19/02/2019 12:30:00

Safe Bulkers, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 2018 Results

MONACO, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today its unaudited financial results for the three and twelve months period ended December 31, 2018.

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

  • Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 24% to $52.6 million from $42.4 million during the same period in 2017.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $9.5 million as compared to a net loss of $86.6 million, during the same period in 2017. Adjusted net income1 for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $9.8 million as compared to $5.5 million, during the same period in 2017.
  • EBITDA2 for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $28.9 million as compared to a loss of $68.1 million during the same period in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA3 for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 22% to $29.1 million from $23.9 million during the same period in 2017.
  • Earnings per share4 and Adjusted earnings per share4 for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $0.07 and $0.07 respectively, calculated on a weighted average number of 102,100,829 shares, compared to a Loss per share4 of $0.88 and Adjusted earnings per share of $0.02 during the same period in 2017, calculated on a weighted average number of 101,531,352 shares.

Summary of Twelve-Months Ended December 31, 2018 Results

  • Net revenues for the twelve months of 2018 increased by 31% to $193.2 million from $148.0 million during the same period in 2017.
  • Net income for the twelve months of 2018 was $27.7 million as compared to a net loss of $84.7 million, during the same period in 2017. Adjusted net income for the twelve months of 2018 was $28.4 million as compared to Adjusted net loss of $1.7 million, during the same period in 2017.
  • EBITDA for the twelve months of 2018 amounted to $102.3 million as compared to loss of $8.4 million during the same period in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months of 2018 increased by 38% to $103.1 million as compared to $74.7 million during the same period in 2017.
  • Earnings per share and Adjusted earnings per share for the twelve months of 2018 were $0.16 and $0.17, respectively, calculated on a weighted average number of 101,604,339 shares, as compared to Loss per share and Adjusted loss per share of $0.98 and $0.16 respectively, during the same period in 2017, calculated on a weighted average number of 100,932,876 shares.

Common Stock Repurchase Program

As of February 14, 2019, the Company had purchased and cancelled 1,677,194 shares of the Company’s common stock pursuant to previously announced repurchase program, which has been terminated.  

Fleet and Employment Profile

In November 2018, the Company entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with an unaffiliated seller to acquire a Japanese built, dry-bulk, Post-Panamax class, resale, newbuild vessel, expected to be delivered within the first half of 2020. The Company has the option to finance up to 50% of the purchase price of the vessel through the periodic issuance of the Company’s common stock to the seller. In November 2018, the Company exercised its option and issued 1,441,048 shares of common stock of the Company to the seller, to finance the first instalment of the purchase price of the vessel. Any such common stock issued by the Company is subject to a restriction on transfer for a period of six months from the date of such issuance.

As of February 14, 2019, our operational fleet comprised of 41 drybulk vessels, 11 of which are eco-design, having an average age of 8.5 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.8 million dwt. Our fleet consists of 14 Panamax class vessels, 10 Kamsarmax class vessels, 13 post- Panamax class vessels and 4 Capesize class vessels, all built from 2003 onwards.

Set out below is a table showing the Company’s vessels and their contracted employment as of February 14, 2019:

