of vessels(1)4.3  6.0  4.1  6.0 
Total voyage days for vessels(2)387  546  747  1,086 
Total calendar days for vessels(3)387  546  747  1,086 
Fleet utilization(4)100.0%  100.0%  100.0%  100.0% 
Time charter equivalent(5)$15,116  $23,767  $17,333  $26,217 
Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6)$7,674  $7,480  $7,764  $7,179 

(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted the Company’s fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of the Company’s fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

(2) Total voyage days for vessels are the total days the vessels were in the Company’s possession for the relevant period net of off-hire days associated with drydockings or special or intermediate surveys and laid-up days.

(3) Total calendar days are the total number of days the vessels were in the Company’s possession for the relevant period including off-hire days associated with drydockings or special or intermediate surveys and laid-up days.

(4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that the Company’s vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

(5) Time charter equivalent, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. The Company’s method of calculating TCE is consistent with industry standards and is determined by dividing voyage revenues (net of voyage expenses) by voyage days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage and are paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. TCE revenues, a non-U.S. GAAP measure, provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with revenues from the Company’s vessels, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, because it assists the Company’s management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of its vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. TCE is also a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods. Please see below for a reconciliation of TCE rates to voyage revenues.

(6) Daily vessel operating expenses, which includes crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs including dry-docking costs, is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by fleet calendar days net of laid-up days for the relevant time period.

Drybulk, Tanker and Gas Carrier Segments Summary Operating Data (unaudited) - continued
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except for TCE rate, which is expressed in U.S. Dollars, and voyage days)

Drybulk Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2018  2019   2018   2019 
Voyage revenues$22,053 $17,034  $45,329  $36,245 
Voyage expenses (1,248)  (2,503)   (3,139)   (4,634) 
Time charter equivalent revenues$20,805 $14,531  $42,190  $31,611 
Total voyage days for fleet  1,850  1,524   3,740   3,233 
Time charter equivalent (TCE)$11,246 $9,535  $11,281  $9,778 

Tanker Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2018  2019   2018   2019 
Voyage revenues$9,990 $20,912  $21,147  $44,781 
Voyage expenses (4,140)  (7,935)   (8,199)   (16,309) 
Time charter equivalent revenues$5,850 $12,977  $12,948  $28,472 
Total voyage days for fleet  387  546   747   1,086 
Time charter equivalent (TCE)$15,116 $23,767  $17,333  $26,217 

DryShips Inc.

Financial Statements
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars
except for share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2018  2019   2018 2019 
Voyage, time charter revenues and services revenue$42,633 $40,495  $87,359 $83,575 
  42,633  40,495   87,359  83,575 
Voyage expenses 5,811  10,438   12,169  20,943 
Vessel operating expenses 20,560  21,083   38,660  34,486 
Depreciation and amortization 7,156  7,783   13,974  15,120 
Impairment loss,(gain)/loss from sale of vessel (5,109)  1,454   (5,109)  1,454 
General and administrative expenses 7,612  8,365   14,781  15,185 
Other, net (347)  (55)   (365)  70 
Operating income/(loss) 6,950  (8,573)   13,249  (3,683) 
Interest and finance costs, net of interest income (3,915)  (4,062)   (8,805)  (7,730) 
Other, net 214  (90)   31  139 
Total other expenses, net (3,701)  (4,152)   (8,774)  (7,591) 
Net income/(loss) 3,249  (12,725)   4,475  (11,274) 
Net income/(loss) attributable to DryShips Inc. common stockholders 3,249  (12,725)   4,475  (11,274) 
Earnings/(Losses) per common share, basic and diluted$0.03 $(0.15)  $0.04 $(0.13) 
Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted 100,581,638  86,886,627   102,123,365  86,893,214 

DryShips Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars)  December 31, 2018   June 30, 2019
Cash, cash equivalents, including restricted cash (current and non-current) $156,881 $122,257
Other current and non-current assets   99,092  151,006
Fixed assets, net  755,332  793,404
Total assets  1,011,305  1,066,667
Total debt and finance lease liabilities  362,047  371,831
Total other current and non-current liabilities  11,529  70,414
Total stockholders’ equity  637,729  624,422
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $1,011,305 $1,066,667
Common stock issued  104,274,708  104,274,708
Less: Treasury stock  (17,042,680)  (17,388,081)
Common stock issued and outstanding  87,232,028  86,886,627

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, vessels sales and impairments and certain other non-cash items as described below. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, and the Company’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which the Company measures its operations. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by the Company’s lenders as a credit metric and the Company believes that it presents useful information to investors regarding a company’s ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

The following table reconciles net income / (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:

(U.S. Dollars in thousands)  Three
Ended June
30, 2018
Ended June
30, 2019
June 30,
June 30,
Net income/(loss) attributable to Dryships Inc $3,249 $(12,725)  $4,475  $(11,274) 
Add: Net interest expense  3,915  4,062   8,805   7,730 
Add: Depreciation and amortization  7,156  7,783   13,974   15,120 
Add: Dry-dockings and class survey costs  3,310  5,737   3,699   6,412 
Add: Impairment loss, (gain)/loss from sale of vessel  (5,109)  1,454   (5,109)   1,454 
Add: Write-off of capitalized expenses  470  -   470   - 
Add: Income taxes  2  73   2   74 
Adjusted EBITDA $12,993 $6,384  $26,316  $19,516 

About DryShips Inc.

The Company is a diversified owner and operator of ocean-going cargo vessels that operate worldwide through three segments: drybulk, offshore support and tanker. In addition, DryShips owns 100% of Heidmar, a leading commercial tanker pool operator.  As of September 17, 2019, the Company operates a fleet of 32 vessels comprising of (i) 9 Newcastlemax drybulk vessels; (ii) 5 Kamsarmax drybulk vessels; (iii) 6 Panamax drybulk vessels; (iv) 1 Very Large Crude Carrier; (v) 2 Suezmax tankers; (vi) 3 Aframax tankers; and (vii) 6 Offshore Support Vessels, including 2 Platform Supply and 4 Oil Spill Recovery Vessels.

DryShips’ common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market where it trades under the symbol “DRYS.”

For more information about DryShips, please visit www.dryships.com.

For more information about Heidmar, please visit www.heidmar.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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. 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 such safe harbor legislation.

Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may 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 forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes 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 the Company’s control, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the conditions to the completion of the Merger, including the authorization and approval of the Merger Agreement by the Company’s shareholders, not being satisfied, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter rates, utilization of vessels and vessel values, failure of a seller or shipyard to deliver one or more vessels, failure of a buyer to accept delivery of a vessel, the Company’s inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more charterers of the Company’s ships, changes in demand for drybulk, oil or natural gas commodities, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers, scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, changes in the Company’s voyage and operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations, changes in the Company’s relationships with the lenders under its debt agreements, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, international hostilities and political events or acts by terrorists. Additionally, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, the inability to obtain the requisite shareholder approval for the proposed transaction or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the proposed transaction, risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations, the ability to recognize the benefits of the transaction, and the amount of the costs, fees, and expenses and charges related to the transaction.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by DryShips with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 20-F. The statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Investor Relations / Media:

Nicolas Bornozis
Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
Tel. 212-661-7566
E-mail: dryships@capitallink.com