STEALTHGAS INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS

ATHENS, GREECE, August 23, 2018. STEALTHGAS INC. (NASDAQ: GASS), a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018.

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Second Quarter 2018 Results:

Six Months 2018 Results:

 

Fleet Update Since Previous Announcement

The Company announced the conclusion of the following chartering arrangements:  

With these charters, the Company has total contracted revenues of approximately $170 million. Total anticipated voyage days of our fleet is 74% covered for the remainder of 2018 and 38% for 2019.

 

 

Board Chairman Michael Jolliffe Commented

 

In spite of the seasonally weak period for our market, the second quarter of 2018, was a very solid quarter as we managed to achieve an operational utilization of 97.8%, our best performance since the first quarter of 2014. The combined effect of the improving market and the Company’s sound management positively impacted our results. Market rates for the small LPG carrier segment continued to rise resulting in an increase in both our time charter and spot revenues. We believe that market fundamentals in terms of demand for LPG and a limited orderbook will improve the day rates even further. Our Company is well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities. We are focused on following a chartering policy in line with what the market dictates and at the same time seeking  to contain costs. We have been very active lately in terms of our sale and purchase activity, since the beginning of the year having agreed to sell seven small LPG vessels, mostly older ones that will enhance our cash position by approximately $30 million. With strong balance sheet in terms of liquidity and low leverage, a top quality fleet and promising market fundamentals we are optimistic about the future of StealthGas.

Conference Call details:

 

On August 23, 2018 at 11:00 am ET, the company’s management will host a conference call to discuss the results and the company’s operations and outlook.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers:

800-458-4148 (US Toll Free Dial In) or 0800 279 7204 (UK Toll Free Dial In).

Access Code: 2678857.                                                           

                                       
In case of any problems with the above numbers, please dial +1 323-794-2598 (US Toll Dial In), +44 (0)330 336 9411 (Standard International Dial In).                                                          

Access Code: 2678857.                                                           

 
A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until  August 30, 2018 by dialing +1 719-457-0820 (US Local Dial In), +44 (0) 207 660 0134  (UK Local Dial In).

Access Code: 2678857.                                                           

Slides and audio webcast:

 

There will also be a live and then archived webcast of the conference call, through the STEALTHGAS INC. website (www.stealthgas.com). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

 

About STEALTHGAS INC.

StealthGas Inc. is a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry.  StealthGas Inc. currently has a fleet of 55 vessels. The fleet comprises of  51 LPG carriers, including three chartered in LPG vessels, with a total capacity of 325,995 cubic meters (cbm), three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons (dwt). StealthGas Inc.’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trade under the symbol “GASS”.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although STEALTHGAS INC. 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 our control, STEALTHGAS INC. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, shipyard performance, changes in STEALTHGAS INC’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by STEALTHGAS INC. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fleet List and Fleet Deployment                        

For information on our fleet and further information:

Visit our website at www.stealthgas.com

Company Contact:

Fenia Sakellaris

STEALTHGAS INC.

011-30-210-6250-001
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Fleet Data:

The following key indicators highlight the Company’s operating performance during the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

 

FLEET DATA

Q2 2017

Q2 2018

6M 2017

6M 2018

Average number of vessels (1)

53.4

52.2

53.2

52.0

Period end number of owned vessels in fleet

54

52

54

52

Total calendar days for fleet (2)

5,045

5,026

9,995

9,865

Total voyage days for fleet (3)

5,018

4,969

9,911

9,756

Fleet utilization (4)

99.5%

98.9%

99.2%

98.9%

Total charter days for fleet (5)

4,080

4,160

8,318

7,941

Total spot market days for fleet (6)

938

809

1,593

1,815

Fleet operational utilization (7)

94.9%

97.8%

96.1%

95.6%

1) Average number of vessels is the number of owned vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

2) Total calendar days for fleet are the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period including off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.

3) Total voyage days for fleet reflect the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period net of off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.

4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

5) Total charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on time or bareboat charters for the relevant period.

6) Total spot market charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on spot market charters for the relevant period.

