J. Lauritzen’s CEO Mads P. Zacho stated: “During the second quarter of 2018, we continued to build our activity in the dry cargo period market by replacing expensive time chartered tonnage with attractively priced vessels improving our competitive position. We remain optimistic in terms of further dry cargo market improvements despite uncertainties related to tariffs and trade friction. Earnings for our gas carriers were in line with expectations despite the still difficult market for our largest vessels.”
- Options to extend time charter periods were declared for five handysize bulk carriers and an additional handysize bulk carrier was taken on medium-term time charter.
- Three loss making long-term time chartered handysize bulk carriers were redelivered to owners.
- One gas carrier was taken on medium-term time charter and another was reflagged to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) following two gas carriers that were reflagged to Danish flag early in 2018.
In 2Q18, the average number of controlled bulk carriers were 79 compared to 83 in 1Q18 and the average number of operated gas carriers reached 32, unchanged from 1Q18.
The dry cargo handysize market experienced its normal weakening during 2Q18, however ending approximately 12% above the level one year ago. The market for small gas carriers also saw the usual seasonal weakening in 2Q18, however ending 1 - 3% above the levels recorded one year ago for larger semi-refrigerated and ethylene tonnage and about 50% higher for the smallest vessel segments.
2Q18 EBITDA amounted to US$1 million against US$6 million in same period 2017. The improvement was primarily due to continued dry cargo market improvements and, in particular, our core fleet performed better than expected. Gas carrier earnings also improved compared to same period in 2017.
At period end, cash and cash equivalents amounted to US$39 million, unchanged compared to period end 1Q18.
Assets and liabilities
Total assets amounted to US$478 million, down from US$504 million at year end 2017. Solvency ratio was 51%, compared 52% at year end 2017.
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