STEALTHGAS INC. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS 2019 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS

ATHENS, GREECE, November 21, 2019. 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 third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

 

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Third Quarter 2019 Results:

 

Nine months 2019 Results:

 

Fleet Update Since Previous Announcement

The Company announced the conclusion of the following thirteen chartering arrangements:  

With these charters, the Company has total contracted revenues of approximately $138 million. Total anticipated voyage days of our fleet is 88% covered for the remainder of 2019 and 53% for 2020.

Board Chairman Michael Jolliffe Commented

 

Our performance in the third quarter of the year improved to an optimal level in terms of fleet efficiency, as reflected in our operational utilization of 98%. Although we managed to contain our operating costs at moderate levels, the persistently weak earnings stemming from the Asian spot market did not allow us to enjoy a profitable quarter.

We feel, however, that should market conditions improve as they seem to have based on the thirteen period charters and charter extensions we managed to conclude during the past couple of months, our profitability will be enhanced. Indeed, rates for all of our newly concluded charters in each of our operating segments are at higher levels. We have 53% of our fleet days secured for 2020 with $138 million of secured revenues for all subsequent periods; therefore, there is plenty of upside potential.

The intensification of period charter activity during the past couple of months may be a positive sign that the market situation is in fact turning, including in Asia, and we are eager and well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Conference Call details:

 

On November 21, 2019 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: +1 866 869 2321 (US Toll Free Dial In) or 08003767425 (UK Toll Free Dial In).

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In case of any problems with the above numbers, please dial +1 646 7871 022 (US Toll Dial In), +44 (0) 2038 214342 (Standard International Dial In).                                                          

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A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 28, 2019 by dialing +1 (866) 331-1332 (US Local Dial In), +44 (0) 8445718951 (UK Local Dial In).

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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 49 vessels. The fleet comprises of 45 LPG carriers, including two chartered in LPG vessels, five Joint Venture vessels and an 11,000 cbm newbuilding pressurized LPG carrier with expected delivery in 2021. These LPG vessels have a total capacity of 342,099 cubic meters (cbm).The Company also owns 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 periods ended September 30, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

 

FLEET DATA

Q3 2018

Q3 2019

9M 2018

9M 2019

Average number of vessels (1)

51.3

42.0

51.8

43.1

Period end number of owned vessels in fleet

49

41

49

41

Total calendar days for fleet (2)

4,994

4,045

14,859

12,376

Total voyage days for fleet (3)

4,944

4,005

14,700

12,321

Fleet utilization (4)

99.0%

99.0%

98.9%

99.6%

Total charter days for fleet (5)

3,993

3,257

11,934

10,242

Total spot market days for fleet (6)

951

748

2,766

2,079

Fleet operational utilization (7)

96.1%

98.0%

95.8%

97.4%

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 Income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS:

Adjusted net income represents net (loss)/income before (gain)/loss on derivatives excluding swap interest received/(paid), share based compensation, net loss on sale of vessels, gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries and impairment loss. EBITDA represents net (loss)/income before interest and finance costs, interest income and depreciation. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before share based compensation, (gain)/loss on derivatives, net loss on sale of vessels, gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries and impairment loss. Adjusted EPS represents Adjusted net income divided by the weighted average number of shares. 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)

Third Quarter Ended September 30th,

Nine Months Period Ended September 30th,

 

2018

2019

2018

2019

Net (Loss)/Income - Adjusted Net Income

       

Net (loss)/income

(787,292)

(227,767)

(6,958,345)

1,561,843

Plus (gain)/loss on derivatives

(19,684)

(14,389)

18,102

126,402

Less swap interest received/(paid)

20,311

52,100

(61,428)

132,052

Less net loss on sale of vessels

544,446

492,989

763,925

485,516

Less gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries

--

--

--

(145,000)

Plus impairment loss

567,587

--

8,161,964

--

Plus share based compensation

--

140,548

--

611,644

Adjusted Net Income

325,368

443,481

1,924,218

2,772,457

         

Net (loss)/income - EBITDA

       

Net (loss)/income

(787,292)

(227,767)

(6,958,345)

1,561,843

Plus interest and finance costs

6,099,122

5,123,454

17,277,218

16,506,372

Less interest income

(180,270)

(226,577)

(408,893)

(675,156)

Plus depreciation

10,139,858

9,423,444

31,123,799

28,371,811

EBITDA

15,271,418

14,092,554

41,033,779

45,764,870

         

Net (loss)/income - Adjusted  EBITDA

       

Net (loss)/income

(787,292)

(227,767)

(6,958,345)

1,561,843

Plus (gain)/loss on derivatives

(19,684)

(14,389)

18,102

126,402

Plus net loss on sale of vessels

544,446

492,989

763,925

485,516

Less gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries

--

--

--

(145,000)

Plus impairment loss

567,587

--

8,161,964

--

Plus share based compensation

--

140,548

--

611,644

Plus interest and finance costs

6,099,122

5,123,454

17,277,218

16,506,372

Less interest income

(180,270)

(226,577)

(408,893)

(675,156)

