SOURCE: Danaos Corporation

Danaos Corporation

July 30, 2012 16:05 ET

Danaos Corporation Reports Second Quarter and Half Year Results for the Period Ended June 30, 2012

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Jul 30, 2012) - Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), a leading international owner of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended June 30, 2012.

Highlights for the Second Quarter and Half Year Ended June 30, 2012:

  • Operating revenues of $146.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $114.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 27.8%. Operating revenues of $280.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $213.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 31.4%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $106.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $78.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 36.1%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $203.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $143.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 41.5%.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $16.2 million, or $0.15 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $16.1 million, or $0.15 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Adjusted net income1 of $33.1 million, or $0.30 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $27.5 million, or $0.25 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2011.
  • We managed to improve our daily vessel operating cost to $5,995 per day for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $6,166 per day for the three months ended June 30, 2011.
  • During the second quarter of 2012, we completed our newbuilding program with the delivery of three newly built containerships with an aggregate carrying capacity of 39,300 TEU, which have been all deployed on 12-year time charters. Furthermore, we sold and delivered the Montreal, a 28 year old vessel, and realized a net gain on the sale of $0.8 million.
  • The remaining average charter duration of our fleet was 10.1 years as of June 30, 2012 (weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire).
  • Total contracted operating revenues were $5.2 billion as of June 30, 2012, through 2028.
  • Charter coverage of 86% for the next 12 months in terms of contracted operating days and 93.5% in terms of operating revenues.
 
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012
Financial Summary
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts):
 
    Three months ended
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    Six months ended
June 30,
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    2012   2011     2012   2011
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)     (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Operating revenues   $ 146,657   $ 114,764     $ 280,894   $ 213,753
Net income/(loss)   $ 8,966   $ (231 )   $ 18,308   $ 5,212
Adjusted net income   $ 16,175   $ 16,103     $ 33,113   $ 27,457
Earnings/(losses) per share   $ 0.08   $ 0.00     $ 0.17   $ 0.05
Adjusted earnings per share   $ 0.15   $ 0.15     $ 0.30   $ 0.25
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)     109,611     108,975       109,608     108,794
Adjusted EBITDA1   $ 106,720   $ 78,447     $ 203,158   $ 143,625
 
1 Adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of net income/(loss) to adjusted net income and net income to adjusted EBITDA.
 

Danaos' CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:

During the second quarter of 2012, we completed our extensive new-building program that has established Danaos as one of the largest and most reliable containership operating lessors in the world with a 64 vessel fleet and a 363,049 TEU carrying capacity. Since going public in 2006, we have more than tripled our TEU carrying capacity, which has been growing at a 21% compounded annual growth rate. Today, Danaos has one of the most modern fleets in the industry that includes some of the largest containerships in the world. Now, we will concentrate on the successful deployment of our fleet and the rapid deleveraging of the company.

As far as our financial performance is concerned, we continued to improve our numbers in terms of revenue and net income while operating costs are being squeezed. For the second quarter of 2012 and the six months of 2012, respectively, our revenues were $147 million and $281 million, adjusted EBITDA $107 million and $203 million and adjusted net income $0.15 and $0.30, respectively. The average vessel daily operating cost in 2Q 2012 compared to 2Q 2011 fell to $5,995, from $6,166, further demonstrating our ship-management efficiency.

The container market experienced a stagnation during this quarter and now, although demand for larger vessels in excess of 6,000 TEU remains reasonable, we have a standstill on smaller tonnage. The good news is that capacity management in the liner sector resulted in a stability of box rates and this fact in combination with the significant reduction in fuel oil costs will drive liner companies solidly in the black for the 2nd and 3rd quarters. We need to see a resumption of growth in Europe to have the Europe Fareast trade pick up again. We hope this growth can resume in 2013 as during that year we have the deliveries of the 2011 ordering mini boom. Fortunately, the medium term picture remains positive as virtually no new ordering has taken place.

We will continue our efforts to charter profitably the vessels coming off charter, however, we are fortunate as we are largely insulated from spot market variations.

