No Significant Counterparty Risk In Danoas Corporation

| About: Danaos Corporation (DAC)

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This is a follow up on my previous article detailing my long thesis on Danaos Corporation(NYSE:DAC). This article provides the results of an analysis of the counterparty exposure of Danaos Corporation.

Key takeaways from the analysis:

  1. The risk Danaos Corporation's biggest counterparties defaulting on their obligations to the company is insignificant.
  2. ZIM is the only counterparty that posses a risk of not honoring its obligations toward Danaos Corporation, as the company is undergoing a restructuring. ZIM account for less than 6% of contracted TEU in 2014 to 2017.

Methodology: As the company doesn't provide detailed charter rates by ship it isn't possible to make a 100% precise counterparty exposure analysis for outsiders. In order to make an as precise as possible analyses from the data that the company provides to the public, I have chosen to measure the counterparty risk as how big a % of contracted TEU that each counterparty account for.

Exhibit 1 is a chart detailing the counterparty exposure of Danaos Corporation, as a % of weighted contracted TEU in the period 2014-2017.

Danaos is most exposed to Hyundai, CMA-CGM, Hanjin and China Shipping all account for over 10% of the company's contracted TEU. After analyzing the counterparties in detail, I have come to the conclusion that the risk of the companies defaulting on their liabilities to Danaos Corporation is insignificant.

ZIM, which is owned by Israel Corporation is currently undergoing a restructuring. ZIM accounts for 5.51%, 5.63%, 5.75% and 5.85% of Danaos Corporation's contracted TEU in the period 2014-17 One can find ZIM's financial statements on Israel Corporation's Investors Relation section on their website. It's showing progress with a decreasing operating loss, but might not be able to honour its obligations towards Danaos Corporation if the restructuring turns out bad. However, with ZIM accounting for less than 6% of contracted revenue a worst case scenario of ZIM not being able to honour any of its obligations towards Danaos Corporation, is insignificant to the previously presented long thesis.

Disclosure: I am long DAC. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: Abdalla Al-ayrot manages money on behalf of several investors and these investors might be long the stock mentioned in this article.

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