Oslo, 31 August 2020
Q2 and six-month 2020 results:
MPC Container Ships ASA ("MPCC" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries the "Group") today published its unaudited financial report for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020. The Group reports a net loss of USD 17.6 million for Q2 2020.
As of 30 June 2020, the Group has acquired and taken over 68 container vessels, whereof 59 are fully owned and 8 are operated in a joint venture.
CEO Constantin Baack comments in relation to the announcement: "MPC Container Ships’ Q2 2020 financials were severely affected by the spread of COVID-19 across multiple continents, causing global lockdowns, port closures and abrupt restrictions imposed on crew changes. The subsequent economic downturn prompted an immediate need for MPC Container Ships to take certain measures and secure additional liquidity in order to safeguard values for stakeholders. In July, the company successfully completed a stepwise recapitalisation process and re-emerged with a longer liquidity runway, debt covenant waivers and a bond maturity extension, all to address the market uncertainties due to COVID-19.
The world is navigating unchartered waters of extreme uncertainty and hence the market remains fragile. While it is challenging to take a firm view on the industry’s near-term outlook as a charter market rebound is conditional upon a continued COVID-19 recovery, we see encouraging signs of improvement in several important industry indicators. Total idle container fleet, which increased dramatically during the onset of the pandemic, has seen an equally substantial retraction over the summer as liners are re-instating services. Charter rates are yet again improving, and the supply side remains insufficient due to an historically low order book and the re-opening of recycling yards in the Indian subcontinent. To this end, MPC Container Ships is well-positioned to benefit from a much-anticipated market rehabilitation."
Q2 and six-month 2020 earnings call and webcast:
The Company will host a webcast for the presentation of the Q2 2020 results commencing on 31 August 2020 at 15:00 hours CEST / 09:00 hours EDT. The presentation will be made available on the Company’s webpage (https://www.mpc-container.com/en/financial-reports/) from 12:00 hours CEST / 06:00 hours EDT. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.
The event is being streamed. It is recommended that you listen via your computer speakers. Please note that for optimal viewing, it is recommended not to use VPN, but instead to connect directly to the internet. Please disable pop-up blockers in order to view the content in its entirety.
The live webcast can be accessed through the following link:
Alternatively, participants may dial in to the earnings call using the below dial-in information:
Norwegian LocalCall Dial-In (Oslo): +47 23 96 02 64
US LocalCall Dial-In (New York): +1 (631) 510-7495
International/Toll Attendee Dial-In: +44 (0) 2071 928000
Conference ID: 6787156
Following the earnings call, a post-call recording of the webcast will be made available on the Company’s webpage (https://www.mpc-container.com/en/financial-reports/).
The above information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
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About MPC Container Ships ASA:
MPC Container Ships ASA (ticker code "MPCC") was formed in April 2017. Its main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of container ships with a focus on the feeder segment between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU. The Company is registered and has its business office in Oslo, Norway. For more information, please see our webpage: www.mpc-container.com