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Capital Product Partners L.P. Announces First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Apr 30 2013 12:00AM

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ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/13 -- Capital Product Partners L.P. (the "Partnership" or "CPLP") (NASDAQ: CPLP), an international owner of modern tanker, dry bulk and container vessels today released its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

The Partnership's net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, was $25.0 million, including a $17.5 million gain from bargain purchase, related to the purchase value of the M/V 'Hyundai Premium' and the M/V 'Hyundai Paramount' (together the "5,023 TEU Container Vessels"), as the fair value of the vessels and their attached time charter exceeded the purchase consideration.

After taking into account the $5.3 million preferred interest in net income attributable to the unit holders of the 24,655,554 outstanding Class B Convertible Preferred Units issued during the second quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 (the "Class B Units" and the "Class B Unitholders"), the result for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $0.28 net income per limited partnership unit, which is $0.83 higher than the $0.55 net loss per unit of the previous quarter ended December 31, 2012, and $0.23 higher than the $0.05 net income per unit in the first quarter of 2012.

Operating surplus for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, was $22.6 million, which is $0.1 million higher than the $22.5 million from the fourth quarter of 2012, and $5.1 million higher than the $17.5 million of the first quarter of 2012. The operating surplus adjusted for the payment of distributions to the Class B Unitholders was $17.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Operating surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of the Partnership and other master limited partnerships. Please refer to the section "Appendix A" at the end of the press release, for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to net income.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were $40.0 million, including $0.3 million in profit sharing revenues, compared to $39.8 million in the first quarter of 2012.

Total expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $28.9 million compared to $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2012. The vessel operating expenses for the first quarter of 2013 amounted to $12.6 million for the commercial and technical management of our fleet under the terms of our management agreements, compared to $12.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. The total expenses for the first quarter of 2013 also include $11.9 million in depreciation, compared to $12.2 million in the first quarter of 2012. General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2013 amounted to $2.6 million, which include a $1.2 million non-cash charge related to the Partnership's Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plans.

In the first quarter of 2013, we reported a gain from bargain purchase of $17.5 million related to the purchase value of the M/V 'Hyundai Premium' and the M/V 'Hyundai Paramount', which were acquired by the Partnership on March 20 and 27, 2013 respectively, as the fair value of the vessels and their attached time charter exceeded the purchase consideration.

Total other expense, net for the first quarter of 2013 amounted to $3.5 million compared to $8.0 million for the first quarter of 2012. The decrease in the interest expense and finance cost for the first quarter of 2013 reflects the expiration of certain interest rate swaps and the reduction of the Partnership's total debt when compared to the first quarter of 2012.

As of March 31, 2013, the Partners' capital amounted to $653.2 million, which is $79.4 million higher than the Partners' capital as of December 31, 2012. This increase primarily reflects the issuance of the 9.1 million Class B Units, which raised gross proceeds of approximately $75.1 million, combined with the payment of $19.8 million in distributions since December 31, 2012 and the net income for the first quarter of 2013.

As of March 31, 2013, the Partnership's total debt has increased by $54.0 million to $512.4 million, compared to total debt of $458.4 million as of December 31, 2012, as a result of the $54.0 million drawdown on the Partnership's credit facilities during the first quarter of 2013 in connection with the acquisition of the 5,023 TEU Container Vessels.

Issuance of 9.1 million Class B Convertible Preferred Units and Acquisition of Two Container Vessels

The Partnership announced on March 15, 2013 that it reached an agreement to issue 9.1 million Class B Convertible Preferred Units to funds managed by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. and Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. as well as and the Partnership's Sponsor, Capital Maritime and Trading Corp. ("Capital Maritime"). The Class B Preferred Units are convertible at any time into common units of the Partnership ("Common Units") on a one-for one basis. The Class B Preferred Units will pay a fixed quarterly distribution of $0.21375 per unit.

The Partnership used the net proceeds from the issuance of the Class B Preferred Units together with approximately $54.0 million from its existing credit facilities and part of its cash balances for the acquisition of the 5,023 TEU Container Vessels for a total consideration of $130.0 million. Both the M/V 'Hyundai Premium' and M/V 'Hyundai Paramount' are 2013 built at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. The vessels were originally ordered by Capital Maritime and were built to the latest fuel efficient and eco-friendly design. Both vessels have secured a 12 year time charter employment (+/- 60 days) to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. ("HMM") at a gross rate of $29,350 per day.

