SOURCE: Danaos Corporation

Danaos Corporation

November 07, 2011 16:05 ET

Danaos Corporation Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2011

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), a leading international owner of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended September 30, 2011.

Highlights for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011:

  • During the third quarter of 2011, we took delivery of two newly built containerships with an aggregate carrying capacity of 17,060 TEU, which have been both deployed on 12-year time charters.
  • The remaining average charter duration of our fleet was 9.9 years as of September 30, 2011 (weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire).
  • Total contracted operating revenues were $5.6 billion as of September 30, 2011.
  • Charter coverage of 92% by the end of 2012.
  • Operating revenues of $126.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $94.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, an increase of 33.2%. Operating revenues of $339.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $259.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, an increase of 31.1%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $86.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $63.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, an increase of 36.0%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $229.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $178.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, an increase of 28.5%.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $17.6 million or $0.16 per share and $45.0 million or $0.41 per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively.
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011
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,
2011 2010 2011 2010
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Operating revenues $ 126,004 $ 94,588 $ 339,757 $ 259,193
Net (loss)/income $ (833 ) $ 977 $ 4,379 $ (93,452 )
Adjusted net income1 $ 17,578 $ 12,077 $ 45,034 $ 46,914
Earnings/(losses) per share $ (0.01 ) $ 0.01 $ 0.04 $ (1.45 )
Adjusted earnings per share1 $ 0.16 $ 0.14 $ 0.41 $ 0.73
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands) 109,003 83,346 108,865 64,256
Adjusted EBITDA1 $ 86,171 $ 63,378 $ 229,797 $ 178,851

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/(loss) to adjusted EBITDA.

Danaos' CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:

This quarter we experienced one of the most sudden market drops in recent history due to the termination of a number of services, putting vessels mostly panamax size in the market either as liner relets, or by redeliveries. There was some demand for these vessels however at rates which were close, or below operating costs. We expect that this situation will continue until Chinese new year and thereafter a moderate recovery will materialize by either new services, or by upgrading of services to achieve economies of scale.

During this quarter, we continued to take delivery of our contracted fleet and added two 8,500 TEU vessels to the fleet, which are chartered for 12 years at accretive rates. We have focused our attention to cost control to ensure the profitability of our operations. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, we have produced adjusted EBITDA of $86 million and $230 million, respectively, and adjusted net income of $0.16 per share and $0.41 per share, respectively, which mark a solid performance of our fleet.

In terms of employment, we have recently re-chartered a panamax containership at market rates for 1 year, while we decided to lay-up temporarily another panamax vessel rather than chartering it out below operating expenses. This decision being cost neutral will give us the opportunity to charter the vessel out at a better level from February onwards.

Notwithstanding the above, it has to be noted that despite the softening of the container market the position of Danaos remains strong due to the strong charter coverage that runs at 92% until the end of 2012, which includes new deliveries that already have 12 year charters in place. The Company is practically insulated from the effects of a soft charter market, having solid income visibility with limited downside on charter market risks.

On the positive side, the market deterioration has put the brakes on any further newbuilding discussions and in combination with the lending freeze by European banks this will be a limiting factor to the growth of the fleet that will offer favorable future market dynamics.

We will continue to monitor the market closely to optimize the utilization of our assets and to complete the delivery of the remaining 7 vessels in our contracted fleet until June 2012.

Three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2010

During the quarter ended September 30, 2011, Danaos had an average of 56.4 containerships compared to 47.9 containerships for the same period in 2010. During the third quarter of 2011, we took delivery of two vessels, the CMA CGM Attila, on July 8, 2011 and the CMA CGM Tancredi, on August 22, 2011. Our fleet utilization was increased to 99.4% in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to 96.9% in the same period of 2010, due to a decrease in the off-hire days in the third quarter of 2011 compared to 2010.

Our adjusted net income was $17.6 million, or $0.16 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $12.1 million, or $0.14 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2010. We have adjusted our net income of the third quarter 2011 for a non-cash loss in fair value of derivatives of $4.7 million, realized losses on swaps of $10.3 million attributable to our over-hedging position (as described below), as well as a non-cash expense of $3.5 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (related to 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 45.5%, or $5.5 million, in the adjusted net income for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2010, was mainly 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 of the over-hedging portion), as well as increased interest expense (mainly due to the higher average indebtedness) during the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

On a non-adjusted basis our net loss was $0.8 million, or $0.01 per share, for the third quarter of 2011, compared to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share, for the third quarter of 2010.

