SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 24, 2019
EAGLE BULK SHIPPING INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|Republic of the Marshall Islands||001-33831||98-0453513|
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
|(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. employer identification no.)|
300 First Stamford Place, 5th Floor
Stamford, CT 06902
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
Registrants telephone number, including area code
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
Common Stock, par value $.01 per share
|EGLE||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
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|Item 2.02|| |
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
Preliminary Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2019
On July 24, 2019, Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (the Company) announced that it intends to offer, subject to market conditions and other conditions, $100 million aggregate principal amount (or up to an aggregate of $115 million aggregate principal amount if the initial purchasers of such offering exercise their option to acquire additional Notes in full) of Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 (the Notes) in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and to non-U.S. persons in offshore transactions outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act (the Offering).
In connection with the Offering, the Companys management will provide information to, and conduct meetings with, members of the investment community. Such information contains certain estimated preliminary financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and are provided below.
The following financial data for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 is preliminary and based on information available to the Company at this time. The Company has not finalized its financial statement closing process for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. During the course of that process, the Company may identify items that would require it to make adjustments, which may be material to the information provided below.
The results provided in this section are preliminary and unaudited and do not present all information necessary for an understanding of our financial condition as of June 30, 2019 and our results of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2019. They have been prepared by and are the responsibility of the Companys management. The preliminary estimated results presented here are subject to the completion of our financial closing procedures. As a result, the information below constitutes forward-looking statements and is subject to risks and uncertainties, including possible adjustments to the preliminary results disclosed below. The Company is providing this information on a one-time basis only and does not intend to update this information prior to the final release for the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Based on information available to the Company at this time, the Company expects that for the quarter ending June 30, 2019:
Revenues, net of commissions to be between $67.3 million and $71.5 million;
Revenues, net of commissions, charter hire and voyage expenses to be between $36.2 million and $38.4 million;
TCE per day to be between $9,537 and $9,927;
Net loss to be between ($6.2 million) and ($5.8 million);
Basic earnings/(loss) per share to be between ($0.09) and ($0.08);
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to be between $64.4 million and $67.0 million; and
Total interest-bearing debt to be between $337.0 million and $343.8 million.
Time charter equivalent (TCE) is a non-GAAP financial measure that is commonly used in the shipping industry primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charter hire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per-day amounts while charter hire rates for vessels on time charters generally are expressed in such amounts. The Company defines TCE as shipping revenues less voyage expenses and charter hire expenses, adjusted for the impact of one legacy time charter and realized gains/(losses) on FFAs and bunker swaps, divided by the number of owned available days. TCE provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with shipping revenues, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, because it assists Company management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of its vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. The Companys calculation of TCE may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. The Company calculates relative performance by comparing TCE against the Baltic Supramax Index (BSI) adjusted for commissions and fleet makeup. The BSI was initiated in 2006 based on the Tess 52 design. The index for the Tess 58 design has been published commencing on April 3, 2017, and transition was completed as of December 2018, when the Baltic stopped publishing a dynamic Tess 52 daily rate. The Company has now switched to the Tess 58 index for valuation modeling as of January 1, 2019. The change in the BSI may affect comparability of our TCE against BSI in periods prior to Company switching to the Tess 58 index.
Owned available days is the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to vessel familiarization upon acquisition, repairs, vessel upgrades or special surveys. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels should be capable of generating revenues.
USD in Thousands except days and TCE per day
For the three months
ended June 30, 2019(1)
Charter hire expenses
Reversal of one legacy time charter
Realized gain/(loss) Derivatives
Owned available days
TCE per day
(1) based on the midpoint of the preliminary projection for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 included herein.
Accordingly, these results are subject to change.
|Item 7.01|| |
Regulation FD Disclosure.
The information set forth in Item 2.02 is incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01.
A copy of the press release in connection with the proposed issuance of Notes described above is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the exhibit, shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
|Item 8.01|| |
Form 10-K Update:
Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-In-Control
Under his employment agreement, in the event that our Chief Executive Officer, Gary Vogels employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by him for good reason, Mr. Vogel will become entitled to receive the following as severance: (i) an amount equal to one and one half times (1.5x) the sum of his annual base salary plus 75% of his target annual bonus and (ii) to the extent he timely elects COBRA continuation coverage, Mr. Vogel will be reimbursed for the costs of COBRA premiums for 18 months following termination. In addition, pursuant to the option and restricted award agreements with Mr. Vogel dated December 15, 2016, and his option agreement dated March 1, 2017, on his termination without cause or resignation for good reason, the options and restricted stock awarded to him under those agreements will vest as if he remained employed for an additional year beyond the date of termination. The restricted stock award agreements with Mr. Vogel dated January 4, 2018 and January 2, 2019 provide that on his termination without cause or resignation for good reason, 33% of the restricted stock awarded to him under such agreements will become vested.
Under his employment agreement, in the event that our Chief Financial Officer, Frank De Costanzos employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by him for good reason, Mr. De Costanzo will become entitled to receive the following as severance: (i) an amount equal to the sum of his annual base salary plus 75% of his target annual bonus and (ii) to the extent he timely elects COBRA continuation coverage, Mr. De Costanzo will be reimbursed for the costs of COBRA premiums for 12 months following termination. In addition, pursuant to the option and restricted award agreements with Mr. De Costanzo, dated November 7, 2016, on his termination without cause or resignation for good reason, the options awarded to him will vest as if he remained employed for an additional year beyond the date of termination, while the restricted stock awarded to him, which is otherwise scheduled to become 100% vested on September 30, 2019, will become 100% vested if he is terminated without cause or resigns for good reason before that date. If Mr. De Costanzos employment is terminated by reason of his death or disability, the Company shall pay him his pro-rata annual bonus for the year of termination based on actual results and the options awarded to him on November 7, 2016 will vest as if Mr. De Costanzo remained employed for an additional year beyond the date of termination. The restricted stock award agreements with Mr. De Costanzo dated January 4, 2018 and January 2, 2019 provide that on his termination without cause or resignation for good reason, 33% of the restricted stock awarded to him under such agreements will become vested.
