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Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2018 and Declares a Quarterly Dividend

Apr 23, 2018

MONACO, April 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scorpio Bulkers Inc. (NYSE:SALT) (“Scorpio Bulkers”, or the “Company”), today reported its results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share on the Company’s common stock.

Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017

For the first quarter of 2018, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $5.8 million, or $0.08 loss per diluted share.  For the same period in 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $34.6 million, or $0.48 loss per diluted share.  Total vessel revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were $54.3 million, compared to $34.7 million for the same period in 2017. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the first quarter of 2018 and 2017 were $20.4 million and a loss of $10.8 million, respectively (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

While the first quarter of 2018 included no non-GAAP adjustments to net income, the Company’s first quarter 2017 net income included a loss/write off of vessels and assets held for sale of $17.7 million and the write off of deferred financing costs on the credit facility related to those specific vessels of $0.5 million. Excluding these items, the Company’s first quarter 2017 adjusted net loss was $16.4 million, or $0.22 adjusted loss per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 was a loss of $6.9 million (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

TCE Revenue

TCE Revenue Earned during the First Quarter of 2018

  • Our Kamsarmax fleet earned $12,881 per day
  • Our Ultramax fleet earned $9,757 per day

Voyages Fixed thus far for the Second Quarter of 2018

  • Kamsarmax fleet: approximately $13,250 per day for 56% of the days
  • Ultramax fleet: approximately $11,925 per day for 48% of the days

Cash and Cash Equivalents

As of April 20, 2018, the Company had approximately $55.0 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Recent Significant Events

Share Repurchase Program

During the first quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased approximately 1.2 million shares of its common stock under the Board of Directors authorized stock repurchase program at a cost of approximately $8.6 million, or at an average cost of $7.39 per share, which was funded from available cash resources.  As of April 20, 2018, approximately $30.4 million of the $50.0 million authorized remains available for the repurchase of the Company’s common stock in open market or privately negotiated transactions. The specific timing and amounts of any repurchases will be in the sole discretion of management and may vary based on market conditions and other factors and the Company is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any of its common stock. The authorization has no expiration date.

Dividend

In the first quarter of 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared and the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share totaling approximately $1.5 million.

On April 20, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, payable on or about May 31, 2018, to all shareholders of record as of May 15, 2018. As of April 20, 2018, 75,971,175 shares were outstanding.

Debt

$12.8 Million Credit Facility

On April 3, 2018, the Company received a commitment for a loan facility of up to $12.75 million from a leading European financial institution to finance the Company’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier to be delivered from Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd in China in the third quarter of 2018. The loan facility will have a final maturity date of June 15, 2023 and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.40% per annum. The terms and conditions will be similar to those set forth in the Company’s existing credit facilities. The loan facility is subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation.

$19.0 Million Lease Financing

On April 17, 2018, the Company entered into a financing transaction in respect of one of its Ultramax vessels with an unaffiliated third party involving the sale and leaseback of the SBI Tango, a 2015 Japanese built Ultramax vessel, for consideration of approximately $19.0 million. As part of the transaction, the Company will make payments of $5,400 per day under a five-year bareboat charter agreement with the buyer. If converted to floating interest rates, based on the expected weighted average life of the transaction, the equivalent cost of financing at the then prevailing swap rates would be LIBOR + 1.73%.

The transaction also provides the Company with options to repurchase the vessel beginning on the third anniversary of the sale until the end of the bareboat charter agreement. This transaction, which shall be treated as a financial lease for accounting purposes, increases the Company’s liquidity by approximately $10.3 million after repayment of the vessel’s existing loan.

