Performance Shipping Inc. Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2021

ATHENS, Greece, May 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Performance Shipping Inc . (NASDAQ: PSHG) (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tanker vessels, today reported net loss and net loss from continuing and discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders of $2.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to net income and net income from continuing and discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders of $1.3 million and $2.8 million, respectively, for the same period in 2020. Loss per share for the first quarter of 2021 was $0.57, while earnings per share for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.60 (basic) and $0.58 (diluted).

Voyage and time charter revenues from continuing and discontinued operations were $8.4 million ($3.5 million net of voyage expenses) for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $13.5 million ($9.2 million net of voyage expenses) for the same period in 2020. This decrease was mainly attributable to the decreased time-charter equivalent rates (TCE rates) achieved during the quarter as a result of the depressed market conditions. Fleetwide, the average time charter equivalent rate for the first quarter of 2021 was $7,691, compared with an average rate of $21,386 for the same period in 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, net cash used in operating activities of continuing and discontinued operations was $1.4 million, compared with net cash provided by operating activities of continuing and discontinued operations of $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2020.

Commenting on the results of the first quarter of 2021, Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“Spot charter rates during the first quarter of 2021 remained at very low levels, as a result of a combination of weak consumer and industrial demand coupled with low crude oil and refined petroleum products production. Therefore, in accordance with our dividend policy, we will not declare and pay a dividend for our Q1 2021 results from operations. We expect spot charter rates, which continue to be at very low levels, to gradually recover over the successive quarters of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and demand for crude oil and refined petroleum products recovers. During the first quarter of 2021, we became a signatory of the Neptune Declaration and the UN Global Compact, and released our inaugural sustainability report, which can be found on our website. We remain keenly focused on our ESG efforts, which are an integral part of who we are, as we firmly believe they will meaningfully contribute to a better future for everyone.”

Tanker Market Update for the First Quarter 2021:

  • Fleet supply was 647.6 million dwt, up 0.9% from 641.7 million dwt from the previous quarter, and up 2.9% from Q1 2020 levels of 629.2 million dwt.
  • Tanker demand in billion tonne-miles is projected to increase by 4.1% in 2021, recovering from the lows experienced in 2020.
  • Tanker fleet supply in deadweight terms is estimated to grow by a moderate 3.0% in 2021.
  • Crude tanker fleet utilization was estimated at 82.0%, up from 79.6% from the previous quarter and down from Q1 2020 levels of 89.0%.
  • Newbuilding contracting at 9.7 million dwt resulted in the tanker orderbook remaining close to record low levels and representing 8.1% of the tanker fleet.
  • Daily spot charter rates for Aframax tankers averaged $10,527, up 84.3% from the previous quarter average of $5,713 and down 75.0% from Q1 2020 average of $41,610.     
  • The value of a 10-year-old Aframax tanker ended the quarter at $23.5 million, up 14.6% from the previous quarter assessed value of $20.5 million, and down 24.2% from Q1 2020 assessed value of $31.0 million.        
  • Tankers used for floating storage (excluding dedicated storage) was 180 (28.7 million dwt), down 21.4% from 229 (37.8 million dwt) from the previous quarter and up 176.9% from Q1 2020 levels of 65 (15.9 million dwt).
  • Global oil consumption was 94.8 million bpd, down 0.7% from the previous quarter level of 95.4 million bpd, and down 0.7% from Q1 2020 levels of 95.4 million bpd.
  • Global oil production was 92.5 million bpd, up 0.2% from the previous quarter level of 92.4 million bpd and down 7.8% from Q1 2020 levels of 100.3 million bpd.
  • OECD commercial inventories were 2,922.7 million barrels, down 3.4% from the previous quarter level of 3,025.8 million barrels, and down 1.4% from Q1 2020 levels of 2,962.8 million barrels.

Novel Coronavirus Risks:

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak a pandemic. In response to the outbreak, many countries, ports and organizations, including those where the Company conducts a large part of its operations, have implemented measures to combat the outbreak, such as quarantines, travel restrictions, and other emergency public health measures in an effort to contain the outbreak. Such measures have resulted in a significant reduction in global economic activity and extreme volatility in the global financial markets, which has reduced the global demand for oil and oil products, which the Company’s vessels transport.

Despite the global gradual recovery from COVID-19, the Company continues to take proactive measures to ensure the health and wellness of its crew and onshore employees while maintaining effective business continuity and uninterrupted service to its customers. The overall impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s business, and the efficacy of any measures the Company takes in response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, will depend on how the outbreak further develops, the duration and extent of the restrictive measures that are associated with the pandemic and their impact on global economy and trade, which is still uncertain.

