Rand Logistics, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results

Second quarter net income before tax increased 12.5%

Adjusted EBITDA of $16.1 million decreased by $1.3 million; increased by $0.3 million on a constant currency basis

Net cash generated in operating activities through six months equaled $12.2 million, an increase of $1.3 million or 11.9%

NEW YORK, Nov. 04, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) (“Rand”) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year 2016 second quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Quarter Ended September 30, 2015 versus Quarter Ended September 30, 2014 Financial Results

  • Net income increased to $11.5 million, or $0.58 per share on a fully diluted basis, from $5.5 million, or $0.29 per share, in the prior year period. Before a tax benefit of approximately $0.22, net income per share increased to $0.36 on a fully diluted basis or 12.5% over the prior year period.
  • Freight and other related revenue from company operated vessels (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) decreased $2.3 million, or 4.9%, to $43.8 million during the three-month period compared to $46.1 million in the year ago period. On a constant currency basis, freight and other related revenue increased 4.0%, or $1.9 million. 
  • Total Sailing Days were 1,278 compared to 1,351 in the prior year. The 73-day decline in sailing days was comprised of 92 lost days attributable to our time chartered bulk carriers. Although these vessels did not operate for the entire quarter, we continued to receive daily charter payments at a reduced rate. These lost days were partially offset by a 19 day reduction in days out of service. 
  • Delay Days decreased to 68 from 72. Delay Days as a percentage of total Sailing Days remained relatively constant year over year.
  • Freight and related revenue per Sailing Day increased $176, or 0.5%, to $34,300 compared to $34,124 per Sailing Day in the year ago period. On a constant currency basis, freight and related revenue per Sailing Day increased 10.0%, or $3,409.
  • Vessel operating expenses decreased $3.6 million, or 10.7%, to $30.0 million compared to $33.6 million during the year ago period. Vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased $1,381, or 5.6%, to $23,498 from $24,879 during the year ago period. On a constant currency basis, vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased 0.9%, or $0.3 million.  
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased $1.3 million, or 7.3%, to $16.1 million from $17.4 million during the year ago period. On a constant currency basis, Adjusted EBITDA increased 2.0%, or $0.3 million.

Six Months Ended September 30, 2015 versus Six Months Ended September 30, 2014 Financial Results

  • Net income increased to $14.1 million, or $0.73 per share on a fully diluted basis, from $7.3 million, or $0.39 per share, in the prior year period.  Before a tax benefit of approximately $0.22 per share, net income per share increased to $0.51 per share on a fully diluted basis, or 15.9% versus the prior year period.
  • Freight and other related revenue (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) increased marginally to $82.8 million compared to $82.7 million during the year ago period. On a constant currency basis, freight and other related revenue increased 8.2%, or $6.8 million. 
  • Total Sailing Days were 2,506 compared to 2,489 in the prior year period. 
  • Delay Days decreased to 177, or 7.1% of Sailing Days, from 203, or 8.1% of Sailing Days.
  • Freight and related revenue per Sailing Day decreased $190, or 0.6%, to $33,042 compared to $33,232 during the prior six-month period. On a constant currency basis, freight and related revenue per Sailing Day increased 7.4%, or $2,468.
  • Vessel operating expenses decreased $5.0 million, or 8.2%, to $56.6 million compared to $61.6 million during the year ago period.  On a constant currency basis, vessel operating expenses increased 0.3%, or $0.2 million. Vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased $2,185, or 8.8%, to $22,580 from $24,765.    
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased $0.2 million, or 0.6%, to $28.4 million from $28.6 million during the prior year period. On a constant currency basis, Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.9%, or $2.2 million, compared to the prior year period.

Management Comments:

“The 2015 sailing season has remained consistent with our initial outlook,” commented Ed Levy, President and CEO of Rand. “We continue to focus our efforts on the factors of our business that we can control. We have experienced continued improvement in the key operating and financial metrics that drive our business, including lower vessel delays and days out of service, combined with improvements in tons hauled, freight and related revenue, and vessel margin per day. The year to date financial impact of these improvements has been masked by a 14% decline in the value of the Canadian dollar versus the US dollar compared to last sailing season.”

