Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

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ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SHIP) announced today its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company generated net revenues of $16.8 million, an 8% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2017. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2018, net revenues were $38.1 million, up 20% from the first half of 2017. As of June 30, 2018, stockholder’s equity was $28.6 million and cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, was $13 million.

“During the first half of 2018 our efforts were primarily focused on improving our liquidity and capital structure. We refinanced successfully two Capesize vessels that were acquired in 2016, achieving a capital release of approximately $10 million. In addition, the value appreciation of our fleet combined with the uninterrupted servicing of all of our loan facilities has led to an increase of our net asset value. Finally we expanded our banking relationships further in the Chinese market, establishing Seanergy as a key business partner of a major Chinese financing institution.

“Our results for the second quarter of 2018, were affected by the seasonal weakness of the Brazilian exporting volumes and other temporary adverse conditions of the Capesize market. Since the beginning of the third quarter, the market has recovered significantly reflecting the very strong fundamentals of the Capesize sector.

“We expect that the positive momentum will continue going forward and that the market will rise further towards the historical averages. In the third quarter of 2018 our Capesize vessels have been fixed for 73% of their ownership days at a TCE of approximately $23,420, while our fleet has respectively been fixed for 77% of its ownership days at a TCE of approximately $20,680. This represents a 133% increase compared to the 2Q18 TCE.

“We are very optimistic for the market conditions for the remaining of the year. Demand for seaborne transportation of iron ore and coal will exceed its initial expectations, while fleet growth is negligible. Beyond the current year, we expect that the limited newbuilding ordering activity seen recently and the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulations will contribute to sustained strength in the Capesize market for the next years.

“As a final note, we are continuously pursuing transactions that will increase our net asset value, enhance our shareholders value and ensure our compliance with the upcoming environmental regulations.”

(1) This vessel is being chartered by a major European utility and energy company and was delivered to the charterer on June 13, 2017 for a period of employment of about 12 months to about 18 months at a gross daily rate of $16,200.

(2) This vessel was sold to and leased back from a major Chinese leasing institution on June 29, 2018 for an eight year period.

(3) This vessel is being chartered by a major European charterer and was delivered to the charterer on June 28, 2017 for a period of about 18 months to about 22 months. The net daily charter hire is calculated at an index linked rate based on the five routes average time charter rate of the Baltic Capesize Index. In addition, the time charter provides us an option for any period of time during the term to be converted into a fixed rate time charter with a duration of minimum three months to maximum 12 months, with a rate corresponding to the prevailing value of the respective Capesize forward freight agreement.

(1) Ownership days are the total number of calendar days in a period during which the vessels in a fleet have been owned. Ownership days are an indicator of the size of the Company’s fleet over a period and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that the Company recorded during a period.

(2) Available days are the number of ownership days less the aggregate number of days that the vessels are off-hire due to drydockings, special and intermediate surveys, or days when the vessels are in lay-up. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of ownership days in a period during which the vessels should be capable of generating revenues. During the three months ended June 30, 2018, the Company incurred zero off-hire days for vessel dry dockings. During the three months ended June 30, 2017, the Company incurred zero off-hire days for vessel dry dockings. During the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company incurred zero off-hire days for vessel drydockings. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company incurred 13 off-hire days for one vessel drydocking.

(3) Operating days are the number of available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that the vessels are off-hire due to unforeseen circumstances. Operating days includes the days that our vessels are in ballast voyages without having finalized agreements for their next employment. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a period during which vessels actually could generate revenues. In the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company incurred two off-hire days due to unforeseen circumstances. In the quarter ended June 30, 2017, the Company did not incur any off-hire days due to unforeseen circumstances. During the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company incurred four off-hire days due to unforeseen circumstances. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company incurred two off-hire days due to unforeseen circumstances.

(4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that the vessels are generating revenue, and is determined by dividing operating days by ownership days for the relevant period.

