SOURCE: Costamare Inc.

Costamare Inc.

January 26, 2017 16:10 ET

Costamare Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2016

MONACO--(Marketwired - Jan 26, 2017) - Costamare Inc. ("Costamare" or the "Company") (NYSE: CMRE) today reported unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

  • Voyage revenues adjusted on a cash basis of $107.3 million and $460.5 million for the three-months and the year ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

  • Adjusted Net income available to common stockholders of $23.0 million or $0.28 per share and $115.1 million or $1.49 per share for the three-months and the year ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

See "Financial Summary" and "Non-GAAP Measures" below for additional detail.

New Business Developments

A. New charter agreements

  • The Company entered into the following charter arrangements:

    • Agreed to extend the charter of the 2000-built, 4,890 TEU containerships
      Oakland Express, Singapore Express and Halifax Express with Hapag- Lloyd at a daily rate of $5,500 starting from December 1, 2016. The duration of the extension shall be for a period of 7 to 13 months for two of the vessels and 3 to 13 months for the other vessel at the charterers' option.
    • Agreed to charter the 1998-built, 3,842 TEU containership Itea to ACL, for consecutive round voyages for a period expiring at the charterers' option during the period from March 17, 2017 through April 21, 2017, at a daily rate of $6,000.
    • Agreed to extend the charter of the 2004-built, 2,586 TEU containership Lakonia with Evergreen for a period of 4 to 10 months, starting from February 4, 2017, at a daily rate of $5,800.
    • Agreed to charter the 1999-built, 2,526 TEU containership Elafonisos to MSC for a period expiring at the charterers' option during the period from December 17, 2016 to April 2, 2017, starting from December 2, 2016, at a daily rate of $5,100.
    • Agreed to extend the charter of the 1991-built, 2,020 TEU containership MSC Pylos with MSC for a period of 11 to 13 months, starting from February 15, 2017, at a daily rate of $6,000.
    • Agreed to charter the 1996-built, 1,504 TEU containership Prosper to Sea Consortium for a period of 1 to 4 months starting from December 28, 2016, at a daily rate of $6,215.

B. New Financing Transactions

  • In December 2016, we finalized the refinancing of a credit facility secured with the 2006-built, 9,469TEU containership Cosco Guangzhou, which was originally expiring in 2018. The new $32 million facility entered into with a European financial institution, will be payable in variable installments over five years starting from 2017.

C. Follow-on Offering

  • On November 29, 2016, the Company completed a follow-on public offering of 12.0 million shares of its common stock at $6.00 per share, upsized from an initial 11.0 million shares. The gross proceeds from the offering before the underwriting discount and other offering expenses were approximately $72.0 million. Members of the Konstantakopoulos family, who in aggregate own a majority of the common stock of the Company, purchased $10.0 million of shares in the offering. We plan to use the net proceeds of this offering for capital expenditures, including vessel acquisitions, and for other general corporate purposes, which may include repayments of indebtedness.

D. Dividend announcements

  • On January 3, 2017, we declared a dividend for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 of $0.10 per share on our common stock, payable on February 6, 2017, to stockholders of record on January 23, 2017. 

  • On January 3, 2017, we declared a dividend of $0.476563 per share on our Series B Preferred Stock, a dividend of $0.531250 per share on our Series C Preferred Stock and a dividend of $0.546875 per share on our Series D Preferred Stock which were all paid on January 17, 2017 to holders of record on January 13, 2017.

Mr. Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare Inc., commented:

"During the fourth quarter the Company delivered solid results.

On the chartering side, we continue to employ our vessels, having chartered in total 8 ships opening during the last three months.

Regarding our financing arrangements, we have refinanced a loan facility which was originally expiring in 2018. Under the new agreement, the balloon payment of US $30 million due in 2018, has been extended to be amortized over a three year period until 2021. 

As mentioned in the past, our goal is to strengthen the Company and enhance long term shareholder value. At the same time we are actively looking at new transactions in a distressed asset value environment.

Regarding the dividend and the Dividend Reinvestment Plan currently in place, members of the founding family, as has been the case since the inception of the plan, have decided to reinvest in full the fourth quarter cash dividends."

Financial Summary

                     
    Year ended December 31,     Three-month period
ended December 31,
 
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data):   2015   2016     2015   2016  
                       
                             
Voyage revenue   $ 490,378   $ 468,189     $ 122,276   $ 110,134  
Accrued charter revenue (1)   $ 2,618   $ (7,730 )   $ 589   $ (2,836 )
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (2)   $ 492,996   $ 460,459     $ 122,865   $ 107,298  
                             
Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders (3)   $ 130,351   $ 115,120     $ 32,772   $ 23,039  
Weighted Average number of shares     75,027,474     77,243,252       75,250,426     81,498,030  
Adjusted Earnings per share (3)   $ 1.74   $ 1.49     $ 0.44   $ 0.28  
                             
Net Income / (Loss)   $ 143,764   $ 81,702     $ 38,328   $ (11,008 )
Net Income / (Loss) available to common stockholders   $ 125,861   $ 60,639     $ 33,062   $ (16,274 )
Weighted Average number of shares     75,027,474     77,243,252       75,250,426     81,498,030  
Earnings / (Loss) per share   $ 1.68   $ 0.79     $ 0.44   $ (0.20 )
                             

(1) Accrued charter revenue represents the difference between cash received during the period and revenue recognized on a straight-line basis. In the early years of a charter with escalating charter rates, voyage revenue will exceed cash received during the period and during the last years of such charter cash received will exceed revenue recognized on a straight line basis.
(2) Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis represents Voyage revenue after adjusting for non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates. However, Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). We believe that the presentation of Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis is useful to investors because it presents the charter revenue for the relevant period based on the then current daily charter rates. The increases or decreases in daily charter rates under our charter party agreements are described in the notes to the "Fleet List" below.
(3) Adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted earnings per share are non- GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP. However, management believes that certain non- GAAP financial measures used in managing the business may provide users of these financial measures additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures can provide additional meaningful reflection of underlying trends of the business because they provide a comparison of historical information that excludes certain items that impact the overall comparability. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. The tables below set out supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures for the three-month periods and years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, voyage revenue or net income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures include (i) Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (reconciled above), (ii) Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and (iii) Adjusted Earnings per share.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share

