* Declared a cash dividend of $0.25 per share for the first quarter of 2011.
* Reported first quarter net loss of $0.5 million or $0.03 per share (“EPS”).
* Earned average Time Charter Equivalent (“TCE”) of $30,050 per day for the two Very Large Crude Carriers (“VLCCs”) and $18,536 per day for the three Suezmaxes in the Company’s fleet.
* Announced on May 5, 2011 that Crude Carriers Corp. entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Capital Product Partners L.P. (“CPLP”).
Crude Carriers Corp. (NYSE: CRU), today reported its financial results and declared a cash dividend of $0.25 per share for the first quarter of 2011 payable on June 1, 2011 to shareholders of record on May 23, 2011.
The Company reported a net loss for the quarter of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per share, principally as a result of the weaker spot crude tanker market. Revenues amounted to $12.8 million for the quarter, including $1.0 million of profit sharing revenues earned by three of our vessels employed under the spot index linked time charter arrangement with Shell Shipping & Trading Co.
Total voyage and vessel operating expenses for the quarter amounted to $6.4 million, of which $2.4 million were voyage expenses, comprised mostly of bunker costs, and $3.9 million of operating expenses. General and administrative expenses were $1.6 million for the quarter, of which $0.5 million was a noncash charge related to the Equity Incentive Plan.
Interest expense and finance cost for the first quarter of 2011 was $1.3 million, principally relating to interest on the $134.6 million outstanding debt drawn under our $200.0 million revolving credit facility.