As a result of our comprehensive financing plan, we are currently 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 2010, 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 during the second half of 2012, following the delivery of all of our remaining newbuildings.

Operating Revenue
Operating revenue increased 33.2%, or $31.4 million, to $126.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $94.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. The increase was primarily attributable to the addition of eight vessels to our fleet, as follows:

Vessel Name Vessel Size (TEU) Date Delivered
Hanjin Versailles 3,400 October 11, 2010
Hanjin Algeciras 3,400 January 26, 2011
Hanjin Germany 10,100 March 10, 2011
Hanjin Italy 10,100 April 6, 2011
Hanjin Constantza 3,400 April 15, 2011
Hanjin Greece 10,100 May 4, 2011
CMA CGM Attila 8,530 July 8, 2011
CMA CGM Tancredi 8,530 August 22, 2011

These additions to our fleet contributed revenues of $26.0 million during the three months ended September 30, 2011.

Furthermore, operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2011, reflect:

  1. $3.2 million in incremental revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, related to three 6,500 TEU containerships (the CMA CGM Rabelais, the CMA CGM Racine and the YM Maturity, which were added to our fleet on July 2, 2010, on August 16, 2010 and August 18, 2010, respectively) and one 3,400 TEU containership (the Hanjin Santos, which was added to our fleet on July 6, 2010).
  2. $2.2 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, which was mainly attributable to re-chartering of certain vessels at increased charter rates in the third quarter of 2011, as well as reduced off-hire days by 106 days, to 32 days in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from 138 days in the three months ended September 30, 2010.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased 27.5%, or $6.8 million, to $31.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $24.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. The increase is mainly attributable to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet during the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, as well as incremental costs with respect to certain vessels, which were on lay-up for 14 days in aggregate during the third quarter of 2011 compared to 128 days in the same period of 2010. The average daily operating cost per vessel increased to $6,321 for the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $5,971 for the three months ended September 30, 2010 (excluding those vessels on lay-up). The increase is mainly attributable to the increased lubricant expenses following the increase of crude oil prices in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, as well as upward cost pressure on Euro denominated costs resulting from the weaker US Dollar in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense increased 33.8%, or $7.1 million, to $28.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $21.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. The increase in depreciation expense was due to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet during the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased 48.1%, or $1.3 million, to $1.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $2.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. During the three months ended September 30, 2010, we had written-off the remaining unamortized balances of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs of $1.4 million related to three of our vessels, as their new dry-docking was performed before the initially scheduled dates.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased 11.3%, or $0.6 million, to $4.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $5.3 million in the same period of 2010. The decrease was the result of reduced legal and advisory fees of $1.1 million recorded in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, which was offset by increased fees of $0.5 million to our Manager in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, due to the increase in the average number of our vessels in our fleet.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $2.1 million, to $3.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $1.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. The increase was the result of increased port expenses, commissions and other voyage expenses, due to the increased number of vessels in our fleet in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Furthermore, during the three months ended September 30, 2011, we incurred an expense of $0.8 million related to fuel costs in relation to the repositioning of one of our vessels. Our vessels are not otherwise subject to fuel costs, which are paid by our charterers.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 24.1%, or $2.8 million, to $14.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $11.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. The change in interest expense was due to the increase in our average debt by $448.5 million, to $2,873.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2011, from $2,424.9 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2010, which was partially offset by the decrease in the margin over LIBOR payable on interest under our credit facilities in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2010, in accordance with our comprehensive financing plan, which sets the margin at 1.85% (in relation to our credit facilities under our Bank Agreement). Furthermore, the financing of our newbuilding program resulted in interest being capitalized, rather than such interest being recognized as an expense, of $3.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $5.1 million of capitalized interest for the three months ended September 30, 2010.

Interest income increased by $0.1 million, to $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $0.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, decreased by $0.1 million, to $3.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $3.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. During the third quarter of 2011, we recorded and expense of $0.4 million of finance fees accrued related to our comprehensive financing plan, as well as increased amortization of finance fees by $2.7 million (which were deferred and will be amortized over the life of the respective credit facilities) compared to the same period in 2010.During the third quarter of 2010, we also recorded a one-off expense of $3.1 million related to bank fees incurred in our comprehensive financing plan.

