SOURCE: Danaos Corporation

Danaos Corporation

October 29, 2013 16:02 ET

Danaos Corporation Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2013

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Oct 29, 2013) - Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), a leading international owner of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended September 30, 2013.

Highlights for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013:

  • Operating revenues of $148.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $156.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, a decrease of 5.1%. Operating revenues of $441.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $437.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 0.9%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $109.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $116.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, a decrease of 5.8%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $325.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $319.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 1.9%.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $13.4 million, or $0.12 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $15.6 million, or $0.14 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Adjusted net income1 of $39.1 million, or $0.36 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $48.8 million, or $0.44 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.
  • The remaining average charter duration of our fleet was 9.0 years as of September 30, 2013 (weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire).
  • Total contracted operating revenues were $4.5 billion as of September 30, 2013, through 2028.
  • Charter coverage of 89% for the next 12 months in terms of contracted operating days and 97% in terms of operating revenues.
 
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013
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,
    2013   2012     2013   2012
    (unaudited)
Operating revenues   $ 148,448   $ 156,289     $ 441,116   $ 437,183
Net income/(loss)   $ 8,788   $ (7,034 )   $ 41,759   $ 11,274
Adjusted net income1   $ 13,402   $ 15,641     $ 39,083   $ 48,754
Earnings per share   $ 0.08   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.38   $ 0.10
Adjusted earnings per share1   $ 0.12   $ 0.14     $ 0.36   $ 0.44
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)     109,653     109,613       109,653     109,609
Adjusted EBITDA1   $ 109,473   $ 116,164     $ 325,459   $ 319,322
                           

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:

The third quarter of 2013 has been an uneventful one for the containership industry as the overall fundamentals have remained weak and all metrics inevitably lead to the conclusion that 2013 will be a sluggish year. The liner companies, in their attempt to manage over-capacity on the Europe - Far East route where they need to deploy the super post panamaxes being delivered, are cascading smaller post-panamaxes to North - South trades thereby creating over-capacity in these routes that has led to a significant decrease in box rates. This also affects the charter market of the panamax segment because of the cascading effect.

The excess in shipbuilding capacity remains a risk factor on the supply side partially mitigated by increased scrapping activity over the last 12 months. However, the fact is that a sustainable recovery in the containership market will ultimately be driven by the rationalization of liner networks and demand growth, with the main determining factor in the medium term being the return of Eurozone to positive GDP growth.

Danaos is reporting yet another solid quarter with adjusted net income of $13.4 million, or 12 cents per share, $2.2 million lower than the third quarter of 2012 due to the weaker charter market today when compared to 1 year ago. However, the few vessels in our fleet deployed under short term charters represent only 3% of our revenues and already operate close to break-even levels. This means that while we are insulated from a prolonged weak charter market with our 97% contract coverage, an improvement in the market fundamentals can only mean upside for our results.

Another visible upside driver of our results in the coming quarters is the anticipated reduction in finance costs as a result of the rapid de-leveraging of the company in combination with the expiration of swap contracts. During the first nine months of the year we have reduced debt by $120 million, while we anticipate paying down debt by approximately a further $50 million until the end of 2013.

We continue to execute our fleet modernization program having sold 8 of our older vessels with an average age of 25 years for net proceeds of $52.3 million and we are still scanning the market for accretive acquisition opportunities of younger tonnage to complement the recent additions of two 2,500 TEU geared containerships to our fleet.

With a resilient business model both from an operating and financial standpoint, we will continue to manage our fleet efficiently, while we will continue to focus on the rapid de-leveraging of the company and the creation of value for our shareholders.

Three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012

During the three months ended September 30, 2013, Danaos had an average of 61.0 containerships compared to 64.0 containerships for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Our fleet utilization increased to 94.8% in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to 92.6% in the three months ended September 30, 2012, while the effective utilization for the fleet under employment, excluding two vessels on lay up, was 98.0%. During the three months ended September 30, 2013, we entered into an agreement to sell two vessels, the Hope and the Kalamata (the Kalamata was under time charter as of September 30, 2013), while in October 2013, we entered into an agreement to sell the Lotus. All three vessels have been delivered to their buyers within October 2013.