Mr. Levy concluded, “With recent additions to our management team, we are further sharpening our focus on cost containment and expense management in order to drive free cash flow per share, with the goal of paying down debt and reducing our cost of capital. The introduction of our newest vessel into service later this month is another key element in our plan to improve our return on invested capital. We believe that these initiatives will become more evident in our financial results as we move through the remainder of this fiscal year and into the 2016 sailing season.”

Conference Call
Management will hold a conference call to discuss these results at 8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 888-510-1785 (719-457-1035 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 7534445. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Rand Logistics, Inc. website at www.randlogisticsinc.com/presentations.html.

A replay of the conference call will be available at www.randlogisticsinc.com/presentations.html and will be archived for 12 months. A replay will also be available until December 5, 2015 by dialing 877-870-5176 (858- 384-5517 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 7534445.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures/Financial Tables
This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of these and other non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached financial tables.

About Rand Logistics 
Rand Logistics, Inc. is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region. Through its subsidiaries, the Company operates a fleet of four conventional bulk carriers and twelve self-unloading bulk carriers including three tug/barge units. The Company is the only carrier able to offer significant domestic port-to-port services in both Canada and the U.S. on the Great Lakes. The Company’s vessels operate under the U.S. Jones Act – which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to vessels that are U.S. owned, built and crewed, – and the Canada Coasting Trade Act – which reserves domestic waterborne commerce to Canadian registered and crewed vessels that operate between Canadian ports.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. For all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy or are otherwise beyond our control and some of which might not even be anticipated.  Future events and actual results, affecting our strategic plan as well as our financial position, results of operations and cash flows, could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Important factors that contribute to such risks include, but are not limited to, the effect of the economic downturn in certain of our markets; the weather conditions on the Great Lakes; and our ability to maintain and replace our vessels as they age.

For a more detailed description of these uncertainties and other factors, please see the “Risk Factors” section in Rand’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 11, 2015.

–financial tables to follow–

RAND LOGISTICS, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(U.S. Dollars 000’s except for Shares and Per Share data)
 
    Three months ended   Three months ended   Six months ended   Six months ended
    September 30,
2015
  September 30,
2014
  September 30,
2015
  September 30,
2014
REVENUE                
Freight and related revenue   $   43,835     $   46,102     $   82,803     $   82,715  
Fuel and other surcharges      5,563        8,168        9,527        14,864  
Outside voyage charter revenue      2,535              4,430        
TOTAL REVENUE      51,933        54,270        96,760        97,579  
                 
EXPENSES                
Outside voyage charter fees      2,652              4,493        
Vessel operating expenses      30,030        33,612        56,586        61,639  
Repairs and maintenance      57        (5 )      897        1,177  
General and administrative      3,099        3,299        6,399        6,199  
Depreciation      4,603        4,693        9,310        9,370  
Amortization of drydock costs      885        856        1,767        1,712  
Amortization of intangibles      272        308        556        616  
Loss (gain)  on foreign exchange      14        1,261        305        463  
       41,612        44,024        80,313        81,176  
OPERATING INCOME      10,321        10,246        16,447        16,403  
                 
OTHER (INCOME) AND EXPENSES                
Interest expense      2,962        3,707        5,981        7,464  
Interest income            (2 )      (4 )      (4 )
       2,962        3,705        5,977        7,460  
                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES      7,359        6,541        10,470        8,943  
(BENEFIT FROM) PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                
Deferred      (4,508 )      705        (4,328 )      1,048  
       (4,508 )      705        (4,328 )      1,048  
NET INCOME BEFORE PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS      11,867        5,836        14,798        7,895  
PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS      328        290        649        581  
NET INCOME  APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS   $   11,539     $   5,546     $   14,149     $   7,314  
                 
Net income per share basic    $   0.64     $   0.31     $   0.79     $   0.41  
Net income per share diluted      0.58        0.29        0.73        0.39  
Weighted average shares basic       17,960,000        17,845,496        17,930,473        17,836,768  
Weighted average shares diluted      20,379,355        20,298,940        20,349,828        20,295,799  

