Double Hull Tankers (DHT-Quote) Reports Q1 (Mar) earnings of $0.26 per share, excluding non-cash expenses, $0.03 worse than the First Call consensus of $0.29; revenues rose 19.8% year/year to $29.8 mln vs the $29.6 mln consensus.
The Board of Directors of DHT has decided to pay a dividend of $0.25 per share for the first quarter 2009. The dividend will be paid on June 16, 2009 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 3, 2009.
On 18 October 2005, DHT Maritime, Inc. (formerly Double Hull Tankers, Inc.) (NYSE: DHT) commenced operations as an independent tanker company. The Company acquired seven double hull crude oil tankers from Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), a market leader in global energy transportation services with a fleet of more than 100 crude tankers and petroleum product carriers. In December 2007 and January 2008, DHT took delivery of two Suezmax tankers. DHT's modern fleet consists of three Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), two Suezmax tankers and four Aframax tankers.
The seven vessels acquired from OSG in 2005 were chartered to OSG on October 18 2005 for periods ranging from five to six and one-half years. OSG has options to extend the charters for an additional five to eight years depending on vessel. In return, DHT receives a base charter hire and expects, through a profit sharing agreement, to benefit from earnings over and above the base charter hire rates. The vessels are operated in the largest commercial tanker pools in their segments: Tankers International and Aframax International, respectively. The vessels are technically operated (crewing, maintenance, repairs, drydockings etc.) by a subsidiary of OSG at fixed cost to DHT. The two Suezmax tankers are on seven and ten year bareboat charters to OSG.
On Janaury 4, 2008, DHT announced a dividend policy of a fixed quarterly dividend of $0.25 per common share. DHT intends to pursue a strategy of providing shareholders with a stable and visible distribution and also position the Company to use its incremental cash flow to fund future growth opportunities.
Disclosure I am long DHT shares, in my shipping Folio.
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