Fleet Developments

The M/T Agamemnon II (51,238 dwt, built 2008 by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., South Korea) secured a time charter employment with Capital Maritime at an increased rate of $14,500 gross per day for 12 months (+/- 30 days). The new charter commenced at the end of March 2013. The vessel was previously chartered to BP Shipping Ltd. at a rate of $14,000 gross per day.

We reached an agreement with Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. ("OSG") and certain of OSG's subsidiaries regarding the long term bareboat charters of three of our product tanker vessels.

On November 14, 2012, OSG made a voluntary filing for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and it is currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings. CPLP had fixed three IMO II/III Chemical/Product tankers (M/T Alexandros II, M/T Aristotelis II and M/T Aris II, all built in 2008 by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.) with long term bareboat charters, to subsidiaries of OSG. These bareboat charters had scheduled terminations in February, July and September of 2018, respectively, and had rates ($13,000 per day) that were substantially above current market rates.

CPLP has agreed to enter into new charters with OSG on substantially the same terms as the prior charters but at a bareboat rate of $6,250 per day. OSG has the option of extending the employment of each vessel following the completion of the bareboat charters for an additional two years on a time chartered basis at a rate of $16,500 per day. The new charters were approved by the Bankruptcy Court on March 21, 2013. The new charters are effective as of March 1, 2013 (provided that in the case of the M/T Alexandros II, which was delivered back to CPLP on January 22, 2013, no payment and guarantee obligations shall arise prior to the completion of its dry docking and re-delivery to OSG, which is expected to take place between March 1 and May 15, 2013). On the same date, the Bankruptcy Court also rejected the previous charters as of March 1, 2013. Rejection of each charter constitutes a material breach of such charter, and CPLP is reserving its rights to make claims as a result of this breach for the difference between the reduced amount of the new charters and the amount due under each of the rejected charters. No assurance can be given that we will be successful in pursuing our claims in the bankruptcy proceedings.

Market Commentary

Overall, product tanker spot earnings in the first quarter of 2013 continued their positive momentum as average earnings in the first quarter of 2013 reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2008. Demand for product tankers was particularly strong in the transatlantic market, due to increased arbitrage opportunities in the Atlantic basin as well as stronger demand from South America and West Africa.

The product tanker period market remained active during the course of the first quarter of 2013, as more charterers sought to take period coverage and at slightly higher time charter rates compared to the previous quarter.

On the supply side, the product tanker order book experienced substantial slippage during 2012, as approximately 57% of the expected MR and handy size tanker newbuildings were not delivered on schedule. Slippage continued into the first quarter of 2013 at approximately 33%. Analysts expect that net fleet growth for product tankers for 2013 will be in the region of 3.3%, while overall demand for product tankers for the year is estimated at 4.6 %. We believe the improving demand and supply balance of the product tanker market should continue to positively affect spot and period charter rates going forward.

The Suezmax spot market remained at seasonally low levels as increased vessel supply continued to put downward pressure on rates, despite increased cargo activity towards the end of this quarter.

Slippage for the Suezmax tanker order book as of the end of December 2012 continued to affect tonnage supply as approximately 34% of the expected crude newbuildings were not delivered on schedule. Slippage year to date decreased to 16%, as certain owners might have postponed deliveries for the beginning of 2013. However industry analysts expect the crude tanker order book slippage and cancellations to increase going forward due to the historically weak spot market, the soft shipping finance environment and downward pressure on asset values. Suezmax tanker demand is expected to grow by 4.3% in the full year 2013 with net fleet growth projected at 7.4%.

Quarterly Common and Class B Unit Cash Distribution

On April 22, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Partnership declared a cash distribution of $0.2325 per common unit for the first quarter of 2013, in line with management's annual distribution guidance. The first quarter common unit cash distribution will be paid on May 15, 2013, to unit holders of record on May 8, 2013.

In addition, on April 22, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Partnership declared a cash distribution of $0.21375 per Class B Unit for the first quarter of 2013, in line with the Partnership's Second Amended and Restated Partnership Agreement, as amended. The first quarter Class B Unit cash distribution will be paid on May 10, 2013, to Class B Unitholders of record on May 3, 2013.

