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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 

FORM 6-K
 
 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16 OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of November 2020
Commission File Number: 001-13944
 

 

NORDIC AMERICAN TANKERS LIMITED
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
 
 

LOM Building, 27 Reid Street, Hamilton, HM 11, Bermuda
(Address of principal executive office)
 
 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
Form 20-F             Form 40-F 
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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT

Attached as Exhibit 1 is a press release of Nordic American Tankers Limited (the "Company") dated November 16, 2020, announcing the Company’s dividend and earnings report for the third quarter of 2020.

This Report on Form 6-K is hereby incorporated by reference into the Company’s Registration Statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-228603), filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with an effective date of February 20, 2019.


SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 
NORDIC AMERICAN TANKERS LIMITED
 
(registrant)
   
Dated: November 17, 2020
By:
/S/ HERBJØRN HANSSON
   
Herbjørn Hansson
   
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
     
     
     



Exhibit 1




Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) – Report for the 3rd quarter – 2020 as a whole is expected to be a very good year for NAT

November 16, 2020

Highlights: 



1
The average Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) for our trading fleet during the third quarter was $25,000 per day per ship. In perspective, this is the best third quarter TCE result for many years.


2
As 2020 draws to a close, we see far less uncertainty in the market place.
Asia is recovering strongly, the US election season is over and a vaccine for Covid-19 may be widely available by early 2021. The global pandemic short term impacted the strong fundamentals we saw for the tanker market going into 2020. Despite a temporary slowdown, we see that 2020 as a whole will be a very good year for NAT. We believe that these positive fundamentals will continue.


3
Cash dividends are a priority for NAT, and reflect our earnings. In 2020 we have paid $60 million or 41 cents per share in dividends. With this report we announce our 93rd consecutive quarterly dividend. The dividend for 3Q2020 is
4 cents ($0.04) per share, payable on or about December 15, 2020, to shareholders of record December 2, 2020. The accumulated dividend payments for the last four quarters represent an annualized yield of 14% on today’s share price.


4
During the third quarter we took several of our vessels through drydockings and as such our net voyage revenues and net profit were affected. This was an optimal timing. Our Net Income for 3Q 2020 thus came in at - $10.0 million, which gave an Earnings Per Share (EPS) of -$0.07. Our Year-to-date Net Income was positive with $78.7 million which is equivalent to an EPS of $0.53. This was an improvement of about $100 million compared to the same period in 2019, which produced a Net Income of -$23.1 million.


5
Our EBITDA (non-GAAP measure) for 3Q2020 was positive by $15.6 million. This was lower than second quarter, but the EBITDA was an improvement compared to the same quarter last year, which generated an EBITDA of $11.5 million.


6
Our total long term liabilities as per Sept 30, 2020 stood at $313.3 million, a reduction of more than $63 million since year-end 2019. Our Net Debt is $255.4 million or about $11 million per ship.


7
On Sept 23, 2020 we announced two newbuilding contracts placed with Samsung Heavy Industries. The two suezmaxes will be delivered first half 2022. Financing has been secured. This is a part of our strategy to renew and grow our fleet. The quality of the NAT fleet is first rate, reflecting the vetting record of our ships.


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Detailed financial information for 3Q 2020 and for other periods is included later in this report.
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Our Fleet

On Sept 23, 2020 we announced two newbuilding contracts placed with Samsung Heavy Industries for two Suezmax tankers. The vessels will be delivered first half 2022 and the ships are fully financed. This is a part of our strategy to renew and grow our fleet.

Our fleet now consists of 25 (incl. 2 newbuildings) well maintained Suezmax tankers with a cargo lifting capacity of 1 million barrels of crude oil each. We focus solely on the Suezmax market. We believe Suezmax vessels are more versatile and the one-million-barrel market offers more options in trading than the Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) with their two-million-barrel lifting capacity.

We take extra care to maintain our vessels to the highest standards for the safety of crew, cargo and the environment. The outcome of the inspections of our ships by oil companies (“vetting”) reflects the good quality and maintenance of our fleet. We recently took one of our oldest units through a regular vetting inspection with zero observations.

The operations of our Suezmax fleet have not been materially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Main challenges have been related to crew changes and we are following guidance issued by health authorities and international shipping trade associations to safeguard our seafarers. The future macro-economic effects of Covid-19 continue to remain uncertain, but a vaccine appears to be available soon.