Vessel Name

DWT

Year Built

Country of construction

Gross Charter Rate  [USD/day]1

Charter Duration2

Panamax

Maria

76,0002003Japan$4,750February 2019February 2019

Koulitsa

76,9002003Japan$12,500January 2019May 2019

Paraskevi

74,3002003Japan$12,750December 2018April 2019

Vassos

76,0002004Japan$7,935February 2019July 2019

Katerina

76,0002004Japan$9,000May 2018March 2019

Maritsa

76,0002005Japan$4,034January 2019March 2019

Efrossini

75,0002012Japan$8,750February 2019April 2019

Zoe

75,0002013Japan$8,200

$9,100 

November 2017

February 2019

February 2019

July 2019

Kypros Land

77,1002014Japan$5,873February 2019March 2019

Kypros Sea

77,1002014Japan$13,900

$13,850

August 2018

April 2019

April 2019

December 2019

Kypros Bravery

78,0002015Japan$14,200September 2018May 2019

Kypros Sky

77,1002015Japan   

Kypros Loyalty

78,0002015Japan$12,850

$13,850

January 2018

March 2019

March 2019

November 2019

Kypros Spirit

78,0002016Japan$10,536February 2019April 2019

Kamsarmax

Pedhoulas Merchant

82,3002006Japan$14,500April 2018April 2019

Pedhoulas Trader

82,3002006Japan$9,400February 2019April 2019

Pedhoulas Leader

82,3002007Japan$9,083February 2019June 2019

Pedhoulas Commander

83,7002008Japan$14,150June 2018April 2019

Pedhoulas Builder

81,6002012China$9,900June 2018August 2019

Pedhoulas Fighter

81,6002012China$13,000July 2018March 2019

Pedhoulas Farmer 3

81,6002012China$12,750December 2018April 2019

Pedhoulas Cherry

82,0002015China$15,250October 2018February 2019

Pedhoulas Rose 3

82,0002017China$10,000March 2018May 2019

Pedhoulas Cedrus

81,8002018Japan$15,500June 2018April 2019

Post-Panamax

Marina

87,0002006Japan$14,500November 2018June 2019

Xenia

87,0002006Japan$12,500June 2018June 2019

Sophia

87,0002007Japan$14,400November 2018April 2019

Eleni

87,0002008Japan$14,950January 2019June 2019

Martine

87,0002009Japan$6,054February 2019March 2019

Andreas K

92,0002009South Korea$3,137February 2019March 2019

Panayiota K

92,0002010South Korea$13,750August 2018May 2019

Agios Spyridonas

92,0002010South Korea$13,950January 2019February 2019

Venus Heritage

95,8002010Japan$13,200November 2017March 2019

Venus History

95,8002011Japan$14,750January 2018April 2019

Venus Horizon

95,8002012Japan$14,500January 2019May 2019

Troodos Sun

85,0002016Japan$15,950March 2018February 2019

Troodos Air

85,0002016Japan$12,500May 2018April 2019

Capesize

Mount Troodos181,4002009JapanBCI+3.5%4November 2018September 2019

Kanaris

178,1002010China$26,5625September 2011June 2031

Pelopidas

176,0002011China$38,000January 2012January 2022

Lake Despina

181,4002014Japan  $24,3766January 2014January 2024

Total dwt of existing fleet

3,777,000

 

Orderbook

TBN

85,0001H 2020Japan   

  1. Charter rate is the recognized gross daily charter rate. For charter parties with variable rates among periods or consecutive charter parties with the same charterer, the recognized gross daily charter rate represents the weighted average gross daily charter rate over the duration of the applicable charter period or series of charter periods, as applicable. In case a charter agreement provides for additional payments, namely ballast bonus to compensate for vessel repositioning, the gross daily charter rate presented has been adjusted to reflect estimated vessel repositioning expenses. In case of voyage charters the charter rate represents revenue recognized on a pro-rata basis over the duration of the voyage from load to discharge port less related voyage expenses.
  2. The start date represents either the actual start date or, in the case of a contracted charter that had not commenced as of February 14, 2019, the scheduled start date.  The actual start date and redelivery date may differ from the referenced scheduled start and redelivery dates depending on the terms of the charter and market conditions and does not reflect the options to extend the period time charter.
  3. Vessel sold and leased back on a net daily bareboat charter rate of $6,500 for a period of 10 years, with a purchase obligation at the end of the 10th year and purchase options in favour of the Company after the second year of the bareboat charter, at annual intervals and predetermined purchase price.
  4. A period time charter at a gross daily charter rate linked to the Baltic Capesize Index (“BCI”) plus a premium.
  5. Charterer agreed to reimburse us for part of the cost of the scrubber and BWTS to be installed on the vessel, which is recorded by increasing the recognised daily charter rate by $634 over the remaining tenor of the time charter party.
  6. A period time charter of ten years at a gross daily charter rate of $23,100 for the first two and a half years and of $24,810 for the remaining period. In January 2017, the period time charter was amended to reflect substitution of the initial charterer with its subsidiary guaranteed by the initial charterer and changes in payment terms; all other charter terms remained unchanged.  The charter agreement grants the charterer an option to purchase the vessel at any time beginning at the end of the seventh year of the charter, at a price of $39 million less a 1.00% commission, decreasing thereafter on a pro-rated basis by $1.5 million per year. The Company holds a right of first refusal to buy back the vessel in the event that the charterer exercises its option to purchase the vessel and subsequently offers to sell such vessel to a third party. The charter agreement also grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional twelve months at a time at a gross daily charter rate of $26,330, less 1.25% total commissions, which option may be exercised by the charterer a maximum of two times.