Other income/(expenses), net
Other income/(expenses), net, was a gain of $0.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, compared to a gain of $12.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. During the third quarter 2010, we recorded a gain of $12.6 million in relation to an agreement entered into with the charterer of the three newbuildings cancelled on May 25, 2010 in consideration for the termination of the respective charter parties.

Unrealized and realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Unrealized loss on interest rate swap hedges, decreased by $7.7 million, to $4.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $12.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010, which is attributable to hedge accounting ineffectiveness and mark to market valuation of the swaps.

Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges, increased by $11.9 million, to $35.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $23.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010, which is mainly attributable to the higher average notional amount of swaps and the persisting low floating LIBOR rates.

In addition, realized losses on cash flow hedges of $7.0 million and $8.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, 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 three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010:

Three months ended
September 30,
Three months ended
September 30,
2011 2010
(in millions)
Unrealized loss on swaps $ (4.7 ) $ (12.4 )
Total realized losses of swaps (42.3 ) (31.4 )
Realized losses of swaps deferred in OCL 7.0 8.0
Realized losses of swaps expensed in P&L (35.3 ) (23.4 )

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased 36.0%, or $22.8 million, to $86.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2011, from $63.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011, is adjusted for a non-cash loss in fair value of derivatives of $4.2 million, realized losses on derivatives of $35.3 million, as well as an expense of $3.5 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (related to non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees). Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net (Loss)/Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010

During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, Danaos had an average of 53.9 containerships compared to 44.3 containerships for the same period of 2010. Our fleet utilization declined to 97.9% in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to 98.2% in the same period of 2010, mainly due to increased scheduled off-hire days.

Our adjusted net income was $45.0 million, or $0.41 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $46.9 million, or $0.73 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. We have adjusted our net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 for a non-cash gain in fair value of derivatives of $1.8 million, a non-cash loss in fair value of warrants of $2.2 million, realized losses on swaps of $30.2 million attributable to our over-hedging position, an expense of $2.3 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (related to legal and advisory fees) and a non-cash expense of $7.8 million of amortizing and accrued finance fees. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The decrease of 4.1%, or $1.9 million, in adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was mainly attributable to increased realized losses on our interest rate swap contracts (after the adjustment of the over-hedging portion) recorded in our Statement of Income during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, as well as increased interest expense due to higher average indebtedness in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, which was partially offset by a reduced margin over LIBOR applicable to borrowings following our Bank Agreement (which was reset to 1.85% for all our credit facilities under our Bank Agreement), and further offset by increased Income from Operations.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income was $4.4 million, or $0.04 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, compared to net loss of $93.5 million, or $1.45 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Operating Revenue
Operating revenue increased 31.1%, or $80.6 million, to $339.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $259.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase was primarily attributable to the addition to our fleet of eight vessels, as follows:

Vessel Name Vessel Size (TEU) Date Delivered
Hanjin Versailles 3,400 October 11, 2010
Hanjin Algeciras 3,400 January 26, 2011
Hanjin Germany 10,100 March 10, 2011
Hanjin Italy 10,100 April 6, 2011
Hanjin Constantza 3,400 April 15, 2011
Hanjin Greece 10,100 May 4, 2011
CMA CGM Attila 8,530 July 8, 2011
CMA CGM Tancredi 8,530 August 22, 2011

These additions to our fleet contributed revenues of $49.7 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Furthermore, operating revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, reflect:

  1. $38.5 million in incremental revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, related to six 6,500 TEU containerships (the CMA CGM Musset, the CMA CGM Nerval, the CMA CGM Rabelais, the CMA CGM Racine, the YM Mandate and the YM Maturity, which were added to our fleet on March 12, 2010, May 17, 2010, July 2, 2010, August 16, 2010, May 19, 2010 and August 18, 2010, respectively) and two 3,400 TEU containerships (the Hanjin Buenos Aires and the Hanjin Santos, which were added to our fleet on May 27, 2010 and July 6, 2010, respectively).
  2. $0.1 million reduction in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010. This was due to the sale of one 1,704 TEU containership, the MSC Eagle, on January 22, 2010, that contributed nil revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $0.1 million of revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.
  3. $2.6 million reduction in revenues due to off-hire revenue days increase by 94 days, to 310 days in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from 216 days in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.
  4. $4.9 million reduction in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. This was mainly attributable to re-chartering of certain vessels at reduced charter rates in 2010 carried over in 2011.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased 43.0%, or $26.3 million, to $87.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $61.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase is mainly attributable to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, as well as incremental costs of certain vessels, which were on lay-up for 119 days in aggregate during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to 1,219 days in the same period of 2010. The average daily operating cost per vessel increased to $6,220 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $5,712 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 (excluding those vessels on lay-up).

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense increased 39.8%, or $21.8 million, to $76.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $54.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase in depreciation expense was due to the increased average number of vessels in our fleet during the nine months ended September 30, 2011, compared to the same period of 2010.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased 25.8%, or $1.6 million, to $4.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $6.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. During the nine months ended September 30, 2010, we had written-off the remaining unamortized balances of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs of $1.4 million related to three of our vessels, as their new dry-docking was performed before the initially scheduled dates.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased 14.6%, or $2.4 million, to $14.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $16.4 million in the same period of 2010. The decrease was the result of a reduction in legal and advisory fees by $4.2 million recorded in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, which partially was offset by increased fees of $1.7 million to our Manager in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010, due to the increase in the average number of our vessels in our fleet.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased 64.6%, or $3.1 million, to $7.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $4.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase was the result of increased port expenses, commissions and other voyage expenses due to the increased number of vessels in our fleet in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Furthermore, during the nine months ended September 30, 2011, we incurred an expense of $0.8 million related to fuel costs due to the repositioning of one of our vessels. Our vessels are not otherwise subject to fuel costs, which are paid by our charterers.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased 29.8%, or $9.0 million, to $39.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $30.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The change in interest expense was due to the increase in our average debt by $400.8 million, to $2,755.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $2,355.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which was partially offset by the decrease in the margin over LIBOR payable on interest under our credit facilities in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010, in accordance with our comprehensive financing plan, which sets the margin at 1.85% (in relation to our credit facilities under our Bank Agreement). Furthermore, the financing of our extensive newbuilding program resulted in interest being capitalized, rather than such interest being recognized as an expense, of $12.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $19.6 million of capitalized interest for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Interest income increased by $0.3 million, to $1.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $0.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, increased by $6.1 million, to $10.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $4.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase is attributable to increased amortization of finance fees of $5.6 million (which were deferred and are amortized over the life of the respective credit facilities) and $1.2 million of finance fees accrued for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, as well as a non-cash loss in fair value of warrants of $2.2 million recorded in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Furthermore, during the nine months ended September 30, 2010, we recorded an expense of $3.1 million of one-off fees related to our comprehensive financing plan.

Other income/(expenses), net
Other income/(expenses), net, was an expense of $2.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, compared to a gain of $12.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, we recorded an expense of $2.3 million for fees directly related to our comprehensive financing plan. Furthermore, during the nine months ended September 30, 2010, we recorded a gain of $12.6 million in relation to an agreement entered into with the charterer of the three newbuildings cancelled on May 25, 2010 in consideration for the termination of the respective charter parties.

Unrealized and realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain/(loss) on interest rate swap hedges, decreased by $58.9 million, to a gain of $1.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from a loss of $57.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which is attributable to hedge accounting ineffectiveness and mark to market valuation of the swaps.

Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges, increased by $34.5 million, to $95.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $61.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which is mainly attributable to the higher average notional amount of swaps and the persisting low floating LIBOR rates.

In addition, realized losses on cash flow hedges of $24.9 million and $29.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, 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 nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010:

Nine months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
2011 2010
(in millions)
Unrealized gain/(loss) on swaps $ 1.8 $ (57.1 )
Total realized losses of swaps (120.4 ) (90.8 )
Realized losses of swaps deferred in OCL 24.9 29.8
Realized losses of swaps expensed in P&L (95.5 ) (61.0 )

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by $50.9 million, or 28.5%, to $229.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, from $178.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Adjusted EBITDA of 2011 excludes a non-cash gain in fair value of derivatives of $2.9 million, realized losses on derivatives of $95.5 million, an expense of $12.3 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan ($7.8 million of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees, a non-cash loss in fair value of warrants of $2.2 million and $2.3 million of legal and advisory fees) recorded in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net (Loss) / Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Recent News
On October 26, 2011, the Company took delivery of the newbuilding 8,530 TEU vessel, the CMA CGM Bianca. The vessel has been deployed on a 12-year time charter with one of the world's major liner companies.

