Algoma Central Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three Months ended March 31, 2018

May 04, 2018


ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO (May 4, 2018) Algoma Central Corporation (“Algoma” or “the Company”) (TSX: ALC), a leading provider of marine transportation services, today announced its results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

All amounts reported below are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share data and unless otherwise noted. First quarter 2018 highlights include:
  • A 61% reduction in net loss for the first quarter to $7,453 compared to a net loss in the first quarter of 2017 of $19,105. Results from the first quarter typically reflect a loss due to the closing of the canal system and the winter weather conditions on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway.
  • The Domestic Dry-Bulk segment loss of $10,400 in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the loss of $16,011 in the prior year, was due primarily to a foreign currency gain in 2018.
  • Revenue for Product Tankers was up 65% and earnings were up $3,112 due to higher demand from our major customer.
  • Joint venture earnings increased by $2,087 of which $1,215 is in Global Short Sea earnings.
  • Re-organization of the NovaAlgoma Short Sea Carrier fleet resulted in an expansion of the fleet from 15 vessels to 20 vessels.
  • Two new Equinox class vessels, the Algoma Sault and the Algoma Innovator arrived in Canada in the first quarter of 2018 and began operations at the end of March.
  • Reached an agreement with the shipyard in Croatia, receiving significant discounts on the balance outstanding on remaining vessels in exhange for extending deliverly deadlines.
“We are very pleased with the 2018 first quarter results. We saw strong revenues, a significant reduction in our net loss compared to last year and a continuation of tight cost management,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma. “We are optimistic about 2018 as we see strong demand in Product Tankers and recent contract renewals in Domestic Dry-Bulk, with improved rates and longer terms,” Mr. Soerensen added.

Net loss and basic loss per share from continuing operations for the 2018 first quarter was $7,453 and $0.19, respectively, compared to a loss of $19,431 and $0.50, respectively for the same period last year.

Results from continuing operations for three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 are as follows:

Three Months ended
March 31




Domestic Dry-Bulk

$ 18,201

$ 18,401

Product Tankers



Ocean Self-Unloaders





Investment Properties






$ 60,488

$ 52,092

Three Months ended
March 31



Operating (loss) earnings net of income tax

Domestic Dry-Bulk

$ (15,200)

$ (15,008)

Unrealized loss of foreign currency exchange contracts

$ 4,800




Product Tankers



Ocean Self-Unloaders



Global Short Sea Shipping





Investment Properties






Segment loss



Not specifically identifiable to segments

Foreign currency gain (loss)



Interest expense



Interest income



Income tax expense



Net loss from continuing operations



Net earnings from discontinued operations



Net loss

$ (7,453)

$ (19,105)

Basic and Diluted (Loss) Earnings per Share

Continuing operations

$ (0.19)

$ (0.50)

Discontinuing operations



$ (0.19)

$ (0.49)

Cash Dividends

The board of directors declared a dividend of $0.10 per common share to shareholders. The cash dividend will paid on June 1, 2018 to shareholders of record on May 18, 2018.

Normal Course Issuer Bid

In the first quarter of 2018, the Company announced the launch of a Normal Course Issuer Bid. Between January 24, 2018 and May 3, 2018 Algoma acquired 28,400 shares at an average price of 14.75.

About Algoma Central

Algoma Central Corporation is a publicly traded company which operates the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry bulk carriers and product tankers. Algoma also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets. Algoma has expanded into international short sea markets through it 50% interests in NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers and NovaAlgoma Short Sea Carriers. Algoma Central trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ALC”. For more information, please visit

For further information please contact:

Ken Bloch Soerensen
President and CEO
+1 905-687-7885

Peter D. Winkley, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
+1 905-687-7897