Plus depreciation

10,139,858

9,423,444

31,123,799

28,371,811

Adjusted EBITDA

16,363,767

14,711,702

49,977,770

46,843,432

         

EPS - Adjusted EPS

       

Net (loss)/income

(787,292)

(227,767)

(6,958,345)

1,561,843

Adjusted net income

325,368

443,481

1,924,218

2,772,457

Weighted average number of shares

39,860,563

39,792,047

39,860,563

39,830,876

EPS - Basic and Diluted

(0.02)

(0.01)

(0.17)

0.04

Adjusted EPS

0.01

0.01

0.05

0.07

 

 

 

 

StealthGas Inc.*

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

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

         

Quarters Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Month Periods Ended September 30,

         

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

               

 

Revenues

                   
 

Revenues

   

42,724,098

 

36,568,295

 

125,800,443

 

109,094,614

                       

Expenses

                   
 

Voyage expenses

   

5,263,514

 

4,475,319

 

14,141,821

 

11,524,998

 

Voyage expenses - related party

 

530,458

 

454,950

 

1,550,958

 

1,355,178

 

Charter hire expenses

 

1,765,756

 

1,469,915

 

4,411,162

 

5,034,969

 

Vessels' operating expenses

 

15,419,010

 

12,083,979

 

45,564,128

 

36,271,225

 

Vessels' operating expenses - related party

143,500

 

238,000

 

265,500

 

726,500

 

Drydocking costs

   

818,634

 

548,393

 

2,975,682

 

734,017

 

Management fees - related party

 

1,796,365

 

1,432,040

 

5,349,465

 

4,346,720

 

General and administrative expenses

 

587,513

 

1,079,027

 

2,005,353

 

3,103,635

 

Depreciation

   

10,139,858

 

9,423,444

 

31,123,799

 

28,371,811

 

Impairment loss

   

567,587

 

  --

 

8,161,964

 

  --

 

Net loss on sale of vessels

 

544,446

 

492,989

 

763,925

 

485,516

 

Other operating income

 

  --

 

  --

 

(549,804)

 

  --

Total expenses

   

37,576,641

 

31,698,056

 

115,763,953

 

91,954,569

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

5,147,457

 

4,870,239

 

10,036,490

 

17,140,045

                       

Other (expenses)/income

               
 

Interest and finance costs

 

(6,099,122)

 

(5,123,454)

 

(17,277,218)

 

(16,506,372)

 

Gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries

  --

 

  --

 

  --

 

145,000

 

Gain/(loss) on derivatives

   

19,684

 

14,389

 

(18,102)

 

(126,402)

 

Interest income

180,270

 

226,577

 

408,893

 

675,156

 

Foreign exchange loss

 

(35,581)

 

(9,500)

 

(108,408)

 

(19,057)

Other expenses, net

   

(5,934,749)

 

(4,891,988)

 

(16,994,835)

 

(15,831,675)

                       

(Loss)/Income before equity in income of investees

(787,292)

 

(21,749)

 

(6,958,345)

 

1,308,370

Equity (loss)/gain in unconsolidated joint ventures

  --

 

(206,018)

 

 --

 

253,473

Net (Loss)/Income

   

(787,292)

 

(227,767)

 

(6,958,345)

 

1,561,843

                       

(Loss)/Earnings per share

                 

- Basic & Diluted

   

(0.02)

 

(0.01)

 

(0.17)

 

0.04

                       

Weighted average number of shares

             

- Basic & Diluted

   

39,860,563

 

39,792,047

 

39,860,563

 

39,830,876

 

 

* As of January 1, 2019, we adopted ASU No. 2016-02, "Leases," as amended ("ASC 842") using the modified retrospective transition method of adoption. Under this method, the cumulative effect of applying the new lease standard is recorded with no restatement of any comparative prior periods presented. As a result, prior periods as reported by the Company have not been impacted by the adoption. The adoption of ASC 842 resulted in the recognition of operating lease right-of-use assets of $1.9 million and related lease liabilities for operating leases of $1.9 million as of January 1, 2019 and operating lease right-of-use assets of $0.9 million and lease liabilities for operating leases of $0.9 million as of September 30, 2019, in Total Assets and Total Liabilities, respectively, on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

StealthGas Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in United States Dollars)

             

December 31,

 

September 30,

           

 

2018

 

2019

                   

Assets

               

Current assets

             
 

Cash and cash equivalents

     

64,498,442

 

66,147,291

 

Receivables from related parties

     

  --

 

1,821,120

 

Trade and other receivables

     

2,888,496

 

3,191,553

 

Other current assets

       

134,301

 

56,630

 

Claims receivable

       

  --

 

624,539

 

Inventories

       

2,346,723

 

1,982,819

 

Advances and prepayments

     

1,089,539

 

866,814

 

Restricted cash

       

3,002,490

 

1,218,712

 

Assets held for sale

       

64,906,448

 

  --

 

Fair value of derivatives

       

--

 

9,221

Total current assets

     

 

138,866,439

 

75,918,699

                   

Non current assets

             
 

Advances for vessel under construction

   

  --

 

2,948,303

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

     

--

 

874,632

 

Vessels, net

       

884,748,691

 

845,468,240

 

Other receivables

       

108,930

 

