SOURCE: Danaos Corporation

Danaos Corporation

February 09, 2015 16:02 ET

Danaos Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2014

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Feb 9, 2015) -   Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), a leading international owner of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.

Highlights for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2014:

  • Operating revenues of $140.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $147.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, a decrease of 4.3%. Operating revenues of $552.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $588.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a decrease of 6.1%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $104.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $108.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, a decrease of 4.0%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $404.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $434.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, a decrease of 7.0%.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $23.5 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $15.0 million, or $0.14 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 56.7%. Adjusted net income1 of $60.0 million, or $0.55 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $54.0 million, or $0.49 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 11.1%.
  • We recorded an impairment loss of $75.8 million for eight of our older vessels.
  • The remaining average charter duration of our fleet was 8.0 years as of December 31, 2014 (weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire).
  • Total contracted operating revenues were $3.7 billion as of December 31, 2014, through 2028.
  • Charter coverage of 91% for the next 12 months in terms of contracted operating days and 97% in terms of operating revenues.
 
 
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013
Financial Summary
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)
 
    Three months ended
December 31,
    Three months ended
December 31,
    Twelve months ended
December 31,
    Twelve months ended
December 31,
    2014     2013     2014     2013
    (unaudited)
Operating revenues   $ 140,669     $ 147,001     $ 552,091     $ 588,117
Net (loss)/income   $ (51,376 )   $ (4,236 )   $ (3,920 )   $ 37,523
Adjusted net income1   $ 23,455     $ 14,966     $ 60,047     $ 54,049
(Losses)/Earnings per share   $ (0.47 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.04 )   $ 0.34
Adjusted earnings per share1   $ 0.21     $ 0.14     $ 0.55     $ 0.49
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)     109,696       109,657       109,676       109,654
Adjusted EBITDA1   $ 104,527     $ 108,807     $ 404,038     $ 434,266
                               

1 Adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income and net income to adjusted EBITDA.

Danaos' CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:

Danaos is reporting another solid quarter with adjusted net income of $23.5 million, or 21 cents per share, which is higher by $8.5 million or 56.7% when compared to the $15.0 million, or 14 cents per share of adjusted net income for the 4th quarter of 2013.

The Company's profitability improved between the 2 quarters through a $13.5 million improvement in net financing costs together with a $1.3 million improvement in operating costs, despite a decrease in operating revenues. The decline in operating revenues between the 2 quarters mainly reflects $2.4 million related to softer charter market conditions and $3.9 million attributable to the reduced charter hire on six of our vessels following the previously announced restructuring of Zim.

The trend of improving financing costs and, as a consequence, earnings, will continue through 2015 as we continue to reduce leverage and benefit from the expiration of expensive interest rate swaps.

As of December 31, 2014 we recorded an impairment charge of $75.8 million in relation to eight 2,200 TEU vessels built in 1997 and 1998, being prudent on the evaluation of our assets and our balance sheet metrics. This charge has been adjusted accordingly in our adjusted net income calculations as analyzed within our earnings release.

As previously announced, during the 4th quarter we continued the execution of our fleet renewal program with the acquisition of two 6,402 TEU containerships built in 2002.

On the container market front we see positive signs of a more balanced demand / supply relationship. The recent charter rate improvement on Panamax vessels which have suffered the most during the prolonged weak market, is definitely a sign that the market is balancing. Lower oil prices have also had a positive effect which has been evidenced by the return to profits for all the major liner companies. This positive development is particularly important for us since counterparty risk improves as our clients return to profitability.

We continue to maintain our strong 97% charter coverage in terms of operating revenues which insulates us from market volatility and the timing of the recovery. Additionally, our $5,669 daily operating cost for the 4th quarter clearly positions us as one of the most efficient operators in the industry.

We will continue our efforts to de-lever our balance sheet, manage our fleet efficiently and capitalize on the resilience of our business model towards creating value for our shareholders.

