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Scorpio Tankers Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2019 and Declaration of a Quarterly Dividend

MONACO, May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scorpio Tankers Inc. (STNG) ("Scorpio Tankers", or the "Company") today reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.  The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share on the Company’s common stock.

Share and per share results included herein have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the one for ten reverse stock split of the Company's common shares, which took effect on January 18, 2019.

Results for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company's adjusted net income (see Non-IFRS Measures section below) was $14.8 million, or $0.31 basic and $0.30 diluted income per share, which excludes from net income a $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, write-off of deferred financing fees. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company had net income of $14.5 million, or $0.30 basic and diluted income per share.

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company's adjusted net loss (see Non-IFRS Measures section below) was $31.5 million, or $1.02 basic and diluted loss per share, which excludes from the net loss $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, of transaction costs related to the Company's merger with Navig8 Product Tankers Inc ("NPTI"). For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company had a net loss of $31.8 million, or $1.03 basic and diluted loss per share.

Declaration of Dividend

On May 1, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per common share, payable on or about June 27, 2019 to all shareholders of record as of June 5, 2019 (the record date).  As of May 1, 2019, there were 51,396,970 common shares of the Company outstanding.

Summary of Other Recent and First Quarter Significant Events

  • Below is a summary of the average daily Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) revenue (see Non-IFRS Measures section below) and duration for voyages fixed for the Company's vessels thus far in the second quarter of 2019 as of the date hereof (See footnotes to 'Other operating data' table below for the definition of daily TCE revenue):

    -- For the LR2s in the pool: approximately $16,500 per day for 55% of the days.

    -- For the LR1s in the pool: approximately $15,750 per day for 45% of the days.

    -- For the MRs in the pool: approximately $15,000 per day for 40% of the days.

    -- For the ice-class 1A Handymaxes in the pool: approximately $13,000 per day for 40% of the days.

  • Below is a summary of the average daily TCE revenue earned on the Company's vessels during the first quarter of 2019:

    -- For the LR2s in the pool: $22,923 per revenue day.

    -- For the LR1s in the pool: $17,929 per revenue day.

    -- For the MRs in the pool: $15,715 per revenue day.

    -- For the ice-class 1A Handymaxes in the pool: $17,846 per revenue day.

  • The Company is in discussions with various financial institutions for scrubber financing that will increase the Company’s liquidity by approximately $120 million.

  • On March 18, 2019 ("the Redemption Date"), the Company redeemed the entire outstanding balance of its Senior Notes Due 2019 of $57.5 million.  The redemption price of the Senior Notes Due 2019 was equal to 100% of the principal amount to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the Redemption Date.

  • In March 2019, the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend with respect to the fourth quarter of 2018 on the Company's common stock of $0.10 per share.

  • In March 2019, the Company repurchased $2.29 million face value of its Convertible Notes due 2019 at an average price of $990.00 per $1,000 principal amount, or $2.27 million. 

  • In March 2019, the Company entered into new bareboat charter-in agreements on seven previously bareboat chartered-in vessels.  Three of these vessels will be bareboat chartered-in for one year and the remaining four vessels will be bareboat chartered-in for two years.  The daily bareboat rate under all seven agreements is $6,300 per day.  The right of use assets and related liabilities under these arrangements have been reflected on the Company's balance sheet in accordance with the new lease standard, IFRS 16 - Leases.  The transition to this new accounting standard is discussed below.

  • On January 18, 2019, the Company effected a one-for-ten reverse stock split and reduction in authorized common shares. The Company's shareholders approved the reverse stock split and change in authorized common shares at the Company's special meeting of shareholders held on January 15, 2019.

$250 Million Securities Repurchase Program

In May 2015, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a Securities Repurchase Program to purchase up to an aggregate of $250 million of the Company's securities which, in addition to its common shares, currently consist of its (i) Convertible Notes due 2019, which were issued in June 2014, (ii) Unsecured Senior Notes due 2020 (SBNA), which were issued in May 2014, and (iii) Convertible Notes due 2022, which were issued in May and July 2018.  Since January 2019 through the date of this press release, the Company has acquired the following:

  • An aggregate of 30 of its common shares at an average price of $17.10 per share; the repurchased shares are being held as treasury shares. There are 51,396,970 shares outstanding as of May 1, 2019.

  • $2.29 million face value of its Convertible Notes due 2019 at an average price of $990.00 per $1,000 principal amount, or $2.27 million. 

As of the date hereof, the Company has the authority to purchase up to an additional $121.6 million of its securities under its Securities Repurchase Program. The Company may repurchase its securities in the open market, at times and prices that are considered to be appropriate by the Company, but is not obligated under the terms of the Securities Repurchase Program to repurchase any of its securities.

Diluted Weighted Number of Shares

Diluted earnings per share is determined using the if-converted method. Under this method, the Company assumes that its Convertible Notes due 2019, which were issued in June 2014 and Convertible Notes due 2022, which were issued in May and July 2018 were converted into common shares at the beginning of each period and the interest and non-cash amortization expense associated with these notes of $6.1 million and $5.7 million during the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, were not incurred. Conversion is not assumed if the results of this calculation are anti-dilutive.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company's basic weighted average number of shares was 48,070,530. The Company's diluted weighted average number of shares was 48,556,887 excluding the impact of the Convertible Notes due 2019 and Convertible Notes due 2022 and 55,173,745 under the if-converted method.  Diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019 does not consider the effect of the Convertible Notes due 2019 and Convertible Notes due 2022 as the if-converted method was anti-dilutive.

