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Preliminary Q3 2021 results and increased quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share
Hamilton, Bermuda, November 10, 2021. SFL Corporation Ltd. (“SFL” or the “Company”) today announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.
71st consecutive quarterly dividend declared, $0.18 per share
Operating revenue of approximately $135.4 million, and net profit of $33.2 million in the third quarter
Received charter hire1 of approximately $155.9 million in the quarter from the Company’s vessels and rigs, including $7.0 million of profit share
Adjusted EBITDA2 of $100.7 million from consolidated subsidiaries, plus an additional $11.5 million adjusted EBITDA2 from associated companies
Agreement to acquire three modern Suezmax tankers in combination with 5-year charters to a world leading commodity trading and logistics company
Sale of seven Handysize dry bulk vessels for a net sales price of $98 million
Delivery of five container vessels on charters to Evergreen and Maersk
Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment:
«SFL’s business model enables us to continuously renew and diversify our portfolio of assets and charters over time, supporting a long term distribution capacity. This has been achieved through multiple shipping cycles, by taking a very active approach to structuring investments and managing our balance sheet. As a result, approximately $2.4 billion has been returned to shareholders through dividends since 2004.
Over the last few quarters, we have demonstrated our commitment to expand our investment focus to assets and markets with a lower carbon footprint, illustrated by our recent ordering of dual fuel car carriers and investments in newer vessels with modern eco features. At the same time, we have divested of older and less fuel efficient vessels in the fleet.
We increase our quarterly dividend and see several investment opportunities ahead in modern maritime assets with long term charter coverage».
The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share. The dividend will be paid on or around December 29, to shareholders on record as of December 15, and the ex-dividend date on the New York Stock Exchange will be December 14, 2021.
November 10, 2021
The Board of Directors
SFL Corporation Ltd.
The full report can be found in the link below and at the Company’s website www.sflcorp.com.
Questions can be directed to SFL Management AS:
Investor and Analyst Contact
Aksel C. Olesen, Chief Financial Officer: +47 23114036
André Reppen, Chief Treasurer and Senior Vice President: +47 23114055
Marius Furuly, Vice President - Finance: +47 23114016
Ole B. Hjertaker, Chief Executive Officer: +47 23114011
SFL has a unique track record in the maritime industry and has paid dividends every quarter since its initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company’s fleet of vessels is split between container vessels, bulkers, tankers and offshore drilling rigs. SFL’s long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time. More information can be found on the Company's website: www.sflcorp.com
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including SFL management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although SFL believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, SFL cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward looking statements include the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions in the seaborne transportation industry, which is cyclical and volatile, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the markets in which the Company operates, including shifts in consumer demand from oil towards other energy sources or changes to trade patterns for refined oil products, changes in market demand in countries which import commodities and finished goods and changes in the amount and location of the production of those commodities and finished goods, technological innovation in the sectors in which we operate and quality and efficiency requirements from customers, increased inspection procedures and more restrictive import and export controls, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, performance of the Company’s charterers and other counterparties with whom the Company deals, the impact of any restructuring of the counterparties with whom the Company deals, including the bankruptcy proceedings relating to Seadrill and certain of its subsidiaries and timely delivery of vessels under construction within the contracted price, governmental laws and regulations, including environmental regulations, that add to our costs or the costs of our customers, potential liability from pending or future litigation, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political instability, terrorist attacks, piracy or international hostilities, the length and severity of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and governmental responses thereto and the impact on the demand for commercial seaborne transportation and the condition of the financial markets, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. SFL disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
1 Charter hire represents the amounts billable in the period by the Company and its associates for chartering out vessels and rigs. This is mainly the contracted daily rate multiplied by the number of chargeable days plus any additional billable income, including profit share. Long term charter hire relates to contracts undertaken for a period greater than one year. Short term charter hire relates to contracts undertaken for a period less than one year, including voyage charters.
2 ‘Adjusted EBITDA’ is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. It represents cash receipts from operating activities before net interest, amortization and capital payments.