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DryShips Inc. Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Third Quarter of 2018

ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DryShips Inc. (DRYS) (“DryShips” or the “Company”), a diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights

  • For the third quarter of 2018, the Company reported net income of $11.6 million, or $0.12 basic and diluted earnings per share.

    Included in the third quarter of 2018 results are gains from the sale of vessels to unaffiliated buyers and vessel impairments totaling $5.1 million, or $0.05 earnings per share. Excluding the aforementioned gains and vessel impairments, the Company’s net results would have amounted to net income of $6.5 million, or $0.07 earnings per share.

  • The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $17.2 million for the third quarter of 2018.(1)

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

Recent Developments

  • Acquisition of Vessels

    On October 29, 2018, the Company agreed to purchase four vessels from entities that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, for an aggregate purchase price of $198.5 million. The vessels to be acquired are three Newcastlemax drybulk carriers, two of which built in 2016 and one built in 2017 and one coated Aframax tanker built in 2010. The purchase includes existing financing in place and will be effected by way of stock purchase agreements and/or long-term bareboat charter parties with purchase obligations.

    All vessels are expected to be delivered to DryShips before the end of 2018 and in connection with the transaction, entities that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. George Economou, have also agreed to time charter the three Newcastlemaxes on index-linked time charters of flexible durations, with optionality for DryShips to convert these index-linked time charters to fixed rate charters.

    TMS Dry Ltd. and TMS Tankers Ltd., entities that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. George Economou, have agreed to forgo all commissions effective under the various respective management agreements in connection with the aforementioned vessel purchases.

    The vessel purchases were approved by the independent directors of the Company’s board of directors, based on the fair market value of each vessel as determined by independent third party broker valuations.

  • Vessel Deliveries

    On August 14, August 17 and August 20, 2018, the Company’s Panamax vessels Bargara, Capitola and Mendocino, were each delivered to their respective new owners according to the terms of the previously announced Memoranda of Agreement.

    On October 15, 2018, the VLGC Mont Gelé, in accordance to the terms of the previously announced Memorandum of Agreement, was delivered to its new owners and the vessel’s then outstanding $35.2 million loan balance was fully repaid along with its associated costs.

  • Common Stock Repurchase Program

    On October 5, 2018, the Company completed in full its previously announced $50.0 million stock repurchase program (the “Repurchase Program”). Under the Repurchase Program, the Company has repurchased a total of 10,864,227 shares of its common stock for an aggregate amount of $50.5 million, including commissions. The current outstanding number of shares of the Company’s common stock is 93,410,481.

    On October 29, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a new stock repurchase program, under which the Company may repurchase up to $50 million of its outstanding common shares for a period of 12 months (the “New Repurchase Program”). DryShips may repurchase shares in privately negotiated or open-market purchases in accordance with applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The specific timing and amount of repurchases, if any, will be at the discretion of the Company’s management and will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations. The Company is not obligated under the program to purchase any shares. Due to applicable securities laws, the Company’s repurchase of shares will not begin at the earliest until the second business day after the release of the Company’s financial statements for the third quarter ending September 30, 2018. The New Repurchase Program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. The Company expects to finance the stock purchases with existing cash balances.

Fleet List

The table below describes the Company’s fleet as of October 29, 2018:

Year

Gross rate

Redelivery

Built

DWT

Per day

Earliest

Latest

Drybulk fleet

Newcastlemax:

Bacon

2013

205,170

T/C Index Linked

Nov-18

Jan-19

Huahine

2013

206,037

$24,500

Feb-19

Apr-19

Judd

2015

205,796

$20,700

Jan-19

Apr-19

Marini

2014

205,854

T/C Index Linked

Dec-18

Feb-19

Morandi

2013

205,854

$22,000

Feb-19

May-19

Kamsarmax:

Castellani

2014

82,129

Spot

N/A

N/A

Kelly

2017

81,300

Spot

N/A

N/A

Matisse

2014

81,128

Spot

N/A

N/A

Nasaka

2014

81,918

Spot

N/A

N/A

Valadon

2014

81,198

Spot

N/A

N/A

Panamax:

