Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (“Seanergy” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SHIP) announced today its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Company generated net revenues after voyage expenses of $15.8 million, compared to $15.9 million in the corresponding quarter of 2019. This compares favorably with the 29% decrease in the average Capesize spot earning s in the third quarter of 2020 versus the same quarter of 2019. Accordingly, the average Time Charter Equivalent (“TCE”)1 earned by the fleet during the third quarter of 2020 was $16,219 per vessel per day, a decrease of 19% from $20,143 in the third quarter of 2019. Seanergy recorded net income of $3.6 million in the third quarter, compared to net income of $0.7 million in the same quarter of 2019. Basic net income per share for the third quarter of 2020 was $0.08. During the quarter, the Company recognized a $5.2 million gain from the refinancing of a loan facility at a discount through a new loan facility provided by a third-party lender.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020 net revenues after voyage expenses amounted to $28.1 million, an 8.5% decrease compared to $30.7 million in the same period of 2019. The TCE earned during the first nine months of 2020 was $10,267, representing a 14% decrease from $12,004 in the same period of 2019, on the back of the historically low earnings environment of the first half of 2020.

Cash and cash-equivalents, including restricted cash, as of September 30, 2020 stood at $33.8 million, increased from $14.6 million as of December 31, 2019. Shareholders’ equity at the end of the third quarter of 2020 was $86.5 million compared to $29.9 million at the end of 2019. Third party vessel-secured debt was $160.1 million at the end of the third quarter of 2020 as compared to $183.1 million as of December 31, 2019.

__________________1 EBITDA and TCE rate are non-GAAP measures. Please see the reconciliation below of EBITDA to net loss and TCE rate to net revenues from vessels, in each case the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure.

Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“We are very pleased to see the third quarter of 2020 turning profitable for Seanergy following one of the worst six-month periods in recent history of our market. The Capesize daily rates improved significantly compared to the historically low first half of the year and that was reflected in the operating performance of our fleet. Our TCE for the third quarter was $16,219, improved by 132% from $6,985 in the first six months of 2020. The main factors behind the recent rate improvement were the increased demand for iron ore in China and the continued recovery in Brazilian exports. Our commercial performance in the fourth quarter tracks the BCI index which has averaged at approximately $20,500 quarter-to-date.

Despite the global short-term uncertainties, we expect this positive trend to continue in the long run, given the increasing demand of commodities combined with the lowest Capesize newbuilding orderbook of the last 15 years. Seanergy is the only pure-play Capesize company publicly listed in the US and is well-positioned to capitalize on positive market fundamentals. Our balanced commercial approach between index-linked time-charters and spot market exposure and our improved balance sheet offer a strong competitive advantage.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected the shipping industry and the seafarers onboard our vessels as port restrictions imposed globally have posed challenges on the timing and efficacy of crew changes. Through our meticulous planning we have been able to source solutions for our crew members despite the global travel restrictions. Our focus continues to be to safeguard the well-being of our onshore employees and crew members, avoid disruptions in the day-to-day vessel operations and service our clients efficiently.

In light of volatile market conditions, we took actions during the first nine months of 2020 to preserve our liquidity and strengthen our balance sheet. As a result of these actions, vessel-secured debt has seen an impressive reduction of $23 million since the end of 2019, while our trade credit position has improved by approximately $11.2 million in the same period. Further to the normal amortization of our senior facilities which was met in full, the reduction in our third-party debt was supported by the refinancing of two vessels at a discount, which resulted in a $5.2 million gain. We remain in discussions with our lenders regarding our loan facilities expiring in 2020, and have received positive feedback from our senior lenders to date, as described further in this release.

Furthermore, within the third quarter of 2020, we have taken delivery of our eleventh Capesize vessel, a 2005 built Japanese unit, which we agreed to acquire in the second quarter of the year at what we believe to be a historical low price. Despite the challenges faced globally in shipping, the delivery was concluded successfully during a rising market.

Concluding, despite the challenging operating environment imposed by the evolving pandemic, we have managed to strongly position Seanergy in a prominent position for what we believe will be a strong market rebound in the post COVID-19 era. Our strategic targets of sustainable growth and capital structure improvement, as means to achieve improved returns for our shareholders, continue to be in the foreground of all our initiatives.”