The weighted average number of shares, both diluted and under the if-converted method, were anti-dilutive for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as the Company incurred a net loss.

As of the date hereof, the Company's current stock price is below the conversion prices of both the Convertible Notes due 2019 and Convertible Notes due 2022.

New Accounting Standard - IFRS 16 - Leases

Effective January 1, 2019, the Company adopted IFRS 16, Leases.  IFRS 16 amended the existing accounting standards to require lessees to recognize, on a discounted basis, the rights and obligations created by the commitment to lease assets on the balance sheet, unless the term of the lease is 12 months or less. Accordingly, the standard resulted in the recognition of right-of-use assets and corresponding liabilities on the basis of the discounted remaining future minimum lease payments relating to the three existing bareboat chartered-in vessel commitments that were previously reported as operating leases and are scheduled to expire in April 2025 and the seven new bareboat chartered-in vessel commitments mentioned above. The impact of the application of this standard during the first quarter of 2019 was as follows:

  • The recognition of a $48.5 million right of use asset, a $50.7 million lease liability and a $2.2 million reduction in retained earnings on our opening balance sheet as of January 1, 2019 pertaining to the three bareboat chartered-in commitments that were previously accounted for as operating leases and are scheduled to expire in April 2025.  Additionally, $2.5 million of previously incurred deferred drydock costs relating to these vessels was also reclassified from Other Assets to Right of Use Assets on the balance sheet upon transition and is being depreciated until the next drydock date. 

  • The recognition of a $24.2 million aggregate right of use asset and corresponding lease liability as a result of the new bareboat charter-in agreements on seven Handymax vessels that were entered into in March 2019. 

All right of use assets will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over the term of each lease.  The lease liabilities will be settled over the lease terms using the effective interest method, with each lease payment apportioned to principal and interest using the discount rate implicit in the lease or, if that is not available, the Company's incremental borrowing rate.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call on May 2, 2019 at 8:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time and 2:30 PM Central European Summer Time.  The dial-in information is as follows:

US Dial-In Number: 1 (855) 861-2416

International Dial-In Number: +1 (703) 736-7422

Conference ID: 5249065

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time. 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.

Slides and Audio Webcast:

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the internet, through the Scorpio Tankers Inc. website www.scorpiotankers.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/m6/p/fuakrmuz

Current Liquidity

As of May 1, 2019, the Company had $518.4 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents.

Drydock, Scrubber and Ballast Water Treatment Update

The following drydock, scrubber and ballast water treatment activity occurred during the first quarter of 2019:

  • Two 2014 built MRs completed their class required special survey, along with ballast water treatment system installations. During the first quarter of 2019, these vessels were offhire for an aggregate of 47 days, and the aggregate costs incurred were $4.3 million.  These drydocks commenced in December 2018 and were completed in January 2019. 

  • One 2016 built LR2 completed its scrubber installation and also underwent additional repairs during the first quarter of 2019.  This vessel was offhire for a total of 56 days (for both the repairs and scrubber installation).  The aggregate cost of the scrubber installation was $2.6 million, which includes both the cost of the equipment and installation costs.  The cost of the additional repairs was covered under a shipyard warranty.  

  • One 2014 built MR entered drydock for its class required special survey and a scrubber installation at the end of March 2019.  This drydock and scrubber installation is expected to be completed in May 2019 for an aggregate estimated cost of approximately $3.5 million (which includes the drydock along with the cost of the scrubber and related installation costs).  The vessel was offhire for 9 days in March 2019.

  • One 2016 built LR2 entered drydock for a scrubber installation and additional repairs in March 2019.  This drydock was completed in April 2019.  This vessel was offhire for 30 days in the first quarter of 2019 and the estimated cost of the installation and equipment was $2.5 million in aggregate.  The cost of the additional repairs was covered under a shipyard warranty.

Set forth below are the expected, estimated payments for the Company's drydocks, ballast water treatment system installations, and scrubber installations through 2020:

       
In millions of U.S. dollars As of May 1, 2019 (1)  
Q2 2019 $ 61.5  
Q3 2019 63.6  
Q4 2019 85.7  
FY 2020 108.9  


   
(1) Includes estimated cash payments for drydocks, ballast water treatment system installations and scrubber installations.  These amounts include installment payments that are due in advance of the scheduled service and may be scheduled to occur in quarters prior to the actual installation.  In addition to these installment payments, these amounts also include estimates of the installation costs of such systems.  The timing of the payments set forth are estimates only and may vary as the timing of the related drydocks and installations finalize.
   

Set forth below are the expected, estimated number of ships and estimated offhire days for the Company's drydocks, ballast water treatment installations, and scrubber installations (2):

     
  Q2 2019  
  Ships Scheduled for: Offhire
  Drydock Ballast Water Treatment Systems Scrubbers Days
LR2*     6   179  
LR1     3   84  
MR* 8   5   8   243  
Handymax 2   2     40  
         
Total Q2 2019 10   7   17   546  
                 

* Second quarter 2019 MR activity includes a vessel which entered drydock for its class required special survey and scrubber installation at the end of March 2019 and is expected to be completed in May 2019.  Second quarter 2019 LR2 activity includes a vessel which entered drydock for repairs and a scrubber installation at the end of March 2019 and concluded in April 2019.

