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Rand Logistics Reports Fiscal Year 2018 First Quarter Financial Results


Operating income was $2.7 million for the quarter versus $0.6 million last year

Adjusted EBITDA, before lender fees, equaled $10.2 million for the quarter versus $11.2 million last year

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Aug. 14, 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 year 2018 first quarter, ended June 30, 2017.

Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 Versus Quarter Ended June 30, 2016
Financial Results

  • Freight and related revenue generated from Company-operated vessels (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) decreased $2.8 million, or 8.5%, to $30.3 million compared to $33.1 million during the prior year period.
  • Total Sailing Days were 1,005 compared to 969 in the prior year period. 
  • Delay Days increased to 101 from 61. Weather and vessel delays accounted for the majority of the increase. Delay Days as a percentage of total Sailing Days was 10.0% compared to 6.3% in the same period last year.
  • Freight and related revenue per Sailing Day decreased $4,035, or 11.8%, to $30,129 compared to $34,164 during the prior year period.
  • Vessel operating expenses increased $0.1 million, or 0.8%, to approximately $18.9 million compared to $18.8 million during the prior year period. Vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased $554, or 2.8%, to $18,891 from $19,445. 
  • Vessel margin per day decreased $1,855 from $14,438 last year to $12,582 this year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, before lender fees, decreased $1.0 million to $10.2 million, from $11.2 million during the prior year period.  A reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted EBITDA is attached to this release.

Management Comments

"Our results for the first quarter were consistent with our expectations," commented Ed Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rand. "Our Canadian flagged vessels experienced a 15.8% quarter over quarter increase in Sailing Days. Compared to the same quarter last year, in local currency, our Canadian fleet experienced a 17% increase in vessel margin primarily due to the increase in Sailing Days. Vessel margin per day increased by approximately 1%. In US dollars, vessel margin per day from our Canadian flagged vessels decreased by 3%.  We experienced a 15.6% decrease in US flagged vessel Sailing Days on a comparable quarter basis, which along with increased vessel delays resulted in a decline in vessel margin. As previously disclosed, planned vessel life extension projects completed after April 1, 2017 on certain of our US flagged self-unloading vessels resulted in a delayed start to the sailing season. These vessel projects are expected to extend the useful life of the fleet. We were pleased with our operating performance once the entire fleet was deployed. Specifically, May and June 2017 EBITDA, before one-time financing charges, increased by approximately 9% versus the same period last year."

Mr. Levy continued, "Demand for our services is improved versus this time last year, and our contractual revenue backlog for the remainder of the sailing season is strong. We expect to sail 14 of our 15 vessels for the remainder of the season. Based on our improved scheduling technology, we have been able to add approximately 18% of additional spot business, boosting our percent of time in revenue loaded condition. We are also encouraged by the nearly 5.4% increase in the value of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar since the start of our fiscal year. Each $0.01 increase in the value of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar results in an approximately $275,000 increase in our US dollar reported EBITDA."

Mr. Levy concluded, "The Company with the help of its advisors remains actively engaged in discussions regarding a recapitalization transaction. There is no assurance that such a transaction will occur."

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-888-438-5524 (1-719-325-2161 for international callers) and using Conference ID# 4391719.  The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Rand Logistics, Inc. website at

A replay of the conference call will be available at and will be archived for 12 months.  A replay will also be available until September 15, 2017 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (1-412-317-6671 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 4391719.   

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.

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 regain or 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 6, 2017 and in Rand's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 14, 2017.

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.

― financial tables to follow ―


Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(U.S. Dollars 000's except for Shares and Per Share data)
    Three months ended Three months ended
    June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
  Freight and related revenue $  30,280    33,105  
  Fuel and other surcharges    2,062    712  
TOTAL REVENUE    32,342    33,817  
  Vessel operating expenses    18,985    18,842  
  Repairs and maintenance    712    985  
  General and administrative    4,703    3,875  
  Depreciation    5,334    5,298  
  Amortization of drydock costs    758    853  
  Amortization of intangibles    246    253  
  (Gain) on foreign exchange, net    (1,081 )  (1,123 )
  Restructuring charges    —    2,375  
  Impairment charges on retired asset    —    1,872  
TOTAL EXPENSES    29,657    33,230  
OPERATING INCOME    2,685    587  
  Interest expense    8,007    3,620  
  Interest and other income    —    (2 )
Total Other Income and Expenses    8,007    3,618  
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES    (5,322 )  (3,031 )
  Deferred    (209 )  (449 )
Recovery of  Income Taxes    (209 )  (449 )
Net loss  income per share basic and diluted $  (0.30 )  (0.16 )
Weighted average shares basic and diluted    18,527,475    18,320,051  


Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)  
(U.S. Dollars 000's except for Shares and Per Share data)  
      June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017  
  Cash and cash equivalents $  1,036   $  335
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