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Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

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  • Revenue:
    • 41.2% increase in Q2 2019 revenue to $58.6 million
    • 54.9% increase in H1 2019 revenue to $135.7 million
  • Term Loan B expected to be fully prepaid in H2 2019
    • 3% expected debt reduction ($33.4 million)
  • Fleet Renewal:
    • Sale of a 2002-built VLCC for $25.3 million
  • Returning capital to stockholders:
    • Quarterly dividend: $0.30 per share

MONACO, Aug. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation ("Navios Acquisition") (NYSE:NNA), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, reported its financial results today for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition, stated, "I am pleased to report that for the second quarter of 2019, Navios Acquisition recorded revenue of $58.6 million and EBITDA of $24.5 million, increases of about 40% and 130%, respectively, over the second quarter of 2018. We continue to return capital to our investors and declared a quarterly distribution of $0.30 per share for the second quarter of 2019."

Angeliki Frangou continued, "Navios Acquisition owns 41 diverse tankers with an average age of 8.1 years. We began renewing our VLCC fleet when values were weak. In 2019, we sold three of our oldest VLCCs and finalized the bareboat charters for three newbuild VLCCs for a 12-year period. These vessels will be delivered in 2020 and 2021. We view these bareboat deals as providing reasonable financing for new vessels, requiring no initial capital outlay. We are also pleased to announce that we expect to prepay the Term Loan B by the end of 2019. In addition to refinancing the Term Loan B, debt reduction is a priority, and we expect to reduce debt by 3%, or $33.4 million."

HIGHLIGHTS — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Quarterly dividend: $0.30 per share

On July 24, 2019, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend in respect of the second quarter of 2019 of $0.30 per share of common stock, which will be paid on October 9, 2019, to stockholders of record as of September 25, 2019. The declaration and payment of any further dividends remain subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend on, among other things, Navios Acquisition's cash requirements as measured by market opportunities and restrictions under its credit agreements and other debt obligations and such other factors as the Board of Directors may deem advisable.

Debt developments

In June 2019, Navios Acquisition prepaid its existing bank financing of $21.5 million that was used to finance one product tanker. In August 2019, Navios Acquisition agreed to enter into certain financing arrangements with the purpose to refinance its Term Loan B facility of $196.8 million outstanding as of June 30, 2019, maturing in June 2020:

  • $15.0 million sale and lease back arrangement that was drawn in August 2019 to finance one product tanker and has a maturity of five years. The sale and lease back arrangement is repayable over the five years in consecutive monthly installments of $0.2 million each and bears effective interest at LIBOR plus 345 bps per annum. The net proceeds of the sale and lease back arrangement were used to partially prepay the Term Loan B.
  • up to $90.8 million sale and lease back arrangement that will finance six product tankers and will be repaid through a period of 6.4 years on average, in consecutive quarterly installments of up to $2.8 million each, with a repurchase obligation of up to $25.9 million in total. The sale and lease back arrangement bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 335 bps to 355 bps per annum, depending on the vessel financed.
  • up to $47.2 million sale and lease back arrangement that will finance three product tankers and will be repaid through a period of 5.5 years on average, in consecutive quarterly installments of up to $1.3 million each, with a repurchase obligation of up to $19.2 million in total. The sale and lease back arrangement bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 350 bps to 360 bps per annum, depending on the vessel financed.
  • up to $31.8 million bridge financing currently under discussion with a commercial bank that will finance one VLCC under short term maturity of less than a year.

Upon completion of the above transactions, Navios Acquisition expects to reduce its debt by approximately $33.4 million or 3% of outstanding debt.

Sale of one 2002-built VLCC

In August 2019, Navios Acquisition entered into an agreement to sell the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC vessel of 305,178 dwt to an unaffiliated third party for a sale price of $25.3 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owners in September 2019.