Debt Overview

The Company’s outstanding debt balance, gross of unamortized deferred financing costs as of March 31, 2018 and April 20, 2018, are as follows (dollars in thousands):

    As of
March 31,
2018
  As of April 20, 2018
Credit Facility   Amount
Outstanding
  Amount
Outstanding
  Amount
Committed
Senior Notes   $ 73,625     $ 73,625     $  
$409 Million Credit Facility   171,549     171,549      
$330 Million Credit Facility   241,746     241,746      
$42 Million Credit Facility *   22,354     22,354      
$67.5 Million Credit Facility   39,459     39,247      
$12.5 Million Credit Facility   9,988     9,988      
$27.3 Million Credit Facility   17,825     17,825      
$85.5 Million Credit Facility   83,868     83,868      
$38.7 Million Credit Facility   37,800     37,800      
$19.6 Million Lease Financing   18,978     18,978      
$12.8 Million Credit Facility **           12,750  
$19.0 Million Lease Financing           19,000  
Total   $ 717,192     $ 716,980     $ 31,750  
                         
*  $8.2 million to be repaid upon the drawdown of the $19.0 Million Lease Financing
** Reflects the maximum loan amount available on undrawn vessel.
                         

The Company’s projected quarterly debt repayments on our bank loans and senior notes and bareboat charter payments on our finance leases through 2019 are as follows (dollars in thousands):

    Principal on
Bank Loans and
Senior Notes
  Finance Lease   Total
Q2 2018 (1)   $20,196     $821     $21,017  
Q3 2018     11,729       986       12,715  
Q4 2018     11,494       986       12,480  
Q1 2019     10,791       986       11,777  
Q2 2019     10,833       986       11,819  
Q3 2019 (2)     84,466       986       85,452  
Q4 2019     12,795       986       13,781  
Total   $162,304     $6,737     $169,041  
                         
(1) Relates to payments expected to be made from April 21, 2018 to June 30, 2018 and includes $8.2 million to be repaid upon the drawdown of the $19.0 Million Lease Financing.
(2) Includes $73.6 million repayment of Senior Notes due at maturity.
                         

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 Compared to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

For the first quarter of 2018, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $5.8 million, or $0.08 loss per diluted share.  For the same period in 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $34.6 million, or $0.48 loss per diluted share.  Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the first quarters of 2018 and 2017 were $20.4 million and a loss of $10.8 million, respectively (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures). Excluding the loss/write off of vessels and assets held for sale of $17.7 million and the write off of deferred financing costs on the credit facility related to those specific vessels of $0.5 million, the Company’s adjusted net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was $16.4 million, or $0.22 adjusted loss per diluted share (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below). There were no such non-GAAP adjustments to the Company’s first quarter 2018 net income.

Total vessel revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were $54.3 million, an increase of $19.6 million from $34.7 million in the first quarter of 2017. Our TCE revenue (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for the first quarter of 2018 was $54.1 million, an increase of $19.4 million from the first quarter of 2017.  First quarter 2018 revenues were driven by high levels of demand for coal and grains for the better part of the quarter.

Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were $49.8 million compared to $60.9 million in the first quarter of 2017.  The quarter over quarter decrease relates to the loss/write off of vessels and assets held for sale of $17.7 million recorded in the first quarter of 2017, offset in part by increases in vessel operating costs and depreciation resulting from the increase in the size of our fleet.

Ultramax Operations

  Three Months Ended March 31,        
Dollars in thousands 2018   2017   Change   % Change
TCE Revenue:              
Vessel revenue $ 33,330     $ 19,760     $ 13,570     69  
Voyage expenses 128     49     79     161  
TCE Revenue $ 33,202     $ 19,711     $ 13,491     68  
Operating expenses:              
Vessel operating costs 17,236     12,145     5,091     42  
Charterhire expense 915     10     905     NA  
Vessel depreciation 9,190     7,023     2,167     31  
General and administrative expense 1,073     839     234     28  
Total operating expenses $ 28,414     $ 20,017     $ 8,397     42  
Operating income (loss) $ 4,788     $ (306 )   $ 5,094     1,665  
                             

Vessel revenue for our Ultramax Operations increased to $33.3 million for the first quarter of 2018 from $19.8 million in the prior year period.

TCE revenue (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for our Ultramax Operations was $33.2 million for the first quarter of 2018 and was associated with a day-weighted average of 37 vessels owned and one time chartered-in vessel, compared to $19.7 million for the prior year period, which was associated with a day-weighted average of 28 vessels owned. TCE revenue per day was $9,757 and $8,230 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The market in the first quarter was comparatively strong to previous year’s with two major factors keeping levels buoyant. A strong Atlantic U.S. Gulf market in the fourth quarter of 2017 was sustained well into February 2018 due to strong coal exports and residual grain movement coupled with strong Pacific coal imports from Indonesia to China at the beginning of March 2018.  