                         

The contracted employment of fleet ownership days as of February 14, 2019 was:

2019 (remaining)33%
2019 (full year)41%
20207%
20217%

Order book, newbuilds capital expenditure requirements and liquidity

As of December 31, 2018, the remaining order book of the Company consisted of one Post-Panamax class vessel with scheduled delivery date in the first half of 2020 and aggregate remaining capital expenditure of $30.4 million of which $7.0 million is payable within 2019 and $23.4 million is payable within 2020. The Company has the option to finance up to $13.2 million of the remaining capital expenditure of the vessel through the periodic issuance of the Company’s common stock to the seller.

As of December 31, 2018, we had liquidity of $92.5 million consisting of $81.8 million in cash and bank time deposits, $10.7 million in restricted cash.

As of February 14, 2019, we had liquidity of $94.4 million consisting of $84.0 million in cash and bank time deposits and $10.4 million in restricted cash, while orderbook and capital expenditure requirements remained unchanged since year end 2018.

Leverage

As of December 31, 2018, our consolidated leverage5, representing total consolidated liabilities divided by total consolidated market adjusted assets, was 56% versus 60% as of December 31, 2017.

The debt repayment schedule as of February 14, 2019, following the conclusion of all formal arrangements in connection to the previously announced refinancings, is presented in Table 1:

Table 1: Repayment Schedule on an annual basis

($ in millions)

 

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

TOTAL

Repayment schedule as of February 14, 201935.562.981.583.172.3193.832.91.314.4577.7
           

Update on Dry-docking schedule, Ballast Water Treatment System and Scrubbers installation

As of February 14, 2019, the Company has installed Ballast Water Treatment System (“BWTS”) in eight vessels. During 2019, we expect to install BWTS in 12 vessels concurrently with their dry-docking or scrubber installation.

As of February 14, 2019, the Company has completed the detailed engineering study for scrubber installation for five vessels and is in the final stage of completion, within the first quarter of 2019, of the study for another eight vessels. During 2019, we expect to install scrubbers in 19 vessels, the majority concurrently with their dry-docking, targeting to install four in the second quarter, nine in the third quarter and six in the fourth quarter of 2019.

During 2020, we expect to install an additional scrubber on one of our Capes chartered under a long period time charter at the request of the charterer, the cost of which will be reimbursed by the charterer.

The anticipated aggregate down time per quarter is approximately zero days, 191 days, 315 days and 210 days for the first, second, third and fourth quarter of 2019 respectively.

Dividend Policy

The Company has not declared a dividend on the Company’s common stock for the fourth quarter of 2018. The Company had 102,564,901 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of February 14, 2019, having cancelled 1,790,270 treasury shares acquired through buy back programs.

The Company declared in January 2019 a cash dividend of $0.50 per share on each of its 8.00% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.C) and 8.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.D) for the period from October 30, 2018 to January 29, 2019, which was paid on January 30, 2019 to the respective shareholders of record as of January 23, 2019.

The declaration and payment of dividends, if any, will always be subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company. The timing and amount of any dividends declared will depend on, among other things: (i) the Company’s earnings, financial condition and cash requirements and available sources of liquidity; (ii) decisions in relation to the Company’s growth and leverage strategies; (iii) provisions of Marshall Islands and Liberian law governing the payment of dividends; (iv) restrictive covenants in the Company’s existing and future debt instruments; and (v) global economic and financial conditions.

Management Commentary

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: ‘‘We closed 2018 profitably, having refinanced a large portion of our debt, targeting smooth debt profile for the next five years and gradual deleverage. We acquired one second-hand vessel and one resale newbuild for 2020 and bought back one vessel under sale and lease back agreement. We implement BWTS investments. In view of IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation we are installing scrubbers in about half of our fleet during 2019, while we have selected to compete on the basis of vessels’ fuel consumption for the remaining part of our fleet. Since the beginning of 2019 the charter market has shown material weakness amid trade-war concerns, disruption of trade patterns and seasonality. Overall we remain confident that our Company is well positioned ahead of uncertainties and opportunities that the present environment will offer.”