Three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013

During the three months ended December 31, 2014, Danaos had an average of 55.2 containerships compared to 59.0 containerships for the three months ended December 31, 2013. Our fleet utilization increased to 98.3% in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to 95.2% in the three months ended December 31, 2013, mainly due to the acquisition of two new vessels during the three months ended December 31, 2014 and the sale of nine of our older vessels certain of which were off-charter and laid-up during the three months ended December 31, 2013.

Our adjusted net income was $23.5 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $15.0 million, or $0.14 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2013. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended December 31, 2014 for an impairment loss of $75.8 million in relation to eight of our older vessels, as well as unrealized gains on derivatives of $5.6 million and a non-cash expense of $4.6 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees). Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of 56.7%, or $8.5 million, in adjusted net income for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013 was attributed to a reduction of $1.3 million in total fleet operating costs and a $13.5 million reduction in net finance costs (mainly due to lower debt balances and interest rate swap expirations), which was partially offset by a $3.9 million reduction in operating revenues as a result of reduced rates for six 4,253 TEU vessels on charter to Zim following the Zim restructuring, as well as a $2.4 million net decrease in operating revenues mainly attributed to lower re-chartering rates for certain of our vessels as a result of the continuing soft charter market and vessels sold that were generating revenue in the three months ended December 31, 2013 partially offset by vessels acquired and generating revenue in the three months ended December 31, 2014.

On a non-adjusted basis our net loss was $51.4 million, or $0.47 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014, compared to net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.04 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2013.

As previously announced, following an agreement with the lenders under the HSH Nordbank AG-Aegean Baltic Bank-Piraeus Bank credit facility which was formalized on October 22, 2014, during the three months ended December 31, 2014 we utilized the full $37.0 million of restricted cash that had been earmarked for vessel purchases, with the acquisition of two 6,402 TEU vessels built in 2002, MOL Performance and MOL Priority, delivered to us during three months ended December 31, 2014.

As of December 31, 2014, we recorded an impairment loss of $75.8 million for eight of our older vessels. The indicators of potential impairment of these vessels included volatility in the spot market and decline in the vessels' market values, as well as the potential impact the current charter marketplace may have on the future operation of the older vessels in our fleet.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues decreased 4.3%, or $6.3 million, to $140.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $147.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013.

Operating revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2014 reflect:

  • $2.0 million of additional revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013, $0.9 million of which related to the MOL Performance and MOL Priority which were added to our fleet on November 5, 2014 and $1.1 million related to Niledutch Palanca and the Dimitris C which were added to our fleet on November 13, 2013 and November 21, 2013 respectively.
  • $3.9 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013, related to the agreement we entered into with ZIM for a reduction in the charter rates payable by ZIM under the time charters for six of our vessels.
  • $2.0 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013, related to the Kalamata, the Lotus, the Komodo, the Commodore, the Messologi and the Mytilini which were generating revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2013, but were sold within 2013 and 2014.
  • $2.4 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013, which was mainly attributable to the re-chartering of two of our vessels at lower rates than what they had previously been earning as a result of the soft charter market.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased 8.9%, or $2.7 million, to $27.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $30.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013, reflecting lower average daily operating cost per vessel and lower average number of vessels in our fleet during the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013.

The average daily operating cost per vessel decreased to $5,669 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $6,019 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2013, mainly as a result of the sale of the older vessels in our fleet whose contribution in daily operating expenses was higher than the fleet average. Our daily operating cost ranks as one of the most competitive in the industry.

Depreciation & Amortization
Depreciation & Amortization includes Depreciation and Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs.

Depreciation
Depreciation expense was at $34.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased by $0.2 million, to $1.2 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $1.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. The increase reflects increased dry-docking and special survey costs incurred within the year and amortized during the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased 12.2%, or $0.6 million, to $5.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $4.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. The increase was mainly due to increased fees of $0.4 million paid to our Manager in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013, due to an increase in the per day fee payable to our Manager since January 1, 2014, together with an increase in stock compensation of $0.6 million partially offset by a $0.4 million improvement in various administrative expenses between the two quarters.

