Safe Bulkers, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

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MONACO, May 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today its unaudited financial results for the three months period ended March 31, 2019.

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: ‘‘We started 2019 profitably  despite the material weakness of the charter market amid trade-war concerns, disruption of trade patterns due to natural disasters and seasonality inherent in the industry. We are on schedule in implementing our environmental investments installing scrubbers in approximately half of our fleet during 2019 in anticipation of the effectiveness of the IMO sulphur cap regulations in 2020.  We also remain committed to installing ballast water treatment systems in each of our vessels.  Overall, we remain confident that our Company is well positioned ahead of the uncertainties and opportunities presented by the current operating environment.”

Our vessels are used to transport bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes. We intend to employ our vessels on both period time charters and spot time charters, according to our assessment of market conditions, with some of the world’s largest consumers of marine drybulk transportation services. The vessels we deploy on period time charters provide us with relatively stable cash flow and high utilization rates, while the vessels we deploy in the spot market allow us to maintain our flexibility in low charter market conditions.

As of May 23, 2019, we had liquidity of $95.4 million consisting of $85.0 million in cash and bank time deposits and $10.4 million in restricted cash.

As of March 31, 2019, our consolidated leverage, representing total consolidated liabilities divided by total consolidated assets, was 58%.

As of May 23, 2019, the remaining order book of the Company consisted of one Post-Panamax class vessel with scheduled delivery date in the first half of 2020.

As of May 23, 2019, the aggregate remaining capital expenditure in relation to the order book was $30.4 million, of which $7.0 million is payable in 2019 and $23.4 million is payable within 2020.

The Company has the option to finance up to $13.2 million of the remaining capital expenditure related to the order book through the periodic issuance of the Company’s common stock.

Our Managers are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 related to environmental performance and energy efficiency, respectively.

We have obtained environmental notation for 39 out of 41 of our vessels for the prevention of sea and air pollution, and we are in the process of obtaining such class notation for the remaining two vessels.

We adopted at an early stage the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (the “BWM Convention”). We are also installing United States Coast Guard (“USCG”) approved Ballast Water Treatment Systems (“BWTS”) in all of our vessels.

Furthermore, we are preparing for the global 0.5% sulfur cap on marine fuels that will come into effect on January 1, 2020 (the “IMO 2020”). In connection therewith, we are installing exhaust gas cleaning devices (“Scrubbers”) in almost half of our fleet, having decided to compete for such vessels on the basis of the price differential between the compliant fuels and the 3.5% sulfur content Heavy Fuel Oil. For our remaining fleet that we have decided to compete on the basis of fuel consumption by using compliant fuels, and we are progressing with preparation and ship implementation plans for a smooth and timely transition to the new fuels.

Table 4 shows the timing and progress of our environmental investments.

*Down time includes scheduled dry-docking or special surveys for 12 vessels to be performed concurrently with their scrubber installation.

The Company has not declared a dividend on the Company’s common stock for the first quarter of 2019. The Company had 101,253,267 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of May 23, 2019, following the cancellation during the first quarter of 2019 of 1,790,270 treasury shares acquired through buy back programs.

The Company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share on each of its 8.00% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.C) and 8.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (NYSE: SB.PR.D) for the period from January 30, 2019 to April 29, 2019, which was paid on April 30, 2019 to the respective shareholders of record as of April 23, 2019.

The declaration and payment of dividends, if any, will always be subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company. The timing and amount of any dividends declared will depend on, among other things: (i) the Company’s earnings, financial condition and cash requirements and available sources of liquidity; (ii) decisions in relation to the Company’s growth and leverage strategies; (iii) provisions of Marshall Islands and Liberian law governing the payment of dividends; (iv) restrictive covenants in the Company’s existing and future debt instruments; and (v) global economic and financial conditions.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time, the Company’s management team will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s financial results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (877) 553-9962 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(808) 238-0669 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2071 928592  (Standard International Dial In). to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until June 7, 2019 by dialing 1 (866) 331-1332 (US Toll Free Dial In),  0(808) 238-0667 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 3333 009785 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 1859591#

There will also be a live, and then archived, webcast of the conference call, available through the Company’s website (). Participants in the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Net income for the first quarter of 2019 amounted to $5.4 million compared to $6.0 million during the same period in 2018, mainly due to the following factors:

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share are not recognized measurements under US GAAP.- EBITDA represents Net income before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization.- Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost and gain/(loss) on foreign currency.- Adjusted Net income represents Net income before loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost and gain/(loss) on foreign currency.- Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share represents Adjusted Net income less preferred dividend divided by the weighted average number of shares.EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share are used as supplemental financial measures by management and external users of financial statements, such as investors, to assess our financial and operating performance. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures assist our management and investors by increasing the comparability of our performance from period to period. The Company believes that including these supplemental financial measures assists our management and investors in (i) understanding and analyzing the results of our operating and business performance, (ii) selecting between investing in us and other investment alternatives and (iii) monitoring our financial and operational performance in assessing whether to continue investing in us. The Company believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share are useful in evaluating the Company’s operating performance from period to period because the calculation of EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally further eliminates the effects from loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost and gain/(loss) on foreign currency, items which may vary from year to year and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. Furthermore, the calculation of Adjusted Net income generally eliminates the effects of loss on sale of assets, gain/(loss) on derivatives, early redelivery cost and gain/(loss) on foreign currency, items which may vary from year to year and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under US GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income should not be considered as substitutes for net income and other operations data prepared in accordance with US GAAP or as a measure of profitability. While EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share, are frequently used as measures of operating results and performance, they are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted earnings per share should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by the excluded items.

The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world’s largest users of marine drybulk transportation services. The Company’s common stock, series C preferred stock and series D preferred stock are listed on the NYSE, and trade under the symbols “SB”, “SB.PR.C”, and “SB.PR.D”, respectively.

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and in Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning future events, the Company’s growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy, including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “hopes,” “estimates” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company 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 that 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, changes in the demand for drybulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates, risks associated with operations outside the United States and other factors listed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release 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: 13:00 GMT Tuesday 28th May 2019

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