Rand Logistics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results Operating Income Plus Depreciation and Amortization Increased by 15.3% to $13.1 Million NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- February 5, 2014 - Rand Logistics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLOG) ("Rand") today announced its financial results for its fiscal year 2014 third quarter ended December 31, 2013. Quarter Ended December 31, 2013 Versus Quarter Ended December 31, 2012 Financial Results *Marine freight revenue (excluding fuel and other surcharges) increased by 6.8% to $39.9 million from $37.3 million. Excluding the impact of currency, marine freight revenue increased 10.4%. This increase was primarily attributable to a 3.4% increase in tonnage carried, 11 additional Sailing Days and contractual price increases. In addition, certain customer contract renewals included a reset of the base fuel price to reflect prevailing market conditions for fuel, resulting in an increase in marine freight revenue and an equivalent reduction in fuel surcharges. *Marine freight revenue per Sailing Day increased by 5.9% to $29,101 from $27,480. This increase was somewhat offset by a weaker Canadian dollar and a shift in commodity mix. *Total revenue was up marginally to $49.9 million from $49.5 million. Reduced fuel surcharges, the effect of the weaker Canadian dollar and a mix shift to lower revenue generating commodities were offset by increased tonnage carried and increased prices. *Vessel operating expenses decreased by 5.6% to $32.7 million from $34.7 million. This decrease was primarily attributable to a weaker Canadian dollar, reduced fuel prices and a reduction in vessel incident costs, partially offset by a greater number of Sailing Days. Due in part to improved cost controls, vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day declined by 6.4%, or $1,629 per day, to $23,901 from $25,530. *Operating income plus depreciation and amortization increased by 15.3% to $13.1 million from $11.3 million. The weaker Canadian dollar negatively impacted operating income plus depreciation and amortization by $497,000. Nine Months Ended December 31, 2013 Versus Nine Months Ended December 31, 2012 Financial Results *Marine freight revenue (excluding fuel and other surcharges) increased by 8.6% to $122.4 million from $112.7 million. Excluding the impact of currency, marine freight revenue increased 11.0%. Total Sailing Days were 3,918 compared to 3,718 in the prior year. *Marine freight revenue per Sailing Day increased by 3.1% to $31,248 compared to $30,315 per Sailing Day. *Total revenue declined by 0.6% to $148.8 million from $149.7 million. Reduced fuel surcharges, the effect of the weaker Canadian dollar and a mix shift to lower revenue generating commodities were partially offset by increased tonnage carried and increased prices. A 6.7% increase in tonnage carried and a 5.4% increase in Sailing Days helped to mitigate the impact of the mix shift. *Vessel operating expenses decreased by 2.8% to $97.0 million from $99.8 million. This decrease was primarily attributable to a weaker Canadian dollar, reduced fuel prices and a reduction in vessel incident costs, partially offset by a greater number of Sailing Days. Due in part to improved cost controls, vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day declined by 7.8%, or $2,087 per day, to $24,766 from $26,853. *Operating income plus depreciation and amortization increased by 6.0% to $40.7 million from $38.3 million. The weaker Canadian dollar negatively impacted operating income plus depreciation and amortization by $1.0 million. Management Comments Scott Bravener, President of Lower Lakes, commented, "We were pleased with our execution of the controllable aspects of our business during the 2013 sailing season. Investments that we made over the last two years are having a positive impact on vessel performance. Year over year, we increased our tonnage carried by 6.7%, reduced lost Sailing Days due to incidents by approximately 85%, reduced lost time due to mechanical delays by 33%, and fully integrated into our fleet network the new vessel that we introduced into service in October 2012." Bravener continued, "While demand was adequate, we knew at the commencement of the 2013 sailing season that our commodity mix would not be optimal from a profitability standpoint. In addition, we experienced softness in the aggregates markets, poor weather conditions both at the start and the end of the sailing season, erratic customer order patterns and a slowdown in salt shipments due to a seismic event experienced by one of our customers. While we were not able to optimize our trade patterns or maximize the percentage of time that our vessels operated in revenue-loaded condition, we achieved vessel margin per day of $12,927 for the nine month period ended December 31, 2013 versus $13,031 for the comparable period last year. With recent new business wins, we look forward to rebalancing our commodity mix to be more consistent with historic levels and improving our profitability for the 2014 sailing season." Laurence Levy, Executive Chairman of Rand, added, "Over the last several months we have substantially renewed existing material customer contracts