Catalina

2005

74,432

Spot

N/A

N/A

Levanto

2001

73,925

Spot

N/A

N/A

Ligari

2004

75,583

Spot

N/A

N/A

Majorca

2005

74,477

Spot

N/A

N/A

Rapallo

2009

75,123

Spot

N/A

N/A

Raraka

2012

76,037

Spot

N/A

N/A

Tanker fleet

Very Large Crude Carrier:

Shiraga

2011

320,105

Spot

N/A

N/A

Suezmax:

Marfa

2017

159,513

Spot

N/A

N/A

Samsara

2017

159,855

$18,000 Base rate plus profit share

Mar.-22

May-25

Aframax:

Balla

2017

113,293

Spot

N/A

N/A

Stamos

2012

115,666

Spot

N/A

N/A



Gas Carrier fleet

Very Large Gas Carriers:

Anderida(1)

2017

51,850

$29,997

Jun.-22

Jun.-25

Aisling(1)

2017

51,850

$29,997

Sep.-22

Sep.-25

Mont Fort(1)

2017

51,850

$28,833

Nov.-27

Nov.-27

Offshore Supply fleet

Platform Supply Vessels:

Crescendo

2012

1,457

Laid up

N/A

N/A

Colorado

2012

1,430

Laid up

N/A

N/A

Oil Spill Recovery Vessels:

Indigo

2013

1,401

Laid up

N/A

N/A

Jacaranda

2012

1,360

Laid up

N/A

N/A

Emblem

2012

1,363

Laid up

N/A

N/A

Jubilee

2012

1,317

Laid up

N/A

N/A

(1) Sold and expected to be delivered to new owners in Q4 2018.

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

Drybulk

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Average number of vessels(1)

21.8

18.2

16.8

20.0

Total voyage days for vessels(2)

2,002

1,654

4,582

5,394

Total calendar days for vessels(3)

2,002

1,655

4,582

5,448

Fleet utilization(4)

100.0

%

99.9

%

100.0

%

99.0

%

Time charter equivalent(5)

$

8,557

$

13,555

$

7,323

$

11,940

Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6)

$

6,085

$

5,615

$

5,918

$

6,469

Tanker

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Average number of vessels(1)

4.0

5.1

2.0

4.4

Total voyage days for vessels(2)

368

460

543

1,207

Total calendar days for vessels(3)

368

460

543

1,207

Fleet utilization(4)

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Time charter equivalent(5)

$

10,932

$

18,474

$

10,650

$

17,837

Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6)

$

7,763

$

7,224

$

11,013

$

7,558


Gas Carrier

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Average number of vessels(1)

1.2

4.0

0.4

4.0

Total voyage days for vessels(2)

111

368

114

1,082

Total calendar days for vessels(3)

111

368

114

1,082

Fleet utilization(4)

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Time charter equivalent(5)

$

28,216

$

27,666

$

27,860

$

27,941

Vessel operating expenses (daily)(6)

$

15,678

$

7,152

$

22,447

$

8,454

(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 fleet are the total days the vessels were in the Company’s possession for the relevant period net of dry-docking and laid-up days.

(3) Calendar days are the total number of days the vessels were in the Company’s possession for the relevant period including dry-docking days 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 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 September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Voyage revenues

$

19,203

$

24,613

$

39,916

$

69,894

Voyage expenses

(2,072

)

(2,193

)

(6,364

)

(5,492

)

Time charter equivalent revenues

$

17,131

$

22,420

$

33,552

$

64,402

Total voyage days for fleet

2,002

1,654

4,582

5,394

Time charter equivalent (TCE)

$

8,557

$

13,555

$

7,323

$

11,940


Tanker

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Voyage revenues

$

7,466

$

14,360

$

11,072

$

35,507

Voyage expenses

(3,443

)

(5,862

)

(5,289

)

(13,978

)

Time charter equivalent revenues

$

4,023

$

8,498

$

5,783

$

21,529

Total voyage days for fleet

368

460

543

1,207

Time charter equivalent (TCE)