Dollars in thousands Three Months Ended March 31,        
Ultramax Operations: 2018   2017   Change   % Change
TCE Revenue $ 33,202     $ 19,711     $ 13,491     68  
TCE Revenue / Day $ 9,757     $ 8,230     $ 1,527     19  
Revenue Days 3,403     2,395     1,008     42  
                       

Our Ultramax Operations vessel operating costs were $17.2 million for the first quarter of 2018, including approximately $0.9 million of takeover costs and contingency expenses and related to 37 vessels owned, on average during the period.  Vessel operating costs for the prior year period were $12.1 million and related to 28 vessels owned, on average during the period. Daily operating costs excluding other non-operating expenses for the first quarters of 2018 and 2017 were $4,909 and $4,929, respectively.  Sequentially, daily operating costs increased from $4,749 in the fourth quarter of 2017 due in large part to seasonality.

Charterhire expense for our Ultramax Operations was approximately $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2018, and relates to the vessel we have time chartered-in at $10,125 per day.

Ultramax Operations depreciation increased to $9.2 million in the first quarter of 2018 from $7.0 million in the prior year period reflecting the increase in our weighted average vessels owned to 37 from 28.

General and administrative expense for our Ultramax Operations was $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2018 and $0.8 million in the prior year period. General and administrative expenses consist primarily of administrative service fees, which are incurred on a per vessel per day basis, and bank charges, which are incurred based on the number of transactions.  The increase versus the prior year period reflects the growth of our fleet.

Kamsarmax Operations

  Three Months Ended March 31,        
Dollars in thousands 2018   2017   Change   % Change
TCE Revenue:              
Vessel revenue $ 20,923     $ 14,968     $ 5,955     40  
Voyage expenses 68     68          
TCE Revenue $ 20,855     $ 14,900     $ 5,955     40  
Operating expenses:              
Vessel operating costs 8,571     9,661     (1,090 )   (11 )
Charterhire expense 90     1,961     (1,871 )   (95 )
Vessel depreciation 4,678     4,559     119     3  
General and administrative expense 507     536     (29 )   (5 )
Loss / write down on assets held for sale     17,131     (17,131 )   (100 )
Total operating expenses $ 13,846     $ 33,848     $ (20,002 )   (59 )
Operating income (loss) $ 7,009     $ (18,948 )   $ 25,957     137  
                             

Vessel revenue for our Kamsarmax Operations increased to $20.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 from $15.0 million in the prior year period.

TCE revenue (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for our Kamsarmax Operations was $20.9 million for the first quarter of 2018 and was associated with a day-weighted average of 18 vessels owned, compared to $14.9 million for prior year period, which was associated with a day-weighted average of 19 vessels owned and one vessel time chartered-in. TCE revenue per day was $12,881 and $9,164 for the first quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively. The Kamsarmax market in the first quarter of 2018 was the best it has experienced in recent history. Initially mineral driven; in the Atlantic with significant exports from the East Coast of the U.S. and Colombia into Europe and India, in the Pacific due to strong Chinese pre-Chinese New Year imports, as well as Indian coal imports from Indonesia and Australia. After the Chinese New Year, activity started to slow down but expectations of a strong second quarter of 2018, driven by grain expectations, kept curves in contango and allowed owners to achieve premium rates for longer employments.

Dollars in thousands Three Months Ended March 31,        
Kamsarmax Operations: 2018   2017   Change   % Change
TCE Revenue $ 20,855     $ 14,900     $ 5,955     40  
TCE Revenue / Day $ 12,881     $ 9,164     $ 3,717     41  
Revenue Days 1,619     1,626     (7 )    
                       

Kamsarmax Operations vessel operating costs were $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2018, including approximately $0.2 million of contingency expenses, related to 18 vessels owned, on average during the period. Vessel operating costs for the prior year period were $9.7 million and related to 19 vessels owned, on average during the period. Daily operating costs excluding takeover and other non-operating expenses for the first quarters of 2018 and 2017 were $5,172 and $5,207, respectively. Sequentially, daily operating costs increased from $4,943 in the fourth quarter of 2017 due in large part to seasonality.

