Preliminary Q4 2022 results and increased quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share
Hamilton, Bermuda, February 15, 2023. SFL Corporation Ltd. (“SFL” or the “Company”) today announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2022.
- 76th consecutive quarterly dividend declared, increased to $0.24 per share
- Net profit of $48.5 million, or $0.38 per share in the fourth quarter
- Received charter hire1 of approximately $208 million in the quarter, incl. $6.9 million of profit share
- Adjusted EBITDA2 of $127.5 million from consolidated subsidiaries, plus an additional $7.9 million adjusted EBITDA2 from 49.9% owned associated companies
- Four new vessels delivered during the fourth quarter, all with long term charters to leading blue-chip customers
- Agreed sale of a 2009-built Suezmax crude oil tanker with expected delivery in the first quarter
Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment:
«SFL is pleased to announce yet another strong quarter, with growth in both revenues and EBITDA. Throughout 2022, we have continued building our portfolio through a combination of new long term charters on existing vessels and new acquisitions, increasing our fixed rate charter backlog to approximately $3.6 billion.
Since the inception of the Company in 2004, more than $2.5 billion has been returned to our shareholders through 76 consecutive cash dividends. And we have continuously demonstrated our ability to both renew and diversify our portfolio of assets and charters, supporting a sustainable long term distribution capacity.»
The Board of Directors has declared an increased quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share. The dividend will be paid on or around March 30, 2023, to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2023, and the ex-dividend date on the New York Stock Exchange will be March 14, 2023.
February 15, 2023
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 may 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 comprises of container vessels, car carriers, tanker vessels, bulkers 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 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.