Movers and SHAKERS
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Scorpio Bulkers (SALT)
Bolstering Liquidity Due to Near-term Market Weakness
Scorpio Bulkers Inc is a shipping company based in Monaco. It owns and operates a fleet of modern mid to large-size dry bulk carriers which provide marine transportation for major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain and minor bulks which include bauxite, fertilizers and steel products internationally. In terms of its dead weight tonnage, its vessels are classified as Capesize, Kamsarmax and Ultramax, by the order of highest to lowest capacity, with Kamsarmax accounting for the highest revenue.
Poe Fratt, Senior Research Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
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1Q2020 results below expectations and a weak start to the year due to COVID-19 disruptions. Reported EBITDA was negative $100.1 million, but excluding non-cash items of $105.7 million, adjusted EBITDA was $5.6 million in 1Q2020, down sharply from $32.8 million in 1Q2019. Reported net losses of $124.7 million, or $18.12/diluted share, included mark-tomarket investment losses of $88.7 million and write-downs of $17.0 million on planned asset sales.
Lowering 2020 EBITDA estimates to reflect 2Q2020 forward cover and the weaker than expected outlook. TCE rate weakness has lingered into the quarter due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 virus and several vessels have been repositioned away from weak markets. As a result, the 2Q2020 forward cover is muted with 64% of days booked at $7,149/day for Kamsarmaxes and 69% of days booked at $4,076/day for Ultramaxes. Given the slow start to the year and weaker forward cover, we are revising our 2020 EBITDA estimate to $23.2 million from $80.0 million, based on...
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