SOURCE: Danaos Corporation

Danaos Corporation

November 03, 2015 16:15 ET

Danaos Corporation Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2015

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) -  Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), one of the world's largest independent owners of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended September 30, 2015.

Highlights for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015:

  • Operating revenues of $144.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $139.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 3.6%. Operating revenues of $424.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $411.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 3.2%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $106.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $104.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 2.6%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $312.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $299.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 4.4%.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $43.8 million, or $0.40 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $18.0 million, or $0.16 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 143.3%. Adjusted net income1 of $112.3 million, or $1.02 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $36.6 million, or $0.33 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 206.8%.
  • The remaining average charter duration of our fleet was 7.4 years as of September 30, 2015, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire.
  • Total contracted operating revenues were $3.3 billion as of September 30, 2015, with charters extending through 2028.
  • Charter coverage of 95.0% for the next 12 months in terms of operating revenues and 88.3% in terms of contracted operating days.
  • In August 2015, Danaos entered into a joint venture with its largest stockholder, to form Gemini Shipholdings Corporation ("Gemini"). Danaos' 49% initial ownership interest in Gemini was acquired through an investment of $7.35 million. Gemini has already acquired three containerships, the 6,422 TEU vessel 'NYK Lodestar' built in 2001, the 5,610 TEU vessel 'Suez Canal' built in 2002 and the 5,544 TEU vessel 'Genoa' built in 2002. Gemini has also recently entered into an in principle agreement to acquire on subjects one more 6,422 TEU containership built in 2002. The joint venture is reported under the 'Equity Method' accounting within our financial statements.

 
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
Financial Summary
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)
 
    Three months ended
September 30,
  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
    (unaudited)    
Operating revenues   $ 144,542   $ 139,496   $ 424,616   $ 411,422
Net income   $ 42,068   $ 22,406   $ 110,482   $ 47,456
Adjusted net income1   $ 43,783   $ 18,020   $ 112,336   $ 36,592
Earnings per share   $ 0.38   $ 0.20   $ 1.01   $ 0.43
Adjusted earnings per share1   $ 0.40   $ 0.16   $ 1.02   $ 0.33
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)     109,785     109,669     109,785     109,669
Adjusted EBITDA1   $ 106,772   $ 104,144   $ 312,626   $ 299,511
                         

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:

We are pleased to report yet another strong quarter with adjusted net income of $43.8 million, or 40 cents per share, representing an improvement of 143.3% compared to the adjusted net income of $18.0 million, or 16 cents per share reported for the 3rd quarter of 2014.

The main drivers of the improvement in the company's profitability between the 2 quarters were a $21.8 million decrease in net financing costs together with a $5.0 million increase in operating revenues. Our financing costs will continue to decrease and, as a result, earnings will continue to increase, as we continue to execute our comprehensive debt reduction plan and benefit from the expiration of expensive interest rate swaps over the next 2 quarters.

During the 3rd quarter of the year, the industry witnessed a deterioration in the fundamentals of the container market both in terms of freight rates and charter rates. Idle tonnage has now surpassed the 1 million TEU mark, which represents approximately 5% of the world fleet. This was mainly driven by slower than expected demand growth in Northern Europe and the emerging markets, a trend verified by downward revisions of GDP growth projections recently published by the IMF. The silver lining is that newbuilding ordering has effectively come to a halt, while we also expect to see increased scrapping activity over the next 12 months. The combination of supply moderation and the eventual resumption of stronger demand growth will drive the containership sector recovery, which we see beginning in the spring of 2016 and strengthening into 2017.

Undeniably, the current market offers many attractive opportunities to acquire assets, particularly in the second-hand market for Post Panamax vessels. During the 3rd quarter we established Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture in which Danaos Corporation holds a 49% equity interest, to act against these opportunities. Gemini has already acquired two 5,500 vessels and one 6,500 TEU vessel all built in 2001/2002 and has recently agreed to acquire on subjects another 6,500 TEU containership built in 2002.

Our investment in Gemini allows us to resume our growth strategy as weakness in the containership market presents compelling value. It is important to stress that we are doing this without diluting our shareholders and in alignment with the interests of our largest shareholder.

Our charter coverage continues to be at a strong 95% in terms of operating revenues for the next 12 months, which insulates us from market weakness. At the same time, our $5,700 daily operating cost clearly positions us as one of the most efficient operators in the industry.

