Star Bulk Carriers Corporation ( SBLK)

Q3 2011 Earnings Call

November 9, 2011 11:00 AM ET

Executives

Spyros Capralos – President and CEO

Simos Spyrou – CFO

Analysts

Natasha Boyden – Cantor Fitzgerald

Michael Pak – Clarksons Capital Markets

James Woods – FBR Capital Markets

Presentation

Operator

Thank you for standing by ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Star Bulk Conference Call on the Third Quarter and Nine Months 2011 Financial Results. We have with us Mr. Spyros Capralos, President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Simos Spyrou, Chief Financial Officer of the company.

At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. There will be a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) I must advice you, this conference is being recorded today, Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

We now pass the floor to one of your speakers today, Mr. Spyros Capralos, please go ahead sir.

Spyros Capralos

Thank you, operator and good morning ladies and gentlemen or good afternoon wherever you are in this world. I am Spyros Capralos, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk Carriers and I would like to welcome you to the Star Bulk Carriers third quarter and nine months 2011 financial results conference call. Along with me today, to discuss our financial results is our CFO, Mr. Simos Spyrou.

Before we begin, I kindly ask you to take a moment to read the Safe Harbor statement on slide number two of our presentation.

Let us now turn to slide number three of the presentation to first discuss our balance sheet, which we’d like to highlight, because we believe it is one of the healthiest in the drybulk industry.

As of today, our senior debt stands at $268 million, including the full withdraw able amount from the Credit Agricole facility for the financing of Star Polaris that is going to be delivered next week. Important to mention is that we have zero CapEx commitments from now on.

Our current cash position stands at $39 million, Star Bulk has resisted exposure to interest rate swaps and we’re taking the full benefit of the prevailing low interest rates as all of our loans are based on floating rates.

According to analyst consensus estimates on Bloomberg, our 2012 EBITDA is expected to be around $52 million. Our net debt amounts to around $230 million. And so, our net debt stands at around 4.4 times consensus 2012 EBITDA.

Our principal repayment commitments for this year are down substantially compared to last year since our loan repayment schedules were intentionally designed to be front-loaded. Specifically, as you can see in the bar graph, during 2010, our principal repayments stood at $68 million, while our 2011 repayment commitments stand at $37 million out of which the remaining amount till year end stands at only $1.5 million. Our principal repayment commitments amount to $35 million for each of 2012 and 2013. We believe that these characteristics make Star Bulk one of the most financially solid players in the drybulk industry today.

Please turn to slide four to discuss our third and nine months 2011 financial highlights. In the third quarter 2011, gross revenue amounted to $26.3 million and our net loss amounted to $3 million. Excluding non-cash items, such as amortization differed revenue and stock based compensation, our net loss for the third quarter amounted to $1.5 million.

Adjusted EBITDA for third quarter 2011 was $11.9 million, while average daily operating expenses were $5,682 per vessel. The Time Charter equivalent was $18,808 per day. The adjusted net loss of $1.5 million represented $0.02 loss per share basic and diluted, which is above Bloomberg consensus.

For the nine months 2011, gross revenue amounted to $78.4 million and net income amounted to $0.4 million. Excluding non-cash items as well as a loss related to an early time Charter termination, our adjusted net income for the nine months 2011 amounted to $2.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA for nine months 2011 was $41 million while average daily operating expenses were $5,478 per vessel.

The Time Charter equivalent in the nine months 2011 was $20,165 per day. The adjusted net income of $2.1 million represents $0.03 earnings per share basic and diluted.

Slide five illustrates our high quality fleet of drybulk vessels consisting of 14 drybulk carriers with a fully funded Capsize new building on its way to be delivered next week. Once we take delivery of our second new building, we’ll have increased our operating fleet by 75% in terms of cargo carrying capacity from the beginning of 2011.

As you can see in the bar graph on the lower left hand side, we have managed to grow our fleets from the beginning of 2011 from 900,000 tons to just above 1.6 million dead weight tons by the end of 2011.

Our fleet growth will result in an increase in our ownership days with visible revenue in the volatile freight markets. It is also worth noting that in the process of growing our fleet we have also been renewing it. Since our inception, we have sold three of our older vessels, while acquiring eight younger vessels. As a result, we expect our fleet’s average age to be 10.6 in December of 2011, only two months older than a year ago. So, we have achieved considerable growth while also renewing our fleets.

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