Global Ship Lease Further De-Levers in Q4 2013
Containership charter owners, Global Ship Lease, Inc. has announced unaudited results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013, excerpted as follows:
Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, stated, "In the fourth quarter of 2013, we once again benefitted from our strong contract coverage, which resulted in fleet utilization of more than 99% and Adjusted EBITDA of $22.9 million. Our stable cashflow generation enabled us to further de-lever our balance sheet during the fourth quarter, repaying debt in the amount of $17.9 million.
For the full year 2013, fleet utilization was also in excess of 99%, generating Adjusted EBITDA of $91.5 million and resulting in debt repayment of $59.3 million for the year and a total debt repayment of $232.8 million since the fourth quarter of 2009. The ratio of net secured debt to 2013 Adjusted EBITDA is now 3.7 times."
Mr. Webber continued, "We enter 2014 well positioned to continue to benefit from our strong contracted revenue stream and remain insulated from asset value volatility as a result of our recent loan-to-value waiver extension. As our strong, predictable cashflows allow us to continue strengthening our balance sheet through additional debt repayment, we remain committed to a refinancing on favorable terms to increase our financial and strategic flexibility and enhance shareholder value."
Taken from the report (in thousands of US dollars)
The full report is available at: http://www.globalshiplease.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=807380