Expanding Danaos posts strong financial results

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Danaos, one of the world’s largest independent owners of containerships, reported unaudited results for the period ended June 30, 2023.

Highlights for the Second Quarter and Half Year Ended June 30, 2023:

  • Adjusted net income1 of $143.4 million, or $7.14 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $157.1 million, or $7.59 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of $13.7 million or $0.45 per share. Adjusted net income for the three months ended June 30, 2022 had included a non-recurring $13.9 million dividend from ZIM that accounted for $0.67 per share.
  • Adjusted net income of $288.7 million, or $14.28 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $392.4 million, or $18.95 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of $103.7 million or $4.67 per share. Adjusted net income for the six months ended June 30, 2022 had included a non-recurring $123.9 million dividend from ZIM that accounted for $5.98 per share.
  • Net income of $147.0 million, or $7.32 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $8.2 million, or $0.40 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2022, an increase of $138.8 million, or $6.92 per share. Net income of $293.2 million, or $14.51 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $339.7 million, or $16.40 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of $46.5 million, or $1.89 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $177.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $192.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of $14.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2022 had included a non-recurring $13.9 million dividend from ZIM.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $356.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $461.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of $105.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2022 had included a non-recurring $123.9 million dividend from ZIM.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $293.3 million as of June 30, 2023.
  • As of June 30, 2023, Net Debt2 was $131.0 million, and Net Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA was 0.18x, while 44 of our vessels are debt-free currently.
  • Total liquidity was $653.3 million as of June 30, 2023, including undrawn available commitments under our Revolving Credit Facility.
  • As of the date of this release, Danaos has repurchased a total of 1,080,547 shares of its common stock in the open market for $65.6 million, under its share repurchase program of up to $100 million announced in June 2022.
  • During the three months ended June 30, 2023 we acquired 1,552,865 shares of common stock of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (“Eagle Bulk”) for a total of $68.2 million that currently represents a 16.7% shareholding stake. Eagle Bulk is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Ticker: EGLE) and currently owns and operates a fleet of 52 Ultramax and Supramax bulk carriers that aggregate to approximately 3.2 million deadweight tons (“DWT”).
  • On June 20, 2023, we entered into contracts for the construction of two 8,258 TEU containerships. These containerships are expected to be delivered to us in 2026.
  • This brings the total tally of our newbuilding order-book to 10 vessels with an aggregate capacity of 74,914 TEU, with expected deliveries of seven vessels in 2024, one vessel in 2025 and two vessels in 2026. All our newbuildings are designed with the latest eco characteristics, will be methanol fuel ready, fitted with Alternative Maritime Power Units and will all be built in accordance with the latest requirements of the International Maritime Organization in relation to Tier III emission standards and Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase III.
  • In July 2023, we reached an in principle agreement to acquire 5 Capesize bulk carriers built in 2010 through 2012 that aggregate to 879,306 DWT for a total of $103 million. The agreement is subject to entry into definitive documentation. These vessels are expected to be delivered to us between September and October 2023.
  • During the last three months we added approximately $469 million to our contracted revenue backlog through the arrangement of new charters for 12 containerships in our fleet. The new fixtures notably include additional contracted revenues of $177 million for three 13,100 TEU vessels that were forward fixed on new 3-year charters and $227 million for five 8,530 TEU vessels that were extended forward for an additional 3.6 years.
  • As a result, total contracted cash operating revenues, on the basis of concluded charter contracts through the date of this release, had increased to $2.5 billion as of June 30, 2023. The remaining average contracted charter duration was 3.3 years, weighted by aggregate contracted charter hire.
  • Contracted operating days charter coverage for our containership fleet is currently 99.4% for 2023 and 86.1% for 2024.
  • Danaos has declared a dividend of $0.75 per share of common stock for the second quarter of 2023, which is payable on September 1, 2023, to stockholders of record as of August 23, 2023.
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2023 Financial Summary – Unaudited (Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except per share amounts)
 Three months ended Three months ended Six months ended Six months ended
June 30,June 30,June 30,June 30,
 2023 2022 2023 2022
       
Operating revenues$241,479 $250,923 $485,053 $480,824
Net income$147,021 $8,224 $293,222 $339,689
Adjusted net income1$143,405 $157,110 $288,660 $392,407
Earnings per share, diluted$7.32 $0.40 $14.51 $16.40
Adjusted earnings per share, diluted1$7.14 $7.59 $14.28 $18.95
Diluted weighted average number of shares (in thousands)20,081 20,708 20,214 20,712
Adjusted EBITDA1$177,326 $192,148 $356,366 $461,632
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 deferred finance costs less cash and cash equivalents.

