STEALTHGAS INC. Reports Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 2023 Financial and Operating Results

February 21, 2024

ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — STEALTHGAS INC. (NASDAQ: GASS), a ship-owning company serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today its unaudited financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2023.

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

All-time record Net Income of $51.9 million for the twelve-month period, a 51% increase compared to last year, corresponding to a basic EPS of $1.38. Strong profitability continued for the fourth quarter with Net Income of $8.9 million for the three-month period corresponding to a basic EPS of $0.25.
 Further increased period coverage. About 66% of fleet days for 2024 are secured on period charters, with total fleet employment days for all subsequent periods generating over $200 million (excl. JV vessels) in contracted revenues.
 Repurchased 2.01 million shares during the fourth quarter. To date, 3.9 million shares have been repurchased, more than 10% of the outstanding shares, for a total of $19.1 million under our $25 million share repurchase program.
 Massively reduced debt during 2023 by $153.6 million from $277.1 million as of December 31, 2022, net of deferred finance charges, to $123.5 million as of December 31, 2023.
 Maintaining ample cash and cash equivalents (incl. restricted cash) of $83.8 million as of December 31, 2023 enabling the Company to further reduce debt.
 Took successful delivery of the Medium Gas Carrier (MGC) newbuildings Eco Oracle and Eco Wizard in January 2024.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Results:

Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2023 amounted to $34.1 million compared to revenues of $42.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022, a decrease of $8.6 million, or 20%, as the number of our vessels declined from 34 vessels at the end of Q4 2022 to 27 vessels at the end of Q4 2023.Voyage expenses and vessels’ operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2023 were $3.3 million and $12.9 million, respectively, compared to $6.5 million and $14.6 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The $3.2 million, or 49%, decrease in voyage expenses was the result of the reduction in spot market days, while the $1.7 million, or 12%, decrease in vessels’ operating expenses was mainly due to the decrease in the average number of owned vessels in our fleet partly offset by extraordinary costs related to one of our vessels.Drydocking costs for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 were $0.03 million and $0.6 million, respectively. No vessels were drydocked during the fourth quarter of 2023 while drydocking expenses during the fourth quarter of 2022 mainly relate to the drydocking of two vessels. Management fees for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 were $1.0 million and $1.3 million, respectively. The change is attributed to the decrease in the average number of owned vessels in our fleet.General and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 were $1.7 million and $0.8 million, respectively. The change is mainly attributed to the increase in stock-based compensation expense.Depreciation for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was $5.6 million and $6.8 million, respectively, as the number of our vessels declined.Interest and finance costs for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, were $2.3 million and $3.4 million, respectively. The $1.1 million, or 32%, decrease from the same period of last year is mostly due to the reduction in debt outstanding despite increases in variable interest rates as well as profits from closing swap positions due to debt prepayments.Interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was $1.0 million and $0.7 million, respectively. The increase is mainly attributed to increases in interest rates over the corresponding period.Equity earnings in joint ventures for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was a gain of $0.9 million and $1.2 million, respectively. The $0.3 million decrease was mainly due to the drydocking of one of the vessels during the 2023 period.As a result of the above, for the three months ended December 31, 2023, the Company reported net income of $8.9 million, compared to net income of $7.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022 an increase of $1.2 million, or 16%. The weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic, for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was 35.3 million and 38.0 million, respectively. Earnings per share, basic, for the three months ended December 31, 2023 amounted to $0.25 compared to earnings per share of $0.20 for the same period of last year.Adjusted net income1 was $10.3 million corresponding to an Adjusted EPS1 of $0.29 for the three months ended December 31, 2023 compared to Adjusted net income of $10.3 million corresponding to an Adjusted EPS of $0.27 for the same period of last year.EBITDA1 for the three months ended December 31, 2023 amounted to $15.8 million. Reconciliations of Adjusted Net Income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA1 to Net Income are set forth below.An average of 27.0 vessels were owned by the Company during the three months ended December 31, 2023 compared to 34.0 vessels for the same period of 2022.

