Algoma Central Corporation reported 2016 third quarter revenues of $115,333 compared to $125,077 for the same period in 2015. The decrease in revenue occurred mainly in Domestic Dry-Bulk and was due to reduced customer demand in major commodities and the impact of lower fuel costs that are passed on directly to customers as part of the freight rate. Revenues in the Product Tanker segment decreased due primarily to reduced customer demand and lower fuel prices. Partially offsetting these decreases was an improvement in Ocean Shipping segment revenue due to more revenue days resulting from the addition of two vessels to the fleet in early January.
Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 of $252,012 were $42,310 lower than revenues for the same period in the prior year. Domestic Dry-Bulk revenues decreased by $49,800, Product Tanker revenues experienced a decrease of $15,514 and the Ocean Shipping segment increased $23,004.
Segment operating earnings after income taxes for the 2016 third quarter of $24,270 includes a gain on shipbuilding contracts in the amount of $6,126. Improvements in earnings were realized in all business segments.
Segment operating earnings after income taxes for both the 2016 and 2015 nine-month periods of $27,827 and $16,589 respectively, include gains on shipbuilding contracts in the amount of $22,322 and $10,067, respectively. Improvements in earnings in the Ocean Shipping and Global Short Sea Shipping segments were more than offset with decreases in the Domestic Dry-Bulk and Product Tanker segments, particularly in the first half of 2016.
Net earnings from continuing operations for the 2016 third quarter were $23,568, compared to $13,493 for the same period last year. Net earnings from continuing operations for the 2016 nine-months were $27,590 compared to earnings of $12,096 for 2015.
Net earnings from discontinued operations for the 2016 third quarter were $14,934 compared to $1,350 for the same period last year. During the third quarter, the Company completed the sale of four properties resulting in a net gain of $13,070.