SEACOR Holdings Announces Results for Its First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015

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(businesspress24) - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/15 -- SEACOR Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CKH) (the "Company") today announced its results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, net loss attributable to SEACOR Holdings Inc. was $19.6 million, or $1.10 per diluted share.

For the preceding quarter ended December 31, 2014, net income attributable to SEACOR Holdings Inc. was $40.1 million, or $1.85 per diluted share. A comparison of results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 with the preceding quarter ended December 31, 2014 is included in the "Highlights for the Quarter" discussion below.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, net income attributable to SEACOR Holdings Inc. was $11.5 million, or $0.56 per diluted share.

- Operating loss was $16.5 million on operating revenues of $93.5 million in the first quarter compared with operating income of $22.2 million on operating revenues of $127.5 million in the preceding quarter.

The operating loss in the first quarter includes a $6.6 million impairment charge related to the suspended construction of two offshore support vessels. During the preceding quarter, the Company sold and leased back two offshore support vessels and sold other equipment for net proceeds of $63.2 million and gains of $9.5 million, of which $0.1 million was recognized currently and $9.4 million was deferred. In addition, the Company recognized previously deferred gains of $12.0 million during the preceding quarter.

Offshore market conditions continued to deteriorate during the first quarter. Day rates and utilization of the Company''s offshore support vessel fleet have been subjected to downward pressure as offshore drilling and associated activity has declined in response to lower oil prices and as newly built offshore support vessels have been delivered to the industry-wide fleet. In response, the Company has returned ten leased-in vessels to their owners beginning in the third quarter of 2014 and had nine cold-stacked vessels as of March 31, 2015. On a total fleet basis, the total number of days available for charter for the Company''s fleet, excluding wind farm utility vessels, decreased by 564, or 6%, primarily due to returning the leased-in vessels to their owners. Overall utilization, excluding wind farm utility vessels, decreased from 75% to 68% and overall average day rates, excluding wind farm utility vessels, decreased by 15% from $15,520 to $13,178 per day. This release includes a table presenting time charter operating data by vessel class.

In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, operating results excluding the impact of gains (losses) on asset dispositions and impairments were $14.4 million lower in the first quarter. Operating revenues were $17.7 million lower and impacted all vessel classes. The reduction was primarily due to weak market conditions, the return of leased-in vessels to their owners, the seasonal downturn for the liftboat fleet, and increased drydocking activity. Overall utilization was 49% compared with 62% in the preceding quarter, and overall average day rates decreased from $20,313 to $18,097 per day. Operating expenses were $2.0 million lower primarily due to the reduced fleet size and the increase in the number of cold-stacked vessels, partially offset by higher drydocking expenses. General and administrative expenses were $0.8 million lower primarily due to a reduction in wage and benefit costs from lower bonus accruals and following personnel reductions during the preceding quarter. As of March 31, 2015, the Company had seven vessels cold-stacked in the U.S Gulf of Mexico compared with one vessel as of December 31, 2014.

In international regions, operating income excluding the impact of gains on asset dispositions was $5.5 million lower in the first quarter. Operating revenues were $16.3 million lower primarily due to the conclusion of several charters. Excluding windfarm utility vessels, overall utilization was 78% compared with 82% in the preceding quarter, and overall average day rates decreased from $13,350 to $11,510 per day. Operating expenses were $10.2 million lower primarily due to the repositioning of two vessels to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the seasonal conclusion of a charter for a vessel operating in Russia, and reduced drydocking and routine repair and maintenance expenses. General and administrative expenses were $0.9 million lower primarily due to a reduction in wage and benefit costs from lower bonus accruals. As of March 31, 2015, the Company had two vessels cold-stacked in international regions compared with none as of December 31, 2014.

- Operating income was $6.1 million on operating revenues of $56.6 million in the first quarter compared with operating income of $23.7 million on operating revenues of $79.3 million in the preceding quarter.

Operating income was $17.5 million lower in the first quarter primarily due to an $18.2 million reduction in the results of the dry-cargo barge pools as a consequence of lower rates, reduced activity levels following the seasonal harvest and poor operating conditions due to harsh weather in the Midwest during the first quarter.

Foreign currency losses, net of $1.1 million in the first quarter were primarily due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the Colombian peso.

Equity in earnings of 50% or less owned companies of $10.5 million during the preceding quarter was primarily due to the receipt of a termination payment following a customer''s cancellation of four long-term time charter contracts in the Company''s joint venture operating on the Parana-Paraguay River Waterway.

- Operating income was $1.3 million on operating revenues of $51.4 million in the first quarter compared with operating income of $14.1 million on operating revenues of $56.7 million in the preceding quarter.

Operating income was $12.8 million lower in the first quarter primarily due to drydocking two of the Company''s U.S.-flag product tankers. The drydockings reduced operating revenues by $4.3 million as a consequence of 71 days of out-of-service time and increased operating expenses by $8.1 million. One of the product tankers returned to service during the first quarter and the other is scheduled to return to service in late April 2015.

Equity in earnings from 50% or less owned companies increased by $1.9 million primarily due to improved operating results from the Company''s joint venture in the Puerto Rico liner trade and the commencement of a charter for its crude tanker joint venture.

- Segment profit was $4.1 million on operating revenues of $39.6 million in the first quarter compared with $9.5 million of segment profit on operating revenues of $51.0 million in the preceding quarter. The reductions were primarily due to lower sales volumes as a result of reduced production during unplanned plant maintenance and lower sales prices of alcohol.