7) Fleet operational utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels generated revenue, and is determined by dividing voyage days (excluding commercially idle days) by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss)/Income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS:

Adjusted net income represents net (loss)/income/(loss) before loss/(gain) on derivatives excluding net swap interest paid, share based compensation, loss on sale of vessel and impairment. EBITDA represents net (loss)/income before interest and finance costs including net swap interest paid, interest income and other income/(expenses) and depreciation. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before share based compensation, loss/(gain) on derivatives, excluding net swap interest paid, loss on sale of vessel and impairment loss. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are not recognized measurements under U.S. GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS may not be comparable to that reported by other companies in the shipping or other industries.  In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income and Adjusted EPS, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are included herein because they are a basis, upon which we assess our financial performance. They allow us to present our performance from period to period on a comparable basis and provide additional information on fleet operational results to investors.

 

 

(Expressed in United States Dollars,
except number of shares)

Second Quarter Ended June 30th,

Six Months Period Ended June 30th,

 

2017

2018

2017

2018

Net Income - Adjusted Net Income

       

Net (loss)/income

(1,708,871)

(397,816)

294,833

(6,171,053)

Loss/(gain) on derivatives

101,249

(8,969)

228,380

37,786

Less swap interest paid

(108,585)

(16,470)

(244,960)

(81,738)

Loss on sale of vessel, net

--

219,479

--

219,479

Impairment loss

3,225,890

3,776,109

3,225,890

7,594,377

Share based compensation

36,300

--

72,202

--

Adjusted Net Income

1,545,983

3,572,333

3,576,345

1,598,851

         

Net income – EBITDA

       

Net (loss)/income

(1,708,871)

(397,816)

294,833

(6,171,053)

Plus interest and finance costs and swap interest paid

4,252,266

6,054,999

8,000,134

11,259,834

Less interest income and other income

(72,446)

(129,227)

(150,025)

(228,623)

Plus depreciation

9,743,366

10,453,582

19,447,820

20,983,941

EBITDA

12,214,315

15,981,538

27,592,762

25,844,099

         

Net income - Adjusted  EBITDA

       

Net (loss)/income

(1,708,871)

(397,816)

294,833

(6,171,053)

Loss/(gain) on derivatives

101,249

(8,969)

228,380

37,786

Loss on sale of vessel, net

--

219,479

--

219,479

Impairment loss

3,225,890

3,776,109

3,225,890

7,594,377

Share based compensation

36,300

--

72,202

--

Plus interest and finance costs

4,143,681

6,038,529

7,755,174

11,178,096

Less interest income and other income

(72,446)

(129,227)

(150,025)

(228,623)

Plus depreciation

9,743,366

10,453,582

19,447,820

20,983,941

Adjusted EBITDA

15,469,169

19,951,687

30,874,274

33,614,003

         

EPS - Adjusted EPS

       

Net (loss)/income

(1,708,871)

(397,816)

294,833

(6,171,053)

Adjusted net income

1,545,983

3,572,333

3,576,345

1,598,851

Weighted average number of shares

39,802,885

39,860,563

39,802,885

39,860,563

EPS - Basic and Diluted

(0.04)

(0.01)

0.01

(0.15)

Adjusted EPS

0.04

0.09

0.09

0.04

 

StealthGas Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Expressed in United States Dollars, except for number of shares)

 

         

Quarters Ended June 30,

 

Six Month Periods Ended June 30,

         

2017*

 

2018

 

2017*

 

2018

Revenues

                   
 

Revenues

   

38,311,480

 

43,380,863

 

75,363,821

 

83,076,345

 

Revenues - related party

 

961,893

 

  --

 

1,973,643

   

Total revenues

   

39,273,373

 

43,380,863

 

77,337,464

 

83,076,345

Expenses

                   
 

Voyage expenses

   

4,054,249

 

3,727,056

 

7,141,963

 

8,878,307

 

Voyage expenses - related party

 

486,522

 

536,601

 

961,655

 

1,020,500

 

Charter hire expenses

 

875,005

 