     
  Q3 2019  
  Ships Scheduled for: Offhire
  Drydock Ballast Water
Treatment Systems
Scrubbers Days
LR2 5   4   10   279  
LR1     3   84  
MR 6   4   6   162  
Handymax 5   5     100  
         
Total Q3 2019 16   13   19   625  
         
  Q4 2019  
  Ships Scheduled for: Offhire
  Drydock Ballast Water
Treatment Systems
Scrubbers Days
LR2 10   8   13   357  
LR1     1   28  
MR 9   8   9   243  
Handymax 5   5     100  
         
Total Q4 2019 24   21   23   728  
         
  FY 2020  
  Ships Scheduled for: Offhire
  Drydock Ballast Water
Treatment Systems
Scrubbers Days
LR2 7     8   217  
LR1 5     5   135  
MR 5   5   22   613  
Handymax 2   2     40  
         
Total 2020 19   7   35   1,005  
                 


   
(2) The number of vessels in these tables reflect a certain amount of overlap where certain vessels may be drydocked and have ballast water treatment systems and/or scrubbers installed simultaneously.  Additionally, the timing set forth may vary as drydock, ballast water treatment system installation and scrubber installation times are finalized.
   

Debt

Set forth below is a summary of the Company’s outstanding indebtedness as of the dates presented:

               
  In thousands of U.S. dollars   Outstanding
Principal as of
December 31,
2018
Drawdowns,
and
(repayments),
net
Outstanding
Principal as of
March 31,
2019
Drawdowns,
and
(repayments),
net
Outstanding
Principal as of
May 1,
2019
1 KEXIM Credit Facility   $ 299,300   $ (16,825 ) $ 282,475   $   $ 282,475  
2 ABN AMRO Credit Facility   100,508   (2,139 ) 98,369   (537 ) 97,832  
3 ING Credit Facility   144,176   (3,184 ) 140,992   (1,071 ) 139,921  
4 $35.7 Million Term Loan Facility   34,850   (808 ) 34,042   (808 ) 33,234  
5 2017 Credit Facility   144,766   (3,317 ) 141,449     141,449  
6 Credit Agricole Credit Facility   99,295   (2,142 ) 97,153     97,153  
7 ABN AMRO/K-Sure Credit Facility   49,530   (963 ) 48,567     48,567  
8 Citi/K-Sure Credit Facility   103,650   (2,104 ) 101,546     101,546  
9 ABN AMRO/SEB Credit Facility   114,825   (2,875 ) 111,950     111,950  
10 Ocean Yield Lease Financing   160,262   (2,598 ) 157,664   (865 ) 156,799  
11 CMBFL Lease Financing   61,971   (1,227 ) 60,744     60,744  
12 BCFL Lease Financing (LR2s)   100,789   (1,856 ) 98,933   (623 ) 98,310  
13 CSSC Lease Financing   246,526   (4,327 ) 242,199   (1,442 ) 240,757  
14 BCFL Lease Financing (MRs)   98,831   (2,640 ) 96,191   (933 ) 95,258  
15 2018 CMB Lease Financing   136,543   (2,529 ) 134,014     134,014  
16 $116.0 Million Lease Financing   112,673   (1,570 ) 111,103   (567 ) 110,536  
17 AVIC International Lease Financing   139,103   (2,948 ) 136,155     136,155  
18 China Huarong Shipping Lease Financing   137,250   (3,375 ) 133,875     133,875  
19 $157.5 Million Lease Financing   152,086   (3,536 ) 148,550     148,550  
20 COSCO Lease Financing   84,150   (1,925 ) 82,225     82,225  
21 IFRS 16 - Leases - 3 MRs     49,374   49,374   (576 ) 48,798  
22 IFRS 16 - Leases - 7 Handymax     24,102   24,102   (1,210 ) 22,892  
23 2020 Senior Unsecured Notes   53,750     53,750     53,750  
24 2019 Senior Unsecured Notes   57,500   (57,500 )      
25 Convertible Notes due 2019   145,000   (2,292 ) 142,708     142,708  
26 Convertible Notes due 2022   203,500     203,500     203,500  
      $ 2,980,834   $ (49,204 ) $ 2,931,630   $ (8,632 ) $ 2,922,998  
                                   

Set forth below are the expected, estimated future principal repayments on the Company's outstanding indebtedness which includes principal amounts due under lease financing arrangements and lease liabilities under IFRS 16 as of March 31, 2019:

     
     In millions of U.S. dollars
Q2 2019 - principal payments made through May 1, 2019   $ 8.6  
Q2 2019 - remaining principal payments   43.1  
Q3 2019 (1)   211.6  
Q4 2019   52.2  
Q1 2020   69.1  
Q2 2020 (2)   104.6  
Q3 2020 (3)   153.1  
Q4 2020   48.5  
2021 and thereafter   2,240.8  
    $ 2,931.6  
         


   
(1) Repayments include $142.7 million due upon the maturity of the Company's Convertible Notes due 2019.
(2) Repayments include $53.8 million due upon the maturity of the Company's Senior Unsecured Notes due 2020.
(3) Repayments include $87.7 million due upon the maturity of the Company's ABN AMRO Credit Facility.
   

