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Teekay Tankers Ltd (NYSE:TNK)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
May 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, everyone. Welcome to today's Teekay Tankers Limited First Quarter 2020 Earnings Results Conference. During the call, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. Afterwards, you will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this call is being recorded.

At this time, I'd like to turn things over to the company.

Ryan Hamilton -- Investor Relations

Before Kevin begins, I'd like to direct all participants to our website at www.teekaytankers.com, where you'll find a copy of the first quarter of 2020 earnings presentation. Kevin and Stewart will review this presentation during today's conference call. Please allow me to remind you that our discussion today contains forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from results projected by those forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the first quarter 2020 earnings release and earnings presentation available on our website.

I will now turn the call over to Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers' President and CEO to begin.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Ryan. Hello, everyone. Thank you very much for joining us today for Teekay Tankers' first quarter of 2020 earnings conference call. And I hope that you and your families are all safe and healthy.

Joining me on the call today are Stewart Andrade, Teekay Tankers' CFO and Christian Waldegrave, Director of Research for Teekay Tankers. Before we review our results, I would like to say thank you to all of our seafarers and shore-based staff for their extraordinary efforts in continuing to bring energy to the world with Teekay spirit. While COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the world and is clearly a major focus for us, we are truly proud of how our seafarers and onshore colleagues have responded to COVID-19, implementing new standards, which focus on the health and well-being of everyone involved in our organization, especially our colleagues at sea, while maintaining consistently safe and efficient operations for our customers. Additionally, we are fortunate that the tanker market and our financial results have been strong so far in 2020, and we have had minimal impact on our operations related to COVID-19.

Moving to our recent highlights on Slide 3 of the presentation, Teekay Tankers generated total adjusted EBITDA of approximately $155 million during the first quarter, an increase of 17% and 145% from the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2019, respectively. We reported adjusted net income of $110 million or $3.27 per share in the first quarter, up from an adjusted net income of $83 million or $2.47 per share in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $15 million or $0.44 per share in the first quarter of 2019. Teekay Tankers' first quarter earnings per share was the highest in more than 10 years, resulting in an industry-leading 20% earnings per share yield for the quarter based on our closing share price yesterday at an annualized EPS yield of 80%, clearly demonstrating the earnings power of our business. We have continued to strengthen our balance sheet with strong free cash flow from operations of $140 million and the completion of three vessel sales totaling $60 million during the first quarter. This allowed Teekay Tankers to reduce its net debt by $200 million or over 20% and increased our liquidity position to $368 million during the quarter.

Our net debt-to-total capitalization declined to 40% at the end of March compared to 48% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019 and it remains our intention to continue reducing this leverage and increasing our long-term financial flexibility and resilience. Subsequent to the first quarter, we are continuing to generate significant free cash flow and also closed the $27 million sale of the non-US portion of our ship-to-ship transfer business. Approximately $14 million of cash payment was received on closing with the balance due in August.

Crude tanker spot rates were the highest in more than 10 years during the first quarter and second quarter rates are also expected to be very positive based on firm quarter-to-date bookings. In addition, we have once again taken advantage of the robust tanker market and fixed out nine additional vessels on time charter, which will generate significant forward fixed rate revenue and lower our breakevens which we'll touch on in more detail later in the presentation.

Turning to Slide 4, I want to provide an update on our current operations during this unprecedented global pandemic. The health and safety of our crew and shore staff is paramount for Teekay Tankers. We have implemented strict measures on all of our ships to protect our seafarers while the vast majority of our shore staff are working remotely from home. Crude changes remain a major challenge for the industry as most countries have placed restrictions on travel, visa applications and crews disembarking from ships. We are working hard with both the industry and intergovernmental organizations to tackle this challenge. We remain in close continuous communication with our colleagues at sea to provide support during a challenging period in which they have truly stepped up to that challenge. I'm pleased to report that as a result of the team's dedication to health and safety and their professionalism during this time, there are no COVID cases on board any of our vessels. Further, our vessel availability remained unaffected with no impact on our vessel days. We were well prepared to manage any potential spares shortages as the team identified critical items and made advance purchases early in the outbreak where given our experiences from 2003 SARS epidemic, we anticipated challenges related toward manufacturing and logistics. In addition, the team has obtained class and flag expansions for two vessels that were due to drydock in the second quarter, ensuring minimal interruption to our fleet operations. Overall, the fleet has performed exceptionally well in the first quarter and second quarter-to-date and we expect this to continue.

