Costamare Inc. Reports Results for Third Quarter and Nine-Month Period Ended September 30, 2012

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ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - Costamare Inc. ("Costamare" or the "Company") (NYSE: CMRE) today reported unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Financial Highlights

  • Voyage revenues of $94.9 million and $291.0 million for the three and the nine- months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.

  • Voyage revenues adjusted on a cash basis of $97.8 million and $294.9 million for the three and the nine- months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $62.5 million and $190.6 million for the three and the nine- months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.

  • Net income of $12.5 million or $0.18 per share and $58.2 million or $0.89 per share for the three and the nine- months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.

  • Adjusted net income of $20.9 million or $0.31 per share and $67.7 million or $1.03 per share for the three and nine- months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.

New Business Developments

  • The Company purchased the 1997-built, 2,458 TEU container vessel Messini (ex. Pembroke) for $6.8 million. The vessel was delivered on August 2, 2012. The acquisition was entirely financed with cash on hand. The Company also entered into a charter agreement with Evergreen for a period of approximately 18 months at a daily rate of $8,100. The vessel was delivered to her charterers on September 24, 2012.

  • The Company has agreed to charter the 1992-built, 3,351 TEU container vessel Konstantina to Evergreen for a period of approximately one year at a daily rate of $7,550. The vessel is expected to be delivered to her charterers on October 29, 2012.

  • On August 8, 2012, we took delivery of the 2001-built, 1,078 TEU containership Stadt Luebeck. The vessel was purchased from an insolvency administrator for a purchase price of $11.3 million. The acquisition was funded entirely out of bank financing provided by an existing lender to the Company. The vessel is currently chartered to CMA CGM. We have entered into an agreement, subject to final documentation, to extend the time charter agreement with CMA CGM from October 23, 2012 for a further period of a minimum of six months and a maximum of 10 months at a daily rate of $6,200. The charterer has a unilateral option to extend the charter for a period of an additional six months after the initial period at a daily rate of $8,500.

  • The Company has entered into an agreement, subject to final documentation, to extend the time charter agreement with Sea Consortium for the 1991-built, 3,351 TEU containership Karmen, from October 1, 2012 for a minimum of four months and a maximum of nine months, at a daily rate of $7,000.

  • The Company sold the 1991-built, 1,068 TEU containership Horizon for demolition for a sale price of approximately $3.7 million. The vessel was delivered to its buyers on September 21, 2012. The sale of the Horizon resulted in a book loss of $7.1 million.

  • The Company has entered into an agreement, subject to final documentation, to charter the 1996-built, 1,504 TEU containership Prosper with Sinokor for a minimum of one month and a maximum of four months, at a daily rate of $5,750. The vessel is expected to be delivered to its Charterers on October 24, 2012.

Follow-On Offering

  • On October 19, 2012, the Company completed a follow-on public offering of 7.0 million shares of its common stock at $14.00 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering before the underwriting discount and other offering expenses were $98.0 million. Members of the Konstantakopoulos family, who in the aggregate own a majority of the common stock of the Company, purchased 700,000 shares in the offering. We plan to use the net proceeds of this offering for capital expenditures, including vessel acquisitions, and for other general corporate purposes, which may include repayments of indebtedness. 

Dividend Announcements

  • On October 5, 2012, the Company declared a dividend for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, of $0.27 per share, payable on November 6, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of trading of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on October 22, 2012. This will be the Company's eighth consecutive quarterly dividend since it commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr. Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare Inc., commented:

"During the third quarter of the year, the Company continued to deliver positive results.

"In August we accepted delivery of two second hand vessels, which were acquired through distressed sales. Both vessels have been subsequently chartered for periods ranging between 6 and 18 months. As part of our fleet renewal process we have sold for demolition a 1,068 TEU 1991-built ship.

"In a challenging market we have fixed all the vessels that were coming out of charter during the remainder of the year; at the same time we have minimized our rechartering risk. The charters for the vessels opening in 2013 and 2014 account for approximately 4% and 3% of our 2013 and 2014 contracted revenues respectively.

"On October 5th we declared a dividend for the third quarter of $ 0.27 per share. Consistent with our dividend policy, we continue to offer an attractive dividend, which we consider to be sustainable based on the size of our contracted cash flows, the quality of our charterers and the prudent amortization of our debt. 

"Finally on October 19th, we closed the offering of 7 million shares of common stock that was priced at $ 14 per share. Members of the founding family have purchased 700,000 shares in the offering. In today's environment the Company has a strong cash position coupled with low leverage and unencumbered assets. 

"We believe that going forward we are well positioned to pursue new business opportunities in a market environment that favors well capitalized players." 