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1 EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable financial measure in accordance with GAAP set forth later in this release.

Twelve Months 2023 Results:

Revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 amounted to $143.5 million, a decrease of $9.3 million, or 6%, compared to revenues of $152.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, primarily due to a reduction in the fleet size.Voyage expenses and vessels’ operating expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 were $13.2 million and $53.1 million, respectively, compared to $22.2 million and $54.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022. The $9.0 million, or 41%, decrease in voyage expenses was mainly due to the decrease in spot days. The $1.8 million decrease in vessels’ operating expenses was the result of the decrease in the number of vessels partly offset by inflationary cost pressures and cost overruns particularly in certain cost categories like spares and crew and was more pronounced during the Q1 23’ and less so during Q4 23’.Drydocking costs for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 were $2.6 million and $3.0 million, respectively. The costs for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 mainly related to the completed drydocking of three of the larger handysize vessels, while the costs for the same period of last year related to the drydocking of five vessels.General and administrative expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 were $5.3 million and $3.4 million, respectively. The change is mainly attributed to the increase in stock-based compensation expense.Depreciation for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 was $23.7 million, a $4.1 million decrease from $27.8 million for the same period of last year, due to the decrease in the average number of our vessels.Impairment loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 was $2.8 million relating to two vessels, for which the Company had entered into separate agreements to sell to third parties – both were delivered to their new owners in January 2024.
Impairment loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 was $3.2 million relating to four vessels, for which the Company had entered into sale agreements and were all delivered to their new owners in a subsequent period.Gain on sale of vessels for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 was $7.6 million, which was primarily due to the sale of seven of the Company’s vessels, whereas loss on sale of vessels for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 was $0.4 million due to the sale of three of the Company’s vessels in 2022.Interest and finance costs for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 were $10.0 million and $12.1 million, respectively. Despite increases in interest rates during that period, interest costs fell mainly due to the decrease of our outstanding indebtedness as well as profits from closing swap positions due to debt prepayments.Interest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was $3.7 million and $1.1 million, respectively. The more than three-fold increase is mainly attributed to increases in interest rates and in our average cash and cash equivalents on time deposits over the corresponding period.Equity earnings in joint ventures for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was a gain of $12.3 million and a gain of $10.9 million, respectively. The $1.4 million increase from the same period of last year is mainly due to a gain on sale of one of the Medium Gas carriers owned by one of our joint ventures.As a result of the above, the Company reported a net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 of $51.9 million, compared to a net income of $34.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 an increase of $17.6 million, or 51%. The weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was 37.2 million and 38.0 million, respectively.Earnings per share, basic, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 amounted to $1.38 compared to earnings per share, basic, of $0.90 for the same period of last year.Adjusted net income was $50.5 million, or $1.34 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 compared to adjusted net income of $36.7 million, or $0.97 per share, for the same period of last year, an increase of $13.8 million, or 38%.EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 amounted to $81.9 million. Reconciliations of Adjusted Net Income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income are set forth below.An average of 29.3 vessels were owned by the Company during the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, compared to 34.8 vessels for the same period of 2022.As of December 31, 2023, cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash) amounted to $83.8 million and total debt amounted to $123.5 million.

Fleet Update Since Previous Announcement

The Company announced the conclusion of the following chartering arrangements (of three or more months duration):  

·  A twelve months time charter extension for its 2011 built LPG carrier Gas Cerberus, until Dec 2024.

·  A twelve months time charter extension for its 2014 built LPG carrier Eco Chios, until Nov 2024.

·  A twelve months time charter extension for its 2016 built LPG carrier Eco Dominator, until Mar 2025.

·  A twelve months time charter for its 2012 built LPG carrier Gas Husky, until Dec 2024.