(5) Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) rate is defined as the Company’s net revenue less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of the Company’s operating days during the period. Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel oil and diesel oil) expenses, canal charges and other commissions. The Company includes the TCE rate, a non-GAAP measure, as it believes it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with net revenues from vessels, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, and because it assists the Company’s management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of the Company’s vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. The Company’s calculation of TCE rate may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. The following table reconciles the Company’s net revenues from vessels to the TCE rate.        

(6) Vessel operating expenses include crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricants, insurance, maintenance and repairs. Daily Vessel Operating Expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant time periods. The Company’s calculation of daily vessel operating expenses may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. The following table reconciles the Company’s vessel operating expenses to daily vessel operating expenses.       

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") represents the sum of net income / (loss), interest and finance costs, interest income, depreciation and amortization and, if any, income taxes during a period. EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. GAAP.

EBITDA is presented as we believe that this measure is useful to investors as a widely used means of evaluating operating profitability. EBITDA as presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

On April 30, 2018, the Company agreed proactively with UniCredit Bank (i) to temporarily relax the minimum security cover undertaking until June 2019 and (ii) to temporarily amend and relax until June 2019 certain other financial covenants contained in its senior secured loan facility dated September 11, 2015, as this has been further amended.

On May 18, 2018, the Company agreed proactively with Amsterdam Trade Bank to temporarily amend and relax until June 2019 certain of its financial covenants contained in its senior secured loan facility dated May 24, 2017, as amended and restated on September 25, 2017.

On June 29, 2018, the Company agreed with Alpha Bank (i) to temporarily waive and defer the application date of the security requirement undertaking until March 2021 and (ii) to temporarily amend and relax until June 2019 certain other financial covenants contained in its senior secured loan facilities dated March 6, 2015 and November 4, 2015, respectively, as these have been further amended.

The Company is in compliance with all the covenants under its loan facilities.

On June 11, 2018, the Company entered into a $24.5 million loan agreement for the purpose of refinancing the outstanding indebtedness of M/V Lordship under the previous loan facility with Northern Shipping Funds dated November 28, 2016. The earliest maturity date of the new facility is in June 2023, which can be extended until June 2025 subject to certain conditions.

On June 28, 2018, the Company has entered into a $26.5 million sale and leaseback transaction for the M/V Knightship with a major Chinese leasing institution for the purpose of refinancing the outstanding indebtedness of M/V Knightship under the previous loan facility with Northern Shipping Funds dated November 28, 2016. Seanergy sold and chartered back the vessel on a bareboat basis for an eight year period, having a purchase obligation at the end of the eighth year. The Company has the option to repurchase M/V Knightship at any time following the second anniversary of the bareboat charter party.

Following these two transactions, the aggregate amount of capital released was approximately $10 million.

The Company intends to file today a shelf registration statement on Form F-3 which will replace, if it is declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company’s current shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-205301) which would otherwise expire on August 14, 2018. At this time, the Company has no plans to offer securities under either shelf registration statement.  Any determination to offer securities in the future will be subject to market conditions and approval by the Company's Board of Directors.

*Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of the period as of that date

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is an international shipping company that provides marine dry bulk transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. The Company currently operates a modern fleet of eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 dwt and an average fleet age of about 9.3 years.

The Company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands with executive offices in Athens, Greece and an office in Hong Kong. The Company's common shares and class A warrants trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbols “SHIP” and “SHIPW”, respectively.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events. Words such as "may", "should", "expects", "intends", "plans", "believes", "anticipates", "hopes", "estimates" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates, which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to continue as a going concern; the Company's operating or financial results; the Company's liquidity, including its ability to pay amounts that it owes and obtain additional financing in the future to fund capital expenditures, acquisitions and other general corporate activities; competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; shipping industry trends, including charter rates, vessel values and factors affecting vessel supply and demand; future, pending or recent acquisitions and dispositions, business strategy, areas of possible expansion or contraction, and expected capital spending or operating expenses; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its most recent annual report on Form 20-F. The Company's filings can be obtained free of charge on the SEC's website at . Except to the extent required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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Globe Newswire: 21:50 GMT Friday 10th August 2018

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