FRO – Second Quarter and Six Months 2023 Results

24.08.2023

FRONTLINE PLC REPORTS RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2023

Frontline plc (the “Company” or “Frontline”), today reported unaudited results for the six months ended June 30, 2023:

Highlights 

  • Highest second quarter profit since 2008 of $230.7 million, or $1.04 per basic and diluted share for the second quarter of 2023.
  • Adjusted profit of $210.0 million, or $0.94 per basic and diluted share for the second quarter of 2023.
  • Declared a cash dividend of $0.80 per share for the second quarter of 2023.
  • Reported revenues of $512.8 million for the second quarter of 2023.
  • Reported spot TCEs for VLCCs, Suezmax tankers and LR2/Aframax tankers in the second quarter of 2023 were 64,000 , 61,700  and 52,900 per day, respectively.
  • For the third quarter of 2023, we estimate spot TCE on a load-to-discharge basis of $53,200 contracted for 74% of vessel days for VLCCs, $48,800 contracted for 67% of vessel days for Suezmax tankers and $40,500 contracted for 57% of vessel days for LR2/Aframax tankers.

Lars H. Barstad, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, commented:

“Frontline had another solid quarter as supportive tanker fundamentals continued. With all our asset classes performing, Frontline’s lean and efficient platform continued to yield shareholder returns. Despite OPEC production cuts, global oil in transit outperformed seasonal patterns, as Asian oil demand attracted incremental barrels from other regions of the world. Despite uncertainties in the global macro environment, demand for oil and oil products seem largely unaffected as we head towards the winter in the northern hemisphere. The current softness in certain tanker segments is in line with historical seasonal expectations and improving refinery margins aligns with the market playbook for this time of the year.” 

Average daily time charter equivalents (“TCEs”)1

($ per day) Spot TCE Spot TCE estimates % Covered Estimated average daily cash breakeven rates
  2023 Q2 2023 Q1 2023 Q4 2022 2022 Q3 2023 2023
VLCC 58,300 64,000 52,500 63,200 31,300 53,200 74% 27,000
Suezmax 62,900 61,700 64,000 57,900 37,100 48,800 67% 23,400
LR2 / Aframax 54,600 52,900 56,300 58,800 38,500 40,500 57% 16,600

We expect the spot TCEs for the full third quarter of 2023 to be lower than the TCEs currently contracted, due to the impact of ballast days at the end of the second quarter. The number of ballast days at the end of the second quarter was 435 for VLCCs, 353 for Suezmax tankers and 167 for LR2/Aframax tankers.

The Board of Directors
Frontline plc
Limassol, Cyprus
August 23, 2023

Ola Lorentzon – Chairman and Director
John Fredriksen – Director
Ole B. Hjertaker – Director   
James O’Shaughnessy – Director
Steen Jakobsen – Director
Marios Demetriades – Director

Questions should be directed to:

Lars H. Barstad: Chief Executive Officer, Frontline Management AS
+47 23 11 40 00

Inger M. Klemp: Chief Financial Officer, Frontline Management AS
+47 23 11 40 00

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this report may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements, which include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

Frontline plc and its subsidiaries, or the Company, desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. This report and any other written or oral statements made by us or on our behalf may include forward-looking statements, which reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results. When used in this document, the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect” and similar expressions, terms or phrases may identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this report are based upon various assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

In addition to these important factors and matters discussed elsewhere herein, important factors that, in our 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, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in the supply and demand for vessels comparable to ours, changes in worldwide oil production and consumption and storage, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry docking and insurance costs, the market for the Company’s vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, our ability to obtain financing and comply with the restrictions and other covenants in our financing arrangements, availability of skilled workers and the related labor costs, compliance with governmental, tax, environmental and safety regulation, any non-compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) or other applicable regulations relating to bribery, the impact of increasing scrutiny and changing expectations from investors, lenders and other market participants with respect to our ESG policies, general economic conditions and conditions in the oil industry, effects of new products and new technology in our industry, the failure of counter parties to fully perform their contracts with us, our dependence on key personnel, adequacy of insurance coverage, our ability to obtain indemnities from customers, changes in laws, treaties or regulations, the volatility of the price of our ordinary shares; our incorporation under the laws of Cyprus and the different rights to relief that may be available compared to other countries, including the United States, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, environmental factors, political events, public health threats, international hostilities including the ongoing developments in the Ukraine region, acts by terrorists or acts of piracy on ocean-going vessels, the length and severity of epidemics and pandemics and their impacts on the demand for seaborne transportation of petroleum products, the impact of increasing scrutiny and changing expectations from investors, lenders and other market participants with respect to our Environmental, Social and Governance policies, the impact of port or canal congestion and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission or Commission.

We caution readers of this report not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. These forward-looking statements are no guarantee of our future performance, and actual results and future developments may vary materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


 

1 This press release describes Time Charter Equivalent earnings and related per day amounts, which are not measures prepared in accordance with IFRS (“non-GAAP”). See Appendix 1 for a full description of the measures and reconciliation to the nearest IFRS measure.

 

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