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Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2020

HAMILTON, Bermuda, June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd., (“Hermitage Offshore” or the “Company”) announces its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

A reverse asset acquisition in April 2019 resulted in a change in the basis of accounting for the Company. As a result, the financial information presented for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 is not directly comparable.

Results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019

For the three months ended March 31, 2020 (Successor, as defined below in the section entitled ‘Reverse acquisition’) the Company’s net loss was $6.8 million, or $0.25 basic and diluted loss per share (based on 27,343,723 weighted average shares outstanding).

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 (Predecessor, as defined below in the section entitled ‘Reverse acquisition’) the Company’s net loss was $7.2 million, or $0.98 basic and diluted loss per share (based on 7,374,034 weighted average shares outstanding).

There are 31,330,232 common shares outstanding as of the date of this press release.

Market conditions

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) coupled with the abrupt deterioration in the price of crude oil has resulted in a significant reduction of both current and planned capital expenditure outlays from major oil producers throughout the world. Consequently, the markets in which the Company’s vessels operate, particularly in the North Sea, have come under significant pressure in the form of reduced spot market rates and utilization, higher lay-up activity, and contract cancellations and renegotiations.

In light of these adverse market conditions, and as previously disclosed in the Company’s 2019 annual report on Form 20-F, the Company has engaged financial advisors to provide consultation and has commenced discussions with its lenders.   These circumstances give rise to substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

Summary of first quarter of 2020 and other recent events

  • During the first quarter of 2020, the Company’s average daily rates and utilization were as follows: 
    Average dayrates on-
hire
Average utilization Average effective
dayrates
  PSVs (1) $10,430 80.2% $8,370
  AHTS vessels (2) $9,000 100.0% $9,000
  Crew Boats $2,446 45.7% $1,118

  (1) An aggregate of 120 off-hire days were incurred for engine overhauls, flag changing, and other repairs on certain of the Company’s platform supply vessels (“PSVs”) during the first quarter of 2020.  There were no vessels in lay-up during the first quarter of 2020.
  (2) As used herein, the term “AHTS vessels” refers to anchor handling tug supply vessels.
  • Below is a summary of the average effective dayrates and duration of charters for the Company’s vessels that have been fixed thus far in the second quarter of 2020 as of the date hereof:
    Average effective
dayrates
Available days covered
  PSVs (1) $7,200 90%
  AHTS Vessels $9,000 100%
  Crew Boats $1,000 75%

  (1) Three of the Company’s PSVs were put into warm lay-up during the second quarter of 2020, one of which, Hermit Horizon, was reactivated from warm lay-up in late May 2020 to commence its term charter contract.  The Company expects an aggregate of 184 days in lay-up for all three vessels for the second quarter of 2020.  Days in lay-up are not considered part of the available days.
  • In January 2020, the Company completed the refinancing of its $132.9 million credit facility with DNB Bank ASA and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (the “Initial Credit Facility”) with a new $132.9 million credit facility (the “New Term Loan Facility”). The terms and conditions of the New Term Loan facility are described below.
  • In January 2020, the Company executed an equity line of credit with Scorpio Services Holding Limited (“SSH”), a related party which, at that time, provided for up to $15 million to be available to the Company in exchange for its common shares priced at 0.94 multiplied by the then-prevailing five-day trailing daily volume weighted average price (the “New Equity Line of Credit”).  The Company is precluded from issuing shares under the New Equity Line of Credit if the price of the Company’s common stock (calculated on a daily volume weighted average basis over the preceding five days) is below $0.60 per share.
  • In March 2020, the Company issued 5,668,317 common shares under the New Equity Line of Credit for $0.88210 per share and aggregate net proceeds of approximately $5.0 million.  As of the date of this release, approximately $10.0 million remains available to the Company under the New Equity Line of Credit, subject to the aforementioned minimum price requirement.

Fleet list and employment update

Set forth below is the Company’s fleet list along with an update on the long-term employment of each vessel as of the date of this press release.  For purposes of the below table, only contracts with periods of three months or greater have been presented.