 
Financial Summary
                 
    Nine-month period ended September 30,   Three-month period ended September 30,
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data):   2011   2012   2011   2012
    (Unaudited)
                         
Voyage revenue   $ 280,165   $ 290,962   $ 99,886   $ 94,886
Accrued charter revenue (1)   $ 23,218   $ 3,909   $ 7,776   $ 2,924
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (2)   $ 303,383   $ 294,871   $ 107,662   $ 97,810
                         
Adjusted EBITDA (3)   $ 199,998   $ 190,587   $ 72,891   $ 62,475
                         
Adjusted Net Income (3)   $ 80,168   $ 67,721   $ 30,914   $ 20,947
Weighted Average number of shares     60,300,000     65,582,847     60,300,000     67,800,000
Adjusted Earnings per share (3)   $ 1.33   $ 1.03   $ 0.51   $ 0.31
                         
EBITDA (3)   $ 181,340   $ 181,064   $ 59,368   $ 54,045
Net Income   $ 61,510   $ 58,198   $ 17,391   $ 12,517
Weighted Average number of shares     60,300,000     65,582,847     60,300,000     67,800,000
Earnings per share   $ 1.02   $ 0.89   $ 0.29   $ 0.18

(1) Accrued charter revenue represents the difference between cash received during the period and revenue recognized on a straight-line basis. In the early years of a charter with escalating charter rates, voyage revenue will exceed cash received during the period.
(2) Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis represents Voyage revenue after adjusting for non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates. However, Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or "GAAP." We believe that the presentation of Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis is useful to investors because it presents the charter revenue for the relevant period based on the then current daily charter rates. The increases or decreases in daily charter rates under our charter party agreements are described in the notes to the "Fleet List" below. 
(3) Adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Refer to the reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income and net income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA below.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures used in managing the business may provide users of these financial measures additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures can provide additional meaningful reflection of underlying trends of the business because they provide a comparison of historical information that excludes certain items that impact the overall comparability. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. Tables below set out supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial measures for the nine-month and three-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures include (i) Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (reconciled above), (ii) Adjusted Net Income, (iii) Adjusted earnings per share, (iv) EBITDA and (v) Adjusted EBITDA.

   
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income  
                       
    Nine-month period ended September 30,   Three-month period ended September 30,  
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)   2011     2012   2011     2012  
    (Unaudited)  
Net Income   $ 61,510     $ 58,198   $ 17,391     $ 12,517  
Accrued charter revenue     23,218       3,909     7,776       2,924  
(Gain)/ Loss on sale/disposal of vessels     (10,771 )     4,296     -       5,599  
Realized (Gain) Loss on Euro/USD forward contracts     (1,566 )     997     (764 )     265  
Loss on derivative instruments     6,580       321     6,511       (358 )
Initial purchases of consumable stores for newly acquired vessels     1,197       -     -       -  
                               
Adjusted Net income   $ 80,168     $ 67,721   $ 30,914     $ 20,947  
Adjusted Earnings per Share   $ 1.33     $ 1.03   $ 0.51     $ 0.31  
Weighted average number of shares     60,300,000       65,582,847     60,300,000       67,800,000  

Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share represent net income before gain/(loss) on sale of vessels, non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives, non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates, realized (gain)/loss on Euro/USD forward contracts and the cash of partial purchases of consumable stores for newly acquired vessels. "Accrued charter revenue" is attributed to the timing difference between the revenue recognition and the cash collection. However, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share are not recognized measurements under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or "GAAP." We believe that the presentation of Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. We also believe that Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share are useful in evaluating our ability to service additional debt and make capital expenditures. In addition, we believe that Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share are useful in evaluating our operating performance and liquidity position compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share generally eliminates the effects of the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, certain hedging instruments and other accounting treatments, items which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance and liquidity. In evaluating Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

   
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA  
                         
    Nine-month period ended September 30,     Three-month period ended September 30,  
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)   2011     2012     2011     2012  
    (Unaudited)  
                                 
Net Income   $ 61,510     $ 58,198     $ 17,391     $ 12,517  
Interest and finance costs     55,953       57,840       19,847       19,603  
Interest income     (354 )     (1,173 )     (45 )     (457 )
Depreciation     58,092       60,182       20,079       20,301  
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs     6,139       6,017       2,096       2,081  
EBITDA     181,340       181,064       59,368       54,045  
Accrued charter revenue     23,218       3,909       7,776       2,924  
(Gain)/ Loss on sale/disposal of vessels     (10,771 )     4,296       -       5,599  
Realized (Gain) Loss on Euro/USD forward contracts     (1,566 )     997       (764 )     265  
Loss on derivative instruments     6,580       321       6,511       (358 )
Initial purchases of consumable stores for newly acquired vessels     1,197       -       -       -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 199,998     $ 190,587     $ 72,891     $ 62,475  

EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income, depreciation and amortization of deferred dry-docking & special survey costs. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income, depreciation, amortization of deferred dry-docking & special survey costs, gain/(loss) on sale of vessels, non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives, non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates, realized (gain)/loss on Euro/USD forward contracts and the cash of partial purchases of consumable stores for newly acquired vessels. "Accrued charter revenue" is attributed to the time difference between the revenue recognition and the cash collection. However, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not recognized measurements under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or "GAAP." We believe that the presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. We also believe that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful in evaluating our ability to service additional debt and make capital expenditures. In addition, we believe that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful in evaluating our operating performance and liquidity position compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, items which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance and liquidity. In evaluating EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

Note: Items to consider for comparability include gains and charges. Gains positively impacting net income are reflected as deductions to net income. Charges negatively impacting net income are reflected as increases to net income.