                   
Company Fleet:
Vessel Name Vessel SizeClass Capacity(DWT) Year Built Yard ScrubberFitted Employment Type Minimum T/Cduration
Partnership Capesize 179,213 2012 Hyundai Yes T/C Index Linked (1) 3 years
Championship (2) Capesize 179,238 2011 Sungdong Yes T/C Index Linked (3) 5 years
Lordship Capesize 178,838 2010 Hyundai Yes T/C Index Linked (4) 3 years
Premiership Capesize 170,024 2010 Sungdong Yes T/C Index Linked (5) 3 years
Squireship Capesize 170,018 2010 Sungdong Yes T/C Index Linked (6) 3 years
Knightship (7) Capesize 178,978 2010 Hyundai Yes T/C Index Linked (8) 3 years
Gloriuship Capesize 171,314 2004 Hyundai No T/C Index Linked (9) 10 months
Fellowship Capesize 179,701 2010 Daewoo No Voyage/Spot  
Geniuship Capesize 170,058 2010 Sungdong No Voyage/Spot  
Leadership Capesize 171,199 2001 Koyo – Imabari No Voyage/Spot  
Goodship Capesize 177,536 2005 Mitsui Engineering No Voyage/Spot  
Total   1,926,117 12 years        
     
(1)   Chartered by a major European utility and energy company and delivered to the charterer on September 11, 2019 for a period of minimum 33 to maximum 37 months with an optional period of about 11 to maximum 13 months. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI. In addition, the Company has the option to convert to a fixed rate for a period of between 3 and 12 months, based on the prevailing Capesize Forward Freight Agreement Rate (“FFA”) for the selected period.
     
(2)   Sold to and leased back on a bareboat basis from a major commodity trading company on November 7, 2018 for a five-year period. We have a purchase obligation at the end of the five-year period and we further have the option to repurchase the vessel at any time.
     
(3)   Chartered by Cargill from November 7, 2018 for a period of 60 months, with an additional period of 24 to 27 months at charterer’s option. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI plus a gross daily scrubber premium of $1,740. In addition, the Company has the option to convert to a fixed rate for a period of between 3 and 12 months, based on the prevailing Capesize FFA for the selected period.
     
(4)   Chartered by a major European utility and energy company and delivered on August 4, 2019 for a period of minimum 33 to maximum 37 months with an optional period of about 11 to maximum 13 months. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI plus a net daily scrubber premium of $3,735 until May 2021. In addition, the Company has the option to convert to a fixed rate for a period of between 3 and 12 months, based on the prevailing Capesize FFA for the selected period. The Company has exercised such option for the 2-month period of September – October 2020 converting the floating rate to a fixed daily gross rate of $22,000.
     
(5)   Chartered by Glencore and was delivered to the charterer on November 29, 2019 for a period of minimum 36 to maximum 42 months with two optional periods of minimum 11 to maximum 13 months. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI plus a net daily scrubber premium of $2,055.
     
(6)   Chartered by Glencore and was delivered to the charterer on December 19, 2019 for a period of minimum 36 to maximum 42 months with two optional periods of minimum 11 to maximum 13 months. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI plus a net daily scrubber premium of $2,055.
     
(7)   Sold to and leased back on a bareboat basis from a major Chinese leasing institution on June 28, 2018 for an eight-year period. We have a purchase obligation at the end of the eight-year period and we further have the option to repurchase the vessel at any time following the second anniversary of the delivery under the bareboat charter.
     
(8)   Chartered by Glencore and delivered to the charterer on May 15, 2020 for a period of about 36 to about 42 months with two optional periods of minimum 11 to maximum 13 months. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI.
     
(9)   Chartered by a dry bulk charter operator and was delivered to the charterer on April 23, 2020 for a period of minimum 10 to maximum 14 months. The daily charter hire is based on the BCI. In addition, the Company has the option to convert to a fixed rate for a period of between 3 and 12 months, based on the prevailing Capesize FFA for the selected period.

Fleet Data:
 
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
 
      Q3 2020   Q3 2019   9M 2020   9M 2019  
Ownership days (1) 975   920   2,795   2,730  
Operating days (2) 973   790   2,737   2,558  
Fleet utilization (3) 99.8%   85.9%   97.9%   93.7%  
TCE rate (4) $16,219   $20,143   $10,267   $12,004  
Daily Vessel Operating Expenses (5) $5,984   $5,247   $5,573   $5,032  
                     
(1)   Ownership days are the total number of calendar days in a period during which the vessels in a fleet have been owned or chartered in. Ownership days are an indicator of the size of the Company’s fleet over a period and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that the Company recorded during a period.
     
(2)   Operating days are the number of available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that the vessels are off-hire due to any reason, including dry-dockings, special and intermediate surveys, lay-up days and unforeseen circumstances. Operating days include the days that our vessels are in ballast voyages without having finalized agreements for their next employment.
     
(3)   Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that the vessels are generating revenue and is determined by dividing operating days by ownership days for the relevant period.
     
