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Danaos Corporation Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015

02/16/2016

ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwired) -- 02/16/16 -- Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), one of the world's largest independent owners of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2015.

Highlights for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015:

  • Adjusted net income1 of $47.2 million, or $0.43 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $23.5 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 100.9%. Adjusted net income1 of $159.5 million, or $1.45 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $60.0 million, or $0.55 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 165.8%.
  • Operating revenues of $143.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $140.7 million for the three months ended December 30, 2014, an increase of 1.8%. Operating revenues of $567.9 million for the year ended December 30, 2015 compared to $552.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 2.9%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $105.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $104.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 1.1%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $418.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $404.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 3.5%.
  • Total contracted operating revenues were $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2015, with charters extending through 2028.
  • Limited exposure to current market weakness with remaining average contracted charter duration of 7.2 years as of December 31, 2015, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire.
  • Charter coverage of 95.2% for the next 12 months in terms of operating revenues and 87.8% in terms of contracted operating days.
  • Recorded an impairment loss of $41.1 million for 13 of our older vessels.
  • Danaos has entered into a joint venture with its largest stockholder to form Gemini Shipholdings Corporation ("Gemini") in order to opportunistically acquire assets at depressed prices. Gemini has already acquired four containerships, the 6,422 TEU vessel 'NYK Lodestar' built in 2001, the 5,610 TEU vessel 'Suez Canal' built in 2002, the 5,544 TEU vessel 'Genoa' built in 2002 and the 6,422 TEU containership 'NYK Leo' built in 2002.


Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2015
Financial Summary
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)



Three months ended
December 31,

Three months ended
December 31,


Year ended
December 31,

Year ended
December 31,


2015
2014

2015
2014

(unaudited)


Operating revenues $ 143,320
$ 140,669

$ 567,936
$ 552,091
Net income/(loss) $ 6,534
$ (51,376 )
$ 117,016
$ (3,920 )
Adjusted net income1 $ 47,152
$ 23,455

$ 159,488
$ 60,047
Earnings/(losses) per share $ 0.06
$ (0.47 )
$ 1.07
$ (0.04 )
Adjusted earnings per share1 $ 0.43
$ 0.21

$ 1.45
$ 0.55
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)
109,788

109,696


109,785

109,676
Adjusted EBITDA1 $ 105,698
$ 104,527

$ 418,324
$ 404,038














1 Adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income and net income to adjusted EBITDA.

Danaos' CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:

"We are pleased to report full year 2015 adjusted net income of $159.5 million, or $1.45 per share, which represents an increase of $99.5 million, or 165.8%, when compared to adjusted net income of $60.0 million, or $0.55 per share, reported for 2014. Likewise, adjusted net income of $47.2 million, or $0.43 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015 more than doubled, growing by 101%, compared to adjusted net income of $23.5 million, or $0.21 per share, for the 4th quarter of 2014. Notably, these are the best results we have ever achieved.

The substantial improvement in year-over-year earnings is attributable to an improvement of $78.7 million in net finance costs due to interest rate swap expirations and lower debt balances, a $14.3 million improvement in our EBITDA, as described further below, and a $5.8 million decrease in depreciation and amortization.

The majority of the expensive interest rate swaps we entered into in 2007 and 2008 have gradually expired over the course of the last 18 months. The absence of such swaps going forward combined with today's low interest rate environment means that the trend of improving financing costs and, as a consequence, earnings, will continue through 2016 and beyond. This is consistent with our stated strategy of rapidly de-leveraging our balance sheet to unlock value to our shareholders. To that end, we reduced our outstanding debt by $85.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 and $243.2 million in 2015.

Further, we continue to prudently evaluate the assets on our balance sheet and recorded an impairment charge of $41.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 in relation to twelve older vessels in our fleet as well as one vessel held for sale as of December 31, 2015 which was subsequently sold last month. This charge is reflected in our adjusted net income reconciliation as described further in this earnings release.

The fundamentals of the container market remain very challenging. For the first time since 2009, the Asia to Europe route, the most important trade lane in terms of TEU miles, contracted by almost 3% in 2015. Moderate improvements in other trade lanes resulted in an increase in overall container trade growth of 2.5% in 2015.