Three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011

During the three months ended June 30, 2012, Danaos had an average of 62.2 containerships compared to 54.4 containerships for the same period in 2011. During the second quarter of 2012, we took delivery of three vessels, the Hyundai Smart, on May 3, 2012, the Hyundai Speed, on June 7, 2012 and the Hyundai Ambition, on June 29, 2012. Our fleet utilization declined to 94.5% in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 97.4% in the same period of 2011, mainly due to the 260 days for which three of our vessels were off-charter and laid-up by us in the second quarter of 2012. During the three months ended June 30, 2012, our fleet utilization for the fleet under employment was 99.1% (excluding the vessels on lay up).

Our adjusted net income was $16.2 million, or $0.15 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $16.1 million, or $0.15 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. We have adjusted our net income in the second quarter of 2012 for unrealized gains on derivatives of $1.6 million, realized losses on swaps of $5.8 million attributable to our over-hedging position (as described below), as well as a non-cash expense of $3.9 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees) and a gain on sale of vessel of $0.8 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of 0.6%, or $0.1 million, in adjusted net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011, was attributable to the increased Income from Operations, which was partially off-set by an increase in realized losses on our interest rate swap contracts (after the adjustment for the over-hedging portion), as well as increased interest expense (mainly due to the higher average indebtedness) during the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

On a non-adjusted basis our net income was $9.0 million, or $0.08 per share, for the second quarter of 2012, compared to net loss of $0.2 million, or $0.00 per share, for the second quarter of 2011.

As a result of our comprehensive financing plan, we are in an over-hedged position under our cash flow interest rate swaps, which is due to deferred progress payments to shipyards, cancellation of three newbuildings in 2011, the replacement of variable interest rate debt with fixed interest rate vendor financing and equity proceeds from our private placement in 2010, all of which reduced initially forecasted variable interest rate debt and resulted in notional cash flow interest rate swaps being above our variable interest rate debt eligible for hedging. The over-hedged position described above will be gradually reduced and ultimately eliminated by the end of 2012.

Operating Revenue
Operating revenue increased 27.8%, or $31.9 million, to $146.7 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $114.8 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to the addition of ten vessels to our fleet, as follows:

         
Vessel Name   Vessel Size (TEU)   Date Delivered
CMA CGM Attila   8,530   July 8, 2011
CMA CGM Tancredi   8,530   August 22, 2011
CMA CGM Bianca   8,530   October 26, 2011
CMA CGM Samson   8,530   December 15, 2011
Hyundai Together   13,100   February 16, 2012
CMA CGM Melisande   8,530   February 28, 2012
Hyundai Tenacity   13,100   March 8, 2012
Hyundai Smart   13,100   May 3, 2012
Hyundai Speed   13,100   June 7, 2012
Hyundai Ambition   13,100   June 29, 2012
         

These additions to our fleet contributed revenues of $35.5 million during the three months ended June 30, 2012 (722 operating days in total).

Furthermore, operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2012, reflect:

  • $2.2 million of incremental revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, related to two 10,100 TEU containerships (the Hanjin Italy and the Hanjin Greece, which were added to our fleet on April 6, 2011 and May 4, 2011, respectively).
  • $0.7 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, related to the sale of one 2,130 TEU containership, the Montreal, on April 27, 2012.
  • $5.1 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. This was mainly attributable to increased off-hire days by 183 days, to 311 days in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from 128 days in the three months ended June 30, 2011 (mainly due to $4.4 million reduction in revenue in relation to the three vessels that were off-charter and laid up for 260 days during the second quarter of 2012).

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased 7.2%, or $2.1 million, to $31.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $29.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase is mainly attributable to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet during the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. This overall increase was offset in part by the lower average daily operating cost per vessel of $5,995 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $6,166 for the three months ended June 30, 2011 (excluding vessels on lay-up).

