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Northrop Grumman Reports 1Q Results

Northrop Grumman Corporation reported first quarter 2002 net income of $149 million, or $1.27 per share, compared with net income of $132 million, or $1.81 per share, for the same period of 2001, adjusted for SFAS No. 142 - Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets. The comparable per share decline reflects a substantial decrease in pension income and increases in interest expense and in the number of shares outstanding. On an economic earnings basis, the company reported increased earnings of $170 million, or $1.45 per share, compared with $101 million, or $1.39 per share, for the same period of 2001. First quarter 2002 earnings per share are based on average diluted shares outstanding of 112.8 million versus 72.8 million for the first quarter of 2001. "We are very pleased with our first quarter results which reflect the contributions of last year's three strategic acquisitions, coupled with strong organic growth and earnings," stated Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman president and COO said, "With our April 1 announcement of the completion of the integration of Newport News Shipbuilding, all three of the company's 2001 acquisitions have been successfully completed." The 2002 first quarter results include the operations of Litton Industries, Inc. (Litton), acquired in the second quarter of 2001 and Newport News Shipbuilding, Inc


Slow Start for Tanker Rates in New Year

Berlian Laju Tanker. Pic by mapelveiculos.com.br

 A super year for the VLCCs behind us which ended at earnings Meg/East close to $100k/day, says Fearnleys Week. The new year has started somewhat slower and rates ex Meg are off the peaks, but earnings remain very healthy.    Continued interest for period is keeping the momentum going and rates ex Meg seem to withstand charterers fierce attempts to shave further off the rates. Close to two thirds of the January program covered so far in the Meg and further direction dependent


Hercules Offshore Reports Q3 Earnings Rise

Hercules Offshore Inc. a provider of shallow-water drilling and lift boat services to the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry, announced financial results for its third quarter, reporting increased profit from higher revenues. The Houston, Texas-based company reported third net income of $29.7 million or $0.90 per share, compared to $10.1 million or $0.41 per share in the third quarter of 2005.


Panama Canal Reports Increased Tonnage Flow

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today second quarter (Q2) operational metrics for fiscal year 2004. Q2 data reveals an increase in tonnage flow and a rise in Panamax vessel (the maximum size vessel that can pass through the Canal) transits. Moreover, there was a notable increase in Canal revenue. These metrics are based on operations from January through March of 2004, the second quarter of the ACP's 2004 fiscal year.


Hapag-Lloyd Increase Q3 2012 Profits

Colombo Express: Photo credit Hapag Lloyd

Container ship owners Hapag-Lloyd report increased revenue and profits in the third quarter 2012. Hapag-Lloyd was able to increase freight rates, revenue and results in the third quarter, although the market environment remains challenging. The average freight rate rose year on year by 8% to USD 1,647/TEU. The rate increases initiated by Hapag-Lloyd in the first quarter and implemented in the second quarter had a tangible effect here.


Three Sheets to the Wind: Three Key Ingredients of the Sober Financial Statement

The author, Richard Paine

Financial reporting is a sobering issue. Creative accounting, “cooking the books,” earnings manipulations and other accounting shenanigans have been around as long as folks have had income, paid bills, taxes or sought investors for their ventures. With intent to defraud for economic gain and financial crimes, came the passage into law of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Sarbox or SOX) that made the consequences of such behavior more than just a slap on the wrist.


A.D.S. Releases Financial Analysis

The Association of Diesel Specialists has released its 1999 Financial Analysis, which provides financial data and operating trends in the diesel fuel injection service industry, based on statistics supplied by participating service members from the 1998 calendar year. The 79 companies reported a combined sales volume of $242 million. Pre-tax income was recorded at 3.76 percent of sales, a decrease from the 4.09 percent in the 1998 report. Gross profit margin increased slightly to 39.82 percent


Royal Caribbean Reports First Quarter Results

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reports better than expected financial results, updates 2012 guidance KEY HIGHLIGHTS Results For the First Quarter of 2012: Net income was $47.0 million, or $0.21 per share, versus $78.4 million, or $0.36 per share, in 2011; Net Yields increased 7.0% on a Constant-Currency basis (+6.4% As-Reported). Net Cruise Costs ("NCC") excluding fuel increased 5.7% on a Constant-Currency basis (+5.1% As-Reported);


ABS Reports Increase in Fleet Size

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Speaking at the 150th Annual Members Meeting of the classification society on 24 April 2012, in New York, ABS Chairman Robert D. Somerville reported that every sector of the ABS enterprise “contributed to another year of record performance in terms of the size of the ABS-classed fleet and strong orderbook.” ABS will continue to use its experience and knowledge “to create the innovations that will shape the maritime classification,” said Somerville.


