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Danaos Corporation Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2022

ATHENS, Greece, November 07, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), one of the world’s largest independent owners of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended September 30, 2022.

Highlights for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022:

  • Adjusted net income1 of $176.9 million, or $8.71 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $109.5 million, or $5.32 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 61.6%. Adjusted net income1 of $569.3 million, or $27.67 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $236.4 million, or $11.49 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 140.8%.

  • In September 2022, we sold all of our remaining 5,686,950 ZIM ordinary shares resulting in proceeds to us of $161.3 million.

  • Cash and cash equivalents amounted to $556.3 million as of September 30, 2022.

  • Operating revenues of $260.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $195.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 32.7%. Operating revenues of $740.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $474.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 56.1%.

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $213.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $149.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 42.4%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $674.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $349.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of 93.0%.

  • Total contracted cash operating revenues were $2.3 billion as of September 30, 2022 and remaining average contracted charter duration was 3.5 years, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire.

  • Contracted operating days charter coverage currently stands at 100% for 2022 and 88.4% for 2023 while for the next 12 months, from September 30, 2022, charter coverage stands at 92.9%.

  • As of September 30, 2022, Net Debt2 was $398.9 million, Net Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA was 0.48x, while 15 of our vessels are debt-free currently.

  • As of the date of this release, we have repurchased 466,955 shares of our common stock in the open market for $28.6 million, under our share repurchase program of up to $100 million announced in June 2022.

  • The Company has reached an in-principle agreement with Citi and Alpha Bank to refinance the currently outstanding facility of $437.75 million and the transactions are expected to close within the 4th quarter of 2022. This refinancing, which remains subject to definitive documentation, is summarized as follows:

    • a $382.5 million Revolving Credit Facility with Citi reducing and repayable over 5 years in 20 quarterly reductions of $11.25 million each together with a final reduction of $157.5 million at maturity, in the 4th quarter of 2027.

    • a $55.25 million Term Loan with Alpha Bank repayable over 5 years with 20 consecutive quarterly installments of $1.875 million each together with a balloon payment of $17.75 million at maturity, in the 4th quarter of 2027.

  • Through this refinancing the Company will achieve the following:

    • Extension of maturity of the refinanced debt by 2.5 years and the creation of a 5-year runway without any of the Company’s bank debt maturing before 2027.

    • Given the Company’s strong liquidity position, the Revolving Credit Facility feature of Citi provides the Company with increased flexibility in managing debt capital and associated costs.

    • Improvement in pricing terms.

  • Pro-forma for the refinancing, the Company will triple the unencumbered and debt-free fleet to 45 vessels versus 15 vessels currently out of a total existing fleet of 71 vessels.

  • Danaos has declared a dividend of $0.75 per share of common stock for the third quarter of 2022, which is payable on November 30, 2022 to stockholders of record as of November 18, 2022.

Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

Financial Summary – Unaudited

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Nine months
ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Operating revenues

$260,037

$195,915

$740,861

$474,467

Net income

$66,800

$217,227

$406,489

$886,844

Adjusted net income1

$176,922

$109,547

$569,329

$236,418

Earnings per share, diluted

$3.29

$10.55

$19.75

$43.11

Adjusted earnings per share, diluted1

$8.71

$5.32

$27.67

$11.49

Diluted weighted average number of shares (in thousands)

20,318

20,598

20,579

20,571

Adjusted EBITDA1

$213,106

$149,621

$674,738

$349,639

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 provided below.

2 Net Debt is defined as total debt gross of the fair value of debt adjustment and deferred finance costs less cash and cash equivalents.

Danaos’ CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:

"This quarter marked the retreat of the container market from unsustainable stratospheric highs to more normalized levels, albeit still well above 2019 levels. The liner market has experienced a combination of supply chain normalization and demand destruction due to various factors. These include, but are not limited to, rampant inflation and declining GDP growth, the uncertainties created by the war in Ukraine and an energy crisis. This has been compounded by high inventories in warehouses and delayed collection of containers, both indirect impacts of easing of supply chain disruptions.

The drop in demand for containerized freight has also significantly reduced vessel demand from opportunistic market participants, who were aggressively contracting smaller vessels or extra loaders which were used during the peak of demand last year. This has led to a significant correction in the sub-3,000 TEU segment as charterers are on the sidelines waiting for the market to drop before they commit a vessel.

