London - May 07, 2019
Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) (the “Company” or “Global Ship Lease”), a containership charter owner, announced today its unaudited results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
First Quarter 2019
• Reported operating revenues(1) of $64.5 million for the first quarter 2019.
• Reported net income(2) of $10.1 million for the first quarter 2019.
• Generated $40.5 million of Adjusted EBITDA(3) for the first quarter 2019.
• Effected a one-for-eight reverse stock split of the Company's Class A common shares following approval at a special meeting of shareholders held on March 20, 2019. The reverse stock split became effective as of the opening of trading on the NYSE on March 25, 2019.
• Agreed a three-year charter with Hapag-Lloyd for the 2015-built, 9,115 TEU containership UASC Al Khor. The new charter, which is in direct continuation of the current charter, is expected to commence in June, 2019, with re-delivery in the second quarter 2022. The charter is expected to generate approximately $28 million of Adjusted EBITDA.
• Agreed a minimum 30-month / maximum 38-month charter with Maersk Line for the 2000-built, 5,936 TEU containership Tasman. The new charter is expected to commence in July 2019 on the completion of the current charter and is subject to a further 12-month extension at the charterer’s option. The charter is expected to generate approximately $5.3 million of Adjusted EBITDA for the median firm period and an additional $4.4 million if the 12-month extension option is exercised.
• Agreed minimum 21-month / maximum 24-month charters with ZIM for the 2000-built, 5,936 TEU containerships Dimitris Y and Ian H. The new charters are expected to commence in June and July, 2019 in direct continuation of their current charters, and to generate approximately $4.4 million of Adjusted EBITDA per vessel for the median firm period.
• Agreed new five year charters with MSC for 8,667 TEU GSL Tianjin (built 2005) and OOCL Qingdao (built 2004) (to be renamed MSC Tianjin and MSC Qingdao). The new charters are expected to commence on redelivery of vessels by current charterers in late Q2 early Q3 and are expected to generate Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $25.6 million per vessel for the median firm period.
• Agreed to retrofit scrubbers on three vessels against longer charters at premium rates, already announced.
George Youroukos, Executive Chairman of Global Ship Lease, stated, “GSL has continued to benefit from the integrated commercial platform created through the Poseidon merger and from our ability to offer charterers vessels with what we believe to be best-in-class specifications and which provide the lowest slot costs in an increasingly cost-conscious liner industry. Amid consistently strong demand for our high-specification containerships, which are focused in vessel classes experiencing net supply contraction, we have made substantial progress in extending our forward contract coverage and locking in contracted cashflow at a time when charter rates have shown significant improvement. In particular, a recent surge of demand for high reefer capacity post-panamax vessels has enabled us to secure profitable, multi-year charters for some of the older vessels in our fleet. Moving forward, we remain confident in the supportive long-term fundamentals for mid-sized and smaller containerships, and we will continue to take action to fully unlock the value of GSL’s leading commercial capabilities, strong balance sheet, extensive contracted revenue, and high-quality, modern fleet.”
Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, commented, “Having successfully integrated GSL and Poseidon, we are seeing the anticipated wide-ranging benefits of our superior platform which are reflected in every aspect of our business. Our success in securing six longer-term charters in 2019 adds approximately $146 million, or 21.4%, to mid-point contracted net revenue, improving forward charter cover and cashflow visibility. Altogether, we are ensuring that GSL is in a position to fully benefit from opportunities arising out of the ongoing market recovery.”
Global Ship Lease press release