Global Ship Lease Reports Results For The Second Quarter Of 2012

LONDON, Aug. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL), a containership charter owner, announced today its unaudited results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012.

Second Quarter and Year To Date Highlights - Reported revenue of $39.2 million for the second quarter 2012, up from $38.8 million for the second quarter 2011 due mainly to 11 days offhire less in the second quarter 2012 from fewer drydockings. Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $77.6 million compared to $77.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. There were 70 days offhire in first half 2012, of which 60 were for planned drydockings, compared to a total of 35 days offhire in 2011, of which 30 were for drydockings

- Reported net income of $7.5 million for the second quarter 2012, after a $0.9 million non-cash interest rate derivative mark-to-market gain. For the second quarter 2011 the reported net loss was $11.7 million, after a $13.6 million impairment charge relating to the fair value of purchase options on two vessels and a $3.8 million non-cash mark-to-market loss. Normalized net income (1) was $6.6 million for the second quarter 2012 compared to $5.8 million for the second quarter 2011, which excludes the mark-to-market items and the impairment charge in 2011

- For the six months ended June 30, 2012, net income was $15.5 million, after a $3.6 million non-cash mark-to-market gain. The net loss of $0.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 was after $13.6 million impairment charge and a mark-to-market gain of $1.2 million. Normalized net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $11.9 million up on $11.6 million for the six months June 30, 2011

- Generated $26.8 million of EBITDA (1) for the second quarter 2012, up slightly on $25.7 million for the second quarter 2011. EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $52.0 million, the same as for the six months ended June 30, 2011

- Agreed new charters for two 4,113 TEU vessels commencing immediately on expiry of current charters in September 2012 at $9,962 per vessel per day expiring May 23, 2013 plus/minus 22 days at charterer's option

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