Results of Operations

Three-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the three-month period ended September 30, 2011

During the three-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, we had an average of 47.1 and 48.5 vessels, respectively, in our fleet. In the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we accepted delivery of the secondhand vessels Stadt Luebeck and Messini with an aggregate TEU capacity of 3,536 and we sold the second-hand vessel Horizon for scrap with a TEU capacity of 1,068. In the three-month period ended September 30, 2011, we acquired the secondhand vessel MSC Romanos with a TEU capacity of 5,060. In the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 our fleet ownership days totaled 4,337 and 4,460 days, respectively. Ownership days are the primary driver of voyage revenue and vessels' operating expenses and represent the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet is owned.

                   
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except percentages)    Three-month period ended September 30,              
    2011     2012     Change     Percentage Change  
       
                               
Voyage revenue   $ 99.9     $ 94.9     $ (5.0 )   (5.0 %)
Voyage expenses     (0.8 )     (1.7 )     0.9     112.5 %
Voyage expenses - related parties     (0.8 )     (0.7 )     (0.1 )   (12.5 %)
Vessels operating expenses     (27.6 )     (28.3 )     0.7     2.5 %
General and administrative expenses     (1.1 )     (1.0 )     (0.1 )   (9.1 %)
Management fees - related parties     (3.8 )     (3.8 )     -     -  
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs     (2.1 )     (2.1 )     -     -  
Depreciation     (20.1 )     (20.3 )     0.2     1.0 %
Gain (loss) on sale of vessels     -       (5.6 )     5.6     100.0 %
Foreign exchange gains / (losses)     (0.1 )     (0.1 )     -     -  
Interest income     0.1       0.4       0.3     300.0 %
Interest and finance costs     (19.8 )     (19.6 )     (0.2 )   (1.0 %)
Other     0.1       -       (0.1 )   (100.0 %)
Gain (loss) on derivative instruments     (6.5 )     0.4       6.9     106.2 %
Net Income   $ 17.4     $ 12.5     $ (4.9 )   (28.2 %)
                 
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except percentages)   Three-month period ended September 30,            
    2011   2012   Change     Percentage
Change
 
                           
Voyage revenue   $ 99.9   $ 94.9   $ (5.0 )   (5.0 %)
Accrued charter revenue     7.8     2.9     (4.9 )   (62.8 %)
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis   $ 107.7     97.8   $ (9.9 )   (9.2 %)
                 
    Three-month period ended September 30,            
Fleet operational data   2011   2012   Change     Percentage
Change
 
                     
Average number of vessels   48.5   47.1   (1.4 )   (2.9 %)
Ownership days   4,460   4,337   (123 )   (2.8 %)
Number of vessels underwent dry-dock during the periods   -   4   4        

Voyage Revenue

Voyage revenue decreased by 5.0%, or $5.0 million, to $94.9 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $99.9 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease in Voyage revenues is mainly due to decreased ownership days of our fleet by 2.8% during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the three month period ended September 30, 2011. Voyage revenues adjusted on a cash basis (which eliminates non-cash "Accrued charter revenue"), decreased by 9.2%, or $9.9 million, to $97.8 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $107.7 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease is mainly attributable to the decreased ownership days of our fleet and the decreased charter hire received in accordance with certain escalation clauses of our charters during the three month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses increased by 112.5%, or $0.9 million, to $1.7 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $0.8 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to the off-hire expenses, mainly relating to bunkers consumption of the four vessels that were dry-docked during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and of one of our vessels on her way to the shipyard for dry-docking that commenced early October 2012; partly offset by the decreased third party commissions charged to us in the three-month period September 30, 2012 compared to the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Voyage Expenses - related parties

Voyage expenses - related parties in the amount of $0.7 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and in the amount of $0.8 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011 represent fees of 0.75% on voyage revenues charged to us by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. as provided under our management agreement signed on November 4, 2010 (initial public offering completion date).

Vessels' Operating Expenses

Vessels' operating expenses, which also include the realized gain (loss) under derivative contracts entered into in relation to foreign currency exposure, increased by 2.5%, or $0.7 million, to $28.3 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $27.6 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase is partly attributable to the increase of the average vessel size of the fleet during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011; partly offset by the decreased ownership days of our fleet during the three month-period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses decreased by 9.1%, or $0.1 million, to $1.0 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $1.1 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease in the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 was mainly attributable to decreased public-company related expenses charged to us compared to the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. Furthermore, general and administrative expenses for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 include $0.25 million for the services of the Company's officers in aggregate charged to us by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. as provided under our management agreement signed on November 4, 2010.  

Management Fees - related parties

Management fees paid to our managers were $3.8 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Amortization of Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs was $2.1 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 four vessels and no vessels underwent their special survey, respectively.

Depreciation

Depreciation expense increased by 1.0%, or $0.2 million, to $20.3 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $20.1 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to the depreciation expense charged for the two vessels that were delivered to us during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 partly offset by the depreciation expense not charged following the sale of one vessel during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012.

