LONDON, Aug. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL), a containership charter owner, announced today its unaudited results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2013.
Second Quarter and Year To Date Highlights
Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, "With utilization of our fully time charted fleet of 17 vessels close to 100%, we generated Adjusted EBITDA of $22.9 million in the second quarter 2013, allowing us to continue to de-lever the Company."
Mr. Webber continued, "We successfully re-chartered two vessels in the quarter, thereby maintaining a strong and uninterrupted revenue stream, supporting $45.1 million of Adjusted EBITDA and $25.6 million of debt repayment in the first half of 2013. With contracted revenue of approximately $1 billion and an average remaining charter term of seven years, we continue to be well positioned to generate stable cash flow and further amortize our debt despite near-term industry challenges. As we continue to pay down debt, we are actively exploring opportunities to enhance our financial flexibility."
(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Normalized net income are non-US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) measures, as explained further in this press release, and are considered by Global Ship Lease to be useful measures of its performance. Reconciliations of such non-GAAP measures to the interim unaudited financial information are provided in this Earnings Release.
Revenue and Utilization
The 17 vessel fleet generated revenue from fixed rate long-term time charters of $35.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2013, down $3.4 million on revenue of $39.2 million for the comparative period in 2012 due mainly to reduced revenue for two vessels following charter renewals at lower rates after the initial charters expired in September 2012, offset by less offhire, mainly from reduced levels of planned drydocking. There were 1,547 ownership days in the quarter, the same as the comparable period in 2012. The one day offhire in the three months ended June 30, 2013 gives a utilization of 99.9%. In the comparable period of 2012, there were 21 days offhire, including 12 for planned drydockings and nine unplanned days offhire, for utilization of 98.6%.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, revenue was $71.1 million, down $6.5 million on revenue of $77.6 million in the comparative period, mainly due to lower revenue from charter renewals and 17 fewer ownership days as 2012 was a leap year, offset by 43 days less offhire.
The table below shows fleet utilization for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 and for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2010 and 2009.
There were no drydockings in the second quarter 2013. Two vessels were drydocked in the first quarter 2013 and one further vessel is scheduled to be drydocked in the fourth quarter. Two drydockings are scheduled for 2014, and none in 2015.
Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses, which include costs of crew, lubricating oil, spares and insurance, were $11.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013. The average cost per ownership day in the quarter was $7,504 up $175 or 2.4% on $7,329 for the rolling four quarters ended March 31, 2013. The second quarter 2013 average daily cost compares to $7,253 for the comparative period, up $251 or 3.5%. The increase is mostly for higher crew costs.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013 vessel operating expenses were $23.2 million or an average of $7,525 per day compared to $22.9 million in the comparative period or $7,394 per day.
Depreciation for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was $10.1 million, compared to $10.2 million in the comparative period.
Depreciation for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $20.2 million, compared to $20.1 million in the comparative period.
General and Administrative Costs
General and administrative costs were $1.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, general and administrative costs were $3.1 million compared to $2.9 million for 2012. The reduction is due mainly to lower legal and professional fees.
Other Operating Income
Other operating income in the three months ended June 30, 2013 was $0.2 million, compared to $0.1 million in the second quarter 2012.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, other operating income was $0.2 million, the same as for the comparative period.
As a result of the above, Adjusted EBITDA was $22.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 down from $26.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $45.1 million, compared to $52.0 million for the comparative period.
Interest expense, excluding the effect of interest rate derivatives which do not qualify for hedge accounting, for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was $4.8 million. The Company's borrowings under its credit facility averaged $410.9 million during the three months ended June 30, 2013. There were $45.0 million preferred shares throughout the period giving total average borrowings through the three months ended June 30, 2013 of $455.9 million. Interest expense in the comparative period in 2012 was $5.3 million on average borrowings, including the preferred shares, of $519.8 million.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, interest expense, excluding the effect of interest rate derivatives which do not qualify for hedge accounting, was $9.7 million. The Company's borrowings under its credit facility and including the $45.0 million preferred shares, averaged $463.2 million during the six months ended June 30, 2013. Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $10.8 million based on average borrowings in that period, including the preferred shares, of $525.7 million.
Interest income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 was not material.
Change in Fair Value of Financial Instruments
The Company hedges its interest rate exposure by entering into derivatives that swap floating rate debt for fixed rate debt to provide long-term stability and predictability to cash flows. As these hedges do not qualify for hedge accounting under US GAAP, the outstanding hedges are marked to market at each period end with any change in the fair value being booked to the income and expenditure account. The Company's derivative hedging instruments gave a realized loss of $2.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2013 for settlements of swaps in the period, as current LIBOR rates are lower than the average fixed rates. Further, there was a $5.0 million unrealized gain for revaluation of the balance sheet position given current LIBOR and movements in the forward curve for interest rates. This compares to a realized loss of $4.6 million and an unrealized gain of $0.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the realized loss from hedges was $8.3 million and the unrealized gain was $10.4 million. This compares to a realized loss of $9.1 million and an unrealized gain of $3.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2012.
At June 30, 2013, interest rate derivatives totaled $327.0 million against floating rate debt of $445.1 million, including the preferred shares. The total mark-to-market unrealized loss recognized as a liability on the balance sheet at June 30, 2013 was $25.1 million.
