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Safe Bulkers sees Q1 results sink into the red

Safe Bulkers sees Q1 results sink into the red
Safe Bulkers has sank into the red in the first quarter ended 31 March 2015 as the quarterly revenue plunged due to the weak dry bulk shipping market.

Net loss for the quarter was recorded at $6.05m, as against a profit of $11.23m in the same period of last year.

The New York-listed shipowner saw first quarter revenue decreased by 22% year-on-year to $32.05m mainly due to lower charter rates.

The company operated 32.72 vessels on average during the first quarter, earning a time-charter equivalent (TCE) rate of $9,440, compared to 29.86 vessels and a TCE rate of $13,921 during the same period of 2014.

Vessel operating expenses rose by 13% year-on-year to $14.3m primarily due to an increase in ownership days by 10% to 2,945 days for the first quarter from 2,687 days for the previous corresponding period.

“We have reduced our quarterly dividend to $0.01 per common share in line with the present weak charter market conditions, which have now lasted for more than one year,” said Loukas Barmparis, president of Safe Bulkers.

“We have a strong balance sheet and lean operations targeting to preserve our liquidity throughout the adverse part of the shipping cycle,” he added.

As at 4 June 2015, the company’s operational fleet comprised of 34 dry bulk carriers, and it had contracted to acquire 10 eco-design newbuild vessels.