As of 09/30/02 (per 3rd quarter 2002) NAT had an operating profit of $5.5 m as against $18.9 m during the same period last year. The net profit per September 30, 2002 was $4.2 m as against $17.8 m in the same period last year. The decrease in the earnings in the first nine months of 2002 compared to the same period in year 2001 is a result of tanker rates were high during the first nine months of year 2001.
The result for the 3rd quarter 2002, enables the company to pay a 4th quarter 2002 dividend of $0.32 per share. Including the dividend for the 4th quarter of 2002, the total dividend paid in 2002 is $1.35 per share. The total dividend paid in 2001 was $3.87 per share. In year 2000 the company paid a total dividend of $2.56 per share as against $1.35 per share in 1999. The 4th quarter 2002 dividend of $0.32 will be paid on or about November 15th to shareholders of record as of October 25th 2002. The next dividend payment from NAT will be declared in January 2003.
Under the contracts with BP Shipping, NAT achieves rates that correspond to the spot market for modern Suezmax tankers, but not below $ 22,000 per day (T/C equivalent), which is the agreed minimum rate with BP Shipping. The spot market for Suezmax tankers in the third quarter of 2002 (not the NAT vessels) was below the agreed minimum rate with the charterer BP Shipping. The spot market rate in the third quarter was at the same level as the second quarter of 2002. The 3rd quarter 2002 time charter (T/C) equivalent for the NAT vessel was the agreed minimum rate of $22,000 which was the same as in the first and second quarter of 2002.
The contracts for the NAT vessels are drawn up in a way that secures income 365 days a year for the vessels and no off-hire. The contracts with BP Shipping commenced on October 1, 1997 and run for minimum 7 years and maximum 14 years if all options are declared.
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