NAT has one of the largest fleets of Suezmax tankers in the world. In a capital intensive industry like ours, careful maintenance of our existing fleet and the timing & financing of expansion are key elements to ensure both our financial stability and our commitment to paying cash dividends.

All our vessels are running on IMO compliant fuel.

Results for the third quarter ending Sept 30, 2020

For the 3rd quarter of 2020, the net income was negative $10.0 million or -$0.07 per share, compared to a net result in the previous quarter of $49.2 million or $0.33 per share. Several of our vessels were undertaking scheduled Dry-Dockings during this quarter and thus affecting our total number of income generating days in our fleet.

EBITDA (non-GAAP measure) came in at $15.6 million for the three months ending Sept 30, 2020, against an EBITDA for the previous quarter of $73.8 million. The EBITDA was an improvement compared to same quarter last year, which generated an EBITDA of $11.5 million.

For detailed information about our statement of operations (P&L), balance sheet, cash flow and reconciliation of certain Non-GAAP financial measures, we refer to the tables on page 5 and 6 of this press release.

Financing

The current cash position (including restricted cash) of the Company is $70.1 million.

Our Long Term Debt and other non-current liabilities stood at $313.3 million as per Sept 30, 2020. Our total long term liabilities have been reduced with in excess of $63 million over the last 9 months. Our Net Debt is $255.4 million or about $11 million per ship.

Our fleet is financed through two financing arrangements;


1)
The $306 million 5-year senior secured credit facility entered into on February 12, 2019 with CLMG Corp., funded by Beal Bank of Dallas, Texas. The total outstanding (including current portion of the debt), is $228.9 million as per Sept 30, 2020. Including extra down payment after 3Q20 reporting of $ 1.1 million the total outstanding amount is p.t. $226.6 million.


2)
The $129.5 million Ocean Yield Financing was entered into in December 2017 and drawn upon during 2018, to finance three of our vessels. The remaining long term amount under this financing is now $106 million. The total outstanding (including current portion) is $114.1 million.

Current portion of long term debt includes $13.2 million related to the $306 million 5-year senior secured credit facility and $7.6 million is related to the $129.5 million Vessel Financing.

During 3Q 2020 and up to the date of this report, the Company has issued 1,514,794 shares, with gross proceeds of $5.4 million under the $40 million At-the-market Offering (“ATM”). Following this issuance, as per November 16, 2020, the Company has a total of 151,204,511 common shares outstanding. An aggregate of $39.2 million in gross proceeds has been raised under the ATM in total since it was established on March 29, 2019. On October 16, 2020, the Company filed a $60 million ATM facility with the Securities & Exchange Commission. No proceeds have been raised under this new facility.
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Dividend

Cash dividends are a priority.

For the third quarter of 2020 a cash dividend of 4 cents ($0.04) per share has been declared. This is the 93rd consecutive quarterly dividend payment.

Payment of the dividend will be on or about December 15, 2020, to shareholders of record on December 2, 2020.  

Our dividend will always be a reflection of our cash earnings.

World Economy and the Tanker Market

What is good for the world economy and world trade is positive for the crude oil tanker business.

Our long term positive view on the tanker market remains the same, but the global pandemic has, in our point of view, delayed it by months and not years. A low oil price is good for the world economy and works as a stimulus for recovery. We see encouraging signals of improved Asian economies, boding well for the world economy and the tanker markets going forward.

The ordering activity for new ships is muted and the orderbook in percent of the existing tanker fleet has not been lower in decades. This is one of the main reasons for the improved tanker markets we have seen the last two years and for our long term optimism. The world’s Suezmax fleet (excl. shuttle, product & Jones Act tankers) counted 531 vessels at the end of September 2020. During the third quarter of 2020, 9 conventional Suezmax vessels were delivered from the shipyards.  For the remainder of 2020 we expect to see a total of 1 addition to the world Suezmax fleet (excl. shuttle, product & Jones Act). We currently see 23 conventional Suezmax tankers scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 20 in 2022.
 
The supply of tanker tonnage is inelastic in the short-term. When there are too many ships in an area, rates tend to go down. When there is scarcity of ships, rates tend to go up. Short-term spot tanker rates may be expected to be volatile.

Corporate Governance/Conflict of Interests

It is vital to ensure that there is no conflict of interests among shareholders, management, affiliates and related parties. Interests must be aligned. From time to time in the shipping industry, we see that questionable transactions take place which are not in harmony with sound corporate governance principles, both as to transparency and related party aspects. We have zero tolerance for corruption.

