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C3is Inc. reports Revenue of $12.8 million, Net Income of $3.8 million, and financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2024

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C3is (Nasdaq: CISS), a ship-owning company providing drybulk and tanker transportation services, reported $12.8 million in revenue and $3.8 million in net income for Q1 2024. This represents a significant increase from Q1 2023, with revenues up by $9.6 million and net income rising by 404%. EBITDA for Q1 2024 was $5.7 million, up 302% from the previous year. Basic and diluted EPS stood at $1.11. The company conducted two equity offerings, raising $11.4 million, and completed a reverse stock split to meet Nasdaq listing requirements. Fleet capacity increased to 213,468 dwt with the acquisition of a new vessel. Operating expenses rose due to fleet expansion, with voyage expenses at $2.8 million and vessel operating expenses at $1.8 million.

Positive
  • Revenue of $12.8 million for Q1 2024, up from $3.2 million in Q1 2023.
  • Net Income of $3.8 million for Q1 2024, up 404% from Q1 2023.
  • EBITDA of $5.7 million for Q1 2024, up 302% from Q1 2023.
  • Basic and diluted EPS of $1.11.
  • Successful equity offerings raising $11.4 million.
  • Fleet capacity increased to 213,468 dwt with the acquisition of a new vessel.
  • Strong cash balance of $34.9 million.
  • Fleet operational utilization of 93.4%.
Negative
  • Increased voyage expenses to $2.8 million, up from $0.3 million in Q1 2023.
  • Higher vessel operating expenses at $1.8 million, up from $1.0 million in Q1 2023.
  • Depreciation increased to $1.4 million, up from $0.7 million in Q1 2023.
  • General and Administrative costs rose to $1.5 million from $0.2 million in Q1 2023.
  • Interest and finance costs increased to $0.8 million.
  • Unrealized loss on warrants of $0.6 million.
  • Reverse stock split conducted to meet Nasdaq listing requirements.

C3is Inc. has demonstrated robust financial performance for Q1 2024, with significant improvements across several key metrics. The revenue of $12.8 million and net income of $3.8 million mark considerable growth compared to the same period in 2023. The 404% increase in net income and 302% rise in EBITDA are particularly noteworthy. These figures indicate strong operational efficiency and market adaptability, with the Aframax tanker contributing significantly to revenues.

One standout metric is the basic and diluted EPS of $1.11. This suggests the company's earnings are substantial relative to its share price, resulting in a low P/E ratio of approximately 0.36. A lower P/E ratio can often attract value investors, as it may indicate the stock is undervalued compared to its earnings potential.

However, the reverse stock split and the two equity offerings signal strategies to maintain Nasdaq listing and raise capital, potentially diluting existing shares. The company's high cash balance ($34.9 million) and debt-free status are positives, underpinning further fleet expansion and operational resilience.

From a retail investor's perspective, the company's strategic focus on diversifying its fleet and capitalizing on market conditions presents promising growth opportunities. Yet, one should be mindful of the potential risks associated with market volatility and the shipping industry’s cyclical nature.

The shipping industry has seen a favorable environment, particularly with dry bulk and tanker rates, which C3is Inc. has effectively leveraged. The fleet operational utilization of 93.4% and daily TCE of $36,480 underscore operational efficiency and market alignment. The company's ability to secure short-term charters for its dry bulk carriers while utilizing the Aframax tanker in the spot market highlights strategic agility in adapting to market dynamics.

The acquisition of a 2012-built Japanese handysize dry bulk carrier and the resultant increase in total fleet capacity demonstrates C3is Inc.'s commitment to expanding its market presence. This fleet expansion is aligned with the company’s goal of diversifying its fleet to mitigate segment-specific risks and smooth returns over time.

Retail investors should consider the potential for sustained earnings growth given the favorable industry conditions and the company's strategic fleet management. However, it is essential to remain cognizant of the inherent volatility in the shipping industry, which could affect future earnings stability.

