To the Shareholders of Knightsbridge Tankers Limited:
Enclosed is our report for the first quarter of 2000. The report contains selected unaudited financial information accompanied by a Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the period ended March 31, 2000.
On February 27, 1997, the Company’s ship owning subsidiaries purchased five very large crude carriers (“VLCC’s”) from their previous owners and delivered them to Shell International Petroleum Company Limited (“Shell International”), as charterer, under separate “hell and high water” bareboat charters. Under those charters, the Company’s ship owning subsidiaries receive the greater of a Base Rate of hire in the amount of $22,069 per day per VLCC or a spot market related rate. After inclusion of a component for operating expenses of $10,500 per day, the spot market related rate must exceed $32,569 per day for the Company’s subsidiaries to receive any additional charter hire over the Base Rate.
Based upon the determination by the London Tanker Brokers Panel the spot market related rate, after inclusion of the component for operating expenses, totaled $21,713 per day for the period January 1 through March 31, 2000. (The corresponding spot market related rate for the period January 1 through March 31, 1999, was determined to be $31,003).
Accordingly, on April 17, 2000, Shell International paid to the Company’s vessel owning subsidiaries charter hire at the base rate in the aggregate amount of $10,041,395 for the period January 1 through March 31, 2000. (For the period January 1 through March 31, 1999, Shell International paid charter hire at the base rate in the aggregate amount of $9,931,050).
On April 17, 2000, the Board of Directors of the Company declared a distribution to share-holders of record as of April 27, 2000, payable on or about May12, 2000, in the amount of $0.44 per share for the period January 1 through March 31, 2000. (For the period January 1 through March 31, 1999, the distribution was $0.45 per share.)
The Company has agreed to provide information to shareholders that are United States income tax payers by February 15, 2001, so that they may make the appropriate tax reporting and elections with the United States tax authorities with respect to the Company’s status as a “Passive Foreign Investment Company”. Under present United States tax rules, the amount of income reported by a shareholder is based on the Company’s income on an annual basis. Therefore, the Company will provide information enabling shareholders to determine the tax consequences of their investment in the Company, including the treatment of distributions received from the Company, for the entire year ending December 31, 2000.
We are pleased to answer any inquiries that shareholders may have. Our investor relations contacts are: Ola Lorentzon in Oslo, Norway (Tel: 47 23 11 40 00, Fax: 47 23 11 40 44) and Kate Blankenship in Hamilton, Bermuda (Tel: 441 295-6935, Fax: 441 295-3494). The NASDAQ National Market symbol for the Company’s Common Shares is “VLCCF”.
Very truly yours,
Vice Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer
Attachment: 1st Quarter 2000