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Rand Logistics Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

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Net cash flow from operations was $5.2 million for Fiscal Year 2017

Fiscal Year 2017 net loss equaled $19.9 million, or $1.08 per share, after incurring approximately $4.9 million and $4.8 million of pre-tax restructuring related charges and lender fees including non-cash interest, respectively

2017 Sailing Season consistent with expectations thus far

JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) ("Rand"), a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes Region, today announced its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Versus Quarter Ended March 31, 2016
Financial Results

The Company's fleet operates on a limited basis in its fiscal fourth quarter due to the normal closing schedule of the locks system and winter weather conditions on the Great Lakes. Vessel repairs and maintenance are completed in the Company's fiscal fourth quarter to prepare the fleet for the upcoming sailing season. As a result, the Company incurs an operating loss in its fiscal fourth quarter.

  • Freight and related revenue generated from Company-operated vessels (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) decreased $0.8 million to $4.0 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 compared to approximately $4.8 million during the same period in 2016.
  • Total Sailing Days were 166 compared to 113 in the prior year period.
  • EBITDA equaled a loss of $7.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 versus a loss of $5.1 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2016, which included a one-time gain of $1.7 million related to a favorable time charter contract buyout. A reconciliation of operating income to EBITDA is attached to this release.

       
Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2017 Versus Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2016
Financial Results

  • Net loss was $19.9 million, or $1.08 per share on a fully diluted basis, after incurring approximately $4.9 million of pre-tax restructuring charges and $4.8 million of lender fees. This compares to a loss of $5.6 million, or $0.31 per share, in the year ago period.
  • Freight and related revenue generated from Company-operated vessels (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) decreased $13.1 million to $110.5 million compared to $123.6 million during the year ago period. On a constant currency basis, freight and related revenue decreased by $12.3 million. A reconciliation of freight and other revenue generated to constant currency is attached to this release.
  • Total Sailing Days were 3,601 compared to 3,911 in the prior year period (excluding outside charter). 
  • Delay Days decreased by 16.9% to 285 from 343 Delay Days. Delay Days as a percentage of total Sailing Days was 7.9% compared to 8.8% in Fiscal Year 2016.
  • Freight and related revenue per Sailing Day decreased $911, or 2.9%, to $30,690 compared to $31,601 during the year ago period.
  • Vessel operating expenses decreased $16.2 million, or 19.4%, to $67.2 million compared to $83.4 million during the year ago period. Vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased $2,657, or 12.5%, to $18,658 from $21,315. 
  • Vessel margin per day increased $13, or 0.1%, to $11,756 from $11,743 in the prior year period.  On a constant currency basis, vessel margin per day increased 1.1% or $131.
  • Adjusted EBITDA after gain on foreign exchange and before refinancing and lender fees decreased $2.8 million, or 8.6%, to $29.7 million from $32.5 million (including a one-time gain of $1.7 million) during the prior year period. A reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted EBITDA is attached to this release.

Management Comments:

"We were generally pleased with our operating performance for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017," commented Ed Levy, President and CEO of Rand. "Vessel margin per day, our key financial metric, equaled $11,756 for the year ended March 31, 2017, compared to $11,743 for the prior year and a prior three-year average of $11,643.  On a local currency basis, vessel margin increased by 2.1% or $279 per day. Our goal is to continue to increase vessel margin per day 4 to 6% per year on a local currency basis in line with our historic average. We achieved our $5 million cost savings objective and successfully renewed nine of ten expiring contracts, and in all but one renewal were able to maintain or increase our market share."

"Because of delays in completing certain of our winter maintenance projects, we expect to sail approximately 50 less days, or 3,550 days, in Fiscal Year 2018 versus our previous guidance of 3,600 days and 3,601 in Fiscal Year 2017. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, we sailed for 1,005 days compared to 969 days in the same period in 2016. Thus far in Fiscal Year 2018, we are on track to reduce general and administrative expenses by approximately $1.5 million versus Fiscal Year 2017. In the current market environment, our goal is to drive efficiencies by managing our capacity and operating expenses and capitalize on the improved demand environment relative to this time last year."

Levy concluded, "Looking ahead, our primary focus remains creating efficient trade patterns to maximize the percentage of time that our vessels are in revenue generating condition and to effectively analyze and react to operating data on a real-time basis to ensure that we are achieving our operational performance objectives. We are currently operating under a series of waivers under our credit facilities, which require us, among other things, to consummate a recapitalization transaction. We are in active discussions with our second lien lender with respect to such recapitalization transaction. While these discussions are ongoing, there is no guaranty that we will be able to reach an agreement with our second lien lender."

