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TORM plc second quarter 2016 report


"The fundamental oil demand was high, as expected, in the second quarter of 2016. However, inventory drawdowns and lower naphtha imports to the Far East reduced the transportation requirements and led to generally lower freight rates. TORM did achieve competitive blended freight rates of USD/day ~17,500," says Executive Director Jacob Meldgaard and adds: "With the dividend payment of USD 25m and accretive share repurchases since May, TORM has demonstrated its commitment to let shareholders benefit directly from the operational cash flow generation."

  • The EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 was USD 56.6m (2015, same period, pro forma: USD 75.3m)[1]. The profit before tax for the second quarter of 2016 was USD 15.2m (2015, same period, pro forma: USD 45.2m). Cash flow from operating activities was positive with USD 44.4m in the second quarter of 2016 and earnings per share (EPS) was USD 0.2 or DKK 1.6.
  • During the second quarter of 2016, the product tanker freight rates remained at profitable levels, however at a softer level compared to the same period in 2015. In general, refinery utilization was high although at a lower level compared to the first quarter of 2016, due to maintenance and high gasoline and diesel stocks globally. TORM's product tanker fleet realized average TCE earnings of USD/day 17,594 and realized a gross profit of USD 67.5m (2015, same period, pro forma: USD 86.0m) in the second quarter of 2016.
  • On 15 April 2016, TORM established a new corporate structure of the TORM Group including the insertion of a UK parent company, TORM plc. TORM plc was listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen on 19 April 2016, and TORM A/S was delisted from Nasdaq Copenhagen on 26 April 2016. A total of 97.6% of TORM A/S' shareholders have exchanged their shareholdings to TORM plc, and TORM plc has acquired the remaining 2.4% shares from TORM A/S' minority shareholders. For accounting purposes, the consolidated financial statements for the TORM Group will be presented in the legal name of TORM plc, but will be a continuation of the financial statements of TORM A/S.
  • As reported on 12 May 2016, TORM's Board of Directors has approved a new distribution policy intending to distribute 25-50% of net income semi-annually. Today, TORM's Board of Directors has approved the interim dividend payment of USD 25m, equivalent to 0.4 USD/share. The dividend is expected to be distributed on 15 September 2016 with the ex-dividend date on 24 August 2016. TORM plc has during June and July repurchased 113,347 own shares for a total consideration of USD 1m. Together with the purchase of the 2.4% of TORM A/S' shares, this corresponds to total accretive repurchases of USD 20m. TORM may from time to time continue to conduct limited share repurchase in the market.
  • TORM did not take delivery of any vessels in the second quarter of 2016, and TORM's order book stands at four LR2 newbuildings with expected delivery in 2017 and 2018.
  • The carrying value of the fleet including prepayments was USD 1,589m as of 30 June 2016 excluding outstanding installments on the LR2 newbuildings of USD 168m. Based on broker valuations, TORM's fleet including newbuildings had a market value of USD 1,614m as of 30 June 2016. Compared to the broker values as of 31 March 2016, the fleet value has decreased by USD 198m (~11%). TORM estimates the fleet's total long-term earning potential each quarter based on future discounted cash flows in accordance with IFRS requirements. The estimated value for the fleet as of 30 June 2016 supports the book value.
  • Net interest-bearing debt amounted to USD 602m as of 30 June 2016. On 8 July 2016, TORM finalized a loan agreement for financing of the LR2 newbuildings of up to USD 115m, or up to 60% of the purchase price, with 12 years maturity.
  • TORM had undrawn credit facilities and cash of approx. USD 192m at the end of the second quarter of 2016 in addition to the above-mentioned financing of the LR2 newbuildings. Outstanding CAPEX relating to the order book amounted to USD 168m.
  • Based on broker valuations, TORM's net asset value (NAV), excluding charter commitments, is estimated at USD 873m, equivalent to a NAV/share of USD 14.0 or DKK 93.9
  • Equity amounted to USD 985m as of 30 June 2016, equivalent to a book equity/share of USD 15.8 or DKK 106.0 excluding treasury shares and outstanding warrants, giving TORM an equity ratio of 54%.
  • TORM has changed the EBITDA interval to a positive EBITDA in the range of USD 210-250m and a profit before tax in the range USD 50-90m. As 12,258 earning days in 2016 are unfixed as at 30 June 2016, a change in freight rates of USD/day 1,000 will impact the profit before tax by USD 12.3m.
Conference call   Contact TORM plc
TORM will be hosting a conference call for financial analysts and investors at 3 pm CEST today. Please dial in 10 minutes before the conference is due to start on +45 3271 4607 (from Europe) or +1 877 491 0064 (from the USA). The presentation can be downloaded from   27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX, United Kingdom
Tel.: +45 3917 9200 / Fax: +45 3917 9393,
Jacob Meldgaard, Executive Director, tel.: +45 3917 9200
Christian Søgaard-Christensen, Acting CFO tel.: +45 3917 9200
Christian Mens, Investor Relations, tel.: +45 3917 9231

TORM is one of the world's leading carriers of refined oil products. The Company operates a fleet of approximately 80 modern vessels with a strong commitment to safety, environmental responsibility and customer service. TORM was founded in 1889. The Company conducts business worldwide. TORM's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (ticker: TRMD A). For further information, please visit

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and statements other than statements of historical facts. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, the Company cannot guarantee that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of the world economy and currencies, changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand for "ton miles" of oil carried by oil tankers, the effect of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and worldwide oil consumption and storage, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled dry-docking, changes in TORM's operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in the regulation of shipping operations, including requirements for double hull tankers or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events or acts by terrorists.

In light of these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this release because they are statements about events that are not certain to occur as described or at all. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of our future performance, and actual results and future developments may vary materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, the Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. 

[1)  On 13 July 2015, TORM A/S, its lenders and Oaktree Capital Management ("Oaktree") completed a restructuring. In return for a vessel contribution by means of the shares in OCM (Gibraltar) Njord Midco Ltd. ("Njord"), Oaktree obtained a controlling equity stake in TORM A/S. Njord is considered the accounting acquirer of TORM A/S and the continuing reporting entity. Reported comparative figures in the first two quarters of 2015, presented in the Consolidated Interim Financial Statements, reflect the activity of Njord only, whereas for the full year 2015 the period from the date of the completion of the Restructuring reflects the combined activities of TORM and Njord in the name of the legal parent, TORM A/S. Comparative pro forma figures presented in this report for 2015 present TORM as if the Restructuring had been undertaken as of 1 January 2015.