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense increased 35.4%, or $9.2 million, to $35.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $26.0 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in depreciation expense was due to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet (with higher cost base) during the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased 22.2%, or $0.4 million, to $1.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $1.8 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. During the three months ended June 30, 2011, we had written-off the remaining unamortized balance of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs of $0.3 million related to one of our vessels, as its new dry-docking was performed before the initially scheduled date.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased 10.6%, or $0.5 million, to $5.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $4.7 million in the same period of 2011. The increase was mainly the result of increased fees to our Manager, due to the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $1.3 million, to $3.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $2.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase was the result of increased commissions to our Manager, due to the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet and the increase in the commission on gross charter hires to our Manager, to 1.0% from 0.75%, effective January 1, 2012, as well as increased other voyage expenses due to the increase in the average number of vessels in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 65.4%, or $8.5 million, to $21.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $13.0 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. The change in interest expense was due to the increase in our average debt by $487.6 million, to $3,279.5 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2012, from $2,791.9 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2011, as well as the increased average LIBOR payable on interest under our credit facilities in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011. Furthermore, the financing of our newbuilding program resulted in $1.2 million of interest being capitalized, rather than such interest being recognized as an expense, for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $3.8 million of capitalized interest for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

Interest income was $0.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $0.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, increased by $1.2 million, to $4.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $2.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. This increase was due to the $1.2 million increase in amortization of finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the life of the respective credit facilities) in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Other income/(expenses), net
Other income/(expenses), net, was an income of $0.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to an expense of $0.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. This was mainly the result of legal fees of $0.2 million attributable to fees related to preparing and structuring the comprehensive financing plan, which were recorded during the three months ended June 30, 2011 and not incurred in the current quarter.

Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives
Unrealized gain/(loss) on interest rate swap hedges was a gain of $1.6 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to a loss of $3.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011, which is attributable to hedge accounting ineffectiveness and mark to market valuation of two of our swaps not qualifying for hedge accounting.

Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges increased by $6.5 million, to $38.6 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $32.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011, which is attributable to the higher average notional amount of swaps during the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, as well as the reduction in the realized losses being deferred for the respective periods (as discussed below) following the gradual delivery of all our vessels under construction, which was partially offset by the higher floating LIBOR rates during the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

In addition, realized losses on cash flow hedges of $2.2 million and $8.0 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, were deferred in "Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss," rather than such realized losses being recognized as expenses, and will be reclassified into earnings over the depreciable lives of these vessels that were under construction, which are financed by loans with interest rates that have been hedged by our interest rate swap contracts. The table below provides an analysis of the items discussed above, and which were recorded in the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011:

             
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    2012     2011  
    (in millions)  
Total realized losses of swaps   $ (40.8 )   $ (40.1 )
Realized losses of swaps deferred in OCL     2.2       8.0  
  Realized losses of swaps expensed in P&L     (38.6 )     (32.1 )
Realized losses attributable to overhedging     5.8       10.2  
  Adjusted realized losses attributable to hedged debt   $ (32.8 )   $ (21.9 )
                 

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased 36.1%, or $28.3 million, to $106.7 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012, from $78.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2012 is adjusted for an unrealized gain on derivatives of $1.6 million, realized losses on derivatives of $37.8 million and a gain on sale of vessel of $0.8 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011

During the six months ended June 30, 2012, Danaos had an average of 61.2 containerships compared to 52.7 containerships for the same period in 2011. Our fleet utilization declined to 94.5% in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 97.1% in the same period of 2011, mainly due to the 506 days for which three of our vessels were off-charter and laid-up by us in the first half of 2012. During the six months ended June 30, 2012, our fleet utilization for the fleet under employment was 99.0% (excluding the laid up vessels).

Our adjusted net income was $33.1 million, or $0.30 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $27.5 million, or $0.25 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2011. We have adjusted our net income in the first half of 2012 for unrealized gains on derivatives of $4.6 million, realized losses on swaps of $12.6 million attributable to our over-hedging position, as well as a non-cash expense of $7.5 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees) and a gain on sale of vessel of $0.8 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of 20.4%, or $5.6 million, in adjusted net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011, was attributable to the increased Income from Operations, which was partially off-set by an increase in realized losses on our interest rate swap contracts (after the adjustment for the over-hedging portion), as well as increased interest expense (mainly due to the higher average indebtedness) during the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

On a non-adjusted basis our net income was $18.3 million, or $0.17 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to net income of $5.2 million, or $0.05 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Operating Revenue
Operating revenue increased 31.4%, or $67.1 million, to $280.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $213.8 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to the addition of ten vessels to our fleet, as follows:

         
Vessel Name   Vessel Size (TEU)   Date Delivered
CMA CGM Attila   8,530   July 8, 2011
CMA CGM Tancredi   8,530   August 22, 2011
CMA CGM Bianca   8,530   October 26, 2011
CMA CGM Samson   8,530   December 15, 2011
Hyundai Together   13,100   February 16, 2012
CMA CGM Melisande   8,530   February 28, 2012
Hyundai Tenacity   13,100   March 8, 2012
Hyundai Smart   13,100   May 3, 2012
Hyundai Speed   13,100   June 7, 2012
Hyundai Ambition   13,100   June 29, 2012
         

These additions to our fleet contributed revenues of $56.5 million during the six months ended June 30, 2012 (1,188 operating days in total).

Furthermore, operating revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012, reflect:

  • $17.8 million of incremental revenues in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, related to two 3,400 TEU containerships (the Hanjin Algeciras and the Hanjin Constantza, which were added to our fleet on January 26, 2011 and April 15, 2011, respectively) and three 10,100 TEU containerships (the Hanjin Germany, the Hanjin Italy and the Hanjin Greece, which were added to our fleet on March 10, 2011, April 6, 2011 and May 4, 2011, respectively).
  • $7.2 million decrease in revenues in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. This was mainly attributable to increased off-hire days by 336 days, to 614 days in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from 278 days in the six months ended June 30, 2011, ($7.4 million reduction in revenue in relation to the three vessels that were off-charter and laid up for 506 days during the six months ended June 30, 2012, which was partially offset by $0.2 million higher revenue mainly due to higher re-chartering of certain vessels).

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased 10.0%, or $5.6 million, to $61.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $55.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase is mainly attributable to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet during the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. This overall increase was offset in part by the lower average daily operating cost per vessel of $5,970 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $6,164 for the six months ended June 30, 2011 (excluding vessels on lay-up).

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense increased 38.2%, or $18.5 million, to $66.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $48.4 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in depreciation expense was due to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet (with higher cost base) during the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased 21.2%, or $0.7 million, to $2.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $3.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. During the six months ended June 30, 2011, we had written-off the remaining unamortized balances of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs of $0.6 million related to two of our vessels, as their new dry-docking was performed before the initially scheduled dates.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased 8.6%, or $0.8 million, to $10.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $9.3 million in the same period of 2011. The increase was mainly the result of increased fees of $1.1 million to our Manager, due to the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet, which were partially offset by reductions in various general and administrative expenses recorded in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $2.0 million, to $6.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $4.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase was the result of increased commissions to our Manager, due to the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet and the increase in the commission on gross charter hires to our Manager, to 1.0% from 0.75%, effective January 1, 2012, as well as increased other voyage expenses due to the increase in the average number of vessels in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 2011.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 60.9%, or $15.1 million, to $39.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $24.8 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. The change in interest expense was due to the increase in our average debt by $506.1 million, to $3,202.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $2,696.2 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011, as well as the increased average LIBOR payable on interest under our credit facilities in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011. Furthermore, the financing of our newbuilding program resulted in $3.7 million of interest being capitalized, rather than such interest being recognized as an expense, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $9.7 million of capitalized interest for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Interest income was $0.8 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $0.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, increased by $0.7 million, to $8.0 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $7.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. This increase was mainly due to the increased amortization of $3.2 million in relation to finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the life of the respective credit facilities) in the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, which was partially offset by an expense of $2.3 million recorded in the six months ended June 30, 2011, in relation to non-cash changes in fair value of warrants.

Other income/(expenses), net
Other income/(expenses), net, was an income of $0.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to an expense of $2.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. This was mainly the result of legal and advisory fees of $2.3 million attributable to fees related to preparing and structuring the comprehensive financing plan, which were recorded during the six months ended June 30, 2011 not incurred in the current quarter.

Unrealized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain on interest rate swap hedges decreased by $2.0 million, to $4.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $6.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011, which is attributable to hedge accounting ineffectiveness and mark to market valuation of two of our swaps not qualifying for hedge accounting.

Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges increased by $13.8 million, to $74.0 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $60.2 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011, which is attributable to the higher average notional amount of swaps during the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, as well as the reduction in the realized losses being deferred for the respective periods (as discussed below) following the gradual delivery of all our vessels under construction, which is partially offset by the higher floating LIBOR rates during the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

In addition, realized losses on cash flow hedges of $7.0 million and $17.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, were deferred in "Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss," rather than such realized losses being recognized as expenses, and will be reclassified into earnings over the depreciable lives of these vessels under construction, which are financed by loans with interest rates that have been hedged by our interest rate swap contracts. The table below provides an analysis of the items discussed above, and which were recorded in the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011:

             
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June 30,
    Six months ended
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    2012     2011  
    (in millions)  
Total realized losses of swaps   $ (81.0 )   $ (78.1 )
Realized losses of swaps deferred in OCL     7.0       17.9  
  Realized losses of swaps expensed in P&L     (74.0 )     (60.2 )
Realized losses attributable to overhedging     12.6       19.9  
  Adjusted realized losses attributable to hedged debt   $ (61.4 )   $ (40.3 )
                   

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased 41.5%, or $59.6 million, to $203.2 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012, from $143.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the first half of 2012 is adjusted for an unrealized gain on derivatives of $4.5 million, realized losses on derivatives of $72.5 million and a gain on sale of vessel of $0.8 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Recent News
On July 27, 2012, at our annual meeting of stockholders, each of Messrs. Coustas, Itkin and Mundell were re-elected as Class I directors for a three-year term expiring at the annual meeting of our stockholders in 2015. Our stockholders also ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers S.A. as our independent auditors.

Conference Call and Webcast
On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 9:00 A.M. EDT, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

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 August 6, 2012 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#

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

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

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 64 containerships aggregating 363,049 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, shipyard 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 311 off-hire days in the second quarter of 2012 (including 260 days related to Marathonas, Independence and Honour, which have been off-charter and laid up). The following table summarizes vessel utilization and the impact of the off-hire days on the Company's revenue relating to the last four quarters.

                               
Vessel Utilization
(No. of Days)
  Third Quarter 2011     Fourth Quarter 2011     First Quarter 2012     Second Quarter 2012     Total  
Ownership Days     5,185       5,328       5,471       5,663       21,647  
Less Off-hire Days:                                        
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     -       (4 )     (49 )     (45 )     (98 )
  Other Off-hire Days     (32 )     (163 )     (254 )     (266 )     (715 )
Operating Days     5,153       5,161       5,168       5,352       20,834  
Vessel Utilization     99.4 %     96.9 %     94.5 %     94.5 %     96.2 %
                                         
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 126,004     $ 128,344     $ 134,237     $ 146,657     $ 535,242  
Average Daily Charter Rate   $ 24,453     $ 24,868     $ 25,975     $ 27,402     $ 25,691  
                                         

Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of July 30, 2012.

             
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
YM Mandate   6,500   2010   January 2028
CMA CGM Racine(2)   6,500   2010   July 2022
YM Maturity   6,500   2010   April 2028
Marathonas   4,814   1991   Laid-up
Messologi   4,814   1991   September 2012
Mytilini   4,814   1991   October 2012
Hyundai Commodore(3)   4,651   1992   March 2013
Hyundai Duke(4)   4,651   1992   February 2013
Hyundai Federal(5)   4,651   1994   October 2012
SNL Colombo(6)   4,300   2004   March 2019
YM Singapore   4,300   2004   October 2019
YM Seattle(7)   4,253   2007   July 2019
YM Vancouver   4,253   2007   September 2019
Derby D   4,253   2004   February 2014
Deva   4,253   2004   December 2013
ZIM Rio Grande   4,253   2008   May 2020
ZIM Sao Paolo   4,253   2008   August 2020
ZIM Kingston   4,253   2008   September 2020
ZIM Monaco   4,253   2009   November 2020
ZIM Dalian   4,253   2009   February 2021
ZIM Luanda   4,253   2009   May 2021
Honour   3,908   1989   December 2012
Hope   3,908   1989   July 2013
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
Pride(8)   3,129   1988   Laid-up
Lotus   3,098   1988   July 2013
Independence   3,045   1986   Laid-up
Henry   3,039   1986   Laid-up
Elbe   2,917   1991   May 2013
Kalamata   2,917   1991   August 2012
Komodo   2,917   1991   April 2013
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) Vessel subject to charterer's option to purchase vessel after first eight years of time charter term for $78.0 million.
(3) On April 20, 2012, the APL Commodore was renamed to Hyundai Commodore at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(4) On January 29, 2012, the APL Duke was renamed to Hyundai Duke at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(5) On January 31, 2012, the APL Federal was renamed to Hyundai Federal at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(6) On March 18, 2012, the YM Colombo was renamed to SNL Colombo at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(7) On April 9, 2012, the Taiwan Express was renamed to YM Seattle at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(8) On July 21, 2012, the SCI Pride was renamed to Pride.
   