While we do not time charter-in any Kamsarmax vessels, we have a profit and loss sharing agreement with a third party and during the first quarter of 2018, our share of the loss on that vessel was $0.1 million. During the prior year period, two Kamsarmax vessels were time chartered-in resulting in charterhire expense of $2.0 million.

Kamsarmax Operations depreciation remained relatively flat at $4.7 million in the first quarter 2018 compared to $4.6 million in the prior year period.  Our weighted average vessels owned was 18 and 19, in the first quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively. 

General and administrative expense for our Kamsarmax Operations was $0.5 million for both the first quarters of 2018 and 2017.  The expense consists primarily of administrative services fees, which are incurred on a per vessel per day basis, and bank charges, which are incurred based on the number of transactions. 

During the first quarter of 2017, we recorded a write down on assets held for sale of $17.1 million related to the sale of two Kamsarmax vessels to an unaffiliated third party.

Corporate

Certain general and administrative expenses we incur and all of our financial expenses are not attributable to a specific segment.  Accordingly, these costs are not allocated to any of our segments. These general and administrative expenses, including compensation, audit, legal and other professional fees, as well as the costs of being a public company, such as director fees, were $7.3 million and $6.4 million in the first quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Financial expenses increased to $10.2 million in the first quarter of 2018 from $8.4 million in the prior year period due to an increase in the LIBOR rate and higher levels of debt. During the first quarter of 2017, we wrote off $0.5 million of deferred financing costs accumulated on credit facilities for which the related vessels were sold.

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
    Unaudited
     
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018   2017
Revenue:        
Vessel revenue   $ 54,253     $ 34,728  
Operating expenses:        
Voyage expenses   196     117  
Vessel operating costs   25,806     21,801  
Charterhire expense   1,005     1,971  
Vessel depreciation   13,868     11,582  
General and administrative expenses   8,910     7,728  
Loss / write down on assets held for sale       17,702  
Total operating expenses   49,785     60,901  
Operating income (loss)   4,468     (26,173 )
Other income (expense):        
Interest income   214     262  
Foreign exchange loss   (87 )   (94 )
Financial expense, net   (10,367 )   (8,559 )
Total other expense   (10,240 )   (8,391 )
Net loss   $ (5,772 )   $ (34,564 )
         
Loss per common share – basic and diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.48 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding – basic and diluted   72,702     71,735  
             

 

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)
         
    Unaudited    
    March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Assets        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 52,788     $ 68,535  
Accounts receivable   9,282     7,933  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,922     6,087  
Total current assets   68,992     82,555  
Non-current assets        
Vessels, net   1,521,073     1,534,782  
Vessels under construction   9,717     6,710  
Deferred financing costs, net   2,811     3,068  
Other assets   16,095     16,295  
Total non-current assets   1,549,696     1,560,855  
Total assets   $ 1,618,688     $ 1,643,410  
         
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity        
Current liabilities        
Bank loans, net   $ 44,707     $ 46,993  
Capital lease obligation   1,156     1,144  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   11,858     10,453  
Total current liabilities   57,721     58,590  
Non-current liabilities        
Bank loans, net   567,119     576,967  
Capital lease obligation   17,447     17,747  
Senior Notes, net   72,856     72,726  
Total non-current liabilities   657,422     667,440  
Total liabilities   715,143     726,030  
Shareholders’ equity        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding        
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share; authorized 112,500,000 shares; issued and outstanding 75,971,175 and 74,902,364 shares as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   785     762  
Paid-in capital   1,746,403     1,745,844  
Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 2,635,413 and 1,465,448 shares at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   (19,649 )   (11,004 )
Accumulated deficit   (823,994 )   (818,222 )
Total shareholders’ equity   903,545     917,380  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 1,618,688     $ 1,643,410  
                 

 