·  A six months time charter extension for its 2015 built LPG carrier Eco Royalty, until Aug 2024.

·  A six months time charter for its 2017 built LPG carrier Eco Frost, until May 2024.

·  A three months time charter for its 2009 built LPG carrier Gas Astrid, until April 2024.

As of January 2024, the Company has total contracted revenues of approximately $200 million.

For the year 2024, the Company has circa 66% of fleet days secured under period contracts, and approximately $120 million in contracted revenues.

In addition the following charter arrangements were concluded for the joint venture vessels:

·  A twelve months time charter extension for the 2008 built LPG carrier Gas Shuriken, until Dec 2024.

·  A six months time charter extension for the 2008 built LPG carrier Gas Defiance, until May 2024.

·  A six months time charter for the 2007 built LPG carrier Gas Haralambos, until May 2024.

·  A five months time charter for the 2015 built LPG carrier Eco Lucidity, until Apr 2024.

During January 2024, the Company concluded the previously announced sale of the 2015 built Eco Dream (4,989 cbm) and 2015 built Eco Green (4,991 cbm) and also took delivery of the MGC newbuildings Eco Oracle (40,551 cbm) and Eco Wizard (40,551 cbm) in Korea. Upon delivery, the vessels were deployed on their previously announced respective period charters. The Company received $70 million in finance proceeds from a recently concluded 8-year credit facility related to these vessels.

In regards to the joint venture vessel Eco Ethereal, the charterer notified of its intention to exercise its purchase option on the vessel. The sale, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in April 2024. The sale will result in a profit being recorded at the time of delivery for the joint venture and the proceeds, subject to the joint venture partners decision, are expected to be distributed thereafter.

Board Chairman Michael Jolliffe Commented

StealthGas reported for the fourth quarter 2023 Net Income of $8.9 million. It was yet another quarter of strong profitability. For the full year 2023 Net Income amounted to $51.9 million, far surpassing last year’s record yearly profit of $34.3 million, corresponding to a 51% increase. So it gives me great pleasure that not only has the Company managed to sustain its record profitability but drastically improve it successively. Obviously the main driver of such results is the lasting recovery of the LPG markets that hopefully will continue. But markets are volatile, and sound policies as well as opportunistic plays need to also guide decisions. As such the Company did not focus on growth for 2023, it rather focused on taking advantage of the market and securing more period charters, currently having over $200 million in contracted revenues, selling vessels as asset prices were rising, paying down debt as interest rates were rising, over $150 million was repaid in 2023 and over $30 million in the current quarter and returning value to our shareholders by buying back our own stock, having bought over 10% of the issued shares during last year and spending $19.1 million. That being said, it was also important not to neglect to renew the fleet and in January of this year StealthGas took delivery of the two 40,000 MGC vessels, Eco Oracle and Eco Wizard, whose period charters should support profitability this year. So far, the beginning of 2024 looks promising as the market for our vessels remains firm and barring any extraordinary events we should expect solid revenues in the current quarter.

Conference Call details:

On February 21, 2024 at 11:00 am ET, the company’s management will host a conference call to discuss the results and the company’s operations and outlook.

Conference call participants should pre-register using the below link to receive the dial-in numbers and a personal PIN, which are required to access the conference call.

Online Registration:
https://register.vevent.com/register/BIe5a9a46dfca042dc92ba8964d5249798

Slides and audio webcast:
There will also be a live and then archived webcast of the conference call, through the STEALTHGAS INC. website (www.stealthgas.com). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About STEALTHGAS INC.

