TOP SHIPS Inc (TOPS) Shares Skyrocket on Back of 2017 Earnings Release


On Friday, TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ:TOPS) announced earnings results for 2017, while also revealing its recent acquisitions. Investors must have liked what they heard because TOP SHIPS stock jumped nearly 40% in pre-market trading Monday.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported (1) Net loss of $13.4 million, and (2) Adjusted EBITDA of $16.4 million.

Furthermore the Company announced that it has acquired:

  1. 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of PCH Dreaming Inc., a Marshall Islands company that has entered into a new building contract for a high specification 50,000 dwt Medium Range (“MR”) product/chemical tanker under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. in South Korea and scheduled for delivery during March 2019. The Company has acquired the shares from Ships International Inc. (the “Seller”), an entity affiliated with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, for an aggregate purchase price of $3.95 million. Following its delivery, the vessel will enter into a time charter with an entity affiliated with the Seller for a firm duration of one year at a gross daily rate of $16,000, with a charterer’s option to extend for two additional years at $17,000 and $18,000, respectively.
  2. 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of South California Inc., a Marshall Islands company that has entered into a new building contract for a high specification, scrubber-equipped, 157,000 dwt Suezmax Crude Oil Carrier under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in South Korea and scheduled for delivery during April 2019. The Company has acquired the shares from the Seller for an aggregate purchase price of $8.95 million. Following its delivery, the vessel will enter into a time charter with an entity affiliated with the Seller for a firm duration of one year at a gross daily rate of $25,000, with a charterer’s option to extend for two additional years at $26,000 and $27,000, respectively.
  3. 100% of the issued outstanding shares of Malibu Warrior Inc., a Marshall Islands company that has entered into a new building contract for a high specification, scrubber-equipped, 157,000 dwt Suezmax Crude Oil Carrier under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in South Korea and scheduled for delivery during May 2019. The Company has acquired the shares from the Seller for an aggregate purchase price of $8.95 million. Following its delivery, the vessel will enter into a time charter with an entity affiliated with the Seller for a firm duration of one year at a gross daily rate of $25,000, with a charterer’s option to extend for two additional years at $26,000 and $27,000, respectively.
  4. 10% of the issued and outstanding shares of Eco Seven Inc., a Marshall Islands company that owns M/T Stena Elegance, a high specification 50,000 dwt MR product/chemical tanker delivered in February 2017 at Hyundai Vinashin. The Company has acquired the shares from an entity affiliated with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer for an aggregate purchase price of $1.6 million. As a result of the transaction the Company will own 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Eco Seven Inc.