- Despite continued challenging market conditions in both dry cargo and product tankers, NORDEN generated solid operating earnings (EBITDA) of USD 81 million in the first half-year 2012 as expected. Adjusted for non-recurring income, operating earnings are 5% up from the first half-year 2011.
- It is especially the Dry Cargo Department's focus on long-term coverage and growth in cargo volumes which has contributed to earnings in the second quarter. Dry Cargo generated an EBITDA of USD 30 million, whereas the Tanker Department contributed with an EBITDA of USD 4 million in a weak market.
- Cash flows from operations were USD 72 million and are thus 9% up from the first half-year 2011.
- The operating profit (EBIT) before write-downs was USD 10 million in the second quarter and USD 35 million in the first half-year of 2012, which is 13% down from the same period last year. The drop is primarily due to increased depreciation as a result of a larger fleet of owned vessels.
- The market values of vessels dropped by another 5% in the second quarter. At the end of the quarter, broker valuations of the Company's vessels including joint ventures were USD 105 million below the carrying amounts and costs of newbuildings. The Company has performed an impairment test and has found that there is no need for further write-downs.
- After the end of the quarter, NORDEN has contracted 2 Handysize product tanker newbuildings from the GSI yard. The vessels have a significantly lower fuel consumption than comparable vessels in the market and thus support the Company's strategic focus on fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the Company – also after the end of the quarter – has sold 2 Handysize dry cargo vessels with a positive cash flow effect of USD 42 million.
- The total theoretical Net Asset Value (NAV) decreased to DKK 228 per share in the second quarter against DKK 237 at the beginning of the quarter. The decrease is primarily due to lower vessel values.
- Coverage in Dry Cargo remains high – 89% for the rest of 2012 – whereas the Tanker Department has covered 28% of the capacity.
- NORDEN maintains its expectations for an EBITDA of USD 110-150 million, whereas expectations for CAPEX are adjusted to USD 80-100 million.
President and CEO Carsten Mortensen says:
"As expected, 2012 proves to be a challenging year for the shipping industry. In light of this, I am pleased that we live up to expectations and deliver solid operating earnings and cash flow. I am also pleased that we are able to take advantage of the low vessel prices to invest in new and more fuel efficient vessels thanks to a strong financial position."