We will continue our strategy of deleveraging our balance sheet and managing our fleet efficiently. Additionally, as the market presents accretive acquisition opportunities, we will leverage the strength of our platform and our relationships in the financial community to deliver value to our shareholders.

Three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014

During the three months ended September 30, 2015, Danaos had an average of 56.0 containerships compared to 54.0 containerships for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Our fleet utilization increased to 100.0% in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to 99.5% in the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $43.8 million, or $0.40 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $18.0 million, or $0.16 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended September 30, 2015 for unrealized gains on derivatives of $2.6 million, as well as a non-cash expense of $4.4 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 $25.8 million in adjusted net income for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014 was mainly attributed to a reduction of $21.8 million in net finance costs mainly due to lower debt balances and interest rate swap expirations and an increase of $5.0 million in operating revenues, as described below, which were partially offset by a $1.0 million loss on equity investments.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $42.1 million, or $0.38 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015, compared to net income of $22.4 million, or $0.20 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 3.6%, or $5.0 million, to $144.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $139.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2015 reflect:

  • $3.4 million of additional revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, related to the Priority and the Performance, which were added to our fleet on November 5, 2014.

  • $0.3 million incremental revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, related to revenue recognition accounting of the Zim restructuring.

  • $1.0 million of higher revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014 due to improved re-chartering of some of our vessels at higher rates.

  • $0.3 million of additional revenues due to improved fleet utilization in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased by 5.2%, or $1.4 million, to $28.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $26.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. The increase is mainly attributed to incremental operating expenses of $1.1 million for the vessels Priority and the Performance which were acquired on November 5, 2014.

The average daily operating cost per vessel slightly increased to $5,669 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $5,611 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Management believes that 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 by 3.5%, or $1.2 million, to $33.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $34.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, mainly due to the lower depreciation expense on the eight 2,200 TEU vessels with respect to which we recorded an impairment charge on December 31, 2014.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased by $0.2 million, to $0.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $1.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. The decrease is mainly due to the expiration of the amortization periods related to certain vessels over the last twelve months.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by $0.3 million, to $5.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $5.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. Effective January 1, 2015, our management fees were adjusted to a fee of $850 per day, a fee of $425 per vessel per day for vessels on bareboat charter and a fee of $850 per vessel per day for vessels on time charter.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $0.1 million, to $3.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $3.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 10.7%, or $2.1 million, to $17.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $19.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $217.4 million, to $2,875.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $3,092.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014, as well as the decrease in the cost of debt service in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014, mainly driven by the accelerated amortization of our fixed rate debt, which bears a higher cost compared to our floating rate debt.

The Company is rapidly deleveraging its balance sheet. As of September 30, 2015, the debt outstanding was $2,860.1 million compared to $3,063.2 million as of September 30, 2014.

Interest income remained stable amounting to $0.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015 and in the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net decreased by $0.4 million, to $4.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $5.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. This decrease was mainly 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 three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Equity loss on investments
Equity loss on investments of $1.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015 relates to the investment in Gemini made in August 2015.

Unrealized gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps amounted to $2.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to a gain of $9.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. The unrealized gains were attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps due to the discontinuation of hedge accounting since July 1, 2012, as well as reclassification of unrealized losses from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss to our earnings.

Realized loss on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swaps decreased by $19.6 million, to $12.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $31.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. This decrease is attributable to a $1,617.4 million lower average notional amount of swaps during the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014 as a result of swap expirations.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 2.6%, or $2.7 million, to $106.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015, from $104.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014. As outlined earlier, this increase is mainly attributed to a $5.0 million increase in operating revenues partially offset by a $1.4 million increase in vessel operating expenses and $1.0 million loss on equity investments. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2015 is adjusted for unrealized gain on derivatives of $2.6 million and realized losses on derivatives of $11.1 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014

During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, Danaos had an average of 56.0 containerships compared to 56.1 containerships for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. Our fleet utilization increased to 99.2% in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to 97.3% in the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $112.3 million, or $1.02 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $36.6 million, or $0.33 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. We have adjusted our net income in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 for unrealized gains on derivatives of $11.6 million and a non-cash expense of $13.4 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 $75.7 million in adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was mainly attributed to a reduction of $58.4 million in net finance costs mainly due to lower debt balances and interest rate swap expirations, a $5.3 million improvement in total operating costs and an increase of $13.2 million in operating revenues, as described below, which were partially offset by a $1.0 million loss on equity investments.