Effective January 1, 2015, our management fees were adjusted to a fee of $850 per day for commercial, chartering and administrative services, a technical management fee of $425 per vessel per day for vessels on bareboat charter and $850 per vessel per day for vessels on time charter.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $0.6 million, to $3.4 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $2.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013, mainly attributed to the increase of the 1.0% commission on gross freight, charter hire, ballast bonus and demurrage payable to our manager with respect to each vessel in the fleet that was adjusted to a commission of 1.25% effective January 1, 2014. This increase was partially offset by the decreased average number of vessels in our fleet during the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013.

Gain/(Loss) on sale of vessels
Gain/(Loss) on sale of vessels, was nil in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to a $0.6 million net loss in the three months ended December 31, 2013 as a result of the sale of the Hope, the Kalamata, the Lotus and the Komodo (on October 3, 2013, October 22, 2013, October 25, 2013 and November 12, 2013, respectively). There were no vessel sales during the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 14%, or $3.1 million, to $19.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $22.1 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $220.8 million, to $3,030.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $3,250.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013, as well as the decrease in the cost of debt servicing in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013, mainly driven by the accelerated amortization of our fixed rate debt, which bears a higher cost compared to our floating rate debt.

It should be noted that we are in a rapid deleveraging mode. As of December 31, 2014, the total debt outstanding was $3,002.6 million compared to $3,224.2 million as of December 31, 2013.

Interest income was $0.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $0.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, decreased by $0.1 million, to $4.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $5.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. This decrease was due to the $0.1 million decrease in amortizing finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities) in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013.

Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives
Unrealized gain/(loss) on interest rate swap hedges was a gain of $5.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to a gain of $5.2 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. The unrealized gains were attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps, as well as reclassification of unrealized losses from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss to our earnings due to the discontinuation of hedge accounting since July 1, 2012.

Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges, decreased by $10.2 million, to $26.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $36.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. This decrease is attributable to $872.3 million lower average notional amount of swaps during the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2013 as a result of swap expirations.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 4.0%, or $4.3 million, to $104.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $108.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2014, is adjusted for an impairment loss of $75.8 million in relation to impairment loss of eight of our older vessels, as well as unrealized gain on derivatives of $5.6 million, realized losses on derivatives of $25.5 million and stock compensation of $0.6 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013

During the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, Danaos had an average of 55.9 containerships compared to 61.0 containerships for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Our fleet utilization increased to 97.5% in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to 93.4% in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 mainly due to the sale of nine of our older vessels certain of which were off-charter and laid-up in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. During 2014 the effective fleet utilization for the fleet under employment was 98.5% (which excludes the vessels on lay-up). Additionally, during the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 we sold five of our older vessels, the Marathonas, the Commodore, the Mytilini, the Duka and the Messologi, for an aggregate amount of $55.2 million (representing the gross sale proceeds less commissions) and we acquired two 6,402 TEU secondhand containerships built in 2002, the MOL Performance and the MOL Priority.

Our adjusted net income was $60.0 million, or $0.55 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $54.0 million, or $0.49 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. We have adjusted our net income in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 for an impairment loss of $75.8 million in relation to our older vessels, as well as unrealized gains on derivatives of $24.9 million, a non-cash expense of $18.8 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees) and a gain on sale of vessels of $5.7 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of 11.1%, or $6.0 million, in adjusted net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, was attributed to a $6.6 million decrease in total fleet operating costs and a $35.4 million decrease in net finance costs mainly due to lower debt balances and interest rate swap expirations. This decrease in operating and finance costs was also partially offset by a $20.2 million decrease in operating revenues as a result of reduced rates for six 4,253 TEU vessels on charter to Zim following the Zim restructuring, as well as a $15.8 million net decrease in operating revenues mainly attributed to lower re-chartering rates for certain of our vessels as a result of the continuing soft charter market and vessels sold that were generating revenue in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, partially offset by vessels acquired and generating revenue in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014.