  Vessel Name Vessel
Type
Built Employment Term contract
rate per day
(USD) (1)
Contract begin
date
Contract end
date
Underlying
contract
denomination
                 
  PSV              
1 Hermit Fighter PSV 2012 Term Charter $7,935 25-May-20 25-Aug-20 GBP
2 Hermit Prosper PSV 2012 Warm lay-up        
3 Hermit Power PSV 2013 Term Charter $13,225 07-Dec-19 07-Dec-20 GBP
4 Hermit Thunder PSV 2013 Spot        
5 Hermit Guardian PSV 2013 Spot        
6 Hermit Protector PSV 2013 Spot        
7 Hermit Viking PSV 2015 Term Charter $7,242 13-Dec-18 13-Dec-20 GBP
8 Hermit Storm PSV 2015 Warm lay-up        
9 Hermit Galaxy PSV 2016 Term Charter $14,812 26-May-20 01-Dec-20 NOK
10 Hermit Horizon PSV 2016 Term Charter $14,812 27-May-20 01-Dec-20 NOK
                 
  AHTS              
11 Hermit Brilliance AHTS 2009 Term Contract $9,000 01-Jan-16 31-Dec-20 USD
12 Hermit Baron AHTS 2009 Term Contract $9,000 01-Jan-20 07-Jul-20 USD
                 
  Crew Boats              
13 Petrocraft 1605-1 Crew Boat 2012 Term Contract (2) $2,400 20-Sep-19 17-Jan-21 USD
14 Petrocraft 1605-2 Crew Boat 2012 Spot        
15 Petrocraft 1605-3 Crew Boat 2012 Spot        
16 Petrocraft 1605-5 Crew Boat 2013 Spot        
17 Petrocraft 1605-6 Crew Boat 2013 Spot/ Term Contract (3) $2,400 01-Jul-20 01-Oct-20 EUR
18 Petrocraft 2005-1 Crew Boat 2015 Spot/ Term Contract (3) $2,734 01-Jul-20 01-Jul-21 USD
19 Petrocraft 2005-2 Crew Boat 2015 Spot/ Term Contract (3) $2,734 01-Jul-20 01-Jul-21 USD
20 Petrocraft 1905-1 Crew Boat 2019 Term Contract $2,400 04-Mar-19 18-Jan-21 USD
21 Petrocraft 1905-2 Crew Boat 2019 Term Contract $2,400 04-Mar-19 18-Jan-21 USD
22 Petrocraft 1905-3 Crew Boat 2019 Term Contract $2,400 04-Mar-19 18-Jan-21 USD
23 Petrocraft 1905-4 Crew Boat 2019 Term Contract $2,400 04-Mar-19 18-Jan-21 USD

(1) Contracts denominated in GBP, NOK and EUR have been converted using spot rates in effect as of June 3, 2020.

(2) This vessel is currently off-hire for repairs, which are expected to be completed once the COVID-19 related restrictions in West Africa have been lifted and the necessary equipment can be delivered.

(3) The commencement date of this contract is estimated and is contingent upon the lifting of the COVID-19 related travel restrictions in West Africa and each vessel’s crew can be mobilized.

Liquidity

As of June 3, 2020, the Company had $8.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.

As discussed above, in January 2020, the Company executed the New Equity Line of Credit with SSH, a related party, which, at that time, provided for up to $15 million to be available to the Company.  In March 2020, 5,668,317 common shares were issued under the New Equity Line of Credit for $0.88210 per share and aggregate net proceeds of approximately $5.0 million

Under the terms of the New Equity Line of Credit, the Company is precluded from issuing shares under the New Equity Line of Credit if the price of the Company’s common stock (calculated on a daily volume weighted average basis over the preceding five days) is below $0.60 per share.  The Company’s share price has recently fallen, and continues to trade, below this threshold.

Drydock, capital expenditure, and operations update

During the first quarter of 2020:

  • Two PSVs underwent engine overhauls during the first quarter of 2020 for aggregate costs of approximately $0.2 million and an aggregate of 30 off-hire days.
  • Two PSVs were reflagged from the UK sector to the Norwegian sector and one PSV was reflagged from the Norwegian sector to the UK sector. This reflagging process resulted in an aggregate of approximately 65 off-hire days and additional costs relating to the reflagging process (which included crewing and technical manager changes).
  • Additionally, during the first quarter of 2020, the Company also paid approximately $2.2 million of previously accrued capital expenditures relating to drydocks that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2019.