$

10,932

$

18,474

$

10,650

$

17,837


Gas Carrier

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Voyage revenues

$

3,266

$

10,589

$

3,316

$

31,472

Voyage expenses

(134

)

(408

)

(140

)

(1,240

)

Time charter equivalent revenues

$

3,132

$

10,181

$

3,176

$

30,232

Total voyage days for fleet

111

368

114

1,082

Time charter equivalent (TCE)

$

28,216

$

27,666

$

27,860

$

27,941

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 September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

REVENUES:

Voyage revenues

$

29,934

$

49,562

$

58,123

$

136,873

29,934

49,562

58,123

136,873

EXPENSES:

Voyage expenses

5,767

8,463

12,396

20,710

Vessel operating expenses

17,382

15,496

41,068

54,156

Depreciation

5,530

5,705

8,632

19,679

Impairment loss,(gain)/loss from sale of vessels and other

-

(5,099

)

300

(10,208

)

General and administrative expenses

7,843

7,219

23,638

22,000

Other, net

-

1,304

(12

)

939

Operating income/(loss)

(6,588

)

16,474

(27,899

)

29,597

OTHER EXPENSES:

Interest and finance costs, net of interest income

(3,604

)

(4,795

)

(8,313

)

(13,600

)

Loss on private placement

(7,600

)

-

(7,600

)

-

Other, net

(190

)

(76

)

(521

)

(45

)

Total other expenses, net

(11,394

)

(4,871

)

(16,434

)

(13,645

)

Net income/(loss)

(17,982

)

11,603

(44,333

)

15,952

Net income/(loss) attributable to DryShips Inc.



$

(17,982

)



$

11,603

$

(44,333

)

$

15,952

Net income/(loss) attributable to DryShips Inc. common stockholders

(15,177

)

11,603

(41,528

)

15,952

Earnings/(Losses) per common share, basic and diluted

$

(0.42

)

$

0.12

$

(3.36

)

$

0.16

Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted

36,186,606

97,325,053

12,356,150

100,518,047



DryShips Inc.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars
except for share data)

December 31, 2017

September 30, 2018

ASSETS

Cash, cash equivalents, including restricted cash (current and non-current)

$

30,226

$

157,410

Other current and non-current assets

123,713

89,057

Vessels held for sale

-

297,280

Advances for vessels under construction

31,898

-

Vessels, net

749,088

563,592

Total assets

934,925

1,107,339

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Total debt

216,969

424,100

Total other liabilities

10,920

11,893

Total stockholders’ equity

707,036

671,346

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

934,925

$

1,107,339

SHARE COUNT DATA

Common stock issued

104,274,708

104,274,708

Less: Treasury stock

-

(10,367,948

)

Common stock issued and outstanding

104,274,708

93,906,760

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, vessel 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:

(Expressed in Thousands of U.S. Dollars)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2017

2018

2017

2018

Net income/(loss) attributable to Dryships Inc

$

(17,982

)

$

11,603

$

(44,333

)

$

15,952

Add: Net interest expense

3,604

4,795

8,313

13,600

Add: Depreciation

5,530

5,705

8,632

19,679

Add: Dry-dockings and class survey costs

-

210

-

3,909

Add: Impairment loss, (gain)/loss from sale of vessel and other

-

(5,099

)

300

(10,208

)

Add: Loss on private placement

7,600

-

7,600

-

Add: Write-off of capitalized expenses

-

-

-

470

Add: Income taxes

61

2

81

4

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(1,187

)

$

17,216

$

(19,407

)

$

43,406

About DryShips Inc.

The Company is a diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels that operate worldwide. As of October 29, 2018, and not giving effect to any pending vessel transactions, the Company operates a fleet of 30 vessels comprising of (i) 6 Panamax drybulk vessels; (ii) 5 Newcastlemax drybulk vessels; (iii) 5 Kamsarmax drybulk vessels; (iv) 1 Very Large Crude Carrier; (v) 2 Aframax tankers; (vi) 2 Suezmax tanker; (vii) 3 Very Large Gas Carriers; and (viii) 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.”

Visit the Company’s website at www.dryships.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 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.

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.

Investor Relations / Media:

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