The following Table shows the potential payments upon termination or change of control to Messrs. Vogel and De Costanzo, determined as if such event took place on July 19, 2019.
|Name and Principal Position||Potential Payment||Termination
for Cause or
Cause or Quit for
Good Reason ($)
|Gary Vogel (Chief Executive Officer)||Severance||-||-||-||1,645,313|
|Equity Awards (1)||-||-||-||1,785,275|
Frank De Costanzo
(Chief Financial Officer and Secretary)
|Equity Awards (1)||-||63,700||-||1,547,896|
In the event of a termination without cause or due to good reason (or termination due death or disability for Mr. De Costanzo), the value of the options included in the table were calculated based on the number of options that would have vested had the NEO remained employed for one additional year, the closing price of the Companys common stock as of July 19, 2019, which was $5.19 per share (the Closing Price) and the exercise price of $4.28 per share. In the event of a termination without cause or due to good reason, the value of the shares of restricted stock included in the table were calculated based on the number of shares of restricted stock that would have vested assuming a termination on July 19, 2019 and the Closing Price.
Minor and Major Bulk Cargoes:
The Company provides transportation solutions to a diverse group of customers, including miners, producers, traders, and end users. Typical cargoes we transport include both major bulk cargoes, such as coal, grain, and iron ore, and minor bulk cargoes such as fertilizer, steel products, petcoke, cement, and forest products. In the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, our cargoes were approximately 70% minor bulks and approximately 30% major bulks, compared to cargoes of approximately 60% minor bulks and 40% major bulks in the year ended December 31, 2018.
The information in this Item 8.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the exhibit, shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
|Item 9.01|| |
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|EAGLE BULK SHIPPING INC.|
Date: July 24, 2019
Frank De Costanzo
Chief Financial Officer
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Announces Proposed Offering of $100 Million of Convertible Senior Notes Due 2024
Stamford, Connecticut July 24, 2019 Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (the Company) (Nasdaq: EGLE) announces today that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $100 million aggregate principal amount (or up to an aggregate of $115 million aggregate principal amount if the initial purchasers of such offering exercise their option to acquire additional Notes in full) of Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 (the Notes) in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and to non-U.S. persons in offshore transactions outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.
The Notes will be general, unsecured senior obligations of the Company, pay interest semi-annually in arrears on February 1 and August 1 of each year (beginning on February 1, 2020), mature on August 1, 2024 (unless earlier redeemed, repurchased or converted), and may be converted, in whole or in part, at the holders option, into cash, shares of the Companys common stock or a combination of cash and shares of the Companys common stock, at the Companys election.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the aggregate purchase price of up to six modern high-specification Ultramax vessels (the Acquisition Vessels) and for general corporate purposes, including working capital.
Closing of the purchase of the Acquisition Vessels is subject to customary conditions. Certain events may arise which could result in the Company not taking delivery of any of the Acquisition Vessels, including without limitations a total loss of a vessel, a constructive total loss of a vessel, or substantial damage to a vessel prior to its delivery.
Concurrently with the private offering of the Notes and by means of prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, up to 8,000,000 shares of the Companys common stock will be offered by selling shareholders, who will borrow such shares through lending arrangement with one of the initial purchasers of the Notes, which is borrowing the shares from one of the Companys shareholders. The Company has agreed to file promptly after the date of the original issuance of the Notes, and seek to have declared effective no later than 90 days after the date of the original issuance of the Notes, a registration statement with respect to up to 8,000,000 shares of common stock, which shares may be loaned to one of the initial purchasers of the Notes in order to replace the share loans provided by the lending shareholder. The Company can provide no assurances that it will be able to the successfully effect such share loan replacement or successfully register such replacement shares.
The selling shareholders may, in order to establish short positions in the shares, sell the initial borrowed shares or the replacement shares at various prices from time to time through one of the initial purchasers of the Notes, which may receive compensation in the form of discounts, concessions or commissions from the selling shareholders and/or from purchasers of initial borrowed shares for whom it may act as agent.
There can be no assurance that the proposed offering of Notes or the other transactions described in this release will be completed.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any underlying shares of the Companys common stock, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Any offer of the Notes will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum.
The Notes and the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.
About Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Eagle or the Company) is a US-based fully integrated shipowner-operator providing global transportation solutions to a diverse group of customers including miners, producers, traders, and end users. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with offices in Singapore and Hamburg, Eagle focuses exclusively on the versatile mid-size drybulk vessel segment and owns one of the largest fleets of Supramax/Ultramax vessels in the world. The Company performs all management services in-house (including: strategic, commercial, operational, technical, and administrative) and employs an active management approach to fleet trading with the objective of optimizing revenue performance and maximizing earnings on a risk-managed basis. For further information, please visit our website: www.eagleships.com.
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements that may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements reflect current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may 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. These statements may include words such as believe, estimate, project, intend, expect, plan, anticipate, and similar expressions in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events.
The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. believes 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, Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.
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 changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydocking, changes in vessel operating expenses, including drydocking and insurance costs, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, ability of our counterparties to perform their obligations under sales agreements, charter contracts, and other
agreements on a timely basis, potential liability from future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.
Frank De Costanzo
Chief Financial Officer
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.
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