- Segment loss was $1.8 million in the first quarter compared with a segment loss of $6.3 million in the preceding quarter. The segment loss in the preceding quarter was primarily due to an impairment charge in respect of one of the Company''s 50% or less owned companies, restructuring costs and reduced activity levels for emergency and crisis services, and costs incurred to develop new service products.

- Marketable security losses, net of $9.1 million in the first quarter are primarily due to losses on long marketable security positions.

- During the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the Company purchased 74,213 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $5.2 million.

- As of March 31, 2015, the Company''s unfunded capital commitments were $459.4 million and included: $153.7 million for 16 offshore support vessels; $1.7 million for two 30,000 barrel inland river liquid tank barges; $11.0 million for eight 10,000 barrel inland river liquid tank barges; $2.7 million for three inland river towboats; $216.9 million for three U.S.-flag product tankers; $56.2 million for one U.S.-flag articulated tug-barge; and $17.2 million for other equipment and improvements. These commitments are payable as follows: $199.1 million is payable during the remainder of 2015; $217.3 million is payable during 2016; $37.6 million is payable during 2017; and $5.4 million is payable during 2018. This release includes a table detailing expected delivery by vessel class.

As of March 31, 2015, the Company''s balances of cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, marketable securities, construction reserve funds and Title XI reserve funds totaled $792.4 million and its total outstanding long-term debt was $879.6 million. Subsequent to March 31, 2015, certain subsidiaries of the Company that operate its fleet of U.S.-flag product tankers (collectively "SEA-Vista") secured a $300 million credit facility with a syndicate of lenders to fund its working capital needs, meet its capital commitments for the three U.S.-flag product tankers (referred to above under "Capital Commitments"), repay its outstanding Title XI financing and fund future growth opportunities.

SEACOR and its subsidiaries are in the business of owning, operating, investing in and marketing equipment, primarily in the offshore oil and gas, shipping and logistics industries. SEACOR offers customers a diversified suite of services and equipment, including offshore marine, inland river storage and handling, distribution of petroleum, chemical and agricultural commodities, and shipping. SEACOR is dedicated to building innovative, modern, "next generation," efficient marine equipment while providing highly responsive service with the highest safety standards and dedicated professional employees. SEACOR is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol CKH.

Certain statements discussed in this release as well as in other reports, materials and oral statements that the Company releases from time to time to the public constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Generally, words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "believe," "plan," "target," "forecast" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements concern management''s expectations, strategic objectives, business prospects, anticipated economic performance and financial condition and other similar matters. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual events or results may differ significantly from these statements. Actual events or results are subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, including decreased demand and loss of revenues as a result of a decline in the price of oil and an oversupply of newly built offshore support vessels, additional safety and certification requirements for drilling activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and delayed approval of applications for such activities, the possibility of U.S. government implemented moratoriums directing operators to cease certain drilling activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and any extension of such moratoriums (the "Moratoriums"), weakening demand for the Company''s services as a result of unplanned customer suspensions, cancellations, rate reductions or non-renewals of vessel charters or failures to finalize commitments to charter vessels in response to a decline in the price of oil, an oversupply of newly built offshore support vessels and Moratoriums, increased government legislation and regulation of the Company''s businesses could increase cost of operations, increased competition if the Jones Act is repealed, liability, legal fees and costs in connection with the provision of emergency response services, including the Company''s involvement in response to the oil spill as a result of the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010, decreased demand for the Company''s services as a result of declines in the global economy, declines in valuations in the global financial markets and a lack of liquidity in the credit sectors, including, interest rate fluctuations, availability of credit, inflation rates, change in laws, trade barriers, commodity prices and currency exchange fluctuations, the cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry, activity in foreign countries and changes in foreign political, military and economic conditions, changes in foreign and domestic oil and gas exploration and production activity, safety record requirements related to Offshore Marine Services and Shipping Services, decreased demand for Shipping Services due to construction of additional refined petroleum product, natural gas or crude oil pipelines or due to decreased demand for refined petroleum products, crude oil or chemical products or a change in existing methods of delivery, compliance with U.S. and foreign government laws and regulations, including environmental laws and regulations and economic sanctions, the dependence of Offshore Marine Services, Inland River Services, Shipping Services and Illinois Corn Processing on several customers, consolidation of the Company''s customer base, the ongoing need to replace aging vessels, industry fleet capacity, restrictions imposed by the Shipping Acts on the amount of foreign ownership of the Company''s Common Stock, operational risks of Offshore Marine Services, Inland River Services and Shipping Services, effects of adverse weather conditions and seasonality, the level of grain export volume, the effect of fuel prices on barge towing costs, variability in freight rates for inland river barges, the effect of international economic and political factors on Inland River Services'' operations, the effect of the spread between the input costs of corn and natural gas compared with the price of alcohol and distillers grains on Illinois Corn Processing''s operations, adequacy of insurance coverage, the potential for a material weakness in the Company''s internal controls over financial reporting and the Company''s ability to remediate such potential material weakness, the attraction and retention of qualified personnel by the Company, and various other matters and factors, many of which are beyond the Company''s control as well as those discussed in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of the Company''s Annual report on Form 10-K. In addition, these statements constitute the Company''s cautionary statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It should be understood that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, the preceding should not be considered to be a complete discussion of all potential risks or uncertainties. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the document in which they are made. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to provide any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in the Company''s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which the forward-looking statement is based, except as required by law. It is advisable, however, to consult any further disclosures the Company makes on related subjects in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K (if any).

For additional information, contact


Molly Hottinger
(954) 627-5278
or visit SEACOR''s website at



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