Danaos Reports 3rd Quarter & Nine Months Results

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 11/8/2021, Location: Europe

Danaos Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent owners of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended September 30, 2021.

Highlights for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021:
- Adjusted net income1 of $109.5 million, or $5.32 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $47.3 million, or $1.91 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 131.5%. Adjusted net income1 of $236.4 million, or $11.49 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $123.1 million, or $4.97 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 92.0%.
- Operating revenues of $195.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $118.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 64.8%. Operating revenues of $474.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $342.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 38.7%.
- Adjusted EBITDA 1 of $149.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $83.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 79.6%. Adjusted EBITDA 1 of $349.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $235.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 48.6%.
- Total contracted operating revenues were $2.1 billion as of September 30, 2021 with charters extending through 2028 and remaining average contracted charter duration of 3.3 years, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire.
- Charter coverage of 100% for the remainder of 2021 and 90% for 2022 in terms of contracted operating days.
- Danaos has declared a dividend of $0.50 per share of common stock for the third quarter of 2021, which is payable on December 2, 2021 to stockholders of record as of November 19, 2021.

Danaos’ CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:
"We are certain that everyone is aware of the well-documented disruptions to the global supply chain that continue unabated. This situation, despite its negative effect in world growth, had extremely positive effects in our market which continues from strength to strength. Despite efforts by all participants to alleviate the disruptions to the global supply chain, there are no signs that conditions are improving. The main contributing factors are an increase in demand, lack of available vessels to satisfy such demand and low levels of productivity in the ports and other land-based infrastructure.

Additionally, as new vessel deliveries in 2022 are actually expected to be lower than in 2021, we do not expect any respite at least from the vessel supply front in the near term. In 2023, increased deliveries are forecasted, although there will be an offsetting effect from new environmental regulations that will likely tighten the effective supply of vessels due to the anticipated reductions in speed. Overall, we do not expect a dramatic difference, provided demand remains healthy.

During the third quarter, we consummated the acquisition of Gemini and acquired six modern 5,500 TEU vessels, all with existing cash resources. On the back of these moves we have achieved record EBITDA and Net Income. We have also expanded our charter coverage and now have in excess of $2 billion of charter backlog. Our share ownership in ZIM - although adjusted as per our usual practice - will also contribute around half a billion dollars to our earnings for 2021 which is outstanding. Our liquidity in terms of cash and marketable securities is still close to half a billion and we are closely monitoring our options and strategy for next year to deliver even better results for the Company and our shareholders.

In the meantime, liner companies are announcing record results which is extremely positive for Danaos as the strong credit quality of our customers continues to improve. The continued strong performance of Danaos is ensured by existing charters with an average charter duration of 3.3 years and new charters that lock in current rates for several years. We expect strong market conditions to persist in the near term, which will support a strong re-chartering environment into next year and should ensure our stellar performance for the next 3 years."

Three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020
During the three months ended September 30, 2021, Danaos had an average of 65.7 containerships compared to 58.0 containerships during the three months ended September 30, 2020. Our fleet utilization for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was 97.7% compared to 98.7% for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $109.5 million, or $5.32 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $47.3 million, or $1.91 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended September 30, 2021 for a $64.1 million gain on our acquisition of the remaining interest in Gemini Shipholdings Corporation (“Gemini”), the change in fair value of our investment in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (“ZIM”) of $47.2 million and a non-cash fees amortization and accrued finance fees charge of $3.6 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of $62.2 million in adjusted net income for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020 is attributable mainly to a $77.0 million increase in operating revenues and collection of a $12.3 million dividend from ZIM, which were partially offset by a $17.3 million increase in total operating expenses, a $8.3 million increase in net finance expenses, and a $1.5 million decrease in our equity investment in Gemini following our acquisition and full consolidation by us since July 1, 2021.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $217.2 million, or $10.55 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to net income of $42.8 million, or $1.73 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Our net income for the three months ended September 30, 2021 includes a $64.1 million non-cash gain on our acquisition of Gemini and a total gain on our investment in ZIM of $59.5 million.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 64.8%, or $77.0 million, to $195.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $118.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2021 reflect:
- a $30.6 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020 mainly as a result of higher charter rates;
- a $15.6 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020 due to the incremental revenue generated by newly acquired vessels;
- a $21.5 million increase in revenue in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020 due to higher non-cash revenue recognition in accordance with US GAAP; and
- a $9.3 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020 due to amortization of assumed time charters.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased by $7.0 million to $34.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $27.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020, primarily as a result of the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet and an increase in the average daily operating cost for vessels on time charter to $5,918 per vessel per day for the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $5,467 per vessel per day for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Management believes that our daily operating cost remains among the most competitive in the industry.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense increased by 20.2%, or $5.2 million, to $31.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $25.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 mainly due to our recent acquisition of fifteen vessels and installation of scrubbers on nine of our vessels in the year ended December 31, 2020.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased by $0.6 million to $2.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $3.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by $1.3 million to $7.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $6.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was mainly attributable to increased management fees due to the increased size of our fleet and other corporate administrative expenses.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $4.5 million to $8.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $3.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 primarily as a result of the increase in commissions due to the increase in revenue per vessel and the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 52.1%, or $6.2 million, to $18.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $11.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in interest expense is a combined result of:

- a $6.3 million reduction in the recognition through our income statement of accumulated accrued interest that had been accrued in 2018 in relation to two of our credit facilities that were refinanced on April 12, 2021. As a result of the refinancing, the recognition of such accumulated interest has decreased;
- a $0.7 million increase in interest expense due to an increase in our debt service cost by approximately 0.4%, which was partially offset by a decrease in our average indebtedness by $80.5 million between the two periods (average indebtedness of $1,438.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to average indebtedness of $1,518.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020); and
- a $0.8 million decrease in the amortization of deferred finance costs and debt discount related to our debt.

Net proceeds from the issuance of our $300 million Senior Notes in February 2021 together with the net proceeds from a new $815 million senior secured credit facility and a new $135 million leaseback arrangement, each of which was drawn down on April 12, 2021, were used to refinance a substantial majority of our then outstanding indebtedness.

As of September 30, 2021, our outstanding debt, gross of deferred finance costs, was $1,165.5 million, which includes $300 million aggregate principal amount of our Senior Notes, and our leaseback obligation was $242.9 million. These balances compare to debt of $1,376.2 million and a leaseback obligation of $129.4 million as of September 30, 2020.

Interest income decreased by $1.5 million to $0.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $1.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 mainly as a result of collection of accrued interest on ZIM and HMM bonds, which were redeemed by the issuers thereof in the first half of 2021.

Gain on investments
The gain on investments of $59.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 consists of the change in fair value of our shareholding interest in ZIM of $47.2 million and net dividends received on ZIM ordinary shares of $12.3 million. ZIM completed its initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of its ordinary shares on January 27, 2021. In June 2021, we sold 2,000,000 ordinary shares of ZIM resulting in net proceeds of $76.4 million. Our remaining shareholding interest of 8,186,950 ordinary shares has been fair valued at $415.1 million as of September 30, 2021, based on the closing price of ZIM’s ordinary shares on the NYSE on that date. Subsequently, in October 2021, we sold 1,000,000 of these ZIM ordinary shares, resulting in net proceeds to us of $44.3 million.

Equity income on investments
Equity income on investments increased by $62.6 million to $64.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $1.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 mainly due to the non-cash gain of $64.1 million recognized upon our acquisition of the remaining 51% equity interest in Gemini on July 1, 2021.

Other finance expenses
Other finance expenses, net decreased by $0.2 million to $0.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 due to the decreased finance costs on the refinanced debt.

Loss on derivatives
Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps remained stable at $0.9 million in each of the three months ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020.

Other income, net
Other income, net was $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $0.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 79.6%, or $66.3 million, to $149.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 from $83.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020. As outlined above, the increase is mainly attributable to a $67.7 million increase in operating revenues (net of $9.3 million amortization of assumed time charters) and a collection of $12.3 million dividend from ZIM, which were partially offset by a $12.2 million increase in total operating expenses and a $1.5 million decrease in equity investment in Gemini following our acquisition and full consolidation since July 1, 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2021 is adjusted for the gain on Gemini’s acquisition of $64.1 million, the change in fair value of our investment in ZIM of $47.2 million and stock based compensation of $0.6 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020
During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, Danaos had an average of 61.9 containerships compared to 56.9 containerships during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Our fleet utilization for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was 98.5% compared to 95.8% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Adjusted fleet utilization, excluding the effect of 188 days of incremental off-hire due to shipyard delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, was 97.0% in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $236.4 million, or $11.49 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $123.1 million, or $4.97 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. We have adjusted our net income in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 for the gain on our investment in ZIM of $491.4 million, gain on debt extinguishment of $111.6 million, a $64.1 million gain on our acquisition of Gemini, a non-cash fees amortization and accrued finance fees charge of $12.6 million and stock-based compensation of $4.1 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of $113.3 million in adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 is attributable mainly to a $132.5 million increase in operating revenues, collection of a $12.3 million dividend from ZIM, and partial collection of a common benefit claim of $3.9 million from Hanjin Shipping, which were partially offset by a $32.5 million increase in total operating expenses, a $2.1 million increase in net finance expenses and a $0.8 million decrease in the operating performance of our equity investment in Gemini following our acquisition and full consolidation by us since July 1, 2021.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $886.8 million, or $43.11 earnings per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to net income of $110.4 million, or $4.45 earnings per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Our net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 includes a total gain on our investment in ZIM of $503.7 million, a $64.1 million non-cash gain on the acquisition of Gemini and a $111.6 million gain on debt extinguishment.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 38.7%, or $132.5 million, to $474.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $342.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Operating revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 reflect:
- a $69.6 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 mainly as a result of higher charter rates and improved fleet utilization;
- a $32.1 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 due to the incremental revenue generated by newly acquired vessels;
- a $21.5 million increase in revenue in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 due to higher non-cash revenue recognition in accordance with US GAAP; and
- a $9.3 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020 due to amortization of assumed time charters.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses increased by $16.5 million to $98.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $82.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020, primarily as a result of the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet and an increase in the average daily operating cost for vessels on time charter to $6,034 per vessel per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $5,592 per vessel per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The average daily operating cost increased mainly due to the COVID-19 related increase in crew remuneration in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. Management believes that our daily operating cost remains among the most competitive in the industry.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense increased by 9.7%, or $7.3 million, to $82.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $75.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 mainly due to our recent acquisition of fifteen vessels and installation of scrubbers on nine of our vessels in the year ended December 31, 2020.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased by $0.8 million to $7.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $8.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by $7.5 million to $25.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $17.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was mainly attributable to increased management fees due to the increased size of our fleet and increased stock-based compensation.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses increased by $6.3 million to $17.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $10.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 primarily as a result of the increase in commissions due to the increase in revenue per vessel and the increase in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 22.7%, or $9.5 million, to $51.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $41.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in interest expense is a combined result of:

- a $6.9 million decrease in interest expense due to a decrease in our debt service cost by approximately 0.5%, while our average indebtedness also decreased by $27.2 million between the two periods (average indebtedness of $1,505.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to average indebtedness of $1,532.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020);
- a $16.3 million reduction in the recognition through our income statement of accumulated accrued interest that had been accrued in 2018 in relation to two of our credit facilities that were refinanced on April 12, 2021. As a result of the refinancing, the recognition of such accumulated interest has been decreased; and
- a $0.1 million increase in the amortization of deferred finance costs and debt discount related to our debt.

Net proceeds from the issuance of our $300 million Senior Notes in February 2021 together with the net proceeds from a new $815 million senior secured credit facility and a new $135 million leaseback arrangement, each of which was drawn down on April 12, 2021, were used to refinance a substantial majority of our then outstanding indebtedness.

As of September 30, 2021, our outstanding debt, gross of deferred finance costs, was $1,165.5 million, which includes $300 million aggregate principal amount of our Senior Notes, and our leaseback obligation was $242.9 million. These balances compare to debt of $1,376.2 million and a leaseback obligation of $129.4 million as of September 30, 2020.

Interest income increased by $6.7 million to $11.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $5.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020, mainly as a result of collection of accrued interest on ZIM and HMM bonds, which were redeemed by the issuers thereof during the 2021 period.

Gain on investments
The gain on investments of $503.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 consists of the change in fair value of our shareholding interest in ZIM of $491.4 million and net dividends received on ZIM ordinary shares of $12.3 million. ZIM completed its initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange of its ordinary shares on January 27, 2021. In June 2021, we sold 2,000,000 ordinary shares of ZIM resulting in net proceeds of $76.4 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the unrealized gain related to the ZIM ordinary shares still held on September 30, 2021 amounted to $415.0 million. Our remaining shareholding interest of 8,186,950 ordinary shares has been fair valued at $415.1 million as of September 30, 2021, based on the closing price of ZIM’s ordinary shares on the NYSE on that date compared to the book value of these shares of $75 thousand as of December 31, 2020. Subsequently, in October 2021, we sold 1,000,000 of these ZIM ordinary shares, resulting in net proceeds to us of $44.3 million.

Equity income on investments
Equity income on investments increased by $63.3 million to $68.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $4.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 mainly due to the non-cash gain of $64.1 million recognized on our acquisition of the remaining 51% equity interest in Gemini on July 1, 2021.

Gain on debt extinguishment
The gain on debt extinguishment of $111.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 related to our debt refinancing on April 12, 2021, as described above.

Other finance expenses
Other finance expenses, net decreased by $0.9 million to $1.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $2.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 due to the decreased finance costs on the refinanced debt.

Loss on derivatives
Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps remained stable at $2.7 million in each of the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020.

Other income, net
Other income, net was $4.5 million of income in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to $0.4 million of income in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase was mainly due to the collection from Hanjin Shipping of $3.9 million as a partial payment of common benefit claim and interest.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 48.6%, or $114.3 million, to $349.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 from $235.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020. As outlined above, the increase is mainly attributable to a $123.2 million increase in operating revenues (net of $9.3 million amortization of assumed time charters), collection of a $12.3 million dividend from ZIM and partial collection of a common benefit claim of $3.9 million from Hanjin Shipping, which were partially offset by a $25.1 million increase in total operating expenses. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 is adjusted for the change in fair value of our investment in ZIM of $491.4 million, gain on debt extinguishment of $111.6 million, a $64.1 million gain on the acquisition of Gemini and stock based compensation of $6.1 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Dividend Payment
Danaos has declared a dividend of $0.50 per share of common stock for the third quarter of 2021, which is payable on December 2, 2021 to stockholders of record as of November 19, 2021.

Recent Developments
In October 2021, we sold 1,000,000 ordinary shares of ZIM, resulting in net proceeds to us of $44.3 million.


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