Explanation of Variances on the First Quarter of 2019 Financial Results Compared to the First Quarter of 2018

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company recorded net income of $14.5 million compared to a net loss of $31.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The following were the significant changes between the two periods:

  • TCE revenue, a Non-IFRS measure, is vessel revenues less voyage expenses (including bunkers and port charges). TCE revenue is included herein because it is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance irrespective of changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot voyages, time charters, and pool charters), and it provides useful information to investors and management. The following table depicts TCE revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018:
       
      For the three months ended
March 31,
In thousands of U.S. dollars   2019   2018
  Vessel revenue   $ 195,830     $ 156,446  
  Voyage expenses   (295 )   (3,339 )
  TCE revenue   $ 195,535     $ 153,107  
                   
  • TCE revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 increased $42.4 million to $195.5 million, from $153.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. This increase was the result of an improvement in TCE revenue per day across all of the Company's operating segments.  Overall TCE revenue per day increased to $18,570 per day during the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $13,331 per day during the three months ended March 31, 2018. The first quarter of 2019 reflected a dramatic improvement in the product tanker market as compared to the same period in 2018.  The positive trends developed late in the fourth quarter of 2018 and continued through most of the first quarter of 2019 as a result of several different factors including, but not limited to, (i) an increase in global demand for refined commodities against the backdrop of moderating supply of the global product tanker fleet, (ii) the opening of arbitrage windows on several trading routes, and (iii) the reduction of global product inventory drawdowns, increasing demand for product imports. This increase in TCE revenue per day was partially offset by a reduction of the Company's fleet to an average of 119.3 operating vessels during the three months ended March 31, 2019 from an average of 128.0 operating vessels during the three months ended March 31, 2018, which was the result of the redelivery of 11 time chartered-in vessels throughout 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Vessel operating costs for the three months ended March 31, 2019 decreased $1.1 million to $69.4 million, from $70.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  This decrease was primarily due to take over costs that the Company incurred for six vessels acquired from NPTI that transitioned technical management during the three months ended March 31, 2018.  These costs included additional crew severance and repatriation costs along with the costs for new spares, stores and other supplies.  No such costs were incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2019.  Additionally, vessel operating costs in the Handymax operating segment improved during the three months ended March 31, 2019, primarily as a result of reduced repairs and maintenance expenses.

  • Voyage expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 decreased $3.0 million, to $0.3 million from $3.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  This decrease was primarily due to several vessels that were acquired from NPTI that traded in the spot market during the three months ended March 31, 2018 prior to their transition to the Scorpio pools.

  • Charterhire expense for the three months ended March 31, 2019 decreased $13.6 million to $4.4 million, from $18.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  This decrease was the result of a decrease in the number of time chartered-in vessels during those periods.  The Company's time and bareboat chartered-in fleet consisted of an average of 0.3 time chartered-in vessels and 10.0 bareboat chartered-in vessels for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and the Company's time and bareboat chartered-in fleet consisted of an average of 9.4 time chartered-in vessels and 10.0 bareboat chartered-in vessels for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  As of March 31, 2019, we had 10 bareboat chartered-in vessels, which are right of use assets under IFRS 16 - Leases (i.e. there is no charterhire expense for these vessels).

  • Depreciation expense - owned or finance leased vessels for the three months ended March 31, 2019 remained consistent, increasing slightly by $0.4 million to $43.8 million, from $43.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  Depreciation expense in future periods is expected to increase as the Company installs ballast water treatment systems and scrubbers on its vessels in 2019 and 2020.

  • Depreciation expense - right of use assets for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $2.1 million.  Depreciation expense - right of use assets reflects the straight-line depreciation expense recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2019 as a result of the Company's transition to IFRS 16 - Leases on January 1, 2019.  Depreciation expense for right of use assets in future periods, absent any changes to the Company's time or bareboat chartered-in fleet, is expected to increase as seven bareboat chartered-in vessels commenced their leases in late March 2019 and depreciation expense in future periods will therefore reflect the full impact of these arrangements.  Right of use asset depreciation is approximately $0.2 million per vessel per month for all 10 vessels that the Company currently bareboat charters-in.

  • General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 increased $2.1 million to $15.7 million, from $13.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  This increase was primarily driven by an increase in compensation expenses, including an increase in restricted stock amortization.  General and administrative expenses in future periods are expected to reflect a similar run-rate to that which was incurred in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Financial expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 increased $9.3 million to $48.8 million, from $39.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  The increase in financial expenses was primarily a result of (i) increases in LIBOR rates as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018, (ii) an increase in the Company's average debt to $3.0 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2019 from $2.8 billion during the three months ended March 31, 2018 as a result of the Company's refinancing initiatives that were executed in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2018 and (iii) increased borrowing costs associated with the Company's lease financing arrangements that were entered into during 2018.  If LIBOR rates remain consistent, financial expenses in future periods are expected to reflect a similar run-rate to that which was incurred in the first quarter of 2019.
 