Our adjusted net income was $13.4 million, or $0.12 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $15.6 million, or $0.14 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2012. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended September 30, 2013 for unrealized gains on derivatives of $0.2 million, as well as a non-cash expense of $4.8 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 decrease of 14.1%, or $2.2 million, in adjusted net income for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012, was mainly the result of decreased operating revenues due to the softening of the charter market during the course of the last year. As of September 30, 2013, we had 2 vessels on cold lay-up.

On a non-adjusted basis our net income was $8.8 million, or $0.08 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared to net loss of $7.0 million, or $0.06 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

On March 27, 2013, we entered into an agreement with the lenders under our HSH Nordbank AG-Aegean Baltic Bank-Piraeus Bank credit facility. The agreement provides us the option to sell, for cash, up to 9 mortgaged vessels (the Henry, the Pride, the Independence, the Honour, the Elbe, the Hope, the Lotus, the Kalamata and the Komodo) with the sale proceeds less sale commissions from such vessels' sales to be deposited in a restricted cash account and used to finance the acquisition of new containerships no later than December 31, 2013. Any funds remaining in this restricted cash account after that date will be applied towards prepayment of the respective credit facility. As of September 30, 2013, we had concluded the sales of the Henry, the Pride, the Independence, the Honour, the Elbe and we have entered into an agreement to sell the Hope and the Kalamata and in October 2013, an agreement to sell the Lotus. We have acquired a 2,452 TEU containership, the Amalia C, built in 1998 and a 2,602 TEU containership, the Niledutch Zebra, built in 2001. As of September 30, 2013, an amount of $19.9 million was recorded as non-current restricted cash with respect to this agreement.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues decreased 5.1%, or $7.9 million, to $148.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $156.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2013 reflect:

  • $1.1 million of additional revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012, related to the Amalia C and the Niledutch Zebra, which were added to our fleet on May 14, 2013 and June 25, 2013, respectively.
  • $2.1 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012, related to the Henry, the Pride, the Honour and the Elbe, which were generating revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2012 and were sold in the first half of 2013.
  • $6.9 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012. This was mainly attributable to the softening of the charter market between the two periods.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased 1.9%, or $0.6 million, to $30.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $31.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in vessel operating expenses was mainly attributable to the reduced average number of vessels in our fleet during the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012.

The average daily operating cost per vessel marginally increased to $5,856 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $5,835 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense decreased 9.9%, or $3.8 million, to $34.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $38.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in depreciation expense was mainly due to the reduced cost base of certain vessels for which we recognized impairment charges as of December 31, 2012, as well as the 5 vessels sold during the first half of 2013.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased 18.8%, or $0.3 million, to $1.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $1.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease reflects decreased dry-docking and special survey costs incurred within the year and amortized during the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased 3.9%, or $0.2 million, to $4.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $5.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease was mainly the result of reduced fees paid to our Manager in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012, due to the decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $0.6 million, to $3.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $3.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease was mainly the result of the decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 5.4%, or $1.3 million, to $22.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $24.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $121.2 million, to $3,302.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $3,423.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012, as well as the marginal decrease in the cost of debt servicing in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012, mainly driven by the lower average LIBOR.

It has to be noted that we are in a rapid deleveraging mode. As of September 30, 2013, the debt outstanding was $3,274.6 million compared to $3,411.8 million as of September 30, 2012.

Interest income was $0.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $0.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, increased by $0.1 million, to $5.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $5.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. This increase was due to the $0.1 million increase in amortizing finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities) and accrued finance fees (which accrete in our Statement of Income over the term of the respective facilities) in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives
Unrealized gain/(loss) on interest rate swap hedges was a gain of $0.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to a loss of $12.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. The unrealized gain is attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps, as well as reclassification of unrealized losses from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss to our earnings due to the discontinuation of hedge accounting since July 1, 2012.

Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges decreased by $4.0 million, to $37.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $41.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. This decrease is mainly attributable to the lower average notional amount of swaps during the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.8%, or $6.7 million, to $109.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013, from $116.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2013, is adjusted for unrealized gain on derivatives of $0.2 million and realized losses on derivatives of $36.7 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012

During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, Danaos had an average of 61.6 containerships compared to 62.1 containerships for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Our fleet utilization declined to 92.8% in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to 93.8% in the nine months ended September 30, 2012, mainly due to the 956 days for which certain of our vessels were off-charter and laid-up in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to 848 days for which certain of our vessels were off-charter and laid-up in the nine months ended September 30, 2012, while the effective fleet utilization for the fleet under employment was 98.4% (which excludes the vessels on lay up). During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, we sold five of our older vessels, the Henry, the Pride, the Independence, the Honour and the Elbe, and we have also entered into agreements to sell the Hope and the Kalamata and, in October 2013, the Lotus, and we have acquired a 2,452 TEU containership, the Amalia C, built in 1998 and a 2,602 TEU containership, the Niledutch Zebra, built in 2001.