up for renewal and have successfully leveraged the benefits of our customer network to capture market share. We have been awarded several new business opportunities for the 2014 sailing season that will enable us to rebalance our commodity mix and further solidify our position as the leader in the river class market. The new business wins should allow us to better optimize our trade patterns and improve scheduling efficiencies thereby increasing the percentage of time our vessels are in revenue loaded condition. While we are experiencing an improved demand climate, at the present time we are not planning to reintroduce our 16^th vessel back into service for the 2014 sailing season. We are confident that by sailing 15 vessels we can accommodate our customers' forecasted demand and further drive operating efficiencies. We believe this should enhance vessel margin per day in the 2014 sailing season." Conference Call Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 888-587-0615 (719-325-2448 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 6916133. 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 June 6, 2014 by dialing 877-870-5176 (858-384-5517 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 6916133. 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 four 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 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 12, 2013. --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 Three months Nine months Nine months ended ended ended ended December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31, 2013 2012 2013 2012 REVENUE Freight and related $ 39,868 $ 37,345 $ 122,428 $ 112,712 revenue Fuel and other surcharges 8,871 11,994 25,253 35,576 Outside voyage charter 1,160 203 1,160 1,437 revenue TOTAL REVENUE 49,899 49,542 148,841 149,725 EXPENSES Outside voyage charter 1,060 202 1,060 1,447 fees Vessel operating expenses 32,744 34,695 97,035 99,838 Repairs and maintenance 77 110 1,012 767 General and administrative 2,947 3,145 9,023 9,290 Depreciation 4,264 4,075 12,844 11,186 Amortization of drydock 822 878 2,489 2,630 costs Amortization of 317 330 958 984 intangibles (Gain) loss on foreign (6) 48 54 34 exchange 42,225 43,483 124,475 126,176 OPERATING INCOME 7,674 6,059 24,366 23,549 OTHER (INCOME) AND EXPENSES Interest expense 2,215 2,705 6,949 7,645 Interest income (3) (1) (6) (7) Gain on interest rate swap -- (282) -- (824) contracts Loss on extinguishment of -- -- -- 3,339 debt 2,212 2,422 6,943 10,153 INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 5,462 3,637 17,423 13,396 PROVISION (RECOVERY) FOR INCOME TAXES Current -- (49) -- (49) Deferred 3,781 270 11,949 4,052 3,781 221 11,949 4,003 NET INCOME BEFORE 1,681 3,416 5,474 9,393 PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS 906 804 2,639 2,344 NET INCOME APPLICABLE TO $ 775 $ 2,612 $ 2,835 $ 7,049 COMMON STOCKHOLDERS Net income per share basic $ 0.04 $ 0.15 $ 0.16 $ 0.40 and diluted Weighted average shares 17,925,180 17,726,879 17,906,998 17,723,793 basic and diluted RAND LOGISTICS, INC. Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (U.S. Dollars 000's except for Shares and Per Share data) December 31, 2013 March 31, 2013 ASSETS CURRENT Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,550 $848 Accounts receivable, net 17,848 5,486 Income tax receivable 113 113 Loan to employee 250 250 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 8,006 7,842 Deferred income taxes 262 262 Total current assets 29,029 14,801 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 204,107 219,084 OTHER ASSETS 828 1,050 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES -- 2,203 DEFERRED DRYDOCK COSTS, NET 9,564 10,895 INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 10,916 12,612 GOODWILL 10,193 10,193 Total assets $264,637 $270,838 LIABILITIES CURRENT Bank indebtedness $ 4,380 $5,997 Accounts payable 11,154 21,697 Accrued liabilities 22,389 21,316 Deferred income taxes -- 173 Current portion of deferred payment 431 431 liability Current portion of long-term debt 4,465 3,630 Total current liabilities 42,819 53,244 LONG-TERM PORTION OF DEFERRED PAYMENT 1,287 1,631 LIABILITY LONG-TERM DEBT 133,942 139,760 OTHER LIABILITIES 253 253 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 12,761 3,532 Total liabilities 191,062 198,420 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred stock, $.0001 par value, Authorized 1,000,000 shares, Issued and outstanding 14,900 14,900 300,000 shares Common stock, $.0001 par value, Authorized 50,000,000 shares, Issuable and outstanding 1 1 17,929,864 shares Additional paid-in capital 89,459 89,077 Accumulated deficit (29,506) (32,341) Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) (1,279) 781 income Total stockholders' equity 73,575 72,418 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 264,637 $ 270,838 CONTACT: Rand Logistics, Inc. Laurence S. Levy, Executive Chairman Edward Levy, President (212) 644-3450 -OR- INVESTOR RELATIONS COUNSEL: Cameron Associates Alison Ziegler and Kevin McGrath (212) 554-5469 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rand Logistics Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results
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