Scorpio Tankers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income or Loss
(unaudited)
 
    For the three months ended
March 31,
In thousands of U.S. dollars except per share and share data 2019   2018
Revenue      
  Vessel revenue $ 195,830     $ 156,446  
         
Operating expenses      
  Vessel operating costs (69,376 )   (70,430 )
  Voyage expenses (295 )   (3,339 )
  Charterhire (4,399 )   (18,012 )
  Depreciation - owned or finance leased vessels (43,814 )   (43,455 )
  Depreciation - right of use assets (2,135 )    
  General and administrative expenses (15,712 )   (13,626 )
  Merger transaction related costs     (264 )
  Total operating expenses (135,731 )   (149,126 )
Operating income 60,099     7,320  
Other (expense) and income, net      
  Financial expenses (48,756 )   (39,418 )
  Financial income 3,119     385  
  Other income and (expenses), net 14     (81 )
  Total other expense, net (45,623 )   (39,114 )
Net income / (loss) $ 14,476     $ (31,794 )
         
Earnings / (loss) per share      
         
  Basic $ 0.30     $ (1.03 )
  Diluted $ 0.30     $ (1.03 )
  Basic weighted average shares outstanding 48,070,530     30,790,502  
  Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (1) 48,556,887     30,790,502  
             


   
(1) The dilutive effect of (i) unvested shares of restricted stock and (ii) the potentially dilutive securities relating to the Company's Convertible Notes due 2019 and Convertible Notes due 2022 were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019 because their effect would have been anti-dilutive. Weighted average shares under the if-converted method (which includes the potential dilutive effect of the unvested shares of restricted stock, the Convertible Notes due 2019, and the Convertible Notes due 2022) were 55,173,745 for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
   


 
Scorpio Tankers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
 
  As of
In thousands of U.S. dollars March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 518,882     $ 593,652  
Accounts receivable 65,503     69,718  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,250     15,671  
Inventories 8,690     8,300  
Total current assets 609,325     687,341  
Non-current assets      
Vessels and drydock 3,966,671     3,997,789  
Right of use assets 73,160      
Other assets 83,004     75,210  
Goodwill 11,539     11,539  
Restricted cash 12,294     12,285  
Total non-current assets 4,146,668     4,096,823  
Total assets $ 4,755,993     $ 4,784,164  
Current liabilities      
Current portion of long-term debt $ 240,364     $ 297,934  
Finance lease liability 115,056     114,429  
Lease liability - IFRS 16 22,119      
Accounts payable 10,621     11,865  
Accrued expenses 24,178     22,972  
Total current liabilities 412,338     447,200  
Non-current liabilities      
Long-term debt 1,161,803     1,192,000  
Finance lease liability 1,277,235     1,305,952  
Lease liability - IFRS 16

51,356      
Total non-current liabilities 2,490,394     2,497,952  
Total liabilities 2,902,732     2,945,152  
Shareholders' equity      
Issued, authorized and fully paid-in share capital:      
Share capital 577     5,776  
Additional paid-in capital 2,655,822     2,648,599  
Treasury shares (467,057 )   (467,056 )
Accumulated deficit (1) (336,081 )   (348,307 )
Total shareholders' equity 1,853,261     1,839,012  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 4,755,993     $ 4,784,164  
               


   
(1) Accumulated deficit reflects the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16, Leases.  IFRS 16 amended the existing accounting standards to require lessees to recognize, on a discounted basis, the rights and obligations created by the commitment to lease assets on the balance sheet, unless the term of the lease is 12 months or less.  Accordingly, the standard resulted in the recognition of right-of-use assets and corresponding liabilities, on the basis of the discounted remaining future minimum lease payments, relating to the existing bareboat chartered-in vessel commitments for three bareboat chartered-in vessels, which are scheduled to expire in April 2025.  Upon transition, a lessee shall apply IFRS 16 to its leases either retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented (the ‘full retrospective approach’) or retrospectively with the cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 16 recognized at the date of initial application (the ‘modified retrospective approach’).  We applied the modified retrospective approach upon transition. The impact of the application of this standard on the opening balance sheet as of January 1, 2019 was the recognition of a $48.5 million right of use asset, a $50.7 million operating lease liability and a $2.2 million reduction in retained earnings relating to these three vessels.
   


 
Scorpio Tankers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited)
 
  For the three months ended
March 31,
In thousands of U.S. dollars 2019   2018
Operating activities      
Net income / (loss) $ 14,476     $ (31,794 )
Depreciation - owned or finance leased vessels 43,814     43,455  
Depreciation - right of use assets 2,135      
Amortization of restricted stock 7,184     6,650  
Amortization of deferred financing fees 2,215     3,306  
Write-off of deferred financing fees 275      
Accretion of convertible notes 3,493     3,200  
Accretion of fair value measurement on debt assumed from NPTI 920     960  
  74,512     25,777  
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
(Increase) / decrease in inventories (390 )   882  
Increase in accounts receivable 4,208     9,514  
(Increase) / decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets (580 )   7,608  
Increase in other assets (2,676 )   (3,071 )
Decrease in accounts payable (1,543 )   (2,323 )
Increase / (decrease) in accrued expenses 1,036     (3,538 )
  55     9,072  
Net cash inflow from operating activities 74,567     34,849  
Investing activities      
Acquisition of vessels and payments for vessels under construction     (25,851 )
Drydock, scrubber, ballast water treatment and other vessel related payments (owned, finance leased and bareboat-in vessels) (18,240 )   (438 )
Net cash outflow from investing activities (18,240 )   (26,289 )
Financing activities      
Debt repayments (120,360 )   (46,703 )
Issuance of debt     21,450  
Debt issuance costs (1,284 )   (2,354 )
Principal repayments on lease liability - IFRS 16 (1,726 )    
Increase in restricted cash (9 )   (768 )
Repayment of convertible notes (2,292 )    
Equity issuance costs (285 )   (4 )
Dividends paid (5,140 )   (3,264 )
Repurchase of common stock (1 )    
Net cash outflow from financing activities (131,097 )   (31,643 )
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (74,770 )   (23,083 )
Cash and cash equivalents at January 1, 593,652     186,462  
Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, $ 518,882     $ 163,379  
               



