Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2018

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MONACO, Feb. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (“Navios Acquisition”) (NYSE: NNA), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, reported its financial results today for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2018.

Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition, stated, “For the full year of 2018, Navios Acquisition reported revenue of $187.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $56.8 million. For the fourth quarter of 2018, we reported revenue of $58.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $20.9 million. We also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share for the fourth quarter, representing an annualized yield of 21.0% per share.”

Angeliki Frangou continued, “Tanker rates substantially improved during the fourth quarter of 2018, with the Baltic TD3C VLCC spot rate increasing by more than double to about $45,000 per day compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Although VLCC rates have since retreated, rates for January 2019 were still almost three times higher than rates for January of 2018. In light of the rate improvement, the acquisition of Navios Midstream was timely, as well as accretive to our net asset value and cash flow.“

Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, each outstanding common unit representing limited partner interests in Navios Midstream held by a common unit holder other than Navios Acquisition, Navios Midstream or their respective subsidiaries (the “NAP Public Units”) was converted into the right to receive 0.42 shares of Navios Acquisition’s common stock. As a result of the Merger, 3,683,284 shares of Navios Acquisition’s common stock were issued to former holders of NAP Public Units. More than eighty (80) percent of holders of NAP Public Units elected (or were deemed to have elected) to receive Navios Acquisition common stock. As such, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, no Navios Acquisition preferred stock was issued in connection with the Merger.

The transaction was accounted for as a business combination. Purchase accounting applied, that resulted in a net effect of less than $0.1 million, analyzed as follows: (a) a gain as a result of the fair value of net assets acquired being in excess of the fair value of the consideration exchanged for obtaining control, in the amount of $69.0 million; and (b) a re-measurement of Navios Acquisition's previously held investment in Navios Midstream, resulting in a loss of $75.7 million partially mitigated by $6.8 million of accelerated amortization of the deferred gain recognized in relation to the sale of the Nave Celeste and the C Dream to Navios Midstream in June 2015.

Following the completion of the Merger, Erifili Tsironi was appointed as co-chief financial officer of Navios Acquisition.

Currently, Navios Acquisition has contracted 52.1% of its available days on a charter-out basis for 2019, which are expected to generate revenues of approximately $126.7 million for 2019. The average contractual net daily charter-out rate for the 44.6% of available days that are contracted on base rate and/or on base rate with profit sharing arrangements are expected to be $18,995.

Following the completion of the Merger, effective as of December 13, 2018, Navios Midstream is included in the consolidated financial statements of Navios Acquisition, as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

(1) EBITDA, net loss and loss per share (basic) for the three month period ended December 31, 2018 have been adjusted to exclude (i) $2.2 million transaction costs in relation to the merger with Navios Midstream; and (ii) $0.3 million of non-cash stock-based compensation.              (2) EBITDA, net loss and loss per share (basic) for the year ended December 31, 2018 have been adjusted to exclude; (i) $6.0 million of non-cash impairment loss relating to our affiliate, Navios Midstream; (ii) $2.2 million transaction costs in relation to the merger with Navios Midstream; (iii) $1.1 million of non-cash stock-based compensation; and (iv) $0.03 million of gain on sale of the Nave Galactic. Net loss and loss per share (basic) for the year ended December 31, 2018 were further adjusted to exclude $0.3 million write-off of deferred finance costs.             (3) EBITDA, net loss and loss per share (basic) for the three month period ended December 31, 2017 have been adjusted to exclude $0.1 million of non-cash stock-based compensation. Net loss and loss per share (basic) for the three month period ended December 31, 2017 were further adjusted to exclude $0.3 million write off of deferred finance income.             (4) EBITDA, net loss and loss per share (basic) for the year ended December 31, 2017 have been adjusted to exclude (i) $59.1 million of other-than-temporary impairment loss on equity investment in Navios Midstream; and (ii) $0.1 million of non-cash stock-based compensation. Net loss and net loss per share (basic) for the year ended December 31, 2017 were further adjusted to exclude $0.4 million write-off of deferred finance costs.             EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net loss and Adjusted loss per share (basic) are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or substitution for Navios Acquisition’s results (see Exhibit II for reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA). 