Supply growth in excess of 7.5% clearly outpaced demand, resulting in a blended 30% decrease in average freight rates per TEU across the industry. The idle fleet is now edging above 7% reflecting the efforts of the industry to manage over-capacity. Newbuilding orders have also come to a halt, TEU newbuilding capacity scheduled to be delivered in 2016 is expected to be lower than 2015, while scrapping activity, which was rather low in 2015, is anticipated to accelerate in 2016. As a result, we expect that fleet growth will be in the region of 5% for 2016, which will help to correct the current imbalance.

Growth in container trade very rarely trails global GDP growth and has historically grown at a multiple of global GDP growth. This past year was a bit of an anomaly as the 2.5% annual growth in container trade trailed global GDP growth of 3%. This was primarily due to macro-economic reasons, including the impact of the sharp decline in commodity prices on emerging market economies, the considerable depreciation of the Euro against the US dollar and the Chinese Yuan and the impact of the Russian trade sanctions.

With global GDP growth currently projected at around 3.5%, we are reasonably optimistic that the container trade growth multiple will revert to levels above 1.0x and improve to the 1.4x level we saw in 2014. A more balanced demand-supply relationship for 2016 should keep the market flat for the next year until excess TEU capacity starts being absorbed in 2017, when the container market fundamentals are expected to begin to improve.

Danaos has very limited exposure to the current weakness in the market. As of the end of 2015, the average charter duration of our fleet was 7.2 years, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire, with our longest charters extending through 2028. This equates to contracted operating revenues of $3.2 billion and charter coverage of 95.2% in terms of operating revenues in 2016, assuming continued performance by our charterers on existing contracted terms. We are also fortunate that our $5,571 daily operating cost for the 4th quarter clearly positions us as one of the most efficient operators in the industry.

During this period of market weakness, we continue to evaluate attractively priced acquisition opportunities, without diluting shareholders, through Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture in which Danaos holds a 49% ownership interest. Gemini has acquired four vessels thus far, including a 6,500 TEU containership that was delivered on February 4, 2016 and has commenced a 3 year charter at an attractive rate.

Amidst this challenging economic environment we will remain singularly focused on improving earnings, de-levering our balance sheet, managing our fleet efficiently and capitalizing on the resilience of our business model in order to create value for our shareholders."

Three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014

During the three months ended December 31, 2015, Danaos had an average of 56.0 containerships compared to 55.2 containerships for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Our fleet utilization remained stable at 98.3% in the three months ended December 31, 2015 and in the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $47.2 million, or $0.43 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $23.5 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended December 31, 2015 mainly for an impairment loss of $41.1 million in relation to 12 older vessels in our fleet and one vessel held for sale as of December 31, 2015, for unrealized gains on derivatives of $4.7 million, as well as a non-cash amortization charge of $4.3 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees). Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of $23.7 million in adjusted net income for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014 was attributed to a reduction of $20.4 million in net finance costs mainly due to lower debt balances and interest rate swap expirations, an increase of $2.6 million in operating revenues and a $1.6 million improvement in total operating expenses, as described below, which were partially offset by a $0.9 million loss on equity investments.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $6.5 million, or $0.06 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2015, compared to net loss of $51.4 million, or $0.47 loss per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

We have recognized an impairment loss of $39.0 million in relation to 12 of our older vessels and $2.1 million in relation to one vessel held for sale as of December 31, 2015.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 1.8%, or $2.6 million, to $143.3 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $140.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Operating revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2015 reflect:

  • $1.5 million of additional revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014, related to the Priority and the Performance, which were added to our fleet on November 5, 2014.
  • $1.3 million of higher revenues in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014 due to improved re-chartering of some of our vessels at higher rates.
  • $0.2 million decrease in revenues due to fleet utilization in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses remained relatively stable amounting to $27.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015 and $27.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. The average daily operating cost per vessel decreased to $5,571 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $5,669 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Management believes that our daily operating cost ranks as one of the most competitive in the industry.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense decreased by 4.0%, or $1.4 million, to $33.2 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $34.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, mainly due to the lower depreciation expense on the eight 2,200 TEU vessels with respect to which we recorded an impairment charge on December 31, 2014.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased by $0.3 million, to $0.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $1.2 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. The decrease is mainly due to the expiration of the amortization periods related to certain vessels over the last twelve months.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by $0.2 million, to $5.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $5.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Effective January 1, 2015, our management fees were adjusted to a fee of $850 per day, a fee of $425 per vessel per day for vessels on bareboat charter and a fee of $850 per vessel per day for vessels on time charter.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $0.3 million, to $3.1 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $3.4 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 11.1%, or $2.1 million, to $16.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $19.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $228.2 million, to $2,801.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $3,030.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, as well as the decrease in the cost of debt service in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014, mainly driven by the accelerated amortization of our fixed rate debt, which bears a higher cost compared to our floating rate debt.

