Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2022. The Company also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share for the fourth quarter of 2022.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2022, the Company generated Net Revenues of $28.5 million, compared to $56.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $12.5 million, compared to $38.8 million in the same period of 2021. Net Income and Adjusted Net Income for the quarter were $0.5 million and $0.9 million, respectively, compared to Net Income of $20.6 million and Adjusted Net Income of $27.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The daily Time Charter Equivalent (“TCE”4 ) of the fleet for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $17,294, compared to $36,642 in the same period of 2021.
For the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2022, Net Revenues were $125.0 million, compared to $153.1 million in the same period of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months of 2022 was $65.6 million, compared to $90.1 million in the same period of 2021. The daily TCE of the fleet for the twelve months of 2022 was $20,040, compared to $27,399 in the twelve months of 2021. The average daily OPEX was $6,819, compared to $6,211 of the respective period of 2021.
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Cash and cash-equivalents, restricted cash and term deposits, as of December 31, 2022, stood at $32.5 million. Shareholders’ equity at the end of the fourth quarter was $221.7 million. Long-term debt (senior loans, convertible note and other financial liabilities) net of deferred charges stood at $255.7 million, while the book value of the fleet was $462.4 million.
Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“We are pleased to report another profitable year for Seanergy, despite the prevailing global economic and political challenges that have negatively affected our industry.
“For the fourth quarter of 2022 our Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend of $0.025 per share which represents the majority of Seanergy’s net income for the quarter. We remain cognizant of current Capesize market conditions and our primary aim is to preserve a balance between financial flexibility, capital returns and investment opportunities. Since we initiated our dividend policy in the beginning of 2022, total cash dividends declared have been approximately $22.9 million or $1.275 per share, representing a 20% yield based on our share price as of March 10, 2023. Along with the successful execution of $35.5 million in repurchases of common shares and convertible securities since December 2021, we have deployed approximately $58.4 million benefiting our common shareholders over the last 15 months.
“In July 2022, we completed the spin-off of United Maritime Corporation, which commenced trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market on July 6, 2022, under the ticker “USEA”. The distribution of all of United’s common shares to our shareholders represents an additional significant return of value.
“As far as our results for the fourth quarter of 2022 are concerned, we recorded a TCE of $17,300, achieving a premium of 16% over the Baltic Capesize Index and for the full year our daily TCE of $20,040 represented a premium of about 24% over the index. We have outperformed the market consistently over the past quarters, despite the volatility experienced in day-rates, and we consider this a main pillar of our success. Our Net Income for the fourth quarter and full year period was equal to $0.5 million and $17.2 million, respectively. Our decision to focus on high quality vessels in combination with our proactive freight hedging strategy and the premiums earned by our scrubber fitted vessels have mitigated the effects of a falling spot market.
“Regarding our fleet renewal strategy, in December 2022 we took delivery of a scrubber fitted Capesize vessel built in 2012 in Japan, the M/V Paroship. The vessel entered a time charter (“T/C”) with a major European ship operator for a period of about 10 months at an index linked rate with the majority of the scrubber profit being assigned to Seanergy. This was the second vessel purchased by our Company in 2022, following the acquisition of the 2010 Japanese-built M/V Honorship in the second quarter, also chartered to NYK and for a period of about 20 to about 24 months on an index linked rate. These vessels replaced the older M/V Goodship and M/V Tradership, built in 2005 and 2006, respectively, which we agreed to sell in the fourth quarter of 2022 to United Maritime, as well as the 2004-built M/V Gloriuship that was spun-off in July 2022 as part of United Maritime. Through these purchase and sale transactions we reduced the average age of our fleet by approximately one year. Furthermore, the scrubber profit sharing schemes of our fleet have been improved, which will add meaningfully to our revenues in 2023 and beyond.
“On the financing front, within 2022 we concluded approximately $124.8 million in new financing arrangements and refinancings and we have sufficient liquidity to mitigate a softer market environment, whilst we are continuously renewing our fleet in expectancy of a stronger rates environment later in 2023.
“In February 2023, we effected a one-for-ten reverse stock split to proactively achieve compliance with Nasdaq’s listing rules, attract a broader and long-term investor base and improve the daily marketability and liquidity of our shares. On that note, given what I believe to be a material undervaluation of our common stock, I have decided to invest up to $1 million of my personal capital in additional Seanergy shares. I intend to commence the purchases in the open market following the announcement of our financial results in line with Seanergy’s trading policy.
“Moving on to issues relating to Environmental, Social and Governance, in December 2022 we released our first ESG report, which has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). On this note, I am pleased to see our fleet consistently managing to secure premiums to benchmark Baltic Capesize Index levels on our recent time charter renewals, which in many ways comes on the back of our ambitious energy efficiency improvement program implemented over the last two years.
“Regarding current market conditions, we are glad to see that the seasonal spot market weakness was short-lived, and we already see signs of recovery with spot rates and forward curves moving up substantially in recent days. We also note that vessel values have remained firm through the recent months based on our sector’s strong forward outlook. With dry bulk fleet growth at the lowest levels on record and with demand for dry bulk commodities expected to rebound after the reopening of China, we remain confident in the long-term prospects of the market and believe that Seanergy is very well positioned to benefit from the widely anticipated rebound in the sector. We will continue to evaluate our options with respect to returning capital to shareholders and accretive vessel acquisitions.”