Revenue for the three month period ended December 31, 2018 increased by $8.4 million, or 16.7%, to $58.7 million, as compared to $50.3 million for the same period of 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to an: (i) increase in revenue by $5.0 million due to the acquisition and resulting consolidation of Navios Midstream on December 13, 2018; and (ii) increase in revenue due to certain spot voyages fixed at favourable market rates during the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018; partially mitigated by a decrease in revenue of $1.7 million mainly due to the sale of the Nave Galactic to Navios Midstream in March 2018. Available days of the fleet increased to 3,297 days for the three month period ended December 31, 2018, as compared to 3,225 days for the three month period ended December 31, 2017, as a result of the merger with Navios Midstream effective as of December 13, 2018. The time charter equivalent rate, or TCE Rate, increased to $15,483 for the three month period ended December 31, 2018, from $15,299 for the three month period ended December 31, 2017.

Time charter and voyage expenses for the three month period ended December 31, 2018 increased by approximately $3.7 million, or 60.7%, to $9.8 million, as compared to $6.1 million for the same period of 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to a: (a) $6.5 million increase in bunkers consumption and voyage expenses due to spot voyages in the period; and (b) $0.1 million increase in brokers’commission; partially mitigated by $3.0 million decrease in the backstop commitment.

Net loss for the three month period ended December 31, 2018 was $16.4 million as compared to $12.0 million for the same period of 2017. The increase in net loss was due to a: (a) $1.5 million decrease in EBITDA; (b) $1.1 million increase in interest expense and finance cost, net of deferred finance cost; (c) $1.1 million increase in direct vessel expenses; (d) $0.4 million decrease in interest income; and (e) $0.3 million increase in depreciation and amortization, due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream on December 13, 2018.

EBITDA for the three month period ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $1.5 million to $18.5 million, as compared to $19.9 million for the same period of 2017. The decrease in EBITDA was mainly due to a: (a) $3.7 million increase in time charter and voyage expenses, as described above; (b) $2.7 million increase in general and administrative expenses mainly due to expenses incurred in connection with the acquisition of Navios Midstream on December 13, 2018 of $2.2 million; (c) $1.6 million increase in other expense; (d) $1.4 million decrease in equity /(loss) in net earnings of affiliated companies; (e) $0.4 million increase in management fees due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream on December 13, 2018 and to the amendment of the fees under the Management Agreement; and (f) $0.1 million decrease in other income; partially mitigated by an $8.4 million increase in revenue, as described above.

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $39.3 million, or 17.3%, to $187.9 million, as compared to $227.3 million for the same period of 2017. The decrease was mainly attributable to a: (a) decrease in the market rates during the year ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the same period in 2017; and (b) decrease in revenue of $8.2 million mainly due to the sale of the Nave Galactic to Navios Midstream in March 2018; partially mitigated by the increase in revenue of $5.0 million due to the acquisition and resulting consolidation of Navios Midstream on December 13, 2018. Available days of the fleet decreased from 12,904 days for the year ended December 31, 2017 to 12,735 days for the year ended December 31, 2018. The TCE Rate decreased from $17,186 for the year ended December 31, 2017, to $13,855 for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Time charter and voyage expenses for the year ended December 31, 2018 increased by approximately $9.7 million to $31.6 million, as compared to $21.9 million for the same period of 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to a (a) $3.7 million increase in the backstop commitment; (b) $6.3 million increase in bunkers consumption and voyage expenses due to spot voyages in the period; partially mitigated by a $0.4 million decrease in brokers’ commission.

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $86.4 million as compared to $78.9 million for the same period of 2017. The increase in net loss was due to a: (a) $3.5 million increase in direct vessel expenses; (b) $2.0 million decrease in interest income; (c) $1.5 million increase in interest expense and finance cost; and (d) $1.0 million decrease in EBITDA, partially mitigated by a $0.6 million decrease in depreciation and amortization, mainly due to the sale of the Nave Galactic to Navios Midstream in March 2018.

EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2018 decreased by $1.0 million to $47.6 million, as compared to $48.6 million for the same period of 2017. The decrease in EBITDA was mainly due to a: (a) $39.3 million decrease in revenue, as described above; (b) $9.7 million increase in time charter and voyage expenses, as described above; (c) $4.6 million increase in general and administrative expenses mainly consisting of $2.2 million transaction expenses due the acquisition of Navios Midstream on December 13, 2018 and of $1.0 million stock-based compensation expense; (d) $2.6 million increase in other expenses; and (e) $0.1 million decrease in other income; partially mitigated by a: (i) $54.3 million increase in equity /(loss) in net earnings of affiliated companies (which includes $59.1 million of other-than-temporary impairment loss on equity investment in Navios Midstream in the second quarter of 2017); and (ii) $1.0 million decrease in management fees due to the sale of the Nave Galactic to Navios Midstream in March 2018, which was partially offset by the amendment of the fees under the Management Agreement.