Turning to Slide 5, we look at recent developments in the spot tanker market. The crude spot tanker market started the year on a relatively firm note as strong supply and demand fundamentals seen in the fourth quarter of 2019 carried over into the first quarter of this year. However, rates gradually softened during the course of January and February due to lower demand over the Chinese New Year period and as the COVID-19 outbreak began to impact Asian crude oil inventories. The tanker market improved quickly during March with the collapse of the OPEC plus agreement and short-lived oil price war in March between Saudi Arabia and Russia. By April, Saudi Arabia pushed its oil production to a record high of just under 12 million barrels per day, creating significant additional tanker demand. At the same time, global oil demand plummeted from March onwards as a large proportion of the world's population became subject to lockdown orders in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. According to the IEA, global oil demand declined by around 25 million barrels per day year-on-year in April as demand for transportation fuel collapsed. This led to a huge mismatch between global oil supply and demand and a historic build in global oil inventories. The rapid build in inventories drove oil prices to multi-year lows and pushed the crude oil futures curve into steep contango which encouraged oil companies and traders to put ships for floating storage.

We've also seen a large number of ships idled due to delays at port, which is further tying up available fleet supply. As shown by the chart on the slide, around 100 crude tankers are currently being used for floating storage, which we define as being in storage for at least 30 days with over 100 additional ships sitting in ports on demurrage for periods of between seven days to 30 days. All told, around 10% of the crude tanker fleet is currently being used for some form of floating storage, thereby reducing the number of ships available for transporting cargo. This tightening of available fleet supply, combined with healthy cargo supply caused a significant increase in tanker utilization during the first quarter. As a result, mid-size tanker spot rates during the first quarter were the highest in over 10 years. In the near term, we expect the ongoing storage demand and port delays will continue to tie up tonnage and provide support to crude tanker spot rates even as cargo volumes start to decline due to oil supply cuts, albeit though at lower rate levels than the exceptional rates we saw during March and April.

Turning to Slide 6, we give a summary of our spot fixtures in the second quarter of 2020 to date. Based on approximately 69% and 64% of spot revenue days booked, Teekay Tankers' second quarter-to-date Suezmax and Aframax bookings have averaged approximately $52,100 and $33,200 per day, respectively. For our LR2 segment with approximately 58% spot revenue days booked, second quarter-to-date bookings have averaged approximately $34,300 per day. As discussed in the previous slide, while the freight market is still relatively firm, rates have come off from the exceptional highs seen during April. We expect spot rates during the balance of Q2 to be at lower levels than those booked in the quarter-to-date.

Turning to Slide 7, we outline our recent tanker time chartering activity. Over the past eight months, Teekay Tankers has taken advantage of strong spot tanker market spikes and opportunistically secured fixed time charter coverage for 10 Suezmaxes and three Aframax size vessels at attractive rates. One Suezmax is chartered for six months with the remaining nine Suezmaxes being chartered for one year. The three Aframaxes were fixed out for periods of between one and two years. As can be seen on the chart, we timed these deals with spikes in the time charter market during October, December and more recently in March and April in order to lock in rates and forward revenue well above the average spot market levels seen over the last several years. These deals have resulted in approximately $170 million of fixed forward time charter revenue and account for approximately 20% of total ship days over the next 12 months, significantly reducing our cash breakevens which Stewart will cover later in the presentation.

Turning to Slide 8, we discuss some of the factors which we anticipate will impact tanker market over the medium term. Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the world economy, it is extremely difficult to predict with any certainty how oil fundamentals will develop in the medium term and how exactly this will impact tanker demand in the coming months. While floating storage and port congestions remain strong, supportive elements of tanker demand, we acknowledge that at some point during the second half of this year, a period of oil inventory destocking is likely to occur and this may weigh negatively on tanker demand for a period of time as has been the case in previous market cycles.

