Capital Product Partners L.P. Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results and the Successful Refinancing of Substantially All of the Partnership's Indebtedness

Κυριακή, 05 Νοεμβρίου 2017 19:35

 Capital Product Partners L.P. (the "Partnership" or "CPLP") (NASDAQ: CPLP), an international diversified shipping partnership, today released its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017 and more details on the successful refinancing of substantially all of the Partnership's indebtedness.

The Partnership's net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $9.7 million compared with $11.8 million for the third quarter of 2016 and $9.8 million for the previous quarter ended June 30, 2017. After taking into account the preferred interest in net income attributable to the unit holders of the 12,983,333 Class B Convertible Preferred Units outstanding as of September 30, 2017 (the "Class B Units," and such unit holders the "Class B Unitholders"), and the interest attributable to the general partner, net income per common unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $0.05, compared to $0.07 for the third quarter of 2016 and $0.06 for the previous quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Operating surplus prior to allocations to our capital reserve and distributions to the Class B Units for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 amounted to $30.3 million, compared to $31.7 million for the third quarter of 2016 (before the $29.7 million in proceeds from the sale of shares in Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd ("HMM") that we received in connection with HMM's financial restructuring), and $30.5 million for the previous quarter ended June 30, 2017. We allocated $14.6 million to the capital reserve during the third quarter of 2017, unchanged compared to the previous quarter. Operating surplus after the quarterly allocation to the capital reserve and distributions to the Class B Unitholders was $12.9 million for the third quarter of 2017. Operating surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of the Partnership and other master limited partnerships. Please refer to "Appendix A" at the end of the press release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure with net income.

Total revenues for the third quarter of 2017 reached $62.7 million corresponding to an increase of 4.0% compared to $60.3 million during the third quarter of 2016. The increase in total revenues was primarily a result of the expansion of our fleet and the lower number of off hire days experienced by our vessels during the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, partly offset by lower charter rates earned by certain of our vessels compared to charter rates earned during the third quarter of 2016.

Total expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $45.8 million compared to $42.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. Total vessel operating expenses during the third quarter of 2017 amounted to $21.4 million, an increase of 12.0% compared to $19.1 million during the third quarter of 2016. The increase primarily reflects the expansion of our fleet and the increase in the number of vessels in our fleet incurring operating expenses, following the redelivery of M/T 'Atlantas II,' M/T 'Aktoras' and M/T 'Aiolos,' which were previously employed on bareboat charters. Total expenses for the third quarter of 2017 include vessel depreciation and amortization of $18.5 million compared to $18.1 million in the third quarter of 2016, corresponding to an increase of 2.2%, also attributable to the expansion of our fleet. General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $1.6 million, compared to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Total other expense, net for the third quarter of 2017 was $7.2 million compared to $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2016. Total other expense, net includes interest expense and finance costs of $7.5 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $6.0 million in the third quarter of 2016. The increase primarily reflects higher interest costs incurred during the third quarter of 2017, mainly as a result of an increase in the LIBOR weighted average interest rate compared to the same period in 2016 and commitment fees incurred under our new senior secured term loan facility, which is described in further detail below.

As of September 30, 2017, total partners' capital amounted to $936.8 million, an increase of $9.0 million compared to $927.8 million as of December 31, 2016. The increase primarily reflects net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and the net proceeds from the issuance of common units under our at-the-market equity offering, partly offset by distributions declared and paid during the first nine months of 2017 of $38.5 million.

Total cash as of September 30, 2017 amounted to $176.2 million, of which restricted cash (under our credit facilities) amounted to $18.0 million.

As of September 30, 2017, the Partnership's total debt was $592.0 million, a decrease of $13.0 million compared to $605.0 million as of December 31, 2016 due to scheduled loan principal payments during the first nine months of 2017.

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