Monday, March 06, 2023
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (“Eagle”) is a US-based drybulk owner-operator focused on the Supramax/Ultramax mid-size asset class, which ranges from 50,000 and 65,000 deadweight tons in size; these vessels are equipped with onboard cranes allowing for the self-loading and unloading of cargoes, a feature which distinguishes them from the larger classes of drybulk vessels and provides for greatly enhanced flexibility and versatility- both with respect to cargo diversity and port accessibility. The Company transports a broad range of major and minor bulk cargoes around the world, including coal, grain, ore, pet coke, cement, and fertilizer. Eagle operates out of three offices, Stamford (headquarters), Singapore, and Hamburg, and performs all aspects of vessel management in-house including: commercial, operational, technical, and strategic.
Michael Heim, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
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Revenues decline despite the addition of ships as shipping rates decline. Eagle reported an 18% quarterly decline in revenues. A ship addition in September increased Eagle’s operating days. Average TCE rate declined 25% quarterly. The decline in revenues would have been much sharper had it not been for an $11 million realized gain from derivatives.
Operating costs continue to rise. Operating costs have risen steadily in recent quarters. Management again cited increased costs associated with transporting and housing Ukrainian employees. Management believes operating costs per ship will decline in upcoming quarters. Cash breakeven per ship days reached a level above $12,000 in the most recent quarter, close to Eagle’s fixed TCE rate in the upcoming quarter.
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