   
   
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Income - Unaudited  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)  
   
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    2012     2011     2012     2011  
                                 
OPERATING REVENUES   $ 146,657     $ 114,764     $ 280,894     $ 213,753  
                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES                                
  Vessel operating expenses     (31,392 )     (29,325 )     (61,487 )     (55,927 )
  Depreciation & amortization     (36,638 )     (27,755 )     (69,521 )     (51,721 )
  General & administrative     (5,247 )     (4,716 )     (10,084 )     (9,345 )
  Gain on sale of vessels     830       -       830       -  
  Other operating expenses     (3,366 )     (2,057 )     (6,256 )     (4,275 )
Income From Operations     70,844       50,911       134,376       92,485  
                                 
OTHER EARNINGS (EXPENSES)                                
  Interest income     401       293       754       646  
  Interest expense     (21,460 )     (12,963 )     (39,850 )     (24,811 )
  Other finance cost, net     (4,102 )     (2,899 )     (7,959 )     (7,326 )
  Other income/(expenses), net     280       (179 )     476       (2,099 )
  Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives     (38,602 )     (32,053 )     (74,045 )     (60,162 )
  Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives     1,605       (3,341 )     4,556       6,479  
Total Other Income (Expenses), net     (61,878 )     (51,142 )     (116,068 )     (87,273 )
                                 
Net Income/(Loss)   $ 8,966     $ (231 )   $ 18,308     $ 5,212  
                                 
EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE                                
Basic & diluted net (loss)/ income per share   $ 0.08     $ 0.00     $ 0.17     $ 0.05  
Basic & diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)     109,611       108,975       109,608       108,794  
                                 
                                 
                                 
Non-GAAP Measures*  
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income - Unaudited  
   
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    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Net income/(loss)   $ 8,966     $ (231 )   $ 18,308     $ 5,212  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives     (1,605 )     3,341       (4,556 )     (6,479 )
Realized loss on over-hedging portion of derivatives     5,762       10,158       12,648       19,927  
Comprehensive Financing Plan related fees     -       177       -       2,266  
Amortization of financing fees & finance fees accrued     3,882       2,658       7,543       4,278  
Loss on fair value of warrants     -       -       -       2,253  
Gain on sale of vessels     (830 )     -       (830 )     -  
                                 
Adjusted Net Income   $ 16,175     $ 16,103     $ 33,113     $ 27,457  
                                 
Adjusted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.15     $ 0.15     $ 0.30     $ 0.25  
                                 
Weighted average number of shares     109,611       108,975       109,608       108,794  
                                 
  * 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 six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011. 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  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
    As of
June 30,
    As of
December 31,
 