Conference Call

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time, the Company’s management team will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s financial results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (877) 553-9962 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(808) 238- 0669 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2071 928592 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote “Safe Bulkers” to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until February 28, 2019, by dialing 1(866) 331-1332 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(808) 238-0667 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 3333 009785  (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 1859591#

Slides and Audio Webcast

There will also be a live, and then archived, webcast of the conference call, available through the Company’s website (www.safebulkers.com). Participants in the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Management Discussion of Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 amounted to $9.5 million compared to net loss of $86.6 million during the same period in 2017, mainly due to the following factors:

Net revenues: Net revenues increased by 24% to $52.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $42.4 million for the same period in 2017, mainly as a result of improvement in charter rates and to a lesser extent an increase in the average number of vessels. The Company operated 41.00 vessels on average during the fourth quarter of 2018, earning a Time Charter Equivalent (“TCE”) rate6, representing charter revenues net of commissions and voyage expenses divided by the number of available days, of $13,875, compared to 38.04 vessels and a TCE rate of $11,944 during the same period in 2017.

Vessel operating expenses: Vessel operating expenses increased by 20% to $16.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $13.7 million for the same period in 2017, mainly as a result of: i) 8%  increase in average number of vessels to 41.00 vessels for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 38.04 vessels for the same period in 2017, ii) expense of $0.9 million related to three dry-dockings fully completed and one dry-docking partially completed during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to zero for the same period in 2017, iii) pre-delivery expenses of $0.05 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $0.1 million for the same period in 2017 and iv) increased maintenance, general stores, and spares. The Company expenses dry-docking and pre-delivery costs as incurred, which costs may vary from period to period. Vessel operating expenses excluding vessel dry-docking and pre-delivery costs increased by 14% to $15.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $13.6 million for the same period in 2017. Dry-docking expense is related to the number of dry-dockings in each period and pre-delivery expenses to the number of vessel deliveries and second hand acquisitions in each period. Certain other shipping companies may defer and amortize dry-docking expense and many do not include dry-docking expenses  within vessel operating expenses costs and present these separately. 

Depreciation: Depreciation decreased by 4% to $12.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $13.0 million for the same period in 2017, as a result of the lower cost basis of four of our vessels following the impairment recorded on December 31, 2017, partly offset by the increase in the vessel ownership days during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Interest expense: Interest expense increased to $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $5.6 million for the same period in 2017, as a result of the increased USD LIBOR7 affecting the weighted average interest rate of our loans and credit facilities, notwithstanding the decrease in our weighted average indebtedness.

Voyage expenses: Voyage expenses increased to $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2017, as a result of increased vessel repositioning expenses caused by higher fuel prices.

Impairment loss: Consistent with prior periods, for the fourth quarter of 2018 we reviewed all our vessels for impairment and none were found to be impaired. We had recorded an impairment charge of $91.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, as a result of writing down four of our vessels to their estimated fair market value. Impairment charge is a non-cash item.

Daily vessel operating expense8: Daily vessel operating expenses which are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period, increased by 11% to $4,353 for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $3,914 for the same period in 2017 due to the increase of vessel operating expenses discussed above. Daily vessel operating expenses excluding dry-docking and pre-delivery expenses increased by 6% to $4,109 for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $3,887 for the same period in 2017.

Daily general and administrative expenses8: Daily general and administrative expenses, which include management fees payable to our Managers9, increased by 18% to $1,384 for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $1,175 for the same period in 2017, mainly due to increased management fees charged by our Managers.

Unaudited Interim Financial Information and Other Data

SAFE BULKERS, INC.

