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2016-10-25

Belships ASA : Rapport 3. kvartal 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

* Operating income of USD 6.4 m (Q2 2016: USD 6.4 m)
* EBITDA of USD 2.6 m (USD 3.0 m)
* Net result of USD 0.3 m (USD 0.4 m)
* All ships operating normally - modern fleet - average age 4 years
* Contract coverage 100% for delivered ships - around USD 70 million fixed
charter

Third quarter 2016 results

Belships operating income in 3rd quarter 2016 was USD 6.4 million (Q2 2016:
USD 6.4 million), while EBITDA amounted to USD 2.6 million (USD 3.0 million).
The Group's operating result amounted to USD 1.5 million (USD 2.1 million),
while total comprehensive income for 3rd quarter 2016 was USD 0.3 million
(USD 0.4 million). The decrease in operating result is mainly related to ship
operating expenses, which are slightly above budget.

Impairment tests of the company's assets were performed in accordance with IAS
36. Based on an assessment of broker values and long-term charters, no
impairment has been recorded in 3rd quarter.

Fleet status

M/S Belstar, M/S Belnor and M/S Belisland have continued the long-term
contracts to Canpotex of Canada. Canpotex is one of the world's largest
exporters of potash, a fertilizer product imported in large volumes by
countries such as China, India and Brazil. M/S Belocean and M/S Belforest are
both still on time charter to Cargill. The first open position will be for
M/S Belocean around April 2017.

All ships have sailed without significant off-hire. Technical management is
handled by Belships Management (Singapore), with a total fleet of 20 ships
under technical management.

Newbuilding program

Belships' remaining newbuilding program with Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan
includes one 63.000 dwt eco-design Ultramax bulk carrier on a long-term
T/C-agreement incl. purchase option for delivery in January 2018.

Financial and corporate matters

As per 30 September the Group's cash totaled USD 8.4 million compared to USD
8.6 million as per 30 June 2016.

The mortgage debt balance as per 30 September USD was 37.5 million. Net lease
obligation as at 30 September was USD 45.0 million. In addition Belships has
a long-term loan facility of SGD 2 million, secured by the lease agreement
for our Singapore office. Net lease obligation and mortgage debt were reduced
by USD 1.8 million in 3rd quarter.

Hedging the Group's interest exposure is considered on an ongoing basis. The
hedging level of interest rate exposure is currently around 75% (leases
excluded). The long-term interest rate is still at a historical low level.

At the end of the 3rd quarter of 2016, the book value per share amounted to
NOK 3.27 (USD 0.41), while the equity ratio was 17.7%. Added value related to
the long-term charter party for M/S Belisland is not reflected in the balance
sheet.

Market highlights

The Capesize-index ended the 3rd quarter at USD 12,710 per day, whereas the
Panamax-index ended at USD 5,815 per day. The Supramax-index ended the
quarter at USD 7,180 per day. As per today the Cape index stands at USD 9,128
per day, Panamax-index at USD 7,386 per day and Supramax-index at USD 7,370
per day.

There is an increasing buying interest for modern dry bulk tonnage. It is
typically the traditional ship owning companies that are active, not the fund
managers as we saw in 2012-13. More than 400 dry cargo ships have changed
hands year-to-date in transactions close to USD 4 bn. According to the Baltic
S&P Assessment the latest valuation of a 5-year old Supramax is USD 12.9 m.

Growing demand from China has pushed up the international prices for both iron
ore and coal. It is believed that China will be forced to shut down
loss-making and high pollution domestic production of iron ore and coal and
import more, helping to absorb some of the tonnage overcapacity. The smaller
sized ships like Supramax/Ultramax with cranes should benefit from growing
Chinese exports of steel products and imports of minor bulks like bauxite,
fertilizer, soya beans and grains.

Strategy

Belships is concentrating 100% on the dry bulk market, with 5 x modern
Supramax/Ultramax in service. In addition we will take delivery of a 63,000
dwt Ultramax from Imabari Shipbuilding in January 2018 for long term lease
incl. purchase option.

Outlook

Iron ore import to China in 2016 is expected to reach a record high of about
1bn tons, and the imported volumes of coal are also higher compared to last
year. For the aggregate market this translates into a ton-mile demand growth
of approx 2%.

Ordering of new ships is down to almost zero and the high scrapping activity
continues, although at a slower pace than during Q1-Q2. The scrapping
activity this year may still end up around 35-40 m dwt, which, if so, will
almost outbalance the expected deliveries of new ships during 2016 adjusted
for slippage, delays and cancellations. From troubled Chinese shipyards we
expect non-deliveries or slippage of a significant number of Ultramaxes
scheduled for delivery in 2016-17.

Belships ships are chartered out on fixed rates to reputable counterparts,
representing a future nominal gross hire of around USD 70 million.

Focus will be to further develop Belships as an owner and operator of modern
bulk carriers to reputable counterparts. Our ambition is to build a portfolio
of quality ships and robust charter parties that will generate distributable
cash flows.

Oslo, 25 October 2016

THE BOARD OF BELSHIPS ASA

Questions may be directed to
:

CEO Ulrich Müller
Phone: +47 22 52 76 15
Email: um@belships.no

Denne opplysningen er informasjonspliktig etter verdipapirhandelloven §5-12

Rapport 3 kvartal 2016
http://hugin.info/17/R/2051412/767564.pdf

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