Teekay Reports 3Q Results

Thursday, November 02, 2006
Teekay Shipping Corporation reported net income of $79.8 million, or $1.07 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2006, compared to net income of $42.7 million, or $0.52 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2005. The results for the quarters ended September 30, 2006 and 2005 included a number of specific items that had the net effect of increasing net income by $2.0 million, or $0.03 per share, and $8.1 million, or $0.10 per share, respectively, as detailed in Appendix A to this release. Net voyage revenues(2) for the third quarter of 2006 were $344.3 million, compared to $317.8 million for the same period in 2005, and income from vessel operations increased to $105.0 million from $62.2 million.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 was $201.9 million, or $2.68 per share, compared to $426.3 million, or $4.99 per share, for the same period last year. The results for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 included a number of specific items that had the net effect of decreasing net income by $44.8 million, or $0.59 per share, as detailed in Appendix A to this release. The results for the nine months ended September 30, 2005 included a number of specific items that had the net effect of increasing net income by $154.6 million, or $1.81 per share, also as detailed in Appendix A to this release. Net voyage revenues(2) for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 were $1.0 billion, compared to $1.12 billion for the same period in 2005, and income from vessel operations decreased to $316.7 million, including net gains on vessel sales of $6.1 million, from $463.6 million, which included $124.3 million in net gains on vessel sales. Acquisition of Petrojarl ASA On August 31, 2006, the Company announced that it had acquired, through its wholly owned subsidiary, TPO Investments AS, over 40% of Petrojarl ASA (Petrojarl), which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.Petrojarl is a leading operator of harsh weather Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units, with four FPSO units owned and currently operating in the North Sea.

On September 18, 2006, Teekay launched a mandatory bid, in accordance with Norwegian law, for the remaining outstanding shares of Petrojarl at a price of Norwegian Kroner 70 per share. The mandatory bid expired on October 18, 2006, and as of November 1, 2006, Teekay owned approximately 63.8% of the outstanding shares of Petrojarl. On September 28, 2006, Petrojarl announced that it had been awarded a contract by Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) to supply an FPSO for the Siri project in Brazil. The contract will be assigned to, and performed by, Teekay Petrojarl Offshore, the joint venture between Teekay and Petrojarl. The contract is for a two-year firm period, with options for Petrobras to extend the contract by up to an additional year, and is scheduled to commence production during the first quarter of 2008.

During the quarter, freight rates for product tankers also rose as refined product imports into the United States remained high, and China’s demand for distillates remained firm. In addition, ton-mile intensive refined product movements from Asia to the U.S. West Coast increased following the Prudhoe Bay pipeline disruption.

Global oil demand, an underlying driver of tanker demand, increased to 84.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) during the third quarter of 2006, an increase of 1.2 mb/d, or 1.4%, from the previous quarter, and 1.0 mb/d, or 1.2%, higher than the third quarter of 2005. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) outlook remains firm with global oil demand in the fourth quarter of 2006 estimated to be 2.2 mb/d, or 2.6%, higher than the fourth quarter of 2005. For calendar year 2007, the IEA forecasts a further increase in oil demand of 1.4 mb/d to 86.0 mb/d, 1.7% higher than 2006. Global oil supply, a direct driver of tanker demand, rose to a record high of 85.7 mb/d during the third quarter of 2006, which was 0.8 mb/d higher than the previous quarter and 1.3 mb/d, or 1.5%, higher than the third quarter of 2005. Much of the growth during the quarter originated from the non-OPEC regions such as the former Soviet Union, Latin America and Africa. Early in the fourth quarter, OPEC members announced a 1.2 mb/d cut back in oil production in response to easing oil prices. However, the IEA estimates that non-OPEC oil supply will increase by 0.9 mb/d during the fourth quarter of 2006, compared to the previous quarter, with growth expected to originate from the former Soviet Union, the North Sea, Africa, and Latin America.

The size of the world tanker fleet rose to 368.0 million deadweight tonnes (mdwt) as of September 30, 2006, up 4.3 mdwt, or 1.2%, from the end of the previous quarter. Deletions, including vessels converted for offshore projects and thus removed from the trading tanker fleet, aggregated 1.3 mdwt in the third quarter of 2006 compared to 1.1 mdwt in the previous quarter. Deliveries of tanker newbuildings during the third quarter of 2006 increased to 5.6 mdwt from 5.4 mdwt in the second quarter of 2006. As of September 30, 2006, the world tanker orderbook stood at 123.4 mdwt, representing 33.5% of the world tanker fleet, compared to 110.4 mdwt, or 30.4%, as of June 30, 2006.

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