Fleet employment

As of August 20, 2019, Navios Acquisition's fleet consisted of a total of 41 vessels, of which 13 are VLCCs (excluding the Nave Electron which has been agreed to be sold and including three bareboat chartered-in VLCCs expected to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 and the third quarter of 2021, respectively), 26 are product tankers, two are chemical tankers.

Currently, Navios Acquisition has contracted 83.1% of its available days on a charter-out basis for the second half of 2019, which are expected to generate revenues of approximately $73.6 million. The average contractual net daily charter-out rate for the 57.7% of available days that are contracted on base rate and/or base rate with profit sharing arrangements is expected to be $17,994.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

For the following results and the selected financial data presented herein, Navios Acquisition has compiled its consolidated statements of operations operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018. The quarterly information for 2019 and 2018 was derived from the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the respective periods. 

Following the completion of the merger, effective as of December 13, 2018, Navios Midstream Partners L.P. ("Navios Midstream") is included in the consolidated financial statements of Navios Acquisition, as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)      

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2018
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Revenue     $ 58,585     $ 41,479       $ 135,704     $ 87,629  
Net loss     $ (16,550 )   $ (22,068 )     $ (15,689 )   $ (46,534 )
Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities     $ (8,343 )   $ (19,578 )     $ 1,545     $ (30,994 )
EBITDA     $ 24,483     $ 10,727       $ 66,147     $ 19,487  
Loss per share (basic)     $ (1.23 )   $ (2.18 )     $ (1.18   $ (4.54

EBITDA is 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). 

Three month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018

Revenue for the three month period ended June 30, 2019 increased by $17.1 million, or 41.2%, to $58.6 million, as compared to $41.5 million for the same period of 2018. The increase was mainly attributable to an: (i) increase in revenue by $12.4 million due to the acquisition and resulting consolidation of Navios Midstream; and (ii) increase in market rates during the three month period ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same period of 2018. Available days of the fleet increased to 3,503 days for the three month period ended June 30, 2019, as compared to 3,079 days for the three month period ended June 30, 2018, mainly as a result of the merger with Navios Midstream effective as of December 13, 2018. The time charter equivalent rate, or TCE Rate, increased to $15,525 for the three month period ended June 30, 2019, from $13,260 for the three month period ended June 30, 2018.

Time charter and voyage expenses for the three month period ended June 30, 2019 decreased by $2.2 million, or 34.1%, to $4.2 million, as compared to $6.4 million for the same period of 2018. The decrease was mainly attributable to $5.7 million of backstop commitment incurred in the three month period ended June 30, 2018; partially mitigated by a: (i) $2.9 million increase in bunkers consumption and voyage expenses due to spot voyages incurred in the period; and (ii) $0.5 million increase in brokers' commission.

Net loss for the three month period ended June 30, 2019 was $16.6 million as compared to $22.1 million loss for the same period of 2018. The decrease in net loss was mainly due to a: (a) $13.8 million increase in EBITDA; and (b) $0.3 million increase in interest income; partially mitigated by a: (i) $4.4 million increase in interest expense and finance cost; (ii) $3.5 million increase in depreciation and amortization, due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream in December 2018; and (iii) $0.6 million increase in direct vessel expenses.

EBITDA for the three month period ended June 30, 2019 increased by $13.8 million to $24.5 million, as compared to $10.7 million for the same period of 2018. The increase in EBITDA was mainly due to a: (a) $17.1 million increase in revenue; (b) $2.6 million gain on sale of vessels; (c) $2.2 million decrease in time charter and voyage expenses; and (d) $0.7 million decrease in other expense; partially mitigated by a: (i) $3.6 million increase in management fees due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream in December 2018 and to the amendment of the fees under the Management Agreement in May 2018; (ii) $3.3 million decrease in equity/ (loss) in net earnings of affiliated companies; and (iii) $1.9 million increase in general and administrative expenses mainly due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream.