ATHENS, Greece, May 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- C3is Inc. (Nasdaq: CISS) (the “Company”), a ship-owning company providing drybulk seaborne transportation services, and from the third quarter of 2023, tanker transportation services, announced today its unaudited financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our handysize dry bulk carriers are on time charters of short term durations, producing steady cash flows, while our Aframax tanker operates in the spot market where voyage charter rates for Aframax tankers are in excess of $40,000 per day.
  • All our handysize dry bulk carriers, and our Aframax tanker are unencumbered.
  • Fleet operational utilization of 93.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2024, as our vessels that operated under time charter employment had few commercial idle days.
  • Revenues of $12.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, corresponding to a daily TCE1  of $36,480.
  • 129% increase in daily TCE for the three months ended March 31, 2024, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023.
  • Our Company generated a Net Income of $3.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024.
  • 404% increase in Net Income for the three months ended March 31, 2024, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023.
  • Our Company generated an EBITDA2 of $5.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024.
  • 302% increase in EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2024, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023.
  • 19% increase in Total Assets as of March 31, 2024 compared to December 31, 2023.
  • Basic and Diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2024 was $1.11.
  • Our Basic and Diluted EPS for the quarter annualized and compared to our current share price represent a price to earnings ratio of approximately 0.36.
  • During the first quarter of 2024, we concluded two follow-on equity offerings, generating aggregate net proceeds of $11.4 million which increased our cash balance, including time deposits, to $34.9 million.
  • In April 2024, our Company effected a reverse stock split of 1 for 100 of its common shares, aimed at meeting the minimum bid price requirement for maintaining listing on Nasdaq Capital Market, thus all share amounts have been retrospectively restated.
  • In April 2024, our Company announced an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Japanese handysize drybulk carrier from an affiliated company. Following this vessel acquisition and the delivery of the 33,664 DWT handysize drybulk carrier to our Company in May 2024, the total fleet capacity increased to 213,468 dwt. 10% of the purchase price was paid on delivery, with the remaining 90% due in April 2025.

First Quarter 2024 Results:

  • Voyage revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2024 amounted to $12.8 million, an increase of $9.6 million compared to revenues of $3.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023, primarily due to the revenues generated by our Aframax tanker acquired in July 2023. Total calendar days for our fleet were 273 and 180 days for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023 respectively. Of the total calendar days in the first quarters of 2024 and 2023, 164, or 60.1% and 163 or 90.6%, were time charter days. Our fleet operational utilization was 93.4% and 90.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023.
  • Voyage expenses and vessels’ operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2024 were $2.8 million and $1.8 million respectively, compared to $0.3 million and $1.0 million respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2023. The increases in both voyage expenses and vessels’ operating expenses are attributed to the increase in the average number of our vessels following the acquisition of our Aframax tanker in July 2023 which operates in the spot market. Voyage expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023 included bunkers cost of $1.8 million and $0.1 million, corresponding to 64.3% and 33.3% of total voyage expenses. Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023 mainly included crew expenses of $0.9 million and $0.6 million, corresponding to 50.0% and 60.0% of total vessel operating expenses, spares and consumables costs of $0.4 million and $0.3 million, corresponding to 22.2% and 30.0% of total vessel operating expenses, and maintenance expenses of $0.2 million and $0.1 million, representing works and repairs on the vessels, corresponding to 11.1% and 10.0%, of total vessel operating expenses.              
  • Depreciation for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was $1.4 million, a $0.7 million increase from $0.7 million for the same period of last year, due to the increase in the average number of our vessels.
  • Management fees for the three months ended March 31, 2024 were $0.12 million, a $0.04 million increase from $0.08 million for the same period of last year, due to the increase in the average number of our vessels.
  • General and Administrative costs for the three months ended March 31, 2024 were $1.5 million and mainly related to expenses incurred relating to the two public offerings and the reverse stock split and expenses incurred as a result of operating as a separate public company. General and Administrative costs for the three months ended March 31, 2023 were $0.2 million.
  • Interest and finance costs for the three months ended March 31, 2024 were $0.8 million and mainly related to the accrued interest expense – related party as of March 31, 2024 in connection with the $38.7 million which is part of the acquisition price of our Aframax tanker Afrapearl II that is payable by July 2024.
  • Unrealized loss on warrants for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was $0.6 million and related to net fair value losses of our Class B-1 and B-2 Warrants and Class C-1 and C-2 warrants which were issued during the first quarter of 2024 in connection with the two public offerings and have been classified as liabilities.
  • As a result of the above, for the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company reported a net income of $3.8 million.
  • EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2024 amounted to $5.7 million.
  • An average of 3.00 vessels were owned by the Company during the three months ended March 31, 2024.