On a non-adjusted basis our net loss was $3.9 million, or $0.04 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, compared to net income of $37.5 million, or $0.34 per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

As of December 31, 2014, we recorded an impairment loss of $75.8 million for eight of our older vessels. The indicators of potential impairment of these vessels included volatility in the spot market and decline in the vessels' market values, as well as the potential impact the current charter marketplace may have on the future operation of the older vessels in our fleet.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues decreased 6.1%, or $36.0 million, to $552.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $588.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Operating revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 reflect:

  • $9.1 million of additional revenues in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, $0.9 million of which related to the MOL Performance and MOL Priority which were added to our fleet on November 5, 2014 and $8.2 million related to Amalia C, MSC Zebra, Niledutch Palanca and the Dimitris C which were added to our fleet on May 14, 2013, June 25, 2013, November 13, 2013 and November 21, 2013 respectively.
  • $20.2 million decrease in revenues in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, related to the agreement we entered into with ZIM for a reduction in the charter rates payable by ZIM under the time charters for six of our vessels.
  • $12.6 million decrease in revenues in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, related to the Hope, the Kalamata, the Elbe, the Komodo, the Lotus, the Commodore, the Messologi and the Mytilini, which were generating revenues in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, but were sold within 2013 and 2014.
  • $12.3 million decrease in revenues in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, which was mainly attributable to the re-chartering of certain vessels at lower rates than what they had previously been earning as a result of the soft charter market.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased 6.8%, or $8.3 million, to $113.8 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $122.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The reduction is mainly attributable to the decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet during the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

The average daily operating cost per vessel increased to $5,838 per day for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $5,987 per day for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 mainly as a result of the sale of the older vessels in our fleet whose contribution in daily operating expenses was higher than the fleet average. Our daily operating cost ranks as one of the most competitive in the industry.

Depreciation & Amortization
Depreciation & Amortization includes Depreciation and Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs. 

Depreciation
Depreciation expense decreased 0.2%, or $0.3 million, to $137.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $137.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The decrease in depreciation expense was due to the lower average number of vessels in our fleet during the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased 20.0%, or $1.1 million, to $4.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $5.5 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The decrease reflects reduced dry-docking costs amortized during the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased 9.7%, or $1.9 million, to $21.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $19.5 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The increase was mainly due to increased fees of $1.3 million paid to our Manager in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, due to an increase in the per day fee payable to our Manager since January 1, 2014, together with an increase of $0.6 million of stock compensation.

Gain / (Loss) on sale of vessels
Gain on sale of vessels, was $5.7 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to a loss of $0.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, we sold the Marathonas, the Commodore, the Mytilini, the Duka and the Messologi (on February 26, 2014, April 25, 2014, May 15, 2014, May 15, 2014 and May 20, 2014, respectively) and we realized a net gain on these sales of $5.7 million in aggregate. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, we sold the Independence, the Henry, the Pride, the Honour, the Elbe, the Hope, the Kalamata, the Lotus and the Komodo (on February 13, 2013, February 28, 2013, March 25, 2013, May 14, 2013, June 13, 2013, October 3, 2013, October 22, 2013, October 25, 2013 and November 12, 2013, respectively) and we realized a net loss on these sales of $0.4 million in aggregate.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $1.2 million, to $13.0 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $11.8 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, mainly attributed to the increase of the 1.0% commission on gross freight, charter hire, ballast bonus and demurrage payable to our manager with respect to each vessel in the fleet that was adjusted to a commission of 1.25% effective January 1, 2014.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 12.3%, or $11.2 million, to $80.0 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $91.2 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $205.4 million, to $3,116.5 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $3,321.9 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, as well as the decrease in the cost of debt servicing in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013, mainly driven by the accelerated amortization of our fixed rate debt, which bears a higher cost compared to our floating rate debt.

