Navios Maritime Partners L.P.
Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended
March 31, 2010
1.2% increase in cash distribution to $0.415 per unit for Q1 2010
67.9% increase in quarterly Operating Surplus to $17.8 million
44.9% increase in quarterly EBITDA to $21.3 million
40.0% increase in quarterly Net Income to $12.6 million
PIRAEUS, GREECE, April 28, 2010 - Navios Maritime Partners L.P. ("Navios Partners") (NYSE: "NMM"), an owner and operator of dry cargo vessels, reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Ms. Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, stated: "I am pleased with our performance during the first quarter we engaged in a number of transactions that created stability of Navios Partners by raising additional equity, adding vessels and reducing leverage. With the $62.4 million we raised in the equity markets, we purchased the Navios Aurora II, thereby increasing the average charter coverage to 4.1 years and reducing the average age of our fleet to 6.2 years. By consistently implementing our strategy, we have been able to steadily increase quarterly distributions by a total of 18.6% since we went public about 2.5 years ago."
Ms. Frangou continued, "We believe that we are well positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities in 2010."
Increase in Cash Distributions
The Board of Directors of Navios Partners declared a cash distribution for the first quarter of 2010 of $0.415 per unit. This represents an increase of 1.2% from $0.41 per unit declared in the fourth quarter of 2009. The distribution is payable on May 13, 2010 to holders of record on May 10, 2010.
Acquisition of Vessels
On March 18, 2010, Navios Partners purchased from Navios Holdings the vessel Navios Aurora II, a 169,031 dwt Capesize vessel built in 2009, for a price of $110.0 million. Navios Aurora II has been chartered out at a net rate of $41,325 per day until November 2019. The annual EBITDA is expected to be approximately $12.9 million. Following the acquisition of Navios Aurora II, Navios Partners' operational fleet consists of 13 drybulk vessels comprised of two Capesize, ten Panamax and one Ultra-Handymax vessels. The fleet has a total capacity of approximately 1.2 million dwt and an average age of approximately 6.2 years.
On March 30, 2010, Navios Partners entered into an amendment to its existing credit facility ("Credit Facility") and borrowed an additional $30.0 million under a new tranche to partially finance the acquisition of Navios Aurora II. The amendment provides for, among other things, a new interest rate margin ranging from 1.25% to 1.65% depending on the applicable loan to value ratio.
Completion of Offering of 4,025,000 Common Units raising $62.4 million gross proceeds
On February 8, 2010, Navios Partners completed its public offering of 3,500,000 common units at $15.51 per unit and raised gross proceeds of approximately $54.3 million to fund its fleet expansion. The net proceeds of this offering were approximately $51.8 million. On the same date, the overallotment option was exercised resulting in the issuance of 525,000 additional common units, raising additional gross proceeds of $8.1 million and net proceeds of approximately $7.8 million. Pursuant to this offering, Navios Partners issued 82,143 additional general partnership units to its General Partner raising net proceeds of $1.3 million.
Long Term and Insured Cash Flow
Navios Partners has entered into long-term time charter-out agreements for all 13 vessels with a remaining average term of 4.1 years, providing a stable base of revenue and distributable cash flow. Navios Partners has currently contracted out 100.0% for 2010, 84.6% for 2011 and 79.7% for 2012 generating revenues of approximately $130.3 million, $118.8 million and $113.8 million, respectively. The average contractual daily charter-out rate for the fleet is $27,980, $29,595 and $30,001 for 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. The average daily charter-in rate for the active long-term charter-in vessels for 2010 is $13,449.
Navios Partners' charter-out contracts have been insured by an AA+ rated European Union governmental agency.
For the following results and the selected financial data presented herein, Navios Partners has compiled consolidated statement of operations for the three month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009. The quarterly 2010 and 2009 information was derived from the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the respective periods. EBITDA and Operating Surplus are non-US GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or substitution for Navios Partners' results.