On a non-adjusted basis our net income amounted to $110.5 million, or $1.01 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to net income of $47.5 million, or $0.43 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 3.2%, or $13.2 million, to $424.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $411.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Operating revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 reflect:

  • $9.0 million of additional revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, related to the Priority and the Performance, which were added to our fleet on November 5, 2014.

  • $4.6 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, related to revenue recognition accounting of the Zim restructuring that became effective on July 16, 2014.

  • $1.0 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014 due to improved re-chartering of some of our vessels at higher rates.

  • $2.1 million decrease in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, related to the Commodore, the Messologi and the Mytilini, which were generating revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and were sold within 2014.

  • $0.7 million of additional revenues due to improved fleet utilization in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased by 1.0%, or $0.9 million, to $85.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $86.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The reduction is attributable to an improvement in the average daily operating cost per vessel between the two periods.

The average daily operating cost per vessel decreased to $5,770 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $5,895 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, mainly as a result of an 17.7% improvement in the average Euro to Dollar exchange rate between the two periods. Management believes that 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 by 3.8%, or $3.9 million, to $98.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 from $102.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014, mainly due to the lower depreciation expense on the eight 2,200 TEU vessels with respect to which we recorded an impairment charge on December 31, 2014.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased by $0.3 million, to $2.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $3.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The decrease is mainly due to the expiration of the amortization periods related to certain vessels during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by $0.2 million, to $16.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $15.9 million the nine months ended September 30, 2014. Effective January 1, 2015, our management fees were adjusted to a fee of $850 per day, a fee of $425 per vessel per day for vessels on bareboat charter and a fee of $850 per vessel per day for vessels on time charter.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $0.4 million, to $9.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $9.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Gain on sale of vessels
Gain on sale of vessels was nil in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to a gain of $5.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, we sold the Marathonas on February 26, 2014, the Commodore on April 25, 2014, the Duka on May 15, 2014, the Mytilini on May 15, 2014 and the Messologi on May 20, 2014. There were no vessel sales during the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 12.3%, or $7.5 million, to $53.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $61.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $219.7 million, to $2,926.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $3,145.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014, as well as the decrease in the cost of debt servicing in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, mainly driven by the accelerated amortization of our fixed rate debt, which bears a higher cost compared to our floating rate debt.

The Company is rapidly deleveraging its balance sheet. As of September 30, 2015, the debt outstanding was $2,860.1 million compared to $3,063.2 million as of September 30, 2014.

Interest income amounted to $2.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to $0.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. This increase is attributed to the interest income related to the Zim restructuring that became effective on July 16, 2014.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, decreased by $0.7 million, to $14.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $14.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. This decrease was due to the $0.6 million decrease in amortizing finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities) in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Equity loss on investments
Equity loss on investments of $1.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 relates to the investment in Gemini made in August 2015.

Unrealized gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps amounted to $11.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to a gain of $19.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The unrealized gains were attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps due to the discontinuation of hedge accounting since July 1, 2012, as well as reclassification of unrealized losses from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss to our earnings.

Realized loss on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swaps decreased by $49.3 million, to $47.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $97.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. This decrease is attributable to $1,373.8 million lower average notional amount of swaps during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014 as a result of swap expirations.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 4.4%, or $13.1 million, to $312.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, from $299.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. As outlined earlier this increase is mainly attributed to a $13.2 million increase in operating revenues. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 is adjusted for unrealized gain on derivatives of $11.6 million and realized losses on derivatives of $44.8 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Recent news
Gemini, in which Danaos holds a 49% equity interest, has agreed to acquire on subjects a 6,422 TEU vessel built in 2002, which is expected to be delivered in February 2016.

Conference Call and Webcast
On Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. ET, 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: 1 866 652 5200 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 279 9489 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2075 441 375 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Danaos Corporation" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 16, 2015 by dialing 1 877 344 7529 (US Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 036 088 021 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 10074737#.