1,676,259

 

1,756,942

 

2,645,406

 

Vessels' operating expenses

 

14,017,188

 

14,786,705

 

28,537,294

 

30,145,118

 

Vessels' operating expenses - related party

350,973

 

95,000

 

752,404

 

122,000

 

Drydocking costs

   

1,233,368

 

653,968

 

1,925,113

 

2,157,048

 

Management fees - related party

 

1,844,635

 

1,809,500

 

3,654,085

 

3,553,100

 

General and administrative expenses

 

645,844

 

845,313

 

1,361,803

 

1,417,840

 

Depreciation

   

9,743,366

 

10,453,582

 

19,447,820

 

20,983,941

 

Impairment loss

   

3,225,890

 

3,776,109

 

3,225,890

 

7,594,377

 

Loss on sale of vessel, net

 

  --

 

219,479

 

  --

 

219,479

 

Other operating costs/(income)

   

395,990

 

(696,471)

 

545,990

 

(549,804)

Total expenses

   

36,873,030

 

37,883,101

 

69,310,959

 

78,187,312

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

2,400,343

 

5,497,762

 

8,026,505

 

4,889,033

                       

Other (expenses)/income

               
 

Interest and finance costs

 

(4,143,681)

 

(6,038,529)

 

(7,755,174)

 

(11,178,096)

 

(Loss)/gain on derivatives

   

(101,249)

 

8,969

 

(228,380)

 

(37,786)

 

Interest income and other income/(expenses)

72,446

 

129,227

 

150,025

 

228,623

 

Foreign exchange gain/(loss)

 

63,270

 

4,755

 

101,857

 

(72,827)

Other expenses, net

   

(4,109,214)

 

(5,895,578)

 

(7,731,672)

 

(11,060,086)

                       

Net (loss)/income

     

(1,708,871)

 

(397,816)

 

294,833

 

(6,171,053)

                       

 (Loss)/earnings per share

                 

- Basic & Diluted

   

(0.04)

 

(0.01)

 

0.01

 

(0.15)

                       

Weighted average number of shares

             

- Basic & Diluted

     

39,802,885

 

39,860,563

 

39,802,885

 

39,860,563

*We adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board's ("FASB") Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2014-09, "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" ("ASU 2014-09" or "ASC 606") as of January 1, 2018 utilizing the modified retrospective method of transition. As such, the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for periods prior to January 1, 2018. Under the modified retrospective approach, the Company recognized the cumulative effect of adopting this standard as an adjustment amounting to $0.3 million to decrease the opening balance of Retained Earnings as of January 1, 2018 which consists of $0.6 million of voyage revenue representing performance obligations satisfied in 2018 partly offset by $0.3 million of deferred costs representing costs such as bunker expenses and port expenses, incurred prior to commencement of loading that were recognized in 2018.

 

StealthGas Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in United States Dollars)

         

December 31,

 

June 30,

         

2017

 

2018

Assets

           

Current assets

         
 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

51,754,131

 

55,669,369

 

Trade and other receivables

 

3,853,992

 

5,152,585

 

Other current assets

   

  --

 

270,407

 

Claims receivable

   

15,951

 

  --

 

Inventories

   

2,762,299

 

3,334,542

 

Advances and prepayments

 

1,221,029

 

1,578,754

 

Restricted cash

   

3,231,323

 

2,888,222

 

Vessel held for sale

   

  --

 

8,315,938

Total current assets

   

62,838,725

 

77,209,817

Non-current assets

         
 

Advances for vessels under construction

61,577,818

 

  --

 

Vessels, net

   

862,061,906

 

985,483,404

 

Other receivables

   

243,075

 

138,859

 

Restricted cash

   

7,917,738

 

12,411,505

 

Deferred finance charges

941,760

 

--

 

Fair value of derivatives

     

645,169

 

1,859,940

Total non-current assets

 

933,387,466

 

999,893,708

Total assets

   

996,226,191

 

1,077,103,525

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

       

Current liabilities

         
 

Payable to related parties

 

14,209,624

 

11,451,255

 

