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Eneti Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2021 and Declares a Quarterly Cash Dividend

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MONACO, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eneti Inc. (NYSE: NETI) (“Eneti” or the “Company”), today reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

The Company also announced that on May 14, 2021 its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share on the Company’s common shares.

Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

  • For the first quarter of 2021, the Company’s GAAP net income was $41.9 million, or $3.84 per diluted share, including:

    • a gain subsequent to an increase in fair value less costs to sell of approximately $15.5 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, taken related to the Company’s previously announced plan to exit the dry bulk industry. The gain is primarily the result of an increase in the fair value of common shares of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (“Star Bulk”) (NASDAQ: SBLK) and Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (“Eagle”) (NASDAQ: EGLE) received or to be received as a portion of the compensation for the purchase of certain of our vessels;

    • the write-off of $3.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, of deferred financing costs on repaid credit facilities related to vessels that have been sold; and

    • a non-cash gain of approximately $15.8 million and cash dividend income of $0.2 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, from the Company’s equity investments (primarily Scorpio Tankers Inc.).

  • For the first quarter of 2020, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $124.7 million, or $18.12 per diluted share. These results include a non-cash loss of approximately $89.1 million and cash dividend income of $0.4 million, or $12.88 per diluted share, from the Company’s equity investment in Scorpio Tankers Inc., and a write-down of approximately $17.0 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, related to the classification of two Ultramax vessels and one Kamsarmax vessel as held for sale.

  • Total vessel revenues for the first quarter of 2021 were $59.8 million, compared to $40.8 million for the same period in 2020.

  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the first quarter of 2021 was $52.0 million and EBITDA for the first quarter of 2020 was a loss of $100.1 million (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

  • For the first quarter of 2021, the Company’s adjusted net income was $30.0 million, or $2.75 adjusted per diluted share, which excludes the impact of the gain of approximately $15.5 million related to the Company’s previously announced plan to exit the dry bulk industry due to an increase in the fair value of the assets to be received in exchange for certain vessels as described above and the write-off of $3.7 million of deferred financing costs on repaid credit facilities related to vessels that have been sold.

  • For the first quarter of 2020, the Company’s adjusted net loss was $107.7 million, or $15.65 adjusted per diluted share, which excludes the write-down of approximately $17.0 million related to the classification of two Ultramax vessels and one Kamsarmax vessel as held for sale.

  • Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2021 was $36.5 million compared to an $83.1 million loss in the prior year period (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

  • As of May 14, 2021, the Company’s remaining fleet consists of 10 Ultramax vessels and 2 Kamsarmax vessels, as well as five time chartered-in vessels which are expected to be redelivered to their respective owners during the remainder of the second quarter of 2021 and the third quarter of 2021.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of May 14, 2021, the Company had approximately $152.8 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Dry Bulk Exit

Eneti Inc. announced on August 3, 2020 its intention to transition away from the business of dry bulk commodity transportation and towards marine-based renewable energy including investing in the next generation of wind turbine installation vessels.

The following table summarizes when the Company delivered or expects to deliver the vessels to be sold to their respective buyers.

Ultramax Vessels

Kamsarmax Vessels

Total Vessels

Quarter

# of Vessels

Sales Price
($000’s)

# of Vessels

Sales Price
($000’s)

# of Vessels

Sales Price
($000’s)

Unsold Vessels at September 30, 2020

33

16

49

Q4 2020

5

$88,460

3

$54,865

8

$143,325

Q1 2021

11

$187,333

7

$123,127

18

$310,460

(1)(2)

Q2 2021: April 1 - May 14

7

$124,350

4

$81,500

11

$205,850

(3)(4)

Q2 2021: May 15 - June 30

7

$117,672

0

$0

7

$117,672

(5)