Summary of Selected Financial & Other Data

   For the three months ended March 31,
   2021  2020 
   (unaudited) (unaudited)
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (in thousands of US Dollars):
 Voyage and time charter revenues$8,397 $13,504 
 Voyage expenses 4,936  4,308 
 Vessel operating expenses 2,878  3,096 
 Net income / (loss) (2,853) 1,295 
 Net income / (loss) attributable to common stockholders (2,853) 2,795 
 Earnings / (Loss) per common share, basic (0.57) 0.60 
 Earnings / (Loss) per common share, diluted (0.57) 0.58 
 Average number of vessels 5.0  4.7 
 Number of vessels 5.0  6.0 
 Ownership days 450  430 
 Available days 450  430 
 Operating days, including ballast leg (2) 373  373 
 Fleet utilization, including ballast leg 82.9%  86.7% 
 Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (3)$7,691 $21,386 
 Daily vessel operating expenses (4)$6,396 $7,200 

(1)The table above includes data both from our Continuing and Discontinued Operations. Discontinued Operations refer to our container vessels segment that we disposed of in 2020.
(2)Operating days, including ballast leg, are the number of available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire. The specific calculation does not count as off-hire the days of the ballast leg of the spot voyages, as long as a charter party is in place. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues.
(3)Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rates, are defined as our voyage and time charter revenues, less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during the period, which is consistent with industry standards. Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel) expenses, canal charges and commissions. TCE is a non-GAAP measure. TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., voyage (spot) charters, time charters and bareboat charters).
(4)Daily vessel operating expenses, which include crew wages and related costs, the cost of insurance and vessel registry, expenses relating to repairs and maintenance, the costs of spares and consumable stores, lubricant costs, tonnage taxes, regulatory fees, environmental costs, lay-up expenses and other miscellaneous expenses, are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.

Fleet Employment Profile (As of May 20, 2021)
Performance Shipping Inc .’s fleet is employed as follows:
CapacityBuilderGross Rate
(USD Per
Com 1CharterersDelivery Date
to Charterers
Redelivery Date to
 Aframax Tanker Vessels
1BLUE MOON2011104,623 DWTSumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., LTD.$28,0005.00% Aramco Trading Company, Saudi Arabia19-Jun-2019-Nov-21 - 18-Jan-22
2BRIOLETTE2011104,588 DWTSumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., LTD.Spot- --- - -
3P. FOS2007115,577 DWTSasebo Heavy Industries Co. LtdSpot- --- - -
4P. KIKUMA2007115,915 DWTSamsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd.Spot- --- - -
5P. YANBU2011105,391 DWTSumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., LTD.Spot- -- - - -
(1) Total commission paid to third parties.
(2) Range of redelivery dates, with the actual date of redelivery being at the Charterers’ option, but subject to the terms, conditions, and exceptions of the particular charterparty.


About the Company

Performance Shipping Inc . is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of Aframax tankers. The Company's current fleet is employed primarily in the spot market, and in some cases, on short to medium-term time charters, with leading energy companies and traders.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending," and similar expressions, terms or phrases may identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand for our vessels, changes in the supply of vessels, changes in worldwide oil production and consumption and storage, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, crew costs, dry-docking and insurance costs, our future operating or financial results, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, the length and severity of epidemics and pandemics, including the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the demand for seaborne transportation of petroleum and other types of products, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions or events, including “trade wars”, acts by terrorists or acts of piracy on ocean-going vessels, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, labor disputes or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors. Please see our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.


This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.

(See financial tables attached)

Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data
   For the three months ended March 31,
   2021  2020 
 Voyage and time charter revenues$8,397 $13,504 
 Voyage expenses 4,936  4,308 
 Vessel operating expenses 2,878  3,096 
 Depreciation and amortization of deferred charges 1,816  1,101 
 Management fees -  192 
 General and administrative expenses 1,503  2,612 
 Impairment losses -  339 
 Provision for doubtful receivables 7  86 
 Foreign currency losses 51  21 
 Operating income / (loss)$(2,794)$1,749 
 Interest and finance costs (467) (527)
 Interest income 8  73 
 Other revenues 400  - 
 Total other expenses, net$(59)$(454)
Net income / (loss)$(2,853)$1,295 
Gain from repurchase of preferred shares -  1,500 
Net income / (loss) attributable to common stockholders$(2,853)$2,795 
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, basic *$(0.57)$0.60 
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, diluted *$(0.57)$0.58 
Weighted average number of common shares, * 5,007,493  4,696,773 
Weighted average number of common shares, * 5,007,493  4,788,339 
* Comparative figures were adjusted to give effect to the reverse stock split that became effective on November 2, 2020.
   For the three months ended March 31,
   2021  2020 
Net income / (loss)$(2,853)$1,295 
Comprehensive income/ (loss)$(2,853)$1,295 

(Expressed in thousands of US Dollars)  
   March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020**
ASSETS (unaudited)  
Cash and cash equivalents$17,764$21,378
Vessels, net 126,320 128,108
Other fixed assets, net 1,110 1,135
Other assets 10,800 7,233
 Total assets $155,994$157,854
Long-term debt, net of unamortized deferred financing costs$55,725$57,666
Other liabilities 6,245 3,391
Total stockholders' equity 94,024 96,797
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $155,994$157,854
* *The balance sheet data as of December 31, 2020 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date.