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
     
    For the Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018   2017
Operating activities        
Net loss   $ (5,772 )   $ (34,564 )
Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash used by        
operating activities:        
Restricted stock amortization   2,125     3,862  
Vessel depreciation   13,868     11,582  
Amortization of deferred financing costs   1,482     1,360  
Write off of deferred financing costs       470  
Loss / write down on assets held for sale       16,471  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
(Decrease) increase in accounts receivable   (1,349 )   1,337  
Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets   (635 )   (697 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses   1,405     (1,556 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   11,124     (1,735 )
Investing activities        
Payments for vessels and vessels under construction   (3,166 )   (22,421 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,166 )   (22,421 )
Financing activities        
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt       51,600  
Repayments of long-term debt   (13,431 )   (2,580 )
Common stock repurchased   (8,645 )    
Dividend paid   (1,542 )    
Debt issue costs paid   (87 )    
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (23,705 )   49,020  
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (15,747 )   24,864  
Cash at cash equivalents, beginning of period   68,535     101,734  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 52,788     $ 126,598  
                 

 

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. and Subsidiaries
Other Operating Data (unaudited)
     
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018   2017
Time charter equivalent revenue ($000’s) (1):        
Vessel revenue   $ 54,253     $ 34,728  
Voyage expenses   (196 )   (117 )
Time charter equivalent revenue   $ 54,057     $ 34,611  
Time charter equivalent revenue attributable to:        
Kamsarmax   $ 20,855     $ 14,900  
Ultramax   33,202     19,711  
    $ 54,057     $ 34,611  
Revenue days:        
Kamsarmax   1,619     1,626  
Ultramax   3,403     2,395  
Combined   5,022     4,021  
TCE per revenue day (1):        
Kamsarmax   $ 12,881     $ 9,164  
Ultramax   $ 9,757     $ 8,230  
Combined   $ 10,764     $ 8,608  
                 
(1) We define Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) revenue as vessel revenues less voyage expenses.  Such TCE revenue, divided by the number of our available days during the period, or revenue days, is TCE per revenue day, which is consistent with industry standards.  TCE per revenue day is a common shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charter hire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per-day amounts while charter hire rates for vessels on time charters generally are expressed in such amounts.
                 
We report TCE revenue, a non-GAAP financial measure, because (i) we believe it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with vessel revenues and voyage expenses, the most directly comparable U.S.-GAAP measure, (ii) it assists our management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of our vessels and in evaluating their financial performance, (iii) it is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company’s performance irrespective of changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods, and (iv) we believe that it presents useful information to investors. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
                 

Fleet List as of April 20, 2018

Vessel Name   Year Built    DWT    Vessel Type
SBI Samba   2015   84,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Rumba   2015   84,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Capoeira   2015   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Electra   2015   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Carioca   2015   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Conga   2015   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Flamenco   2015   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Bolero   2015   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Sousta   2016   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Rock   2016   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Lambada   2016   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Reggae   2016   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Zumba   2016   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Macarena   2016   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Parapara   2017   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Mazurka   2017   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Swing   2017   82,000     Kamsarmax
SBI Jive   2017   82,000     Kamsarmax
Total Kamsarmax       1,480,000      
             
SBI Antares   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Athena   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Bravo   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Leo   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Echo   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Lyra   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Tango   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Maia   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Hydra   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Subaru   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Pegasus   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Ursa   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Thalia   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Cronos   2015   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Orion   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Achilles   2016   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Hercules   2016   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Perseus   2016   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Hermes   2016   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Zeus   2016   60,200     Ultramax
SBI Hera   2016   60,200     Ultramax
SBI Hyperion   2016   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Tethys   2016   61,000     Ultramax
SBI Phoebe   2016   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Poseidon   2016   60,200     Ultramax
SBI Apollo   2016   60,200     Ultramax
SBI Samson   2017   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Phoenix   2017   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Gemini   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Libra   2017   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Puma   2014   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Jaguar   2014   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Cougar   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Aries   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Taurus   2015   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Pisces   2016   64,000     Ultramax
SBI Virgo   2017   64,000     Ultramax
Total Ultramax       2,307,800      
Total Owned or Finance Leased Vessels DWT   3,787,800      

Time chartered-in vessels

The Company currently time charters-in one Ultramax vessel. The terms of the contract are summarized as follows:

Vessel Type   Year Built   DWT   Country of Build   Daily Base
Rate
  Earliest Expiry
Ultramax   2017   62,100     Japan   $ 10,125     30-Sep-19   (1 )
Total TC DWT       62,100                  
                           
(1) This vessel is time chartered-in for 22 to 24 months at the Company’s option at $10,125 per day. The Company has the option to extend this time charter for one year at $10,885 per day. The vessel was delivered to the Company in September 2017.
                           