             
    Year ended December 31,     Three-month period
ended December 31,
 
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)   2015     2016     2015     2016  
                                 
Net Income / (Loss)   $ 143,764     $ 81,702     $ 38,328     $ (11,008 )
Earnings allocated to Preferred Stock     (17,903 )     (21,063 )     (5,266 )     (5,266 )
Net Income / (Loss) available to common stockholders     125,861       60,639       33,062       (16,274 )
Accrued charter revenue     2,618       (7,730 )     589       (2,836 )
Loss / (Gain) on sale / disposal of vessels     (1,688 )     4,440       (1,688 )     -  
Loss on asset held for sale     -       37,161       -       37,161  
Swaps breakage cost     -       9,701       -       297  
Unrealized loss from swap option agreement held by a jointly owned company with York included in equity loss on investments     587       -       2       -  
Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items     8,623       8,951       1,404       4,837  
Non-recurring, non-cash write-off of loan deferred financing costs     -       586       -       -  
Write-off costs related to the withdrawal of Costamare Partners LP registration statement     3,326       -       3,326       -  
Amortization of prepaid lease rentals     4,982       6,779       1,256       2,200  
Realized Loss / (Gain) on Euro/USD forward contracts (1)     2,898       (898 )     169       -  
Gain on derivative instruments, excluding interest accrued and realized on non-hedging derivative instruments (1)     (16,856 )     (4,509 )     (5,348 )     (2,346 )
Adjusted Net income available to common stockholders   $ 130,351     $ 115,120     $ 32,772     $ 23,039  
Adjusted Earnings per Share   $ 1.74     $ 1.49     $ 0.44     $ 0.28  
Weighted average number of shares     75,027,474       77,243,252       75,250,426       81,498,030  
                                 

Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share represent net income after earnings allocated to preferred stock, but before non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates, realized loss / (gain) on Euro/USD forward contracts, loss / (gain) on sale / disposal of vessels, loss on asset held for sale, swaps breakage cost, unrealized loss from a swap option agreement held by a jointly owned company with York, which is included in equity loss on investments, non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items, non-recurring, non-cash write-off of loan deferred financing costs, write-off costs related to the withdrawal of Costamare Partners LP registration statement, amortization of prepaid lease rentals and non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives. "Accrued charter revenue" is attributed to the timing difference between the revenue recognition and the cash collection. However, Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share are not recognized measurements under U.S. GAAP. We believe that the presentation of Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. We also believe that Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share are useful in evaluating our ability to service additional debt and make capital expenditures. In addition, we believe that Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share are useful in evaluating our operating performance and liquidity position compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share generally eliminates the effects of the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, certain hedging instruments and other accounting treatments, items which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance and liquidity. In evaluating Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share, 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. Our presentation of Adjusted Net Income available to common stockholders and Adjusted Earnings per Share should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

(1) Items to consider for comparability include gains and charges. Gains positively impacting net income are reflected as deductions to adjusted net income. Charges negatively impacting net income are reflected as increases to adjusted net income.

Results of Operations

Three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015

During the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, we had an average of 53.0 and 54.6 vessels, respectively, in our fleet. In the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, we sold the 2,633 TEU vessel MSC Challenger. In the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, our fleet ownership days totaled 4,876 and 5,023 days, respectively. Ownership days are the primary driver of voyage revenue and vessels' operating expenses and represent the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet is owned.

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars,
except percentages)
  Three-month period
ended December 31,
          Percentage  
                 
2015     2016     Change     Change  
                               
Voyage revenue   $ 122.3     $ 110.1     $ (12.2 )   (10.0 %)
Voyage expenses     (0.9 )     (0.4 )     (0.5 )   (55.6 %)
Voyage expenses - related parties     (0.9 )     (0.8 )     (0.1 )   (11.1 %)
Vessels' operating expenses     (28.6 )     (26.1 )     (2.5 )   (8.7 %)
General and administrative expenses     (4.7 )     (1.5 )     (3.2 )   (68.1 %)
Management fees - related parties     (4.3 )     (4.2 )     (0.1 )   (2.3 %)
Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items     (1.4 )     (4.8 )     3.4     242.9 %
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs     (2.0 )     (2.0 )     -     -  
Depreciation     (25.6 )     (25.2 )     (0.4 )   (1.6 %)
Amortization of prepaid lease rentals     (1.3 )     (2.2 )     0.9     69.2 %
Gain on sale / disposal of vessels     1.7       -       (1.7 )   (100.0 %)
Loss on asset held for sale     -       (37.2 )     37.2     100.0 %
Foreign exchange losses     (0.1 )     -       (0.1 )   (100.0 %)
Interest income     0.3       0.5       0.2     66.7 %
Interest and finance costs     (18.5 )     (17.7 )     (0.8 )   (4.3 %)
Swaps breakage cost     -       (0.3 )     0.3     100.0 %
Equity gain / (loss) on investments     (0.6 )     0.4       1.0     166.7 %
Gain on derivative instruments     2.9       0.4       (2.5 )   (86.2 %)
Net Income / (Loss)   $ 38.3     $ (11.0 )              
                       
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars,
except percentages)
  Three-month period
ended December 31,
          Percentage  
2015   2016     Change     Change  
                             
Voyage revenue   $ 122.3   $ 110.1     $ (12.2 )   (10.0 %)
Accrued charter revenue     0.6     (2.8 )     (3.4 )   (566.7 %)
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis   $ 122.9   $ 107.3     $ (15.6 )   (12.7 %)
                     
Vessels operational data   Three-month period
 ended December 31,
        Percentage  
2015   2016   Change     Change  
                     
Average number of vessels   54.6   53.0   (1.6 )   (2.9 %)
Ownership days   5,023   4,876   (147 )   (2.9 %)
Number of vessels under dry-docking   3   -   (3 )      

Voyage Revenue

Voyage revenue decreased by 10.0%, or $12.2 million, to $110.1 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, from $122.3 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to (i) decreased charter rates for certain of our vessels during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, (ii) revenue not earned by two vessels sold for demolition in November 2015 and in August 2016, respectively and (iii) decreased revenue days of our fleet during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015; partly offset by decreased off-hire days of our fleet during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. 

Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (which eliminates non-cash "Accrued charter revenue"), decreased by 12.7%, or $15.6 million, to $107.3 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, from $122.9 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to (i) decreased charter rates for certain of our vessels during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, (ii) revenue not earned by two vessels sold for demolition in November 2015 and in August 2016, respectively and (iii) decreased revenue days of our fleet during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015; partly offset by decreased off-hire days of our fleet during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses were $0.4 million and $0.9 million, during the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Voyage expenses mainly include (i) off-hire expenses of our vessels, mainly related to fuel consumption and (ii) third party commissions.

Voyage Expenses - related parties

Voyage expenses - related parties in the amount of $0.8 million and $0.9 million during the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, represent fees of 0.75% in the aggregate on voyage revenues charged by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. ("Costamare Shipping") and by Costamare Shipping Services Ltd. ("Costamare Services") pursuant to the Framework Agreement between Costamare Shipping and us dated November 2, 2015 (the "Framework Agreement"), the Services Agreement between Costamare Services and our vessel-owning subsidiaries dated November 2, 2015 (the "Services Agreement") and the individual ship-management agreements pertaining to each vessel. 

Vessels' Operating Expenses

Vessels' operating expenses, which also include the realized gain / (loss) under derivative contracts entered into in relation to foreign currency exposure, decreased by 8.7%, or $2.5 million, to $26.1 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, from $28.6 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses were $1.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 and $4.7 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. General and administrative expenses for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 include $0.63 million which is part of the annual fee that Costamare Services receives based on the Services Agreement. Prior to November 2, 2015, this annual fee, in the same amount, was charged by Costamare Shipping pursuant to the Amended and Restated Group Management Agreement (the "Group Management Agreement"), which was effective from January 1, 2015 until November 2, 2015. General and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015 include costs incurred by our subsidiary, Costamare Partners LP, which were transferred to our consolidated income statement during the three month period ended December 31, 2015.

Management Fees - related parties

Management fees paid to our managers were $4.2 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 and $4.3 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. Such fees are pursuant to the Framework Agreement, in effect from November 2, 2015, and the Group Management Agreement, in effect prior to November 2, 2015, respectively.

Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items

Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 amounted to $4.8 million, including the value of the shares issued to Costamare Services on December 31, 2016, pursuant to the Services Agreement. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, the non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items amounted to $1.4 million, including the value of the shares issued to Costamare Services on December 31, 2015 pursuant to the Services Agreement.

Amortization of Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs was $2.0 million for each of the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. During the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, no vessel underwent any special survey. During the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, three vessels underwent and completed their special survey.

Depreciation

Depreciation expense decreased by 1.6% or $0.4 million, to $25.2 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, from $25.6 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

Amortization of Prepaid Lease Rentals

Amortization of prepaid lease rentals was $2.2 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016. Amortization of prepaid lease rentals was $1.3 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

Gain on sale / disposal of vessels

There were no vessels disposed of during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016. During the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, we recorded a gain of $1.7 million from the sale of one vessel, the MSC Challenger.

Loss on asset held for sale

During the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, we recorded a loss on assets held for sale of $37.2 million, representing the expected loss from sale for demolition of one of our vessels during the next twelve month period.

Foreign Exchange Losses

Foreign exchange losses were $nil and $0.1 million during the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Interest Income

Interest income amounted to $0.5 million and $0.3 million for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Interest and Finance Costs

Interest and finance costs decreased by 4.3%, or $0.8 million, to $17.7 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, from $18.5 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to the decreased average loan balance during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

Swaps Breakage Cost

During the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, we terminated one interest rate derivative instrument that did not qualify for hedge accounting and we paid the counterparty breakage costs of $0.3 million.

Equity Gain / (Loss) on Investments

The equity gain on investments of $0.4 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, represents our share of the net gain of eighteen jointly owned companies pursuant to the Framework Deed dated May 15, 2013, as amended and restated on May 18, 2015 (the "Framework Deed"), between the Company and a wholly-owned subsidiary, the Company, and York Capital Management Global Advisors LLC and an affiliated fund (collectively, together with the funds it manages or advises, "York") and is mainly attributable to the revenues earned by certain of new-build vessels that were delivered from the shipyard during 2016 and started their charters. We hold a range of 25% to 49% of the capital stock of these companies.

Gain on Derivative Instruments

The fair value of our 18 interest rate derivative instruments which were outstanding as of December 31, 2016 equates to the amount that would be paid by us or to us should those instruments be terminated. As of December 31, 2016, the fair value of these 18 interest rate derivative instruments in aggregate amounted to a liability of $15.3 million. The effective portion of the change in the fair value of the interest rate derivative instruments that qualified for hedge accounting is recorded in "Other Comprehensive Income" ("OCI") while the ineffective portion is recorded in the consolidated statements of income. The change in the fair value of the interest rate derivative instruments that did not qualify for hedge accounting is recorded in the consolidated statement of income. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, a net gain of $15.6 million has been included in OCI and a net gain of $0.4 million has been included in Gain on derivative instruments in the consolidated statement of income, resulting from the fair market value change of the interest rate derivative instruments during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016.

Cash Flows  
Three-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and 2015  
   
Condensed cash flows   Three-month period ended December 31,  
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)   2015     2016  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $65.1     $57.0  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   $(14.7 )   $(3.2 )
Net Cash Provided by / (Used in) Financing Activities   $(84.9 )   $4.4  

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Net cash flows provided by operating activities for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, decreased by $5.5 million to $57.0 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, compared to $62.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to the decreased cash from operations of $15.6 million; partly off-set by decreased special survey costs of $2.5 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 compared to the three-month period ended December 31, 2015.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $3.2 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, which mainly consisted of $3.5 million in payments for working capital injection in certain entities pursuant to the Framework Deed and $0.3 million we received as dividend distributions in certain entities pursuant to the Framework Deed.