During the second quarter of 2020, two of the Company’s vessels were off-hire for approximately 50 days to install shore power equipment, which will enable these vessels to utilize shore based electrical supply while in port in Norway.  The aggregate costs for these installations, after the expected receipt of government subsidies, are approximately $0.1 million.

An additional vessel is scheduled for shore power installation and an engine overhaul during the third quarter of 2020.

No other special surveys and/or engine overhauls are scheduled for the second or third quarters of 2020

New $132.9 Million Term Loan Facility with DNB and SEB

In January 2020, the Company closed on the refinancing of the Initial Credit Facility with the New Term Loan Facility. The New Term Loan facility is collateralized by our ten PSVs and 11 crew boats and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 3.50% through December 2021, LIBOR plus a margin of 4.50% from December 2021 through December 2022 and LIBOR plus a margin of 5.50% from December 2022 through the maturity date of December 2023 for an overall effective margin of approximately 4.2% (the margin in all periods can be reduced if the Company meets certain Net Debt to EBITDA thresholds). The New Term Loan Facility is repayable in equal, semi-annual installments of $7.5 million beginning in December 2021 with a balloon payment due upon the maturity date of December 6, 2023.

The New Term Loan Facility contains financial and restrictive covenants, as summarized below:

  • Cash and cash equivalents shall at all times be equal to or greater than $500,000 per vessel above 2,500 DWT. The Company’s two AHTS vessels and 11 crew boats are excluded from this definition. Accordingly, the minimum liquidity under the New Term Loan Facility is $5 million based on the Company’s fleet as of the date of this press release;
  • The ratio of net debt (defined as total debt less cash) to total capitalization (defined below) shall be no greater than 0.70 to 1.00 from the date that the New Term Loan Facility was executed through December 31, 2020 and 0.65 to 1.00 thereafter through the maturity date of December 6, 2023. Undrawn amounts available under the New Equity Line of Credit are included as part of the definition of total capitalization (defined as total debt plus equity plus amounts available under the New Equity Line of Credit);
  • Current assets shall at all times exceed current liabilities less the current portion of the long term liabilities;
  • The aggregate fair market value of the vessels collateralized under the New Term Loan Facility shall at all times be at least 115% of the aggregate outstanding principal amount until December 7, 2021, 125% of the aggregate outstanding principal amount until December 7, 2022, and 130% at all times thereafter; and
  • The Company is restricted from paying dividends for 24 months following the date of the execution of the New Term Loan Facility.

The New Term Loan Facility also contains customary events of default, including cross default provisions and a subjective acceleration clause under which the debt could become due and payable in the event of a material adverse change in the Company’s business.

The Company was in compliance with the financial covenants under the New Term Loan Facility as of March 31, 2020.

Debt

The following table sets forth the principal balance of the Company’s debt outstanding:

  As of
In thousands of U.S. dollars March 31, 2020 June 4, 2020
New Term Loan Facility $ 132,905   132,905  
DVB Credit Facility 9,000   9,000  
  $ 141,905   $ 141,905  
             

The Company was in compliance with the financial covenants under its credit facilities as of March 31, 2020.

 
Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income or Loss
(unaudited)
 
  Three months ended
  March 31,
2020*
(Successor)
  March 31,
2019**
(Predecessor)
Amounts in thousands of USD  
       
Charter revenue – PSVs $ 8,082     $ 4,561  
Charter revenue – AHTS vessels 1,658      
Charter revenue – Crew Boats 1,133      
Total charter revenue 10,873     4,561  
       
Vessel operating expenses (10,139 )   (5,904 )
Voyage expenses (355 )   (392 )
General and administrative expenses (1,421 )   (1,144 )
Depreciation (3,044 )   (2,026 )
Total operating expenses (14,959 )   (9,466 )
Operating loss (4,086 )   (4,905 )
       
Interest income 9     19  
Financial expenses (2,115 )   (2,357 )
Other expense / (income), net *** (645 )   30  
Total other costs (2,751 )   (2,308 )
Income taxes      
Net loss $ (6,837 )   $ (7,213 )
       
Basic and diluted loss per share (0.25 )   (0.98 )
       
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding 27,343,723     7,374,034  
           

*   Reflects the financial results of the Company subsequent to the Transaction (which is defined below under the section entitled ‘Reverse acquisition’), and therefore the results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 reflect a fleet of 10 PSVs, two AHTS vessels and 11 crew boats.  Under U.S. GAAP, the basis of accounting changed as a result of the Transaction since it was accounted for as a reverse acquisition of assets.  Therefore, this period is not directly comparable to the same period in the prior year.