   For the three months ended March 31,
   2021  2020 
   (unaudited) (unaudited)
Net Cash provided by / (used in) Operating Activities$(1,383)$7,094 
Net Cash used in Investing Activities$(253)$(41,272)
Net Cash provided by / (used in) Financing Activities$(1,978)$22,007 

Dividend Policy – Quarterly Calculations

Our Board of Directors has adopted a variable quarterly dividend policy, pursuant to which we may declare and pay a variable quarterly cash dividend. If declared, the quarterly dividend is expected to be paid each February, May, August and November and will be equal to available cash from operations during the previous quarter after cash payments for debt repayment and interest expense and reserves for the replacement of our vessels, scheduled drydockings, intermediate and special surveys and other purposes as our Board of Directors may from time to time determine are required, after taking into account contingent liabilities, the terms of any credit facility, our growth strategy and other cash needs as well as the requirements of Marshall Islands law. The declaration and payment of dividends is, at all times, subject to the discretion of our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors may review and amend our dividend policy from time to time, in light of our plans for future growth and other factors.

In accordance with our dividend policy, and taking into account the above-listed factors, we expect to pay dividends only if during the preceding quarter Quarterly Cash Flow is positive and Quarter-End Excess Cash is also positive. As a general guideline, the amount of any such dividends is expected to be based on a pay-out ratio of the lower of i) Quarterly Cash Flow; and ii) Quarter-End Excess Cash. So long as our end of quarter outstanding debt exceeds our equity market capitalization our pay-out ratio is expected to be 50%. We will consider increasing the pay-out ratio gradually up to a maximum level of 90% that we may achieve when our end of quarter outstanding debt is less than 10% of our equity market capitalization. Quarter-End Excess Cash is defined as actual end of quarter Cash and Cash Equivalents over our Minimum Cash Threshold. Minimum Cash Threshold is defined as the sum of minimum liquidity pursuant to our loan agreements and $1.5 million per vessel. Our bank facilities currently require us to maintain minimum liquidity of $9.0 million.  

Quarterly Cash Flow is equal to voyage and time charter revenues less voyage expenses, less vessel operating expenses, less general and administrative expenses, less - the greater of i) net interest expense and repayment of long-term bank debt or ii) fleet replacement reserves - and less maintenance reserves for our fleet.

We believe the above approach will ensure the sustainability of our Company and replacement of our fleet as during quarters where either Excess Cash is negative or Quarterly Cash Flow is negative, we will not pay dividends until Quarterly Cash Flow is positive and Excess Cash is also positive. Below are our calculations of Quarter-End Excess Cash and Quarterly Cash Flow for the first quarter of 2021.

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
   For the three months ended March 31, 2021
 Voyage and time charter revenues$8,397 
 Less, Voyage expenses$(4,936)
 Less, Vessel operating expenses$(2,878)
 Less, General and administrative expenses$(1,423)
 Less, Greater of (I) or (II):  
 Interest and finance costs$(467)
 Plus, Repayment of long-term bank debt$(1,978)
 Total (I)$(2,445)
 Replacement reserve (II)$(1,714)
 Less, Maintenance reserve (438)
Quarterly Cash Flow (A)$(3,723)
 Cash and cash equivalents$17,764 
 Less, Minimum Cash Threshold$16,500 
Quarter-End Excess Cash (B)$1,264 
Quarterly Cash Flow Test (A) >0, AND Not eligible for dividend
Quarter-End Excess Cash Test (B) >0 Eligible for dividend
Cash Available for Dividend, lower (A) or (B)$- 
 Payout ratio 50%
Quarterly Dividend$- 

(1)General and administrative expenses, for the purpose of calculating dividends, exclude non-cash items.
(2)Replacement reserves reflect the aggregate annual amount of cash that the Company retains to fund the replacement of each of its vessels. In addition to the replacement reserve retained and reinvested at a certain annual rate or equivalent debt repayment, the Company estimates at the specific expected replacement date to utilize funds from the proceeds of the scrap value of the vessels and the assumption of a modest level of debt to purchase the replacement vessel assuming such replacement is for a ten-year-old vessel at the ten-year historical mid-cycle value.
(3)Maintenance reserves are based on an estimated cost for the drydock, intermediate and special surveys of the vessels in our fleet over the recurring statutory five-year survey period. They are used, instead of actual maintenance costs when incurred, for purposes of calculating the quarterly dividend to remove the additional cash flow variability during quarters that drydocks occur.
CONTACT: Corporate Contact:
Andreas Michalopoulos
Chief Executive Officer, Director and Secretary
Telephone: + 30-216-600-2400

For Immediate Release

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