Charter periods have also been reduced to as little as six months for smaller vessels as charterers are waiting to see how the CII requirements will impact fleet scheduling and what additional slow steaming will be needed to meet the requirements.

Danaos is well-insulated from the current market environment and achieved record operating profit in the third quarter of 2022. Our commercial efforts earlier this year resulted in a number of new vessel fixtures for our vessels, and we ended the quarter with a multi-year backlog of $2.3 billion in contracted revenue. We have also continued to strengthen our balance sheet and we have now fully liquidated our shareholding in ZIM, as we stated we would. In addition, we have new commitments from our bank group to extend existing bank debt facilities until 2027. This means we have no significant capital requirements or refinancings until then, and we have the necessary flexibility to pursue our strategy of growth, share buybacks, and acquisitions. In fact, our net debt will be very close to zero by the end of this year, which protects Danaos from the recent dramatic increase in interest rates.

With a fortress balance sheet, we are looking at the future with great optimism and evaluating the steps that will keep Danaos at the forefront of the industry. Danaos’ management team is fully aligned with our shareholders, and we will continue working to enhance long term value of the company."

Three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021

During the three months ended September 30, 2022, Danaos had an average of 71.0 containerships compared to 65.7 containerships during the three months ended September 30, 2021. Our fleet utilization for the three months ended September 30, 2022 was 97.1% compared to 97.7% for the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $176.9 million, or $8.71 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $109.5 million, or $5.32 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended September 30, 2022 for the change in fair value of our investment in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. ("ZIM") of $107.3 million and a non-cash fees amortization of $2.8 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The $67.4 million increase in adjusted net income for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021 is attributable mainly to a $64.1 million increase in operating revenues, a $11.0 million increase in dividends from ZIM (net of withholding taxes) and a $2.5 million decrease in net finance expenses, which were partially offset by a $10.2 million increase in total operating expenses.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $66.8 million, or $3.29 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to net income of $217.2 million, or $10.55 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2021. Our net income for the three months ended September 30, 2022 includes a loss on our investment in ZIM of $84.0 million (net of withholding taxes on dividend).

Operating Revenues

Operating revenues increased by 32.7%, or $64.1 million, to $260.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $195.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2022 reflect:

  • a $76.9 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021 mainly as a result of higher charter rates;

  • a $11.1 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021 due to the incremental revenue generated by newly acquired vessels;

  • a $4.5 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021 due to amortization of assumed time charters; and

  • a $28.4 million decrease in revenue in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021 due to lower non-cash revenue recognition in accordance with US GAAP.

Vessel Operating Expenses

Vessel operating expenses increased by $4.5 million to $39.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $34.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021, 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 $6,173 per vessel per day for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $5,918 per vessel per day for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The average daily operating cost increased mainly due to the COVID-19 and Ukraine war related increase in crew remuneration and increased insurance premiums in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021. Management believes that our daily operating costs remain 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 10.0%, or $3.1 million, to $34.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $31.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 due to recent acquisitions of 6 vessels.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased by $0.5 million to $3.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $2.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses decreased by $0.2 million, to $7.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $7.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Other Operating Expenses

Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses increased by $2.3 million to $10.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $8.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 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 decreased by 11.6%, or $2.1 million, to $16.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $18.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease in interest expense is a combined result of:

  • a $1.5 million decrease in interest expense due to a decrease in our average indebtedness by $466.7 million between the two periods (average indebtedness of $971.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to average indebtedness of $1,438.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021), which was partially offset by an increase in our debt service cost by 1.46 percentage points, mainly as a result of increase in the reference rates;

  • a $0.8 million decrease in the amortization of deferred finance costs and debt discount;

  • a $1.3 million decrease in interest expense due to capitalized interest on our vessels under construction in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to none in the three months ended September 30, 2021; and

  • a $1.5 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 and subsequently fully repaid on May 15, 2022, at which point the remaining accumulated accrued interest of $26.9 million was recognized in gain on debt extinguishment.

As of September 30, 2022, our outstanding debt, gross of deferred finance costs, was $868.1 million, which includes $300 million aggregate principal amount of our Senior Notes, and our leaseback obligation was $79.6 million. These balances compare to debt of $1,165.5 million and a leaseback obligation of $242.9 million, gross of deferred finance costs, as of September 30, 2021.

Interest income increased by $1.2 million to $1.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $0.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021 mainly as a result of increased interest income earned on time deposits in the three months ended September 30, 2022.