Conference Call
Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 6, 2017. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-800-946-0708 (1-719-325-4917 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 4022941.  The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Rand Logistics, Inc. website at www.randlogisticsinc.com/presentations.html. A presentation file related to the conference call will be posted to the same site.

A replay of the conference call will be available at www.randlogisticsinc.com/presentations.html and will be archived for 12 months.  A replay will also be available until August 6, 2017 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (1-412-317-6671 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 4022941.   

Non-GAAP Financial Measures/Financial Tables
This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of these and other non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached financial tables.

About Rand Logistics 
Rand Logistics, Inc. is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region. Through its subsidiaries, the Company operates a fleet of three conventional bulk carriers and twelve self-unloading bulk carriers including three tug/barge units. The Company is the only carrier able to offer significant domestic port-to-port services in both Canada and the U.S. on the Great Lakes. The Company's vessels operate under the U.S. Jones Act – which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to vessels that are U.S. owned, built and crewed – and the Canada Coasting Trade Act – which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to Canadian registered and crewed vessels that operate between Canadian ports.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views with respect to certain future events and Rand's operations, performance and financial condition. Forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: Rand's future operating or financial results; Rand's anticipated plans, goals or objectives of our management for operations and services including future cost reduction initiatives; Rand's anticipated financial position and liquidity, including Rand's ability to remain in compliance with its debt covenants and consummate a recapitalization transaction, acquisition and divestiture opportunities, regulatory and competitive outlook, investment and expenditure plans, investment results, strategic alternatives, business strategies, and other similar statements of expectations or objectives; and Rand's outlook and financial and other guidance. For all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy or are otherwise beyond our control and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results, affecting our strategic plan as well as our financial position, results of operations and cash flows, could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements.
                                                                                                        
Important factors that contribute to such risks include, but are not limited to, the effect of any economic downturn in certain of our markets; the weather conditions on the Great Lakes; our ability to maintain and replace our vessels as they age; changes in customer demand; changes in shipping regulations; fluctuations in currencies and interest rates; changes in fuel price and fuel surcharges; adequacy of capital resources, including the ability to refinance or obtain financing in the future; expectations of vessels' useful lives and the estimated obligations, and the timing thereof, relating to vessel repair or maintenance work; expected capital spending or operating expenses, including dry-docking and insurance costs; the ability to comply with or regain compliance with applicable regulations, Nasdaq listing requirements, and our debt covenants, including our ability to consummate a recapitalization transaction; changes in laws, regulations or tax rates, or the outcome of pending legislative or regulatory initiatives; and potential liability from pending or future litigation.

The risks included are not exhaustive. For a more detailed description of these uncertainties and other factors, please see the "Risk Factors" section in Rand's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 5, 2017.

― financial tables to follow ―


RAND LOGISTICS, INC.    
Consolidated Statements of Operations   
(U.S. Dollars 000's except for Shares and Per Share data)  
       
    Year ended    Year ended 
    March 31, 2017   March 31, 2016
REVENUE        
  Freight and related revenue $  110,516   $  123,591  
  Fuel and other surcharges    4,935      11,547  
  Outside voyage charter revenue    —      13,306  
TOTAL REVENUE    115,451      148,444  
         
EXPENSES        
  Outside voyage charter fees    —      13,416  
  Vessel operating expenses    67,186      83,362  
  Repairs and maintenance    5,932      5,849  
  General and administrative    15,486      13,935  
  Depreciation    20,908      18,915  
  Amortization of drydock costs    3,104      3,507  
  Amortization of intangibles    1,001      1,081  
  (Gain) on foreign exchange, net    (2,134 )    (68 )
  Restructuring charges    2,375      —  
  Impairment charges on retired asset    1,872      —  
TOTAL EXPENSES    115,730      139,997  
OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME    (279 )    8,447  
OTHER (INCOME) AND EXPENSES        
  Interest expense    19,463      12,461  
  Interest and other income    (19 )    (14 )
Total Other Income and Expenses    19,444      12,447  
         
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES    (19,723 )    (4,000 )
(RECOVERY) PROVISION  FOR INCOME TAXES        
  Current    (36 )    51  
  Deferred    (1,459 )    181  
Total (Recovery) Provision for Income Taxes    (1,495 )    232  
NET LOSS BEFORE PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS    (18,228 )    (4,232 )
PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDEN
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