Our adjusted net income was $39.1 million, or $0.36 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $48.8 million, or $0.44 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. We have adjusted our net income in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 for unrealized gains on derivatives of $17.0 million, as well as a non-cash expense of $14.4 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees) and a gain on sale of vessels of $0.2 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The decrease of 19.9%, or $9.7 million, in adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was mainly the result of the softening of the charter market during the last year that led to the cold lay-up of certain vessels, the re-chartering of certain vessels at lower rates, as well as the sale of 5 vessels during the first nine months ended September 30, 2013. The above was partially offset by the new vessel additions to our fleet (all under long-term charters) over the course of the last year that were accretive both to operating income and the net income. As of September 30, 2013, we only had 2 vessels on cold lay-up.

On a non-adjusted basis our net income was $41.8 million, or $0.38 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to net income of $11.3 million, or $0.10 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased 0.9%, or $3.9 million, to $441.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $437.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Operating revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 reflect:

  • $37.3 million of incremental revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, related to five 13,100 TEU containerships (the Hyundai Together, the Hyundai Tenacity, the Hyundai Smart, the Hyundai Speed and the Hyundai Ambition, which were added to our fleet on February 16, 2012, March 8, 2012, May 3, 2012, June 7, 2012 and June 29, 2012, respectively) and one 8,530 TEU containership (the CMA CGM Melisande, which was added to our fleet on February 28, 2012).
  • $1.1 million additional revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, related to the Amalia C and the Niledutch Zebra, which were added to our fleet on May 14, 2013 and June 25, 2013, respectively.
  • $10.2 million decrease in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, related to the Montreal, which was sold on April 27, 2012, as well as the Henry, the Pride, the Honour and the Elbe, which were generating revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and were sold during the first half of 2013.
  • $24.3 million decrease in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012. This was mainly attributable to the softening of the charter market between the two periods.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased 1.3%, or $1.2 million, to $91.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $92.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The reduction is mainly attributable to the decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

The average daily operating cost per vessel marginally increased to $5,976 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $5,924 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense decreased 2.5%, or $2.6 million, to $102.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $105.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in depreciation expense was due to the decreased average number of vessels in our fleet during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, as well as the reduced cost base of certain vessels for which we recognized impairment charges as of December 31, 2012.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased 7.1%, or $0.3 million, to $4.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $4.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The increase reflects increased dry-docking and special survey costs incurred within the year and amortized during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased 3.9%, or $0.6 million, to $14.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $15.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease was mainly the result of the decrease in the fees paid to our Manager in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, due to the decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Gain on sale of vessels
Gain on sale of vessels was a gain of $0.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to a gain of $0.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, we sold the Independence, the Henry, the Pride, the Honour and the Elbe (on February 13, 2013, February 28, 2013, March 25, 2013, May 14, 2013 and June 13, 2013, respectively) and we realized a net gain on these sales of $0.2 million in aggregate. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we sold the Montreal (on April 27, 2012) and we realized a net gain on this sale of $0.8 million.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses includes Voyage Expenses

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $1.0 million, to $9.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $10.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease was mainly the result of the decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 7.8%, or $5.0 million, to $69.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $64.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the increase in our average debt by $69.4 million, to $3,345.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $3,276.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012, which partially offset by the decrease in the cost of servicing our credit facilities in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012 (mainly due to the decrease in the average Libor). Furthermore, the financing of our newbuilding program resulted in $3.7 million of interest being capitalized, rather than such interest being recognized as an expense, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to nil interest being capitalized for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, following the completion of our newbuilding program in June 2012.

