MONACO–(Jan 28, 2013) – Scorpio Tankers Inc. ( NYSE : STNG ) (the “Company”) announced today an update to its fleet and earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Company expects a fourth quarter 2012 adjusted loss per share to be within a range of $0.04 and $0.09 per share, excluding a $1.0 million, or $0.02 per share, unrealized loss attributable to the discontinuation of hedge accounting of the Company’s interest rate swaps with an aggregate notional amount of $51,000,000.
The Company took delivery of the sixth vessel under its Newbuilding program, STI Sapphire, in January 2013. Upon delivery, the vessel began a time charter for up to 80 days at $20,750 per day. The vessel was partially financed by the Company’s 2011 Credit Facility.
The Company’s seventh and eighth newbuildings, to be named STI Emerald and STI Beryl, are expected to be delivered before the end of March and end of April, respectively. On delivery, both vessels are expected to be employed on time charters of up to 120 days at $19,250 per day plus an adjustment based on actual fuel consumption.
In January 2013, the Company took delivery of a 2007 built, 49,999 DWT MR product tanker on a one year time charter-in agreement at $14,000 per day. The agreement also contains an option for the Company to extend the charter by one year at $15,000 per day.
The Company also took delivery of the following previously announced vessels:
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, six MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker with an average age of 4.5 years, time charters-in 20 vessels (three LR2, three LR1, nine MR and five Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 12 newbuilding MRs (two are expected to be delivered to the Company by April 2013 and the remaining 10 by the end of September 2014). Additional information about the Company is available at the Company’s website www.scorpiotankers.com, which is not a part of this press release.
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The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.
In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for tanker vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.