Pioneer Marine Inc. Bullish Over the Dry Bulk Market’s Prospects Moving Forward
Pioneer Marine Inc. and its subsidiaries, a leading shipowner and global drybulk handysize transportation service provider announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.
Jim Papoulis, Chief Executive Officer commented: “The Baltic Handysize index recovered sharply in the fourth quarter of 2020 and continues to improve during the first two months of 2021. While potential impacts from a third wave of COVID remain, this is a vital indicator that a remarkable turnaround has taken place since spring 2020 when there was a global slowdown.
“Pioneer returned to positive results, during fourth quarter, reporting Adjusted Net Income of $0.9 million, TCE Revenues of $10.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $3.2 million. Taking advantage of the recovering market we increased our TCE for the quarter to $7,850 per day.
“The S&P market has also recently started to follow this improvement, and we are witnessing higher values for the head Owners interest. This is being predominantly driven by firm purchasing interest, with owners content to sit on healthy earnings. Taking advantage of the market momentum, subsequent to year end, in February 2021, we signed MoA’s to dispose four of our handies with delivery ranges beginning in March 2021 through May 2021.
“Looking ahead, we expect drybulk rates in 2021 will remain at very good levels due to the overall market strength as well as other important factors. Our first quarter 2021 fixtures reflect these rapidly improving market conditions, and we remain well-positioned and committed to continue to take actions which will serve our strategic targets of sustainable growth.”
*For reconciliation and definition of EBITDA/Adjusted EBITDA refer to “Summary of Operating Data (unaudited)” section within this press release.
The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly increased financial and economic volatility and uncertainty. A continued slowdown in the economy has already had, and we expect will continue to have, a negative impact on demand for transportation of dry bulk products.
Pandemic continues to impact the global economy on a prolonged basis, as it is said a third wave might be inevitable, despite the ongoing vaccination process. We constantly monitor the changing situation and take actions to address and mitigate, to the extent possible, the impact of COVID-19 to our Company’s financial position.
As a result of the spread of COVID-19, the Company has incurred some additional crewing expenses relating to procurement of personal protective equipment, COVID-19 testing, and crew travel, which is included under our vessel operating expenses. The Company has worked extensively to find solutions focusing on effectively managing crew changes despite the ongoing travel restrictions imposed by governments around the world. The Company has also taken measures to protect its seafarers’ health and well-being. We continuously ensure a safe work environment for the office employees and encourage all meetings be held virtually rather than physically as well as take advantage of the established “Work from Home” policy which has proved to be both efficient and effective way of conducting business through enhanced digital means.
As always, we remain in close cooperation with our Business Partners in order to ensure smooth operation of the Company.
Within February 2021, the Company entered into Memoranda of Agreements for the disposal of four vessels of the fleet to unrelated third parties. Anticipated delivery of these vessels will be completed by the second quarter of 2021. The full management of three of these vessels will remain under Pioneer Marine Inc.
Liquidity & Capital Resources:
As of December 31, 2020, the Company had a total liquidity of $25.4 million inclusive of $8.8 million in restricted cash.
• On February 27, 2020, the Board of Directors of Pioneer Marine Inc. declared a cash dividend of $0.30 per outstanding share of company’s Common Stock. On March 6, 2020, the dividend amounting to $7,639, was paid to stockholders of record as of March 5, 2020.
• On November 27, 2020, the Company entered into a Charter in agreement for a 36k dwt tonnage handy vessel, for a period of five to eight months.
Pioneer Marine completed the following vessels disposals during the year ended December 31, 2020:
• On October 24, 2019, the Company entered into an Agreement (“MOA”) for the sale of M/V Fortune Bay to an unrelated third party on a charter free basis. However, on June 12, 2020 a termination agreement was signed between the Company and the prospective Buyer whereas the sale was cancelled and the total amount of $1.0 million was released to the Owners as compensation for the termination.
• On January 17, 2020 the Company completed the sale and delivered the M/V Calm Bay on a charter free basis and recorded a loss on sale of $0.1 million.
• On August 13, 2020 the Company completed the sale and delivered the M/V Falcon Bay on a charter free basis and recorded a loss on sale of $0.6 million.
• On September 14, 2020 the Company completed the sale and delivered the M/V Fortune Bay on a charter free basis and recorded a loss on sale of $0.2 million.
• On November 24, 2020, the Company entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the sale of M/V Reunion Bay on a charter free basis, which is expected to be delivered to her new owners in early March 2021.
Financial Review: Year 2020
Company reported a net loss of $14.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 as compared to $12.5 million net income for 2019.