London P&I Club Reports Increased Free Reserves

The London P&I Club’s result for the 2015/2016 financial year produced an overall operating surplus of $3.3 million, lifting the free reserve to $160.7 million.  This result was underpinned by a technical underwriting surplus of $15.3 million, with the combined ratio standing at 82.5 percent.    In a circular summarizing the result, the club’s management team says there was a substantially improved claims outturn following the unusually adverse experience seen


Maersk, Danske and Nordea to shed Ship Finance Stakes

A.P. Moller-Maersk , Danske Bank and Nordea Bank will sell their shareholdings in shipping lender Danish Ship Finance worth 4.25 billion Danish crowns ($638.05 million) to a consortium of Danish investment funds, the company said Wednesday.


Cosco wins Abu Dhabi Container Terminal Concession

Abu Dhabi Ports has awarded China's Cosco Shipping a 35-year concession to build and operate a new container terminal at Khalifa Port, the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi company told Reuters on Wednesday. The terminal is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on West Africa, MidEast Liftings

File Image: A EuroNav VLCC (credit: EuroNav)

VLCC earnings double in a week. End of force majeure in Nigeria buoys cargo volumes. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further next week, fuelled by a raft of cargoes from West Africa and the Middle East amid tight tonnage supply, ship brokers said on Friday


US Rig Count Recovery Hinges on $50 Oil Post-OPEC Meeting

U.S. oil drilling has seen its best quarter since crude prices tumbled two years ago mainly due to small operators returning to the well pad, but analysts say the continued recovery in the rig count depends on whether OPEC's output reduction plan can bring the market back to $50 a barrel.  


LNG Investment Swings to North America

Photo: Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia

 The LNG industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation. North American activity (the majority of which is committed spend) is driving a return to growth in global capital expenditure. A wave of new LNG carrier newbuilds will also be required to support a huge increase in traded base-load


The Past, Present & Future of the ‘Noon Report’

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Virtually every shipping company today uses noon reports to understand and monitor what is happening on their ships. These reports are traditionally sent by the Captain every day, based on data gathered manually by the crew. The content and format of the report is usually pre-agreed by the company


International Rescue for Tanker Market?

Graph: E.A. Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd

 Gibson tanker report says that as owners head back to work after their summer breaks, many will no doubt have to do some serious thinking as we approach the final quarter of 2016.   "Last summer we were reporting about the orderbook swelling


Russia to Halt Oil Products Export via Foreign Baltic Ports

Russia plans to fully halt exports of oil products from other than Russian ports on the Baltic Sea by 2018, the head of oil pipeline monopoly Nikolai Tokarev told President Vladimir Putin on Monday.   Russia will increase the shipments via its own ports instead, Tokarev said


Perishable Reefer Trade Growth to Remain Strong

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Despite many adversities for the maritime sector over the last year, seaborne perishable reefer trade increased in 2015 – and is forecast to grow further still in 2016.    By 2020, seaborne reefer cargo will reach a staggering 120 million tonnes – increasing by an


Japan, US Plan New S. China Sea Patrols

Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday.  


US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 11th Week in 12

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an 11th week in the past 12, according to a closely followed report on Friday, although the rate of increases has slowed as crude prices remain below the key $50 a barrel level that spurs a return to the well pad.  


Marine Premiums Drop 10%, Could get Worse

Patrizia Kern (Chairman)

The International Union of Marine Insurance – unveiling its annual statistical report on the marine insurance market at today’s conference in Genova, announced global underwriting premiums for 2015 of USD 29.9bn. This is a 10.5% reduction on the 2014 figure.


American Maritime Safety Award For Foss

Paul Stevens FOSS

American Maritime Safety recognized Foss Maritime's efforts in building and maintaining a strong culture of safety by awarding the company the American Maritime Safety Award for the implementation and management of zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy.   


China COSCO Shipping Not to Hike Freight Rates

Photo: China COSCO Shipping

 China COSCO Shipping will not raise its shipping prices as it had planned, reports Caixin quoting shipping agency representatives at Shanghai’s port.   The shipping giant has given up its plan to take advantage of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy by raising prices after a


Baltic Exchange Shareholders Approve Singapore Exchange Takeover

Baltic Exchange shareholders on Monday approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market.






 
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