Unrealized mark-to-market adjustments have no impact on operating performance or cash generation in the period reported.
Taxation for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was $16,000, compared to $78,000 in the second quarter of 2012.
Taxation for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $39,000, compared to $68,000 for the comparative period in 2012.
Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2013 was $10.1 million after $5.0 million non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gain. For the three months ended June 30, 2012 net income was $7.5 million after the $0.9 million non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gain. Normalized net income, which excludes the effect of the non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gains and losses was $5.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and $6.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.
Net income was $17.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 after a $10.4 million non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gain. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, net income was $15.5 million after the $3.6 million non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gain. Normalized net income was $6.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and $11.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
The container shipping industry has been experiencing a significant cyclical downturn. As a consequence, there has been a continued decline in charter free market values of containerships since mid- 2012. While the Company's stable business model largely insulates it from volatility in the freight and charter markets, a covenant in the credit facility with respect to the Leverage Ratio, which is the ratio of outstanding drawings under the credit facility and the aggregate charter free market value of the secured vessels, causes the Company to be sensitive to significant declines in vessel values. Under the terms of the credit facility, the Leverage Ratio cannot exceed 75%. The Leverage Ratio has little impact on the Company's operating performance as cash flows are largely predictable under its business model.
In anticipation of the scheduled test of the Leverage Ratio as at November 30, 2012 when the Company expected that the Leverage Ratio would be between 75% and 90%, the Company agreed with its lenders to waive the requirement to perform the Leverage Ratio test until December 1, 2014. Under the terms of the waiver, the fixed interest margin to be paid over LIBOR increased to 3.75%, prepayments became based on cash flow rather than a fixed amount of $10 million per quarter, and dividends on common shares cannot be paid.
In the three months ended June 30, 2013 a total of $10.8 million of debt was repaid leaving a balance outstanding of $400.1 million.
Global Ship Lease is not currently able to pay a dividend on common shares under the terms of the credit facility waiver.
The following table provides information, as at June 30, 2013, about the on-the-water fleet of 17 vessels chartered to CMA CGM.
Conference Call and Webcast
Global Ship Lease will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's results for the three months ended June 30, 2013 today, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. There are two ways to access the conference call:
(1) Dial-in: (866) 966-9439 or (631) 510-7498;
Passcode: 11414502 Please dial in at least 10 minutes prior to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time to ensure a prompt start to the call.
(2) Live Internet webcast and slide presentation: http://www.globalshiplease.com
If you are unable to participate at this time, a replay of the call will be available through Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at (866) 247-4222 or (631) 510-7499. Enter the code 11414502 to access the audio replay. The webcast will also be archived on the Company's website: http://www.globalshiplease.com.
Annual Report on Form 20F
Global Ship Lease, Inc has filed its Annual Report for 2012 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the report can be found under the Investor Relations section (Annual Reports) of the Company's website at http://www.globalshiplease.com. Shareholders may request a hard copy of the audited financial statements free of charge by contacting the Company at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Global Ship Lease, Inc, care of Global Ship Lease Services Limited, Portland House, Stag Place, London SW1E 5RS or by telephoning +44 (0) 207 869 8806.
About Global Ship Lease
Global Ship Lease is a containership charter owner. Incorporated in the Marshall Islands, Global Ship Lease commenced operations in December 2007 with a business of owning and chartering out containerships under long-term, fixed rate charters to top tier container liner companies. Global Ship Lease owns 17 vessels with a total capacity of 66,349 TEU with an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, at June 30, 2013 of 9.3 years. All of the current vessels are fixed on Charters to CMA CGM with an average remaining term of 5.7 years, or 7.0 years on a weighted basis.
Reconciliation of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures
A. Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA represents Net income (loss) before interest income and expense including amortization of deferred finance costs, realized and unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment charges. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-US GAAP quantitative measure used to assist in the assessment of the Company's ability to generate cash from its operations. 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. Adjusted EBITDA is not defined in US GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternate to Net income (loss) or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.
B. Normalized net income
Normalized net income represents Net income (loss) adjusted for the unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives, the accelerated write off of a portion of deferred financing costs and impairment charges. Normalized net income is a non-GAAP quantitative measure which we believe will assist investors and analysts who often adjust reported net income for non-operating items such as change in fair value of derivatives to eliminate the effect of non cash non-operating items that do not affect operating performance or cash generated. Normalized net income is not defined in US GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternate to Net income (loss) or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.
Safe Harbor Statement
This communication contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements provide Global Ship Lease's current expectations or forecasts of future events. Forward-looking statements include statements about Global Ship Lease's expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "ongoing," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "will" or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that may be incorrect, and Global Ship Lease cannot assure you that these projections included in these forward-looking statements will come to pass. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.
The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Global Ship Lease's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements for many reasons specifically as described in Global Ship Lease's filings with the SEC. Accordingly, you should not unduly rely on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Global Ship Lease undertakes no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events after the date of this communication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. You should, however, review the factors and risks Global Ship Lease describes in the reports it will file from time to time with the SEC after the date of this communication.
Investor and Media Contacts: The IGB Group Leon Berman 212-477-8438