    2012     2011  
ASSETS   (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
CURRENT ASSETS                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 47,218     $ 51,362  
  Restricted cash     2,820       2,909  
  Accounts receivable, net     5,439       4,176  
  Other current assets     23,288       34,844  
      78,765       93,291  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS                
  Fixed assets, net     4,192,651       3,241,951  
  Advances for vessels under construction     -       524,286  
  Restricted cash, net of current portion     430       -  
  Deferred charges, net     94,767       99,711  
  Fair value of financial instruments     3,534       3,964  
  Other non-current assets     30,007       24,901  
      4,321,389       3,894,813  
TOTAL ASSETS     4,400,154       3,988,104  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, current portion     70,461       41,959  
  Vendor Financing, current portion     39,551       10,857  
  Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities     95,959       58,254  
  Fair value of financial instruments, current portion     113,149       120,623  
      319,120       231,693  
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, net of current portion     3,171,506       2,960,288  
  Vendor financing, net of current portion     150,449       54,288  
  Fair value of financial instruments, net of current portion     256,593       291,829  
  Other long-term liabilities     8,455       7,471  
      3,587,003       3,313,876  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Common stock     1,096       1,096  
  Additional paid-in capital     545,915       545,884  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (422,948 )     (456,105 )
  Retained earnings     369,968       351,660  
      494,031       442,535  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 4,400,154     $ 3,988,104  
                 
                 
                 
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows - (Unaudited)  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Operating Activities:                                
  Net income/(loss)   $ 8,966     $ (231 )   $ 18,308     $ 5,212  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                                
  Depreciation     35,226       26,005       66,907       48,441  
  Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs, finance cost and other finance fees accrued     5,294       4,408       10,157       7,558  
  Stock based compensation     8       24       31       47  
  Payments for drydocking/special survey     (2,123 )     (2,148 )     (4,158 )     (7,050 )
  Non-cash change in fair value of warrants     -       -       -       2,253  
  Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps     850       360       1,499       587  
  Realized loss on cash flow interest rate swaps deferred in Other Comprehensive Loss     (2,196 )     (8,021 )     (7,035 )     (17,931 )
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives     (1,605 )     2,981       (4,556 )     (7,066 )
  Gain on sale of vessels     (830 )     -       (830 )     -  
  Accounts receivable     581       (1,574 )     (1,263 )     (962 )
  Other assets, current and non-current     (1,104 )     (6,736 )     6,450       (10,865 )
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     3,824       8,528       9,322       (10,750 )
  Other liabilities, current and non-current     13,452       (1,455 )     31,330       (2,862 )
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities     60,343       22,141       126,162       6,612  
                                 
Investing Activities:                                
  Vessels under construction and vessels additions     (191,403 )     (181,317 )     (375,277 )     (302,639 )
  Net proceeds from sale of vessel     5,636       -       5,636       -  
Net Cash used in Investing Activities     (185,767 )     (181,317 )     (369,641 )     (302,639 )
                                 
Financing Activities:                                
  Debt draw downs     149,600       129,448       266,920       227,686  
  Debt repayment     (15,537 )     (2,592 )     (27,144 )     (34,559 )
  Deferred costs     -       -       (100 )     (30,217 )
  Decrease/(Increase) in restricted cash     (3,153 )     (2,813 )     (341 )     (1 )
Net Cash provided by Financing Activities     130,910       124,043       239,335       162,909  
Net Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     5,486       (35,133 )     (4,144 )     (133,118 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     41,732       131,850       51,362       229,835  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 47,218     $ 96,717     $ 47,218     $ 96,717  
                                 
                                 
                                 
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA  
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    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Net income/(loss)   $ 8,966     $ (231 )   $ 18,308     $ 5,212  
Depreciation     35,226       26,005       66,907       48,441  
Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs     1,412       1,750       2,614       3,280  
Amortization of deferred finance costs and other finance fees accrued     3,882       2,658       7,543       4,278  
Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps     850       360       1,499       587  
Interest income     (401 )     (293 )     (754 )     (646 )
Interest expense     21,460       12,963       39,850       24,811  
Gain on sale of vessels     (830 )     -       (830 )     -  
Comprehensive Financing Plan related fees     -       177       -       2,266  
Stock based compensation     8       24       31       47  
Realized loss on derivatives     37,752       32,053       72,546       60,162  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives     (1,605 )     2,981       (4,556 )     (7,066 )
Non-cash changes in fair value of warrants     -       -       -       2,253  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   $ 106,720     $ 78,447     $ 203,158     $ 143,625  
                                 
 1) Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest income and expense, depreciation, amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs and deferred finance costs, non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives and warrants, realized gain/(loss) on derivatives, stock based compensation, gain/(loss) on sale of vessel and other items in relation to the Company's comprehensive financing plan. 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.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 six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011. 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:

    Company 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

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