Net cash used in investing activities was $14.7 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, which mainly consisted of $17.2 million for advance payments for the construction of three newbuild vessels ordered pursuant to the Framework Deed with York, $0.6 million for advance payment for the acquisition of one secondhand vessel pursuant to the Framework Deed with York and $4.7 million we received from the sale for scrap of MSC Challenger.

Net Cash Provided by / (Used in) Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities was $4.4 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2016, which mainly consisted of (a) $45.4 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $7.3 million we repaid relating to our sale and leaseback agreements, (c) $37.5 million we paid for the prepayment of one of our credit facilities, (d) $32.0 million that we drew down from one of our credit facilities, (e) $69.0 million we received from our follow-on offering in December 2016, net of underwriting discounts and expenses incurred in the offering, (f) $2.6 million we paid for dividends to holders of our common stock for the third quarter of 2016 and (g) $1.0 million we paid for dividends to holders of our 7.625% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock ("Series B Preferred Stock"), $2.1 million we paid for dividends to holders of our 8.500% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock ("Series C Preferred Stock") and $2.2 million we paid for dividends to holders of our 8.75% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock ("Series D Preferred Stock"), for the period from July 15, 2016 to October 14, 2016.

Net cash used in financing activities was $84.9 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, which mainly consisted of (a) $48.7 million of repaid indebtedness, (b) $3.5 million repaid under our sale and leaseback agreements (c) $21.8 million paid for dividends to holders of our common stock for the third quarter of 2015, (d) $1.0 million paid for dividends to holders of our Series B Preferred Stock, $2.1 million paid for dividends to holders of our Series C Preferred Stock and $2.2 million paid for dividends to holders of our Series D Preferred Stock, for the period from July 15, 2015 to October 14, 2015.

Results of Operations

Year ended December 31, 2016, compared to the Year ended December 31, 2015

During the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, we had an average of 53.6 and 54.9 vessels, respectively in our fleet. In the year ended December 31, 2016, we sold the 3,351 TEU vessel Karmen. In the year ended December 31, 2015, we sold the 2,633 TEU vessel MSC Challenger. In the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, our fleet ownership days totaled 19,616 and 20,038 days, respectively. Ownership days are the primary driver of voyage revenue and vessels operating expenses and represent the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet is owned.

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars,
except percentages)
Year ended December 31,           Percentage  
2015     2016     Change     Change  
       
                             
Voyage revenue $ 490.4     $ 468.2     $ (22.2 )   (4.5 %)
Voyage expenses   (2.8 )     (1.9 )     (0.9 )   (32.1 %)
Voyage expenses - related parties   (3.7 )     (3.5 )     (0.2 )   (5.4 %)
Vessels' operating expenses   (117.2 )     (105.8 )     (11.4 )   (9.7 %)
General and administrative expenses   (8.8 )     (5.8 )     (3.0 )   (34.1 %)
Management fees - related parties   (18.9 )     (18.6 )     (0.3 )   (1.6 %)
Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items   (8.6 )     (9.0 )     0.4     4.7 %
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs   (7.4 )     (7.9 )     0.5     6.8 %
Depreciation   (101.6 )     (100.9 )     (0.7 )   (0.7 %)
Amortization of prepaid lease rentals   (5.0 )     (6.8 )     1.8     36.0 %
Gain / (Loss) on sale / disposal of vessels   1.7       (4.4 )     6.1     358.8 %
Loss on asset held for sale   -       (37.2 )     37.2     100.0 %
Foreign exchange losses   (0.1 )     (0.4 )     0.3     300.0 %
Interest income   1.3       1.7       0.4     30.8 %
Interest and finance costs   (79.6 )     (72.8 )     (6.8 )   (8.5 %)
Swaps breakage cost   -       (9.7 )     9.7     100.0 %
Equity loss on investments   (0.5 )     (0.1 )     0.4     80.0 %
Other   0.4       0.6       0.2     50.0 %
Gain / (Loss) on derivative instruments   4.2       (4.0 )     (8.2 )   (195.2 %)
Net Income $ 143.8     $ 81.7                
                             
                     
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars,
except percentages)
Year ended December 31,           Percentage  
2015   2016     Change     Change  
                           
Voyage revenue $ 490.4   $ 468.2     $ (22.2 )   (4.5 %)
Accrued charter revenue   2.6     (7.7 )     (10.3 )   (396.2 %)
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis $ 493.0   $ 460.5     $ (32.5 )   (6.6 %)
                     
Vessels operational data   Year ended December 31,         Percentage  
2015   2016   Change     Change  
                     
Average number of vessels   54.9   53.6   (1.3 )   (2.4 %)
Ownership days   20,038   19,616   (422 )   (2.1 %)
Number of vessels under dry-docking   10   6   (4 )      
                     

Voyage Revenue

Voyage revenue decreased by 4.5%, or $22.2 million, to $468.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, from $490.4 million during the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to (i) decreased charter rates for certain of our vessels during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, (ii) revenue not earned by two vessels sold for demolition in November 2015 and in August 2016, respectively and (iii) decreased revenue days of our fleet during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015; partly offset by decreased off-hire days of our fleet during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 and by revenue earned due to the year ended December 31, 2016 being a leap year (366 calendar days).

Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (which eliminates non-cash "Accrued charter revenue"), decreased by 6.6%, or $32.5 million, to $460.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, from $493.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to (i) decreased charter rates for certain of our vessels during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, (ii) revenue not earned by two vessels sold for demolition in November 2015 and in August 2016, respectively and (iii) decreased revenue days of our fleet during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015; partly offset by decreased off-hire days of our fleet during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 and by revenue earned due to the year ended December 31, 2016 being a leap year (366 calendar days).

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses were $1.9 million and $2.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Voyage expenses mainly include (i) off-hire expenses of our vessels, mainly related to fuel consumption and (ii) third party commissions.