Conference Call and Webcast
On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. EST, 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 November 15, 2011 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.

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 58 containerships aggregating 282,619 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. Furthermore, the company has a contracted fleet of 7 additional containerships aggregating 82,560 TEU with scheduled deliveries up to the second quarter of 2012. 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 safe harbor 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 32 off-hire days in the third quarter of 2011 (including 17 days related to Marathonas, which is off-charter and laid up by the company since its redelivery on September 13, 2011). 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)
Fourth Quarter 2010 First Quarter 2011 Second Quarter 2011 Third Quarter 2011 Total
Ownership Days 4,590 4,587 4,953 5,185 19,315
Less Off-hire Days:
Scheduled Off-hire Days (41 ) (119 ) (86 ) -- (246 )
Other Off-hire Days (26 ) (31 ) (42 ) (32 ) (131 )
Operating Days 4,523 4,437 4,825 5,153 18,938
Vessel Utilization 98.5 % 96.7 % 97.4 % 99.4 % 98.0 %
Revenue - Impact of Off-hire
(in '000s of US Dollars)
Fourth Quarter 2010 First Quarter 2011 Second Quarter 2011 Third Quarter 2011 Total
100% Fleet Utilization $ 101,051 $ 101,454 $ 116,398 $ 126,084 $ 444,987
Less Off-hire Days:
Scheduled Off-hire Days -- (1,518 ) (697 ) -- (2,215 )
Other Off-hire Days (566 ) (947 ) (937 ) (80 ) (2,530 )
Actual Revenue Earned $ 100,485 $ 98,989 $ 114,764 $ 126,004 $ 440,242

Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of November 7, 2011.

Vessel Name Vessel Size
(TEU)
Year Built Expiration of Charter(1)
Containerships
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 Attila 8,530 2011 April 2023
CMA CGM Tancredi 8,530 2011 May 2023
CMA CGM Bianca 8,530 2011 July 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 (3) 4,814 1991 September 2012
Mytilini(4) 4,814 1991 October 2012
APL Commodore(5) 4,651 1992 March 2013
APL Duke(6) 4,651 1992 February 2013
APL Federal(7) 4,651 1994 September 2012
YM Colombo 4,300 2004 March 2019
YM Singapore 4,300 2004 October 2019
Taiwan Express(8) 4,253 2007 July 2019
YM Vancouver 4,253 2007 September 2019
Derby D(9) 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(10) 3,908 1989 January 2012
Hope(11) 3,908 1989 June 2012
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
SCI Pride 3,129 1988 July 2012
Lotus 3,098 1988 July 2012
Independence 3,045 1986 November 2011
Henry 3,039 1986 July 2012
Elbe (12) 2,917 1991 April 2012
Kalamata(13) 2,917 1991 August 2012
Komodo(14) 2,917 1991 April 2012
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
Hanjin Montreal 2,130 1984 March 2012

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 15, 2011, the Maersk Messologi was renamed to Messologi at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

4 On October 17, 2011, the Maersk Mytilini was renamed to Mytilini at the request of the charterer of this vessel

5 On September 21, 2011, the Hyundai Commodore was renamed to APL Commodore at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

6 On August 24, 2011, the Hyundai Duke was renamed to APL Duke at the request of the charterer of this vessel

7 On August 9, 2011, the Hyundai Federal was renamed to APL Federal at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

8 On June 4, 2011, the YM Seattle was renamed to Taiwan Express at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

9 On May 28, 2011, the Bunga Raya Tiga was renamed to Derby D at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

10 On January 31, 2011, the Al Rayan was renamed to Honour at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

11 On July 1, 2011, the YM Yantian was renamed to Hope at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

12 On May 28, 2011, the Jiangsu Dragon was renamed to Elbe at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

13 On August 6, 2011, the Caligornia Dragon was renamed to Kalamata at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

14 On May 24, 2011, the Shenzhen Dragon was renamed to Komodo at the request of the charterer of this vessel.

New Deliveries

The following table describes the expected additions to our fleet as a result of our new building containership program.