Interest income was $1.7 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to $2.2 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, decreased by $0.3 million, to $19.8 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $20.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. This decrease was due to the $0.3 million decrease in amortizing finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities) in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives
Unrealized gain/(loss) on interest rate swap hedges was a gain of $24.9 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to a gain of $22.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The unrealized gains were attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps, as well as reclassification of unrealized losses from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss to our earnings due to the discontinuation of hedge accounting since July 1, 2012.

Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges, decreased by $24.7 million, to $123.6 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $148.3 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. This decrease is mainly attributable to the $558.8 million lower average notional amount of swaps during the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 7.0%, or $30.3 million, to $404.0 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $434.3 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, is adjusted for an impairment loss of $75.8 million in relation to our older vessels, as well as unrealized gain on derivatives of $24.9 million, realized losses on derivatives of $119.6 million, a gain on sale of vessels of $5.7 million and stock compensation of $0.6 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Conference Call and Webcast
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. ET, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results. 

Conference Call Details:
Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Danaos" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until February 17, 2015 by dialing 1 866 247 4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 953 1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550 000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 1186615#

Audio Webcast:
There will also be a live and then archived webcast of the conference call through the Danaos website (www.danaos.com). Participants of the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About Danaos Corporation
Danaos Corporation is an international owner of containerships, chartering its vessels to many of the world's largest liner companies. Our current fleet of 56 containerships aggregating 334,239 TEUs ranks Danaos among the largest containership charter owners in the world based on total TEU capacity. Danaos is one of the largest US listed containership companies based on fleet size. The Company's shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "DAC".

Forward-Looking Statements
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safeharbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 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, 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 Danaos Corporation 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, Danaos Corporation 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 drydocking, changes in Danaos Corporation's operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

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

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Appendix

Fleet Utilization

Danaos had 25 unscheduled off-hire days in the three months ended December 31, 2014. The following table summarizes vessel utilization and the impact of the off-hire days on the Company's revenue.

                               
Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)   First Quarter
2014
    Second Quarter 2014     Third Quarter 2014     Fourth Quarter 2014     Total  
Ownership Days     5,277       5,079       4,968       5,082       20,406  
Less Off-hire Days:                                        
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     (30 )     (14 )     (9 )     (62 )     (115 )
  Other Off-hire Days*     (225 )     (122 )     (14 )     (25 )     (386 )
Operating Days     5,022       4,943       4,945       4,995       19,905  
Vessel Utilization     95.2 %     97.3 %     99.5 %     98.3 %     97.5 %
                                         
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 135,486     $ 136,440     $ 139,496     $ 140,669     $ 552,091  
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate   $ 26,978     $ 27,603     $ 28,210     $ 28,162     $ 27,736  
                                         
                                         
Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)   First Quarter
2013
    Second Quarter 2013     Third Quarter 2013     Fourth Quarter 2013     Total  
Ownership Days     5,677       5,541       5,612       5,427       22,257  
Less Off-hire Days:                                        
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     --       (39 )     --       --       (39 )
  Other Off-hire Days *     (593 )     (287 )     (294 )     (260 )     (1,434 )
Operating Days     5,084       5,215       5,318       5,167       20,784  
Vessel Utilization     89.6 %     94.1 %     94.8 %     95.2 %     93.4 %
                                         
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 146,088     $ 146,580     $ 148,448     $ 147,001     $ 588,117  
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate   $ 28,735     $ 28,107     $ 27,914     $ 28,450     $ 28,297  
                                         

* Other Off-hire days include unscheduled off-hires in the normal course of operation as well as days where hire is not
 earned when vessels have been on lay-up or repositioning for a new charter

Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of February, 9, 2015.

