Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ: GOGL / OSE: GOGL) (the “Company” or “Golden Ocean”), a leading dry bulk shipping company, today announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
▪ Net loss of $160.8 million, including non-cash adjustments of $125.6 million, for the first quarter of 2020.
▪ Adjusted EBITDA of $12.3 million for the first quarter of 2020.
▪ Completed the joint venture agreement with Frontline and Trafigura to establish a leading global supplier of marine fuels in January 2020.
▪ Completed all 23 planned installations of exhaust gas cleaning systems (“scrubbers”) leaving insubstantial future capital expenditure requirements.
▪ Published 2019 ESG report which details our efforts to develop long-term sustainable business practices and reduce our carbon footprint.
Ulrik Andersen, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“Golden Ocean’s first quarter results come amid an extremely weak demand environment brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While freight rates have yet to display a meaningful recovery, we are optimistic that conditions will improve over the medium term as the pace of industrial activity recovers. In the meantime, we are focused on ensuring our highly competitive cost structure and preserving our strong financial profile. Above all, our first priority is the health and safety of our shore-based employees and our seafarers. We are taking significant precautions to ensure their well-being and are grateful for their contributions in light of the challenging conditions they are facing.”
The Board of Directors
May 27, 2020
Questions should be directed to:
Ulrik Andersen: Chief Executive Officer, Golden Ocean Management AS
+47 22 01 73 53
Per Heiberg: Chief Financial Officer, Golden Ocean Management AS
+47 22 01 73 45
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In addition to these important factors and matters discussed elsewhere herein, important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, among other things, the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the dry bulk market, the length and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, the impact of public health threats and outbreaks of other highly communicable diseases, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, the impact of the expected discontinuance of LIBOR after 2021 on interest rates of our debt that reference LIBOR, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events or acts by terrorists, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2019.
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