CEO Dr. Diamantis Andriotis commented:

2024 started with an affluence of vigorous activities for C3is Inc. that will enable us to take advantage of acquisition opportunities as they arise.
Our remarkable financial results during the first quarter of 2024 highlight our ability to capitalize on the solid freight rate environment. Indicatively, we managed to achieve a fleetwide time charter equivalent rate of $36,480 per day. As a result, we reported an EBITDA of $5.7 million and a Net Income of $3.8 million, representing increases of 302% and 404% compared to the equivalent period of 2023.
During the first quarter of the year, our cash balance increased by 286% since 2023-year end levels. Our strong cash flow generation from our profitable vessel operations as well as the completion of two follow-on equity offerings, generating aggregate net proceeds of $11.4 million, enabled our Company to further expand its fleet.
Specifically, in May, we took delivery of our recently acquired 2012 Japanese built dry bulk carrier, the Eco Spitfire. Following our latest fleet addition, our total fleet capacity has increased by 234% since the Company’s inception less than a year ago.
Looking ahead, we believe that earnings momentum will remain generally favorable, prompting our continued focus on our fleet growth strategy.
We believe that our capital structure comprising of no bank debt and a strong cash balance, currently at over $40 million, will further enhance our Company’s ability to fund selective vessel acquisitions following payments of the remaining purchase prices for our Aframax tanker and our handysize dry bulk carrier.
We also aim at diversifying our fleet so as to have more impact on long-term profits via re-weighting of exposure to different segments, thus allowing stronger segments to bolster weaker ones, and smoothing returns over time.

Conference Call details:

On May 28, 2024, at 11:00 am ET, the company’s management will host a conference call to present the results and the company’s operations and outlook.

Slides and audio webcast:

There will also be a live and then archived webcast of the conference call, through C3is Inc. website (www.c3is.pro). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

ABOUT C3is Inc.
C3is Inc. is a ship-owning company providing drybulk and crude oil seaborne transportation services. At the end of Q1 2024, the Company owned three vessels, two Handysize drybulk carriers with a total capacity of 64,000 deadweight tons (dwt) and an Aframax oil tanker with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 115,800 dwt, resulting with a fleet total capacity of 179,800 DWT. C3is Inc.’s shares of common stock are listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and trade under the symbols “CISS”.

Forward-Looking Statements
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performanceincluding our intentions relating to fleet growth and diversification and financing, outlook for our shipping sectors and vessel earnings, and our ability to maintain compliance with Nasdaq continued listing requirements, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although C3is Inc. believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, C3is Inc. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include risks discussed in our filings with the SEC and the following: the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, shipyard performance, changes in C3is Inc.’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, ability to fund the remaining purchase price for certain of our vessels, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, the conflict in Ukraine and related sanctions, the conflict in Israel and Gaza, potential disruption of shipping routes due to ongoing attacks by Houthis in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden or accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.
Certain shipping industry information, statistics and charts contained herein have been derived from industry sources. You are hereby advised that such information, statistics and charts have not been prepared specifically for inclusion in this presentation and the Company has not undertaken any independent investigation to confirm the accuracy or completeness of such information.

Readers of this presentation should review our filings with the SEC for a discussion of factors and circumstances that could affect our future financial results and our ability to realize the expectations stated herein. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Time Charter Equivalent Revenues and Time Charter Equivalent $/per day may be included in our presentations, which are presented because they are used by management and certain investors to measure a company’s financial performance and underlying trends as they exclude certain items impacting overall comparability. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Time Charter Equivalent Revenues and Time Charter Equivalent $/per day are “non-GAAP financial measures” and should not be considered a substitute for net income or revenues in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States or as a measure of profitability or liquidity.

Company Contact:

Nina Pyndiah
Chief Financial Officer

C3is Inc.
00-30-210-6250-001
E-mail: info@c3is.pro

Fleet Data:
The following key indicators highlight the Company’s operating performance during the periods ended March 31, 2023 and March 31, 2024.

