Danaos Corporation (NYSE: DAC) announced that it has ordered five 12,600 TEU containerships. All five Post Panamax containerships will be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries
and are expected to be delivered to Danaos gradually starting from January until August of 2011.
Danaos has also arranged for a large international liner company to charter all these vessels for 12 years each, at accretive rates. The deal increases Danaos’ contracted fleet to 32 vessels with a total carrying capacity of 217,421 TEU or 150% of its current fleet.
The total contract deal size is approximately $830m and will be financed by funds and debt. For the first full year of operation, this five vessel block addition to Danaos’ fleet of containerships is expected to contribute approximately $92m of EBITDA, annually upon delivery of all 5 vessels. For this purpose, EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, shall mean net earnings before interest, un-drawn credit facility fees, taxes, depreciation and amortization of deferred dry-docking charges and financing fees.