Vessel Name Vessel Size
(TEU)
Expected Delivery(*) Charter Term
HN Z00004 8,530 4th Quarter 2011 12 years
HN H 1022A 8,530 1st Quarter 2012 12 years
Hull No S-456 13,100 1st Quarter 2012 12 years
Hull No S-457 13,100 1st Quarter 2012 12 years
Hull No S-458 13,100 2nd Quarter 2012 12 years
Hull No S-459 13,100 2nd Quarter 2012 12 years
Hull No S-460 13,100 2nd Quarter 2012 12 years
(*) Delivery date represents most recent update regarding respective event.
DANAOS CORPORATION
Condensed Statements of Income - Unaudited
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)
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Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
OPERATING REVENUES $ 126,004 $ 94,588 $ 339,757 $ 259,193
OPERATING EXPENSES
Vessel operating expenses (31,521 ) (24,745 ) (87,448 ) (61,050 )
Depreciation & amortization (29,506 ) (23,730 ) (81,228 ) (60,986 )
General & administrative (4,701 ) (5,294 ) (14,046 ) (16,393 )
Gain on sale of vessels -- -- -- 1,916
Impairment loss -- -- -- (71,509 )
Other operating expenses (3,641 ) (1,522 ) (7,915 ) (4,829 )
Income From Operations 56,635 39,297 149,120 46,342
OTHER EARNINGS (EXPENSES)
Interest income 323 220 969 692
Interest expense (14,355 ) (11,613 ) (39,166 ) (30,162 )
Other finance cost, net (3,590 ) (3,728 ) (10,916 ) (4,821 )
Other income/(expenses), net 118 12,579 (1,981 ) 12,653
Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives (35,300 ) (23,378 ) (95,463 ) (61,025 )
Unrealized (loss)/gain on derivatives (4,664 ) (12,400 ) 1,816 (57,131 )
Total Other Income (Expenses), net (57,468 ) (38,320 ) (144,741 ) (139,794 )
Net (Loss)/Income $ (833 ) $ 977 $ 4,379 $ (93,452 )
EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE
Basic & diluted net (loss)/ income per share $ (0.01 ) $ 0.01 $ 0.04 $ (1.45 )
Basic & diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares) 109,003 83,346 108,865 64,256
Non-GAAP Measures*
Reconciliation of Net Income/(Loss) to Adjusted Net Income - Unaudited
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Nine months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net (loss)/income $ (833 ) $ 977 $ 4,379 $ (93,452 )
Unrealized loss/(gain) on derivatives 4,664 12,400 (1,816 ) 57,131
Realized loss on over-hedging portion of derivatives 10,268 7,225 30,195 19,604
Comprehensive Financing Plan related fees -- 3,733 2,266 5,637
Amortization of financing fees & finance fees accrued 3,479 342 7,757 1,001
Loss on fair value of warrants -- -- 2,253 --
Impairment loss -- -- -- 71,509
Gain on contract termination -- (12,600 ) -- (12,600 )
Gain on sale of vessels -- -- -- (1,916 )
Adjusted Net Income $ 17,578 $ 12,077 $ 45,034 $ 46,914
Adjusted Earnings Per Share $ 0.16 $ 0.14 $ 0.41 $ 0.73
Weighted average number of shares 109,003 83,346 108,865 64,256
* 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, 2011 and 2010. 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
September 30,
As of
December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 64,267 $ 229,835
Restricted cash, current portion 96 2,907
Accounts receivable, net 5,797 4,112
Other current assets 36,944 29,976
107,104 266,830
NON-CURRENT ASSETS
Fixed assets, net 3,026,697 2,273,483
Advances for vessels under construction 582,552 904,421
Deferred charges, net 103,667 24,692
Fair value of financial instruments 4,507 4,465
Other non-current assets 22,360 15,239
3,739,783 3,222,300
TOTAL ASSETS 3,846,887 3,489,130
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Long-term debt, current portion 28,399 21,619
Vendor Financing, current portion 3,619 --
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities 66,660 95,131
Fair value of financial instruments, current portion 132,138 129,747
230,816 246,497
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
Long-term debt, net of current portion 2,822,192 2,543,907
Vendor financing, net of current portion 61,526 --
Fair value of financial instruments, net of current portion 326,112 302,161
Other long-term liabilities 7,441 4,153
3,217,271 2,850,221
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common stock 1,090 1,086
Additional paid-in capital 543,778 489,672
Treasury stock -- (3 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (488,670 ) (436,566 )