Total Vessels Sold

30

$517,815

14

$259,492

44

$777,307

Unsold Vessels at May 14, 2021

3

2

5

(1) Includes approximately $89.3 million of debt assumed or reimbursed to the Company by buyer
(2) Excludes approximately 2.6 million shares of Star Bulk common stock
(3) Includes approximately $12.7 million of debt assumed by buyer
(4) Excludes approximately 0.4 million shares of Star Bulk common stock
(5) Excludes a warrant for 212,315 shares of Eagle common stock

Contract to Build a Wind Turbine Installation Vessel

On May 11, 2021, the Company has entered into a binding agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering for the construction of one wind turbine installation vessel (“WTIV”). The contract price is $330.0 million and the vessel is expected to be delivered early in the third quarter of 2024. In addition, the Company holds an option to construct an additional WTIV at the same price, net of currency adjustments.

The vessel is an NG-16000X design by GustoMSC (a subsidiary of NOV Inc.), and includes a 2,600 Ton Leg Encircling Crane from Huisman Equipment B.V. of the Netherlands. The vessel is capable of installing up to 20 Megawatt turbines at depths of up to 65 meters of water, and it can be adapted to operate on the alternate fuels of LNG or ammonia.

Jones Act Initiative

The Company is in advanced discussions with several American shipbuilders for the construction of a WTIV. This vessel would be constructed, financed, and operated by American citizens in compliance with the Jones Act, in order to address the heightened demand for transportation and installation capacity on the Continental Shelf of the United States.

Investment in Star Bulk

During March and April 2021, the Company sold approximately 2.6 million common shares of Star Bulk for aggregate net proceeds of approximately $45.5 million. The Company received these common shares as compensation for SBI Subaru and SBI Ursa, Ultramax bulk carriers built in 2015, SBI Capoeira and SBI Carioca, Kamsarmax bulk carriers built in 2015, and SBI Lambada and SBI Macarena, Kamsarmax bulk carriers built in 2016. As part of the transaction, the related existing lease finance arrangements were also assumed by Star Bulk. One vessel, SBI Pegasus, remains to be delivered to Star Bulk, for which Star Bulk will assume debt of $12.7 million and the Company will also receive approximately 0.4 million common shares of Star Bulk and be reimbursed for the February 2021 debt payment that was made in advance.

Debt Overview

The Company’s outstanding debt balances, gross of unamortized deferred financing costs as of March 31, 2021 and May 14, 2021, are as follows (dollars in thousands):

As of
March 31, 2021

As of May 14,
2021

Credit Facility

Amount Outstanding

$85.5 Million Credit Facility

$

10,725

$

$184.0 Million Credit Facility

21,862

$34.0 Million Credit Facility

29,679

$90.0 Million Credit Facility

11,257

$19.6 Million Lease Financing - SBI Rumba

15,285

15,175

$19.0 Million Lease Financing - SBI Tango

15,798

15,690

$19.0 Million Lease Financing - SBI Echo

15,963

15,863

$20.5 Million Lease Financing - SBI Hermes

17,427

17,314

$21.4 Million Lease Financing - SBI Samba

18,588

18,462

CMBFL Lease Financing

12,672

12,672

$45.0 Million Lease Financing - SBI Virgo & SBI Libra

19,194

AVIC Lease Financing

33,576

$67.3 Million Lease Financing

37,158

Total

$

259,184

$

95,176

Quarterly Cash Dividend

In the first quarter of 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors declared and the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share totaling approximately $0.6 million.

On May 14, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on or about June 15, 2021, to all shareholders of record as of June 1, 2021. As of May 17, 2021, 11,233,604 shares were outstanding.

Share Repurchase Program

During the first quarter of 2021, the Company repurchased approximately 61,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, at an average cost of $18.01 per share. The Company subsequently repurchased approximately 15,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an average cost of $19.98 per share from April 1, 2021 through May 17, 2021. These repurchases, totaling approximately $1.4 million, were made under the Board of Directors authorized share repurchase program and funded from available cash resources. As of May 17, 2021, the Company had $31.9 million remaining under the authorized share repurchase program.