Loss on Sale of Vessels

In the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we recorded a net loss of $5.6 million from the sale of the vessel Horizon (including the effect of the partial reversal of a provision recorded in 2011 for costs associated with the grounding of the vessel Rena). In the three-month period ended September 30, 2011, no vessels were sold.

Foreign Exchange Gains / (Losses)

Foreign exchange losses were $0.1 during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, and during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Interest Income

During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, interest income increased by 300.0%, or $0.3 million, to $0.4 million, from $0.1 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The change in interest income was mainly due to the increased cash deposits in interest bearing accounts during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the three month-period ended September 30, 2011, which resulted from the increased average cash balance during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Interest and Finance Costs

Interest and finance costs decreased by 1.0%, or $0.2 million, to $19.6 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $19.8 million during the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease is partly attributable to decreased financing costs and commitment fees charged to us mainly in relation to new credit facilities we entered into, in connection with our new building program; partly offset by the capitalized interest in relation to our new-building program. 

Gain (Loss) on Derivative Instruments

The fair value of our 28 interest rate derivative instruments which were outstanding as of September 30, 2012, equates to the amount that would be paid by us or to us should those instruments be terminated. As of September 30, 2012, the fair value of these 28 interest rate derivative instruments in aggregate amounted to a liability of $192.8 million. Twenty-seven of the 28 interest rate derivative instruments that were outstanding as at September 30, 2012, qualified for hedge accounting and the effective portion of the change in their fair value is recorded in "Comprehensive loss". For the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, a loss of $9.4 million has been included in "Comprehensive loss" and a loss of $0.05 million has been included in "Gain (loss) on derivative instruments" in the consolidated statement of income, resulting from the fair market value change of the interest rate derivative instruments during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012.

Cash Flows

Three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011

Condensed cash flows   Three-month period ended September 30,  
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)   2011     2012  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $ 51.3     $ 39.4  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   $ (61.1 )   $ (55.3 )
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities   $ 10.7     $ (8.6 )

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Net cash flows provided by operating activities for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, decreased by $11.9 million to $39.4 million, compared to $51.3 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease was primarily attributable to (a) the decreased cash from operations of $9.9 million deriving from escalating charter rates and (b) the increased dry-docking payments of $4.0 million; partly offset by the favorable change in working capital position, excluding the current portion of long-term debt and the accrued charter revenue (representing the difference between cash received in that period and revenue recognized on a straight-line basis) of $2.9 million.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $55.3 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, which consists of (a) $39.9 million advance payments for the construction and purchase of four newbuild vessels, (b) $18.8 million in payments for the acquisition of two secondhand vessels and (c) $3.4 million we received from the sale of one vessel.

Net cash used in investing activities was $61.1 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2011, which primarily consists of (a) $55.0 million payments for the purchase of MSC Romanos, (b) $6.0 million advance payment for the acquisition of MSC Viviana delivered to us in the fourth quarter of 2011 and (c) $1.8 million in aggregate advance payments we received for the sale of two vessels delivered to their new owners in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net Cash Provided By (Used in) Financing Activities

Net cash used in financing activities was $8.6 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, which mainly consists of (a) $39.1 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $41.9 million we drew down from three of our credit facilities and (c) $18.3 million we paid for dividends to our stockholders for the second quarter of the year 2012.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $10.7 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2011, which mainly consists of (a) $34.6 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $61.4 million we drew down from two of our credit facilities and (c) $15.1 million we paid for dividends to our stockholders for the second quarter of the year 2011.

Results of Operations

Nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011

During the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, we had an average of 46.7 and 47.6 vessels, respectively, in our fleet. In the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, we accepted delivery of five secondhand vessels MSC Ulsan, Koroni, Kyparissia, Stadt Luebeck and Messini with an aggregate TEU capacity of 15,352, and we sold four vessels Gather, Gifted, Genius I and Horizon with an aggregate TEU capacity of 9,834. In the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011, we accepted delivery of nine secondhand vessels MSC Pylos, Zagora, Marina, Prosper, Konstantina, MSC Sierra II, MSC Namibia II, MSC Sudan II and MSC Romanos with an aggregate TEU capacity of 22,518 and we sold three second-hand vessels MSC Sierra, MSC Namibia and MSC Sudan with an aggregate TEU capacity of 4,914. In the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, our fleet ownership days totaled 12,789 and 12,991 days, respectively. Ownership days are the primary driver of voyage revenue and vessels operating expenses and represent the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet is owned.

