Q2 2021: NORDEN on track for best Annual Result in 11 years and increases guidance for full-year result


For the second quarter 2021, NORDEN reports an adjusted result of USD 32 million - the best quarterly result in six years, and is on track to deliver its best annual result in 11 years. 

NORDEN has capitalised on the incredibly strong dry cargo market during Q2, thanks to record-high exposure, ongoing positioning and the ability to generate margins through strong operator activity. In addition, NORDEN has benefitted from significant increases in the market value of owned and leased vessels in the Asset Management unit, rising by USD 258 million during Q2, and has actively converted part of this market value to profit through vessel sales, with USD 29 million set to positively impact H2 in sales gains based on already confirmed sales. 

NORDEN has positioned itself strongly to further capitalise on the exceptional dry cargo market. CEO, Jan Rindbo, comments:
“We have built a very strong dry cargo position during the first half year, which we will benefit from during the rest of the year, where we expect significantly stronger results, despite all-time low tanker markets. With recent increases in forward freight rates, this further adds to our strong outlook for dry cargo, and we therefore increase our guidance for the full-year Adjusted Result to between USD 140 – 220 million.”

Asset Management: Dry cargo portfolio value continues to increase - converting to sales gains
•    Adjusted Result Q2 2021: USD 2 million (Q2 2020: USD 11 million)
•    Value of NORDEN’s owned and leased fleet increased by USD 258 million
•    Actively converting market value to profit by selling dry cargo vessels (benefitting H2)
•    Entering attractive time charter cover, benefitting 2022 results
•    Extensive optionality on leased vessels becoming increasingly valuable

Dry Operator: Capitalising on high market exposure in a strong market
•    Adjusted Result Q2 2021: USD 34 million (Q2 2020: USD -4 million)
•    Capitalising on increased market exposure in exceptionally strong dry cargo market
•    Increased operated fleet to record high average (343 vessels), servicing growing customer demand
•    Utilising arbitrage opportunities and optimising operations across geographies and vessel types
•    Very well positioned to further capitalise on strong dry cargo market in H2

Tanker Operator: Adding optionality for medium-term improvements
•    Adjusted Result Q2 2021: USD -4 million (Q2 2020: USD 22 million)
•    Mitigating short-term exposure through high coverage on its operated fleet
•    Preparing for medium-term improvements, chartering vessels at low market rates with optionality
•    Pool partner International Seaways adding additional 10 vessels to NORDEN’s pool management

Conference call and audiocast
A telephone conference as well as an audiocast will be held today at 10:30 a.m. (CET), where CEO Jan Rindbo and CFO Martin Badsted will comment on the interim report. Participants can join the audiocast to view and listen to the live presentation, while conference call participants have the ability to ask questions at the end of the call. The accompanying presentation will be available on NORDEN’s website prior to the conference call and audiocast. It is requested that all conference call participants have joined the call by latest 10:25 a.m. (CET).

Webcast link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/5szd8ksn
Dial in details for conference call:
Danish participants:                      (+45) 32720417

International participants:
UK:                                                     +44 (0) 2071 928338
USA:                                                   +1 646 741 3167
Confirmation code:                         1898575

The audiocast will be recorded and made available on NORDEN’s website subsequently.

For further information:
Martin Badsted, CFO, tel.: +45 3067 5894, e-mail: mba@norden.com
Thomas France, Investor Communications Partner, tel.: +45 3273 0629, e-mail: tfr@norden.com

Announcement no. 72

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