Danaos Corporation Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results for the Period Ended September 30, 2017

Athens, Greece - Oct. 30, 2017

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, 2017.

Highlights for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017:

• Adjusted net income1 of $30.1 million, or $0.27 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $22.8 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of 32.0%. Adjusted net income1 of $83.7 million, or $0.76 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $117.7 million, or $1.07 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 28.9%.

• Operating revenues of $113.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $111.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of 1.6%. Operating revenues of $337.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $386.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 12.6%.

• Adjusted EBITDA1 of $79.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $75.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of 5.7%. Adjusted EBITDA1 of $230.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $274.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 16.1%.

• Total contracted operating revenues were $1.8 billion as of September 30, 2017, with charters extending through 2028 and remaining average contracted charter duration of 6.0 years, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire.

• Charter coverage of 87% for the next 12 months based on current operating revenues and 71% in terms of contracted operating days.


(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:
"Our earnings for the third quarter of 2017 improved markedly when compared to the earnings of the third quarter of 2016 which were negatively impacted in the aftermath of the Hanjin bankruptcy. This is mainly the result of our high charter contract coverage which remains at 87% for the next 12 months based on current operating revenues and 71% in terms of contracted operating days.

Adjusted net income of $30.1 million for the quarter represented an increase of $7.3 million compared to $22.8 million for the third quarter of 2016. This increase was attributable to a $6 million increase in the operating revenues of the vessels that were previously chartered to Hanjin that had not recorded any operating revenues during the third quarter of 2016, and improved operating performance of $1.3 million.

As previously reported, the Company is in breach of certain financial covenants as a result of the Hanjin bankruptcy. We are currently engaged in discussions with our lenders regarding refinancing substantially all of our debt maturing in 2018. These discussions encompass potential amendments to the associated financial covenants that have been breached. In the meantime, we continue to generate positive cash flows from our operations and currently are in a position to service all our operational obligations as well as all scheduled principal amortization and interest payments under the original terms of our debt agreements.

The charter market for the sub 4,000 TEU vessels is relatively stable, with charter rates slightly higher than the lows of 2016, while the size segment between 4,000 to 5,000 TEU is facing more pressure. For larger vessel sizes, the fourth quarter is typically the low season of the year. We will have more clarity on the state of that segment as we approach the peak season in the spring of 2018. We do not expect a material improvement in the market environment next year, given the large number of vessel deliveries scheduled for 2018. Danaos continues to have low near term exposure to the weak spot market as a result of the aforementioned strong charter coverage.

During this extended period of market weakness which has presented many challenges, we remain focused on taking necessary actions to preserve the value of our company by managing our fleet efficiently and taking prudent measures to manage and ultimately deleverage our balance sheet."

Three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016
During the three months ended September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016, Danaos had an average of 55 containerships. Our fleet utilization for the third quarter of 2017 was 97.0% compared to 98.3% in the three months ended September 30, 2016, when excluding the off charter days of the vessels that were previously chartered to Hanjin Shipping ("Hanjin").

Our adjusted net income amounted to $30.1 million, or $0.27 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $22.8 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2016. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended September 30, 2017 for one-off refinancing professional fees of $4.1 million and a non-cash amortization charge of $3.5 million for fees related to our 2011 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 $7.3 million in adjusted net income for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016 is attributable to a $1.8 million increase in operating revenues, a $4.6 million decrease in total operating expenses, a $1.3 million decrease in realized loss on derivatives and a $1.0 million improvement in the operating performance of our equity investment in Gemini Shipholdings Corporation ("Gemini"), which were partially offset by a $1.4 million increase in interest expense.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $22.4 million, or $0.20 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to a loss of $8.4 million, or $0.08 loss per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Operating Revenues
Operating revenues increased by 1.6%, or $1.8 million, to $113.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $111.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2017 reflect:
• $6.0 million increase in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016 due to the recorded charter income of eight of our vessels previously chartered to Hanjin Shipping ("Hanjin") that had not recorded any operating revenues during the third quarter of 2016.

• $3.1 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016 due to the re-chartering of certain of our vessels at lower rates.

• $1.1 million decrease in revenues due to lower fleet utilization in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Vessel Operating Expenses
Vessel operating expenses decreased by 1.9%, or $0.5 million, to $26.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $26.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016. The average daily operating cost per vessel for vessels on time charter was $5,569 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $5,462 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2016. 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 10.2%, or $3.3 million, to $29.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $32.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016, mainly due to decreased depreciation expense for twenty-five vessels for which we recorded an impairment charge on December 31, 2016.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs
Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased by $0.1 million, to $1.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $1.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016.

General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased by $0.1 million to $5.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017, from $5.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Other Operating Expenses
Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses
Voyage expenses decreased by $0.7 million to $2.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $3.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016. The decrease is mainly due to decreased bunkering expenses.

Interest Expense and Interest Income
Interest expense increased by 4.8%, or $1.0 million, to $22.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $21.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in interest expense was mainly due to the increase in average cost of debt due to the increase in US$ Libor by about 50 bps between the two periods, which was partially offset by a decrease in our average debt by $246.2 million, to $2,385.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017, from $2,632.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 and a $0.4 million decrease in the amortization of deferred finance costs.

As of September 30, 2017, the debt outstanding gross of deferred finance costs was $2,381.7 million compared to $2,615.4 million as of September 30, 2016.

Interest income remained stable, amounting to $1.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 and in the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Other finance costs, net
Other finance costs, net decreased by $0.1 million, to $1.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $1.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Equity income/(loss) on investments
Equity income on investments amounted to $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the equity loss on investments of $0.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 and relates to the improved operating performance of Gemini, in which the Company has a 49% shareholding interest.

Unrealized gain on derivatives
Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps amounted to nil in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to a gain of $1.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016. The unrealized gains in the three months ended September 30, 2016 were attributable to mark to market valuation of our swaps, which all expired by December 31, 2016.

Realized loss on derivatives
Realized loss on interest rate swaps decreased to $0.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from a loss of $2.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016. This decrease is attributable to swap expirations. As of December 31, 2016, all of our interest rate swaps have expired.

Other income/(expenses), net
Other expenses, net amounted to $3.9 million and related mainly to the professional fees of $4.1 million due to refinancing discussions with our lenders in the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to other expenses, net of $12.8 million incurred mainly due to a loss on sale of HMM equity securities recognized in the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 5.7%, or $4.3 million, to $79.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $75.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016. As outlined earlier, this increase is attributable to a $1.8 million increase in operating revenues, by a $1.5 million decrease in operating expenses and a $1.0 million operating performance improvement on equity investments. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2017 is adjusted for one-off refinancing professional fees of $4.1 million. Tables reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income can be found at the end of this earnings release.

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