Voyage Expenses - related parties

Voyage expenses - related parties in the amount of $3.5 million and $3.7 million during the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, represent fees of 0.75% in the aggregate on voyage revenues charged to us by Costamare Shipping and Costamare Services, as provided under the Framework Agreement and Services Agreement, respectively.

Vessels' Operating Expenses

Vessels' operating expenses, which also includes the realized gain / (loss) under derivative contracts entered into in relation to foreign currency exposure, decreased by 9.7% or $11.4 million to $105.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, from $117.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2015.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses were $5.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2016 and $8.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2015. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 included $2.5 million which is the annual fee that Costamare Services receives based on the Services Agreement. Prior to November 2, 2015, this annual fee, in the same amount, was charged by Costamare Shipping pursuant to the Group Management Agreement, which was effective from January 1, 2015 until November 2, 2015. General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015 include costs incurred by our subsidiary, Costamare Partners LP, which were transferred to our consolidated income statement during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Management Fees - related parties

Management fees paid to our managers decreased by 1.6%, or $0.3 million, to $18.6 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, from $18.9 million during the year ended December 31, 2015 pursuant to the Framework Agreement, in effect from November 2, 2015, and the Group Management Agreement in effect prior to November 2, 2015, respectively. The decrease is attributable to the decreased average number of vessels during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015.

Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items

Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items for the year ended December 31, 2016 amounted to $9.0 million, including the value of the shares issued to Costamare Services on March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016, pursuant to the Services Agreement. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items amounted to $8.6 million, including the value of shares issued to Costamare Shipping on March 31, 2015, June 30, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2015, respectively, pursuant to the Group Management Agreement.

Amortization of Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs was $7.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 and $7.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. During the year ended December 31, 2016, six vessels underwent and completed their special survey. During the year ended December 31, 2015, ten vessels underwent and completed their special survey.

Depreciation

Depreciation expense decreased by 0.7%, or $0.7 million, to $100.9 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, from $101.6 million during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Amortization of Prepaid Lease Rentals

Amortization of prepaid lease rentals was $6.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2016. Amortization of prepaid lease rentals was $5.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Gain / (Loss) on sale / disposal of vessels

During the year ended December 31, 2016, we recorded a loss of $4.4 million from the sale of one vessel. During the year ended December 31, 2015, we recorded a gain of $1.7 million from the sale of one vessel.

Loss on asset held for sale

During the year ended December 31, 2016, we recorded a loss on asset held for sale of $37.2 million, representing the expected loss from sale for scrap of one of our vessels during the next twelve month period.

Foreign Exchange Losses

Foreign exchange losses were $0.4 million and $0.1 million, during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Interest Income

Interest income amounted to $1.7 million and $1.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Interest and Finance Costs

Interest and finance costs decreased by 8.5%, or $6.8 million, to $72.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2016, from $79.6 million during the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to the decreased average loan balance during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015.

Swaps Breakage Cost

During the year ended December 31, 2016, we terminated two interest rate derivative instruments and we paid the counterparties breakage costs of $9.7 million in aggregate.

Equity Loss on Investments

The equity loss on investments of $0.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 represents our share of the net losses of eighteen jointly owned companies pursuant to the Framework Deed and is mainly attributable to the pre-delivery expenses charged to certain vessels that were under construction during the year ended December 31, 2016; partly offset by the revenues earned by certain newbuild vessels delivered from the shipyard during 2016 and that started their charters. We hold a range of 25% to 49% of the capital stock of these companies.

Gain / (Loss) on Derivative Instruments

The fair value of our 18 interest rate derivative instruments which were outstanding as of December 31, 2016 equates to the amount that would be paid by us or to us should those instruments be terminated. As of December 31, 2016, the fair value of these 18 interest rate derivative instruments in aggregate amounted to a liability of $15.3 million. The effective portion of the change in the fair value of the interest rate derivative instruments that qualified for hedge accounting is recorded in OCI while the ineffective portion is recorded in the consolidated statements of income. The change in the fair value of the interest rate derivative instruments that did not qualify for hedge accounting is recorded in the consolidated statement of income. For the year ended December 31, 2016, a net gain of $30.2 million has been included in OCI and a net loss of $3.6 million has been included in Gain / (Loss) on derivative instruments in the consolidated statement of income, resulting from the fair market value change of the interest rate derivative instruments during the year ended December 31, 2016.

Cash Flows

Years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

Condensed cash flows   Year ended December 31,  
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)   2015     2016  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $ 244.7     $ 226.6  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   $ (43.0 )   $ (34.4 )
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities   $ (214.7 )   $ (127.4 )

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Net cash flows provided by operating activities decreased by $18.1 million to $226.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $244.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease is mainly attributable to decreased cash from operations of $32.5 million; partly offset by decreased payments for interest (including swap payments) of $3.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 and decreased special survey costs of $3.6 million during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $34.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, which mainly consisted of (i) $38.6 million in advance payments for the construction of eight newbuild vessels, the acquisition of a secondhand vessel and working capital injection in certain entities pursuant to the Framework Deed, (ii) $1.6 million in payments for upgrades to one of our vessels, (iii) $3.6 million proceeds we received from the sale of one vessel, and (iv) $3.4 million we received as dividend distributions pursuant to the Framework Deed.

Net cash used in investing activities was $43.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, which mainly consisted of $38.8 million in advance payments for the construction of five newbuild vessels, ordered pursuant to the Framework Deed with York and $3.2 million, paid for the acquisition of a secondhand vessel pursuant to the Framework Deed, $0.6 million for advance payment for the acquisition of one secondhand vessel pursuant to the Framework Deed and $4.7 million we received from the sale for scrap of the MSC Challenger.

