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February 10, 2014
05:58 EDTNATNordic American Offshore to buy two or more PSVs
Nordic American Offshore, which is sponsored by Nordic American Tankers and is managed by a subsidiary of NAT, currently has six platform supply vessels operating in the demanding North Sea market. PSVs are highly sophisticated vessels, representing the latest in design and technology, and they play an integral role in the logistical chain in offshore exploration and production of oil and gas. The two newbuildings will be delivered in January 2015 and cost about $44M each. Nordic American Tankers owns 26% of the share capital in NAO at a cost of $65 million. NAO will be operated essentially along the same strategic lines as NAT. This includes an active dividend policy and the prudent use of its resources to ensure a top-quality fleet at all times. The plan is for NAO to be listed on NYSE later this spring. NAO is now listed on the so-called OTC in Oslo, Norway. The stock price of NAO has gone up about 10% since it came onto the OTC at the end of November 2013.
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November 20, 2014
05:55 EDTNATNordic American Tankers CEO says 'low oil price good for tanker industry'
Herbjørn Hansson, chairman & CEO of Nordic American Tankers, released a letter to shareholders staing: "Let me be very clear that the effect is positive for the world tanker business. The upswing in Suezmax tanker rates in the recent past may have to some extent to do with the decrease in the oil price. The Suezmax tanker market is strong at the time of this letter which is boding well for Q4. The most significant impact of a lower oil price is an increase in oil demand. Lower prices may trigger stockpiling or have a more general positive impact. A saving of $20 per barrel equates to savings for the U.S. of about $55B annually. Such an oil price decrease has the same effect on the overall economy as a tax reduction. By far our largest cost item is the bunker fuel that the ships are burning in the main engines. Until recently, bunker fuel costs stood at about $600-$650 per ton. Our 22 vessels typically burn about 40-50 tons of fuel per day each depending upon the speed of the vessel. Recently bunker prices have dropped to around $450 per ton, decreasing our cost base. This is also positive for our business. We believe that there are positive signs in the market for Suezmax tankers. With this letter I wish to make it clear that a lower oil price is contributing positively to our business beyond the effects of changing trade patterns and constrained Suezmax tanker supply growth. We remain cautious as always but we believe we see some bright spots on the horizon."
November 10, 2014
05:48 EDTNATNordic American Tankers reports Q3 EPS 1c, consensus (11c)
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