Vessel Name   Vessel Size
(TEU)
  Year Built   Expiration of Charter(1)
Containerships            
             
Hyundai Ambition   13,100   2012   June 2024
Hyundai Speed   13,100   2012   June 2024
Hyundai Smart   13,100   2012   May 2024
Hyundai Tenacity   13,100   2012   March 2024
Hyundai Together   13,100   2012   February 2024
Hanjin Italy   10,100   2011   April 2023
Hanjin Germany   10,100   2011   March 2023
Hanjin Greece   10,100   2011   May 2023
CSCL Le Havre   9,580   2006   September 2018
CSCL Pusan   9,580   2006   July 2018
CMA CGM Melisande   8,530   2012   November 2023
CMA CGM Attila   8,530   2011   April 2023
CMA CGM Tancredi   8,530   2011   May 2023
CMA CGM Bianca   8,530   2011   July 2023
CMA CGM Samson   8,530   2011   September 2023
CSCL America   8,468   2004   September 2016
CSCL Europe   8,468   2004   June 2016
CMA CGM Moliere (2)   6,500   2009   August 2021
CMA CGM Musset (2)   6,500   2010   February 2022
CMA CGM Nerval (2)   6,500   2010   April 2022
CMA CGM Rabelais (2)   6,500   2010   June 2022
CMA CGM Racine (2)   6,500   2010   July 2022
YM Mandate   6,500   2010   January 2028
YM Maturity   6,500   2010   April 2028
MOL Performance   6,402   2002   March 2015
MOL Priority   6,402   2002   March 2015
Federal   4,651   1994   March 2015
SNL Colombo   4,300   2004   March 2019
YM Singapore   4,300   2004   October 2019
YM Seattle   4,253   2007   July 2019
YM Vancouver   4,253   2007   September 2019
Derby D   4,253   2004   January 2016
Deva   4,253   2004   May 2015
ZIM Rio Grande   4,253   2008   May 2020
ZIM Sao Paolo   4,253   2008   August 2020
OOCL Istanbul   4,253   2008   September 2020
ZIM Monaco   4,253   2009   November 2020
OOCL Novorossiysk   4,253   2009   February 2021
ZIM Luanda   4,253   2009   May 2021
Dimitris C   3,430   2001   September 2015
Hanjin Constantza   3,400   2011   February 2021
Hanjin Algeciras   3,400   2011   November 2020
Hanjin Buenos Aires   3,400   2010   March 2020
Hanjin Santos   3,400   2010   May 2020
Hanjin Versailles   3,400   2010   August 2020
MSC Zebra(3)   2,602   2001   October 2017
Amalia C   2,452   1998   March 2015
Niledutch Palanca (4)   2,524   2001   August 2015
Hyundai Advance   2,200   1997   June 2017
Hyundai Future   2,200   1997   August 2017
Hyundai Sprinter   2,200   1997   August 2017
Hyundai Stride   2,200   1997   July 2017
Hyundai Progress   2,200   1998   December 2017
Hyundai Bridge   2,200   1998   January 2018
Hyundai Highway   2,200   1998   January 2018
Hyundai Vladivostok   2,200   1997   May 2017
             
(1) Earliest date charters could expire. Some charters include options to extend their terms.
(2) The charters with respect to the CMA CGM Moliere, the CMACGM Musset, the CMA CGM Nerval, the CMACGM Rabelais and the CMACGM Racine include an option for the charterer, CMA-CGM, to purchase the vessels eight years after the commencement of the respective charters, which will fall in September 2017, March 2018, May 2018, July 2018 and August 2018, respectively, each for $78.0 million.
(3) On September 14, 2014, the Niledutch Zebra was renamed to MSC Zebra at the request of the charterer of this vessel
(4) On March 25, 2014, the Danae C was renamed to Niledutch Palanca at the request of the charterer of this vessel
   
   
   
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Income - Unaudited  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)  
   
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  2014     2013     2014     2013  
                               