CONDENSED

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)

 

Three-Months Period Ended

December 31,

 

Twelve-Months Period Ended

December 31,

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

REVENUES:

       
Revenues44,101  54,946  154,040  201,548 
Commissions(1,723) (2,373) (6,008) (8,357)

Net revenues

42,378

  

52,573

  

148,032

  

193,191

 

EXPENSES:

       
Voyage expenses(573) (1,458) (3,932) (6,378)
Vessel operating expenses(13,699) (16,418) (52,794) (63,512)
Depreciation(12,981) (12,518) (51,424) (48,067)
General and administrative expenses(4,114) (5,221) (16,118) (19,242)
Loss on sale of assets    (120)  
Other operating expense    (390)  
Early redelivery cost(996)   (1,263) (105)
Impairment loss(91,293)   (91,293)  

Operating (loss)/income

(81,278

)

 

16,958

  

(69,302

)

 

55,887

 

OTHER (EXPENSE) / INCOME:

       
Interest expense(5,558) (6,680) (23,224) (25,713)
  Other finance (cost)/income(103) (338) 7,651  (973)
Interest income193  236  799  929 
Gain on derivatives21    72  18 
Foreign currency gain/(loss)237  (213) 1,782  (670)
Amortization and write-off of deferred finance charges(72) (426) (2,457) (1,794)

Net (loss)/income

(86,560

)

 

9,537

  

(84,679

)

 

27,684

 
Less Preferred dividend

2,940

  

2,873

  

12,316

  

11,384

 
Less Preferred deemed dividend

  

  

2,146

  

 
Net (loss)/income available to common shareholders

(89,500

)

 

6,664

  

(99,141

)

 

16,300

 

(Loss)/Earnings  per share basic and diluted

(0.88

)

 

0.07

  

(0.98

)

 

0.16

 

Weighted average number of shares

101,531,352

  

102,100,829

  

100,932,876

  

101,604,339

 

  

Twelve-Months Period Ended

December 31,

  

2017

 

2018

 (In millions of U.S. Dollars)    

CASH FLOW DATA

    
Net cash provided by operating activities 50.1  85.4 
Net cash used in investing activities (39.6) (63.7)
Net cash used in financing activities (47.0) (15.6)
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash (36.5) 6.1 
       
       

SAFE BULKERS, INC.

CONDENSED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)

  

December 31, 2017

 

December 31, 2018

ASSETS

    
Cash, time deposits, and restricted cash 60,016  82,084 
Other current assets 19,070  19,178 
Vessels, net 942,876  955,291 
Advances for vessels 3,653  8,596 
Restricted cash non-current 8,651  10,401 
Other non-current assets 831  649 

Total assets

 

1,035,097

  

1,076,199

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

    
Current portion of long-term debt 25,588  36,185 
Other current liabilities 11,345  18,421 
Long-term debt, net of current portion 541,816  538,508 
Other non-current liabilities   253 
Mezzanine equity   16,998 
Shareholders’ equity 456,348  465,834 

Total liabilities and equity

 

1,035,097

  

1,076,199

 
       
       

TABLE 2

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME/(LOSS), EBITDA, ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE

  

Three-Months Period Ended

December 31,

 

Twelve-Months Period Ended

December 31,

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

Net (Loss)/Income - Adjusted Net Income/(Loss)

        

Net (Loss)/Income

 

(86,560

)

 

9,537

  

(84,679

)

 

27,684

 
Plus Loss on sale of assets     120   
Less Gain on derivatives (21)   (72) (18)
Plus Foreign currency (gain)/loss (237) 213  (1,782) 670 
Plus Early redelivery cost 996    1,263  105 
Plus Other operating expense     390   
Plus Impairment loss 91,293    91,293   
Less Gain on debt extinguishment 

  —

  

  (8,189) 

 

Adjusted Net income/(loss)

 

5,471

  

9,750

  

(1,656

)

 

28,441

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA - Adjusted EBITDA

        

Net (loss)/income

 

(86,560

)

 

9,537

  

(84,679

)

 

27,684

 
Plus Net Interest expense 5,365  6,444  22,425  24,784 
Plus Depreciation 12,981  12,518  51,424  48,067 
Plus Amortization 72  426  2,457  1,794 

EBITDA

 

(68,142

)

 

28,925

  

(8,373

)

 

