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“While the current market remains difficult, prospects are positive and we have experienced modest recovery in the product tanker sector” says Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios

  • Revenue
    • 25.9% decrease in Q1 2021 revenue to $72.5 million
  • Net Cash from Operating Activities
    • $4.9 million in Q1 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA
    • 48.2% decrease in Q1 2021 Adjusted EBITDA to $29.1 million
  • Sale of container vessels
  • Fleet renewal
    • Delivery of two newbuilding VLCC vessels
    • Agreements for the sale of two VLCC vessels

Navios Maritime Acquisition, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, reported its financial results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition stated, “I am pleased with our results for the first quarter of 2021, another hard quarter since the start of the pandemic. During the first quarter of 2021, Navios Acquisition reported $72.5 million of revenue and $29.1 million of Adjusted EBITDA. While the current market remains difficult, prospects are positive. The IMF projects 2021 global GDP to grow by a virtually unprecedented 6%, and we have experienced modest recovery in the product tanker sector.”

HIGHLIGHTS — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Fleet development

During the second quarter of 2021, Navios Acquisition completed the sale of all container vessels acquired in 2020 as part of the liquidation of Navios Europe II. During the first quarter of 2021, Navios Acquisition sold the Allegro N and the Solstice N for an aggregate net sale price of $24.6 million. During the second quarter of 2021, Navios Acquisition sold the Acrux N, the Vita N, the Ete N, the Fleur N and the Spectrum N for an aggregate net sale price of $73.5 million.

Navios Acquisition entered into agreements to sell two VLCC vessels, to unaffiliated third parties, for an aggregate net sale price of $48.0 million. The Nave Celeste, a 2003-built VLCC vessel of 298,717 dwt, was delivered to her new owners in March 2021. The Nave Neutrino, a 2003-built VLCC vessel of 298,287 dwt, is expected to be delivered to her new owners in June 2021.

Two newbuilding VLCC vessels, the Baghdad of 313,433 dwt and the Erbil of 313,486 dwt under bareboat lease contracts, were delivered in October 2020 and February 2021, respectively, from a Japanese shipyard.

Two additional newbuilding VLCC vessels of about 310,000 dwt each, are expected to be delivered in each of the third quarter of 2021 and the third quarter of 2022.

8.125% Ship Mortgage Notes maturity

Our Ship Mortgage Notes mature on November 15, 2021. Although we are currently attempting to refinance the outstanding amount of our Ship Mortgage Notes and have also engaged in discussions with the holders of our Ship Mortgage Notes, there can be no assurance we will be successful in such attempts or that any such potential refinancing, sales or other action, will be consummated on terms satisfactory to us or at all.

Fleet employment

As of May 19, 2021, Navios Acquisition’s core fleet consisted of a total of 45 vessels (excluding the Nave Neutrino), of which 12 are VLCCs (including two bareboat chartered-in VLCCs expected to be delivered in each of the third quarter of 2021 and the third quarter of 2022), 31 are product tankers and two are chemical tankers.

Currently, Navios Acquisition has contracted 76.8% of its available days of its core fleet on a charter-out basis for the remaining nine month period of 2021. The average base contractual net daily charter-out rate for the 67.1% of available days that are contracted on base rate and on base rate with profit sharing arrangements is expected to be $18,017.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

For the following results and the selected financial data presented herein, Navios Acquisition has compiled its consolidated statements of operations for the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. The quarterly information for 2021 and 2020 was derived from the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the respective periods.

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)     Three Month
Period ended
March 31, 
2021
(unaudited)
Three Month
Period ended
March 31, 
2020
(unaudited)
 
Revenue $ 72,505 $ 97,857
Net (loss)/ income $ (9,703 ) $ 869
Adjusted net (loss)/ income $ (9,661 )(1) $ 14,892 (2)
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 4,909 $ 30,517
EBITDA $ 29,106 $ 42,205
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29,148 (1) $ 56,228 (2)
(Loss)/ earnings per share (basic and diluted) $ (0.59 ) $ 0.05
Adjusted (loss)/ earnings per share (basic) $ (0.59 )(1) $ 0.95 (2)
Adjusted (loss)/ earnings per share (diluted) $ (0.59 )(1) $ 0.94 (2)

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net loss and Adjusted loss per share (basic and diluted) for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 have been adjusted to exclude $0.1 million of non-cash stock based compensation and less than $0.1 million of gain due to sale of three vessels.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net earnings and Adjusted earnings per share (basic and diluted) for the three month period ended March 31, 2020 have been adjusted to exclude a $13.9 million impairment loss relating to the other-than-temporary impairment recognized in the Navios Acquisition’s receivable from Navios Europe II and $0.1 million of non-cash stock based compensation.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income/ (loss) and Adjusted earnings/ (loss) per share (basic and diluted) 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).