OPERATING REVENUES $ 140,669     $ 147,001     $ 552,091     $ 588,117  
                               
OPERATING EXPENSES                              
  Vessel operating expenses   (27,764 )     (30,452 )     (113,755 )     (122,074 )
  Depreciation & amortization   (35,751 )     (35,591 )     (141,448 )     (142,896 )
  Impairment loss   (75,776 )     (19,004 )     (75,776 )     (19,004 )
  General & administrative   (5,529 )     (4,861 )     (21,442 )     (19,458 )
  Gain/(loss) on sale of vessels   --       (605 )     5,709       (449 )
  Other operating expenses   (3,357 )     (2,783 )     (12,974 )     (11,770 )
Income From Operations   (7,508 )     53,705       192,405       272,466  
                               
OTHER EARNINGS/(EXPENSES)                              
  Interest income   824       638       1,703       2,210  
  Interest expense   (19,029 )     (22,123 )     (79,980 )     (91,185 )
  Other finance cost, net   (4,859 )     (4,970 )     (19,757 )     (20,120 )
  Other income/(expenses), net   99       44       422       302  
  Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives   (26,478 )     (36,690 )     (123,628 )     (148,271 )
  Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives   5,575       5,160       24,915       22,121  
Total Other Income/(Expenses), net   (43,868 )     (57,941 )     (196,325 )     (234,943 )
                               
Net (Loss)/Income $ (51,376 )   $ (4,236 )   $ (3,920 )   $ 37,523  
                               
EARNINGS PER SHARE                              
Basic & diluted net (loss)/income per share $ (0.47 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.04 )   $ 0.34  
Basic & diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)   109,696       109,657       109,676       109,654  
                               
                               
                               
Non-GAAP Measures*  
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income - Unaudited  
   
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  2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net (loss)/income $ (51,376 )   $ (4,236 )   $ (3,920 )   $ 37,523  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives   (5,575 )     (5,160 )     (24,915 )     (22,121 )
Amortization and write-offs of financing fees & finance fees accrued   4,630       4,753       18,815       19,194  
Impairment loss   75,776       19,004       75,776       19,004  
Loss/(Gain) on sale of vessels   --       605       (5,709 )     449  
Adjusted Net Income $ 23,455     $ 14,966     $ 60,047     $ 54,049  
Adjusted Earnings Per Share $ 0.21     $ 0.14     $ 0.55     $ 0.49  
Weighted average number of shares   109,696       109,657       109,676       109,654  
                               

* The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures used in managing the business may provide users of this financial information 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. See the Table above for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

   
   
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Balance Sheets - Unaudited  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
    As of
December 31,
    As of
December 31,
 
    2014     2013  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 57,730     $ 68,153  
  Restricted cash     2,824       14,717  
  Accounts receivable, net     7,904       8,038  
  Other current assets     34,615       35,958  
      103,073       126,866  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS                
  Fixed assets, net     3,624,338       3,842,617  
  Deferred charges, net     55,275       67,949  
  Fair value of financial instruments     664       2,472  
  Other non-current assets     67,842       26,648  
      3,748,119       3,939,686  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 3,851,192     $ 4,066,552  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, current portion   $ 178,116     $ 146,462  
  Vendor Financing, current portion     46,530       57,388  
  Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities     52,414       56,607  
  Fair value of financial instruments, current portion     51,022       109,431  
      328,082       369,888  
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, net of current portion     2,773,004       2,965,641  
  Vendor financing, net of current portion     17,837       64,367  
  Fair value of financial instruments, net of current portion     2,398       59,077  
  Other long-term liabilities     41,722       9,103  
      2,834,961       3,098,188  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Common stock     1,097       1,097  
  Additional paid-in capital     546,735       546,097  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (139,742 )     (232,697 )
  Retained earnings     280,059       283,979  
      688,149       598,476  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 3,851,192     $ 4,066,552  
                 
                 
                 