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 one of the largest independent owners of modern, large-size containerships. Our current fleet of 59 containerships aggregating 351,815 TEUs, including three vessels owned by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture, ranks Danaos among the largest containership charter owners in the world based on total TEU capacity. Our fleet is predominantly chartered to many of the world's largest liner companies on fixed-rate, long-term charters. Our long track record of success is predicated on our efficient and rigorous operational standards and environmental controls. Danaos Corporation'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 2 unscheduled off-hire days in the three months ended September 30, 2015. 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
2015
    Second Quarter
2015
    Third Quarter
2015
    Total  
Ownership Days     5,040       5,096       5,152       15,288  
Less Off-hire Days:                                
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     (16 )     (16 )     -       (32 )
  Other Off-hire Days     (64 )     (17 )     (2 )     (83 )
Operating Days     4,960       5,063       5,150       15,173  
Vessel Utilization     98.4 %     99.4 %     100.0 %     99.2 %
                                 
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 138,605     $ 141,469     $
144,542
    $ 424,616  
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate   $ 27,945     $ 27,942     $
28,066
    $ 27,985  
                                 
                                 
Vessel Utilization
(No. of Days)
  First Quarter
2014
    Second Quarter
2014
    Third Quarter
2014
    Total  
Ownership Days     5,277       5,079      
 4,968
      15,324  
Less Off-hire Days:                                
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     (30 )     (14 )     (9 )     (53 )
  Other Off-hire Days     (225 )     (122 )     (14 )     (361 )
Operating Days     5,022       4,943      
4,945
      14,910  
Vessel Utilization     95.2 %     97.3 %     99.5 %     97.3 %
                                 
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 135,486     $ 136,440     $
139,496
    $ 411,422  
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate   $ 26,978     $ 27,603     $
28,210
    $ 27,594  
                                 
                                 
                                 

Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of November 3, 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
Performance   6,402   2002   January 2016
Priority   6,402   2002   November 2015
Federal   4,651   1994   November 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   December 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   January 2016
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 2016
Danae C(4)   2,524   2001   December 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
             
NYK Lodestar(5)   6,422   2001   September 2017
Suez Canal(5)   5,610   2002   --
Genoa(5)   5,544   2002   --
             
(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 CMA CGM Musset, the CMA CGM Nerval, the CMA CGM Rabelais and the CMA CGM 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) Danae C was renamed to Niledutch Palanca at the request of the charterer of this vessel from March 25, 2014 to June 8, 2015.
(5) Vessels acquired by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, in which Danaos holds a 49% equity interest.
   
   
   
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Income- Unaudited  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)  
   
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September 30,
    Nine months ended
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    2015     2014     2015     2014  
                                 
OPERATING REVENUES   $ 144,542     $ 139,496     $ 424,616     $ 411,422  
                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES                                
  Vessel operating expenses     (28,165 )     (26,842 )     (85,058 )     (85,991 )
  Depreciation & amortization     (34,085 )     (35,465 )     (101,482 )     (105,697 )
  General & administrative     (5,486 )     (5,211 )     (16,137 )     (15,913 )
  Gain on sale of vessels     -       -       -       5,709  
  Other operating expenses     (2,952 )     (3,097 )     (9,170 )     (9,617 )
Income From Operations     73,854       68,881       212,769       199,913  
                                 
OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSES)                                
  Interest income     859       861       2,549       879  
  Interest expense     (17,604 )     (19,692 )     (53,520 )     (60,951 )
  Other finance cost, net     (4,646 )     (4,985 )     (14,181 )     (14,898 )
  Equity loss on investments     (992 )     -       (992 )     -  
  Other income, net     108       36       143       323  
  Realized loss on derivatives     (12,159 )     (31,828 )     (47,837 )     (97,150 )
  Unrealized gain on derivatives     2,648       9,133       11,551       19,340  
Total Other Expenses, net     (31,786 )     (46,475 )     (102,287 )     (152,457 )
                                 
Net Income   $ 42,068     $ 22,406     $ 110,482     $ 47,456  
                                 
EARNINGS PER SHARE                                
  Basic & diluted net income per share   $ 0.38     $ 0.20     $ 1.01     $ 0.43  
  Basic & diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)     109,785       109,669       109,785       109,669  
                                   
                                   
                                   
Non-GAAP Measures*  
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income- Unaudited  
   
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    2015     2014     2015     2014  
Net income   $ 42,068     $ 22,406     $ 110,482     $ 47,456  
Unrealized gain on derivatives     (2,648 )     (9,133 )     (11,551 )     (19,340 )
Amortization of financing fees & finance fees accrued     4,363       4,747       13,405       14,185  
Gain on sale of vessels     -       -       -       (5,709 )
Adjusted Net Income   $ 43,783     $ 18,020     $ 112,336     $ 36,592  
Adjusted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.40     $ 0.16     $ 1.02     $ 0.33  
Weighted average number of shares     109,785       109,669       109,785       109,669  
                                 