The Company is rapidly deleveraging its balance sheet. As of December 31, 2015, the debt outstanding was $2,775.4 million compared to $3,015.5 million as of December 31, 2014.

Interest income amounted to $0.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $0.8 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net decreased by $0.4 million, to $4.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $4.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. This decrease was mainly due to the $0.3 million decrease in amortization of finance fees (which have been deferred and are being amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities) in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Equity loss on investments
Equity loss on investments of $0.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015 relates to the investment in Gemini where the Company has a 49% shareholding interest. This loss reflects operating losses of two out of the four vessels that have been acquired by Gemini that have not yet entered into long-term charter arrangements.

Unrealized gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps amounted to $4.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to a gain of $5.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. The unrealized gains were 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 on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swaps decreased by $18.2 million, to $8.3 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $26.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. This decrease is attributable to a $1,489.1 million lower average notional amount of swaps during the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2014 as a result of swap expirations.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 1.1%, or $1.2 million, to $105.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $104.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014. As outlined earlier, this increase is attributed to a $2.6 million increase in operating revenues, which is offset by a $0.5 million increase in total operating expenses and a $0.9 million loss on equity investments. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2015 is adjusted mainly for an impairment loss of $41.1 million, unrealized gain on derivatives of $4.7 million and realized losses on derivatives of $7.3 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014

During the year ended December 31, 2015, Danaos had an average of 56.0 containerships compared to 55.9 containerships for the year ended December 31, 2014. Our fleet utilization increased to 99.0% in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to 97.5% in the year ended December 31, 2014.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $159.5 million, or $1.45 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $60.0 million, or $0.55 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014. We have adjusted our net income in the year ended December 31, 2015 for an impairment loss of $41.1 million in relation to 12 older vessels in our fleet and one vessel held for sale as of December 31, 2015, for unrealized gains on derivatives of $16.3 million and a non-cash amortization charge of $17.7 million for fees related to our comprehensive financing plan (comprised of non-cash, amortizing and accrued finance fees). Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The increase of $99.5 million in adjusted net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014 was attributed to a reduction of $78.7 million in net finance costs mainly due to lower debt balances and interest rate swap expirations, an increase of $15.8 million in operating revenues and a $6.9 million improvement in total operating costs, as described below, which were partially offset by a $1.9 million loss on equity investments.

On a non-adjusted basis our net income amounted to $117.0 million, or $1.07 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.04 loss per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014.

We have recognized an impairment loss of $39.0 million in relation to 12 of our older vessels and $2.1 million in relation to one vessel held for sale as of December 31, 2015.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 2.9%, or $15.8 million, to $567.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $552.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2014.

Operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 reflect:

  • $10.5 million of additional revenues in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, related to the Priority and the Performance, which were added to our fleet on November 5, 2014.
  • $4.6 million increase in revenues in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, related to revenue recognition accounting of the Zim restructuring that became effective on July 16, 2014.
  • $2.3 million increase in revenues in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014 due to improved re-chartering of some of our vessels at higher rates.
  • $2.1 million decrease in revenues in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, related to the Commodore, the Marathonas, the Duka, the Messologi and the Mytilini, which were generating revenues in the year ended December 31, 2014 and were sold within 2014.
  • $0.5 million of additional revenues due to improved fleet utilization in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased by 1.0%, or $1.1 million, to $112.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $113.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. The reduction is attributable to a 2% improvement in the average daily operating cost per vessel between the two periods, which decreased to $5,720 per day for the year ended December 31, 2015, from $5,838 per day for the year ended December 31, 2014. Management believes that our daily operating cost ranks as one of the most competitive in the industry.

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

Depreciation
Depreciation expense decreased by 3.9%, or $5.3 million, to $131.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2015 from $137.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2014, mainly due to the lower depreciation expense on the eight 2,200 TEU vessels with respect to which we recorded an impairment charge on December 31, 2014.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs decreased by $0.6 million, to $3.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $4.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. The decrease is mainly due to the expiration of the amortization periods related to certain vessels during the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased by $0.4 million, to $21.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $21.4 million the year ended December 31, 2014.

