Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB) delivered a profit and met Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.
Safe Bulkers, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet
Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share decreased 38.71% to $0.19 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.31 in the year-earlier quarter.
Revenue: Decreased 11.95% to $41.4 million from the year-earlier quarter.
Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Safe Bulkers, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.19 per share. By that measure, the company met the mean analyst estimate of $0.19. It beat the average revenue estimate of $40.41 million.
Quoting Management: Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: “Our Board of Directors has declared our twenty-first consecutive quarterly dividend since our IPO maintaining our policy to distribute a portion of our free cash flows to reward our common shareholders. We have strengthened our equity base by issuing an additional class of shares. The net proceeds of about $39 million strengthen our balance sheet and provide flexibility for further expansion during the low part of the shipping cycle as already demonstrated by our recent post-Panamax acquisition. These moves are designed to better position our Company to take advantage of the next shipping upturn and to create value for our common shareholders.”
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Revenue decreased 6.4% from $44.23 million in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 9.52% from $0.21 in the previous quarter.
Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.13 to a profit $0.14. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a profit of $0.69 to a profit of $0.68 over the last ninety days.
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