14,977

 

Restricted cash

       

11,930,059

 

12,193,439

 

Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures

   

--

 

24,265,451

 

Fair value of derivatives

         

1,068,369

 

84,623

Total non current assets

   

 

897,856,049

 

885,849,665

Total assets

     

 

1,036,722,488

 

961,768,364

                   

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

           

Current liabilities

             
 

Payable to related parties

     

7,930,642

 

2,604,223

 

Trade accounts payable

     

10,349,358

 

9,649,636

 

Accrued and other liabilities

     

6,879,488

 

6,077,092

 

Operating lease liabilities

     

--

 

849,057

 

Customer deposits

       

1,336,000

 

968,000

 

Deferred income

       

5,191,654

 

3,579,700

 

Fair value of derivatives

       

--

 

50,166

 

Current portion of long-term debt

     

41,726,837

 

40,713,898

 

Current portion of long-term debt associated with vessels held for sale

   

30,076,356

 

  --

Total current liabilities

     

 

103,490,335

 

64,491,772

                   

Non current liabilities

             
 

Fair value of derivatives

     

465,389

 

3,232,902

 

Operating lease liabilities

     

--

 

25,575

 

Long-term debt

       

371,514,253

 

335,172,721

Total non current liabilities

   

 

371,979,642

 

338,431,198

Total liabilities

     

 

475,469,977

 

402,922,970

                   

Commitments and contingencies

           
                   

Stockholders' equity

             
 

Capital stock

       

445,496

 

445,496

 

Treasury stock

       

(22,523,528)

 

(23,570,382)

 

Additional paid-in capital

     

501,807,478

 

502,419,122

 

Retained earnings

       

80,849,086

 

82,410,929

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)

   

673,979

 

(2,859,771)

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

 

561,252,511

 

558,845,394

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

 

1,036,722,488

 

961,768,364

 

StealthGas Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in United States Dollars)

         

Nine Month Periods Ended September 30,

         

2018

 

2019

Cash flows from operating activities

       
 

Net (loss)/income for the period

 

(6,958,345)

 

1,561,843

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)/income to net cash

     

  provided by operating activities:

       
 

Depreciation

   

31,123,799

 

28,371,811

 

Amortization of deferred finance charges

659,472

 

704,265

 

Amortization of deferred gain on sale and leaseback of vessels

(145,880)

 

  --

 

Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets

--

 

1,171,221

 

Share based compensation

 

--

 

611,644

 

Change in fair value of derivatives

 

(43,326)

 

258,454

 

Equity earnings in unconsolidated joint ventures

--

 

(253,473)

 

Impairment loss

   

8,161,964

 

  --

 

Loss on sale of vessels

 

763,925

 

485,516

 

Gain on deconsolidation of subsidiaries

--

 

(145,000)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

     
 

(Increase)/decrease in

       
 

Trade and other receivables

 

(1,037,553)

 

(209,104)

 

Other current assets

   

159,363

 

77,671

 

Claims receivable

   

15,951

 

(1,307,764)

 

Inventories

   

(1,905,970)

 

1,082,352

 

Changes in operating lease liabilities

 

--

 

(1,171,221)

 

Advances and prepayments

 

(263,499)

 

222,725

 

Increase/(decrease) in

       
 

Balances with related parties

 

(5,333,993)

 

(8,909,006)

 

Trade accounts payable

 

3,659,191

 

(699,722)

 

Accrued liabilities

   

541,728

 

(142,396)

 

Deferred income

   

543,667

 

(1,611,954)

Net cash provided by operating activities

29,940,494

 

20,097,862

Cash flows from investing activities

       
 

Insurance proceeds

   

--

 

683,225

 

Proceeds from sale of interests in subsidiaries

--

 

20,720,975

 

Vessels’ acquisitions and advances for vessels under construction

(108,185,418)

 

(2,948,303)

 

Proceeds from sale of vessels, net

 

26,568,375

 

18,721,124

 

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

--

 

(10,220,400)

 

Dividends received from unconsolidated joint ventures

--

 

7,363,147

 

Cash paid to unconsolidated joint ventures

--

 

(2,908,354)

 

Cash received from unconsolidated joint ventures

--

 

1,714,898

Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities

(81,617,043)

 

33,126,312

Cash flows from financing activities

       
 

Stock repurchase

   

--

 

(1,046,854)

 

Deferred finance charges

 

(444,330)

 

(477,201)

 

Cash received from unconsolidated joint ventures

 

--

 

2,604,223

 

Customer deposits paid

 

(1,220,700)

 

(368,000)

 

Loan repayments

   

(45,159,945)

 

(87,287,891)

 

Proceeds from long-term debt

 

115,712,500

 

33,480,000

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities

68,887,525

 

(53,095,723)

         Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

17,210,976

 

128,451

         Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year

62,903,192

 

79,430,991

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year

80,114,168

 

79,559,442

Cash breakdown

           
 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

64,792,513

 

66,147,291

 

Restricted cash, current

 

2,901,924

 

1,218,712

 

Restricted cash, non current

 

12,419,731

 

12,193,439

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash shown in the statements of cash flows

80,114,168

 

79,559,442