Effective January 1, 2015, our management fees were adjusted to a fee of $850 per day, a fee of $425 per vessel per day for vessels on bareboat charter and a fee of $850 per vessel per day for vessels on time charter.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $0.7 million, to $12.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $13.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2014.

Gain on sale of vessels
Gain on sale of vessels was nil in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to a gain of $5.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. During the year ended December 31, 2014, we sold the Marathonas on February 26, 2014, the Commodore on April 25, 2014, the Duka on May 15, 2014, the Mytilini on May 15, 2014 and the Messologi on May 20, 2014. There were no vessel sales during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense decreased by 12.0%, or $9.6 million, to $70.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $80.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. The change in interest expense was mainly due to the decrease in our average debt by $221.8 million, to $2,894.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $3,116.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2014, as well as the decrease in the cost of debt servicing in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, mainly driven by the accelerated amortization of our fixed rate debt, which bears a higher cost compared to our floating rate debt.

The Company is rapidly deleveraging its balance sheet. As of December 31, 2015, the debt outstanding was $2,775.4 million compared to $3,015.5 million as of December 31, 2014.

Interest income amounted to $3.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $1.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. This increase is attributed to the interest income related to the Zim restructuring that became effective on July 16, 2014.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net, decreased by $1.1 million, to $18.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $19.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. This decrease was mainly due to the $1.0 million decrease in amortization of finance fees (which have been deferred and are being amortized over the term of the respective credit facilities) in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.

Equity loss on investments
Equity loss on investments of $1.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015 relates to the investment in Gemini where the Company has a 49% shareholding interest. This loss reflects operating losses of two out of the four vessels that have been acquired by Gemini that have not yet entered into long-term charter arrangements.

Unrealized gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps amounted to $16.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to a gain of $24.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. The unrealized gains were 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 on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swaps decreased by $67.4 million, to $56.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $123.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. This decrease is attributable to a $1,402.9 million lower average notional amount of swaps during the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014 as a result of swap expirations.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 3.5%, or $14.3 million, to $418.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, from $404.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. As outlined earlier, this increase is attributed to a $15.8 million increase in operating revenues, an improvement of $0.4 million in operating costs, which was offset mainly by a $1.9 million loss on equity investments. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2015 is adjusted mainly for an impairment loss of $41.1 million, for unrealized gain on derivatives of $16.3 million and realized losses on derivatives of $52.1 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Other Recent Developments
On January 8, 2016, the Company completed the sale of the 1994-built vessel Federal, which was held for sale as of December 31, 2015. The gross proceeds amounted to $7.2 million, of which $1.4 million was received in advance during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Gemini, in which Danaos holds a 49% equity interest, acquired a 6,422 TEU vessel built in 2002, which was delivered on February 4, 2016 and was deployed on a three year time charter.

Conference Call and Webcast
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. ET, the Company's management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 652 5200 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0800 279 9489 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2075 441 375 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Danaos Corporation" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until May 17, 2016 by dialing 1 877 344 7529 (US Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0) 2036 088 021 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 10080409#.

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

About Danaos Corporation
Danaos Corporation is one of the largest independent owners of modern, large-size containerships. Our current fleet of 59 containerships aggregating 353,586 TEUs, including four vessels owned by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture, ranks Danaos among the largest containership charter owners in the world based on total TEU capacity. Our fleet is predominantly chartered to many of the world's largest liner companies on fixed-rate, long-term charters. Our long track record of success is predicated on our efficient and rigorous operational standards and environmental controls. Danaos Corporation's shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "DAC".

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

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

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Appendix

Fleet Utilization

Danaos had 70 unscheduled off-hire days in the three months ended December 31, 2015. The following table summarizes vessel utilization and the impact of the off-hire days on the Company's revenue.

Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)
First Quarter
2015


Second Quarter
2015


Third Quarter 2015

Fourth Quarter
2015


Total
Ownership Days

5,040


5,096


5,152


5,152


20,440
Less Off-hire Days:




















Scheduled Off-hire Days

(16 )

(16 )

-


(16 )

(48 )

Other Off-hire Days

(64 )

(17 )

(2 )

(70 )

(153 )
Operating Days

4,960


5,063


5,150


5,066


20,239
Vessel Utilization

98.4 %

99.4 %

100.0 %


98.3
%

99.0 %





















Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)
$ 138,605

$ 141,469

$
144,542


$
143,320


$ 567,936
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate
$ 27,945

$ 27,942

$
28,066


$
28,291


$ 28,062










































Vessel Utilization (No. of Days)
First Quarter
2014


Second Quarter 2014

Third Quarter 2014

Fourth Quarter 2014

Total
Ownership Days

5,277


5,079


4,968


5,082


20,406
Less Off-hire Days:




















