TEN Ltd Expects Strong Tanker Market Recovery After the Pandemic

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TEN Ltd Expects Strong Tanker Market Recovery After the Pandemic

TEN, Ltd. reported results (unaudited) for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

NINE MONTHS 2020 SUMMARY RESULTS

TEN generated a net income of $70.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020, before second-quarter 2020 reported non-cash charges of $16.5 million, compared to $2.0 million for the same nine-month period in 2019.

Gross revenues amounted to $512.5 million, a $90.4 million, or 21.4%, increase over the 2019 equivalent nine-month period, despite three vessels undergoing dry-docking for survey and upgrading purposes.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 increased to $234.1 million, $67.0 million higher from the same period in 2019.

Operating income, before non-cash items, totaled $133.3 million, a 130% increase from the 2019 equivalent nine-month period.

The average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rate per vessel of the fleet increased by 27.4% to reach $25,351.

Fleet utilization for the first nine months of the year at a still strong 95.2% after increased dry-dockings and pandemic related operational obstacles.

On September 30, 2020, total cash reserves stood at $236.5 million.

Six tankers with an average age of 14.7 years were sold in the first half of 2020 generating about $37.5 million free cash after repaying nearly $61.0 million of related debt. Additionally, during the year, the Company has taken delivery of four environmentally friendly state of the art vessels, two suezmaxes and two aframaxes on minimum five-year contracts to an oil major with expected TCE-basis revenues of about $200 million. These transactions resulted in the reduction of the fleet’s average age by about three years and further enhanced its modern profile.

Vessel operating expenses were at $133.4 million, just under the operating expenses in the 2019 nine-month period with the same average number of vessels.

Average daily operating expenses per vessel in the 2020 first nine months also remained at a relatively stable level of $7,757.

Total finance costs remained steady at $61.0 million, almost exactly the level of the 2019 nine-month period, of which bank loan interest amounted to $35.4 million. A reduction of $18.5 million due to lower average outstanding debt, lower market interest rates and lower average margins in this nine-month period.

Total debt outstanding as of September 30, 2020 stood at $1.504 billion.

Q3 2020 SUMMARY RESULTS

In what is the seasonally slowest quarter, TEN’s net income for the three-month period that ended on September 30, 2020 reached $1.4 million compared to a net loss of $9.5 million in the same quarter of 2019. An $11.0 million positive turnaround.

Gross revenue generated by TEN’s vessels amounted to $142.8 million, 9% more than in the 2019 third quarter resulting to an EBITDA of $48.1 million.

Despite the additional pressure created by the global slow-down in demand due to the pandemic and the inevitable draw-down of global inventories, operating income increased by 29% from the 2019 third quarter to reach $15.1 million.

Average daily TCE rates per vessel increased to $20,451, compared to an average daily TCE per vessel of $18,837 in the 2019 third quarter.

Operating expenses of about $45.2 million were similar to those of the 2019 third quarter. Average daily opex per vessel at $7,927 increased modestly, due partly to a weakness in the US dollar, necessary dry-docking expenses and effects of the pandemic.

Finance and interest costs fell 39% to $13.5 million, due to a reduction in average debt outstanding between the two respective third quarters and a decrease in margins payable on several loans.

DIVIDEND – COMMON SHARES

The Company will pay a dividend of $0.1250 per common share on December 22, 2020 to shareholders of record as of December 16, 2020 bringing the total payments to holders of the common stock for 2020 to $0.50 per share on a reverse-split adjusted basis.

OTHER

Following the full redemption of the $50 million Series B Preferred shares in July 2019, at the end of October 2020 TEN also repaid, at par, its 8.875% $50 million Series C Preferred Shares and reduced its total preferred shares by $100 million.

Since the commencement of the TEN’s share buyback program in May 2020, the Company has acquired approximately $10 million worth of common shares representing over 5% of the total (reverse-split adjusted) shares outstanding.

CORPORATE STRATEGY & OUTLOO

As the rollercoaster year 2020 approaches to a close, a light glimmers at the end of the tunnel in the form of a vaccine that hopefully cures all.

In the meantime, TEN continues its steady course through these turbulent times.

The strong market at the start of the year gave us the opportunity to charter-out at accretive rates a number of our vessels operating in spot trades. At the same time, we sold six tankers with an average age of 14.7 years and replaced them with four brand new, purposely-built eco-designed vessels with solid long-term employment which will add $200 million, over 5 years, in TCE-basis revenues.

Concurrently, we took the opportunity of the distressed newbuilding prices to order two specialized vessels, one DP2 shuttle tanker and one LNG carrier, today both with long-term charter contracts.

Additionally, we have continued the reduction of our preferred securities and bank debt, whilst maintaining our uninterrupted dividend policy and strong cash reserves.

Looking forward, a normalization of the pandemic should revitalize world trade and materially increase oil demand, resulting in a stronger freight market. The historically low supply of tonnage currently in existence should assist in boosting rates and asset values significantly, providing better opportunities to divest our first-generation vessels and enhance profitability further.

In the meantime, we spare no effort in securing the well-being of our seafarers and thank them for their heroic efforts in maintaining our flawless operations and high utilization record in this unprecedented challenging environment.

We wish you all a SAFE Thanksgiving and better days ahead.

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