SFL – Preliminary Q2 2021 results and quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share

Preliminary Q2 2021 results and quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share

Hamilton, Bermuda, August 18, 2021. SFL Corporation Ltd. (“SFL” or the “Company”) today announced its preliminary financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.


  • 70th consecutive quarterly dividend declared, $0.15 per share
  • Operating revenue of approximately $116.8 million, and net profit of $19.5 million in the second quarter
  • Received charter hire1 of approximately $141.5 million in the quarter from the Company’s vessels and rigs, including $3.6 million of profit share
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of $89.1 million from consolidated subsidiaries, plus an additional $13.7 million adjusted EBITDA2 from associated companies
  • Agreement to acquire two 6,800 TEU container vessels in combination with 6-year charters to Maersk
  • Agreement to acquire two 14,000 TEU container vessels on charter to Evergreen through 2023/2024
  • Agreement to build two 7,000 CEU LNG dual fuel car carriers in combination with 10 year charters to a leading Asia-based transportation company

Ole B. Hjertaker, CEO of SFL Management AS, said in a comment:

«SFL has successfully committed close to $700 million towards accretive investments so far this year. In the process, we have expanded our relationship with some of our key clients by investing in modern eco-design containerships, and at the same time disposed of older less efficient vessels, demonstrating our commitment to further improve our carbon footprint pursuant to our ESG strategy.

In addition, we are expanding our high quality customer base with long term charters for our four newbuilding dual-fuel 7,000 CEU car carriers, adding more than $400 million in fixed rate time charters from delivery. This clearly demonstrates our ability to identify accretive transactions and reflects our stated commitment to continue building our contracted backlog supporting a long term distribution capacity.»

Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share. The dividend will be paid on or around September 29, to shareholders on record as of September 15, and the ex-dividend date on the New York Stock Exchange will be September 14, 2021.

August 18, 2021

The Board of Directors
SFL Corporation Ltd.
Hamilton, Bermuda

The full report can be found in the link below and at the Company’s website www.sflcorp.com.

Questions can be directed to SFL Management AS:

Investor and Analyst Contact

Aksel C. Olesen, Chief Financial Officer: +47 23114036
André Reppen, Chief Treasurer and Senior Vice President: +47 23114055
Marius Furuly, Vice President – Finance: +47 23114016

Media Contact

Ole B. Hjertaker, Chief Executive Officer: +47 23114011

About SFL
SFL has a unique track record in the maritime industry and has paid dividends every quarter since its initial listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company’s fleet of vessels is split between container vessels, bulkers, tankers and offshore drilling rigs. SFL’s long term distribution capacity is supported by a portfolio of long term charters and significant growth in the asset base over time. More information can be found on the Company’s website: www.sflcorp.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including SFL management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although SFL believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, SFL cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward looking statements include the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions in the seaborne transportation industry, which is cyclical and volatile, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the markets in which the Company operates, including shifts in consumer demand from oil towards other energy sources or changes to trade patterns for refined oil products, changes in market demand in countries which import commodities and finished goods and changes in the amount and location of the production of those commodities and finished goods, technological innovation in the sectors in which we operate and quality and efficiency requirements from customers, increased inspection procedures and more restrictive import and export controls, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, performance of the Company’s charterers and other counterparties with whom the Company deals, the impact of any restructuring of the counterparties with whom the Company deals, including the bankruptcy proceedings relating to Seadrill and certain of its subsidiaries and timely delivery of vessels under construction within the contracted price, governmental laws and regulations, including environmental regulations, that add to our costs or the costs of our customers, potential liability from pending or future litigation, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political instability, terrorist attacks, piracy or international hostilities, the length and severity of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and governmental responses thereto and the impact on the demand for commercial seaborne transportation and the condition of the financial markets, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. SFL disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

1 Charter hire represents the amounts billable in the period by the Company and its associates for chartering out vessels and rigs. This is mainly the contracted daily rate multiplied by the number of chargeable days plus any additional billable income, including profit share. Long term charter hire relates to contracts undertaken for a period greater than one year. Short term charter hire relates to contracts undertaken for a period less than one year, including voyage charters.
2 ‘Adjusted EBITDA’ is a non-U.S. GAAP measure. It represents cash receipts from operating activities before net interest, amortization and capital payments.