                         
 (Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except percentages)    Nine-month period ended September 30,              
    2011     2012     Change     Percentage Change  
       
                               
Voyage revenue   $ 280.2     $ 291.0     $ 10.8     3.9 %
Voyage expenses     (3.3 )     (4.0 )     0.7     21.2 %
Voyage expenses - related parties     (2.1 )     (2.2 )     0.1     4.8 %
Vessels operating expenses     (83.3 )     (84.7 )     1.4     1.7 %
General and administrative expenses     (3.7 )     (3.1 )     (0.6 )   (16.2 %)
Management fees - related parties     (11.3 )     (11.4 )     0.1     0.9 %
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs     (6.1 )     (6.0 )     (0.1 )   (1.6 %)
Depreciation     (58.1 )     (60.2 )     2.1     3.6 %
Gain (Loss) on sale/disposal of vessels     10.8       (4.3 )     (15.1 )   (139.8 %)
Foreign exchange gains/ (losses)     -       0.2       0.2     100.0 %
Interest income     0.4       1.1       0.7     175.0 %
Interest and finance costs     (56.0 )     (57.8 )     1.8     3.2 %
Other     0.6       (0.1 )     (0.7 )   (116.7 %)
Gain (Loss) on derivative instruments     (6.6 )     (0.3 )     (6.3 )   (95.5 %)
Net Income   $ 61.5     $ 58.2     $ (3.3 )   (5.4 %)
                     
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except percentages)   Nine-month period ended September 30,            
    2011   2012   Change     Percentage
Change
 
                           
Voyage revenue   $ 280.2   $ 291.0   $ 10.8     3.9 %
Accrued charter revenue     23.2     3.9     (19.3 )   (83.2 %)
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis   $ 303.4   $ 294.9   $ (8.5 )   (2.8 %)
                     
Fleet operational data   Nine-month period ended September 30,            
    2011   2012   Change     Percentage
Change
 
                     
Average number of vessels   47.6   46.7   (0.9 )   (1.9 %)
Ownership days   12,991   12,789   (202 )   (1.6 %)
Number of vessels under dry-docking   8   6   (2 )   -  

Voyage Revenue

Voyage revenue increased by 3.9%, or $10.8 million, to $291.0 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $280.2 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. Ownership days decreased by 1.6% or 202 days to 12,789 days during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from 12,991 days during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase in Voyage revenues is mainly due to the fact that larger vessels, chartered on average at higher rates, were employed by the Company during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. Voyage revenues adjusted on a cash basis (which eliminates non-cash "Accrued charter revenue"), decreased by 2.8%, or $8.5 million, to $294.9 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $303.4 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease is attributable to decreased charter hire received in accordance with certain escalation clauses of our charters during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011; partly offset by the fact that larger vessels, chartered on average at higher rates, were employed by the Company during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses increased by 21.2%, or $0.7 million to $4.0 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 from $3.3 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to the increased off-hire expenses of our fleet, mainly bunkers consumption; partly offset by the decreased third party commissions charged to us during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Voyage Expenses - related parties

Voyage expenses - related parties in the amount of $2.2 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, and in the amount of $2.1 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011, represent fees of 0.75% on voyage revenues charged to us by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. as provided under our management agreement signed on November 4, 2010 (initial public offering completion date).

Vessels' Operating Expenses

Vessels' operating expenses, which also include the realized gain or loss under derivative contracts entered into in relation to foreign currency exposure, increased by 1.7%, or $1.4 million, to $84.7 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $83.3 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase is partly attributable to the increase of the average vessel size of the fleet during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period of 2011; partly offset by the decreased ownership days of our fleet during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the same period of 2011.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses decreased by 16.2%, or $0.6 million, to $3.1 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $3.7 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, was mainly attributable to decreased public-company related expenses charged to us compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. Furthermore, general and administrative expenses for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011 include $0.75 million, respectively, for the services of the Company's officers in aggregate charged to us by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. as provided under our management agreement signed on November 4, 2010 (initial public offering completion date). 

Management Fees - related parties

Management fees paid to our managers increased by 0.9%, or $0.1 million, to $11.4 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $11.3 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Amortization of Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $6.0 million and $6.1 million, respectively. During the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, 6 vessels and 8 vessels, respectively, underwent their special survey.

Depreciation

Depreciation expense increased by 3.6%, or $2.1 million, to $60.2 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $58.1 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to the depreciation expense charged for the one containership that was delivered to us during the three-month period ended December 31, 2011 and to the five containerships delivered to us during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, partly offset by the depreciation expense not charged relating to the eight vessels sold or disposed of during the three-month period ended December 31, 2011 and the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012.

Gain / (Loss) on Sale of Vessels

During the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, we recorded a net loss of $4.3 million mainly from the sale of four vessels (including the effect of the partial reversal of a provision recorded in 2011 for costs associated with the grounding of the vessel Rena). During the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011, we recorded a gain of $10.8 million from the sale of three vessels.

Foreign Exchange Gains

Foreign exchange gains amounted to $0.2 million and $0 during the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Interest Income

During the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, interest income was $1.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively. The change in interest income was mainly due to the increased cash deposits in interest bearing accounts during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to the nine-month-period ended September 30, 2011, which resulted from the increased average cash balance during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Interest and Finance Costs

Interest and finance costs increased by 3.2%, or $1.8 million, to $57.8 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, from $56.0 million during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The increase is partly attributable to increased interest expense and commitment fees charged to us mainly in relation to new credit facilities we entered into with regards to our new-building program partly offset by the capitalized interest in relation with our newbuilding program.