Three month period ended March 31, 2010
Time charter and voyage revenues for the three month period ended March 31, 2010 increased by $8.2 million, or 38.7%, to $29.4 million as compared to $21.2 million for the same period in 2009. The increase was mainly attributable to the acquisition of the rights to the Navios Sagittarius in June 2009 and the acquisition of the Navios Apollon on October 29, 2009, the Navios Hyperion on January 8, 2010 and the Navios Aurora II on March 18, 2010.
EBITDA increased by $6.6 million to $21.3 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2010 as compared to $14.7 million for the same period of 2009. This $6.6 million increase in EBITDA was primarily due to a $8.2 million increase in revenue as a result of the delivery of Navios Sagittarius in June 2009, Navios Apollon in October 2009, Navios Hyperion in January 2010 and Navios Aurora II in March 2010, into Navios Partners' fleet. The above increase was mitigated by: (a) a $1.4 million increase in management fees as a result of the increased number of vessels in Navios Partners' fleet; and (b) a $0.2 million increase in general and administrative.
The reserve for estimated maintenance and replacement capital expenditures for the three month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 was $3.3 million and $2.0 million, respectively. Expansion capital expenditures reserve for the three month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 was $175.8 million and $0, respectively (please see Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures on Exhibit 3).
Navios Partners generated Operating Surplus for the three month period ended March 31, 2010 of $17.8 million in comparison to $10.6 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2009. Operating Surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of Navios Partners and other master limited partnerships (please see Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures on Exhibit 3).
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2010 amounted to $12.6 million compared to $9.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009. The increase in net income by $3.6 million was due to: (a) a $6.6 million increase in EBITDA; (b) a $1.2 million decrease in interest expense; (c) a $0.1 million increase in interest income; and (d) a $0.1 million decrease in direct vessel expenses. The overall increase of $8.0 million was partly offset by a $4.4 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense due to the acquisition of the Navios Sagittarius, Navios Apollon, Navios Hyperion and Navios Aurora II and the backlog assets that were recognized in relation to these acquisitions.
Fleet Employment Profile
The following table reflects certain key indicators indicative of the performance of Navios Partners and its core fleet performance for the three month periods ended March 31, 2010 and 2009.
(1) Available days for the fleet represent total calendar days the vessels were in our possession for the relevant period after subtracting off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special surveys. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a relevant period during which a vessel is capable of generating revenues.
(2) Operating days is the number of available days in the relevant period less the aggregate number of days that the vessels are off-hire due to any reason, including unforeseen circumstances. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a relevant period during which vessels actually generate revenues.
(3) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating available days, and is determined by dividing the number of operating days during a relevant period by the number of available days during that period. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to measure efficiency in finding employment for vessels.
Conference Call details:
Navios Partners' management will host a conference call to discuss the results on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 8:30 am EDT. Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers:
US Toll Free Dial In: +1866 819 7111
UK Toll Free Dial In: +0800 953 0329
International Dial In: +44 (0) 1452 542 301
Please quote "NAVIOS MLP".
A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until May 5, 2010 by dialing the following numbers:
US Toll Free Dial In: +1866 247 4222
UK Toll Free Dial In: +0800 953 1533
International Dial In: +44 1452 550 000
Access Code: 33433537#
Slides and audio webcast:
There will also be a live webcast of the conference call, through the NAVIOS MARITIME PARTNERS L.P. website (www.navios-mlp.com) under "Investors". Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast. A supplemental slide presentation will be available on the Navios Maritime Partners L.P. website at www.navios-mlp.com under the "Investors" section at 7:45 am EDT on the day of the call.
About Navios Maritime Partners L.P.
Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM), a publicly traded master limited partnership formed by Navios Maritime Holdings Inc (NYSE: NM) is an owner and operator of dry cargo vessels. For more information, please visit our website at www.navios-mlp.com
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and Navios Partners' growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "may," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include comments regarding expected revenue and time charters. Although the Navios Partners believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Navios Partners. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for dry bulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which Navios Partners operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Navios Partners' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Navios Partners expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Navios Partners' expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
Investor Relations Contact:
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