Market pushes Teekay’s Tanker Investments into a new strategy

Market pushes Teekay’s Tanker Investments into a new strategy

Oslo-listed Tanker Investments, Teekay Corporation’s special investment company, has revealed a change of business strategy while releasing its second quarter results today.

Teekay Corporation and Teekay Tankers set up Tanker Investments in 2014 to benefit from cyclical fluctuations in the tanker market. However, explaining a change of tactic today, CEO William Hung said: “We do not believe the current market value of our fleet, or our equity value, is representative of future cash flows we expect to generate by trading our vessels, and with this in mind, Tanker Investments’ is now pivoting from a strategy focused on selling our fleet, to an operating strategy as we ride out the softer part of this market cycle.”

Tanker Investments will wait for the tanker market and asset values to rise by actively pursuing time charters and operating its spot fleet in Teekay Tankers revenue sharing agreements.

For the second quarter Tanker Investments posted revenues of $43m, generating a net income of $12.6m.

“Tanker rates have been strong in the first half of 2016, however they have weakened into the summer months which, together with tight credit conditions for the shipping sector, have contributed to a decrease in the value of modern tankers by approximately 20 per cent year-to-date,” Hung said, commenting on the results.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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