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

Net cash used in financing activities was $127.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, which mainly consisted of (a) $187.5 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $21.6 million we repaid relating to our sale and leaseback agreements, (c) $71.0 million in aggregate that we drew down from two of our credit facilities, (d) $148.3 million we paid for the prepayment of three of our credit facilities, (e) $151.8 million we received in connection with the sale and leaseback transaction concluded for two of our vessels, (f) $53.9 million we paid for dividends to holders of our common stock for the fourth quarter of 2015, the first, the second quarter and the third quarter of 2016, (g) $69.0 million we received from our follow-on offering in December 2016, net of underwriting discounts and expenses incurred in the offering and (h) $3.8 million we paid for dividends to holders of our Series B Preferred Stock, $8.5 million we paid for dividends to holders of our Series C Preferred Stock and $8.8 million we paid for dividends to holders of our Series D Preferred Stock, in each case for each of the periods from October 15, 2015 to January 14, 2016, January 15, 2016 to April 14, 2016, April 15, 2016 to July 14, 2016 and July 15, 2016 to October 14, 2016.

Net cash used in financing activities was $214.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, which mainly consisted of (a) $196.9 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $13.5 million we repaid relating to our sale and leaseback agreements, (c) $86.2 million we paid for dividends to holders of our common stock for the fourth quarter of 2014, first quarter of 2015, second quarter of 2015 and third quarter of 2015, and (d) $3.8 million we paid for dividends to holders of our Series B Preferred Stock and $8.5 million we paid for dividends to holders of our Series C Preferred Stock, both for the periods from October 15, 2014 to January 14, 2015, January 15, 2015 to April 14, 2015, April 15, 2015 to July 14, 2015 and July 15, 2015 to October 14, 2015 and $3.7 million we paid for dividends to holders of our Series D Preferred Stock for the period from May 13, 2015 to July 14, 2015 and July 15, 2015 to October 14, 2015 and (e) $96.6 million net proceeds we received from our public offering in May 2015 of 4.0 million shares of our Series D Preferred Stock, net of underwriting discounts and expenses incurred in the offering.

Change in the manner of presentation of certain items

Effective January 1, 2016, we changed the way we present the interest accrued and realized on non-hedging derivative instruments and have reclassified such from the Interest and Finance costs line item to Gain / (Loss) on derivative instruments, on our consolidated statements of income and their comparatives.

Liquidity and Capital Expenditures

Cash and cash equivalents

As of December 31, 2016, we had a total cash liquidity of $210.6 million, consisting of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.

Debt-free vessels

As of January 26, 2017, the following vessels were free of debt.

Unencumbered Vessels
(Refer to fleet list for full charter details)
 
Vessel Name   Year
Built
  TEU
Capacity
NCP0152   2017   11,010
ELAFONISSOS   1999   2,526
MONEMVASIA   1998   2,472
ARKADIA   2001   1,550

Capital commitments

As of January 26, 2017, we had outstanding equity commitments relating to our six contracted newbuilds aggregating approximately $2.6 million payable until the vessels are delivered. The amount represents our interest in the relevant jointly-owned entities under the Framework Deed, and excludes approximately $21.6 million relating to our interest in the delivery installment of the last 11,000 TEU vessel on order, which we expect will be funded with debt for which we have received a term sheet from a European financial institution.

Conference Call details:

On Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ET, Costamare's management team will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1-844-887-9405 (from the US), 0808 238 9064 (from the UK) or +1-412-317-9258 (from outside the US). Please quote "Costamare".

A replay of the conference call will be available until February 27, 2017. The United States replay number is +1-877-344-7529; the standard international replay number is +1-412-317-0088; and the access code required for the replay is: 10100303.

Live webcast:

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the Costamare Inc. website (www.costamare.com) under the "Investors" section. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About Costamare Inc.

Costamare Inc. is one of the world's leading owners and providers of containerships for charter. The Company has 43 years of history in the international shipping industry and a fleet of 70 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 459,000 TEU, including six newbuild containerships to be delivered. Eighteen of our containerships, including six newbuilds on order, have been acquired pursuant to the Framework Deed with York Capital Management by vessel-owning joint venture entities in which we hold a minority equity interest. The Company's common stock, Series B Preferred Stock, Series C Preferred Stock and Series D Preferred Stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols "CMRE", "CMRE PR B", "CMRE PR C" and "CMRE PR D", respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains "forward-looking statements". In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "believe", "intend", "anticipate", "estimate", "project", "forecast", "plan", "potential", "may", "should", "could" and "expect" and similar expressions. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only Costamare's belief regarding future results, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Costamare's control. It is possible that actual results may differ, possibly materially, from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect future results, see the discussion in Costamare Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F (File No. 001-34934) under the caption "Risk Factors".

 Fleet List
The tables below provide additional information, as of January 26, 2017, about our fleet of containerships, including our newbuilds on order, the vessels acquired pursuant to the Framework Deed and those vessels subject to sale and leaseback agreements. Each vessel is a cellular containership, meaning it is a dedicated container vessel.