102,329

 
Plus Loss on sale of assets     120   
Plus Early redelivery cost 996    1,263  105 
Plus Other Operating expense     390   
Less Gain on derivatives (21)   (72) (18)
Plus Foreign currency (gain)/loss (237) 213  (1,782) 670 
Plus Impairment loss 91,293    91,293   
Less Gain on debt extinguishment     (8,189)  

ADJUSTED EBITDA

 

23,889

  

29,138

  

74,650

  

103,086

 

(Loss)/Earnings  per share

        

Net (Loss)/income

 

(86,560

)

 

9,537

  

(84,679

)

 

27,684

 
Less Preferred dividend 2,940  2,873  12,316  11,384 
Less Preferred deemed dividend     2,146   
Net (Loss)/income available to common shareholders (89,500) 6,664  (99,141) 16,300 
Weighted average number of shares 101,531,352  102,100,829  100,932,876  101,604,339 

(Loss)/Earnings per share

 

(0.88

)

 

0.07

  

(0.98

)

 

0.16

 

Adjusted Earnings/(Loss) per share

        

Adjusted Net Income/(Loss)

 

5,471

  

9,750

  

(1,656

)

 

28,441

 
Less Preferred dividend 2,940  2,873  12,316  11,384 
Less Deemed dividend     2,146   
Adjusted Net income/(loss) available to common shareholders 2,531  6,877  (16,118) 17,057 
Weighted average number of shares 101,531,352  102,100,829  100,932,876  101,604,339 

Adjusted Earnings/(Loss) per share

 

0.02

  

0.07

  

(0.16

)

 

0.17

 

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share are not recognized measurements under US GAAP.

- EBITDA represents Net income/(loss) before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization.

- Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost, other operating expense,  gain/(loss) on foreign currency, impairment loss and gain on debt extinguishment.

- Adjusted Net income/(loss) represents Net income/(loss) before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost, other operating expense,  gain/(loss) on foreign currency, impairment loss and gain on debt extinguishment.

- Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share represents Adjusted Net income/(loss) less preferred dividend divided by the weighted average number of shares.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share are used as supplemental financial measures by management and external users of financial statements, such as investors, to assess our financial and operating performance. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures assist our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period. The Company believes that including these supplemental financial measures assists our management and investors in (i) understanding and analysing the results of our operating and business performance, (ii) selecting between investing in us and other investment alternatives and (iii) monitoring our financial and operational performance in assessing whether to continue investing in us. The Company believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share are useful in evaluating the Company’s operating performance from period to period because the calculation of EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally further eliminates the effects from loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost, other operating expense, gain/(loss) on foreign currency impairment loss and gain on debt extinguishment, items which may vary from year to year and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. Furthermore, the calculation of Adjusted Net income/(loss) generally eliminates the effects of loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost, other operating expense,  gain/(loss) on foreign currency, impairment loss and gain on debt extinguishment, items which may vary from year to year and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under US GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) should not be considered as substitutes for net income and other operations data prepared in accordance with US GAAP or as a measure of profitability. While EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share, are frequently used as measures of operating results and performance, they are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income/(loss) and Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by the excluded items.

TABLE 3: FLEET DATA AND AVERAGE DAILY INDICATORS

 

Three-Months Period Ended

December 31,

 

Twelve-Months Period Ended

December 31,

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

FLEET DATA

       
Number of vessels at period’s end39  41  39  41 
Average age of fleet (in years)7.51  8.33  7.51  8.33 
Ownership days (1)3,500  3,772  13,858  14,568 
Available days (2)3,500  3,684  13,788  14,258 
Operating days (3)3,492  3,642  13,673  14,075 
Fleet utilization (4)99.8% 96.6% 98.7% 96.6%
Average number of vessels in the period (5)38.04  41.00  37.97  39.91 

AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS

       
Time charter equivalent rate (6)$11,944  $13,875  $10,451  $13,102 
Daily vessel operating expenses (7) 3,914   4,353   3,810   4,360 
Daily vessel operating expenses excluding dry-docking and pre-delivery expenses (8) 3,887   4,109   3,731   4,141 
Daily general and administrative expenses (9) 1,175   1,384   1,163   1,321 

TIME CHARTER EQUIVALENT RATE RECONCILIATION

Revenues$  44,101  $54,946  $154,040  $201,548 
Less commissions(1,723)  (2,373)  (6,008)  (8,357) 
Less voyage expenses(573)  (1,458)  (3,932)  (6,378) 
Time charter equivalent revenue$  41,805  $  51,115   $  144,100  $  186,813 

 

Available days (2)3,500  3,684  13,788  14,258 
Time charter equivalent rate (6)$  11,944  $  13,875  $  10,451  $  13,102 

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(1) Ownership days represents the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us.