(4)   TCE rate is defined as the Company’s net revenue less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of the Company’s operating days during the period. Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel oil and diesel oil) expenses, canal charges and other commissions. The Company includes the TCE rate, a non-GAAP measure, as it believes it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with net revenues from vessels, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, and because it assists the Company’s management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of the Company’s vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. The Company’s calculation of TCE rate may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. The following table reconciles the Company’s net revenues from vessels to the TCE rate.
     

                   
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except operating days and TCE rate)
 
             
      Q3 2020 Q3 2019 9M 2020 9M 2019
Net revenues from vessels 19,651   23,959   42,032   58,730
Less: Voyage expenses 3,870   8,046   13,930   28,023
Net operating revenues 15,781   15,913   28,102   30,707
Operating days 973   790   2,737   2,558
TCE rate $16,219 $20,143 $10,267 $12,004
             
(5)   Vessel operating expenses include crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricants, insurance, maintenance and repairs. Daily Vessel Operating Expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant time periods. The Company’s calculation of daily vessel operating expenses may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. The following table reconciles the Company’s vessel operating expenses to daily vessel operating expenses.
     
     

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except ownership days and Daily Vessel Operating Expenses)

  Q3 2020 Q3 2019 9M 2020 9M 2019
Vessel operating expenses   6,399   4,827   16,141   13,842
Less: Pre-delivery expenses   565   -   565   104
Vessel operating expenses before pre-delivery expenses   5,834   4,827   15,576   13,738
Ownership days   975   920   2,795   2,730
Daily Vessel Operating Expenses $5,984 $5,247 $5,573 $5,032
         

Net Income / (Loss) to EBITDA Reconciliation:(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)

  Q3 2020   Q3 2019   9M 2020   9M 2019  
Net income / (loss) 3,592   747   (16,037 ) (14,796 )
Add: Net interest and finance cost 5,296   6,097   16,540   18,009  
Add: Depreciation and amortization 3,835   2,990   11,143   8,662  
Add: Taxes -   (27 ) -   32  
EBITDA 12,723   9,807   11,646   11,907  
Less: Gain on debt refinancing (5,150 ) -   (5,150 ) -  
Adjusted EBITDA 7,573   9,807   6,496   11,907  

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") represents the sum of net income / (loss), interest and finance costs, interest income, depreciation and amortization and, if any, income taxes during a period. EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted to exclude the non-recurring gain on debt refinancing, which the Company believes is not indicative of the ongoing performance of its core operations.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are presented as we believe that these measures are useful to investors as a widely used means of evaluating operating profitability. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Interest and Finance Costs to Cash Interest and Finance Costs Reconciliation:

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)

  Q3 2020   Q3 2019   9M 2020   9M 2019  
Interest and finance costs, net (5,296 ) (6,097 ) (16,540 ) (18,009 )
Add: Amortization of deferred finance charges 189   270   538   874  
Add: Amortization of convertible note beneficial conversion feature 1,457   907   3,873   2,693  
Add: Amortization of other deferred charges 129   1,457   430   2,452  
Add: Cash interest waived - related party -   -   -   1,164  
Cash interest and finance costs (3,521 ) (3,463 ) (11,699 ) (10,826 )
                 

Third Quarter and Recent Developments:

Capesize Vessel Delivery

In August 2020, the Company took delivery of the M/V Goodship, a 2005, Japanese built Capesize vessel, acquired in May 2020 from an unaffiliated third party for a gross purchase price of $11.4 million. The acquisition was funded with cash on hand, as sourced through its equity capital raising activities in 2020.

Refinancing with Material Gain

In July 2020, the Company completed a refinancing transaction of a loan facility secured by the M/V Gloriuship and M/V Geniuship, that was originally entered into in September 2015, at a discount. As a result of this refinancing the Company recognized a $5.2 million gain.

The new loan of $22.5 million was provided by certain nominees of EnTrust Global as lenders for the purpose of partly refinancing the settlement amount of $23.5 million under the loan facility originally entered into in September 2015. The new facility was fully drawn on July 16, 2020.

Underwritten Public Offering and Update on Number of Shares Issued and Outstanding

On August 20, 2020, Seanergy completed an underwritten public offering of units consisting of (i) one common share (or one pre-funded warrant in lieu of one common share) and (ii) one Class E warrant to purchase one common share. The gross proceeds of the offering, including the subsequent partial exercise of the overallotment option granted to the underwriters, were approximately $26.8 million, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $24.9 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by Seanergy.

All pre-funded warrants issued in the offering have been fully exercised and therefore there are no pre-funded warrants outstanding as of the date of this release.

As of November 17, 2020, the Company has 68,314,985 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

Update on Bank Debt and Related-Party Financings

In recent months, the Company has engaged in productive discussions with UniCredit Bank AG (“UniCredit”) and Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V. (“ATB”) to extend the maturity of the UniCredit facility, which currently expires in December 2020, and to relax certain financial covenants and reduce principal installments. On September 29, 2020, Seanergy received approvals from UniCredit and ATB concerning such terms.