FLEET DATA 

Q1 2023
 

Q1 2024
Average number of vessels (1)2.003.00
Period end number of owned vessels in fleet23
Total calendar days for fleet (2)180273
Total voyage days for fleet (3)180273
Fleet utilization (4)100.0%100.0%
Total charter days for fleet (5)163164
Total spot market days for fleet (6)17109
Fleet operational utilization (7)90.6%93.4%
   

1) Average number of vessels is the number of owned vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
2) Total calendar days for fleet are the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period including off-hire days associated with repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.
3) Total voyage days for fleet reflect the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period net of off-hire days associated with repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.
4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.
5) Total charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on time or bareboat charters for the relevant period.
6) Total spot market charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on spot market charters for the relevant period.
7) Fleet operational utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels generated revenue, and is determined by dividing voyage days excluding commercially idle days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

Reconciliation of EBITDA:

EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income and depreciation. EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies in the shipping or other industries.

EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis, upon which we and our investors assess our financial performance. It allows us to present our performance from period to period on a comparable basis and provides investors with a means of better evaluating and understanding our operating performance.

(Expressed in United States Dollars) 
 

                 Q1 2023
Q1 2024
Net income - EBITDA  
Net income751,3533,786,620
Plus interest and finance costs305752,546
Less interest income-(209,178)
Plus depreciation670,0641,382,297
EBITDA1,421,7225,712,285
   

Reconciliation of TCE:
Time Charter Equivalent rate or “TCE” rate is determined by dividing revenue net of voyage expenses by voyage days for the relevant time period. TCE is a non-GAAP measure which provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with revenues, the most directly comparable GAAP measure to Time charter equivalent revenues assists the Company’s management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of its vessels and in evaluating their financial performance. TCE is also a standard shipping industry performance measure, useful to the investors, as it is used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company’s performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters or time charters, but not bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods and compare two shipping companies despite the charter types of their vessels.

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars except for available days and Time charter equivalent rate)  
Q1 2023Q1 2024
Revenues3,151,84512,792,011
Voyage expenses(285,020)(2,832,992)
Time charter equivalent revenues2,866,8259,959,019
Total voyage days for fleet180273
Time charter equivalent rate15,92736,480
   

C3is Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Expressed in United States Dollars, except for number of shares)

   
  Q1 2023Q1 2024
    
Revenues  
 Revenues3,151,84512,792,011
Total revenues3,151,84512,792,011
    
Expenses  
 Voyage expenses250,9762,671,089
 Voyage expenses – related party34,044161,903
 Vessels’ operating expenses1,013,5581,777,270
 Vessels’ operating expenses – related party15,00033,500
 Drydocking costs143,712--
 Management fees79,200120,120
 General and administrative expenses--1,394,907
 General and administrative expenses – related parties193,855111,436
 Depreciation670,0641,382,297
Total expenses2,400,4097,652,522
    
Income from operations751,4365,139,489
    
Other (expenses)/income 
 Interest and finance costs(305)(1,929)
 Interest and finance costs – related party--(750,617)
 Interest income--209,178
 Foreign exchange gain/(loss)222(179,630)
 Unrealized loss on warrants--(629,871)
Other expenses, net(83)(1,352,869)
    
    
Net Income751,3533,786,620
    
Earnings per share (iii) 
 - Basic23.611.11
 - Diluted10.061.11
    
Weighted average number of shares
 - Basic31,826655,756
 - Diluted74,683655,756

iii The computation of earnings per share gives retroactive effect to the shares issued in connection with the spin-off of our company from Imperial Petroleum Inc. in June 2023 and to the reverse stock split effected in April 2024.

