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EURONAV Q4 2010 Results

January 19, 2011

The executive committee of Euronav NV (NYSE EURONEXT BRUSSELS: EURN) reported its preliminary non-audited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2010.

The company had a net result of USD -17.6 million (fourth quarter 2009: USD -23.6 million) for the three months ended 31st December 2010 or USD -0.35 per share (fourth quarter 2009: USD -0.47 per share). EBITDA was USD 34.5 million (fourth quarter 2009: USD 34.3 million).

For the full year ending 31 December 2010, the net results before deferred tax are USD 20.2 million (2009: USD -17.6 million) or USD 0.40 per share (2009: USD -0.35 per share).

The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE) obtained by the company’s fleet in the Tankers International (TI) pool was for the fourth quarter approximately USD 17,800 per day (fourth quarter 2009: USD 25,500 per day) and for the full year, USD 36,100 per day (2009: USD 32,100 per day).

The earnings of the Euronav Suezmax fleet fixed on long term time charters, including profit shares when applicable, were USD 28,600 per day (fourth quarter 2009: USD 29,500 per day) and USD 30,600 per day for the full year (2009: USD 31,750 per day). The average daily TCE rates obtained by the Suezmax spot fleet was approximately USD 7,000 per day for the fourth quarter and USD 18,000 per day for the full year.

The result of the fourth quarter is affected by the revaluation at marked-to-market levels of non cash items (unrealized) such as hedge instruments on interest rates for a total of USD 11,5 million and rate of exchange differences for USD -1,5 million.

EURONAV TANKER FLEET
On 5 January 2011, the company took delivery of the newbuilding Devon (2011 – 157,642 dwt), the second of four Suezmax tankers owned in joint venture 50%-50% with JM Maritime. The vessel immediately commenced trading on the spot market. The two remaining Suezmaxes are foreseen to be delivered in the first and second quarter of this year.

The Pacific Lagoon was sold during the fourth quarter of 2010. The capital gain of USD 22.1 million will be recorded in February 2011 when the vessel will be delivered to its new owner.

EURONAV FSO FLEET
The FSO Asia and the FSO Africa have been operating on the Al Shaheen field over a year and over 4 months respectively now. The performance of both vessels has been outstanding as they were available at all times without any offhire period.

TANKER MARKET
The traditional winter seasonal uptick came later than expected and was unfortunately short-lived. As a consequence, the second half of 2010 was very weak. It is only thanks to the strong first half that Euronav is ending the year on a positive result.

In the first Quarter of 2011, the freight market for seaborne transportation is still characterized by a fundamental oversupply of available tonnage affecting both the VLCC and Suezmax freight rates.

However, demand fundamentals are improving. The IEA forecast for world oil demand growth in 2011 has been revised upwards by 1.5% because of the better economic outlook partly for OECD countries but more particularly for Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Nevertheless, the world VLCC and Suezmax fleet is scheduled to grow by 14% on average in 2011. But, recent years have shown that vessel deliveries are often delayed. The supply side will therefore be the key as to how the market develops over the course of the year.

Euronav is maintaining a slow steaming policy across its spot fleet which should reduce the consumption of bunkers improving the TCE as the bunkers are currently extremely expensive relative to freight.

So far in the first quarter, Euronav VLCC fleet operated in the Tankers International pool has earned on average USD 22,900 per day and 35% of the available days have been fixed. On that basis, management remains cautious in respect of the year 2011.
 



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