Box Ships on Q2 Slippery Containership Slope

By George Backwell
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Container ship: File photo

"The reduced charters on the 'Box Queen', 'CMA CGM Marlin' and 'CMA CGM Kingfish' were the contributing factors to the 24% decline in our adjusted time charter revenues year over year, which directly impacted our bottom line." says Mr. Michael Bodouroglou, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Box Ships Inc.

Three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to three months ended June 30, 2013
During the second quarter of 2014, we operated an average of 9 vessels. Our Net Income and Adjusted Net Income during the second quarter of 2014 was $0.7 million and $2.3 million, respectively, resulting in basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.01 and basic and diluted adjusted earnings per share of $0.06. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014 was $6.2 million and $7.9 million, respectively.


Mr. Michael Bodouroglou, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Box Ships commented:
"During the second quarter of 2013, we operated an average of 9 vessels. Our Net Income and Adjusted Net Income during the second quarter of 2013 was $3.4 million and $5.5 million, respectively, resulting in basic earnings per share of $0.12 and basic adjusted earnings per share of $0.20. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013 was $9.3 million and $11.4 million, respectively.

"During the second quarter, there were some slight signs of improvement in the containership market. We managed to extend the charter of the MSC Emma with MSC for a further period of nine months at a daily rate of $9,450, which even though it is significantly below the previous rate of $28,500 per day, it is still a marked improvement compared to our previous extensions for similar vessels at around $7,000 per day earlier in the year.

"In addition, more recently, we extended the charters of the CMA CGM Marlin and CMA CGM Kingfish for a further period of one year, commencing on September 1, 2014, at a daily rate of $9,500 and the charter of Box Trader until May 2015 or latest August 2015 at a daily rate of $8,500."

"The reduced charters on the Box Queen, CMA CGM Marlin and CMA CGM Kingfish were the contributing factors to the 24% decline in our adjusted time charter revenues year over year, which directly impacted our bottom line.

We have two vessels that will come off charter during 2014 and we are monitoring the market for the best suitable opportunities. During these challenging times, we were able to keep our expenses stable and we will work on further strengthening our balance sheet and improving our liquidity. To that extent, in the third quarter of 2014, we reached an agreement with one of our lenders for the full repayment of our loan at a significant gain, the savings of which contribute directly to our net asset value, while giving us a debt-free vessel. The benefits from having a debt-free vessel are numerous and give the Company added fire power to negotiate better terms under its existing loan agreements to preserve its liquidity and improve its free cash flow."
 
More detail on Q2 and 1H 2014 financials at: www.box-ships.com/

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