Gain/(loss) on investments

A loss on investments of $80.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 consists of the change in fair value of our shareholding interest in ZIM of $107.3 million, which was offset in part by the dividends recognized on ZIM ordinary shares of $27.0 million. In the three months ended September 30, 2022, we sold all of our remaining 5,686,950 ZIM ordinary shares resulting in proceeds to us of $161.3 million.

Equity income on investments

Equity income on investments in Gemini Shipholdings Corporation ("Gemini") decreased to nil in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared 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 increased by $0.1 million to $0.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $0.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

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, 2022 and September 30, 2021.

Other income, net

Other income, net was $0.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Income taxes

Income taxes were $3.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022, related to the taxes withheld on dividend income earned on ZIM ordinary shares compared to $4.1 million taxes withheld on dividend income in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 42.4%, or $63.5 million, to $213.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2022 from $149.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2021. As outlined above, the increase is mainly attributable to a $59.6 million increase in operating revenues (net of $4.5 million increase in amortization of assumed time charters) and a $11.0 million increase in dividends from ZIM (net of withholding taxes) in the three months ended September 30, 2022, which were partially offset by a $7.1 million increase in total operating expenses. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2022 is adjusted for a $103.5 million change in fair value of the investment in ZIM and dividend withholding taxes and stock-based compensation of $0.1 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021

During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, Danaos had an average of 71.0 containerships compared to 61.9 containerships during the nine months ended September 30, 2021. Our fleet utilization for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was 98.1% compared to 98.5% for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $569.3 million, or $27.67 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $236.4 million, or $11.49 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. We have adjusted our net income in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 for the change in fair value of our investment in ZIM of $176.4 million, gain on debt extinguishment of $22.9 million and a non-cash fees amortization of $9.4 million. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The $332.9 million increase in adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021 is attributable mainly to a $266.4 million increase in operating revenues and a $134.9 million increase in dividends from ZIM (net of withholding taxes), which were partially offset by a $49.4 million increase in total operating expenses, a $11.1 million increase in net finance expenses, a $4.0 million decrease in our equity income from our investment in Gemini following our acquisition and full consolidation of Gemini since July 1, 2021 and a partial collection of common benefit claim of $3.9 million from Hanjin Shipping in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $406.5 million, or $19.75 earnings per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to net income of $886.8 million, or $43.11 earnings per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. Our net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 includes a total loss on our investment in ZIM of $29.2 million (net of withholding taxes on dividend) and a gain on debt extinguishment of $22.9 million.

Operating Revenues

Operating revenues increased by 56.1%, or $266.4 million, to $740.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $474.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Operating revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 reflect:

  • a $187.8 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021 mainly as a result of higher charter rates;

  • a $55.8 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021 due to the incremental revenue generated by newly acquired vessels;

  • a $36.9 million increase in revenues in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021 due to amortization of assumed time charters; and

  • a $14.1 million decrease in revenue in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021 due to lower non-cash revenue recognition in accordance with US GAAP.

Vessel Operating Expenses

Vessel operating expenses increased by $20.2 million to $118.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $98.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, 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 $6,314 per vessel per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $6,034 per vessel per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The average daily operating cost increased mainly due to the COVID-19 and Ukraine war related increase in crew remuneration and increased insurance premiums in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2021. Management believes that our daily operating costs remain 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 22.1%, or $18.3 million, to $101.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $82.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 due to recent acquisitions of 11 vessels.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased by $1.4 million to $9.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $7.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses decreased by $3.7 million to $21.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022, from $25.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease was mainly attributable to decreased stock-based compensation.

Other Operating Expenses

Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses increased by $9.7 million to $26.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $17.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 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 decreased by 4.3%, or $2.2 million, to $49.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $51.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease in interest expense is a combined result of:

  • a $5.8 million decrease in interest expense due to a decrease in our average indebtedness by $346.0 million between the two periods (average indebtedness of $1,159.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to average indebtedness of $1,505.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021), which was partially offset by an increase in our debt service cost by 0.63 percentage points, mainly as a result of increase in the reference rates;

  • a $3.0 million decrease in the amortization of deferred finance costs and debt discount;

  • a $2.0 million decrease in interest expense due to capitalized interest on our vessels under construction in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to none in the nine months ended September 30, 2021; and

  • a $8.6 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 and subsequently fully repaid on May 15, 2022, at which point the remaining accumulated accrued interest of $26.9 million was recognized in gain on debt extinguishment.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, we reduced debt and lease indebtedness by $550.8 million mainly as a result of $434.1 million of early debt and lease repayments and recognized a $22.9 million gain related to this early debt extinguishment. On the other hand, our indebtedness increased by $130 million following consummation of the loan agreement to finance our six 5,466 TEU vessels that were acquired in 2021.

