SEACOR Holdings Inc. yesterday announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020:
• Net income attributable to stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $7.9 million ($0.39 per diluted share) compared with $14.6 million ($0.76 per diluted share) for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The prior year quarter included $10.5 million ($0.53 per diluted share) of net mark-to-market gains on marketable securities.
• Operating income for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $13.7 million compared with $11.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
• “Cash Earnings” for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 were $19.2 million compared with $32.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. “Cash Earnings” in the current year quarter is net of $7.5 million in cash income taxes, and “Cash Earnings” in the prior year quarter benefited from $13.3 million of unrealized mark-to-market gains on marketable securities.
The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measures “Cash Earnings” and OIBDA in this release; a reconciliation to their closest U.S. GAAP measure is included in “Use of non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this release.
Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman, commented on the quarter’s results and impact of COVID-19 as follows:
“I am pleased that all of our businesses have continued to perform their essential services in the face of the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19. As I stated last quarter, our first and most important operational priority is, at all times and in all circumstances, the safety and well-being of our more than 2,000 employees and those with whom they interact, and, of course, also the environment.
We have begun to see an uptick in activity in some of our businesses that were adversely impacted. SEACOR Island Lines, our liner and logistics support for the Bahamas and Caribbean, began to experience increased demand in the last half of the quarter. Although activity is not back to pre-pandemic levels, it is considerably better than in April. I hope that the recent imposition of travel restrictions limiting access of American flights to the Bahamas does not constitute a setback. Waterman Logistics, our Government Services group, suffered from weaker demand following the U.S. military instituting a moratorium in late March on movements of cargo handled by vessels such as ours. Atypically, there were no cargo movements for our vessels during the entire quarter. We now see the military again shipping cargoes. Seabulk Towing, our harbor ship assist business, was also impacted due to the overall reduction of ship calls in its port network. Activity has improved modestly from mid-April but lags pre-COVID-19 levels. Our inland business performed better this year than last, even after adjusting for the sale of 39 barges. Another positive development was Witt O’Brien’s expanding its business, playing a critical role helping over 60 governments, healthcare organizations, and educational institutions to access and deploy federal COVID-19 funds made available through the CARES Act and by FEMA. It has also been supporting our corporate clients worldwide as they manage their pandemic response. It is particularly gratifying that Witt O’Brien’s practitioners are helping schools, hospitals and communities cope during these challenging times.
As a management team we continue to monitor the impacts of the pandemic on our operations and adjust as necessary to protect our long-term sustainability.”
The “Operating Discussion” below is a comparison of results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 with the prior year quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services – Operating income and OIBDA were $9.3 million and $19.6 million in the current year quarter compared with $19.1 million and $23.2 million, respectively. Operating results for SEACOR Island Lines, Waterman Logistics and Seabulk Towing were all negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Freight demand into the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos saw a sharp decline in early April when “shelter in place” orders were in effect globally. In mid-May, freight demand began to rebound although activity remains below pre-pandemic levels. Waterman Logistics, experienced weaker demand following the U.S. military instituting a cargo moratorium. During the second quarter, there was no new U.S. military cargo movement. In addition, one of Waterman Logistics’ PCTC’s was dry-docked during the quarter. Harbor towing and bunkering also experienced a reduction in ship calls in its port network.
Operating results for SEA-Vista improved as there was no out-of-service time for its fleet. The improvement was offset by higher repair and maintenance costs and associated downtime for one of the Jones Act dry bulk carriers in advance of two consecutive relief aid voyage charters.
Inland Transportation & Logistics Services – Operating income and OIBDA were $8.4 million and $14.4 million, respectively, in the current year quarter compared with an operating loss of $1.5 million and OIBDA of $4.2 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income and OIBDA included gains on asset dispositions of $8.1 million and $0.3 million in the current year quarter and prior year quarter, respectively. Excluding gains on asset dispositions, operating income increased $2.2 million compared with the prior year quarter.
Operating income for the Company’s terminals and fleeting locations was better primarily due to increased activity levels. In the prior year quarter, the St. Louis harbor was closed for 45 days due to flooding, a negative impact on both revenues and operating costs. Operating income for SEACOR AMH, the Company’s container on barge operation, also improved primarily due to a reduction in barge logistics and stevedoring costs and savings related to the acquisition of two towboats, which replaced a chartered-in boat. Collectively, these service offerings had a positive incremental contribution of $3.8 million compared with the prior year quarter.
These increases were partially offset by lower operating income from bulk transportation activities. The dry-cargo barge pools continue to be impacted by lower demand for grain movements from continuing trade issues with China, and also depressed commodity prices and the option to take government subsidies, both of which are a disincentive to producers selling to commercial markets. Our international liquid tank barge operation was also hurt by COVID-19, moving less volumes due to a countrywide lockdown.
Witt O’Brien’s – Operating income and OIBDA were $2.8 million and $3.1 million in the current year quarter compared with $1.0 million and $1.2 million, respectively. The improvement was primarily due to lower reserves for bad debts and reduced headcount, which was more effectively utilized.
Capital Commitments – The Company’s capital commitments as of June 30, 2020 were $57.9 million and included four U.S.-flag harbor tugs, the Company’s interest in two foreign-flag rail ferries, six inland river dry-cargo barges, one inland river towboat, other equipment and vessel and terminal improvements.
Liquidity and Debt – During the current year quarter, the Company repurchased $12.9 million in principal amount of its 2.5% Convertible Senior Notes for $10.9 million.
As of June 30, 2020, the Company’s balances of cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, restricted cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $135.9 million. As of June 30, 2020, total outstanding debt was $284.5 million, and the Company had $225.0 million of borrowing capacity under its credit facilities.
Equity – As of June 30, 2020, the total shares outstanding were 20,339,641.
Source: Seacor Holdings Inc.