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Star Bulk Carriers' CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Overall, during the second quarter of 2012, the company had a net loss of $4.6 million compared to a net income of $1.7 million in Q2 2011. Excluding non-cash items, our net loss for the second quarter amounted to $2.9 million compared to an adjusted net income of $2.3 million in Q2 2011.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2012 was $8.4 million compared to $15.1 million last year. Our time charter equivalent during this quarter was $14,628 per day compared to $18,664 last year, representing mainly the low freight rate environment and as well as the lost off-hire due to the grounding of the Star Polaris.

Our average daily operating expenses were $5,241 per vessel, 11% lower than the same period last year despite the fact that our average vessel size increased by 39% due to the higher number of Capes in our fleet.

The adjusted net loss of $2.7 million represents $0.04 loss per share basic and diluted.

Please turn to slide number four of the presentation for a preview of our first half 2012 highlights. In the six months ended June 30, 2012, gross revenues amounted to $49.8 million representing a 5% reduction versus the same period of 2011. G&A expenses amounted to $5.3 million and overall during the first half of 2012 the company had a net loss of $4.5 million.

Excluding non-cash items, our net income for the first half amounted to $3.2 million while our adjusted EBITDA stood at $26.4 million. Our time charter equivalent during this period was $15,724 per day, while our average daily operating expenses amounted to $5,416 per vessel. The adjusted net income of $3.2 million represents $0.04 earnings per share basic and diluted.

Please turn now to slide five to discuss our balance sheet profile. First of all, I’d like to point out that we currently have zero capital expense commitments related to the newbuilding as well as no exposure to interest rate swaps. So we continue to take advantage of the prevailing low interest rate environment.

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