However, on the positive side, it is important to highlight that unlike past cycles, the order book this time around is very small and owners have for the most part held off from ordering despite strong earnings in recent quarters. The current tanker order book, when measured as a proportion of the existing fleet, is the lowest we have seen it in 23 years, at just under 8%. This is significantly lower than the almost 50% of the fleet size in 2008 and 20% seen in 2015, proportions which meaningfully weighed on the ability of the tanker market to recover the demand return. It's also important to keep in mind, the main reasons for lower ordering during the current cycle have been a lack of available finance and uncertainty over which propulsion and fuel systems to order given new technology development and upcoming environmental legislation, neither of which is currently anticipated to be resolved in the near term. Given this, we expect contracting for new tankers to remain low in the months ahead.

In addition to a small order book and given the world tanker fleet age profile, a large number of ships face the likelihood of scrapping in the coming years. Looking at the mid-size tanker fleet specifically, around 370 vessels are aged between 15 years and 20 years old compared to our current order book of just 140 ships. As such, we anticipate very low fleet growth for at least the next two years, particularly during periods of weaker tanker rates as this may provide impetus for owners to scrap these older vessels.

In summary, the tanker market faces uncertainty over the second half of the year, but a positive tanker supply outlook may lead to a faster rebalancing than in previous market cycles. For Teekay Tankers, I'm confident that our focus on debt reduction and strengthening of our balance sheet, puts us in a strong position to weather any periods of market softness while looking for opportunities to further increase long-term shareholder value.

I'll now turn the call over to Stewart to cover the next couple of financial slides.

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Kevin.

Turning to Slide 9, we highlight our continued focus on increasing financial strength. Since the end of Q3 2019, utilizing very strong cash flows from operations and proceeds from asset sales, we have transformed our balance sheet, reducing net debt by approximately $270 million or 27% and increasing our liquidity position by almost four times to $368 million. In fact, in Q1 alone, we reduced our debt by approximately $200 million or over 20% and more than doubled our liquidity position. I'm pleased to report that the strong cash flows achieved in April, further reduced our net debt by approximately $60 million and increased our liquidity position to $420 million. In addition, the 13 fixed rate contracts that Kevin touched on earlier, have lowered our cash breakeven by over $4,000 per day for the next 12 months, further increasing our resilience to potential medium-term market weakness. With the reduction in net debt, our strong liquidity position and no significant debt maturities until 2024 as shown on Slide 13 in the appendix to the presentation, we continue to increase our financial strength and flexibility.

Turning to Slide 10, we discuss how Teekay Tankers continues to create value for shareholders by generating significant free cash flow. Starting with the graph on the left side of the page 10, TNK's free cash flow increased from a very high $102 million in Q4 2019 to $141 million in the first quarter of 2020 for total of over $240 million in just two quarters. To put TNK's free cash flow during the first quarter into perspective, on an annualized basis, it equates to a free cash flow yield of approximately 100%, based on our closing share price yesterday of $16.05. Referring to the graph on the right side, TNK continues to maintain significant operating leverage with approximately 80% of spot exposure over the next 12 months, while reducing its free cash flow breakeven by locking in time charters at significantly higher rates. TNK is expected to generate strong free cash flow in the second quarter and generate positive free cash flow at average midsize tanker spot rates above approximately $10,500 per day. Therefore, we expect to continue creating shareholder value through positive free cash flow in almost any tanker market.

With that, I will now turn the call over to Kevin to conclude.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Stewart.

Turning to Slide 11, this is a familiar slide which summarizes our strategic priorities for 2020 that we laid out at our Investor Day last November. I'm proud of our team for continuing to execute on these priorities, despite the unprecedented global events we are currently experiencing. We capitalized on the strong market with majority of our fleet trading spot while opportunistically fixing our 13 vessels on time charter at the peaks of the time charter market.

Financially, we have bolstered our balance sheet with significant delevering and building a robust liquidity position. Despite majority of our employees working from home and facing logistical challenges related to crew changes, we were able to complete three vessel sales and the sale of the non-US ship-to-ship transfer business.

Lastly, we believe Teekay Tankers made the right choice in switching to low-sulfur fuels, which was a seamless low cost transition compared to others that invested in scrubbers or speculated on fuel spreads incurring additional capex, debt or losses. Our focus on debt reduction creates shareholder value directly through increased net asset value and also increases financial flexibility and resilience which is important in all tanker markets. With the low free cash flow breakeven, a strong liquidity position, lower balance sheet leverage, no significant debt maturities until 2024 and our mid-size fleet profile, we believe that Teekay Tankers continues to be one of the best-positioned companies in our sector to continue creating shareholder value over the long term.