    Vessel Name Charterer Year Built Capacity (TEU) Current Daily Charter Rate (U.S. dollars) Expiration of Charter(1)
1   TRITON(*)(***) Evergreen 2016 14,424 (****) March 2026
2   TITAN(*)(***) Evergreen 2016 14,424 (****) April 2026
3   TALOS(*)(***) Evergreen 2016 14,424 (****) July 2026
4   TAURUS(*)(***) Evergreen 2016 14,424 (****) August 2026
5   THESEUS(*)(***) Evergreen 2016 14,424 (****) August 2026
6   CAPE AKRITAS(*)   2016 11,010    
7   COSCO GUANGZHOU COSCO 2006 9,469 36,400 December 2017
8   COSCO NINGBO COSCO 2006 9,469 36,400 January 2018
9   COSCO YANTIAN COSCO 2006 9,469 36,400 February 2018
10   COSCO BEIJING COSCO 2006 9,469 36,400 April 2018
11   COSCO HELLAS COSCO 2006 9,469 37,519 May 2018
12   MSC AZOV(**) MSC 2014 9,403 43,000 November 2023
13   MSC AJACCIO(**) MSC 2014 9,403 43,000 February 2024
14   MSC AMALFI(**) MSC 2014 9,403 43,000 March 2024
15   MSC ATHENS(**) MSC 2013 8,827 42,000 January 2023
16   MSC ATHOS(**) MSC 2013 8,827 42,000 February 2023
17   VALOR Evergreen 2013 8,827 41,700 April 2020(i)
18   VALUE Evergreen 2013 8,827 41,700 April 2020(i)
19   VALIANT Evergreen 2013 8,827 41,700 June 2020(i)
20   VALENCE Evergreen 2013 8,827 41,700 July 2020(i)
21   VANTAGE Evergreen 2013 8,827 41,700 September 2020(i)
22   NAVARINO PIL 2010 8,531 9,000 November 2017
23   MAERSK KAWASAKI
(ii)
A.P. Moller-Maersk 1997 7,403 37,000 December 2017
24   MAERSK KURE
(ii)
A.P. Moller-Maersk 1996 7,403 37,000 December 2017
25   MAERSK KOKURA
(ii)
A.P. Moller-Maersk 1997 7,403 37,000 February 2018
26   MSC METHONI MSC 2003 6,724 29,000 September 2021
27   SEALAND NEW YORK A.P. Moller-Maersk 2000 6,648 26,100 March 2018
28   MAERSK KOBE A.P. Moller-Maersk 2000 6,648 26,100 May 2018
29   SEALAND WASHINGTON A.P. Moller-Maersk 2000 6,648 26,100 June 2018
30   SEALAND MICHIGAN A.P. Moller-Maersk 2000 6,648 26,100 August 2018
31   SEALAND ILLINOIS A.P. Moller-Maersk 2000 6,648 26,100 October 2018
32   MSC KOLKATA A.P. Moller-Maersk 2003 6,644 26,100 November 2019
33   MSC KINGSTON A.P. Moller-Maersk 2003 6,644 26,100 February 2020
34   MSC KALAMATA A.P. Moller-Maersk 2003 6,644 26,100 April 2020
35   VENETIKO   2003 5,928    
36   ENSENADA EXPRESS(*)   2001 5,576    
37   ZIM NEW YORK ZIM 2002 4,992 7,736 September 2017(3)
38   ZIM SHANGHAI ZIM 2002 4,992 7,736 September 2017(3)
39   ZIM PIRAEUS ZIM 2004 4,992 5,350 February 2017
40   OAKLAND EXPRESS Hapag Lloyd 2000 4,890 5,500 March 2017-January 2018(4)
41   HALIFAX EXPRESS Hapag Lloyd 2000 4,890 5,500 March 2017-January 2018(4)
42   SINGAPORE EXPRESS Hapag Lloyd 2000 4,890 5,500 March 2017-January 2018(4)
43   MSC MANDRAKI MSC 1988 4,828 20,000 June 2017
44   MSC MYKONOS MSC 1988 4,828 20,000 August 2017
45   MSC ULSAN MSC 2002 4,132 16,500 March 2017
46   MSC KORONI MSC 1998 3,842 13,500(5) September 2018
47   ITEA ACL 1998 3,842 6,000 February 2017
48   MARINA Evergreen 1992 3,351 5,500 February 2017
49   LAKONIA Evergreen 2004 2,586 8,600(6) June 2017
50   ELAFONISOS(*) MSC 1999 2,526 5,100 February 2017
51   AREOPOLIS Evergreen 2000 2,474 5,950 March 2017
52   MONEMVASIA
(*)
A.P. Moller-Maersk 1998 2,472 9,250 November 2021
53   MESSINI Evergreen 1997 2,458 5,800 April 2017
54   MSC REUNION MSC 1992 2,024 6,800 July 2017
55   MSC NAMIBIA II MSC 1991 2,023 6,800 July 2017
56   MSC SIERRA II MSC 1991 2,023 6,800 June 2017
57   MSC PYLOS MSC 1991 2,020 6,300(7) January 2018
58   PADMA(*) Evergreen 1998 1,645 7,000 May 2017
59   NEAPOLIS Evergreen 2000 1,645 6,900 February 2017
60   ARKADIA(*) Evergreen 2001 1,550 10,600 August 2017
61   PROSPER Sea Consortium 1996 1,504 6,215 February 2017
62   ZAGORA MSC 1995 1,162 6,200 June 2017
63   PETALIDI(*) CMA CGM 1994 1,162 6,950 June 2017
64   STADT LUEBECK   2001 1,078    

Newbuilds

   
Vessel Name

Shipyard

Capacity (TEU)

Charterer
Expected Delivery(2)
1   NCP0114(*) Hanjin Subic Bay 11,010   Q1 2017
2   NCP0115(*) Hanjin Subic Bay 11,010   Q1 2017
3   NCP0116(*) Hanjin Subic Bay 11,010   Q1 2017
4   NCP0152(*) Hanjin Subic Bay 11,010   Q2 2017
5   YZJ1206(*) (***) Jiangsu New Yangzi 3,800 Hamburg Süd Q1 2018
6   YZJ1207 (*) (***) Jiangsu New Yangzi 3,800 Hamburg Süd Q2 2018

1. Charter terms and expiration dates are based on the earliest date charters could expire. Amounts set out for current daily charter rate are the amounts contained in the charter contracts.
2. Based on latest shipyard production schedule, subject to change.
3. The amounts in the table reflect the current charter terms, giving effect to our agreement with Zim under the 2014 restructuring plan. Based on this agreement, we have been granted charter extensions and have been issued equity securities representing 1.2% of Zim's equity and approximately $8.2 million in interest bearing notes maturing in 2023. In July the Company exercised its option to extend the charters of Zim New York and Zim Shanghai for one year pursuant to its option to extend the charter of two of the three vessels chartered to Zim for successive one year periods at market rate plus $1,100 per day per vessel while the notes remain outstanding. The Company exercised its option for a second year of extension. The rate for the second year has been determined at $7,736 per day.
4. Charterers have at their option chartered two of the three vessels for a period of 7 to 13 months and the third vessel for a period of 3 to 13 months.
5. As from December 1, 2012 until redelivery, the charter rate is to be a minimum of $13,500 per day plus 50% of the difference between the market rate and the charter rate of $13,500. The market rate is to be determined annually based on the Hamburg ConTex type 3500 TEU index published on October 1 of each year until redelivery.
6. This charter rate changes on February 4, 2017 to $5,800 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
7. This charter rate changes on February 15, 2017 to $6,000 per day until the earliest redelivery date.