Vessel Under Construction

Kamsarmax Vessel

Vessel Name   Expected Delivery    DWT   Shipyard
Hull 2215 – TBN SBI Lynx   Q3-18   82,000     Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Total Kamsarmax Newbuilding DWT   82,000      
           

Conference Call on Results:

A conference call to discuss the Company’s results will be held today, Monday, April 23, 2018, at 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time / 5:00 PM Central European Summer Time.  Those wishing to listen to the call should dial 1 (866) 219-5268 (U.S.) or 1 (703) 736-7424 (International) at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure connection. The conference participant passcode is 2560928.

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the internet, through the Scorpio Bulkers Inc. website www.scorpiobulkers.com. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.
Webcast URL: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/28u2nckc 

About Scorpio Bulkers Inc.

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of dry bulk commodities.  Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has an operating fleet of 56 vessels consisting of 55 wholly-owned or finance leased drybulk vessels (including 18 Kamsarmax vessels and 37 Ultramax vessels), and one time chartered-in Ultramax vessel. In addition, one Kamsarmax vessel which is being constructed at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co Ltd in China is expected to be delivered to the Company in the third quarter of 2018. Upon final delivery of the last vessel, the Company’s owned and finance leased fleet is expected to have a total carrying capacity of approximately 3.9 million dwt and all of the Company’s owned vessels will have carrying capacities of greater than 60,000 dwt. Additional information about the Company is available on the Company’s website www.scorpiobulkers.com, which is not a part of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S., (“GAAP”), management uses certain “non-GAAP financial measures” as such term is defined in Regulation G promulgated by the SEC. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s operating performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts that are included in, or excluded from, the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management believes the presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency and supplemental data relating to our financial condition and results of operations, and therefore a more complete understanding of factors affecting our business than GAAP measures alone. In addition, management believes the presentation of these matters is useful to investors for period-to-period comparison of results as the items may reflect certain unique and/or non-operating items such as asset sales, write-offs, contract termination costs or items outside of management’s control.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), adjusted net loss and related per share amounts, as well as adjusted EBITDA and TCE Revenue are non-GAAP performance measures that we believe provide investors with a means of evaluating and understanding how the Company’s management evaluates the Company’s operating performance.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, as substitutes for, nor superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Please see below for reconciliations of EBITDA, adjusted net loss and related per share amounts, and adjusted EBITDA.  Please see “Other Operating Data” for a reconciliation of TCE revenue.

EBITDA (unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended March 31,
In thousands 2018   2017
Net loss $ (5,772 )   (34,564 )
Add Back:      
Net interest expense 8,671     6,467  
Depreciation and amortization (1) 17,475     17,275  
EBITDA $ 20,374     (10,822 )
             
(1) Includes depreciation, amortization of deferred financing costs and restricted stock amortization.
             

Adjusted net loss (unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended March 31,
In thousands, except per share data 2017
  Amount   Per share
Net loss $ (34,564 )   $ (0.48 )
Adjustments:      
Loss / write down on assets held for sale 17,702     0.25  
Write down of deferred financing cost 470     0.01  
Total adjustments $ 18,172     $ 0.26  
Adjusted net loss $ (16,392 )   $ (0.22 )
               

Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)

      For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
In thousands   2017
Net loss   $ (34,564 )
Impact of Adjustments   18,172  
Adjusted net loss   (16,392 )
Add Back:    
Net interest expense   6,467  
Depreciation and amortization (1)   16,805  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 6,880  
         
(1) Includes depreciation, amortization of deferred financing costs and restricted stock amortization.
         

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements.  The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements 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 Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors.  Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Contact:

Scorpio Bulkers Inc.
+377-9798-5715 (Monaco)
+1-646-432-1675 (New York)

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