Genco Shipping & Trading Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Genco Shipping & Trading (GNK)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

August 02, 2012 8:30 am ET


Robert Gerald Buchanan - Principal Executive Officer and President

John C. Wobensmith - Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Secretary and Treasurer

Thomas E. Reinckens - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

Peter C. Georgiopoulos - Chairman


Douglas J. Mavrinac - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division

Justin B. Yagerman - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division



Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call and Presentation. Before we begin, please note that there will be a slide presentation accompanying today's conference call. That presentation can be obtained from Genco's website at

To inform everyone, today's conference is being recorded and is now being webcast at the company's website, We will conduct a question-and-answer session after the opening remarks. Instructions will follow at that time. A replay of the conference will be accessible at anytime during the next 2 weeks by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820, and entering the passcode, 7066040.

At this time, I will turn the conference over to the company. Please go ahead.

Unknown Executive

Good morning, before we begin our presentation, I note that in this conference call, we will be making certain forward-looking statements pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements use words such as anticipate, budget, estimate, expect, project, intend, plan, believe, and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with the discussion of potential future events, circumstances of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and observations. For a discussion of factors that could cause results to differ, please see the company's press release that was issued yesterday, the materials relating to this call posted on the company's website, and the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation, the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the company's subsequent reports filed with the SEC.

At this time, I would like to introduce Gerry Buchanan, the President of Genco Shipping & Trading.

Robert Gerald Buchanan

Good morning, and welcome to Genco's second quarter 2012 Conference Call. And with me today is Peter Georgiopoulos, our Chairman; and John Wobensmith, our Chief Financial Officer. I'll begin today's call by discussing our second quarter highlights as outlined on Slide 3 of the presentation. I will then turn the call over to John to review our financial results for the 3-month period ended June 30, 2012. Following this, I will discuss the industry current fundamentals. John, Peter and I will then be happy to take the questions.

During the second quarter and year-to-date, Genco has maintained an opportunistic time charter approach while taking proactive measures to preserve a strong financial platform in a challenging drybulk market. By maintaining the ability to benefit from future rate increases, and strengthening the company's financial flexibility, we have enhanced our position to drive future performance when market conditions improve.

Turning to Slide 5, Genco recorded a net loss of $27.7 million or $0.65 basic and diluted loss per share for the 3 months ended June 30, 2012. Genco's cash position excluding Baltic Trading Limited was $251.4 million, which reflects the cash flows generated by a large high-quality fleet. During the second quarter, we maintained our focus on signing vessels to short-term or spot-market-related contracts with reputable, multinational companies, preserving the company's ability to generate significant operating leverage and a rising freight rate environment. Additionally, we continue to take proactive measures to increase our financial strength and flexibility. Specifically, we recently amended each of our 3 credit facilities under favorable terms, which John will discuss in more detail later in the call.

Moving to Slide 6, we provide a summary of our fleet. Genco's modern and diversed fleet positions the company well to continue to provide service, adheres to the highest operational standards and take advantage of the positive long-term demand for the global transportation of iron ore, steel and other core commodities. Excluding bulky trading fleet, we currently own a fleet of 53 drybulk vessels, consisting of 9 Capesize, 8 Panamax, 17 Supramax, 6 Handymax and 13 Handysize vessels with a total carrying capacity of approximately 3,810,000 deadweight. Importantly, the average change of our fleet is 7.2 years, well below the industry average of approximately 11 years.

I will now turn the call over to John.

Robert Gerald Buchanan

Thank you, Gerry. Turning to Slide 8, I will begin by providing an overview of our financial results for the second quarter and 6 months ended June 30, 2012. Please note that we are reporting our financials on a consolidated basis as a result of our 25% equity ownership in Baltic Trading. For the 3 and 6-month period ended June 30, 2012, we recorded total revenues of $62.9 million and $122.8 million, respectively. This compares to the revenues for the second quarter of 2011 and 6 months ended June 30, 2011 of $99.3 million and $200.8 million, respectively. The decrease in total revenues for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the prior year period is primarily due to lower charter rates achieved by the majority of our vessels, as well as the higher number of days that our vessels were on plan all fired to complete dry dockings during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period the prior year. This was partially offset by the increase in the size of our fleet.

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