(i) Assumes exercise of owner's unilateral options to extend the charter of these vessels for two one year periods at the same charter rate. The charterer also has corresponding options to unilaterally extend the charter for the same periods at the same charter rate.
(ii) The charterer has a unilateral option to extend the charter of the vessel for two periods of 30 months each +/-90 days on the final period performed, at a rate of $41,700 per day. 

(*) Denotes vessels acquired pursuant to the Framework Deed with York. The Company holds an equity interest ranging between 25% and 49% in each of the vessel-owning entities.
(**) Denotes vessels subject to a sale and leaseback transaction
 (***) Denotes vessels acquired pursuant to the Framework Deed which are subject to sale and leaseback transactions.
(****) Denotes current daily charter rates that are treated as confidential.

COSTAMARE INC.  
Consolidated Statements of Income  
   
  Years ended December 31,     Three-months
ended December 31,
 
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts) 2015     2016     2015     2016  
REVENUES:                              
Voyage revenue $ 490,378     $ 468,189     $ 122,276     $ 110,134  
                               
EXPENSES:                              
Voyage expenses   (2,831 )     (1,887 )     (929 )     (431 )
Voyage expenses - related parties   (3,673 )     (3,512 )     (916 )     (826 )
Vessels' operating expenses   (117,193 )     (105,783 )     (28,639 )     (26,135 )
General and administrative expenses   (8,775 )     (5,769 )     (4,719 )     (1,458 )
Management fees - related parties   (18,877 )     (18,629 )     (4,262 )     (4,188 )
Non-cash general and administrative expenses and non-cash other items   (8,623 )     (8,951 )     (1,404 )     (4,837 )
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs   (7,425 )     (7,920 )     (1,991 )     (1,983 )
Depreciation   (101,645 )     (100,943 )     (25,611 )     (25,157 )
Amortization of prepaid lease rentals   (4,982 )     (6,779 )     (1,256 )     (2,200 )
Gain / (Loss) on sale / disposal of vessels   1,688       (4,440 )     1,688       -  
Loss on asset held for sale   -       (37,161 )     -       (37,161 )
Foreign exchange losses   (129 )     (360 )     (144 )     (26 )
Operating income $ 217,913     $ 166,055     $ 54,093     $ 5,732  
                               
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):                              
Interest income $ 1,373     $ 1,630     $ 320     $ 490  
Interest and finance costs   (79,631 )     (72,808 )     (18,539 )     (17,718 )
Swaps breakage cost   -       (9,701 )     -       (297 )
Equity gain / (loss) on investments   (529 )     (78 )     (567 )     382  
Other   427       595       23       44  
Gain /(Loss) on derivative instruments   4,211       (3,991 )     2,998       359  
Total other income / (expenses) $ (74,149 )   $ (84,353 )   $ (15,765 )   $ (16,740 )
Net Income / (Loss) $ 143,764     $ 81,702     $ 38,328     $ (11,008 )
Earnings allocated to Preferred Stock   (17,903 )     (21,063 )     (5,266 )     (5,266 )
Net Income / (Loss) available to common stockholders $ 125,861     $ 60,639     $ 33,062     $ (16,274 )
                               
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, basic and diluted $ 1.68     $ 0.79     $ 0.44     $ (0.20 )
Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted   75,027,474       77,243,252       75,250,426       81,498,030  
                               
                               
COSTAMARE INC.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
   
    As of December 31,     As of December 31,  
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)   2015     2016  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 100,105     $ 164,898  
Restricted cash     14,007       6,882  
Accounts receivable     1,111       971  
Inventories     10,578       11,415  
Due from related parties     6,012       3,447  
Fair value of derivatives     352       -  
Insurance claims receivable     3,906       2,886  
Prepaid lease rentals     4,982       8,752  
Asset held for sale     -       6,256  
Accrued charter revenue     457       408  
Prepayments and other     3,546       3,914  
Total current assets   $ 145,056     $ 209,829  
FIXED ASSETS, NET:                
Capital leased assets   $ 242,966     $ 384,872  
Vessels, net     2,004,650       1,688,285  
Total fixed assets, net   $ 2,247,616     $ 2,073,157  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS:                
Equity method investments   $ 117,931     $ 153,126  
Prepaid lease rentals, non-current     35,829       51,670  
Deferred charges, net     22,809       20,367  
Accounts receivable, non-current     1,425       1,575  
Restricted cash     48,708       38,783  
Fair value of derivatives, non-current     -       762  
Accrued charter revenue     569       185  
Other non-current assets     12,612       8,970  
Total assets   $ 2,632,555     $ 2,558,424  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Current portion of long-term debt (*)   $ 183,828     $ 198,277  
Accounts payable     4,047       3,848  
Due to related parties     371       191  
Capital lease obligations (*)     14,307       29,059  
Accrued liabilities     15,225       11,109  
Unearned revenue     18,356       19,668  
Fair value of derivatives     32,462       16,161  
Other current liabilities     1,712       1,673  
Total current liabilities   $ 270,308     $ 279,986  
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES                
Long-term debt, net of current portion (*)   $ 1,134,764     $ 856,330  
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion (*)     217,810       331,196  
Fair value of derivatives, net of current portion     19,655       -  
Unearned revenue, net of current portion     26,508       16,488  
Total non-current liabilities   $ 1,398,737     $ 1,204,014  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
Preferred stock   $ -     $ -  
Common stock     8       9  
Additional paid-in capital     963,904       1,057,423  
Retained earnings     44,247       31,416  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (44,649 )     (14,424 )
Total stockholders' equity   $ 963,510     $ 1,074,424  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 2,632,555     $ 2,558,424  

(*) Amounts net of deferred financing costs

Contact Information

  • Company Contacts:

    Gregory Zikos
    Chief Financial Officer
    Konstantinos Tsakalidis
    Business Development

    Costamare Inc.
    Monaco
    Tel: (+377) 93 25 09 40
    Email: ir@costamare.com