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Scorpio Bulkers reports 60% revenue increase

(Posted on 24/10/18)

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has reported its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

The Company also announced that on October 19, 2018, its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share on the Company’s common shares.

For the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $0.4 million, or $0.01 loss per diluted share. These results include the write off of deferred financing costs of $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to the refinancing of existing debt (see discussion below, “Debt”). For the same period in 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $10.7 million, or $0.15 loss per diluted share. Total vessel revenues for the third quarter of 2018 were $62.5 million, compared to $38.6 million for the same period in 2017. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the third quarters of 2018 and 2017 were $28.8 million and $12.4 million, respectively (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures below).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $5.3 million or $0.07 loss per diluted share. For the same period in 2017, the Company’s GAAP net loss was $58.7 million, or $0.82loss per diluted share. Total vessel revenues for the first nine months of 2018 were $177.3 million, compared to $111.1 million for the same period in 2017. EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 were $77.2 million and $12.3 million, respectively.

Kamsarmax fleet earned $13,649 per day

Ultramax fleet earned $11,342 per day

Voyages Fixed thus far for the Fourth Quarter of 2018

Kamsarmax fleet: approximately $14,382 per day for 49% of the days

Ultramax fleet: approximately $13,388 per day for 47% of the days

As of October 19, 2018, the Company had approximately $58.0 million in cash and cash equivalents.

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares of the Company’s common shares, at an average cost of $6.84 per share. The Company subsequently repurchased approximately 0.3 million shares of the Company’s common shares at an average cost of $6.60 per share from October 1, 2018 through October 12, 2018. These repurchases, totaling $11.9 million, were made under the Board of Directors authorized share repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”) and funded from available cash resources. As of October 19, 2018, the Company had $18.4 million authorized remaining available under the Share Repurchase Programme.

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