Interest income was $1.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $1.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, increased by $2.2 million, to $15.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $13.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. This increase was due to the $1.2 million increase in the amortization of finance fees (which were deferred and are amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities), as well as increased accrued finance fees of $1.0 million (which accrete in our Statement of Income over the term of the respective facilities) in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives
Unrealized gain/(loss) on interest rate swap hedges was a gain of $17.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to a loss of $8.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The unrealized gain/(loss) is attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps, as well as reclassification of unrealized losses from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss to our earnings due to the discontinuation of hedge accounting since July 1, 2012.

Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swap hedges, decreased by $4.1 million, to $111.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $115.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. This decrease is mainly attributable to the lower average notional amount of swaps during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012, which was partially offset by $7.0 million of realized losses that had been deferred during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 (as discussed below) and were not deferred in the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

With all our newbuildings having been delivered no realized losses on cash flow hedges were deferred during the nine months ended September 30, 2013. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, realized losses on cash flow hedges of $7.0 million were deferred in "Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss," rather than being recognized as expenses, and are being reclassified into earnings over the depreciable lives of these vessels that were under construction and financed by loans with interest rates that were hedged by our interest rate swap contracts.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.9%, or $6.2 million, to $325.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, from $319.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, is adjusted for unrealized gain on derivatives of $17.0 million, realized losses on derivatives of $108.6 million and a gain on sale of vessels of $0.2 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Recent news
On October 3, 2013, we delivered the Hope to its buyers, following an agreement entered into on September 11, 2013 to sell the vessel. The gross sale consideration was $8.0 million. The Hope was 24 years old and was classified as Held for Sale as of September 30, 2013.

On October 11, 2013, we entered into an agreement to sell the Lotus for a gross sale consideration of $6.8 million. The Lotus was 25 years old and as of September 30, 2013, was under time charter, following the expiration of which was delivered to its buyer on October 25, 2013.

On October 22, 2013, we delivered the Kalamata to its buyers, following an agreement entered into on September 25, 2013 to sell the vessel. The gross sale consideration was $5.6 million. The Kalamata was 22 years old.

Conference Call and Webcast
On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. EDT, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

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

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 7, 2013 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 342,142 TEUs ranks Danaos among the largest containership charter owners in the world based on total TEU capacity. Danaos is one of the largest US listed containership companies based on fleet size. The Company's shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "DAC".

Forward-Looking Statements
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safeharbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although Danaos Corporation believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, Danaos Corporation cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled drydocking, changes in Danaos Corporation's operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

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

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Appendix

Fleet Utilization

Danaos had 294 unscheduled off-hire days in the three months ended September 30, 2013 (including 184 days related to the Marathonas and the Duka, which have been off-charter and laid up). The following table summarizes vessel utilization and the impact of the off-hire days on the Company's revenue.

                         
Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)   First Quarter
2013
    Second Quarter 2013     Third Quarter 2013     Total  
Ownership Days     5,677       5,541       5,612       16,830  
Less Off-hire Days:                                
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     -       (39 )     -       (39 )
  Other Off-hire Days     (593 )     (287 )     (294 )     (1,174 )
Operating Days     5,084       5,215       5,318       15,617  
Vessel Utilization     89.6 %     94.1 %     94.8 %     92.8 %
                                 
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 146,088     $ 146,580     $ 148,448     $ 441,116  
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate   $ 28,735     $ 28,107     $ 27,914     $ 28,246  
                                 
                                 
                                 
Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)   First Quarter
2012
    Second Quarter 2012     Third Quarter 2012     Total  
Ownership Days     5,471       5,663       5,888       17,022  
Less Off-hire Days:                                
  Scheduled Off-hire Days     (49 )     (45 )     (58 )     (152 )
  Other Off-hire Days     (254 )     (266 )     (376 )     (896 )
Operating Days     5,168       5,352       5,454       15,974  
Vessel Utilization     94.5 %     94.5 %     92.6 %     93.8 %
                                 
Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)   $ 134,237     $ 146,657     $ 156,289     $ 437,183  
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate   $ 25,975     $ 27,402     $ 28,656     $ 27,368  
                                 
                                 

Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of October 29, 2013.