**   Reflects the financial results of the Company for the historical periods prior to the Transaction which reflect a fleet of 10 PSVs.

*** Includes a $0.6 million foreign currency loss that was recorded due to the weakening of the Norwegian Kroner and British Pound against the U.S. Dollar during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 
Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
 
  As of:
  March 31, 2020
(Successor)
  December 31, 2019
(Successor)
Amounts in thousands of USD  
       
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,810     $ 12,681  
Accounts receivable 8,634     8,381  
Prepaid expenses 869     427  
Fuel, lube oil, and consumables 2,334     1,808  
Other current assets 656     406  
Total current assets 23,303     23,703  
Vessels, net 175,605     178,206  
Total non-current assets 175,605     178,206  
Total assets $ 198,908     $ 201,909  
       
Accounts payable $ 3,792     $ 4,192  
Accounts payable, related party 245     916  
Other current liabilities 2,592     2,768  
Current portion of long-term debt 414     207  
Total current liabilities 7,043     8,083  
Long-term debt 141,575     141,698  
Total non-current liabilities 141,575     141,698  
Shareholders’ equity 50,290     52,128  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 198,908     $ 201,909  
               

The Company has performed an impairment assessment at March 31, 2020, including obtaining independent broker valuations for all of the vessels in its fleet and performing undiscounted cash flow analyses taking into account the changes in market conditions since March 2020.  This assessment did not result in an impairment charge being recorded.

 
Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Other operating data for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 (unaudited)
 
  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020 (Successor) 2019 (Predecessor)
     
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ (1,186 ) $ (2,879 )
     
PSVs    
Average dayrates per on-hire day (2) $ 10,430   $ 8,863  
Utilization rate % (3) 80.2 % 73.1 %
Effective dayrates (4) $ 8,370   $ 6,481  
     
Vessel operating expenses per day (5) $ 8,422   $ 6,560  
     
Average number of active vessels 10.0   7.1  
Average number of vessels in lay-up   2.9  
Average number of vessels 10.0   10.0  
         
AHTS vessels        
Average dayrates per on-hire day (2) $ 9,000   N/A*  
Utilization rate % (3) 100.0 % N/A*  
Effective dayrates (4) $ 9,000   N/A*  
         
Vessel operating expenses per day (5) $ 6,670   N/A*  
         
Average number of active vessels 2.0   N/A*  
Average number of vessels in lay-up   N/A*  
Average number of vessels 2.0   N/A*  
         
Crew Boats        
Average dayrates per on-hire day (2) $ 2,446   N/A*  
Utilization rate % (3) 45.7 % N/A*  
Effective dayrates (4) $ 1,118   N/A*  
         
Vessel operating expenses per day (5) $ 1,344   N/A*  
         
Average number of vessels 11.0   N/A*  
           

* The other operating data for these vessels is presented from the Transaction date (as defined below under the section entitled ‘Reverse acquisition’).  Therefore, operating results for these vessels is not presented for the three months March 31, 2019.

(1) See Non-GAAP Measures section below.
(2) Average dayrates are calculated by subtracting voyage expenses, including bunkers and port charges, from charter revenue and dividing the net amount by the number of on-hire days in the period.  On-hire days are the number of available days less the number of days the vessel is off-hire.  Available days are the number of calendar days in a period less the number of days the vessel is laid-up.
(3) Utilization rates are determined by the dividing the number of on-hire days by the total number of available days (including off-hire days and unutilized days) in the period.
(4) Effective dayrates represent the average day rate multiplied by the utilization rate for the respective period.
(5) Vessel operating costs per day represent vessel operating costs divided by the number of operating days during the period. Operating days are the total number of days (including off-hire days and days in lay-up) in a period.  Vessel operating expenses are lower while a vessel is in lay-up.  There were no vessels in lay-up during the three months ended March 31, 2020. Vessel operating expenses were higher during the three months ended March 31, 2020 due to technical manager and flag changes that took place for three of the PSVs during the period. There was an aggregate of 259 days, during which certain PSVs were in lay-up during the three months ended March 31, 2019, which resulted in lower vessel operating expenses for that period.