With that operator, we are now available to take questions.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] We'll hear first today from Jon Chappell with Evercore.

Jon Chappell -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, Kevin, Stewart, Ryan. Pretty clear presentation on executing the strategy. So I just wanted to focus on the capital structure. Obviously, the net debt is trending down pretty significantly. Net debt is always debt [Phonetic] and cash. So, can you talk about the ability to repay debt quicker than the amortization schedule and especially as it relates to your leases. I think you gave in the Investor Day, back in November, there was some time frame on when you can start to prepay the leases. They are obviously the most expensive debt. When can we start to see some of that cash flow, trimming away the most expensive debt in the capital structure?

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Hi, John, thanks for the question. So, as you can see on the balance sheet, we have approximately $200 million in cash and cash equivalents at the moment, which is more than we typically -- more than we typically have on the balance sheet. Our first purchase option on the more expensive leases came up in Q1 of this year and those came up right at the beginning or the outset of the COVID pandemic and we decided to be a bit more conservative and not exercise those initial auctions just as we saw how things played out. Those options do come up annually on the first set and we have another set of options which come up in Q4 this year. So as we -- if the market stabilizes and things are looking a little more certain, we would expect to exercise those purchase options toward the end of the year as we had initially planned and then also look to exercise further options into next year. So, just for order of magnitude, the options coming up in Q4 that we can exercise have a balance of approximately $60 million and the ones into next year have about $140 million. So, that's significant amount of more expensive debt that we can pay down.

Jon Chappell -- Analyst

Okay. And then, just in the meantime then, understanding that that's six months away likely at the earliest, could you pay down bank debt or you just keep the cash on the balance sheet given the uncertainty in the market and then kind of save your firepower for when the mid- to high-single-digit debt comes due?

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, with how things have gone over the last couple of months and how the bank markets looking, we anticipate that we will reduce those cash balances and pay down some of our revolver debt in the meantime. So, I would expect to see those balances come down by the end of Q2.

Jon Chappell -- Analyst

Not bad. That's really all I had, if you are [Phonetic] executing the strategy. Thank you.

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Great, thank you.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jon.

Operator

We'll hear next from Ken Hoexter with Bank of America.

Ken Hoexter -- Analyst

Hey, good afternoon, Kevin, Stewart, Ryan. Can you maybe just go through -- I know you talked a bit about it at the Analyst Day, but what gets you to lock in more or do you want to stay spot in this kind of market where you get some of these extreme moves on pricing. Do you you kind of want to keep playing those bounces or do you say -- I know you did the 13, but would you look to lock in more if we got another tightening in the market?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I think I've described this as you said at Investor Day. It is opportunistic and it's also a balance between where we think the forward revenue is going to look like versus locking in in opportunities as we see it. So, if we do get another spike which is possible over the next few weeks and months, yeah, if the right opportunity comes along at rates that we believe are worth locking in for six months, one year, two years, you may see us execute on some more certainly. We don't have a fixed percentage in terms of what we want to do in the spot market. It's something that we evaluate on a continuous basis as the world evolves and especially during this time when from week to week picture can be materially different.

Ken Hoexter -- Analyst

Thanks, Kevin. And given how rates have started to decline and rapidly, so over the last few weeks, what are your thoughts here obviously given the oversupply and the pull back from -- and just general demand from COVID, but now as the world starts to open up again, how do you look at -- what's your thoughts as we move forward here on the demand side of the equation, maybe chewing up some of that excess capacity that's out there now and then relating to your thoughts on rates?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think, overall as I said in my prepared remarks, it is a very highly uncertain environment we're trying to operate in at this point in time. And although we have seen some weakness come into the market, it is of unprecedented highs. We're sitting here in late May and my Aframaxes in Asia are still making over $30,000 a day, which relative to most Mays, is a pretty healthy market, but I think going forward, as we said, we do anticipate a period of destocking but at the same time, we also have the question around floating storage.

I think on our slide we show there the previous periods of floating storage, it's not necessarily something that's going to unwind overnight and if it does take longer to unwind, that is something that can be very supportive to the tanker demand. So, our view on where the spot market goes to be honest, today is uncertain. We're watching a lot of different variables in a very confusing market, ranging from what the floating storage situation is, which economies around the world are coming back and how strongly. I think at a 50,000 foot level, if we look toward China and see how quickly their demand has ramped back up in transportation fuels and general oil demand, I think if the rest of the world can follow that pattern, it bodes quite well for the future, but we'll have to see and we'll take it day by day.