             
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
Marathonas   4,814   1991   Laid-up
Messologi   4,814   1991   March 2014
Mytilini   4,814   1991   February 2014
Commodore (3)   4,651   1992   February 2014
Duka   4,651   1992   Laid-up
Federal (4)   4,651   1994   March 2014
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   February 2014
Deva   4,253   2004   February 2014
ZIM Rio Grande   4,253   2008   May 2020
ZIM Sao Paolo   4,253   2008   August 2020
OOCL Istanbul (5)   4,253   2008   September 2020
ZIM Monaco   4,253   2009   November 2020
OOCL Novorossiysk (6)   4,253   2009   February 2021
ZIM Luanda   4,253   2009   May 2021
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
Komodo   2,917   1991   October 2013
Niledutch Zebra   2,602   2001   June 2014
Amalia C   2,452   1998   June 2014
Hyundai Advance   2,200   1997   June 2017
Hyundai Future   2,200   1997   August 2017
Hyundai Sprinter   2,200   1997   August 2017
Hyundai Stride   2,200   1997   July 2017
Hyundai Progress   2,200   1998   December 2017
Hyundai Bridge   2,200   1998   January 2018
Hyundai Highway   2,200   1998   January 2018
Hyundai Vladivostok   2,200   1997   May 2017
             
(1)    Earliest date charters could expire. Some charters include options to extend their terms.
(2)   The charters with respect to the CMA CGM Moliere, the CMACGMMusset, the CMA CGM Nerval, the CMACGMRabelais and the CMACGMRacine 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 February 6, 2013, the Hyundai Commodore was renamed to Commodore at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(4)   On April 6, 2013, the Hyundai Federal was renamed to Federal at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(5)   On September 30, 2013, the Zim Kingston was renamed to OOCL Istanbul at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(6)   On October 28, 2013, the Zim Dalian was renamed to OOCL Novorossiysk at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
     
     
   
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Income - Unaudited  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)  
   
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    2013   2012     2013   2012  
                             
OPERATING REVENUES   $ 148,448   $ 156,289     $ 441,116   $ 437,183  
                             
OPERATING EXPENSES                            
  Vessel operating expenses     (30,708 )   (31,344 )     (91,622 )   (92,831 )
  Depreciation & amortization     (35,979 )   (40,091 )     (107,305 )   (109,612 )
  General & administrative     (4,934 )   (5,093 )     (14,597 )   (15,177 )
  Gain on sale of vessels     -     -       156     830  
  Other operating expenses     (3,108 )   (3,704 )     (8,987 )   (9,960 )
Income From Operations     73,719     76,057       218,761     210,433  
                             
OTHER EARNINGS/(EXPENSES)                            
  Interest income     559     426       1,572     1,180  
  Interest expense     (22,906 )   (24,202 )     (69,062 )   (64,052 )
  Other finance cost, net     (5,057 )   (5,034 )     (15,150 )   (12,993 )
  Other income/(expenses), net     27     287       258     763  
  Realized (loss)/gain on derivatives     (37,745 )   (41,680 )     (111,581 )   (115,725 )
  Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives     191     (12,888 )     16,961     (8,332 )
Total Other Income/(Expenses), net     (64,931 )   (83,091 )     (177,002 )   (199,159 )
                             
Net Income/(loss)   $ 8,788   $ (7,034 )   $ 41,759   $ 11,274  
                             
EARNINGS PER SHARE                            
Basic & diluted net income per share   $ 0.08   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.38   $ 0.10  
Basic & diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)     109,653     109,613       109,653     109,609  
                             
                             
   
Non-GAAP Measures*  
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income - Unaudited  
   
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    2013   2012   2013   2012  
Net income/(loss)   $ 8,788   $ (7,034 ) $ 41,759   $ 11,274  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives     (191 )   12,888     (16,961 )   8,332  
Realized loss on over-hedging portion of derivatives     -     5,032     -     17,680  
Amortization of financing fees & finance fees accrued     4,805     4,755     14,441     12,298  
Gain on sale of vessels     -     -     (156 )   (830 )
Adjusted Net Income   $ 13,402   $ 15,641   $ 39,083   $ 48,754  
Adjusted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.12   $ 0.14   $ 0.36   $ 0.44  
Weighted average number of shares     109,653     109,613     109,653     109,609  
                           
                           

* 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, 2013 and 2012. 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,
 