RAND LOGISTICS, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(U.S. Dollars 000’s except for Shares and Per Share data)
 
    September 30, 2015   March 31, 2015
ASSETS        
CURRENT        
Cash and cash equivalents   $   2,258     $   3,298  
Accounts receivable, net      22,325        2,764  
Income taxes receivable      91        91  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      6,603        5,957  
Deferred income taxes      329        347  
Total current assets      31,606        12,457  
         
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET      222,392        206,276  
OTHER ASSETS      202        569  
DEFERRED DRYDOCK COSTS, NET      6,566        7,590  
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET      11,797        13,205  
GOODWILL      10,193        10,193  
         
Total assets    $   282,756     $   250,290  
LIABILITIES        
CURRENT        
Accounts payable      17,000        15,350  
Accrued liabilities      7,691        7,628  
Other current liability      158        166  
Current portion of deferred payment liability      556        536  
Total current liabilities      25,405        23,680  
LONG-TERM PORTION OF DEFERRED PAYMENT LIABILITY      281        564  
LONG-TERM DEBT, NET OF CURRENT PORTION      118,663        101,213  
SUBORDINATED DEBT      78,126        72,500  
OTHER LIABILITIES      455        479  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES      961        5,607  
         
Total liabilities      223,891        204,043  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES        
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Preferred stock, $.0001 par value,        
Authorized 1,000,000 shares, Issued and outstanding 300,000 shares      14,900        14,900  
Common stock, $.0001 par value,        
Authorized 50,000,000 shares, Issuable and outstanding 18,062,513 shares at September 30, 2015 and 18,035,427 shares at March 31, 2015      1        1  
Additional paid-in capital      90,227        90,130  
Accumulated deficit      (36,823 )      (50,972 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss      (9,440 )      (7,812 )
         
Total stockholders’ equity      58,865        46,247  
         
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $  282,756     $  250,290  

RAND LOGISTICS, INC
Non-GAAP Financial Measures / Financial Tables
(U.S. Dollars 000’s except for Shares and Per Share data)
 
    FY2016 – Q2
                 
    Q2 FY2016
Actual
Q2 FY2015 Actual Increase/(Decrease) FX Impact (Unfavorable)/
Favorable
Constant Currency Increase/(Decrease) 1
        Change $ Change % Change $ Change $ Change %
                 
Average Fx Rate       0.764       0.918            
                 
Sailing Days       1,278       1,351       (73 )   -5.4 %      
                 
Financial Highlights (US$ ‘000s)                
Freight and Related Revenue   $ 43,835   $ 46,102   $ -2,267     -4.9 % $ -4,132   $ 1,865     4.0 %
                 
Fuel and Other Surcharges   $ 5,563   $ 8,168   $ -2,605     -31.9 % $ -1,041   $ -1,564     -19.1 %
                 
Total Revenue   $ 51,933   $ 54,270   $ -2,337     -4.3 % $ -5,687   $ 3,350     6.2 %
                 
Total Operation Expenses   $ 30,030   $ 33,612   $ -3,582     -10.7 % $ -3,264   $ -318     -0.9 %
                 
Vessel Margin   $ 19,311   $ 20,663   $ -1,352     -6.5 % $ -1,902   $ 550     2.7 %
                 
General & Admin Expense   $ 3,099   $ 3,299   $ -200     -6.1 % $ -265   $ 65     2.0 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 16,095   $ 17,364   $ -1,269     -7.3 % $ -1,611   $ 342     2.0 %
                 
Per Day Statistics                
Marine Freight Revenue/Day   $ 34,300   $ 34,124   $ 176     0.5 % $ -3,233   $ 3,409     10.0 %
                 
Total Revenue/Day   $ 40,637   $ 40,170   $ 467     1.2 % $ -4,450   $ 4,917     12.2 %
                 
Vessel Margin/Day   $ 15,110   $ 15,295   $ -185     -1.2 % $ -1,488   $ 1,303     8.5 %
                 
                                         
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (US$ ‘000s)      
         
Vessel margin   $ 19,311   $ 20,663    
Outside Charter net margin   $ -117   $ 0    
General & Admin Expense   $ 3,099   $ 3,299    
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 16,095   $ 17,364    
Loss on foreign exchange 2   $ 14   $ 1,261    
Depreciation, Amortization of Dry-dock & Intangibles   $ 5,760   $ 5,857    
Operating Income   $ 10,321   $ 10,246    
                                     
                                         
Note:
1. The constant currency information presented is calculated by translating current period results using prior period foreign currency exchange rates.
 