Scheduled Off-hire Days

(30 )

(14 )

(9 )

(62 )

(115 )

Other Off-hire Days

(225 )

(122 )

(14 )

(25 )

(386 )
Operating Days

5,022


4,943


4,945


4,995


19,905
Vessel Utilization

95.2 %

97.3 %

99.5 %

98.3 %

97.5 %





















Operating Revenues (in '000s of US Dollars)
$ 135,486

$ 136,440

$ 139,496

$ 140,669

$ 552,091
Average Gross Daily Charter Rate
$ 26,978

$ 27,603

$ 28,210

$ 28,162

$ 27,736































































Fleet List

The following table describes in detail our fleet deployment profile as of February 16, 2016:

Vessel Name
Vessel Size
(TEU)

Year Built
Expiration of Charter(1)
Containerships












Hyundai Ambition
13,100
2012
June 2024
Hyundai Speed
13,100
2012
June 2024
Hyundai Smart
13,100
2012
May 2024
Hyundai Tenacity
13,100
2012
March 2024
Hyundai Together
13,100
2012
February 2024
Hanjin Italy
10,100
2011
April 2023
Hanjin Germany
10,100
2011
March 2023
Hanjin Greece
10,100
2011
May 2023
CSCL Le Havre
9,580
2006
September 2018
CSCL Pusan
9,580
2006
July 2018
CMA CGM Melisande
8,530
2012
November 2023
CMA CGM Attila
8,530
2011
April 2023
CMA CGM Tancredi
8,530
2011
May 2023
CMA CGM Bianca
8,530
2011
July 2023
CMA CGM Samson
8,530
2011
September 2023
CSCL America
8,468
2004
September 2016
CSCL Europe
8,468
2004
June 2016
CMA CGM Moliere (2)
6,500
2009
August 2021
CMA CGM Musset (2)
6,500
2010
February 2022
CMA CGM Nerval (2)
6,500
2010
April 2022
CMA CGM Rabelais (2)
6,500
2010
June 2022
CMA CGM Racine (2)
6,500
2010
July 2022
YM Mandate
6,500
2010
January 2028
YM Maturity
6,500
2010
April 2028
Performance
6,402
2002
--
Priority
6,402
2002
--
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
March 2016
Deva
4,253
2004
March 2016
ZIM Rio Grande
4,253
2008
May 2020
ZIM Sao Paolo
4,253
2008
August 2020
OOCL Istanbul
4,253
2008
September 2020
ZIM Monaco
4,253
2009
November 2020
OOCL Novorossiysk
4,253
2009
February 2021
ZIM Luanda
4,253
2009
May 2021
Dimitris C
3,430
2001
March 2016
Hanjin Constantza
3,400
2011
February 2021
Hanjin Algeciras
3,400
2011
November 2020
Hanjin Buenos Aires
3,400
2010
March 2020
Hanjin Santos
3,400
2010
May 2020
Hanjin Versailles
3,400
2010
August 2020
MSC Zebra(3)
2,602
2001
October 2017
Amalia C
2,452
1998
March 2016
Danae C(4)
2,524
2001
July 2016
Hyundai Advance
2,200
1997
June 2017
Hyundai Future
2,200
1997
August 2017
Hyundai Sprinter
2,200
1997
August 2017
Hyundai Stride
2,200
1997
July 2017
Hyundai Progress
2,200
1998
December 2017
Hyundai Bridge
2,200
1998
January 2018
Hyundai Highway
2,200
1998
January 2018
Hyundai Vladivostok
2,200
1997
May 2017







NYK Lodestar(5)
6,422
2001
September 2017
NYK Leo(5)
6,422
2002
February 2019
Suez Canal(5)
5,610
2002
--
Genoa(5)
5,544
2002
--














(1) Earliest date charters could expire. Some charters include options to extend their terms.
(2) The charters with respect to the CMA CGM Moliere, the CMA CGM Musset, the CMA CGM Nerval, the CMA CGM Rabelais and the CMA CGM Racine include an option for the charterer, CMA-CGM, to purchase the vessels eight years after the commencement of the respective charters, which will fall in September 2017, March 2018, May 2018, July 2018 and August 2018, respectively, each for $78.0 million.
(3) On September 14, 2014, the Niledutch Zebra was renamed to MSC Zebra at the request of the charterer of this vessel.
(4) Danae C was renamed to Niledutch Palanca at the request of the charterer of this vessel from March 25, 2014 to June 8, 2015.
(5) Vessels acquired by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, in which Danaos holds a 49% equity interest.