(2) Available days represents the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession, net of off-hire days associated with scheduled maintenance, which includes major repairs, drydockings, vessel upgrades or special or intermediate surveys.

(3) Operating days represents the number of our available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to any reason, excluding scheduled maintenance.

(4) Fleet utilization is calculated by dividing the number of our operating days during a period by the number of our ownership days during that period.

(5) Average number of vessels in the period is calculated by dividing ownership days in the period by the number of days in that period.

(6) Time charter equivalent rate, or TCE rate, represents our charter revenues less commissions and voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of available days during such period. TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on period time charters and spot time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charter rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per day amounts, while charter rates for vessels on period time charters and spot time charters generally are expressed in such amounts. We have only rarely employed our vessels on voyage charters and, as a result, generally our TCE rates approximate our time charter rates.

(7) Daily vessel operating expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period. Vessel operating expenses include crewing, insurance, lubricants, spare parts, provisions, stores, repairs, maintenance including dry-docking, statutory and classification expenses and other miscellaneous items.

(8) Daily vessel operating expenses excluding dry-docking and pre-delivery expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses excluding dry-docking and pre-delivery expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period. This measure assists our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period. Dry-docking expenses include costs of shipyard, paints and agent expenses and pre-delivery expenses include initially supplied spare parts, stores, provisions and other miscellaneous items provided to a newbuild or second hand acquisition prior to their operation.

(9) Daily general and administrative expenses are calculated by dividing general and administrative expenses for the relevant period by ownership days for such period. Daily general and administrative expenses include daily management fees payable to our Managers and daily company administration expenses.

About Safe Bulkers, Inc.

The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world’s largest users of marine drybulk transportation services. The Company’s common stock, series C preferred stock and series D preferred stock are listed on the NYSE, and trade under the symbols “SB”, “SB.PR.C”, and “SB.PR.D”, respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and in Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning future events, the Company’s growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy, including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “hopes,” “estimates” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, changes in the demand for drybulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates, risks associated with operations outside the United States and other factors listed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

For further information please contact:

Company Contact:

Dr. Loukas Barmparis

President

Safe Bulkers, Inc.

Tel.: +30 21 11888400

+357 25 887200

E-Mail:directors@safebulkers.com

Investor Relations / Media Contact:

Nicolas Bornozis, President

Capital Link, Inc.

230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536

New York, N.Y. 10169

Tel.: (212) 661-7566

Fax: (212) 661-7526

E-Mail:safebulkers@capitallink.com

1 Adjusted Net income/(loss) is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted Net income/(loss) represents Net income/(loss) before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost, other operating expense,gain/(loss) on foreign currency, impairment loss and gain on debt extinguishment. See Table 2.

2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and represents Net income/(loss) plus net interest expense, tax, depreciation and amortization. See Table 2.

3 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and represents EBITDA before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost, other operating expense,gain/(loss) on foreign currency, impairment loss and gain on debt extinguishment. See Table 2.

4 Earnings/(loss) per share and Adjusted Earnings/(loss) per share represent Net Income/(loss) and Adjusted Net income/(loss) less preferred  dividend and preferred deemed dividend divided by the weighted average number of shares respectively. See Table 2.

5Consolidated leverage is a non-GAAP measure and represents total consolidated liabilities divided by total consolidated market adjusted assets. Total consolidated market adjusted  assets are based on the market value of all vessels (before scrubber installation), owned or leased on a finance lease taking into account their employment, and the book value of all other assets. This measure assists our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our leverage from period to period.

6 See Table 3.

7 London interbank offered rate.

8 See Table 3.

9 Safety Management Overseas S.A. and Safe Bulkers Management Limited, each of which is a related party that is referred to in this press release as “our Manager” and collectively “our Managers’’.

 

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