    2013     2012  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 80,494     $ 55,628  
  Restricted cash     28       2,821  
  Accounts receivable, net     4,437       3,741  
  Other current assets     33,966       36,483  
      118,925       98,673  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS                
  Fixed assets, net     3,865,063       3,986,138  
  Restricted cash, net of current portion     20,299       430  
  Deferred charges, net     72,702       88,821  
  Vessel held for sale     7,731       -  
  Fair value of financial instruments     2,647       2,908  
  Other non-current assets     42,936       35,075  
      4,011,378       4,113,372  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 4,130,303     $ 4,212,045  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, current portion   $ 153,241     $ 125,076  
  Vendor Financing, current portion     57,388       57,388  
  Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities     58,359       52,688  
  Fair value of financial instruments, current portion     115,396       130,100  
      384,384       365,252  
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES                
  Long-term debt, net of current portion     2,990,617       3,097,472  
  Vendor financing, net of current portion     82,300       121,754  
  Fair value of financial instruments, net of current portion     86,471       176,948  
  Other long-term liabilities     13,076       10,315  
      3,172,464       3,406,489  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Common stock     1,097       1,096  
  Additional paid-in capital     546,022       546,023  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (261,879 )     (353,271 )
  Retained earnings     288,215       246,456  
      573,455       440,304  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 4,130,303     $ 4,212,045  
                 
                 
   
DANAOS CORPORATION  
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows - (Unaudited)  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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    2013   2012   2013   2012  
Operating Activities:                          
  Net income/(loss)   $ 8,788   $ (7,034 ) $ 41,759   $ 11,274  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                          
  Depreciation     34,652     38,517     102,799     105,424  
  Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs, finance cost and other finance fees accrued     6,132     6,329     18,947     16,486  
  Stock based compensation     -     8     -     39  
  Payments for drydocking/special survey     153     (2,182 )   (269 )   (6,340 )
  Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps     1,012     1,012     3,004     2,511  
  Realized loss on cash flow interest rate swaps deferred in Other Comprehensive Loss     -     -     -     (7,035 )
  Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives     (191 )   12,888     (16,961 )   8,332  
  Gain on sale of vessels     -     -     (156 )   (830 )
  Accounts receivable     6,232     (4,322 )   (696 )   (5,585 )
  Other assets, current and non-current     (10,984 )   (35,492 )   (5,344 )   (38,169 )
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     896     (7,037 )   (273 )   2,285  
  Other liabilities, current and non-current     1,938     185     4,367     40,643  
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities     48,628     2,872     147,177     129,035  
                           
Investing Activities:                          
  Vessel additions, vessel acquisitions and vessels under construction     (988 )   (101 )   (18,745 )   (375,378 )
  Net proceeds from sale of vessels and deposits received in advance from vessels' sales     4,273     -     34,148     5,635  
Net Cash provided by/(used in) Investing Activities     3,285     (101 )   15,403     (369,743 )
                           
Financing Activities:                          
  Debt draw downs     -     -     -     266,920  
  Debt repayment     (44,867 )   (15,226 )   (120,538 )   (42,370 )
  Deferred costs     (100 )   -     (100 )   (100 )
  Decrease/(Increase) in restricted cash     (1,486 )   2,812     (17,076 )   2,471  
Net Cash (used in)/ provided by Financing Activities     (46,453 )   (12,414 )   (137,714 )   226,921  
Net Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     5,460     (9,643 )   24,866     (13,787 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     75,034     47,218     55,628     51,362  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 80,494   $ 37,575   $ 80,494   $ 37,575  
                           
                           
   
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA  
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)  
   
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    2013   2012   2013   2012  
Net income   $ 8,788   $ (7,034 ) $ 41,759   $ 11,274  
Depreciation     34,652     38,517     102,799     105,424  
Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs     1,327     1,574     4,506     4,188  
Amortization of deferred finance costs and other finance fees accrued     4,805     4,755     14,441     12,298  
Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps     1,012     1,012     3,004     2,511  
Interest income     (559 )   (426 )   (1,572 )   (1,180 )
Interest expense     22,906     24,202     69,062     64,052  
Gain on sale of vessels     -     -     (156 )   (830 )
Stock based compensation     -     8     -     39  
Realized loss on derivatives     36,733     40,668     108,577     113,214  
Unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives     (191 )   12,888     (16,961 )   8,332  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   $ 109,473   $ 116,164   $ 325,459   $ 319,322  
                           
                           

(1) Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest income and expense, depreciation, amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs and deferred finance costs, unrealized (gain)/loss on derivatives, realized gain/(loss) on derivatives, stock based compensation and gain/(loss) 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, 2013 and 2012. 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

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