As of September 30, 2022, our outstanding bank debt, gross of deferred finance costs, was $868.1 million, which includes $300 million aggregate principal amount of our Senior Notes, and our leaseback obligation was $79.6 million. These balances compare to debt of $1,165.5 million and a leaseback obligation of $242.9 million, gross of deferred finance costs, as of September 30, 2021.

Interest income decreased by $10.3 million to $1.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $11.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, mainly as a result of full collection of accrued interest on ZIM and HMM bonds, which were redeemed by the issuers thereof, in the year 2021.

Gain/(loss) on investments

A loss on investments of $11.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 consists of the change in fair value of our shareholding interest in ZIM of $176.4 million and dividends recognized on ZIM ordinary shares of $165.4 million. In April 2022, we sold 1,500,000 of these ZIM ordinary shares resulting in proceeds to us of $85.3 million. In September 2022, we sold all of our remaining 5,686,950 ZIM ordinary shares resulting in proceeds to us of $161.3 million.

Gain on debt extinguishment

The gain on debt extinguishment of $22.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022, which related to our early extinguishment of debt, decreased compared to $111.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021, which resulted from our debt refinancing on April 12, 2021.

Equity income on investments

Equity income on investments in Gemini decreased to nil in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $68.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 following our acquisition and full consolidation of Gemini since July 1, 2021.

Other finance expenses

Other finance expenses remained stable at $1.1 million in each of the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and September 30, 2021.

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, 2022 and September 30, 2021.

Other income, net

Other income, net was $1.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 compared to $4.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease was mainly due to the collection from Hanjin Shipping of $3.9 million as a partial payment of common benefit claim and interest in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Income taxes

Income taxes were $18.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022, related to the taxes withheld on dividend income earned on ZIM ordinary shares and compared to $4.1 million taxes withheld on dividend income in the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 93.0%, or $325.1 million, to $674.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $349.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. As outlined above, the increase is mainly attributable to a $229.5 million increase in operating revenues (net of $36.9 million increase in amortization of assumed time charters) and a $134.9 million increase in dividends from ZIM (net of withholding taxes) in the nine months ended September 30, 2022, which were partially offset by a $31.4 million increase in total operating expenses, a $4.0 million decrease in our equity income from our investment in Gemini following our acquisition and full consolidation of Gemini since July 1, 2021 and a partial collection of common benefit claim of $3.9 million from Hanjin Shipping in the nine months ended September 30, 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 is adjusted for a $158.1 million change in fair value of the investment in ZIM and dividend withholding taxes, a gain on debt extinguishment of $22.9 million and stock based compensation of $0.4 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 $0.75 per share of common stock for the third quarter of 2022, which is payable on November 30, 2022 to stockholders of record as of November 18, 2022.

Recent Developments

In September 2022, we sold all of our remaining 5,686,950 ZIM ordinary shares resulting in proceeds to us of $161.3 million.

As of the date of this release, we have repurchased 466,955 shares of our common stock in the open market for $28.6 million, under our share repurchase program of up to $100 million announced in June 2022.

Conference Call and Webcast

On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. ET, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 844 802 2437 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 279 9489 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2075 441 375 (Standard International Dial In). Please indicate to the operator that you wish to join the Danaos Corporation earnings call.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 15, 2022 by dialing 1 877 344 7529 (US Toll Free Dial In) or 1-412-317-0088 (Standard International Dial In) and using 3987980# as the access code.

Audio Webcast

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

Slide Presentation

A slide presentation regarding the Company and the containership industry will also be available on the Danaos website (www.danaos.com).

About Danaos Corporation

Danaos Corporation is one of the largest independent owners of modern, large-size containerships. Our current fleet of 71 containerships aggregating 436,589 TEUs and 6 under construction containerships aggregating 46,200 TEUs ranks Danaos among the largest containership charter owners in the world based on total TEU capacity. Our fleet is chartered to many of the world's largest liner companies on fixed-rate charters. Our long track record of success is predicated on our efficient and rigorous operational standards and environmental controls. Danaos Corporation's shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "DAC".

