Global Ship Lease Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2016

London - March 07, 2017

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) (the "Company"), a containership charter owner, announced today its unaudited results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter and Year Highlights

- Reported operating revenues of $41.4 million for the fourth quarter 2016. Operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $166.5 million

- Reported net loss(1) of $55.1 million for the fourth quarter 2016, after a non-cash impairment charge of $63.1 million. For the year ended December 31, 2016, net loss was $68.2 million after a $92.4 million non-cash impairment charge

- Generated $28.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the fourth quarter 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $114.7 million

- Normalized net income (1)(2), excluding the non-cash impairment charge, was $6.1 million for the fourth quarter 2016. Normalized net income was $22.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016

- Retired $53.9 million of bonds and $9.5 million of other debt; reduced net debt to Adjusted EBITDA from 4.0 times at end 2015 to 3.3 times at end 2016

Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, "In 2016, we maintained a strong focus on maximizing the profitability of our long-term, fixed-rate time charters and ensuring our insulation and resilience in the face of a challenging market environment. Throughout the year, we made progress in reducing our vessel operating costs, successfully extending the contract durations of two of our vessels chartered to CMA CGM, and meaningfully strengthening our balance sheet."

Mr. Webber continued, "While the overall market continues to experience significant pressure, we remain encouraged by the longer-term prospects for the mid-sized and smaller vessel classes that are the focus of Global Ship Lease's strategy. The supply/demand dynamics for those vessels continue to move in the direction of equilibrium, driven by record levels of vessel scrapping, an orderbook heavily skewed towards very large ships, and the continued growth of the non-mainlane trades most reliant upon our vessels. With our strong counterparties and limited exposure to the spot charter market in 2017, we are well positioned to continue generating significant cashflow, de-levering our balance sheet, and pursuing long-term value creation for our shareholders."

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