2. Loss (gain) on foreign exchange during the three month period ended September 30, 2015 was primarily a non-cash loss on translation of approximately $39.8 million USD denominated debt incurred and carried on the balance sheet of the Canadian subsidiary.
 
RAND LOGISTICS, INC
Non-GAAP Financial Measures / Financial Tables
(U.S. Dollars 000’s except for Shares and Per Share data)
     
    FY2016 – September 2015 YTD
                 
    YTD FY2016 
Actual
YTD FY2015 Actual Increase/(Decrease)
FX Impact (Unfavorable)/
Favorable
Constant Currency Increase/(Decrease)
        Change $ Change % Change $ Change $ Change %
                 
Average Fx Rate       0.789       0.918            
                 
Sailing Days       2,506       2,489       17     0.7 %      
                 
Financial Highlights (US$ ‘000s)                
Freight and Related Revenue   $ 82,803   $ 82,715   $ 88     0.1 % $ -6,663   $ 6,751     8.2 %
                 
Fuel and Other Surcharges   $ 9,527   $ 14,864   $ -5,337     -35.9 % $ -1,493   $ -3,844     -25.9 %
                 
Total Revenue   $ 96,760   $ 97,579   $ -819     -0.8 % $ -8,915   $ 8,096     8.3 %
                 
Vessel Operating Expenses   $ 56,586   $ 61,639   $ -5,053     -8.2 % $ -5,218   $ 165     0.3 %
                 
Vessel Margin   $ 34,847   $ 34,763   $ 84     0.2 % $ -2,892   $ 2,976     8.6 %
                 
General & Admin Expense   $ 6,399   $ 6,199   $ 200     3.2 % $ -450   $ 650     10.5 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 28,385   $ 28,564   $ -179     -0.6 % $ -2,424   $ 2,245     7.9 %
                 
Per Day Statistics                
Marine Freight Revenue/Day   $ 33,042   $ 33,232   $ -190     -0.6 % $ -2,658   $ 2,468     7.4 %
                 
Total Revenue/Day   $ 38,611   $ 39,204   $ -593     -1.5 % $ -3,557   $ 2,964     7.6 %
                 
Vessel Operating Expenses/Day   $ 22,580   $ 24,765   $ -2,185     -8.8 % $ -2,080   $ -105     -0.4 %
                 
Vessel Margin/Day   $ 13,905   $ 13,967   $ -62     -0.4 % $ -1,154   $ 1,092     7.8 %
                 
                                             
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (US$ ‘000s)      
         
Vessel margin   $ 34,847   $ 34,763    
Outside Charter net margin   $ -63   $ 0    
General & Admin Expense   $ 6,399   $ 6,199    
         
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 28,385   $ 28,564    
Loss on foreign exchange   $ 305   $ 463    
Depreciation, Amortization of Dry-dock & Intangibles   $ 11,633   $ 11,698    
Operating Income   $ 16,447   $ 16,403    
                                     
                                             
Note:
1. The constant currency information presented is calculated by translating current period results using prior period foreign currency exchange rates.
 
2. Loss (gain) on foreign exchange during the three month period ended September 30, 2015 was primarily a non-cash loss on translation of approximately $39.8 million USD denominated debt incurred and carried on the balance sheet of the Canadian subsidiary.
CONTACT: CONTACT:     
                                                
Rand Logistics, Inc.                                                          

Edward Levy, President and CEO                                                
(212) 863-9405
elevy@randlogisticsinc.com

Mark S. Hiltwein, Vice President and CFO
(212) 863-9427
mshiltwein@randlogisticsinc.com

Annemarie Dobler, Corporate Communications
(212) 863-9429
apdobler@randlogisticsinc.com