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Reverse stock split and Nasdaq Compliance
At the opening of trading on February 16, 2023, a 1-for-10 reverse stock split of the Company’s common stock became effective and our shares began trading on a split adjusted basis on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
The exercise price of the Company’s outstanding Class D and Class E warrants, the conversion price of the Company’s $3.2 million outstanding convertible note, and the number of shares issuable on conversion or exchange of such securities, was adjusted accordingly.
On March 3, 2023, we received a letter from Nasdaq confirming that we had regained compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirement.
Dividend Distribution for Q3 2022 and Declaration of Q4 2022 Dividend
On January 30, 2023, the Company paid the previously announced quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share, for the third quarter of 2022, to all shareholders of record as of December 28, 2022.
The Company also declared a cash dividend of $0.025 per share for the fourth quarter of 2022 payable on or about April 25, 2023 to the shareholders of record as of March 31, 2023.
Completion of the tender offer for the purchase of the Class E Common Share Purchase Warrants
On January 10, 2023, the Company completed its tender offer to purchase all outstanding Class E Warrants at a price of $0.20 per warrant. The total number of warrants tendered was 4,038,114 warrants, representing approximately 47% of the outstanding Class E Warrants. The remaining outstanding Class E Warrants are exercisable to purchase up to 449,459 of our common shares at an exercise price of $4.99 per common share.
Buyback of Convertible Note
On January 3, 2023, the Company repaid $8.0 million of the note issued to Jelco Delta Holding Corp. (“Note”) at its face value, without any prepayment cost or additional consideration in accordance with the terms of the Note. Based on a conversion price of $12 per share, the buyback pre-empted the potential issuance of 667,000 shares.
In addition, considering that the Note carries a fixed coupon of 5.5% p.a., the Company will realize annual interest savings of $440,000. There are approximately $3.2 million currently outstanding under the Note, which is the only remaining convertible note issued by the Company.
Environmental, Social and Governance Report for 2021
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On December 22, 2022, the Company released its Environmental, Social and Governance Report (“ESG Report”) for the year ended December 31, 2021. The ESG Report provides an overview of Seanergy’s policies relating to environmental, social and governance commitments of the Company and has been developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Standards (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Stock Purchases by the CEO
Seanergy’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Stamatis Tsantanis, has since August 2022 purchased 300,000 of the Company’s common shares in the open market.
Mr. Tsantanis has also announced his intention to purchase an aggregate of up to $1,000,000 in the Company’s common shares in the open market, following the effective date of the reverse stock split.
Vessel Transactions and Commercial Updates
Acquisition of M/V Paroship
In December 2022, the Company took delivery of the 181,415 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, built in 2012 in Japan, which was renamed M/V Paroship. The M/V Paroship was acquired for a gross purchase price of $31.0 million and was fixed on a T/C with Oldendorff Carriers, with the T/C having a term of about 10 months. The gross daily rate of the T/C is based at a premium over the BCI.
Sale of M/V Goodship and M/V Tradership
In December 2022, the Company entered into agreements for the sale of the oldest vessels in its fleet, the 177,536 dwt M/V Goodship and the 176,925 dwt M/V Tradership for an aggregate price of $36.25 million. The delivery of both vessels took place in February 2023.
In November 2022, the M/V Patriotship was delivered to Glencore for a period of about 12 to about 18 months. The gross daily rate of the T/C is based at a premium over the BCI. In addition, the Company has the option to convert the index-linked rate to a fixed rate based on the prevailing Capesize FFA for the selected period.
In October 2022, the charterer of the M/V Premiership agreed to exercise the optional period extending the T/C for a period of about 11 months to about 13 months including the option to the owner to convert this charter party to a fixed rate based on prevailing BCI FFA rate.
In November 2022, the charterer of the M/V Squireship agreed to exercise the optional period extending the T/C for a period of about 11 months to about 13 months including the option to the owner to convert this charter party to a fixed rate based on prevailing BCI FFA rate.
New Loan Facility with Alpha Bank S.A.
On December 15, 2022, the Company entered into a $16.5 million loan facility to finance part of the acquisition cost of the M/V Paroship. The facility has a term of four years, while the interest rate is 2.9% plus term SOFR per annum and will amortize through four quarterly instalments of $0.5 million, followed by twelve quarterly installments of $0.4 million and a $9.6 million balloon payment at maturity. The facility is secured by, among others, a mortgage on the M/V Paroship and a corporate guarantee from the Company.
Prepayment of Aegean Baltic Bank Loan Facility
In connection with the recent sales of the M/V Goodship and M/V Tradership, the Company prepaid on February 9, 2023, the outstanding amount of $6.1 million of the tranche secured by the M/V Goodship and on February 24, 2023, the outstanding amount of $6.8 million of the second and final tranche of the facility, secured by the M/V Tradership.
Danish Ship Finance Commitment Letter for Sustainability Linked Loan Facility
On March 2, 2023, the Company obtained a commitment letter from Danish Ship Finance for a sustainability-linked loan facility of up to $15.8 million, in order to exercise the repurchase option for the M/V Championship under the sale and leaseback agreement with Cargill. The interest rate will be 2.65% plus 3-month Term SOFR per annum, which can decrease or increase by 0.05% based on certain emission reduction thresholds, and the term of the agreement will be five years. The facility will be repayable through eight quarterly instalments of $0.7 million followed by 12 quarterly instalments of $0.6 million and a balloon of $2.9 million payable together with the last instalment. The transaction is subject to completion of definitive documentation.
Source: Seanergy Maritime