Retained earnings 342,602 338,223
398,800 392,412
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 3,846,887 $ 3,489,130
DANAOS CORPORATION
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows - (Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
Three months ended
September 30,
Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Operating Activities:
Net (loss)/ income $ (833 ) $ 977 $ 4,379 $ (93,452 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 28,139 20,989 76,580 54,794
Impairment loss -- -- -- 71,509
Amortization of deferred finance cost and other finance fees accrued 4,846 3,083 12,405 7,193
Written-off amount of deferred charges -- 1,084 -- 1,084
Stock based compensation 23 25 70 60
Payments for drydocking/special survey 44 (2,294 ) (7,008 ) (2,552 )
Change in fair value of warrants -- -- 2,253 --
Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps 459 167 1,045 266
Unrealized loss/(gain) on derivatives 4,205 12,233 (2,861 ) 56,865
Realized losses on derivatives deferred in Other Comprehensive Loss (6,975 ) (8,022 ) (24,906 ) (29,833 )
Gain on sale of vessels -- -- -- (1,916 )
Accounts receivable (723 ) 103 (1,685 ) (487 )
Other assets, current and non-current (3,225 ) (5,883 ) (14,089 ) (9,958 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (5,458 ) 4,708 (16,208 ) 8,944
Other liabilities, current and non-current 4,023 2,607 1,163 2,322
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities 24,525 29,777 31,138 64,839
Investing Activities:
Vessels under construction and vessels additions (151,481 ) (190,519 ) (454,120 ) (469,805 )
Proceeds from sale of vessels -- -- -- 1,764
Net Cash used in Investing Activities (151,481 ) (190,519 ) (454,120 ) (468,041 )
Financing Activities:
Debt draw downs 99,911 170,430 327,597 395,819
Debt repayment (8,218 ) (8,217 ) (42,777 ) (204,909 )
Proceeds from equity issuance -- 200,000 -- 200,000
Treasury stock purchased -- -- -- (50 )
Deferred costs -- (5,824 ) (30,217 ) (5,824 )
Decrease in restricted cash 2,813 10,379 2,811 184,756
Net Cash provided by Financing Activities 94,506 366,768 257,414 569,792
Net Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (32,450 ) 206,026 (165,568 ) 166,590
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 96,717 82,614 229,835 122,050
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 64,267 $ 288,640 $ 64,267 $ 288,640
Reconciliation of Net Income/(Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
Three months ended
September 30,
Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net (loss)/income $ (833 ) $ 977 $ 4,379 $ (93,452 )
Depreciation 28,139 20,989 76,580 54,794
Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs 1,367 2,741 4,648 6,192
Amortization of deferred finance costs and other finance fees accrued 3,479 342 7,757 1,001
Interest income (323 ) (220 ) (969 ) (692 )
Interest expense 14,355 11,613 39,166 30,162
Impairment loss -- -- -- 71,509
Gain on sale of vessels -- -- -- (1,916 )
Comprehensive Financing Plan related fees -- 3,733 2,266 5,637
Stock based compensation 23 25 70 60
Realized loss on derivatives 35,300 23,378 95,463 61,025
Unrealized loss/(gain) on derivatives 4,205 12,233 (2,861 ) 56,865
Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps 459 167 1,045 266
Gain on contract termination -- (12,600 ) -- (12,600 )
Non-cash changes in fair value of warrants -- -- 2,253 --
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 86,171 $ 63,378 $ 229,797 $ 178,851
1 Adjusted EBITDA represents net income/(loss) before interest income and expense, depreciation, amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs and deferred finance costs, impairment loss, gain/(loss) on sale of vessels, non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives and warrants, realized gain/(loss) on derivatives, stock based compensation 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.
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, 2011 and 2010. 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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    Nicolas Bornozis
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    New York
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    E-Mail: danaos@capitallink.com