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 September 30, 2018.
Net income of $35.3 million and earnings per share of $0.24 for the third quarter of 2018, compared with net income of $9.0 million and earnings per share of $0.06 for the second quarter of 2018 and net income of $0.4 million and earnings per share of $0.00 for the third quarter of 2017
Adjusted EBITDA of $78.8 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared with $54.0 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $40.4 million for the third quarter of 2017
Declared the first four options to install exhaust gas scrubbers on Capesize vessels in addition to previously announced contracts to install scrubbers on 16 Capesize vessels
Announced a cash dividend of $0.15 per share for the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s fourth consecutive quarterly dividend
Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, commented:
“Golden Ocean’s third quarter result reflects a strong rate environment during the summer, particularly for Capesize vessels. The result also reflects the competitive advantage of our modern, fuel efficient fleet. Our focus on operational efficiency resulted in stable costs and low offhire during the quarter, which also contributed positively to our results. The Company’s operating cash flow during the quarter further strengthened our balance sheet, and we took advantage of market volatility to secure incremental time charter coverage prior to the recent drop in rates. We have further strengthened our fleet’s competitive advantage by declaring options for additional scrubbers. A large part of our Capesize fleet that have exposure to fuel cost will be retrofitted with scrubbers, and is expected to significantly increase the company’s cash generation from 2020 and onwards.”
The Board of Directors
November 20, 2018
Questions should be directed to:
Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal: 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 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, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, 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.
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