Euroseas (ESEA) – Euroseas reports strong earnings bucking a trend in the shipping industry

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Euroseas Ltd. was formed on May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 140 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker ESEA. Euroseas operates in the container shipping market. Euroseas’ operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements.

Michael Heim, Senior Vice President, Equity Research Analyst, Energy & Transportation, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Euroseas reported strong 2023-3Q results due to fleet expansion and better-than-expected shipping rates. Euroseas’ average TCE rate of $30,074 was similar to last year and last quarter. Euroseas’ strategy of locking in rates for the next 12-24 months has allowed it to escape the decline in shipping rates that is hurting other shipping companies. Euroseas continues to command a premium shipping rate due to the modernization of its fleet and size of ships. 

Costs inched higher due to fleet expansion. One exception is drydocking expense, which decreased with no ships in drydock during the quarter as compared to two ships in drydock at this time last year. Note that this quarter includes a $14 million impairment charge and a $16 million gain on the termination of a charter. Absent these two non-recurring items, operating costs would have been near expectations.

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