Danaos’ CEO Dr. John Coustas commented:

“The world economies stagnated in the second quarter of 2023, resulting in a gradual easing of the container market. Danaos active strategy in the current market conditions is made possible by the prudent approach we have taken to manage our balance sheet to conservative levels as well as our successful chartering strategy. The latter is reflected in our operating revenues of $241 million, which is near to previous records despite a charter market drop that is more than 50% lower than a year ago. We continue to be active in the charter market, highlighting the resilience of our business model, and secured nearly $500 million in new charter contracts during the quarter. Our total charter backlog increased to $2.5 billion as of the end of the quarter, and contracted charter coverage currently stands at 99% for 2023 and 86% for 2024.

In the second quarter of 2023, Danaos received the Gold, first place awards in the Governance and Environment categories in the inaugural ESG Shipping Awards. These accolades, which we are proud of, acknowledge the company’s exemplary efforts in promoting sustainable practices, social responsibility, and strong governance and reaffirm our position as a leader in responsible maritime operations. The timing of the awards is notable as the IMO recently reiterated and strengthened its commitment to decarbonize shipping by targeting a net zero by around 2050.

Danaos continues to advance its decarbonization strategy in multiple ways. We are constantly optimizing and retrofitting our existing fleet and have committed to upgrade around 20 vessels with new propellers, fuel saving appendages and low friction paints. We have also expanded our new building program with the order of four additional newbuilding vessels. These vessels, two of which are 6,000 TEU and two of which are 8,200 TEU, will be delivered methanol-ready, ensuring the longevity of our investment. In total, we have 10 vessels, with a total capacity of approximately 75,000 TEU, on order. All of these will be able to utilize alternative fuels. Importantly, six of these vessels are already chartered for multi-year periods beginning on their delivery dates in 2024.

We also deployed capital opportunistically, after identifying weakness in the dry bulk market, a market we are very familiar with. We believe the long-term fundamentals in the dry bulk market are very positive. In particular, the orderbook is at historically low levels, and fleet supply growth is projected to decline significantly over the next several years against a backdrop of rebounding demand. Short-term market sentiment is not as strong, and we were able to make investments at attractive prices. As has been previously reported, Danaos acquired a significant stake in Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc., a NYSE listed dry bulk company (“Eagle”). Additionally, we acquired five Capesize bulk carriers in the secondhand market.

With respect to Eagle, we were able to purchase shares in a company we believed had best in class corporate governance practices at a significant discount to our perception of the company’s net asset value. Shortly following our investment, the Board of Eagle unilaterally implemented a poison pill and repurchased Oaktree Capital’s 28% stake in the company at nearly a 35% premium to Eagle’s 45-day average share prices and a 32% premium to our cost basis. These transactions, which were done by Eagle’s Board fundamentally alter our view of Eagle’s corporate governance. We are concerned with these developments and are seeking clarification from the Board of Directors of Eagle. As Eagle Bulk’s current largest shareholder, we have a strong vested interest in seeing the company enhance long-term shareholder value and believe that we have a duty to speak up when we think the Board and/or management may be acting outside the best interests of all shareholders. Accordingly, we are committed to working constructively with the Board to identify balanced, well-considered, and effective methods to enhance shareholder value on behalf of all shareholders.

With respect to our interest in the dry bulk market in general, Danaos has significant experience in the dry bulk market as an owner and operator. We exited the segment years ago, which was a well-timed decision in hindsight, and now we again see opportunity. Given the strength of our balance sheet, we are uniquely positioned to deploy capital in various ways to grow our revenue base and earnings. Our fleet of container vessels, which are contracted on multi-year charters, provides strong revenue and cash flow visibility. While we will continue to grow and future-proof our core fleet by adding next generation vessels to it, our ultimate goal is to generate value for our shareholders, and we will consistently pursue the best opportunities to do so.

As I have said before, our healthy balance sheet allows us to be opportunistic and deploy our capital in various ways. During the quarter, we continued our buyback program and have now spent $65.5 million from our $100 million buyback program to retire more than one million shares. Finally, we remain committed to returning capital to shareholders, as evidenced by our $0.75 per share dividend announced this morning.

