Frontline Expects Improved Results after Losses Narrow
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Net loss $13 mln in Q4 vs forecast $18 mln loss; Repayment of debt dependent on improving tanker rates.

Oil tanker firm Frontline expects its operating result in the first quarter to improve on the previous quarter due to a recent increase in rates as it reported fourth-quarter results slightly ahead of expectations on Thursday.

The shipping market has struggled for several years, squeezed between an global economic downturn and an oversupply of new ships. On Thursday Frontline said a recent recovery in the rates for hiring tankers suggested the market balance was improving.

"The recent positive development in the tanker market is likely to give a better operating result ... in the first quarter," the firm said in a statement. Its fourth-quarter pretax loss narrowed to $13 million from $17 million a year earlier, beating a forecasted loss of $18 million in a Reuters poll of analysts. The firm has debts of $1 billion it must repay. Frontline said a full repayment was dependent "to a large extent" on a sustained improvement in tanker rates in the years to come.

As expected, the company will not pay a dividend for the fourth quarter.

Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; Reuters.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region

BWM Convention Doesn't Resolve U.S. Issues - ICS

ICS notes that the IMO Secretary General has announced that the Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force worldwide from 24 November 2016, following

Maritime Cook Islands Expands Network to India

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has recently established its presence in India with the appointment of two deputy registrars (“DR”),

Tanker Trends

Egypt to Complete East Port Said Side Channel in 2016

Egypt plans to complete a side channel in East Port Said, near the Suez Canal, that would speed up shipping and allow ships direct entry into the port by the end of June 2016,

Concordia Maritime Charters MR Tanker

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the charter of an IMO2/3 class MR tanker, the company announced today. The vessel will be chartered jointly with Stena Weco,

Stena Bulk Orders Tankers from China

Stena Bulk has placed an order for three 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX MR tankers with the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME), formerly Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI),


R-22 Phase-out Presents Dangers and Expense -WSS

The shipping industry is facing price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant, warns Wilhelmsen Ships Service,

U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region

Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb

Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of


USNS Maury Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed Acceptance Trials, November 6, following a week of extensive ship tests and underway events, included testing of major propulsion,

Royston Appoints New US Distributor

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has appoint a new U.S.-based distributor, citing growing interest in its advanced Enginei marine fuel management and monitoring systems.

SSI Hires Holder for US Sales

SSI has hired CAD/CAM specialist Robert Holder as part of its sales force in the U.S. market.    According to SSI, the hiring is intended to meet the expanding

Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0871 sec (11 req/sec)