2016 May 11

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Stays in Black

Navig8 Chemical Tankers, a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and Oaktree Capital Management, reported its net income for the first quarter of 2016 at USD 10.4 million against a net income of USD 9.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015.

The shipping company, which focuses on the transportation of chemicals, accepted its first two newbuilding deliveries in February of 2015 and therefore recognized little revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2015.

The company generated a revenue of USD 36.5 million for the period, compared to a revenue of USD 35.3 million reached in the previous quarter.

The total number of vessel operating days for the three months ended March 31, 2016 increased to 1,682.

“We continued to take timely deliveries of our newbuilding vessels in the first quarter and thus continued to expand our operating days,” said Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

“The daily rates we achieved were roughly in line with the prior quarter and remained strong despite unforeseen market dynamics. Notably, a decrease in palm oil production in South East Asia caused by the El Nino weather pattern contributed to a vessel oversupply in the region. This in turn mitigated the effect of strong demand for methanol cargoes to China, which we anticipate will remain a significant demand driver for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, we generated incremental revenues and earnings per share on the back of organic fleet growth.”

Navig8 Chemical Tankers had 20 vessels operating during the three months ended March 31, 2016, all of which were deployed in pools managed by the Navig8 Group.

As of March 31, 2016, the company has taken delivery of 21 ships from the previously ordered 37 vessels. Navig8 said that the remaining vessels are scheduled to be fully delivered by September 2017.

“We look forward to continuing to take deliveries of our newbuilding vessels, with a further seven deliveries expected to occur by the end of 2016,” Busch said.

Additionally, the company entered into USD 140 million sale and leaseback agreements in April 2016 for four IMO2 49,000 DWT Interline coated medium range tankers being built at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Under the deals, signed with Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., Ltd (BCFL), the bank will provide funding for pre-delivery as well as the delivery instalments for these vessels.


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