• 2018 August 17 13:21

    TORM posts H1 2018 interim results

    “Despite healthy end-user consumption, the product tanker market remained under pressure in the second quarter of 2018. Nevertheless, I am pleased to see TORM outperformed commercially when comparing to relevant benchmarks and peers,” Executive Director Jacob Meldgaard is quoted by the company's press service as saying.

    “We have continued to take steps to further renew and optimize our fleet by taking delivery of one LR2 newbuilding in the second quarter and exercising newbuilding options for three MR vessels. In addition, we have to date decided to install scrubbers on 14 of our vessels to prepare for the expected consequences of the IMO sulfur emission directive that will come into force in 2020,” Meldgaard said.

    EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 was USD 29.4m (2017, same period: USD 35.7m). The loss before tax amounted to USD 8.6m (2017, same period: USD -1.5m). Cash flow from operating activities was positive with USD 25.1m in the second quarter of 2018 (2017, same period: USD 38.5m) and loss per share (EPS) was 12 cents (2017, same period: -3 cents). Return on Invested Capital (RoIC) was 0.1% (2017, same period: 2.1%).
     
    EBITDA for the half year ended 30 June 2018 was USD 66.7m (2017, same period: USD 79.8m). The result before tax for the first six months of 2018 was a loss of USD 7.5m (2017, same period: profit of USD 3.3m). Cash flow from operating activities was positive with USD 43.0m in the first six months of 2018 (2017, same period: USD 65.3m) and loss per share (EPS) was 12 cents (2017, same period: 5 cents). Return on Invested Capital (RoIC) was 1.2% (2017, same period: 3.0%).
     
    In the second quarter of 2018, TORM achieved TCE rates of USD/day 12,944 (2017, same period: USD/day 13,841). In the second quarter of 2018, product tanker freight rates started out at levels close to the levels seen in the first quarter of 2018, but the rates started to slide towards the end of the quarter.
     
    As of 30 June 2018, 15% of the remaining total earning days in 2018 were covered at an average rate of USD/day 16,323. As of 7 August 2018, 55% of the remaining total earning days in Q3 2018 were covered at USD/day 11,856.
     
    TORM has decided to install scrubbers on 14 vessels including all vessels currently on order and the three LR2 vessels that were delivered earlier in 2018. These vessels have a scrubber-prepared design and there are no changes to the delivery schedule. As of today, TORM’s scrubber program covers four LR2s, two LR1s and eight MRs.
     
    In early April 2018, TORM exercised newbuilding options for three MR vessels for a total net consideration of USD 93m of which USD 63m is financed by banks. The three vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 through the first quarter of 2020.
     
    TORM took delivery of two LR2 newbuildings in the first quarter of 2018 and on 20 April 2018 a third newbuilding, TORM Hellerup, was delivered. In June 2018, TORM redelivered the chartered LR2 vessel TORM Margrethe to its owner after expiry of the charter period. As of 30 June 2018, TORM’s fleet consists of 74 owned vessels, four chartered-in vessels and ten vessels on order.
     
    As of 30 June 2018, TORM’s available liquidity was USD 442m and consisted of USD 159m in cash and USD 283m in undrawn credit facilities. As of 30 June 2018, net interest-bearing debt amounted to USD 598m. As of 30 June 2018, TORM's net loan-to-value (LTV) ratio was 54%.
     
    Based on broker valuations as of 30 June 2018, TORM’s Net Asset Value (NAV) excluding charter commitments was estimated at USD 840.3m. This corresponds to a NAV/share of USD 11.4 or DKK 72. TORM’s book equity amounted to USD 882m as of 30 June 2018. This corresponds to a book equity/share of USD 11.9 or DKK 76.3.
     
    Based on broker valuations, TORM’s fleet including newbuildings had a market value of USD 1,675m as of 30 June 2018. Compared to the broker valuations as of 31 March 2018, the fleet value has increased by USD 75m. Of the USD 1,675m, the value of new vessel contracts entered into in Q2 2018 summarized to USD 111m. Compared with Q1 2018, the broker value of the comparable fleet has decreased by USD 36m, totaling a net increase of USD 75m.
     
    As of 30 June 2018, TORM’s order book stood at ten newbuildings: one LR2, two LR1s and seven MRs, all from Guangzhou Shipyard International, China. The LR2 vessel is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2018 and the LR1s and the MRs in 2019 through the first quarter of 2020.
     
    The book value of the fleet was USD 1,450m as of 30 June 2018 excluding outstanding installments on the newbuildings of USD 306m.

    About TORM
    TORM is one of the world’s leading carriers of refined oil products. The Company operates a fleet of approximately 80 modern vessels with a strong commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and customer service. TORM was founded in 1889. The Company conducts business worldwide. TORM’s shares are listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen and NASDAQ New York (tickers: TRMD A and TRMD).




2019 January 20

16:08 Subsea 7 acquires multi-purpose offshore construction and dive support vessel
15:03 TEPCO and Ørsted sign MoU to work jointly on offshore wind projects
13:51 Major contract for JSS awarded to Montreal-based company
12:42 Huntington Ingalls Industries to acquire Fulcrum IT Services
10:47 Algoma provides update on status of fleet renewal

2019 January 19

16:19 Ocean Yield acquires Suezmax tanker Milos for $56.0 million
15:16 Evac expansion continues with acquisition of UK service company Transvac Systems
14:02 Deltamarin contracted to continue with Titanic II project
12:51 SGRE launches 10 MW offshore wind turbine
11:44 Algoma increases its interest in the ocean self-unloader Pool

2019 January 18

18:06 North Carolina Ports sets new record in 2018
17:47 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2018 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 3.2 million tonnes
17:25 Okskaya Sudoverf obtains patent for state-of-the-art pontoons
17:06 Hamburg prepares for ‘Hard Brexit’
16:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2018 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 53.48 million tonnes
16:23 GTT receives a new order from SHI to design the tanks of two LNG carriers on behalf of Gaslog
16:20 NOVATEK elects new Board of Directors
15:56 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2018 grew by 25% Y-o-Y to 1.93 million tonnes
15:33 Stena Line’s first new generation ferry ‘floats’ in China
15:21 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2018 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 49.8 million tonnes
15:03 Panama Direct service CMA CGM to resume weekly rotations
14:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2018 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 18.79 million tonnes
14:33 GranIHC appointed contractor for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase II Project
14:19 Port of Ust-Luga handled 98.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 4% Y-o-Y
14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
13:50 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 17-18
13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
12:49 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2018 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 49.276 million tonnes
12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
12:08 Sakaide shipyard holds naming ceremony for new LNG carrier jointly owned by NYK and JERA
11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
11:14 Remote pilotage to be allowed in Finland
10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $61.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $52.64
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,077 points

2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018