We will continue to implement our strategy to ensure the long-term growth and profitability of the company and are consistently focused on creating value for our shareholders.”

Three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022

During the three months ended June 30, 2023, Danaos had an average of 68.0 containerships compared to 71.0 containerships during the three months ended June 30, 2022. Our fleet utilization for the three months ended June 30, 2023 was 98.7% compared to 99.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $143.4 million, or $7.14 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $157.1 million, or $7.59 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2022. We have adjusted our net income in the three months ended June 30, 2023 for a $6.4 million change in fair value of investments, a $2.3 million loss on debt extinguishment and a $0.6 million non-cash finance fees amortization. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The $13.7 million decrease in adjusted net income for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022 is primarily attributable to a $13.9 million dividend from ZIM (net of withholding taxes) recognized in the three months ended June 30, 2022. We also incurred a $0.7 million equity loss on investments in the three months ended June 30, 2023 and a $9.4 million decrease in operating revenues, which were partially offset by a $10.2 million decrease in net finance expenses and a $0.1 million decrease in total operating expenses.

On a non-adjusted basis, net income amounted to $147.0 million, or $7.32 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.40 earnings per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2022. Our net income for the three months ended June 30, 2022 included a $154.7 million total loss on our investment in ZIM and a $22.9 million gain on debt extinguishment compared to a $6.4 million gain on our investments and a $2.3 million loss on debt extinguishment for the three months ended June 30, 2023.

Operating Revenues

Operating revenues decreased by 3.7%, or $9.4 million, to $241.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $250.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2023 reflected:

  • a $5.5 million increase in revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022 mainly as a result of higher charter rates;
  • a $0.3 million increase in revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022 due to higher non-cash revenue recognition in accordance with US GAAP;
  • a $5.4 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022 due to vessel disposals; and
  • a $9.8 million decrease in revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022 due to decreased amortization of assumed time charters.

Vessel Operating Expenses

Vessel operating expenses increased by $1.3 million to $41.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $40.6 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022, primarily as a result of an increase in the average daily operating cost for vessels on time charter to $6,970 per vessel per day for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $6,463 per vessel per day for the three months ended June 30, 2022, which was partially offset by a decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet. The average daily operating cost increased mainly due to increased repair and maintenance expenses. 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 decreased by 5.3%, or $1.8 million, to $31.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $33.7 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022 mainly due to our recent sale of three vessels.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased by $1.3 million to $4.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $3.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses increased by $0.1 million to $7.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023, from $7.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Other Operating Expenses

Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses decreased by $1.0 million to $8.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $9.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022 primarily as a result of a decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet.

Interest Expense and Interest Income

Interest expense decreased by 63.4%, or $10.2 million, to $5.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $16.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022. The decrease in interest expense is a result of:

  • a $5.3 million decrease in interest expense due to a decrease in our average indebtedness by $694.3 million between the two periods. Average indebtedness was $459.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to average indebtedness of $1,154.2 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in our debt service cost by approximately 2.9% as a result of higher interest rates;
  • a $3.0 million decrease in interest expense due to an increase in capitalized interest expense on our vessels under construction in the three months ended June 30, 2023;
  • a $2.6 million decrease in the amortization of deferred finance costs and debt discount; and
  • a $0.7 million reduction of accumulated accrued interest that had been accrued in 2018 in relation to two of our credit facilities that were fully repaid in May 2022.

As of June 30, 2023, outstanding debt, gross of deferred finance costs, was $424.3 million, which included $262.8 million principal amount of our Senior Notes. These balances compare to debt of $885.1 million, which included $300.0 million principal amount of our Senior Notes, and a leaseback obligation of $105.8 million, gross of deferred finance costs, as of June 30, 2022.

Interest income increased by $3.5 million to $3.6 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $0.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022 mainly as a result of increased interest rates in the three months ended June 30, 2023.

Gain/(loss) on investments

We recognized a $6.4 million gain on marketable securities in the three months ended June 30, 2023 on our shareholding interest in Eagle Bulk of 1,552,865 shares of common stock. This gain compares to a loss on investments of $152.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022, which consisted of the change in fair value of our shareholding interest in ZIM of $168.6 million and dividends recognized on ZIM ordinary shares of $16.2 million. In September 2022, we sold all of our remaining ordinary shares of ZIM for net proceeds of $161.3 million.