C3is Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in United States Dollars)

         
     December 31, March 31,
     2023 2024
        
Assets      
Current assets     
 Cash and cash equivalents 695,288 28,163,578
 Time deposits 8,368,417 6,784,900
 Trade and other receivables 10,443,497 4,235,499
 Other current assets  33,846 -
 Inventories  689,269 912,788
 Advances and prepayments 80,267 54,939
Total current assets  20,310,584 40,151,704
        
Non current assets     
 Vessels, net  75,161,431 73,779,134
Total non current assets  75,161,431 73,779,134
Total assets   95,472,015 113,930,838
        
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities     
 Trade accounts payable 547,017 1,010,332
 Payable to related parties 38,531,016 39,528,709
 Accrued and other liabilities 634,297 885,349
 Deferred income 215,836 179,326
Total current liabilities  39,928,166 41,603,716
Non current liabilities     
 Warrant liability   -6,195,439
Total non current liabilities  - 6,195,439
Total liabilities  39,928,166 47,799,155
        
Commitments and contingencies    
        
Stockholders' equity     
 Capital stock   874 19,530
 Preferred stock, Series A 6,000 6,000
 Additional paid-in capital 47,191,056 57,025,197
 Retained earnings  8,345,919 9,080,956
Total stockholders' equity  55,543,849 66,131,683
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 95,472,015 113,930,838

 

C3is Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Expressed in United States Dollars)

       Three month period ended March 31,
       2023                 2024
          
Cash flows from operating activities      
 Net income for the period   751,353 3,786,620
          
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash     
provided by operating activities:      
 Depreciation    670,064 1,382,297
 Share based compensation    -- 63,464
 Unrealized foreign exchange loss on time deposits  -- 131,511
 Unrealized loss on warrants    -- 629,871
 Offering costs attributable to warrant liability  -- 1,078,622
       
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
 (Increase)/decrease in       
 Trade and other receivables   (275,698) 6,207,998
 Other current assets    -- 33,846
 Inventories    (236,902) (223,519)
 Advances and prepayments   4,336 25,328
 Increase/(decrease) in       
 Trade accounts payable   (284,443) 463,315
 Payable to related parties   -- 999,777
 Accrued liabilities    76,530 251,052
 Deferred income    -- (36,510)
Net cash provided by operating activities  705,240 14,793,672
          
Cash flows from investing activities      
 Increase in bank time deposits  -- (6,801,175)
 Maturity of bank time deposits  -- 8,253,181
Net cash provided by investing activities   -- 1,452,006
          
Cash flows from financing activities      
 Net transfers to parent   (705,240) --
 Proceeds from follow-on offerings   -- 13,147,990
 Stock issuance costs    -- (1,733,711)
 Dividends paid on preferred shares   -- (191,667)
Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities   (705,240) 11,222,612
          
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  -- 27,468,290
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  -- 695,288
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  -- 28,163,578
          

Supplemental Cash Flow Information
Non-cash Investing and Financing Activities

Dividends on preferred shares Series A included in payable to related parties     160,416
       

1 TCE is a non-GAAP measure. Refer to the reconciliation of this measure to the most directly comparable financial measure in accordance with GAAP set forth later in this release.
2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. Refer to the reconciliation of this measure to the most directly comparable financial measure in accordance with GAAP set forth later in this release.


FAQ

What were C3is Inc.'s revenues for Q1 2024?

C3is reported revenues of $12.8 million for Q1 2024.

What is C3is Inc.'s net income for Q1 2024?

C3is reported a net income of $3.8 million for Q1 2024.

How much did C3is Inc. raise from equity offerings in Q1 2024?

C3is raised $11.4 million from two equity offerings in Q1 2024.

What is the EPS of C3is Inc. for Q1 2024?

The basic and diluted EPS for Q1 2024 is $1.11.

How did C3is Inc. perform in terms of EBITDA for Q1 2024?

C3is's EBITDA for Q1 2024 was $5.7 million, a 302% increase from the previous year.

What was the fleet operational utilization for C3is Inc. in Q1 2024?

Fleet operational utilization was 93.4% for Q1 2024.

What were the voyage expenses for C3is Inc. in Q1 2024?

Voyage expenses for Q1 2024 were $2.8 million.

What were the vessel operating expenses for C3is Inc. in Q1 2024?

Vessel operating expenses for Q1 2024 were $1.8 million.

What adjustments did C3is Inc. make to meet Nasdaq listing requirements?

C3is conducted a reverse stock split to meet the minimum bid price requirement for Nasdaq listing.

What was the impact of the new vessel acquisition on C3is Inc.'s fleet capacity?

The acquisition of the new vessel increased C3is's fleet capacity to 213,468 dwt.

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