As a result of the magnitude of non-comparable items, operating results of the Company are discussed herein based on Adjusted EBITDAR, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company believes provides investors with a useful tool for analyzing its operating results as it eliminates the impact of certain non-comparable items. The Company has included a reconciliation of its financial results to Adjusted EBITDAR elsewhere in this release.
For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company generated operating income of $61.1 million compared to operating income of $3.7 million for the same period in the prior year. This increase in operating income of $57.4 million between periods was driven primarily by lower repairs and claims; lower consulting, restructuring and acquisition expenses; an insurance gain related to the 2011 flooding; lower depreciation and amortization and higher gains on asset disposals. These positive items more than offset the negative margin impact of drought related operating conditions and lower volumes.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, operating income was $20.7 million as compared to $22.9 million for the same period of the prior year.
Liquidity and Debt Position
As of December 31, 2012, our outstanding debt totaled $435.7 million, including the unamortized purchase accounting debt premium of $23.6 million. The Company was in compliance with all debt covenants on December 31, 2012 and had $176.6 million in remaining total availability under its credit facility. The credit facility has no maintenance financial covenants unless borrowing availability is generally less than $48.8 million. As of December 31, 2012, the present value of lease payments associated with revenue generating equipment was $42.8 million. Including the present value of these lease payments and excluding the unamortized premium on the 2017 Notes, the Company's total funded net debt was $454.9 million, or 2.0 times Adjusted EBITDAR as of December 31, 2012 compared to 2.3 times as of December 31, 2011.
Updated Fleet Appraisal
The Company received an updated appraisal of its fleet in February of 2013 stating that fair market value of its towboats is $447.6 million and of its barges is $852.4 million for a total fleet value of over $1.3 billion.
About the Company
Commercial Barge Line Company, headquartered in Jeffersonville, Indiana, is an integrated marine transportation and service company operating in the United States Jones Act trades. For more information about the Company, visit the Company's website at www.aclines.com.
This release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's present expectations and beliefs about future events. As with any projection or forecast, these statements are inherently susceptible to risks, uncertainty and changes in circumstance. Important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements and should be considered in evaluating the outlook of Commercial Barge Line Company. Risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in Commercial Barge Line Company's filings with the SEC, including our report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our most recent Form 10-Q. Commercial Barge Line Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of changes, new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
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