Monaco - Feb. 07, 2018
• Revenue: $50.3 million for Q4 2017; $227.3 million for 2017
• $45.9 million net cash from operating activities for 2017
• Adjusted EBITDA: $20.0 million for Q4 2017; $107.7 million for 2017
• Returning capital to shareholders:
- $25.0 million - stock repurchase program
- Declared quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (“Navios Acquisition”) (NYSE:NNA), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, reported its financial results today for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2017.
Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Acquisition stated, “We are pleased with the results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017. For the fourth quarter, Navios Acquisition reported revenue of $50.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million. For the full year of 2017, Navios Acquisition reported revenue of $227.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $107.7 million. We also declared a quarterly distribution of $0.02 per share for the fourth quarter. This dividend represents an annualized distribution of $0.08 per share and a yield of approximately 10% based on the current market price of NNA.”
Angeliki Frangou continued, “This dividend is accompanied by a new $25.0 million stock repurchase program. We believe this program is a particularly effective and tax efficient method for returning capital to shareholders at a time when Navios Acquisition’s shares are trading below the company’s net asset value as estimated by our analysts. As fellow shareholders, we are personally affected by these actions, and thus share our belief that by so reinstituting a stock repurchase program we are progressing the best long-term interests of shareholders.“
HIGHLIGHTS — RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Stock Repurchase Authorization
The Board of Directors of Navios Acquisition has authorized a stock repurchase program for up to $25.0 million of Navios Acquisition's common stock, for two years. Stock repurchases will be made from time to time for cash in open market transactions at prevailing market prices or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing and amount of repurchases under the program will be determined by management based upon market conditions and other factors. Repurchases may be made pursuant to a program adopted under Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The program does not require any minimum repurchase or any specific number or amount of shares of common stock and may be suspended or reinstated at any time in Navios Acquisition's discretion and without notice. The Board of Directors will review the program periodically. Repurchases will be subject to restrictions under Navios Acquisition’s credit facilities and indenture.
Dividend of $0.02 per share of common stock
On January 26, 2018, the Board of Directors of Navios Acquisition declared a quarterly cash dividend for the fourth quarter of 2017 of $0.02 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on March 27, 2018 to shareholders of record as of March 22, 2018. The declaration and payment of any further dividends remain subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend on, among other things, Navios Acquisition’s cash requirements as measured by market opportunities and restrictions under its credit agreements and other debt obligations and such other factors as the Board of Directors may deem advisable.
Refinancing Credit facility
Navios Acquisition is in advanced discussions for re-financing its credit facility of four product tankers, which matures in the third and fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. The re- financing, under the form of a leasing structure, has a term of six years, a repayment profile of 12 years and bears interest at LIBOR plus 305 bps per annum. No assurances can be provided that Navios Acquisition will successfully refinance this credit facility.
Cash inflow of $55.1 million from early repayment of loan granted to Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (“Navios Holdings”)
On November 3, 2017, Navios Holdings prepaid in full the outstanding amount under its secured facility of up to $70.0 million, with a payment of $55.1 million. The prepayment amount consisted of the $50.0 million drawn under the facility and $5.1 million of accrued interest.
Time charter coverage
Navios Acquisition currently owns 36 vessels, of which eight are VLCCs, 26 are product tankers and two are chemical tankers.
Currently, Navios Acquisition had contracted 60.2% of its available days on a charter-out basis for 2018, which is expected to generate revenues of approximately $86.4 million for 2018. The average contractual net daily charter-out rate for the 46.3% of the available days that are contracted on base rate and /or on base rate with profit sharing is expected to be $14,184 for 2018.
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation press release