COVID-19

Since the beginning of the calendar year 2020, the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in China in December 2019 and that has spread to most developed nations of the world has resulted in numerous actions taken by governments and governmental agencies in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus. These measures have resulted in a significant reduction in global economic activity and extreme volatility in the global financial and commodities markets. During the first quarter of 2021, the dry bulk charter market saw a significant recovery, however future charter rates remain highly dependent on the duration and continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as evidenced by the recent resurgence of cases in India and other parts of the world. When these measures and the resulting economic impact will end and what the long-term impact of such measures on the global economy will be are not known at this time. As a result, the extent to which COVID-19 will impact the Company’s results of operations and financial condition, including its planned transition towards marine-based renewable energy, will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted.

Eneti Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Unaudited

Three Months Ended March 31,

2021

2020

Revenue:

Vessel revenue

$

59,829

$

40,824

Operating expenses:

Voyage expenses

6,080

1,360

Vessel operating costs

15,611

24,684

Charterhire expense

11,980

4,698

Vessel depreciation

12,343

General and administrative expenses

7,585

6,528

(Gain) loss / write-down on assets sold or held for sale

(15,532

)

17,009

Total operating expenses

25,724

66,622

Operating income (loss)

34,105

(25,798

)

Other income (expense):

Interest income

8

123

Income (loss) from equity investments

15,972

(88,631

)

Foreign exchange income (loss)

71

(54

)

Financial expense, net

(8,293

)

(10,343

)

Total other income (expense)

7,758

(98,905

)

Net income (loss)

$

41,863

$

(124,703

)

Earnings (loss) per share:

Basic

$

3.94

$

(18.12

)

Diluted

$

3.84

$

(18.12

)

Basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding

10,631

6,883

Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding

10,892

6,883


Eneti Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)

Unaudited

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

81,509

$

84,002

Accounts receivable

23,735

21,086

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

14,817

16,515

Total current assets

120,061

121,603

Non-current assets

Assets held for sale

401,978

708,097

Equity investments

70,241

24,116

Deferred financing costs, net

674

1,143

Other assets

7,150

13,236

Total non-current assets

480,043

746,592

Total assets

$

600,104

$

868,195

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

Current liabilities

Bank loans, net

$

6,034

$

13,226

Capital lease obligations

16,226

32,677

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

29,198

41,113

Total current liabilities

51,458

87,016

Non-current liabilities

Bank loans, net

66,501

157,511

Capital lease obligations

167,462

351,070

Total non-current liabilities

233,963

508,581

Total liabilities

285,421

595,597

Shareholders’ equity

Preferred shares, $0.01 par value per share; 50,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

Common shares, $0.01 par value per share; authorized 31,875,000 shares as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; outstanding 11,248,763 shares as of March 31, 2021 and 11,310,073 as of December 31, 2020

839

859

Paid-in capital

1,730,643

1,803,431

Common shares held in treasury, at cost; 20,710 shares and 1,934,092 shares at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

(414

)

(73,444

)

Accumulated deficit

(1,416,385

)

(1,458,248

)

Total shareholders’ equity

314,683

272,598

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

600,104

$

868,195


Eneti Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)

Three Months ended March 31,

2021

2020

Operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

41,863

$

(124,703

)

Adjustment to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by

operating activities:

Restricted share amortization

1,890

2,082

Vessel depreciation

12,343

Amortization of deferred financing costs

516

1,013

Write-off of deferred financing costs

3,713

Loss / write-down on assets held for sale

(15,675

)

16,077

Net unrealized (gains) losses on investments

(14,889

)

89,072

Dividend income on equity investment

(216

)

(441

)

Drydocking expenditure

(2,925

)

(2,207

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Decrease in accounts receivable

(3,661

)

(8,731

)

Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets

8,316

5,877

Increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses

(11,916

)

(11,638

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

7,016

(21,256

)

Investing activities

Sale of equity investment

8,502

Dividend income on equity investment

216

441

Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale

198,973

Scrubber payments

(429

)