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows - (Unaudited)  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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  2014     2013     2014     2013  
Operating Activities:                              
  Net (loss)/income $ (51,376 )   $ (4,236 )   $ (3,920 )   $ 37,523  
  Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)/income to net cash provided by operating activities:                              
  Depreciation   34,590       34,615       137,061       137,414  
  Impairment loss   75,776       19,004       75,776       19,004  
  Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs, finance cost and other finance fees accrued   5,791       5,729       23,147       24,676  
  Written off amount of deferred charges   --       --       55       --  
  Payments for drydocking/special survey   (2,832 )     (14 )     (6,887 )     (283 )
  Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps   1,012       1,013       4,016       4,017  
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives   (5,575 )     (5,160 )     (24,915 )     (22,121 )
  Loss/(gain) on sale of vessels   --       605       (5,709 )     449  
  Stock based compensation   638       75       638       75  
  Accounts receivable   (1,249 )     (3,601 )     134       (4,297 )
  Other assets, current and non-current   (2,095 )     (4,708 )     (719 )     (10,052 )
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (3,987 )     (2,568 )     (6,820 )     (2,841 )
  Other liabilities, current and non-current   (1,278 )     1,094       324       5,461  
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities   49,415       41,848       192,181       189,025  
                               
Investing Activities:                              
  Vessel additions and vessel acquisitions   (37,951 )     (28,094 )     (39,165 )     (46,839 )
  Net proceeds from sale of vessels   --       18,778       50,602       52,926  
Net Cash (used in)/provided by Investing Activities   (37,951 )     (9,316 )     11,437       6,087  
                               
Financing Activities:                              
  Debt repayment   (48,543 )     (50,483 )     (221,542 )     (171,021 )
  Deferred costs   (4,392 )     --       (4,392 )     (100 )
  Decrease/(Increase) in restricted cash   34,568       5,610       11,893       (11,466 )
Net Cash used in Financing Activities   (18,367 )     (44,873 )     (214,041 )     (182,587 )
Net Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (6,903 )     (12,341 )     (10,423 )     12,525  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   64,633       80,494       68,153       55,628  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 57,730     $ 68,153     $ 57,730     $ 68,153  
                               
                               
                               
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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  2014   2013   2014   2013  
Net (loss)/income $ (51,376 ) $ (4,236 ) $ (3,920 ) $ 37,523  
Depreciation   34,590     34,615     137,061     137,414  
Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs   1,161     976     4,387     5,482  
Amortization of deferred finance costs and write-offs and other finance fees accrued   4,630     4,753     18,815     19,194  
Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps   1,012     1,013     4,016     4,017  
Interest income   (824 )   (638 )   (1,703 )   (2,210 )
Interest expense   19,029     22,123     79,980     91,185  
Impairment loss   75,776     19,004     75,776     19,004  
Loss/(gain) on sale of vessels   --     605     (5,709 )   449  
Stock based compensation   638     75     638     75  
Realized loss on derivatives   25,466     35,677     119,612     144,254  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives   (5,575 )   (5,160 )   (24,915 )   (22,121 )
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 104,527   $ 108,807   $ 404,038   $ 434,266  
                         
1) Adjusted EBITDA represents net (loss)/income before interest income and expense, depreciation, amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs and deferred finance costs, amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps, impairment loss, unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives, realized loss on derivatives, stock based compensation and loss/(gain) on sale of vessels. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or "GAAP." We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our ability to service additional debt and make capital expenditures. In addition, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our operating performance and liquidity position compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, items which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance and liquidity. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, 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 EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.
   

Note: Items to consider for comparability include gains and charges. Gains positively impacting net income are reflected as deductions to net income. Charges negatively impacting net income are reflected as increases to net income.

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures used in managing the business may provide users of these financial information 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. See the Tables above for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:

    Evangelos Chatzis
    Chief Financial Officer
    Danaos Corporation
    Athens, Greece
    Tel.: +30 210 419 6480
    E-Mail: cfo@danaos.com

    Iraklis Prokopakis
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    Danaos Corporation
    Athens, Greece
    Tel.: +30 210 419 6400
    E-Mail: coo@danaos.com

    Investor Relations and Financial Media
    Nicolas Bornozis
    President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    New York
    Tel. 212-661-7566
    E-Mail: danaos@capitallink.com