Algoma Central Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

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Aug 08, 2019 07:00 am
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- 

Algoma Central Corporation (“Algoma” or “the Company”) (TSX: ALC), a leading provider of marine transportation services, today announced its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019.

All amounts reported below are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share data and unless otherwise noted. Second quarter 2019 highlights include:

  • Product Tanker operating earnings grew 222% which was driven by high customer demand and having two additional vessels operating in the quarter compared to last year. During the quarter, the Company took advantage of attractive asset values in international tanker markets to add the Algoterra to our Canadian fleet.
  • The Ocean Self-Unloader segment grew earnings by 85% based on strong Pool performance and the acquisition of three vessels that began operating for Algoma in the CSL Pool in June.
  • Net earnings and basic earnings per share for the 2019 second quarter were $22,114 and $0.58 compared to $14,445 and $0.38, respectively, in 2018. Profit was higher in the quarter as a result of an increase in operating earnings and a foreign currency gain versus a loss reported in 2018.

EBITDA was $52,690 in the 2019 second quarter versus $43,066 for the same period in 2018. EBITDA increased in Product Tankers and in Ocean Self-Unloaders, partially offset by decreases in Domestic Dry-Bulk and in Global Short Sea Shipping.

 

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

For the periods ended June 30

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net earnings (loss)

$

22,114

 

$

14,445

 

$

(687

)

$

5,303

 

Depreciation and amortization

21,268

 

17,027

 

40,121

 

31,824

 

Interest and taxes

10,482

 

6,849

 

5,118

 

5,550

 

Other

(1,174

)

4,745

 

1,221

 

(3,809

)

Consolidated EBITDA

$

52,690

 

$

43,066

 

$

45,773

 

$

38,868

 

“Since last fall we have added six new vessels into our core businesses, each of which have been strong contributors to our year to date earnings,” said Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO of the Company. “These new vessels have integrated well into the Algoma fleet and we look forward to continued strong results with the added capacity going forward," added Mr. Ruhl.

Consolidated revenue for the 2019 second quarter was $159,169, an increase of 14% compared to $139,442 reported for the same period in 2018. The increase was driven by the additional two vessels in operation and high customer demand in the Product Tanker segment and the acquisition of three vessels late in the quarter and strong Pool performance in the Ocean Self-Unloader segment. Domestic Dry-Bulk results were lower due to having one less vessel in operation, partially offset by a strong pricing environment on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway.

There was a 53% increase in net earnings in the quarter to $22,114, as earnings from our core businesses offset increased interest expense and lower joint venture results. Earnings for the 2018 quarter included a foreign exchange loss of $4,952 compared to a gain of $1,534 in the current year quarter.

The second quarter MD&A includes further details.

During the 2019 second quarter the Company paid $29 million in a special dividend and invested $153 million on vessel acquisitions, financed by the Company's bank credit facilities.

Full three and six months ended June 30, 2019 results can be found on the Company’s website at www.algonet.com/investor-relations and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Normal Course Issuer Bid

During the second quarter of 2019 and six months ended June 30, 2019, 212,500 and 227,900 shares, respectively, were purchased for cancellation.

Cash Dividends

The Company’s Board of Directors on August 7, 2019 authorized payment of a quarterly dividend to shareholders of $0.10 per common share. The dividend is payable on September 3, 2019 to shareholders of record on August 20, 2019.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

There are measures included in this press release that do not have a standardized meaning under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company includes these measures because it believes certain investors use these measures as a means of assessing financial performance. EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Please refer to the Management’s Discussions and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 for further information regarding non-GAAP measures.

About Algoma Central

Algoma owns and operates the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. Algoma also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma, which owns and operates a diversified portfolio of dry-bulk fleets serving customers internationally.

For further information:
Gregg A. Ruhl
President & CEO
905-687-7890

Peter D. Winkley
Chief Financial Officer
905-687-7897

Or visit

www.algonet.com or www.sedar.com

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