Management Commentary

Mr. Ioannis Lazaridis, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the Partnership's General Partner, commented:

"We are very pleased to have acquired two 5,023 TEU container vessels with long term period charters, partly financed by the proceeds from our 9.1 million Class B Convertible Preferred Unit issuance. We believe that this transaction enhances the cash flow visibility to our shareholders, further diversifies our revenue stream with the addition of HMM to our charterers, and will further underpin our existing distribution level and allow for potential distribution growth ahead. Additionally, we came to an agreement with OSG on the three bareboat charters, while reserving the Partnership's rights for future claims."

Mr. Lazaridis concluded: "I would like to reiterate our commitment to the $0.93 per unit annual distribution guidance going forward, and to the continued enhancement of our financial flexibility in order to pursue growth opportunities and forge a pathway to distribution growth."

Conference Call and Webcast
Today, Tuesday April 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (U.S.), the Partnership will host an interactive conference call.

Conference Call Details:
Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Capital Product Partners."

A replay of the conference call will be available until May 7, 2013 by dialing 1 866 247 4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550 000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 69648481#

Slides and Audio Webcast:
There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the Capital Product Partners website, www.capitalpplp.com. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Forward-Looking Statements:
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including our expectations regarding employment of our vessels, redelivery dates and charter rates, fleet growth and demand, newbuilding deliveries and slippage as well as market and charter rate expectations and expectations regarding our quarterly distributions, ability to pursue growth opportunities and grow our distributions and annual distribution guidance may be forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the stated or forecasted results to be materially different from those anticipated. Unless required by law, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether because of future events, new information, a change in our views or expectations, to conform them to actual results or otherwise. We assume no responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. We make no prediction or statement about the performance of our units.

About Capital Product Partners L.P.

Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: CPLP), a Marshall Islands master limited partnership, is an international owner of modern tanker, container and dry bulk vessels. The Partnership currently owns 27 vessels, including four Suezmax crude oil tankers, 18 modern MR (Medium Range) product tankers, two post panamax container vessels, two panamax container vessels and one Capesize bulk carrier. All of its vessels are under period charters to BP Shipping Limited, Overseas Shipholding Group, Petrobras, A.P. Moller-Maersk A.S., Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., Arrendadora Ocean Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., Subtec S.A. de C.V., Cosco Bulk Carrier Co. Ltd. and Capital Maritime & Trading Corp.

For more information about the Partnership, please visit our website: www.capitalpplp.com.