The Company has also been engaged in extensive parallel discussions with Jelco Delta Holding Corp. (“Jelco”), a related-party entity, to agree on a comprehensive restructuring of its various subordinated or unsecured debt instruments, including the settlement of accrued and unpaid interest for the first nine months of the year. In the context of these discussions, Jelco had waived the Company’s obligations, including payment obligations upon maturity of two loan facilities with original maturity dates of June 30, 2020 and September 27, 2020, and interest payment obligations totaling approximately $16.0 million, for a period which expired on November 13, 2020. 

Although discussions are ongoing, the Company has not been able to reach a mutual agreement with Jelco to date. Upon the expiration of the waiver period on November 13, 2020, the aforementioned obligations became due and payable. This related party debt event has triggered cross-default provisions in the Company’s remaining credit facilities and sale and leaseback agreements. However, the Company is in active dialogue with its senior lenders and does not expect that they will pursue any remedies while discussions are ongoing and as the Company continues making installment payments on all its senior loan facilities timely and in full. In contrast with the Company’s senior loans, which are secured by its vessels, the Jelco facilities do not represent senior secured obligations of the Company and have limited remedy rights. The Company intends to continue engaging with its senior lenders and with Jelco seeking a solution acceptable to all parties which will be to the best interest of the Company and its shareholders.

Update on Stock Purchases by the CEO

As of today, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Stamatis Tsantanis, has purchased 300,000 of Seanergy’s common shares in accordance with the previously announced plan for open-market purchases by Mr. Tsantanis. Further purchases will be announced in subsequent updates.

Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders was held on November 16, 2020. At the meeting, the following proposals were approved and adopted:

  1. the election of Ms. Christina Anagnostara, as a Class B Director to serve until the 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders; and
  2. the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young (Hellas) Certified Auditors-Accountants S.A. as the Company's independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.
 
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
    September 30, 2020     December 31,2019*  
ASSETS            
Cash and restricted cash   33,820     14,554  
Vessels, net   259,964     253,781  
Other assets   13,851     14,216  
TOTAL ASSETS   307,635     282,551  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Bank debt and other financial liabilities   160,120     183,066  
Convertible notes   18,547     14,608  
Due to related parties   23,334     24,237  
Other liabilities   19,179     30,782  
Stockholders’ equity   86,455     29,858  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   307,635     282,551  
             
* Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of the period as of that date

 
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data, unless otherwise stated)
 
    Three months endedSeptember 30,   Nine months endedSeptember 30,  
    2020   2019   2020     2019  
Revenues:                    
Vessel revenues   20,352   24,806   43,500     60,765  
Commissions   (701 ) (847 ) (1,468 )   (2,035 )
Vessel revenue, net   19,651   23,959   42,032     58,730  
Expenses:                    
Voyage expenses   (3,870 ) (8,046 ) (13,930 )   (28,023 )
Vessel operating expenses   (6,399 ) (4,827 ) (16,141 )   (13,842 )
Management fees   (270 ) (248 ) (773 )   (742 )
General and administrative expenses   (1,537 ) (1,017 ) (4,682 )   (4,191 )
Depreciation and amortization   (3,835 ) (2,990 ) (11,143 )   (8,662 )
Operating income / (loss)   3,740   6,831   (4,637 )   3,270  
Other expenses:                    
Interest and finance costs   (5,296 ) (6,097 ) (16,540 )   (18,009 )
Gain on debt refinancing   5,150   -   5,150     -  
Other, net   (2 ) 13   (10 )   (57 )
Total other expenses, net:   (148 ) (6,084 ) (11,400 )   (18,066 )
Net income / (loss)   3,592   747   (16,037 )   (14,796 )
                     
Net income / (loss) per common share, basic   0.08   0.49   (0.57 )   (20.64 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic   46,144,608   1,526,720   28,118,984     716,844  
Net income / (loss) per common share, diluted   0.04   0.49   (0.57 )   (20.64 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted   89,041,036   1,526,720   28,118,984     716,844  
                     

About Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is the only pure-play Capesize ship-owner publicly listed in the US. Seanergy provides marine dry bulk transportation services through a fleet of 11 Capesize vessels with an average age of about 12 years and aggregate cargo carrying capacity of approximately 1,926,117 dwt.  The Company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands and has executive offices in Athens, Greece. The Company's common shares trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "SHIP", its Class A warrants under "SHIPW" and its Class B warrants under “SHIPZ”.

Please visit our company website at: www.seanergymaritime.com

Forward-Looking Statements

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