Six month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018

Revenue for the six month period ended June 30, 2019 increased by $48.1 million, or 54.9%, to $135.7 million, as compared to $87.6 million for the same period of 2018. The increase was mainly attributable to an: (i) increase in revenue by $29.5 million due to the acquisition and resulting consolidation of Navios Midstream; and (ii) increase in market rates during the six month period ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same period of 2018. Available days of the fleet increased from 6,261 days for the six month period ended June 30, 2018, to 7,187 days for the six month period ended June 30, 2019. The TCE Rate increased from $13,740 for the six month period ended June 30, 2018, to $17,635 for the six month period ended June 30, 2019.

Time charter and voyage expenses for the six month period ended June 30, 2019 decreased by $3.2 million to $9.0 million as compared to $12.2 million for the six month period ended June 30, 2018. The decrease was attributable to $10.6 million of backstop commitment to Navios Midstream incurred in the six month period ended June 30, 2018; partially mitigated by a (ii) approximately $6.3 million increase in bunkers consumption and voyage expenses due to spot voyages incurred in the period; and (ii) a $1.1 million increase in broker commission costs.

Net loss for the six month period ended June 30, 2019 was $15.7 million as compared to $46.5 million loss for the same period of 2018. The decrease in net loss was due to a: (a) $46.7 million increase in EBITDA; and (b) $0.6 million increase in interest income; partially mitigated by: (i) an $8.0 million increase in interest expense and finance cost; (ii) a $7.1 million increase in depreciation and amortization, due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream in December 2018; and (iii) a $1.4 million increase in direct vessel expenses.

EBITDA for the six month period ended June 30, 2019 increased by approximately $46.7 million to $66.1 million, as compared to $19.5 million for the same period of 2018. The increase in EBITDA was mainly due to a: (a) $48.1 million increase in revenue; (b) $3.2 million gain on sale of vessels; (c) $3.2 million decrease in time charter and voyage expenses; (d) $1.8 million increase in equity/ (loss) in net earnings of affiliated companies; (e) $1.3 million increase in other income; and (f) $1.0 million decrease in other expense; partially mitigated by: (i) an $8.1 million increase in management fees due to the acquisition of Navios Midstream in December, 2018 and to the amendment of the fees under the Management Agreement; and (ii) a $3.9 million increase in general and administrative expenses.

Fleet Employment Profile   

The following table reflects certain key indicators of the performance of Navios Acquisition and its core fleet for the three and the six month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.

                                 
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FLEET DATA                                
Available days(1)     3,503       3,079       7,187       6,261  
Operating days(2)     3,498       3,067       7,170       6,233  
Fleet utilization(3)     99.8     99.6     99.8     99.6
Vessels operating at period end     39       35       39       35  
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS                                
Time charter equivalent rate per day(4)   $ 15,525     $ 13,260     $ 17,635     $ 13,740  

Navios Acquisition believes that the important measures for analyzing trends in its results of operations 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. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a relevant period during which vessels actually generate revenues.
(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. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to measure a company's efficiency in finding suitable employment for its vessels and minimizing the amount of days that its vessels are off hire for reasons other than scheduled repairs, dry dockings or special surveys.
(4 ) TCE Rate: Time charter equivalent rate per day 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.

Conference Call, Webcast and Presentation Details:

As previously announced, Navios Acquisition will host a conference call today, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 8:30 am ET, at which time Navios Acquisition's senior management will provide highlights and commentary on earnings results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

US Dial In: +1.877.480.3873
International Dial In: +1.404.665.9927
Conference ID: 747 6708

The conference call replay will be available shortly after the live call and remain available for one week at the following numbers:

US Replay Dial In: +1.800.585.8367
International Replay Dial In: +1.404.537.3406
Conference ID: 747 6708

The call will be simultaneously Webcast. The Webcast will be available on the Navios Acquisition website, www.navios-acquisition.com, under the "Investors" section. The Webcast will be archived and available at the same Web address for two weeks following the call.

A supplemental slide presentation will be available by 8:00 am ET on the day of the call.

About Navios Acquisition

Navios Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) is an owner and operator of tanker vessels focusing on the transportation of petroleum pro

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