(14,874

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

207,262

(14,433

)

Financing activities

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

79,000

Repayments of long-term debt

(215,104

)

(34,182

)

Common shares repurchased

(1,104

)

Dividends paid

(563

)

(1,450

)

Debt issue costs paid

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(216,771

)

43,368

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(2,493

)

7,679

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

84,002

42,530

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

81,509

$

50,209

Conference Call on Results:

A conference call to discuss the Company’s results will be held at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time / 3:00 PM Central European Summer Time on May 18, 2021. Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1 (866) 219-5268 (U.S.) or 1 (703) 736-7424 (International) at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection. The conference participant passcode is 5985886. The information provided on the teleconference is only accurate at the time of the conference call, and the Company will take no responsibility for providing updated information.

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the internet, through the Eneti Inc. website www.eneti-inc.com. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Webcast URL: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/s4ty8fq5

About Eneti Inc.

Eneti Inc. is focused on marine-based renewable energy and has invested in the next generation of wind turbine installation vessels. Additional information about the Company is available on the Company’s website www.eneti-inc.com, which is not a part of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”) management uses certain “non-GAAP financial measures” as such term is defined in Regulation G promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s operating performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts that are included in, or excluded from, the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management believes the presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency and supplemental data relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, and therefore a more complete understanding of factors affecting its business than GAAP measures alone. In addition, management believes the presentation of these matters is useful to investors for period-to-period comparison of results as the items may reflect certain unique and/or non-operating items such as asset sales, write-offs, contract termination costs or items outside of management’s control.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), adjusted net income (loss) and related per share amounts, as well as adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures that the Company believes provide investors with a means of evaluating and understanding how the Company’s management evaluates the Company’s operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, as substitutes for, nor superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Please see below for reconciliations of EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss) and related per share amounts, and adjusted EBITDA.

EBITDA (unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands

2021

2020

Net income (loss)

$

41,863

(124,703

)

Add Back:

Net interest expense

4,056

9,206

Depreciation and amortization (1)

6,119

15,438

EBITDA

$

52,038

(100,059

)

(1) Includes depreciation, amortization of deferred financing costs and restricted share amortization.

Adjusted net income (loss) (unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands, except per share data

2021

2020

Amount

Per share

Amount

Per share

Net income (loss)

$

41,863

$

3.84

$

(124,703

)

$

(18.12

)

Adjustments:

(Gain) loss / write-down on assets

(15,532

)

(1.43

)

17,009

2.47

Write-off of deferred financing cost

3,713

0.34

Total adjustments

$

(11,819

)

$

(1.09

)

$

17,009

$

2.47

Adjusted net income (loss)

$

30,044

$

2.75

$

(107,694

)

$

(15.65

)

Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

In thousands

2021

2020

Net income (loss)

$

41,863

(124,703

)

Impact of adjustments

(11,819

)

17,009

Adjusted net (loss) income

30,044

(107,694

)

Add Back:

Net interest expense

4,056

9,206

Depreciation and amortization (1)

2,406

15,438

Adjusted EBITDA

$

36,506

$

(83,050

)

(1) Includes depreciation, amortization of deferred financing costs and restricted share amortization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. 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. Forward-looking statements 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 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 this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation, and specifically decline any obligation, except as required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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 our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and asset values, changes in demand for Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (“WTIV”) capacity, the length and severity of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including its effects on demand for WTIVs and the installation of offshore windfarms thereof, changes in our operating expenses, including fuel costs, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our WTIVs, availability of financing and refinancing, counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and the availability of capital resources (including for capital expenditures) and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, planned capital expenditures, our ability to successfully identify, consummate, integrate and realize the expected benefits from acquisitions and changes to our business strategy, fluctuations in the value of our investments, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors.

Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

CONTACT: Contact: Eneti Inc. +377-9798-5715 (Monaco) +1-646-432-1675 (New York)