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the 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. 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 impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts throughout the world to contain its spread, including effects on global economic activity, demand for seaborne transportation of containerized cargo, the ability and willingness of charterers to perform their obligations to us, charter rates for containerships, shipyards constructing our contracted newbuilding vessels, performing scrubber installations, drydocking and repairs, changing vessel crews and availability of financing, Danaos’ ability to achieve the expected benefits of the 2021 debt refinancing and comply with the terms of its new credit facilities and other financing agreements and to complete and achieve the expected benefits of refinancing our existing Citibank/Natwest credit facility with two new credit facilities as planned, 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 dry-docking, 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, including the conflict in Ukraine and related sanctions, 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 21 unscheduled off-hire days in the three months ended September 30, 2022. 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

Second
Quarter

Third
Quarter

2022

2022

2022

Total

Ownership Days

6,390

6,461

6,532

19,383

Less Off-hire Days:

Scheduled Off-hire Days

(148)

-

(169)

(317)

Other Off-hire Days

(16)

(8)

(21)

(45)

Operating Days

6,226

6,453

6,342

19,021

Vessel Utilization

97.4%

99.9%

97.1%

98.1%

Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)

$229,901

$250,923

$260,037

$740,861

Average Gross Daily Charter Rate

$36,926

$38,885

$41,002

$38,950

Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)

First
Quarter

Second
Quarter

Third
Quarter

2021

2021

2021

Total

Ownership Days

5,400

5,460

6,043

16,903

Less Off-hire Days:

Scheduled Off-hire Days

(22)

(33)

-

(55)

Other Off-hire Days

(51)

(15)

(137)

(203)

Operating Days

5,327

5,412

5,906

16,645

Vessel Utilization

98.6%

99.1%

97.7%

98.5%

Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)

$132,118

$146,434

$195,915

$474,467

Average Gross Daily Charter Rate

$24,802

$27,057

$33,172

$28,505

Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of November 7, 2022:

Vessel Name

Vessel Size

(TEU)

Year Built

Expiration of Charter(1)

Hyundai Ambition

13,100

2012

June 2024

Hyundai Speed

13,100

2012

June 2024

Hyundai Smart

13,100

2012

May 2024

Hyundai Respect

13,100

2012

March 2024

Hyundai Honour

13,100

2012

February 2024

Express Rome

10,100

2011

March 2023

Express Berlin

10,100

2011

June 2023

Express Athens

10,100

2011

March 2023

Le Havre

9,580

2006

June 2028

Pusan C

9,580

2006

May 2028

Bremen

9,012

2009

January 2028

C Hamburg

9,012

2009

January 2028

Niledutch Lion

8,626

2008

May 2026

Kota Manzanillo (ex Charleston)

8,533

2005

February 2026

Belita

8,533

2006

July 2026

CMA CGM Melisande

8,530

2012

June 2024

CMA CGM Attila

8,530

2011

October 2023

CMA CGM Tancredi

8,530

2011

November 2023

CMA CGM Bianca

8,530

2011

January 2024

CMA CGM Samson

8,530

2011

March 2024

America

8,468

2004

April 2028

Europe

8,468

2004

May 2028

Kota Santos (ex Phoebe)

8,463

2005

August 2026

CMA CGM Moliere

6,500

2009

March 2027

CMA CGM Musset

6,500

2010

September 2025

CMA CGM Nerval

6,500

2010

November 2025

CMA CGM Rabelais

6,500

2010

January 2026

CMA CGM Racine

6,500

2010

March 2023

YM Mandate

6,500

2010

January 2028

YM Maturity

6,500

2010

April 2028

Catherine C

6,422

2001

November 2022

Leo C

6,422

2002

November 2022

Zim Savannah

6,402

2002

May 2024

Dimitra C

6,402

2002

January 2024

Suez Canal

5,610

2002

March 2023

Kota Lima

5,544

2002

November 2024

Wide Alpha

5,466

2014

March 2024

Stephanie C (ex Wide Bravo)