 
Scorpio Tankers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Other operating data for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(unaudited)
 
    For the three months ended
March 31,
    2019   2018
Adjusted EBITDA(1)  (in thousands of U.S. dollars except Fleet Data)   $ 113,246     $ 57,608  
         
Average Daily Results        
Time charter equivalent per day(2)   $ 18,570     $ 13,331  
Vessel operating costs per day(3)   $ 6,478     $ 6,624  
         
LR2        
TCE per revenue day (2)   $ 22,953     $ 14,302  
Vessel operating costs per day(3)   $ 6,810     $ 6,866  
Average number of owned or finance leased vessels   38.0     38.0  
Average number of time chartered-in vessels       1.4  
         
LR1        
TCE per revenue day (2)   $ 17,929     $ 10,121  
Vessel operating costs per day(3)   $ 6,597     $ 6,999  
Average number of owned or finance leased vessels   12.0     12.0  
Average number of time chartered-in vessels        
         
MR        
TCE per revenue day (2)   $ 15,715     $ 13,534  
Vessel operating costs per day(3)   $ 6,324     $ 6,376  
Average number of owned or finance leased vessels   45.0     44.6  
Average number of time chartered-in vessels   0.3     6.2  
Average number of bareboat chartered-in vessels   3.0     3.0  
         
Handymax        
TCE per revenue day (2)   $ 17,729     $ 12,875  
Vessel operating costs per day(3)   $ 6,160     $ 6,533  
Average number of owned or finance leased vessels   14.0     14.0  
Average number of time chartered-in vessels       1.8  
Average number of bareboat chartered-in vessels   7.0     7.0  
         
Fleet data        
Average number of owned or finance leased vessels   109.0     108.6  
Average number of time chartered-in vessels   0.3     9.4  
Average number of bareboat chartered-in vessels   10.0     10.0  
         
Drydock        
Drydock, scrubber, ballast water treatment and other vessel related payments for owned, finance leased and bareboat-in vessels (in thousands of U.S. dollars)   $ 18,240     $ 438  
                 


(1) See Non-IFRS Measures section below.
(2) Freight rates are commonly measured in the shipping industry in terms of time charter equivalent per day (or TCE per day), which is calculated by subtracting voyage expenses, including bunkers and port charges, from vessel revenue and dividing the net amount (time charter equivalent revenues) by the number of revenue days in the period. Revenue days are the number of days the vessel is owned, finance leased or chartered-in less the number of days the vessel is off-hire for drydock and repairs.
(3) Vessel operating costs per day represent vessel operating costs divided by the number of operating days during the period. Operating days are the total number of available days in a period with respect to the owned, finance leased or bareboat chartered-in vessels, before deducting available days due to off-hire days and days in drydock. Operating days is a measurement that is only applicable to our owned, finance leased or bareboat chartered-in vessels, not our time chartered-in vessels.


