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Global Ship Lease Reports Results For The Third Quarter Of 2010

Vessel operating expenses are at less than the capped amounts included in Global Ship Lease's ship management agreements.

Depreciation Depreciation was $10.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, including the effect of the purchase of one additional vessel in August 2009, compared to $9.5 million for the comparative period in 2009.

Depreciation was $30.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to $27.2 million for the comparative period in 2009.

General and Administrative Costs General and administrative costs incurred were $1.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010, including $0.2 million non-cash charge for stock based incentives, compared to $2.0 million for the comparable period in 2009, including $0.6 million non-cash charge for stock based incentives.

In the nine months ended September 30, 2010 general and administrative costs were $5.8 million, including $0.8 million non-cash charge for stock based incentives, compared to $6.6 million for the comparable period in 2009, including $2.2 million non-cash charge for stock based incentives.

Other operating expense (income)

Other operating expense in the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $0.4 million. Other operating income was $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010 other operating income was $0.2 million compared to income of $0.4 million in the comparative period in 2009.

Interest Expense Interest expense, excluding the effect of interest rate derivatives which do not qualify for hedge accounting, for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $6.0 million. The Company's borrowings under its credit facility averaged $553.1 million during third quarter and were $553.1 million at September 30, 2010. There were $48.0 million preferred shares throughout the period giving total borrowings of $601.1 million. Interest expense in the comparative period in 2009 was $7.9 million including $2.0 million for a non recurring accelerated write off associated with renegotiation of the credit facility of deferred financing fees. Average borrowings in the three months ended September 30, 2009, including the preferred shares, were $612.4 million.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, interest expense, excluding the effect of interest rate derivatives which do not qualify for hedge accounting, was $17.9 million. The Company's borrowings under its credit facility together with the preferred shares averaged $622.4 million during this period. Interest expense in the comparable period in 2009 was $18.1 million, including $2.2 million accelerated write off of deferred financing fees, based on average borrowings, including the preferred shares, of $597.6 million in the period.

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