StealthGas Inc. is a ship-owning company serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry. StealthGas Inc. has a fleet of 33 LPG carriers, including six Joint Venture vessels in the water. These LPG vessels have a total capacity of 389,420 cubic meters (cbm). StealthGas Inc.’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and trade under the symbol “GASS.”
Visit our website at www.stealthgas.com

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements, including those related to future revenues and profitability, which are other than statements of historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although STEALTHGAS INC. believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, STEALTHGAS INC. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydockings, shipyard performance, changes in STEALTHGAS INC’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, the conflict in Ukraine and related sanctions, the conflict in Israel and Gaza, potential disruption of shipping routes due to ongoing attacks by Houthis in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden or accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by STEALTHGAS INC. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fleet List        
For information on our fleet and further information:
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Fleet Data:
The following key indicators highlight the Company’s operating performance during the periods ended December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2023.

FLEET DATAQ4 2022Q4 202312M 202212M 2023Average number of vessels (1)34.0 27.0 34.8 29.3 Period end number of owned vessels in fleet34 27 34 27 Total calendar days for fleet (2)3,128 2,484 12,687 10,698 Total voyage days for fleet (3)3,118 2,441 12,538 10,566 Fleet utilization (4)99.7% 98.3% 98.8% 98.8% Total charter days for fleet (5)2,522 2,207 10,336 9,544 Total spot market days for fleet (6)596 234 2,202 1,022 Fleet operational utilization (7)96.5% 96.8% 93.5% 96.6%          

1) Average number of vessels is the number of owned vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
2) Total calendar days for fleet are the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period including off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.
3) Total voyage days for fleet reflect the total days the vessels we operated were in our possession for the relevant period net of off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys.
4) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating voyage days, and is determined by dividing voyage days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.
5) Total charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on time or bareboat charters for the relevant period.
6) Total spot market charter days for fleet are the number of voyage days the vessels operated on spot market charters for the relevant period.
7) Fleet operational utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels generated revenue, and is determined by dividing voyage days excluding commercially idle days by fleet calendar days for the relevant period.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS:

Adjusted net income represents net income before gain on derivatives excluding swap interest paid/received, impairment loss, net gain/loss on sale of vessels and share based compensation. EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income and depreciation. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income, depreciation, impairment loss, net gain/loss on sale of vessels, share based compensation and gain on derivatives.

Adjusted EPS represents Adjusted net income divided by the weighted average number of shares. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are not recognized measurements under U.S. GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS may not be comparable to that reported by other companies in the shipping or other industries. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income and Adjusted EPS, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are included herein because they are a basis, upon which we and our investors assess our financial performance. They allow us to present our performance from period to period on a comparable basis and provide investors with a means of better evaluating and understanding our operating performance.

(Expressed in United States Dollars,
except number of shares)Fourth Quarter Ended
December 31
st,Twelve Months Period Ended
December 31
st, 2022 2023 2022 2023 Net Income – Adjusted Net Income    Net income7,700,842 8,889,046 34,253,365 51,936,829 Plus/(Less) loss/(gain) on derivatives80,847 255,736 (1,698,462)(237,618)(Less)/Plus swap interest (paid)/received(175,420)216,432 1,061 1,027,127 (Less)/Plus (gain)/loss on sale of vessels, net– — 408,637 (7,645,781)Plus impairment loss2,637,502 — 3,167,034 2,816,873 Plus share based compensation85,528 940,216 610,788 2,589,405 Adjusted Net Income10,329,299 10,301,430 36,742,423 50,486,835      Net income – EBITDA    Net income7,700,842 8,889,046 34,253,365 51,936,829 Plus interest and finance costs3,407,579 2,344,430 12,076,300 9,956,712 Less interest income(720,596)(952,287)(1,098,789)(3,712,239)Plus depreciation6,832,886 5,565,955 27,814,901 23,707,797 EBITDA17,220,711 15,847,144 73,045,777 81,889,099      Net income – Adjusted EBITDA    Net income7,700,842 8,889,046 34,253,365 51,936,829 Plus/(Less) loss/(gain) on derivatives80,847 255,736 (1,698,462)(237,618)(Less)/Plus (gain)/loss on sale of vessels, net– — 408,637 (7,645,781)Plus impairment loss2,637,502 — 3,167,034 2,816,873 Plus share based compensation85,528 940,216 610,788 2,589,405 Plus interest and finance costs3,407,579 2,344,430 12,076,300 9,956,712 Less interest income(720,596)(952,287)(1,098,789)(3,712,239)Plus depreciation6,832,886 5,565,955 27,814,901 23,707,797 Adjusted EBITDA20,024,588 17,043,096 75,533,774 79,411,978      EPS – Adjusted EPS    Net income7,700,842 8,889,046 34,253,365 51,936,829 Adjusted net income10,329,299 10,301,430 36,742,423 50,486,835 Weighted average number of shares, basic38,030,309 35,300,965 37,961,560 37,166,449 EPS – Basic 0.20 0.25 0.90 1.38 Adjusted EPS – Basic0.27 0.29 0.97 1.34          

