Nordic American Tanker (NAT) Comments Following Seeking Alpha Article

August 19, 2016 1:47 PM EDT

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Nordic American Tanker (NYSE: NAT) said in a press release:

A person, Stanislav Oleynikov, wrote the article with the heading “Nordic American Tankers Is Heading Into A Perfect Storm” earlier this week. The person says in the article that he is short the NAT stock, i.e. he has commercial interest that the price of the NAT stock goes down. NAT is absolutely not in a storm. Below is our reaction to him:


Dear Mr Oleynikov,

The management of NAT are not in the guessing game or speculation business. Our experience over many decades is that it is impossible to predict the future tanker market, both in the short term and in the long term. Our goal is, and has always been, to be the best tanker company in both good and bad markets, but we never bet on a rising market.

I see from your disclosure that you are short the stock. History has proven that shorting the tanker market when rates are at opex level can be a dangerous bet. We ask ourselves; how much can the rates fall and how much can they rise?

Our Chairman has a good statement about the tanker market: “always expect the unexpected”.

We are conservative and will always run our company with a low risk approach. We have never been in distress or had to restructure due to a weak markets or the age of our fleet.

Needless to say, we have enjoyed a great relationship to the largest shipping banks in the world and our leverage level is healthy. At the same time we have managed to grow our fleet significantly over the last few months as the overall industry struggles to make new investments.

We believe it is completely irrelevant to compare NAT to other shipping companies that have other asset classes, higher leverage, different business strategy and do not have the track record in public markets.

It is well known in the capital market and in the industry that the current spot crude tanker market is weak. We believe this fact is reflected in the share prices as news travel fast in today’s market.

We believe NAV is a wrong indicator for shipping investors. It is more than the value of each individual ship that counts when valuing a company. One important component to consider is how well management have performed over time. The bigger the discount the less confident the market is about management. NAT is proud to be a premium company and we will work hard to continue to build on the trust we have in the investor community over many years.

We continue to focus on cash flow and total return over time, not the age of our assets but the cash yield they return over time. Strong operational track record and close relationship to key customers are more important than the age of the fleet.

Since NAT was publicly listed more than 20 years ago, no other company has performed better than us and we are nearly the only company still around from the inception. Our Chairman has been in the business since 1974.

Going forward, we believe our recent vessel acquisitions will increase our total return and create more values for our shareholders.

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