Ken Hoexter -- Analyst

Great. And one more, I guess, on the process in asset sales given you were able to get that done in the quarter, was that something you've seen a lot of activity or interest in acquiring vessels, was that more just storage and kind of a significant demand need, maybe you could just walk us through that process to understand how quickly the market developed for acquisitions or was that just looking to capitalize on an opportunity.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No. I think the S&P market is really sort of been two-tiered over the last six months to nine months. I think as we entered the fourth quarter last year, fundamentals across the tanker space were improving quite rapidly and that was being reflected in an uptick in spot market, which was helped by the COSCO situation. So, I think the demand on the S&P side for assets early in this recent cycle has been driven basically on strong supply demand fundamentals for tankers generally. I think as we've moved into the COVID era, as I call it from sort of February onwards, the demand for assets has really been around taking advantage of the current spot market and potentially the time charter market. Where we stand today, I think, it has gone relatively quieter in some segments and in some age classes. We're still getting inquiry for some of our older units and it's something that we will continue to look at in relation to where we see the market moving or whether the pricing we're being offered is worth taking that asset off the table.

Ken Hoexter -- Analyst

Wonderful. And if I can just throw one more in just, Kevin, in your past experience, how long does the storage take to unwind? You kind of threw out before that, it depends on -- if it's not going to unwind overnight, but if it might take longer, that's supportive. Is it just based on whatever those individuals were signing whether it was six months, nine months, a year or is there kind of a trend that you've seen based on your past experience?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No, I think every market is different, every trader is different and every deal that a trader has done is different. It's important to understand, though, that while today's contango doesn't support floating storage over the long term, a lot of the deals that were done earlier in this process, when oil prices were far cheaper than where they are today, our well in the money and how long that takes to unwind will depend on how far a particular trader may want to hold that position. So, I think that's why it's important to understand that because today's contango is no longer supportive, it doesn't mean that floating storage is going to go away overnight. I think the point to take away is that, we don't know and we'll have to see how it plays out, but we wouldn't be surprised if it were to linger for a while and possibly return if oil prices do come off and we get contango back again.

Ken Hoexter -- Analyst

It is surprising how quick they've jumped up. Appreciate the thoughts, Kevin. Thank you.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Ken.

Operator

We'll hear next from Omar Nokta with Clarksons Platou Securities.

Omar Nokta -- Analyst

Hi, guys. Thank you. Kevin, you addressed this already in response to Ken's questions, but wanted to follow up on the idea of further ship sales. Last year, you'd outlined the strategy of focusing on deleveraging and a big piece of that was going to be also selling older assets. Am I kind of gleaning from your comments that with -- especially with the liquidity position as it is, the cash position, that asset sales right now a more of an option, but it's not something you're focusing on going forward?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, we've always said we were going to look at asset sales opportunistically and I think selling assets into a stronger market, sometimes it makes a lot of sense if you're getting the right price and sometimes it doesn't. We felt that taking some of the older units off when we did was the prudent decision, but going forward, we don't have a set plan that we've got to get rid of five more or three more. It's a lot about what we can see being offered in the market and comparing that against where we think that asset will earn over the remaining life that we have of that ship in the company. So, I think, our liquidity position and our strength in our balance sheet is extremely nice to have, and it has transformed the company and it will help in the way we look at things, but I think our S&P strategy will continue to be opportunistic and depend on pricing.

Omar Nokta -- Analyst

Yeah, that makes sense. I guess when we think of the fleet age, it's obviously -- it's not old, it's not young, it's kind of been in that middle period. Are you concerned with the age generally and then thinking about the opportunistic selling of the vessel, what are thoughts of selling ships and replacing with older ones, so maintaining -- sorry, buying newer ones, so basically maintaining a critical mass and not necessarily changing the size of the fleet, but just going up in age. Is that something that you can see yourselves doing here once the sale and purchase market thaws a bit?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, first of all, I would categorically state there is nothing wrong with an older asset. Generally, the debt's been paid down and in markets that we've seen over the last eight months, they are cash cows that any owner would be proud to have. So, in terms of our fleet age profile, I'm more than happy with where we sit today. I certainly wouldn't want to be sitting with a brand new fleet with high capital cost. So as we move forward, we stated in our Investor Day presentation in November that we would not be looking at asset purchases during this cycle and we stick by that. Whether we further prune the fleet, again, we'll be opportunistic, but yeah, eventually over time, we will have to replace ships, but that's not on our radar today and as I said in our presentation, our focus will remain generating the cash flows we get from the market and putting all of that capital to work, reducing our debt.