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Capital Product Partners L.P.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income(In thousands of United States Dollars, except number of units and earnings per unit) For the three months period ended March 31, 2013 2012Revenues $ 26,511 $ 23,659Revenues - related party 13,454 16,180 ----------- -----------Total Revenues 39,965 39,839 ----------- -----------Expenses:Voyage expenses 1,772 2,822Voyage expenses - related party 80 140Vessel operating expenses - related party 4,297 7,290Vessel operating expenses 8,299 4,791General and administrative expenses 2,601 2,288Gain on sale of vessel to third parties - (956)Depreciation 11,867 12,195 ----------- -----------Operating income 11,049 11,269 ----------- -----------Non operating income (expense),net: ----------- -----------Gain from bargain purchase 17,475 - ----------- -----------Other income (expense), net:Interest expense and finance cost (3,715) (8,829)Gain on interest rate swap agreement 4 640Interest and other income 200 145 ----------- -----------Total other expense, net (3,511) (8,044) ----------- -----------Net income $ 25,013 $ 3,225 ----------- -----------Preferred unit holders' interest in Partnership's net income 5,270 -General Partner's interest in Partnership's net income 395 65Common unit holders' interest in Partnership's net income 19,348 3,160Net income per: -- Common units (basic and diluted) 0.28 0.05Weighted-average units outstanding: -- Common units (basic and diluted) 68,383,911 68,185,404Comprehensive income:Partnership's net income $ 25,013 $ 3,225Other Comprehensive income:Unrealized gain on derivative instruments 462 4,172 ----------- -----------Comprehensive income $ 25,475 $ 7,397 ----------- -----------Capital Product Partners L.P.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands of United States Dollars, except number of units and earnings per unit) As of As of December March 31, 31, 2013 2012AssetsCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents $ 35,942 $ 43,551Trade accounts receivable 4,533 2,346Prepayments and other assets 1,317 1,259Above market acquired charters 2,481 -Inventories 3,110 2,333 ----------- -----------Total current assets 47,383 49,489 ----------- -----------Fixed assetsVessels, net 1,055,683 959,550 ----------- -----------Total fixed assets 1,055,683 959,550 ----------- -----------Other non-current assetsTrade accounts receivable, net 848 848Above market acquired charters 82,328 47,720Deferred charges, net 1,945 2,021Restricted cash 13,500 10,500 ----------- -----------Total non-current assets 1,154,304 1,020,639 ----------- -----------Total assets $ 1,201,687 $ 1,070,128 =========== ===========Liabilities and Partners' CapitalCurrent liabilitiesCurrent portion of long-term debt $ 5,400 $ -Trade accounts payable 5,958 4,776Due to related parties 17,320 17,447Derivative instruments - 467Accrued liabilities 3,804 2,781Deferred revenue 7,176 10,302 ----------- -----------Total current liabilities 39,658 35,773 ----------- -----------Long-term liabilitiesLong-term debt 506,965 458,365Deferred revenue 1,863 2,162 ----------- -----------Total long-term liabilities 508,828 460,527 ----------- -----------Total liabilities 548,486 496,300 ----------- -----------Commitments and contingencies ----------- -----------Partners' capital 653,201 573,828 ----------- -----------Total liabilities and partners' capital $ 1,201,687 $ 1,070,128 =========== ===========Capital Product Partners L.P.Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(In thousands of United States Dollars) For the three-month period ended March 31, 2013 2012Cash flows from operating activities:Net income 25,013 3,225Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Vessel depreciation 11,867 12,195Gain from bargain purchase (17,475)Amortization of deferred charges 46 158Gain on interest rate swap agreements (4) (640)Gain on sale of vessel to third parties - (956)Amortization of above market acquired charters 2,386 1,955Equity compensation expense 1,169 1,027Changes in operating assets and liabilities:Trade accounts receivable (2,187) (1,140)Prepayments and other assets (58) 390Inventories (777) 2,394Trade accounts payable 1,014 1,849Due to related parties (127) (202)Accrued liabilities 399 (364)Deferred revenue (3,384) (18) ---------- -----------Net cash provided by operating activities 17,882 19,873 ---------- -----------Cash flows from investing activities:Vessel acquisitions and improvements (130,000) (19)(Additions)/Reduction to restricted cash (3,000) 250Net proceeds from sale of vessel to third parties - 9,821 ---------- -----------Net cash (used in) / provided by investing activities (133,000) 10,052 ---------- -----------Cash flows from financing activities:Proceeds from issuance of Partnership units 75,075 -Expenses paid for issuance of Partnership units (1,772) -Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 54,000 -Loan issuance costs (11) (33)Payments of long-term debt - (10,000)Dividends paid (19,783) (16,458) ---------- -----------Net cash provided by / (used in) financing activities 107,509 (26,491) ---------- -----------Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents (7,609) 3,434Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 43,551 53,370 ---------- -----------Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 35,942 56,804 ---------- -----------Supplemental cash flow informationCash paid for interest 3,461 $ 8,548Non-Cash Investing and Financing ActivitiesPrivate placement costs relating to Class B preferred units included in liabilities 791 -Appendix A - Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure(In thousands of U.S. dollars)




Description of Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Operating Surplus

Operating Surplus represents net income adjusted for non-cash items such as depreciation and amortization expense, the gain from bargain purchase and deferred revenue. Operating Surplus is a quantitative standard used in the publicly-traded partnership investment community to assist in evaluating a partnership's ability to make quarterly cash distributions. Operating Surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of the Partnership's performance required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The table below reconciles Operating Surplus to net income for the three-months period ended March 31, 2013.


For the three-monthReconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure - period ended Operating Surplus March 31, 2013Net income $ 25,013Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activitiesDepreciation and amortization 13,119Deferred revenue 1,910Gain from bargain purchase (17,475) ---------------------OPERATING SURPLUS PRIOR TO CLASS B PREFERRED UNITS DISTRIBUTION 22,567 ---------------------Class B preferred units distribution (5,270) ---------------------ADJUSTED OPERATING SURPLUS 17,297 ---------------------Increase in recommended reserves (839) ---------------------AVAILABLE CASH $ 16,458 ---------------------





Contact Details:
Capital GP L.L.C.
Ioannis Lazaridis
CEO and CFO
+30 (210) 4584 950
E-mail: i.lazaridis@capitalpplp.com

Investor Relations / Media
Matthew Abenante
Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
Tel. +1-212-661-7566
E-mail: cplp@capitallink.com

Capital Maritime & Trading Corp.
Jerry Kalogiratos
Finance Director
+30 (210) 4584 950
j.kalogiratos@capitalpplp.com





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