Gain (Loss) on Derivative Instruments

The fair value of our 28 interest rate derivative instruments which were outstanding as of September 30, 2012, equates to the amount that would be paid by us or to us should those instruments be terminated. As of September 30, 2012, the fair value of these 28 interest rate derivative instruments in aggregate amounted to a liability of $192.8 million. Twenty-seven of the 28 interest rate derivative instruments that were outstanding as at September 30, 2012, qualified for hedge accounting and the effective portion of the change in their fair value is recorded in "Comprehensive loss". For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, a loss of $20.5 million has been included in "Comprehensive loss" and a loss of $1.6 million has been included in "Gain (loss) on derivative instruments" in the consolidated statement of income, resulting from the fair market value change of the interest rate derivative instruments during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012.

Cash Flows

Nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

             
Condensed cash flows   Nine-month period ended September 30,  
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)   2011     2012  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $ 134.4     $ 123.4  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   $ (256.6 )   $ (162.0 )
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   $ 33.1     $ 157.7  
                 

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Net cash flows provided by operating activities for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012 decreased by $11.0 million to $123.4 million, compared to $134.4 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011. The decrease was primarily attributable to (a) the decreased cash from operations of $8.5 million deriving from escalating charter rates, (b) the increased dry-docking payments of $1.9 million and (c) increased payments for interest (including swap payments) of $3.1 million; partly offset by favorable change in working capital position, excluding the current portion of long-term debt and the accrued charter revenue (representing the difference between cash received in that period and revenue recognized on a straight-line basis) of $4.2 million.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $162.0 million in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, which consisted of (a) $109.0 million advance payments for the construction and purchase of seven newbuild vessels, (b) $73.7 million in payments for the acquisition of five secondhand vessels and (c) $20.8 million we received from the sale of four vessels.

Net cash used in investing activities was $256.6 million in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011, which consists of (a) $147.3 million advance payments and other capitalized costs for the construction and purchase of ten newbuild vessels, (b) $130.2 million in payments for the acquisition of nine second-hand vessels, (c) $6.0 million in advance payment for the acquisition of one second hand vessel delivered to us in the fourth quarter of 2011, (d) $19.0 million we received for the sale of three vessels (e) $6.1 million we received from the sale of governmental bonds and (f) $1.8 million in aggregate we received as advances for the sale of two vessels delivered to their new owners in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net Cash Provided By Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities was $157.7 million in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, which mainly consisted of (a) $129.3 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $241.2 million we drew down from five of our credit facilities, (c) $52.9 million we paid for dividends to our stockholders for the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, 2011, the first quarter of the year 2012 and the second quarter of the year 2012 and (d) $100.6 million net proceeds we received from our follow-on offering in March 2012, net of underwriting discounts and expenses incurred in the offering.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $33.1 million in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011, which mainly consists of (a) $83.9 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $169.0 million we drew down from four of our credit facilities and (c) $45.2 million, in aggregate, we paid for dividends to our stockholders for the fourth quarter of the year 2010, the first quarter of the year 2011 and the second quarter of the year 2011.

Liquidity and Capital Expenditures

Cash and cash equivalents

As of September 30, 2012, we had a total cash liquidity of $264.5 million, consisting of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.

Debt-free vessels

As of October 22, 2012, the following vessels were free of debt.

 
Unencumbered Vessels in the water
(refer to fleet list in page 17 for full charter details)
 
Vessel Name   Year
Built
  TEU
Capacity
NAVARINO   2010   8,531
AKRITAS   1987   3,152
MSC CHALLENGER   1986   2,633
MESSINI   1997   2,458

Capital commitments

As of October 22, 2012, we had outstanding commitments relating to our contracted newbuilds aggregating $686.7 million payable in installments until the vessels are delivered.

Conference Call details:

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., EDT, Costamare's management team will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1(866) 819-7111 (from the US), 0(800) 953-0329 (from the UK) or +(44) (0) 1452 542 301 (from outside the US). Please quote "Costamare."

A replay of the conference call will be available until October 31, 2012. The United States replay number is 1(866) 247-4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 550 000 and the access code required for the replay is: 25306424#.

Live webcast:

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the Costamare Inc. website (www.costamare.com) under the "Investors" section. Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About Costamare Inc.

Costamare Inc. is one of the world's leading owners and providers of containerships for charter. The Company has 37 years of history in the international shipping industry and a fleet of 57 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 329,000 TEU, including 10 newbuild containerships on order. Costamare Inc.'s common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CMRE."

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains "forward-looking statements". In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "believe", "intend", "anticipate", "estimate", "project", "forecast", "plan", "potential", "may", "should", "could" and "expect" and similar expressions. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only Costamare's belief regarding future results, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Costamare's control. It is possible that actual results may differ, possibly materially, from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect future results, see the discussion in Costamare Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F (File No. 001-34934) under the caption "Risk Factors".

Fleet List

The tables below provide additional information, as of October 22, 2012, about our fleet of 57 containerships, including 10 newbuilds on order. Each vessel is a cellular containership, meaning it is a dedicated container vessel.