StealthGas Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income
(Expressed in United States Dollars, except for number of shares)

     Quarters Ended
December 31,
 Twelve Month Periods Ended
December 31,
     2022  2023  2022  2023           Revenues           Revenues  42,729,385  34,139,248  152,760,888  143,527,769             Expenses           Voyage expenses  6,011,304  2,878,732  20,306,407  11,429,716  Voyage expenses – related party 516,519  426,108  1,871,071  1,779,488  Vessels’ operating expenses 14,349,035  12,690,873  53,909,328  52,206,248  Vessels’ operating expenses – related party261,000  207,500  1,035,450  911,250  Drydocking costs  607,223  27,696  2,954,575  2,641,706  Management fees – related party 1,332,160  1,048,800  5,242,990  4,531,920  General and administrative expenses 815,631  1,657,671  3,404,141  5,331,029  Depreciation  6,832,886  5,565,955  27,814,901  23,707,797  Impairment loss  2,637,502  —  3,167,034  2,816,873  Net loss/(gain) on sale of vessels —  —  408,637  (7,645,781)Total expenses  33,363,260  24,503,335  120,114,534  97,710,246             Income from operations  9,366,125  9,635,913  32,646,354  45,817,523             Other (expenses)/income          Interest and finance costs (3,407,579) (2,344,430) (12,076,300) (9,956,712) (Loss)/gain on derivatives  (80,847) (255,736) 1,698,462  237,618  Interest income720,596  952,287  1,098,789  3,712,239  Foreign exchange (loss)/gain  (59,684) (27,829) 23,373  (190,722)Other expenses, net  (2,827,514) (1,675,708) (9,255,676) (6,197,577)            Income before equity in earnings of investees6,538,611  7,960,205  23,390,678  39,619,946 Equity earnings in joint ventures 1,162,231  928,841  10,862,687  12,316,883 Net Income  7,700,842  8,889,046  34,253,365  51,936,829             Earnings per share          – Basic  0.20  0.25  0.90  1.38 – Diluted  0.20  0.25  0.90  1.37                         Weighted average number of shares         – Basic  38,030,309  35,300,965  37,961,560  37,166,449 – Diluted  38,030,759  35,430,883  37,961,673  37,236,951  


StealthGas Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in United States Dollars)