Strategy Going Forward

The NAT strategy is built on expanding and maintaining a homogenous and top quality fleet, leveraging on our industry network and close customer relationships with major oil companies. Employment of our ships with major oil companies is a priority.

A strong balance sheet, combined with a homogenous fleet and economies of scale is giving a low cash break-even level, enabling NAT to distribute free cashflow to our shareholders. 

This strategy will be positive in a strong tanker market. In an improved market, higher dividends can be expected.

Our dividend policy should continue to enable us to achieve a competitive cash yield.

Our fleet of 25 (including newbuildings) more or less identical vessels is a special feature of NAT that is particularly valuable to our customers.

NAT is firmly committed to protecting its underlying earnings and dividend potential. We shall safeguard and further strengthen this position in a deliberate, predictable and transparent way.


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NORDIC AMERICAN TANKERS LIMITED
                   
 
                             
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATION
(UNAUDITED)
       
Three Months Ended
         
Nine Months Ended
 
 
Sep. 30, 2020
   
Jun. 30, 2020
   
Sep. 30, 2019
   
Sep. 30, 2020
   
Sep. 30, 2019
 
Amounts in USD '000
                               
Net Voyage Revenue
   
37,287
     
93,772
     
32,348
     
217,237
     
116,630
 
                                         
Vessel Operating Expenses
   
(17,501
)
   
(15,716
)
   
(16,184
)
   
(50,199
)
   
(48,100
)
General and Administrative Expenses
   
(4,079
)
   
(4,137
)
   
(3,049
)
   
(12,699
)
   
(10,502
)
Depreciation Expenses
   
(17,440
)
   
(16,268
)
   
(15,985
)
   
(50,792
)
   
(47,513
)
Operating Expenses
   
(39,020
)
   
(36,121
)
   
(35,218
)
   
(113,690
)
   
(106,115
)
Net Operating Income (Loss)
   
(1,733
)
   
57,651
     
(2,870
)
   
103,547
     
10,515
 
                                         
Interest Income
   
0
     
58
     
73
     
94
     
220
 
Interest Expense
   
(8,218
)
   
(8,388
)
   
(9,354
)
   
(24,953
)
   
(29,749
)
Other Financial Income (Expenses)
   
(70
)
   
(153
)
   
(1,589
)
   
8
     
(4,068
)
Total Other Expenses
   
(8,288
)
   
(8,483
)
   
(10,870
)
   
(24,851
)
   
(33,597
)
Net Income (Loss)
   
(10,021
)
   
49,168
     
(13,740
)
   
78,696
     
(23,082
)
Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share
   
(0.07
)
   
0.33
     
(0.10
)
   
0.53
     
(0.16
)
Basic Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding
   
149,797,475
     
148,969,489
     
142,309,661
     
148,680,579
     
142,084,243
 
Common Shares Outstanding
   
150,461,345
     
149,689,717
     
142,608,016
     
150,461,345
     
142,608,016
 
                                         



CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (UNAUDITED)
 
       
Amounts in USD '000 
 
Sep. 30, 2020
   
Dec. 31, 2019
 
             
Cash and Cash Equivalents
   
62,426
     
48,847
 
Restricted Cash *
   
7,653
     
12,791
 
Accounts Receivable, Net
   
8,368
     
24,583
 
Prepaid Expenses
   
4,646
     
3,383
 
Inventory
   
17,637
     
22,475
 
Voyages in Progress
   
6,474
     
13,124
 
Other Current Assets
   
3,738
     
4,169
 
Total current assets 
   
110,942
     
129,372
 
Vessels, Net
   
875,772
     
899,997
 
Other Non-Current Assets
   
2,503
     
1,534
 
Total Non-Current Assets
   
878,275
     
901,531
 
Total Assets 
   
989,217
     
1,030,903
 
                 
Accounts Payable
   
4,960
     
8,405
 
Accrued Voyage Expenses
   
5,953
     
11,524
 
Other Current Liabilities
   
12,687
     
15,562
 
Current Portion of Long Term Debt
   
21,888
     
23,537
 
Total Current liabilities 
   
45,487
     
59,028
 
Long-Term Debt
   
312,191
     
375,364
 
Other Non-Current Liabilities
   
1,085
     
1,087
 
Total Non-current Liabilities  
   
313,276
     
376,451
 
Shareholders' Equity
   
630,454
     
595,424
 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
   
989,217
     
1,030,903
 

* Restricted cash is related to deposits made for future Drydockings of our vessels.