Fleet list as of May 1, 2019

  Vessel Name   Year
Built
  DWT   Ice
class
  Employment   Vessel type
  Owned or finance leased vessels                    
1   STI Brixton   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
2   STI Comandante   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
3   STI Pimlico   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
4   STI Hackney   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
5   STI Acton   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
6   STI Fulham   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
7   STI Camden   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
8   STI Battersea   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
9   STI Wembley   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
10   STI Finchley   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
11   STI Clapham   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
12   STI Poplar   2014   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
13   STI Hammersmith   2015   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
14   STI Rotherhithe   2015   38,734     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax
15   STI Amber   2012   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
16   STI Topaz   2012   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
17   STI Ruby   2012   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
18   STI Garnet   2012   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
19   STI Onyx   2012   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
20   STI Fontvieille   2013   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
21   STI Ville   2013   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
22   STI Duchessa   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
23   STI Opera   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
24   STI Texas City   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
25   STI Meraux   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
26   STI San Antonio   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
27   STI Venere   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
28   STI Virtus   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
29   STI Aqua   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
30   STI Dama   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
31   STI Benicia   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
32   STI Regina   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
33   STI St. Charles   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
34   STI Mayfair   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
35   STI Yorkville   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
36   STI Milwaukee   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
37   STI Battery   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
38   STI Soho   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
39   STI Memphis   2014   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
40   STI Tribeca   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
41   STI Gramercy   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
42   STI Bronx   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
43   STI Pontiac   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
44   STI Manhattan   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
45   STI Queens   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
46   STI Osceola   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
47   STI Notting Hill   2015   49,687     1B   SMRP (2)   MR
48   STI Seneca   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
49   STI Westminster   2015   49,687     1B   SMRP (2)   MR
50   STI Brooklyn   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
51   STI Black Hawk   2015   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
52   STI Galata   2017   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
53   STI Bosphorus   2017   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
54   STI Leblon   2017   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
55   STI La Boca   2017   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR
56   STI San Telmo   2017   49,990     1B   SMRP (2)   MR
57   STI Donald C Trauscht   2017   49,990     1B   SMRP (2)   MR
58   STI Esles II   2018   49,990     1B   SMRP (2)   MR
59   STI Jardins   2018   49,990     1B   SMRP (2)   MR
60   STI Excel   2015   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
61   STI Excelsior   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
62   STI Expedite   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
63   STI Exceed   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
64   STI Executive   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
65   STI Excellence   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
66   STI Experience   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
67   STI Express   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
68   STI Precision   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
69   STI Prestige   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
70   STI Pride   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
71   STI Providence   2016   74,000       SLR1P (3)   LR1
72   STI Elysees   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
73   STI Madison   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
74   STI Park   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
75   STI Orchard   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
76   STI Sloane   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
77   STI Broadway   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
78   STI Condotti   2014   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
79   STI Rose   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
80   STI Veneto   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
81   STI Alexis   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
82   STI Winnie   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
83   STI Oxford   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
84   STI Lauren   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
85   STI Connaught   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
86   STI Spiga   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
87   STI Savile Row   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
88   STI Kingsway   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
89   STI Carnaby   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
90   STI Solidarity   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
91   STI Lombard   2015   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
92   STI Grace   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
93   STI Jermyn   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
94   STI Sanctity   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
95   STI Solace   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
96   STI Stability   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
97   STI Steadfast   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
98   STI Supreme   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
99   STI Symphony   2016   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
100   STI Gallantry   2016   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
101   STI Goal   2016   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
102   STI Nautilus   2016   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
103   STI Guard   2016   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
104   STI Guide   2016   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
105   STI Selatar   2017   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
106   STI Rambla   2017   109,999       SLR2P (4)   LR2
107   STI Gauntlet   2017   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
108   STI Gladiator   2017   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
109   STI Gratitude   2017   113,000       SLR2P (4)   LR2
                       
  Total owned or finance leased DWT       7,883,190              
                       


  Vessel Name   Year
Built
  DWT   Ice
class
  Employment   Vessel type   Charter
type
  Daily
Base
Rate
  Expiry (5)  
  Bareboat chartered-in vessels                                  
110   Silent   2007   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-20 (6)
111   Single   2007   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-20 (6)
112   Star I   2007   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-20 (6)
113   Sky   2007   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-21 (7)
114   Steel   2008   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-21 (7)
115   Stone I   2008   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-21 (7)
116   Style   2008   37,847     1A    SHTP (1)   Handymax   Bareboat   $ 6,300     31-Mar-21 (7)
117   STI Beryl   2013   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR   Bareboat   $ 8,800     18-Apr-25 (8)
118   STI Le Rocher   2013   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR   Bareboat   $ 8,800     21-Apr-25 (8)
119   STI Larvotto   2013   49,990       SMRP (2)   MR   Bareboat   $ 8,800     28-Apr-25 (8)
                                     
  Total bareboat chartered-in DWT       414,899                            
                                     
  Total Fleet DWT       8,298,089                            
                                     


(1 ) This vessel operates in the Scorpio Handymax Tanker Pool, or SHTP. SHTP is a Scorpio Pool and is operated by Scorpio Commercial Management S.A.M., or SCM. SHTP and SCM are related parties to the Company.
(2 ) This vessel operates in the Scorpio MR Pool, or SMRP. SMRP is a Scorpio Pool and is operated by SCM. SMRP and SCM are related parties to the Company.
(3 ) This vessel operates in the Scorpio LR1 Pool, or SLR1P. SLR1P is a Scorpio Pool and is operated by SCM. SLR1P and SCM are related parties to the Company.
(4 ) This vessel operates in the Scorpio LR2 Pool, or SLR2P. SLR2P is a Scorpio Pool and is operated by SCM. SLR2P and SCM are related parties to the Company.
(5 ) Redelivery from the charterer is plus or minus 30 days from the expiry date.
(6 ) In March 2019, the Company entered into a new bareboat charter-in agreement on this vessel for a period of one year at $6,300 per day.
(7 ) In March 2019, the Company entered into a new bareboat charter-in agreement on this vessel for a period of two years at $6,300 per day.
(8 ) In April 2017, we sold and leased back this vessel, on a bareboat basis, for a period of up to eight years for $8,800 per day.  The sales price was $29.0 million, and we have the option to purchase this vessel beginning at the end of the fifth year of the agreement through the end of the eighth year of the agreement, at market-based prices. Additionally, a deposit of $4.35 million was retained by the buyer and will either be applied to the purchase price of the vessel if a purchase option is exercised or refunded to us at the expiration of the agreement.
     

Dividend Policy

The declaration and payment of dividends is subject at all times to the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors. The timing and the amount of dividends, if any, depends on the Company's earnings, financial condition, cash requirements and availability, fleet renewal and expansion, restrictions in loan agreements, the provisions of Marshall Islands law affecting the payment of dividends and other factors.