About the Company

Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. is an offshore support vessel company that owns 23 vessels consisting of 10 platform supply vessels, or PSVs, two anchor handling tug supply vessels, or AHTS vessels, and 11 crew boats.  The Company’s vessels primarily operate in the North Sea or the West Coast of Africa.  Additional information about the Company is available at the Company’s website www.hermitage-offshore.com, which is not a part of this press release.

Reverse acquisition

Accounting treatment arising from the April 2019 acquisition of assets from SOHI

In April 2019, the Company acquired 13 vessels consisting of two AHTS vessels and 11 crew boats from Scorpio Offshore Holding Inc. (“SOHI”), a related party, in exchange for 8,126,219 common shares of the Company.  The assets acquired in this transaction are collectively referred to as the “SOHI Assets”, and the transactions to acquire the SOHI Assets, and assumption of the related indebtedness, are referred to as the “Transaction”.

As a result of the Transaction, SOHI and its affiliated entities, which are part of the Scorpio group of companies (collectively referred to as “Scorpio”), obtained a controlling voting interest in the Company.  Accordingly, under the relevant accounting guidance, Scorpio was identified as the accounting acquirer of the Company, and the Transaction is considered to be a reverse acquisition.  Moreover, the Company determined that the Transaction constitutes a reverse acquisition of assets rather than a reverse business combination.  The implications of this determination can be summarized as follows:

  • The SOHI Assets of Scorpio, as the accounting acquirer, were recorded at their historical carrying values.
  • The theoretical cost of the reverse acquisition was determined based on the price of the Company’s common shares on the date of the Transaction and was allocated to the Company’s pre-Transaction assets and liabilities on a relative fair value basis.
  • Under the applicable accounting guidance, a reverse asset acquisition results in a change in the basis of accounting on the Transaction date.  As a result, the financial information presented herein for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 is not directly comparable.

Since it has been determined that the Transaction constitutes an acquisition of assets, the historical financial information prior to the date of the Transaction presented herein (and in future reports and filings) will continue to reflect that of the Company prior to the Transaction rather than that of the SOHI Assets as would be required in a business combination.  The results from the operations and cash flows of the SOHI Assets are included only in the Company’s financial information from the Transaction date.

Accordingly, the Company’s pre-Transaction financial information is presented for periods as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2019 (Predecessor).

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release describes adjusted EBITDA.  The presentation of adjusted EBITDA is not a measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP (“Non-GAAP” measures). The Non-GAAP measures are presented in this press release as we believe that they provide investors and other users of the Company’s financial statements, such as its lenders, with a means of evaluating and understanding how the Company’s management evaluates the Company’s operating performance. These Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, as substitutes for, or superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors or other users of its financial statements, such as its lenders, because it facilitates the comparability and the evaluation of companies in the Company’s industry. In addition, the Company believes that adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating its operating performance compared to that of other companies in the Company’s industry. The Company’s definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as reported by other companies in the offshore support vessel industry or other industries.

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA

  For the three months ended March 31,
  2020 (Successor)   2019 (Predecessor)
Amounts in thousands of USD
Net loss (6,837 )   (7,213 )
Interest income (9 )   (19 )
Financial expenses 2,115     2,357  
Other expense / (income), net 645     (30 )
Amortization of acquired time charters (144 )    
Depreciation 3,044     2,026  
Adjusted EBITDA (1,186 )   (2,879 )
           

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward‐looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward‐looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward‐looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “target,” “project,” “likely,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could” and similar expressions identify forward‐looking statements.

The forward‐looking statements in this press 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 the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although management believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company’s control, there can be no assurance that the Company will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. The Company undertakes no obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, except as required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward‐looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the offshore support vessel (“OSV”) market, changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, demand in OSVs, the length and severity of the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the results of the Company’s discussions with its lenders, the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry docking and insurance costs, governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities as well as potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, the availability of financing and refinancing, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hire and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts:

Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd.
+ 377 9798 5717 (Monaco)
+ 1 646 432 3315 (New York)
Web-site: www.hermitage-offshore.com