Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG)’s Shares Advance After Report of Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

Leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region, Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG), release financial results for Q2, 2017.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rand Logistics, Inc. (RLOG) (“Rand”) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year 2017 second quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Quarter Ended September 30, 2016 versus Quarter Ended September 30, 2015 Financial Results

    Freight and other related revenue from company operated vessels (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) decreased $6.3 million, or 14.4%, to $37.5 million during the three-month period compared to $43.8 million in the year ago period.

    Total Sailing Days was 1,185 compared to 1,278 in the prior year period, primarily as a result of operating two fewer vessels in the quarter.

    Delay Days increased to 73 from 68. Delay Days as a percentage of total Sailing Days was 6.2% compared to 5.3% in the same period last year.

    Freight and related revenue per Sailing Day decreased $2,639, or 7.7%, to $31,661 compared to $34,300 per Sailing Day in the year ago period.

    Vessel operating expenses decreased $8.0 million, or 26.7%, to $22.0 million compared to $30.0 million during the year ago period. Vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased $4,909, or 20.9%, to $18,589 from $23,498 during the year ago period.

    Vessel margin per day decreased $669, or 4.4%, from $15,110 in the prior year period to $14,441 this quarter.

    Debt reduction equaled $10.7 million during the quarter with long term debt, before deferred financing costs, declining from $207.7 million as of June 30, 2016 to $197.0 million as of September 30, 2016.

    EBITDA decreased $2.3 million, or 14.3%, to $13.8 million from $16.1 million during the prior year period.

Six Months Ended September 30, 2016 versus Six Months Ended September 30, 2015 Financial Results

    Freight and other related revenue (which excludes fuel and other surcharges) decreased $12.2 million, or 14.7%, to $70.6 million compared to $82.8 million during the prior year period. 

    Total Sailing Days was 2,154 compared to 2,506 in the prior year period.

    Delay Days decreased to 134 from 177. Delay Days as a percentage of total Sailing Days was 6.3% compared to 7.1% in the same period last year.

    Freight and related revenue per Sailing Day decreased $255, or 0.8%, to $32,787 compared to $33,042 during the prior six-month period.

    Vessel operating expenses decreased $15.7 million, or 27.7%, to $40.9 million compared to $56.6 million during the year ago period. Vessel operating expenses per Sailing Day decreased $3,606, or 16.0%, to $18,974 from $22,580 in the prior year period.

    Vessel margin per day increased $534, or 3.8%, from $13,905 in the prior year period to $14,439 in the six months ended September 30, 2016.

    EBITDA decreased $3.1 million, or 11.0%, to $25.0 million from $28.1 million during the prior year period.

Management Comments:

“Our results in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 reflected an unexpected decline in demand from our aggregates customers, particularly as it related to materials for use in public infrastructure projects,” commented Ed Levy, President and CEO of Rand. “According to the Lake Carriers’ Association, overall lakes-wide stone demand declined 13.9% versus the comparable quarter last year. Our stone tonnage declined by 12.1%. This, combined with lower salt tonnage due to higher than normal inventories resulting from last year’s unusually dry and mild winter in the Great Lakes region, resulted in inefficiencies in our trade network and caused our vessel margin per day to decline by approximately 4.4% versus the comparable quarter last year.”

“To address market conditions, we elected to reduce capacity by approximately 28 sailing days in July, which represented 2.4% of total sailing days in the quarter,” added Mr. Levy. “Beginning in mid-August, we began to experience a steady improvement in demand for certain of the commodities that we carry. In addition, we were awarded several new pieces of business that were not part of our annual forecast, which resulted in our reintroducing one of our vessels back into service in mid-September. Based on our October results, as well as our book of business for the remainder of the sailing season and assuming normal weather conditions, we expect to sail approximately 3,500 days, an increase from the initial projection of approximately 3,405 days. We also anticipate that our earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 will exceed the same quarter last year. Given our current business conditions, we believe we will be sailing certain of our vessels in January 2017.”

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-888-715-1391 (1-913-312-0942 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 6218116.  The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Rand Logistics, Inc. website at www.randlogisticsinc.com/presentations.html. A presentation file related to the conference call will be posted to the same website. 

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 December 10, 2016 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (1-412-317-6671 for international callers), and using Conference ID# 6218116.  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures/Financial Tables

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including, when applicable, (1) operating income plus depreciation, amortization of drydock costs, amortization of intangibles, loss (gain) on foreign exchange, certain one-time equity-based severance costs and loss on termination of vessel lease, and (2) operating income plus depreciation, amortization of drydock costs and amortization of intangibles. Such measures are used internally when evaluating our operating performance and, we believe, allow investors to make a more meaningful comparison between our business operating results over different periods of time, as well as with those of other similar companies. Management believes that such measures, when viewed with the Company’s results GAAP and the accompanying reconciliations, provide useful information about our operating performance and period-over-period comparisons. Additionally, management believes that (1) operating income plus depreciation, amortization of drydock costs, amortization of intangibles, loss (gain) on foreign exchange, restructuring charges and impairment charges on retired asset and (2) operating income plus depreciation, amortization of drydock costs and amortization of intangibles permit investors to gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing cash earnings. However, the Company’s definition of such measures may differ from other companies reporting similarly named measures, and such measures are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as indicators of operating performance or liquidity.  Instead, such performance measures should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, or superior to, our operating performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of these and other non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached financial tables.

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 three conventional bulk carriers and twelve self-unloading bulk carriers including three 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.

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Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) shares are trading +9.5205% on the news and in the range of $0.7200 – 0.8039 during the current trading session.  When taking a look at which direction the stock might be headed, investors often look to brokerage analysts who cover the stock.  Sell-side research firms on Wall Street currently have a consensus one-year price target of $1.5000 on the stock.  This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call.

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Sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.1900 for the next fiscal quarter.  For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $-0.3000 per share according to First Call.

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +6.7185% away from its 50-day moving average of $0.7492.  Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -69.7159% off of its 52-week high of $2.6400 and +17.5735% away from its 52-week low which is $0.6800.

Today, the stock opened at $0.7200 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $0.7995.  During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $0.7200 and touched $0.8039 as the high point.  Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) has a market cap of $14.80M and has seen an average daily volume of 22,866 over the past three months.

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