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NORDIC AMERICAN TANKERS LIMITED
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(UNAUDITED)
 
Nine Months Ended
   
Twelve Months Ended
 
 
 
Sep. 30, 2020
   
Sep. 30, 2019
   
Dec. 31, 2019
 
Amounts in USD '000 
 
                 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 
   
125,371
     
46,119
     
52,858
 
 
                       
Investment in Vessels
   
(5,278
)
   
(1,000
)
   
(2,531
)
Proceeds from Sale of Investment Securities
   
602
     
0
     
212
 
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities 
   
(4,676
)
   
(1,000
)
   
(2,319
)
 
                       
Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock
   
17,646
     
1,281
     
17,922
 
Proceeds from Borrowing Activities
   
0
     
300,000
     
300,000
 
Repayments on Credit Facility
   
0
     
(313,400
)
   
(313,400
)
Repayments of Vessel Financing
   
(5,679
)
   
(5,409
)
   
(7,273
)
Repayment of Borrowing Facility
   
(62,861
)
   
(10,498
)
   
0
 
Transaction Costs Borrowing Facility
   
0
     
(6,921
)
   
0
 
Repayments of Senior Secured Credit Facility
   
0
     
0
     
(14,324
)
Transaction Costs Senior Secured Credit Facility
   
0
     
0
     
(6,921
)
Dividends Distributed
   
(61,186
)
   
(11,362
)
   
(14,255
)
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities 
   
(112,080
)
   
(46,309
)
   
(38,251
)
 
                       
Net Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash
   
8,615
     
(1,188
)
   
12,288
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on Cash
   
(173
)
   
54
     
23
 
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Period
   
61,638
     
49,327
     
49,327
 
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at End of Period
   
70,080
     
48,193
     
61,638
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents  
   
62,427
     
37,320
     
48,847
 
Restricted Cash * 
   
7,653
     
10,873
     
12,791
 
* Restricted cash is related to deposits made for future Drydockings of our vessels, in accordance with the new borrowing facility.
         




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NORDIC AMERICAN TANKERS LIMITED
     
 
                   
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (UNAUDITED)
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
Amounts in USD '000
Sep. 30, 2020
 
Jun. 30, 2020
 
Sep. 30, 2019
 
Sep. 30, 2020
 
Sep. 30, 2019
 
Voyage Revenue
   
56,044
     
122,588
     
67,384
     
310,777
     
221,828
 
Voyage Expense
   
(18,758
)
   
(28,816
)
   
(35,035
)
   
(93,540
)
   
(105,198
)
Net Voyage Revenue (1)
   
37,287
     
93,772
     
32,349
     
217,237
     
116,630
 
                                         

 
 
Three Months Ended
   
Twelve Months Ended
 
 
 
Sep. 30, 2020
   
Jun. 30, 2020
   
Sep. 30, 2019
   
Dec. 31, 2019
 
Net Income (Loss)
   
(10,021
)
   
49,168
     
(13,740
)
   
(10,352
)
Interest Expense
   
8,218
     
8,388
     
9,354
     
38,390
 
Interest Income
   
0
     
(58
)
   
(73
)
   
(298
)
Depreciation Expense
   
17,440
     
16,268
     
15,985
     
63,965
 
EBITDA (2)
   
15,637
     
73,766
     
11,526
     
91,705
 

(1)
Net voyage revenues represents voyage revenues less voyage expenses such as bunker fuel, port fees, canal tolls and brokerage commissions. Net voyage revenues is included because certain investors use this data to measure a shipping company's financial performance. Net voyage revenues is not required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of the Company's performance required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

(2)
EBITDA is included because certain investors use this data to measure a shipping company's financial performance. EBITDA is not required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of the Company's performance required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.


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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements.  The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements 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.

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. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "will," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other 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 statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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 and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market, as a result of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and worldwide oil consumption and storage, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, 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 or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the prospectus and related prospectus supplement, our Annual Report on Form 20-F, and our reports on Form 6-K.

NAT is a Bermuda based Company.

Contacts:
 
 
Gary J. Wolfe
Seward & Kissel LLP
New York, USA
Tel: +1 212 574 1223
 
 
Bjørn Giæver, CFO
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: +1 888 755 8391 or +47 91 35 00 91
 
 
Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO
Nordic American Tankers Limited
Tel: +1 866 805 9504 or +47 90 14 62 91
 
     
Web-site: www.nat.bm
 
   




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