* 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 nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014. 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
September 30,
    As of
December 31,
 
    2015     2014  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 96,197     $ 57,730  
  Restricted cash     -       2,824  
  Accounts receivable, net     7,852       7,904  
  Fair value of financial instruments     246       -  
  Other current assets     37,129       34,615  
      141,424       103,073  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS                
  Fixed assets, net     3,526,514       3,624,338  
  Deferred charges, net     42,997       55,275  
  Investments in affiliates     6,358       -  
  Fair value of financial instruments     -       664  
  Other non-current assets     71,067       67,842  
      3,646,936       3,748,119  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 3,788,360     $ 3,851,192  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, current portion   $ 254,286     $ 178,116  
  Vendor Financing, current portion     28,532       46,530  
  Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities     46,123       52,414  
  Fair value of financial instruments, current portion     11,776       51,022  
      340,717       328,082  
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, net of current portion     2,577,236       2,773,004  
  Vendor financing, net of current portion     -       17,837  
  Fair value of financial instruments, net of current portion     1,546       2,398  
  Other long-term liabilities     38,668       41,722  
      2,617,450       2,834,961  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Common stock     1,098       1,097  
  Additional paid-in capital     546,734       546,735  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (108,180 )     (139,742 )
  Retained earnings     390,541       280,059  
      830,193       688,149  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 3,788,360     $ 3,851,192  
                 
                 
                 
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows - (Unaudited)  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
 
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
Operating Activities:                                
  Net income   $ 42,068     $ 22,406     $ 110,482     $ 47,456  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                                
  Depreciation     33,217       34,396       98,558       102,471  
  Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs, finance cost and other finance fees accrued     5,231       5,816       16,329       17,411  
  Payments for drydocking/special survey     (90 )     (266 )     (1,307 )     (4,055 )
  Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps     1,012       1,012       3,004       3,004  
  Equity loss on investments     992       -       992       -  
  Unrealized gain on derivatives     (2,648 )     (9,133 )     (11,551 )     (19,340 )
  Gain on sale of vessels     -       -       -       (5,709 )
  Accounts receivable     (2,669 )     2,088       52       1,383  
  Other assets, current and non-current     1,157       5,421       (5,739 )     1,376  
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     (162 )     (1,721 )     (6,901 )     (2,833 )
  Other liabilities, current and non-current     (561 )     (570 )     (1,752 )     1,602  
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities     77,547       59,449       202,167       142,766  
                                 
Investing Activities:                                
  Vessel additions and vessel acquisitions     (196 )     (651 )     (734 )     (1,214 )
  Investments in affiliates     (7,350 )     -       (7,350 )        
  Net proceeds from sale of vessels     -       -       -       50,602  
Net Cash provided by/(used in) Investing Activities     (7,546 )     (651 )     (8,084 )     49,388  
                                 
Financing Activities:                                
  Debt repayment     (50,763 )     (66,680 )     (157,748 )     (172,999 )
  Deferred finance costs     -       -       (692 )     -  
  Decrease/(Increase) in restricted cash     2,824       21,009       2,824       (22,675 )
Net Cash used in Financing Activities     (47,939 )     (45,671 )     (155,616 )     (195,674 )
Net (Decrease)/ Increase in cash and cash equivalents     22,062       13,127       38,467       (3,520 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     74,135       51,506       57,730       68,153  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 96,197     $ 64,633     $ 96,197     $ 64,633  
                                 
                                 
                                 
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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    Three months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
 
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
Net income   $ 42,068     $ 22,406     $ 110,482     $ 47,456  
Depreciation     33,217       34,396       98,558       102,471  
Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs     868      
1,069
      2,924      
3,226
 
Amortization of deferred finance costs and write-offs and other finance fees accrued     4,363      
4,747
      13,405      
14,185
 
Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps     1,012      
1,012
      3,004      
3,004
 
Interest income     (859 )     (861 )     (2,549 )     (879 )
Interest expense     17,604       19,692       53,520       60,951  
Gain on sale of vessels     -       -       -       (5,709 )
Realized loss on derivatives     11,147       30,816       44,833       94,146  
Unrealized gain on derivatives     (2,648 )     (9,133 )     (11,551 )     (19,340 )
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   $ 106,772     $ 104,144     $ 312,626     $ 299,511  
                                 
1) Adjusted EBITDA represents net 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, unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives, realized loss on derivatives 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 nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014. 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

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    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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