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Nordic American Tankers Ltd (NYSE: NAT) – Report as per December 31, 2023 – Dividend is up and solid prospects going forward

Nordic American Tankers Limited
Nordic American Tankers Limited

 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

 

Dear Shareholders and Investors,

 

Highlights: 

        

  1. In 2023, the Net Voyage Revenue for Nordic American Tankers Ltd (NAT) totaled $262.2 million. This is a remarkable improvement from 2022, when Net Voyage Revenue was $168.8 million. Our performance produced a net profit of $98.7 million for 2023, more than six times the $15.1 million result for 2022.

  2. Maximizing dividends is a key goal and higher earnings result in higher dividends. The dividend for the fourth quarter of 2023 will be 12 cents ($0.12) per share, up from 6 cents in the previous quarter. This marks our 106th consecutive quarterly dividend. The dividend is payable April 10, 2024 to shareholders on record as of March 20, 2024.

  3. The average Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) for our spot vessels during the fourth quarter of 2023 came in at $41,580 per day per ship. Including vessels on term contracts, the total average NAT TCE was $39,170 per day per ship. The daily operating costs per ship are about $9,000, boding well for the dividend going forward.

  4. We clearly see a continued strong market for us in 2024. About 57% of our spot voyage days for the first quarter of 2024 have now been booked at an average TCE of $40,690 per day per ship. There is a scarcity of our type of ships, leading to strong results.

  5. The fourth quarter of 2023 produced a net profit of $17.5 million equaling an EPS of $0.08 per share. This is higher than the net profit for all of 2022 ($15.1 million) and more than twice the net profit from the third quarter of 2023 ($7.5 million).

  6. The tanker market was already sailing into a tighter supply-demand balance before recent political events took place. Russia has invaded Ukraine. Hamas launched attacks on Israel. The Houthi’s launched missile attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The United States have taken action against Iran-sponsored militias in Iraq & Syria. These ongoing conflicts are affecting the world’s oil distribution routes resulting in longer voyages and higher demand for our tankers.

  7. The NAT fleet of versatile suezmax tankers offer flexibility in loading and discharging ports. Through careful voyage planning and adjustment of speed of our vessels, we reduce emissions. Each individual ship in the NAT fleet is of excellent technical quality, as demonstrated in the vetting performance, the score board undertaken by the oil companies.

  8. NAT has one of the lowest debt levels among publicly listed tanker companies. Our net debt stood at $232 million, equal to $11.6 million per ship at December 31, 2023.

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Ninety day periods are not particularly relevant for the assessment of a company. The direction of NAT is unquestionably up. The angle of the upward slope may be discussed.

 


Sincerely,

Herbjorn Hansson
Founder, Chairman & CEO

Nordic American Tankers Ltd.                                                           www.nat.bm  

 

 

 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,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” 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, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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 our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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 and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market, as a result of changes in OPEC’s petroleum production levels and worldwide oil consumption and storage, 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 or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with

the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the prospectus and related prospectus supplement, our Annual Report on Form 20-F, and our reports on Form 6-K.

 

Contacts:     

Bjørn Giæver, CFO                                                             
Nordic American Tankers Ltd                                             
Tel: +1 888 755 8391                               

Alexander Kihle, Finance Manager
Nordic American Tankers Ltd
Tel: +47 91 724 171 


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