Omar Nokta -- Analyst

That's fair. I got it. And then, maybe just one more question and it's just on the clean versus dirty. Obviously, if I recall, most of your LRTs, if not all, are trading dirty and that obviously proved very fruitful, but over the past couple of quarters and this quarter, obviously the clean market went berserk. Just wanted to ask, is there any inclination on your part to want to try to bring some of those into the clean trade or are you happy and comfortable sticking with crude?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No. Again, I think I've said this on previous calls. The beauty of the LRT is its flexibility. So, if we can find an opportunity to clean ships out where the returns are maintained and still good, then certainly we've got no barrier to doing that. So obviously, you can't flip overnight. I mean you have to find the right cargo in the right position. So, it does take a little bit of time, but we've got no objection to flipping our ships back into the clean trade if the clean market can hold up. I think we've seen in the last couple of days that that market has started to soften as well and returns are now fairly comparable with what we're getting today, certainly in Asia, so -- on the dirty side, so. It's something that we just -- we watch on a weekly basis and make determinations based on ship availabilities and when the next open positions are.

Omar Nokta -- Analyst

Okay, thank you, Kevin. That's helpful. Appreciate it.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No worries. Thanks, Omar.

Operator

We'll move on to Value Investor's Edge, J Mintzmyer.

J Mintzmyer -- Analyst

Hi, good morning, gentlemen. Congrats on an excellent quarter.

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, J.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, J.

J Mintzmyer -- Analyst

So, yes. it's pretty phenomenal to look at your slide there and see the transformation you guys have done in seven months, I think pretty, pretty impressive going from very risky to arguably quite stable. With that said, what is kind of the forward goal for leverage. I know we've been talking around it a little bit with getting safer, looking into '21 no dividend and so on, but is there a target leverage, specifically, say 30% or something we can nail down?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No, there isn't a specific number that we will put out there. We ended last year by building a strategy that had us laser-focused on retaining the earnings and paying down our debt and I think regardless of what the market has given us in the first half, if the goal is to stick to the plan to go through 2020 and maintain that delevering and at the end of the year, we'll take a look at where we land and what we've been able to accomplish and working with our Board, we will then look at our capital allocation strategy for 2021, but at this point in time, it's not on our mission critical list. We're much more focused on how we are handling COVID-19 and what we do over the course of the second half of this year.

J Mintzmyer -- Analyst

Definitely reasonable. Hopefully, the trajectory will stay reasonable on the levers coming down. I had some good discussions earlier with Omar about asset sales. I know you haven't identified specifically, it's tough to sell in this environment. I've noted you have eight ships that are over 15 years. Are those considered -- I know they're profitable now, but are those considered, not specifically for sale, but are those kind of non-core or you consider those longer-term?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Every ship is core when it's making money. As I said, the older ones have paid down a fair bit of debt. So, we don't sign specific ships to specific targets. We will look at it based on what we get offered in the market. Right now though, in the S&P market, there doesn't seem to be any appetite for anything younger than 12 years old. So, it may be that we get offers on the older ships more than the younger ships.

J Mintzmyer -- Analyst

It definitely makes sense. I know it's been a good spring, and so far, a decent summer. Looking at your valuations, look, you traded a large discount to NAV and that's even using quarter one financials. If we use quarter two financials, it's even worse, it's like a 40% discount. I know you said dividends are off the table until 2021, I think that's prudent. Is the same thing true for repurchases? Is this something we just need to wait until, maybe, say January 2021 and wake up or is there a potential for some sort of program that way to close the gap?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No, I think the share buyback is the same as dividend. It's not on the table for now. We're focused on delevering and that's what we came into this year focused on doing in that. I think we're going to end the year doing more reevaluate and take a look at next year when we need to and arrive at that point.