Gain/(loss) on debt extinguishment

A $2.3 million loss on early extinguishment of our leaseback obligations in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compares to a $22.9 million gain related to our early extinguishment of debt in the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Equity loss on investments

Equity loss on investments amounting to $0.7 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 relates to our share of initial expenses of a newly established company, Carbon Termination Technologies Corporation (“CTTC”), currently engaged in the research and development of decarbonization technologies for the shipping industry.

Other finance expenses

Other finance expenses increased by $0.8 million to $1.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $0.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022 mainly due to commitment fees for our recently established revolving credit facility.

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 June 30, 2023 and June 30, 2022.

Other income/(expenses), net

Other income, net was $0.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to other income, net of $0.4 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Income taxes

Income taxes of $2.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022, related to the taxes withheld on dividend income earned on ZIM ordinary shares compare to no income tax in the three months ended June 30, 2023.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 7.7%, or $14.8 million, to $177.3 million in the three months ended June 30, 2023 from $192.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2022. As outlined above, the decrease is primarily attributable to a recognition of a $13.9 million dividend from ZIM in the three months ended June 30, 2022. We also incurred a $0.6 million increase in total operating expenses and a $0.7 million equity loss on investments in the three months ended June 30, 2023, which were partially offset by a $0.4 million increase in operating revenues. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2023 is adjusted for a $6.4 million change in fair value of investments and a $2.3 million loss on debt extinguishment. Tables reconciling Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA can be found at the end of this earnings release.

Six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022

During the six months ended June 30, 2023, Danaos had an average of 68.2 containerships compared to 71.0 containerships during the six months ended June 30, 2022. Our fleet utilization for the six months ended June 30, 2023 was 97.8% compared to 98.7% for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

Our adjusted net income amounted to $288.7 million, or $14.28 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $392.4 million, or $18.95 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022. We have adjusted our net income in the six months ended June 30, 2023 for a $6.4 million change in fair value of investments, a $2.3 million loss on debt extinguishment, a $1.6 million gain on sale of vessel and a $1.3 million non-cash fees amortization. Please refer to the Adjusted Net Income reconciliation table, which appears later in this earnings release.

The $103.7 million decrease in adjusted net income for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022 is primarily attributable to a $123.9 million dividend from ZIM (net of withholding taxes) recognized in the six months ended June 30, 2022. We also incurred a $3.3 million equity loss on investments in the six months ended June 30, 2023 and a $1.0 million increase in total operating expenses, which were partially offset by a $4.2 million increase in operating revenues and a $20.3 million decrease in net finance expenses.

On a non-adjusted basis, our net income amounted to $293.2 million, or $14.51 earnings per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to net income of $339.7 million, or $16.40 earnings per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022. Our net income for the six months ended June 30, 2022 included a total gain on our investment in ZIM of $54.8 million, net of withholding taxes on dividends and a gain on debt extinguishment of $22.9 million compared to a $6.4 million gain on our investments and a $2.3 million loss on debt extinguishment for the six months ended June 30, 2023.

Operating Revenues

Operating revenues increased by 0.9%, or $4.2 million, to $485.0 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $480.8 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022.

Operating revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2023 reflect:

  • a $35.9 million increase in revenues in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022 mainly as a result of higher charter rates;
  • a $8.7 million decrease in revenues in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022 due to vessel disposals;
  • a $3.0 million decrease in revenues in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022 due to lower non-cash revenue recognition in accordance with US GAAP; and
  • a $20.0 million decrease in revenues in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022 due to decreased amortization of assumed time charters.

Vessel Operating Expenses

Vessel operating expenses increased by $2.8 million to $82.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $79.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022, primarily as a result of an increase in the average daily operating cost for vessels on time charter to $6,889 per vessel per day for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $6,385 per vessel per day for the six months ended June 30, 2022, which was partially offset by a decrease in the average number of vessels in our fleet. The average daily operating cost increased mainly due to increased repair and maintenance expenses. 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 decreased by 5.5%, or $3.7 million, to $63.4 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $67.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022 due to our recent sale of three vessels.

Amortization of Deferred Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs increased by $2.4 million to $8.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $5.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses decreased by $0.5 million to $14.0 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023, from $14.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable to decreased management fees due to the recent sale of three vessels.