DANAOS CORPORATION
Condensed Statements of Income -Unaudited
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)




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2015

2014

2015

2014

















OPERATING REVENUES
$ 143,320

$ 140,669

$ 567,936

$ 552,091

















OPERATING EXPENSES
















Vessel operating expenses

(27,678 )

(27,764 )

(112,736 )

(113,755 )

Depreciation & amortization

(34,146 )

(35,751 )

(135,628 )

(141,448 )

Impairment loss

(41,080 )

(75,776 )

(41,080 )

(75,776 )

General & administrative

(5,694 )

(5,529 )

(21,831 )

(21,442 )

Gain on sale of vessels

-


-


-


5,709

Other operating expenses

(3,114 )

(3,357 )

(12,284 )

(12,974 )
Income/(Loss) From Operations

31,608


(7,508 )

244,377


192,405

















OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSES)
















Interest income

870


824


3,419


1,703

Interest expense

(16,877 )

(19,029 )

(70,397 )

(79,980 )

Other finance cost, net

(4,515 )

(4,859 )

(18,696 )

(19,757 )

Equity loss on investments

(949 )

-


(1,941 )

-

Other income/(expenses), net

(32 )

99


111


422

Realized loss on derivatives

(8,305 )

(26,478 )

(56,142 )

(123,628 )

Unrealized gain on derivatives

4,734


5,575


16,285


24,915
Total Other Expenses, net

(25,074 )

(43,868 )

(127,361 )

(196,325 )
Net Income/(Loss)
$ 6,534

$ (51,376 )
$ 117,016

$ (3,920 )

















EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE















Basic & diluted net income/(loss) per share
$ 0.06

$ (0.47 )
$ 1.07

$ (0.04 )
Basic & diluted weighted average number of common shares (in thousands of shares)

109,788


109,696


109,785


109,676



















































Non-GAAP Measures*
Reconciliation of Net Income/(loss) to Adjusted Net Income - Unaudited




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2015

2014

2015

2014
Net income/(loss)
$ 6,534

$ (51,376 )
$ 117,016

$ (3,920 )
Unrealized gain on derivatives

(4,734 )

(5,575 )

(16,285 )

(24,915 )
Amortization of financing fees & finance fees accrued

4,272


4,630


17,677


18,815
Impairment loss

41,080


75,776


41,080


75,776
Gain on sale of vessels

-


-


-


(5,709 )
Adjusted Net Income
$ 47,152

$ 23,455

$ 159,488

$ 60,047
Adjusted Earnings Per Share
$ 0.43

$ 0.21

$ 1.45

$ 0.55
Weighted average number of shares (in thousands of shares)

109,788


109,696


109,785


109,676

















* 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 months and year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.







DANAOS CORPORATION
Condensed Balance Sheets - Unaudited
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)




As of
December 31,


As of
December 31,



2015

2014
ASSETS







CURRENT ASSETS








Cash and cash equivalents
$ 72,253

$ 57,730

Restricted cash

2,818


2,824

Accounts receivable, net

10,652


7,904

Fair value of financial instruments

138


-

Other current assets

41,709


34,615



127,570


103,073
NON-CURRENT ASSETS








Fixed assets, net

3,446,323


3,624,338

Deferred charges, net

39,733


55,275

Investments in affiliates

11,289


-

Fair value of financial instruments

-


664

Other non-current assets

72,188


67,842



3,569,533


3,748,119
TOTAL ASSETS
$ 3,697,103

$ 3,851,192









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







CURRENT LIABILITIES








Long-term debt, current portion
$ 269,979

$ 178,116

Vendor Financing, current portion

-


46,530

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities & other current liabilities

37,628


52,414

Fair value of financial instruments, current portion

4,538


51,022



312,145


328,082
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES








Long-term debt, net of current portion

2,505,399


2,773,004

Vendor financing, net of current portion

-


17,837

Fair value of financial instruments, net of current portion

-


2,398

Other long-term liabilities

37,645


41,722



2,543,044


2,834,961









STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY








Common stock

1,098


1,097

Additional paid-in capital

546,822


546,735

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(103,081 )