J Mintzmyer -- Analyst

Understandable. Final question from me, one of the biggest inquiries I get from a lot of fellow investors and folks interested in the company is, everybody is terrified that shipping companies, like yourselves, are going to delever, build up all this cash, right, do a good job, but then take all of that cash and blow all of it on newbuilds while the stock is trading at these huge discount to NAV. Can you offer some sort of pledge or guarantee that you are not going to spend money on newbuilds or asset acquisitions if your stock still trades at a discount to NAV.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No. We're not in the game of empire building. We're in the game of making money and we'll evaluate what we do with our capital allocation whether it's new buildings or share buybacks or dividends at a point when we feel that others have been delevering, we can add value to shareholders. I've never been a big proponent for running to shipyards and ordering a slew of 50 ships, but we look at the second-hand market, we look at the new build market, we look at our share price valuation and we have a lot of detailed discussions with our Board about all of those aspects in terms of what we do with our capital allocation and hopefully other owners are doing the same thing and keep their money in their pockets. And I don't -- personally, I don't think we'll see a lot of ordering. I think the access to finance and the questions around future regulatory requirements and fuel technologies is going to keep people on the sidelines, the majority for quite some time. There will be ordering, it will happen, but I don't think we'll see it in the same quantums and the same mass that maybe we've seen in past cycles for those reasons I've laid out.

J Mintzmyer -- Analyst

Understandable. Thanks for taking my questions and great job the last few quarters.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, J. Appreciate it.

Operator

Next from Randy Giveans with Jefferies.

Randy Giveans -- Analyst

Howdy gentlemen? How is it going?

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Going well, thanks.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Good, Randy.

Randy Giveans -- Analyst

Going well. Sorry I dropped off the line a couple of times here, but [Indecipherable] so your quarter-to-date rates pretty solid. Your recent time charter fixtures obviously pretty prudent here. Now in recent weeks, rates have fallen, I would say from the remarkable levels to pretty good levels, right. Can you quantify the recent reduction in rates in terms of the level of spot rates that you've booked maybe this week and then with that, how have the time charter rates responded? For example, with the current one-year time charter rate for Suezmax and Aframax today?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I think on the spot side, it's a varied bucket. As I said earlier, Aframaxes are still fairly healthy in the Far East at or above $30,000 a day. Suezmaxes, likewise in the same sort of rate region. As you move over toward the Mid, it's a little bit softer. We are seeing a reduction of Black Sea exports with Mid market has softened a lot further, but it's a moving target. It's something that moves every day constantly, goes up and down. In terms of the time charter market, it is quieter this week than we've seen in recent weeks. There is a couple of inquiries still out there, but I think the rate levels that we call the market at is uncertain, because obviously with the spot market softening a little bit, I think owners ideas may have come off a little bit. So, we'll have to see what the sentiment actually does when somebody puts a ship on subjects and we'll take the market from there.

Randy Giveans -- Analyst

Got it, OK. And then on -- in terms of kind of your balance sheet, liquidity obviously improving rapidly. Congrats on that front. Now, looking at your fleet and in terms of possible asset growth, is there a preference for Suezmax versus Aframax. I know you kind of just lump them in together as the mid-size assets, but can you differentiate those two for us?

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Two points I'd make in answering your question on that, Randy. First, we are a mid-size tanker company. That is our core, that is our specialty and I don't think you will see us deviate from that into other segments. So, Aframaxes, Suezmaxes, LR2s, we take a look at what our fleet profile looks like and then we do arrive at the time when we think fleet renewal is a worthy use of capital, we will allocate it between those three segments. Second point I'd make is, as we said in November, we're not in the market to renew our fleet at this point in time and that remains so very much for the rest of this year.

Randy Giveans -- Analyst

All right. Well, that's it for me. Thanks again for the time.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Randy.

Operator

And at this time, I'd like to turn things back to Mr. Mackay for any closing remarks.

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you for joining us today and please, hope you and all of your families stay safe and healthy.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Questions and Answers:

Duration: 46 minutes

Call participants:

Ryan Hamilton -- Investor Relations

Kevin Mackay -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Stewart Andrade -- Chief Financial Officer

Jon Chappell -- Evercore -- Analyst

Ken Hoexter -- Bank of America -- Analyst

Omar Nokta -- Clarksons Platou Securities -- Analyst

J Mintzmyer -- Value Investor's Edge -- Analyst

Randy Giveans -- Jefferies -- Analyst

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