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Ultrapetrol completes the sale of seven additional barges
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Globe Newswire
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ultrapetrol Logo NASSAU, Bahamas, May 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited (Nasdaq:ULTR), an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business), announced today the sale on May 15, 2013 of a further seven tank barges to a third party in Colombia who have exercised their option for these additional barges. The barges are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2013.

On May 15, 2013, we received a Committed Term Sheet from DVB Bank SE for an up to $40.0 million, three-year reducing revolver facility. The commitment under this revolver decreases quarterly by $1.25 million, or $5.0 million per year. The facility shall bear interest at LIBOR plus 3%. We expect to enter into this facility by the end of May 2013.


In addition, the Company provided a brief update on its operations and EBITDA expectations for the second quarter of 2013.

The Company expects the River Business will benefit from a significantly larger crop, as reflected in the current USDA estimate for 2013, as compared to 2011 and 2012. River navigation remains normal for this period of the year.

In the Offshore Supply Business, on April 11, 2013, we entered into four year time charters with Petrobras for three of our Brazilian-flagged PSVs, UP Agua-Marinha, UP Diamante and UP Topazio. These charters are scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2013 and the daily contractual time charter rate agreed per vessel is $35,380, which represents an aggregate increase in revenues (on an annual basis and assuming 352 days on-hire per year per vessel) of approximately $7.8 million when compared to these vessels’ previous contractual daily rate of $28,000. On May 10, 2013, we entered into a four-year time charter with Petrobras for one of our non Brazilian-flagged PSVs operating in Brazil, UP Esmeralda. The charter is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2013 and the daily contractual time charter rate agreed for this vessel is $31,950, which represents an aggregate increase in revenues (on an annual basis and assuming 352 days on-hire per year per vessel) of approximately $2.0 million when compared to this vessel’s previous contractual daily rate of $26,200. Additionally on May 10, 2013, we entered into four year time charters with Petrobras for two of our Indian-built PSVs, UP Amber and UP Pearl. The charters are scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2013 and the daily contractual time charter rate per vessel is $32,950, which represents additional revenues (on an annual basis and assuming 352 days on-hire per year per vessel) of approximately $23.2 million. The average yearly voyage expenses and running costs for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 of our PSVs which operated in Brazil were $5.25 million per PSV.

Our Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA for the first quarter of 2013 was $19.3 million, up 165% from $7.3 million that we recorded in the first quarter of 2012. We currently estimate our Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013 to demonstrate similarly strong growth over the second quarter of 2012, when we recorded Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA of $9.6 million.

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA consists of net income (loss) prior to deductions for interest expense and other financial gains and losses related to the financing of the Company, income taxes, depreciation of vessels and equipment and amortization of drydock expense, intangible assets and certain non-cash charges (including, for instance, losses on write-downs of vessels). We have provided Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA because we use it to, and believe it provides useful information to investors to, evaluate our ability to incur and service indebtedness and it is a required disclosure to comply with a covenant contained in the Indenture of our 2004 Notes. We do not intend Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA to represent cash flows from operations, as defined by GAAP (on the date of calculation), and it should not be considered as an alternative to measure our liquidity. Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other companies. Generally, funds represented by Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA are available for management’s discretionary use. Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported.

The foregoing estimate has not been examined by our independent auditors nor have our independent auditors performed any procedures with respect to this information or expressed any opinion or given any form of assurance on such information. In addition, the foregoing estimate is subject to revision as we prepare our interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and other disclosures as of and for the six month period ending June 30, 2013, in accordance with US GAAP. This estimate is prepared prior to the completion of the second quarter of 2013, and subsequent events may occur that require material adjustments to this estimate. The final results for the six months ended June 30, 2013 may differ materially from this estimate. This estimate should not be viewed as a substitute for our interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with US GAAP, and it is not necessarily indicative of the results to be achieved for the second quarter of 2013.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy any securities. The offering will be made only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S promulgated under the Securities Act. The securities to be offered have not been registered under the Securities Act, or any state securities laws, and unless so registered, may not be offered or sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

The government of The Bahamas has released the 2013/14 Budget Communication. Download a PDF of the document here.

The Bahamas Branch of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) recently announced the appointment of jurist and legal scholar Dame Joan Augusta Sawyer as its official patron. Pictured: Jurist and legal scholar Dame Joan Augusta Sawyer. (Photo courtesy CIArb)

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