5,466

2014

June 2025

Maersk Euphrates

5,466

2014

April 2024

Wide Hotel

5,466

2015

May 2024

Wide India

5,466

2015

September 2025

Wide Juliet

5,466

2015

June 2023

Seattle C

4,253

2007

October 2024

Vancouver

4,253

2007

November 2024

Derby D

4,253

2004

January 2027

Tongala

4,253

2004

November 2024

Rio Grande

4,253

2008

November 2024

ZIM Sao Paolo

4,253

2008

February 2023

ZIM Kingston

4,253

2008

April 2023

ZIM Monaco

4,253

2009

October 2024

Dalian

4,253

2009

April 2026

ZIM Luanda

4,253

2009

August 2025

Dimitris C

3,430

2001

November 2025

Express Black Sea

3,400

2011

January 2025

Express Spain

3,400

2011

January 2025

Express Argentina

3,400

2010

May 2023

Express Brazil

3,400

2010

June 2025

Express France

3,400

2010

September 2025

Singapore

3,314

2004

May 2024

Colombo

3,314

2004

January 2025

Zebra

2,602

2001

November 2024

Amalia C

2,452

1998

January 2023

Artotina

2,524

2001

May 2025

Advance

2,200

1997

January 2025

Future

2,200

1997

December 2024

Sprinter

2,200

1997

December 2024

Stride

2,200

1997

January 2025

Progress C

2,200

1998

November 2024

Bridge

2,200

1998

December 2024

Highway

2,200

1998

July 2023

Phoenix D (ex Vladivostok)

2,200

1997

March 2025

Vessels under construction

Hull No. C7100-7

7,100

2024

Hull No. C7100-8

7,100

2024

Hull No. HN4009

8,000

2024

Hull No. HN4010

8,000

2024

Hull No. HN4011

8,000

2024

Hull No. HN4012

8,000

2024

(1)

Earliest date charters could expire. Some charters include options for the charterer to extend their terms.

DANAOS CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income - Unaudited

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Nine months
ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

OPERATING REVENUES

$260,037

$195,915

$740,861

$474,467

OPERATING EXPENSES

Vessel operating expenses

(39,186)

(34,674)

(118,929)

(98,692)

Depreciation & amortization

(37,225)

(33,584)

(110,259)

(90,536)

General & administrative

(7,157)

(7,342)

(21,684)

(25,367)

Other operating expenses

(10,320)

(8,055)

(26,952)

(17,249)

Income From Operations

166,149

112,260

463,037

242,623

OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSES)

Interest income

1,323

152

1,444

11,661

Interest expense

(15,968)

(18,093)

(49,161)

(51,408)

Gain/(loss) on investments

(80,277)

63,613

(10,987)

507,778

Gain on debt extinguishment

0

-

22,939

111,616

Other finance expenses

(155)

(99)

(1,096)

(1,133)

Equity income on investments

-

64,063

-

68,028

Other income, net

411

338

1,272

4,482

Realized loss on derivatives

(913)

(913)

(2,709)

(2,709)

Total Other Income/(Expenses), net

(95,579)

109,061

(38,298)

648,315

Income Before Income Taxes

70,570

221,321

424,739

890,938

Income taxes

(3,770)

(4,094)

(18,250)

(4,094)

Net Income

$66,800

$217,227

$406,489

$886,844

EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic earnings per share

$3.29

$10.67

$19.77

$43.61

Diluted earnings per share

$3.29

$10.55

$19.75

$43.11

Basic weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)

20,299

20,354

20,560

20,334

Diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)

20,318

20,598

20,579

20,571

Non-GAAP Measures1

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income – Unaudited

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Nine months
ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Net income

$66,800

$217,227

$406,489

$886,844

Change in fair value of investments

107,290

(47,239)

176,386

(491,404)

Equity income on investments

-

(64,063)

-

(64,063)

Gain on debt extinguishment

-

-

(22,939)

(111,616)

Amortization of financing fees, debt discount & finance fees accrued

2,832

3,622

9,393

12,579

Stock based compensation

-

-

-

4,078

Adjusted Net Income

$176,922

$109,547

$569,329

$236,418

Adjusted Earnings Per Share, diluted

$8.71

$5.32

$27.67

$11.49

Diluted weighted average number of shares (in thousands of shares)

20,318

20,598

20,579

20,571

1The 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, 2022 and 2021. 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 Consolidated Balance Sheets - Unaudited

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

As of

As of

September 30,

December 31,

2022

2021

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$569,343

$129,756

Accounts receivable, net

5,132

7,118

Other current assets

94,329

495,618

668,804

632,492

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

Fixed assets, net

2,843,415

2,941,093

Advances for vessels under construction

89,747

-

Deferred charges, net

18,954

11,801

Other non-current assets

75,368

41,739

3,027,484

2,994,633

TOTAL ASSETS

$3,696,288

$3,627,125

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Long-term debt, current portion

