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Ultrapetrol Reports Financial Results For Second Quarter 2012

NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited (Nasdaq:ULTR), an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business), today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Second Quarter 2012 and subsequent events highlights:
  • Recorded second quarter 2012 revenues of $79.5 million;
  • Recorded adjusted EBITDA before foreign currency exchange variance of $12.9 million in the second quarter of 2012; 1 which includes adjusted EBITDA of $5.4 million from our River Business segment, adjusted EBITDA of $6.9 million from our Offshore Supply Business segment, adjusted EBITDA of $0.6 million from our Ocean Business segment adjusted EBITDA. After including a loss of $3.3 million from financial income and other financial expense (mainly attributable to foreign currency exchange variance), the adjusted EBITDA was $9.6 million;
  • Recorded total net loss and net loss per share of $5.4 million and $0.18, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012, which includes a $2.6 million gain for deferred taxes on an unrealized foreign currency exchange loss on U.S. dollar-denominated debt of our Brazilian subsidiary in our Offshore Supply Business. 2 Excluding the effect of this gain, the adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share are $8.0 million and $0.27 per share, respectively;
  • Second quarter 2012 Adjusted EBITDA for our Offshore Supply Business segment increased 47% compared with the same period of 2011;
  • The Company has nine vessels operating in its Platform Supply Vessel, or PSV, fleet. On August 10, 2012, our recently delivered newly built PSV, UP Jade, commenced its operations in Brazil under a long term time charter with Petrobras. The upcoming deliveries of the first two PSVs out of three currently under construction in India are expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2012;
  • Two new re-engined and re-powered pushboats in our River Business fleet ( Alto Parana and Cavalier XII) were delivered during the second quarter of 2012, increasing the number of re-engined pushboats in operation to six as opposed to only two this time last year; and
  • In the second quarter of 2012 we have entered into three separate barge building contracts for a total of approximately $63.0 million. Over two thirds of these barges or $43.0 million will be delivered in the second half of 2012 generating additional adjusted EBITDA.

1 For a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures, please see the tables included under the supplemental information section of this release.

2 For a detailed explanation of these adjustments and other adjustments elsewhere in this release, see "Overview of Financial Results" and the tables included under the Supplemental Information section of this release

Felipe Menéndez, Ultrapetrol's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "During this quarter our River Business suffered from the drought which has cut the soybean crop in the Hidrovia region in 2012 in half. We have partially substituted the soybean volume lost with iron ore but the margins that we expect to obtain are lower and the longer distances involved in the transportation make our pushing capacity a limiting factor. As a compensating element our barge shipyard has secured orders to build 38 dry barges and 14 tank barges to be delivered beginning in the second half of 2012 through April 2013 for a total consideration of approximately $63.0 million. We estimate that with the deliveries that will take place through the end of 2012 we will obtain a consideration of approximately $43.0 million to partially compensate for the lower margins related to the increased transportation of iron ore as a result of the drought."

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