Other Operating Expenses

Other Operating Expenses include Voyage Expenses.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses decreased by $0.3 million to $16.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $16.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022.

Gain on Sale of Vessels

In January 2023, we completed the sale of the Amalia C for net proceeds of $4.9 million resulting in a gain of $1.6 million.

Interest Expense and Interest Income

Interest expense decreased by 62.0%, or $20.6 million, to $12.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $33.2 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022. The decrease in interest expense is a result of:

  • a $10.9 million decrease in interest expense due to a decrease in our average indebtedness by $771.2 million between the two periods. Average indebtedness was $483.7 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to average indebtedness of $1,254.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in our debt service cost by approximately 2.9% as a result of higher interest rates;
  • a $6.5 million decrease in interest expense due to an increase in capitalized interest expense on our vessels under construction in the six months ended June 30, 2023;
  • a $5.3 million decrease in the amortization of deferred finance costs and debt discount; and
  • a $2.1 million reduction of accumulated accrued interest that had been accrued in 2018 in relation to two of our credit facilities that were fully repaid in May 2022.

As of June 30, 2023, outstanding debt, gross of deferred finance costs, was $424.3 million, which included $262.8 million principal amount of our Senior Notes. These balances compare to debt of $885.1 million, which included $300.0 million principal amount of our Senior Notes, and a leaseback obligation of $105.8 million, gross of deferred finance costs, as of June 30, 2022.

Interest income increased by $6.2 million to $6.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $0.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022 mainly as a result of increased interest rates in the six months ended June 30, 2023.

Gain on investments

We recognized a $6.4 million gain on marketable securities in the six months ended June 30, 2023 on our shareholding interest in Eagle Bulk of 1,552,865 shares of common stock. This gain compares to a gain on investments of $69.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022, which consisted of the change in fair value of our shareholding interest in ZIM of $69.1 million and dividends recognized on ZIM ordinary shares of $138.4 million. In September 2022, we sold all of our remaining ordinary shares of ZIM for net proceeds of $161.3 million.

Gain/(loss) on debt extinguishment

A $2.3 million loss on early extinguishment of our leaseback obligations in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compares to a $22.9 million gain related to our early extinguishment of debt in the six months ended June 30, 2022.

Equity loss on investments

Equity loss on investments amounting to $3.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 relates to our share of initial expenses of a newly established company, CTTC, currently engaged in the research and development of decarbonization technologies for the shipping industry.

Other finance expenses

Other finance expenses increased by $1.2 million to $2.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to $0.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022 mainly due to commitment fees for our recently established revolving credit facility.

Loss on derivatives

Amortization of deferred realized losses on interest rate swaps remained stable at $1.8 million in each of the six months ended June 30, 2023 and June 30, 2022.

Other income/(expenses), net

Other income, net was $0.5 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to other income, net of $0.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022.

Income taxes

Income taxes of $14.5 million, in the six months ended June 30, 2022, related to the taxes withheld on dividend income earned on ZIM ordinary shares and compared to no income tax in the six months ended June 30, 2023.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 22.8%, or $105.3 million, to $356.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2023 from $461.6 million in the six months ended June 30, 2022. As outlined above, the decrease is mainly attributable to a recognition of a $123.9 million dividend from ZIM in the six months ended June 30, 2022. We also incurred a $2.3 million increase in total operating expenses and a $3.3 million equity loss on investments in the six months ended June 30, 2023, which were partially offset by a $24.2 million increase in operating revenues. Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2023 is adjusted for a $6.4 million change in fair value of investments, a $2.3 million loss on debt extinguishment and a $1.6 million gain on sale of vessel. Tables reconciling Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA 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 second quarter of 2023, which is payable on September 1, 2023 to stockholders of record as of August 23, 2023.

Recent Developments

As of the date of this release, we have repurchased a total of 1,080,547 shares of our common stock in the open market for $65.6 million, under our share repurchase program of up to $100 million announced in June 2022.

On June 20, 2023, we entered into contracts for the construction of two 8,258 TEU containerships with the latest eco design characteristics. The containerships are expected to be delivered to us in 2026.

In July 2023, we reached an in principle agreement to acquire 5 Capesize bulk carriers built in 2010 through 2012 that aggregate to 879,306 DWT for a total of $103 million. The agreement is subject to entry into definitive documentation. These vessels are expected to be delivered to us between September and October 2023.

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