$71,500

$95,750

Accumulated accrued interest, current portion

-

6,146

Long-term leaseback obligations, current portion

27,077

85,815

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities

189,718

131,596

288,295

319,307

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

Long-term debt, net

774,972

1,017,916

Accumulated accrued interest, net of current portion

-

24,155

Long-term leaseback obligations, net

51,378

136,513

Other long-term liabilities

158,901

41,211

985,251

1,219,795

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Common stock

202

207

Additional paid-in capital

742,508

770,676

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(68,746)

(71,455)

Retained earnings

1,748,778

1,388,595

2,422,742

2,088,023

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$3,696,288

$3,627,125

DANAOS CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Unaudited

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Nine months
ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Operating Activities:

Net income

$66,800

$217,227

$406,489

$886,844

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization of right-of-use assets

34,141

31,011

101,253

82,909

Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs, finance cost, debt discount and other finance fees accrued

5,916

6,195

18,399

20,206

Amortization of assumed time charters

(13,892)

(9,318)

(46,256)

(9,318)

PIK interest

-

-

-

726

Loss/(gain) on investments

107,290

(47,239)

176,386

(491,404)

Gain on debt extinguishment

-

-

(22,939)

(111,616)

Payments for drydocking/special survey

(6,433)

(460)

(16,159)

(1,615)

Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps

913

913

2,709

2,709

Equity income on investments

-

(64,063)

-

(68,028)

Stock based compensation

125

576

373

6,055

Accounts receivable

408

435

1,986

879

Other assets, current and non-current

(10,123)

(22,739)

(53,553)

(21,093)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(5,498)

(6,055)

(657)

4,291

Other liabilities, current and long-term

(10,881)

(3,086)

221,213

(5,405)

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

168,766

103,397

789,244

296,140

Investing Activities:

Vessel additions and advances for vessels under construction

(11,087)

(262,267)

(95,134)

(264,078)

Advances for sale of vessels

-

-

13,000

-

Investments

161,305

14,388

246,638

160,265

Net Cash provided by/(used in) Investing Activities

150,218

(247,879)

164,504

(103,813)

Financing Activities:

Proceeds from long-term debt

-

-

127,725

1,105,311

Debt repayment

(17,875)

(24,400)

(401,000)

(1,319,425)

Proceeds from sale-leaseback of vessels

-

-

-

135,000

Payments of leaseback obligations

(26,179)

(16,202)

(146,866)

(37,377)

Dividends paid

(15,228)

(10,295)

(46,298)

(20,593)

Repurchase of common stock

(22,228)

-

(28,553)

-

Payments of accumulated accrued interest

-

(1,532)

(3,373)

(8,890)

Finance costs

(704)

(3,950)

(15,796)

(18,459)

Net Cash used in Financing Activities

(82,214)

(56,379)

(514,161)

(164,433)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

236,770

(200,861)

439,587

27,894

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

332,573

294,418

129,756

65,663

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$569,343

$93,557

$569,343

$93,557

DANAOS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA - Unaudited

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Nine months
ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Net income

$66,800

$217,227

$406,489

$886,844

Depreciation and amortization of right-of-use assets

34,141

31,011

101,253

82,909

Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs

3,084

2,573

9,006

7,627

Amortization of assumed time charters

(13,892)

(9,318)

(46,256)

(9,318)

Amortization of deferred finance costs, debt discount and other finance fees accrued

2,832

3,622

9,393

12,579

Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps

913

913

2,709

2,709

Interest income

(1,323)

(152)

(1,444)

(11,661)

Interest expense

13,136

14,471

39,768

38,978

Income taxes

3,770

4,094

18,250

4,094

(Gain)/loss on investments and dividend withholding taxes

103,520

(51,333)

158,136

(495,498)

Equity income on investments

-

(64,063)

-

(64,063)

Gain on debt extinguishment

-

-

(22,939)

(111,616)

Stock based compensation

125

576

373

6,055

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$213,106

$149,621

$674,738

$349,639

1)

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest income and expense, taxes other than withholding taxes on dividend, depreciation, amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs, amortization of assumed time charters, amortization of deferred finance costs, debt discount and other finance fees accrued, amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps, gain on investments, gain on debt extinguishment and stock based compensation. 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 operating performance 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. 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, 2022 and 2021. 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.

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Contacts

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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