However, net loss for the year was affected by the non – cash impairment loss of $11.5 million relating to the impairment exercise performed according to US GAAP following the agreements entered for vessels disposals. Furthermore, there was a $1.0 million loss resulting from the disposal of vessels completed within 2020 and a $0.3 million loss from devaluation of bunkers inventory, which was partially offset by a $1.0 million gain resulting from the contract termination of the M/V Fortune Bay. Excluding these non-cash items and one-off charges, the net loss for the year end of 2020 amounts to $2.7 million.
TCE revenue for 2020 amounted to $36.2 million, decreased by 33% compared to previous year results, mainly due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, impacting almost all sectors of economic activity. TCE per day for the year ended December 31, 2020 decreased by 21% to $6,523 compared to prior year results. Despite the poor market conditions, the Company for a fifth consecutive year achieved to outperform the market, for the year ended December 31, 2020 we outperformed the market by 14% and maintained a high utilisation rate of 98.1%.
The continuous cost reducing initiatives and optimisation of cost control procedures implemented, achieved a healthy OPEX rate of $4,292 per day, largely-in line with the $4,251 incurred during relative period in 2019 despite the increased crew change cost as a result of the travel restrictions and additional quarantine requirements.
General and administrative expenses are reduced by $0.2 million for the twelve-month ended December 31, 2020 compared to the respective period in 2019. While G&A per day basis commercial days of $453 for the twelve-month period of 2020 is 2% lower compared to the same period of 2019.
Loss on vessel disposal amounted to $1.0 million and relates to the sale of the vessels which were affected within the year. The comparative net gain of $6.8 million in the twelve months ended 2019 relate to the disposals of M/V Paradise Bay and M/V Tenacity Bay.
Gain on contract termination of $1.0 million relates to the amount received following the termination agreement for the cancellation of the sale of M/V Fortune Bay with an unaffiliated third party.
Depreciation cost amounts to $7.9 million and was impacted downwards due to fleet reduction from 18 vessels in the twelve-month period of 2019 to 14 vessels in the same period in 2020.
Interest and finance cost decreased by 42% when compared to the same period in 2019, from $5.6 million to $3.2 million, positively affected from lower Libor rates and reduced loan balances.
Financial Review: Fourth Quarter 2020
The reported results for the three-month period ended December 31, 2020 amount to $4.9 million net loss as compared to $5.8 million net income for the respective previous year period. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 was affected by the non – cash impairment charge of $5.5 million relating to impairment exercise performed according to US GAAP following the agreements entered for vessels disposals, as well as the loss resulting from the disposal of M/V Fortune Bay of $0.3 million, excluding these one-off charges the net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 amounts to $0.9 million.
Adjusted EBITDA totalled $3.2 million for the fourth quarter 2020, decreased by $3.2 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 mainly due to weak market conditions prevailing. Consequently, the TCE rate of $7,850 achieved in the fourth quarter of 2020 is 13.4% below the TCE rate achieved in the same period in 2019.
OPEX per day were increased to $4,403 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $4,161 during the same period in 2019. The upward variation is mainly attributable to the higher costs for crew changes occurred in this quarter as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and additional requirements.
General and administrative expenses are reduced by $0.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 or 10.6% as compared to the comparative prior year period.
Loss on vessel disposal for the fourth quarter of 2020 amounted to $0.3 million and relates to the sale of the M/V Fortune Bay, which was completed on October 23, 2020. The comparative gain of $2.9 million relates to the sale of M/V Tenacity Bay in the same period of 2019.
Depreciation cost amounts to $1.8 million and is impacted downwards due to fleet reduction as Pioneer fleet consists of 14 vessels, while in the same period in 2019 the Company owned 18 vessels.
Interest and finance cost of $0.5 million was decreased by 56% compared to prior year same period, mainly due to the significantly reduced Libor rates combined with reduced loan balances.
Cash Flow Review: Year ended December 31, 2020.
Cash and cash equivalent, including restricted cash decreased by $1.9 million as at December 31, 2020 and amounted to $25.4 million as compared to $27.3 million as at December 31, 2019.
The decrease is attributable to cash used in financing activities of $32.1 million partially offset with $4.5 million by cash provided by operating activities and $25.7 million cash provided by investing activities.
Cash flow activities highlights during the year include:
• $24.9 million cash inflow from vessels disposal completed within the year.
• $24.4 million repayments and prepayments due to vessels sale of loans and
• $7.6 million dividend distribution to Company’s shareholders
Source: Pioneer Marine Inc.