(139,742 )

Retained earnings

397,075


280,059



841,914


688,149
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
$ 3,697,103

$ 3,851,192



























DANAOS CORPORATION
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows - (Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)




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2014

2015

2014
Operating Activities:
















Net income/(loss)
$ 6,534

$ (51,376 )
$ 117,016

$ (3,920 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income/(loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
















Depreciation

33,225


34,590


131,783


137,061

Impairment loss

41,080


75,776


41,080


75,776

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

5,193


5,791


21,522


23,202

Payments for drydocking/special survey

(1,034 )

(2,832 )

(2,341 )

(6,887 )

Amortization of deferred realized losses on cash flow interest rate swaps

1,013


1,012


4,017


4,016

Equity loss on investments

949


-


1,941


-

Unrealized gain on derivatives

(4,734 )

(5,575 )

(16,285 )

(24,915 )

Gain on sale of vessels

-


-


-


(5,709 )

Stock based compensation

88


638


88


638

Accounts receivable

(2,800 )

(1,249 )

(2,748 )

134

Other assets, current and non-current

945


(2,095 )

(4,794 )

(719 )

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(4,761 )

(3,987 )

(11,662 )

(6,820 )

Other liabilities, current and non-current

(6,189 )

(1,278 )

(7,941 )

324
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

69,509


49,415


271,676


192,181

















Investing Activities:
















Vessel additions and vessel acquisitions

(378 )

(37,951 )

(1,112 )

(39,165 )

Investments in affiliates

(5,880 )

-


(13,230 )

-

Net proceeds from sale of vessels

1,050


-


1,050


50,602
Net Cash (used in)/provided by Investing Activities

(5,208 )

(37,951 )

(13,292 )

11,437

















Financing Activities:
















Debt repayment

(85,427 )

(48,543 )

(243,175 )

(221,542 )

Deferred finance costs

-


(4,392 )

(692 )

(4,392 )

(Increase)/Decrease in restricted cash

(2,818 )

34,568


6


11,893
Net Cash used in Financing Activities

(88,245 )

(18,367 )

(243,861 )

(214,041 )
Net (Decrease)/ Increase in cash and cash equivalents

(23,944 )

(6,903 )

14,523


(10,423 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

96,197


64,633


57,730


68,153
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$ 72,253

$ 57,730

$ 72,253

$ 57,730



















































Reconciliation of Net Income/(loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)




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2015

2014

2015

2014
Net income/(loss)
$ 6,534

$ (51,376 )
$ 117,016

$ (3,920 )
Depreciation

33,225


34,590


131,783


137,061
Amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs

921



1,161



3,845



4,387

Amortization of deferred finance costs and write-offs and other finance fees accrued

4,272



4,630



17,677



18,815

Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps

1,013



1,012



4,017



4,016

Interest income

(870 )

(824 )

(3,419 )

(1,703 )
Interest expense

16,877


19,029


70,397


79,980
Impairment loss

41,080


75,776


41,080


75,776
Gain on sale of vessels

-


-


-


(5,709 )
Stock based compensation

88


638


88


638
Realized loss on derivatives

7,292


25,466


52,125


119,612
Unrealized gain on derivatives

(4,734 )

(5,575 )

(16,285 )

(24,915 )
Adjusted EBITDA(1)
$ 105,698

$ 104,527

$ 418,324

$ 404,038

















1) Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest income and expense, depreciation, amortization of deferred drydocking & special survey costs and deferred finance costs, amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps, unrealized gain on derivatives, realized loss on derivatives and gain on sale of vessels. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or "GAAP." We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our ability to service additional debt and make capital expenditures. In addition, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our operating performance and liquidity position compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, items which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance and liquidity. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.


Note: Items to consider for comparability include gains and charges. Gains positively impacting net income are reflected as deductions to net income. Charges negatively impacting net income are reflected as increases to net income.

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures used in managing the business may provide users of these financial information additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures can provide additional meaningful reflection of underlying trends of the business because they provide a comparison of historical information that excludes certain items that impact the overall comparability. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. See the Tables above for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

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

Rose & Company
New York
Tel. 212-359-2228
E-Mail: danaos@rosecoglobal.com

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3, Christaki Kompou Street Peters House 3011, Limassol Cyprus
Tel:  +30 210 419 6480
+30 213 017 6480
Fax: +30 210 419 6489

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