    Vessel Name   Charterer   Year Built   Capacity (TEU)   Time Charter Term (1) Current Daily Charter Hire (U.S. dollars)   Expiration of Charter (1)   Average Daily Charter Rate Until Earliest Expiry of Charter (U.S. dollars)(2)
1   COSCO GUANGZHOU   COSCO   2006   9,469   12 years 36,400   December 2017   36,400
2   COSCO NINGBO   COSCO   2006   9,469   12 years 36,400   January 2018   36,400
3   COSCO YANTIAN   COSCO   2006   9,469   12 years 36,400   February 2018   36,400
4   COSCO BEIJING   COSCO   2006   9,469   12 years 36,400   April 2018   36,400
5   COSCO HELLAS   COSCO   2006   9,469   12 years 37,519   May 2018   37,519
6   NAVARINO   Evergreen   2010   8,531   1.5 years 30,950   September 2013   30,950
7   MAERSK KAWASAKI (i)   A.P. Moller-Maersk   1997   7,403   10 years 37,000   December 2017   37,000
8   MAERSK KURE (i)   A.P. Moller-Maersk   1996   7,403   10 years 37,000   December 2017   37,000
9   MAERSK KOKURA (i)   A.P. Moller-Maersk   1997   7,403   10 years 37,000   February 2018   37,000
10   MSC METHONI   MSC   2003   6,724   10 years 29,000   September 2021   29,000
11   SEALAND NEW YORK   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2000   6,648   11 years 30,375 (3)   March 2018   27,325
12   MAERSK KOBE   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2000   6,648   11 years 38,179 (4)   May 2018   29,789
13   SEALAND WASHINGTON   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2000   6,648   11 years 30,375 (5)   June 2018   27,484
14   SEALAND MICHIGAN   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2000   6,648   11 years 25,375 (6)   August 2018   25,852
15   SEALAND ILLINOIS   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2000   6,648   11 years 30,375 (7)   October 2018   27,620
16   MAERSK KOLKATA   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2003   6,644   11 years 38,490 (8)   November 2019   31,759
17   MAERSK KINGSTON   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2003   6,644   11 years 38,461 (9)   February 2020   32,011
18   MAERSK KALAMATA   A.P. Moller-Maersk   2003   6,644   11 years 38,418 (10)   April 2020   32,094
19   MSC ROMANOS   MSC   2003   5,050   5.3 years 28,000   November 2016   28,000
20   ZIM NEW YORK   ZIM   2002   4,992   13 years 23,150   July 2015 (11)   23,150
21   ZIM SHANGHAI   ZIM   2002   4,992   13 years 23,150   August 2015 (11)   23,150
22   ZIM PIRAEUS (ii)   ZIM   2004   4,992   10 years 18,274 (12)   March 2014   31,532
23   OAKLAND EXPRESS   Hapag Lloyd   2000   4,890   8 years 30,500   September 2016   30,500
24   HALIFAX EXPRESS   Hapag Lloyd   2000   4,890   8 years 30,500   October 2016   30,500
25   SINGAPORE EXPRESS   Hapag Lloyd   2000   4,890   8 years 30,500   July 2016   30,500
26   MSC MANDRAKI   MSC   1988   4,828   7.8 years 20,000   August 2017   20,000
27   MSC MYKONOS   MSC   1988   4,828   8.2 years 20,000   September 2017   20,000
28   MSC ULSAN   MSC   2002   4,132   5.3 years 16,500   March 2017   16,500
29   MSC ANTWERP   MSC   1993   3,883   4.3 years 17,500   August 2013   17,500
30   MSC WASHINGTON   MSC   1984   3,876   3.2 years 17,250   February 2013   17,250
31   MSC KYOTO   MSC   1981   3,876   3.1 years 17,250   June 2013   17,250
32   KORONI   Evergreen   1998   3,842   2 years 15,200 (13)   April 2014   11,332
33   KYPARISSIA   Evergreen   1998   3,842   2 years 15,200 (14)   May 2014   11,292
34   MSC AUSTRIA   MSC   1984   3,584   9.5 years 17,250 (15)   September 2018   13,518
35   KARMEN   Sea Consortium   1991   3,351   1.5 years 7,000   January 2013   7,000
36   MARINA   Evergreen   1992   3,351   1.1 years 15,200 (16)   April 2013   8,767
37   KONSTANTINA   Evergreen   1992   3,351   1.0 year 7,550 (17)   September 2013   7,550
38   AKRITAS   Hapag Lloyd   1987   3,152   4 years 12,500   August 2014   12,500
39   MSC CHALLENGER   MSC   1986   2,633   4.8 years 10,000   July 2015   10,000
40   MESSINI   Evergreen   1997   2,458   1.5 years 8,100   February 2014   8,100
41   MSC REUNION   MSC   1992   2,024   6 years 11,500   June 2014   11,500
42   MSC NAMIBIA II   MSC   1991   2,023   6.8 years 11,500   July 2014   11,500
43   MSC SIERRA II   MSC   1991   2,023   5.7 years 11,500   June 2014   11,500
44   MSC PYLOS   MSC   1991   2,020   3 years 11,500   January 2014   11,500
45   PROSPER   Sinokor   1996   1,504   0.1 years 5,750 (18)   November 2012   5,750
46   ZAGORA   MSC   1995   1,162   1.7 years 5,500   April 2013   5,500
47   STADT LUEBECK   CMA CGM   2001   1.078   0.7 years 5,800 (19)   April 2013   6,198
                               