Three month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenue for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 decreased by $25.4 million, or 25.9%, to $72.5 million, as compared to $97.9 million for the same period of 2020. The decrease was mainly attributable to a decrease in market rates during the three month period ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the same period of 2020; partially mitigated by an increase in revenue by $9.5 million due to the acquisition of seven containerships from Navios Europe II in June 2020 and the delivery of two bareboat charter-in vessels, one in each of October 2020 and February 2021. Available days of the fleet increased to 4,493 days for the three month period ended March 31, 2021, as compared to 3,755 days for the three month period ended March 31, 2020, mainly due to the reasons mentioned above. The time charter equivalent rate, or TCE Rate per day, decreased to $14,854 for the three month period ended March 31, 2021, from $24,442 for the three month period ended March 31, 2020.

Time charter and voyage expenses for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 decreased by $0.3 million, or 4.9%, to $5.8 million, as compared to $6.1 million for the same period of 2020. The decrease was mainly attributable to a: (i) $2.4 million decrease in bunkers and voyage expenses related to the spot voyages incurred in the period; (ii) $0.5 decrease in port expenses; and (iii) $0.3 million decrease in brokers’ commission costs; partially mitigated by a $2.9 million increase in charter-in expenses.

Net loss was $9.7 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 as compared to $0.9 million net income for the same period of 2020. Net loss was affected by the items described in the table above. Excluding these items, Adjusted net loss for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 was $9.7 million as compared to $14.9 million Adjusted net income for the same period of 2020. The decrease in Adjusted net income was mainly attributable to a: (i) $27.1 million decrease in Adjusted EBITDA; and (ii) $1.0 million increase in direct vessel expenses (in relation to amortization of dry dock and special survey cost); partially mitigated by a $3.5 million decrease in interest expense and finance cost (excluding write off of deferred finance costs).

EBITDA for the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was affected by items described in the table above. Excluding these items, Adjusted EBITDA for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 decreased by $27.1 million to $29.1 million, as compared to $56.2 million for the same period of 2020. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was mainly due to a: (i) $25.4 million decrease in revenue; (ii) $2.7 million increase in vessel operating expenses primarily due to the increase in the size of our fleet as discussed above; and (iii) $1.2 million increase in general and administrative expenses (excluding stock-based compensation) mainly due to the increase in the size of our fleet as discussed above; partially mitigated by a: (i) $1.7 million decrease in other expenses, net; (ii) $0.3 million decrease in time charter and voyage expenses; and (iii) $0.2 million decrease in direct vessel expenses (other than amortization of dry dock and special survey cost).

Fleet employment profile

The following table reflects certain key indicators of the performance of Navios Acquisition’s fleet for the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

Three month period ended
March 31,
2021
(unaudited)
2020
(unaudited)
FLEET DATA
Available days(1) 4,493 3,755
Operating days(2) 4,421 3,730
Fleet utilization(3) 98.4 % 99.3 %
Vessels operating at period end 49 43
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
Time charter equivalent rate per day(4) $ 14,854 $ 24,442

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

(1 ) Available days: Available days for the fleet are total calendar days the vessels were in Navios Acquisition’s possession for the relevant period after subtracting off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydocking or special surveys. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a relevant period during which vessels should be capable of generating revenues.
(2 ) Operating days: Operating days are the number of available days in the relevant period less the aggregate number of days that the vessels are off-hire due to any reason, including unforeseen circumstances.
(3 ) Fleet utilization: Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that Navios Acquisition’s vessels were available for generating revenue, and is determined by dividing the number of operating days during a relevant period by the number of available days during that period.
(4 ) Time charter equivalent rate per day: Time charter equivalent rate per day (“TCE Rate”) is defined as voyage and time charter revenues less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of available days during the period. The TCE Rate per day is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to present the actual daily earnings generated by vessels of various types of charter contracts for the number of available days of the fleet.