      December 31, December 31,      2022  2023          Assets       Current assets       Cash and cash equivalents  55,770,823  77,202,843  Short term investments  26,500,000  —  Trade and other receivables  4,630,536  4,506,741  Other current assets   270,514  130,589  Claims receivable   182,141  55,475  Inventories   3,064,011  1,979,683  Advances and prepayments  681,413  1,409,418  Restricted cash   2,519,601  659,137  Vessel held for sale   11,107,182  34,879,925 Total current assets   104,726,221  120,823,811          Non current assets       Advances for vessel acquisitions  23,400,000  23,414,570  Operating lease right-of-use assets  —  99,379  Vessels, net   628,478,453  504,295,083  Other receivables   162,872  48,040  Restricted cash   10,864,520  5,893,721  Investments in joint ventures  46,632,720  39,671,603  Deferred finance charges  165,666  1,105,790  Fair value of derivatives    7,102,855  1,858,677 Total non current assets  716,807,086  576,386,863 Total assets   821,533,307  697,210,674          Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity     Current liabilities       Payable to related parties  2,476,663  955,567  Trade accounts payable  11,838,243  9,953,137  Accrued liabilities   6,923,992  5,681,144  Operating lease liabilities  —  71,173  Deferred income   5,234,978  5,386,126  Current portion of long-term debt  30,083,806  16,624,473 Total current liabilities   56,557,682  38,671,620          Non current liabilities       Operating lease liabilities  —  28,206  Deferred income   21,451  1,928,712  Long-term debt   247,028,823  106,918,176 Total non current liabilities  247,050,274  108,875,094 Total liabilities   303,607,956  147,546,713          Commitments and contingencies              Stockholders’ equity       Capital stock   435,274  453,434  Treasury stock   (25,373,380) (44,453,836) Additional paid-in capital  443,620,122  446,938,868  Retained earnings   94,056,852  145,993,681  Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,186,483  731,814 Total stockholders’ equity  517,925,351  549,663,961 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity 821,533,307  697,210,674  


StealthGas Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Expressed in United States Dollars)

       Twelve Month Periods Ended December 31,       2022  2023 Cash flows from operating activities       Net income for the year   34,253,365  51,936,829           Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash      provided by operating activities:       Depreciation    27,814,901  23,707,797  Amortization of deferred finance charges  855,472  1,345,941  Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets  104,168  99,379  Share based compensation   610,788  2,589,405  Change in fair value of derivatives   (1,964,307) 789,509  Equity earnings in joint ventures   (10,862,687) (12,316,883) Dividends received from joint ventures   9,486,900  14,589,215  Impairment loss    3,167,034  2,816,873  Loss/(Gain) on sale of vessels   408,637  (7,645,781)          Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      (Increase)/decrease in        Trade and other receivables   (2,675,772) 238,627  Other current assets    28,470  139,925  Claims receivable    (500,249) —  Inventories    (819,065) 1,365,189  Changes in operating lease liabilities   (104,168) (99,379) Advances and prepayments   (43,532) (728,005) Increase/(decrease) in        Balances with related parties   2,185,408  (1,532,943) Trade accounts payable   3,328,208  (1,813,377) Accrued liabilities    1,775,447  (100,515) Deferred income    (486,805) 2,058,409 Net cash provided by operating activities   66,562,213  77,440,215           Cash flows from investing activities       Insurance proceeds    380,760  126,666  Advances for vessels acquisitions   (23,400,000) —  Proceeds from sale of vessels, net   25,027,379  80,109,781  Acquisition and improvement of vessels    (830,937) (85,201) Maturity in short term investments   —  26,500,000  Increase in short-term investments   (26,500,000) —  Return of investments from joint ventures  8,066,100  4,688,785 Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities   (17,256,698) 111,340,031           Cash flows from financing activities       Additional paid-in capital   —  747,500  Stock repurchase   —  (19,080,455) Deferred finance charges paid   (534,600) (988,166) Advances from joint ventures   4,428,713  11,847  Advances to joint ventures   (5,565,396) —  Loan repayments    (83,579,825) (154,870,215) Proceeds from long-term debt   59,400,000  — Net cash used in financing activities   (25,851,108) (174,179,489)          Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  23,454,407  14,600,757 Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year  45,700,537  69,154,944 Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year  69,154,944  83,755,701 Cash breakdown        Cash and cash equivalents   55,770,823  77,202,843  Restricted cash, current   2,519,601  659,137  Restricted cash, non current   10,864,520  5,893,721 Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash shown in the statements of cash flows69,154,944  83,755,701 CONTACT: Company Contact:
Konstantinos Sistovaris
STEALTHGAS INC.
00-30-210-6250-001
E-mail: info@stealthgas.com

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