Trade accounts payable

 

10,509,465

 

11,020,866

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

5,880,479

 

6,198,767

 

Customer deposits

   

1,820,700

 

1,336,000

 

Deferred income

   

4,362,056

 

6,171,917

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

41,966,607

 

49,368,920

Total current liabilities

   

78,748,931

 

85,547,725

Non-current liabilities

         
 

Fair value of derivatives

 

126,525

 

  --

 

Customer deposits

   

736,000

 

  --

 

Deferred gain on sale and leaseback of vessels

190,087

 

93,368

 

Deferred income

4,035

 

  --

 

Long-term debt

   

342,941,841

 

423,201,550

Total non-current liabilities

 

343,998,488

 

423,294,918

Total liabilities

   

422,747,419

 

508,842,643

Commitments and contingencies

 

  --

 

  --

Stockholders' equity

         
 

Capital stock

   

442,850

 

442,850

 

Treasury stock

   

(22,523,528)

 

(22,523,528)

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

501,471,768

 

501,471,768

 

Retained earnings

   

93,469,787

 

86,954,553

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

617,895

 

1,915,239

Total stockholders' equity

 

573,478,772

 

568,260,882

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

996,226,191

 

1,077,103,525

 

 

StealthGas Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in United States Dollars)

               

Six Month Periods Ended June 30,

         

 

   

2017

 

2018

 

Cash flows from operating activities

               
 

Net income/(loss) for the period

       

294,833

 

(6,171,053)

 
                       

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash

             

  provided by operating activities:

               
 

Depreciation

         

19,447,820

 

20,983,941

 
 

Amortization of deferred finance charges

     

346,663

 

438,716

 
 

Amortization of deferred gain on sale and leaseback of vessels

     

(96,719)

 

(96,719)

 
 

Share based compensation

       

72,202

 

  --

 
 

Change in fair value of derivatives

       

(16,580)

 

(43,952)

 
 

Impairment loss

         

3,225,890

 

7,594,377

 
 

Loss on sale of vessel

       

  --

 

219,479

 
                       

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

             
 

(Increase)/decrease in

               
 

Trade and other receivables

       

(2,678,967)

 

(1,762,222)

 
 

Other current assets

         

--

 

23,257

 
 

Claims receivable

         

(220,084)

 

15,951

 
 

Inventories

         

(953,919)

 

(615,881)

 
 

Advances and prepayments

       

(169,645)

 

(357,725)

 
 

Increase/(decrease) in

               
 

Balances with related parties

       

4,866,169

 

(2,758,369)

 
 

Trade accounts payable

       

810,510

 

880,010

 
 

Accrued liabilities

         

(122,587)

 

318,288

 
 

Deferred income

         

(321,426)

 

1,735,826

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

   

 

24,484,160

 

20,403,924

 
                       

Cash flows from investing activities

               
 

Insurance proceeds

         

165,618

 

--

 
 

Proceeds from sale of vessel, net

       

--

 

8,730,520

 
 

Vessels’ acquisitions and advances for vessels under construction

     

(54,536,234)

 

(108,012,906)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

   

 

(54,370,616)

 

(99,282,386)

 
                       

Cash flows from financing activities

               
 

Deferred finance charges

       

(646,506)

 

(444,330)

 
 

Customer deposits paid

       

--

 

(1,220,700)

 
 

Loan repayments

         

(22,153,411)

 

(27,103,104)

 
 

Proceeds from long-term debt

       

32,500,000

 

115,712,500

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

   

 

9,700,083

 

86,944,366

 
                       

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

     

(20,186,373)

 

8,065,904

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year

     

73,531,645

 

62,903,192

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year

   

 

53,345,272

 

70,969,096

 

Cash breakdown

                 
 

Cash and cash equivalents

       

43,349,049

 

55,669,369

 
 

Restricted cash, current

       

3,236,011

 

2,888,222

 
 

Restricted cash, non-current

       

             6,760,212

 

12,411,505

 

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash shown

in the statements of cash flows

 

53,345,272

 

70,969,096