Navios Acquisition believes that the important measures for analyzing trends in its results of operations consist of the following:

As previously announced, Navios Acquisition will host a conference call today, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 8:30 am ET, at which time Navios Acquisition's senior management will provide highlights and commentary on earnings results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.

US Dial In: +1.877.480.3873International Dial In: +1.404.665.9927Conference ID: 559 4886

The conference call replay will be available shortly after the live call and remain available for one week at the following numbers:

US Replay Dial In: +1.800.585.8367International Replay Dial In: +1.404.537.3406Conference ID: 559 4886

The call will be simultaneously Webcast. The Webcast will be available on the Navios Acquisition website, , under the "Investors" section. The Webcast will be archived and available at the same Web address for two weeks following the call.

A supplemental slide presentation will be available by 8:00 am ET on the day of the call.

Navios Acquisition (NYSE: NNA) is an owner and operator of tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum products (clean and dirty) and bulk liquid chemicals. 

For more information about Navios Acquisition, please visit our website: .

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 and expectations, including with respect to Navios Acquisition’s future dividends, expected cash flow generation and Navios Acquisition’s growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further employment contracts. Words such as “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “hopes,” “estimates,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include comments regarding expected revenue and employment contracts. These forward-looking statements are based on the information available to, and the expectations and assumptions deemed reasonable by, Navios Acquisition at the time this filing was made. Although Navios Acquisition believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. 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 Navios Acquisition. 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 creditworthiness of our charterers and the ability of our contract counterparties to fulfill their obligations to us, tanker industry trends, including charter rates and vessel values and factors affecting vessel supply and demand, the aging of our vessels and resultant increases in operation and dry docking costs, the loss of any customer or charter or vessel, our ability to repay outstanding indebtedness, to obtain additional financing and to obtain replacement charters for our vessels, in each case, at commercially acceptable rates or at all, increases in costs and expenses, including but not limited to: crew wages, insurance, provisions, port expenses, lube oil, bunkers, repairs, maintenance and general and administrative expenses, the expected cost of, and our ability to comply with, governmental regulations and maritime self-regulatory organization standards, as well as standard regulations imposed by our charterers applicable to our business, potential liability from litigation and our vessel operations, including discharge of pollutants, general domestic and international political conditions, competitive factors in the market in which Navios Acquisition operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Navios Acquisition’s filings with the SEC, including its annual and interim reports filed on Form 20-F and Form 6-K. Navios Acquisition 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 Navios Acquisition’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. Navios Acquisition makes no prediction or statement about the performance of its common stock.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net (loss)/ income and Adjusted (loss)/ income per share (basic) are non-U.S. GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or as substitution for Navios Acquisition’s results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”).

EBITDA represents net (loss)/income before interest and finance costs, before depreciation and amortization and before income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA in this document represents EBITDA excluding certain items as described under “Financial Highlights”. Adjusted net (loss)/ income and Adjusted (loss)/ income per share (basic) represent Net (loss)/ income and (loss)/ income per share (basic), excluding certain items as described under “Financial Highlights”. We use Adjusted EBITDA as liquidity measure and reconcile EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by/ (used in) operating activities, the most comparable U.S. GAAP liquidity measure. EBITDA is calculated as follows: net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities adding back, when applicable and as the case may be, the effect of: (i) net increase/(decrease) in operating assets; (ii) net (increase)/decrease in operating liabilities; (iii) net interest cost; (iv) amortization of deferred finance costs and other related expenses; (v) equity/ (loss) in net earnings of affiliates, net of dividends received; (vi) payments for dry dock and special survey costs; (vii) impairment charges; (viii) gain on sale of assets; (ix) gain/ (loss) on debt repayment; (x) stock- based compensation and (xi) transaction costs. Navios Acquisition believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are each the basis upon which liquidity can be assessed and present useful information to investors regarding Navios Acquisition’s ability to service and/or incur indebtedness, pay capital expenditures, meet working capital requirements and pay dividends. Navios Acquisition also believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used: (i) by potential lenders to evaluate potential transactions; (ii) to evaluate and price potential acquisition candidates; and (iii) by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the analysis of Navios Acquisition’s results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (i) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and (ii) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such capital expenditures. Because of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a principal indicator of Navios Acquisition’s performance. Furthermore, our calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies due to differences in methods of calculation.

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