Seanergy Q2 & Six Month Report

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) (NASDAQ: SHIPW) announced its operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2010.

Second Quarter 2010 Financial Highlights:
Net Revenues of $22.6 million
Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million
Operating Income of $4.0 million
Six Months 2010 Financial Highlights:
Net Revenues of $40.8 million
Adjusted EBITDA of $23.6 million
Operating Income of $9.2 million

Dale Ploughman, the company's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "The second quarter of 2010 was another milestone in the development of our company. Without, in our opinion, sacrificing the strength of our balance sheet, we concluded another transformational transaction with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Maritime Capital Shipping Limited ('MCS'). We expanded our controlled fleet to a total of 20 dry bulk vessels and decreased its average age from 14.5 years to 12.8 years. In addition, we enhanced our fleet's operational versatility, as we increased our presence in all dry bulk vessel classes. Furthermore, as a result of the acquisition of MCS, our fleet now has a more balanced charter portfolio which we believe will enable us to benefit both from secured cash flows from period employment and from the market upside with some of our vessels opening for re-chartering. MCS EBITDA contribution to the Company in the second quarter of 2010 was $4.6 million. The projected MCS EBITDA contribution to the Company for the remainder of 2010 and 2011 is estimated to be $22.2 million and $32.5 million.

"Our results during the second quarter of 2010 reflected the volatile market environment. Our TCE rates were 67% lower compared to the same period of last year and we incurred higher finance costs resulting from our expanded fleet, as well as from losses related to interest rate swap agreements. At the same time, we achieved fleet utilization excluding scheduled drydocking off-hire days of 99.5% for the second quarter of 2010.

"The Baltic Dry Index has shown signs of life after a historic 35 consecutive day drop which was the result of a combination of new fleet deliveries and China importing less iron ore. We also believe the slowdown was seasonal as less demand for coal and iron ore is normal during the summer months. The upcoming harvest season in the northern hemisphere coupled with Russia cancelling all grain export is expected to help rates improve from current levels. Additionally, as stock piles of iron ore decrease in China, we expect demand for the commodity to increase, as the country continues its pace of robust growth. Coal, the other major commodity in the dry bulk sector, should also see its demand grow as we enter winter months.

"In the short period of just two years as an operating company we have more than tripled our controlled fleet from six to 20 vessels and quadrupled our cargo-carrying capacity. We will continue to work to build Seanergy into a leading player in the global shipping industry with what we feel are prudent, well-timed and accretive acquisitions. As a first step, we expect to explore ways to acquire the minority shares of MCS and BET, thereby bringing the full impact of their revenue and profit generation capacity to Seanergy. We believe Seanergy is one of the most undervalued companies amongst our peers and we will continue to make every effort to increase Seanergy's shareholder value."

Christina Anagnostara, the company's Chief Financial Officer, stated: "Our results for the second quarter 2010 correspond to a daily TCE, or time charter equivalent rate, of $17,276.

"As of June 30, 2010 and following the MCS acquisition, our total assets are $727.9 million and our total debt is $421.6 million. As of June 30, 2010 our cash reserves were $81.1 million, reflecting $16.4 million in cash generated from operations. Our significant cash position enables us to meet remaining debt repayments and anticipated capital expenditures in 2010.

"The company now operates a fleet of 20 vessels with secured period employment of 93% for 2010, 59% for 2011, 27% for 2012 and 19% for 2013 providing us with significant cash flow visibility.
"On June 2, 2010, we entered into an agreement with Marfin Bank and extended the waiver on our market value to loan covenant from January 1, 2011 through January 3, 2012, thereby enhancing our financial and operational flexibility."

Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Net Revenues for the second quarter of 2010 slightly increased to $22.6 million from $22.1 million in the same quarter in 2009.

The company operated a fleet of 15.1 vessels on average during the second quarter of 2010, earning a TCE rate of $17,276 as compared to an average of 6 vessels and TCE rate of $52,292 during the second quarter of 2009. For continuing operations the decreased TCE results from lower market imposed time charter rates earned by our vessels whose original charters expired during the third quarter of 2009. MCS contributed $6.0 million into Seanergy's revenue for the second quarter of 2010. MCS acquisition was concluded at the end of May 2010; however it is consolidated as of May 21, 2010 as the transaction was between two entities under common control.

EBITDA was $10.2 million for the second quarter of 2010 as compared to $16.3 million in the same quarter in 2009 due to lower income received during the period, higher vessel operating expenses due to increased owned fleet and loss on interest rate swap agreements. Adjusted EBITDA which excludes losses on interest rate swap agreements was $11.7 million for the second quarter of 2010.

Operating income amounted to $4.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to an Operating income of $8.6 million for the same quarter in 2009 due to higher operating expenses from the addition of vessels to our fleet.

Net Loss was $1.5 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to Net Income of $7.2 million, or $0.32 per basic and $0.30 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2009, based on weighted average common shares outstanding of 60,200,170 basic and diluted for 2010, 22,361,227, basic, and 24,621,227 diluted, for 2009.

The decrease in Net Income is primarily the result of a 67% decrease in TCE to $17,276 per day for the three months ended June 30, 2010 compared to $52,292 per day in the prior period, as well as a $1.7 million increase in interest expense from $1.5 million to $3.2 million in the respective period and losses of $1.5 million relating to interest rate swap agreements associated with the BET and MCS debt facilities as compared to nil in the prior period.

Six Months 2010 Financial Results
Net Revenues for the first half of 2010 were $40.8 million compared $48.3 million in the same period in 2009. For continuing operations the decrease in revenues is mainly attributable to lower TCE rates earned by our vessels as a result of lower market imposed time charter rates whose original charters expired during the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the same period in 2009. Seanergy's revenues for the first half of the year incorporate MCS as of May 21, 2010.

The company operated a fleet of 13 vessels on average during the first half of 2010, earning a TCE rate of $17,729 as compared to an average of 6 vessels and TCE rate of $51,982 during the same period of 2009.

EBITDA was $20.9 million for the first half of 2010 as compared to $37.6 million in the same period in 2009 due to lower income received during the period and loss on interest rate swap agreements. Adjusted EBITDA which excludes loss on interest rate swap agreements was $23.6 million for the first half of 2010.

Operating Income amounted to $9.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to an Operating Income of $22.2 million for the same period in 2009.

Net Loss was $1.4 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share for the period ended June 30, 2010, as compared to Net Income of $19.3 million, or $0.86 per basic and $0.80 per diluted share, for the same period in 2009, based on weighted average common shares outstanding of 54,803,982 basic and diluted for 2010 and 22,361,227, and 24,621,227 basic and diluted for 2009 respectively.

The decrease in Net Income is primarily the result of a 66% decrease in TCE to $17,729 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2010 compared to $51,982 per day in the prior period, as well as a $2.3 million increase in interest expense from $3.1 million to $5.4 million in the respective period and losses of $2.8 million relating to interest rate swap agreements associated with the BET and MCS debt facilities as compared to nil in the prior period.
 

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