The Company's dividends paid during 2018 and 2019 were as follows:

Date paid Dividends per
share
 
March 2018 $0.100  
June 2018 $0.100  
September 2018 $0.100  
December 2018 $0.100  
March 2019 $0.100  

On May 1, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, payable on or about June 27, 2019 to all shareholders of record as of June 5, 2019 (the record date).  As of May 1, 2019, there were 51,396,970 of the common shares of the Company outstanding.

Securities Repurchase Program

In May 2015, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a Securities Repurchase Program to purchase up to an aggregate of $250 million of the Company's securities which, in addition to its common shares, currently consist of its (i) Convertible Notes due 2019, which were issued in June 2014, (ii) Unsecured Senior Notes due 2020 (SBNA), which were issued in May 2014, and (iii) Convertible Notes due 2022, which were issued in May and July 2018.  Since January 2019 through the date of this press release, the Company has acquired the following:

  • An aggregate of 30 of its common shares at an average price of $17.10 per share; the repurchased shares are being held as treasury shares. There are 51,396,970 shares outstanding as of May 1, 2019.

  • $2.29 million face value of the Convertible Notes due 2019 at an average price of $990.00 per $1,000 principal amount, or $2.27 million. 

As of the date hereof, the Company has the authority to purchase up to an additional $121.6 million of its securities under its Securities Repurchase Program. The Company may repurchase its securities in the open market, at times and prices that are considered to be appropriate by the Company, but is not obligated under the terms of the Securities Repurchase Program to repurchase any of its securities.

About Scorpio Tankers Inc.

Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns or finance leases 109 product tankers (38 LR2 tankers, 12 LR1 tankers, 45 MR tankers, 14 Handymax tankers) with an average age of 3.7 years and bareboat charters-in 10 product tankers (three MR tankers and seven Handymax tankers). Additional information about the Company is available at the Company's website www.scorpiotankers.com, which is not a part of this press release.

Non-IFRS Measures

Reconciliation of IFRS Financial Information to Non-IFRS Financial Information

This press release describes time charter equivalent revenue, or TCE revenue, adjusted net income or loss and adjusted EBITDA, which are not measures prepared in accordance with IFRS ("Non-IFRS" measures). The Non-IFRS measures are presented in this press release as we believe that they provide investors and other users of our financial statements, such as our lenders, with a means of evaluating and understanding how the Company's management evaluates the Company's operating performance. These Non-IFRS measures should not be considered in isolation from, as substitutes for, or superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with IFRS.

The Company believes that the presentation of TCE revenue, adjusted net income or loss with adjusted earnings or loss per share, basic and diluted, and adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors or other users of our financial statements, such as our lenders, because they facilitate the comparability and the evaluation of companies in the Company’s industry. In addition, the Company believes that TCE revenue, adjusted net income or loss with adjusted earnings or loss per share, basic and diluted, and adjusted EBITDA are useful in evaluating its operating performance compared to that of other companies in the Company’s industry. The Company’s definitions of TCE revenue, adjusted net income or loss with adjusted earnings or loss per share, basic and diluted, and adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as reported by other companies in the shipping industry or other industries.

TCE revenue is reconciled above in the section entitled 'Explanation of Variances on the First Quarter of 2019 Financial Results Compared to the First Quarter of 2018'.

Reconciliation of Net Income / (Loss) to Adjusted Net Income / (Loss)

      For the three months ended March 31, 2019
          Per share   Per share
 
In thousands of U.S. dollars except per share data   Amount    basic    diluted
 
  Net income   $ 14,476     $ 0.30     $ 0.30    
  Adjustment:            
    Deferred financing fees write-off   275       0.01       0.01    
  Adjusted net income   $ 14,751     $ 0.31     $ 0.30   (1)


       
      For the three months ended March 31, 2018
          Per share   Per share
In thousands of U.S. dollars except per share data   Amount    basic    diluted
  Net loss   $ (31,794 )   $ (1.03 )   $ (1.03 )
  Adjustments:            
    Merger transaction related costs   264       0.01       0.01  
  Adjusted net loss   $ (31,530 )   $ (1.02 )   $ (1.02 )
                           

(1) Summation differences due to rounding

Reconciliation of Net Income / (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA

      For the three months ended
March 31,
In thousands of U.S. dollars   2019   2018
  Net income / (loss)   $ 14,476     $ (31,794 )
    Financial expenses   48,756     39,418  
    Financial income   (3,119 )   (385 )
    Depreciation - owned or finance leased vessels   43,814     43,455  
  Depreciation - right of use assets   2,135      
  Merger transaction related costs       264  
    Amortization of restricted stock   7,184     6,650  
  Adjusted EBITDA   $ 113,246     $ 57,608  
                   

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," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "target," "project," "likely," "may," "will," "would," "could" and similar expressions identify forward‐looking statements.

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, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although management 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, there can be no assurance that the Company will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. The Company undertakes no obligation, and specifically declines 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.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward‐looking statements include, unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses, future prospects, business and management strategies for the management, expansion and growth of the Company’s operations, risks relating to the integration of assets or operations of entities that it has or may in the future acquire and the possibility that the anticipated synergies and other benefits of such acquisitions may not be realized within expected timeframes or at all, the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with the Company, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for tanker vessel capacity, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for the Company’s vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, 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 of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off‐hires, and other factors. Please see the Company's filings with the SEC for a more complete discussion of certain of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Scorpio Tankers Inc.
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