                               

Newbuilds

Vessel Name   Shipyard   Charterer   Expected Delivery
(
based on latest shipyard schedule)
  Approximate Capacity
(TEU)
1   Hull S4010   Sungdong Shipbuilding   MSC   February 2013   9,000
2   Hull S4011   Sungdong Shipbuilding   MSC   February 2013   9,000
3   Hull S4020   Sungdong Shipbuilding   Evergreen   May 2013   8,800
4   Hull S4021   Sungdong Shipbuilding   Evergreen   May 2013   8,800
5   Hull S4022   Sungdong Shipbuilding   Evergreen   July 2013   8,800
6   Hull S4023   Sungdong Shipbuilding   Evergreen   July 2013   8,800
7   Hull S4024   Sungdong Shipbuilding   Evergreen   August 2013   8,800
8   H1068A   Jiangnan Changxing   MSC   December 2013   9,000
9   H1069A   Jiangnan Changxing   MSC   December 2013   9,000
10   H1070A   Jiangnan Changxing   MSC   February 2014   9,000
   
(1) Charter terms and expiration dates are based on the earliest date charters could expire.
(2) This average rate is calculated based on contracted charter rates for the days remaining between October 22, 2012 and the earliest expiration of each charter. Certain of our charter rates change until their earliest expiration dates, as indicated in the footnotes below.
(3) This charter rate changes on May 8, 2014 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(4) This charter rate changes on June 30, 2014 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(5) This charter rate changes on August 24, 2014 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(6) This charter rate changes on October 20, 2014 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(7) This charter rate changes on December 4, 2014 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(8) This charter rate changes on January 13, 2016 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(9) This charter rate changes on April 28, 2016 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(10) This charter rate changes on June 11, 2016 to $26,100 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(11) Charterers shall have the option to terminate the charter by giving six months' notice, in which case they will have to make a one-time payment which shall be the $6.9 million reduced proportionately by the amount of time by which the original 3-year extension period is shortened.
(12) This charter rate changes on January 1, 2013 to $22,150 per day until the earliest redelivery date. In addition, the charterer is required to pay approximately $5.0 million no later than July 2016, representing accrued charter hire, the payment of which was deferred.
(13) The charter rate will change on November 2012 to $10,500 per day and will escalate to $11,500 per day, starting from May 2013 until the earliest redelivery date.
(14) The charter rate will change on November 2012 to $10,500 per day and will escalate to $11,500 per day, starting from June 2013 until the earliest redelivery date.
(15) As from December 1, 2012 until redelivery, the charter rate is to be a minimum of $13,500 per day plus 50% of the difference between the market rate and the charter rate of $13,500. The market rate is to be determined annually based on the Hamburg ConTex type 3500 TEU index published on October 1 of each year until redelivery.
(16) This charter rate changes in November 2012 to $8,000 per day until the earliest redelivery date.
(17) The vessel is expected to be delivered to her charterers by October 29, 2012.
(18) The vessel is expected to be delivered to her charterers by October 24, 2012.
(19) This charter rate changes on October 23, 2012 to $6,200 per day until the earliest redelivery date. The charterer has a unilateral option to extend the charter for an additional six months after the initial period at a daily rate of $8,500.

(i) The charterer has a unilateral option to extend the charter of the vessel for two periods of 30 months each +/-90 days on the final period performed, at a rate of $41,700 per day.
(ii) The charterer has a unilateral option to extend the charter of the vessel for a period of 12 months +/-60 days at a rate of $27,500 per day.

   
COSTAMARE INC.  
Consolidated Statements of Income  
   
    Nine-months ended September 30,     Three-months ended September 30,  
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)   2011     2012     2011     2012  
    (Unaudited)  
                                 
REVENUES:                                
Voyage revenue   $ 280,165     $ 290,962     $ 99,886     $ 94,886  
                                 
EXPENSES:                                
Voyage expenses     (3,320 )     (3,990 )     (799 )     (1,707 )
Voyage expenses - related parties     (2,110 )     (2,161 )     (753 )     (709 )
Vessels' operating expenses     (83,312 )     (84,700 )     (27,579 )     (28,335 )
General and administrative expenses     (3,567 )     (3,086 )     (1,102 )     (987 )
Management fees - related parties     (11,275 )     (11,418 )     (3,792 )     (3,845 )
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey costs     (6,139 )     (6,017 )     (2,096 )     (2,081 )
Depreciation     (58,092 )     (60,182 )     (20,079 )     (20,301 )
Gain/ (Loss) on sale of vessels     10,771       (4,296 )     -       (5,599 )
Foreign exchange gains (losses)     (4 )     167       (77 )     (25 )
Operating income   $ 123,117     $ 115,279     $ 43,609     $ 31,297  
                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):                                
Interest income   $ 354     $ 1,173     $ 45     $ 457  
Interest and finance costs     (55,953 )     (57,840 )     (19,847 )     (19,603 )
Other     572       (93 )     95       8  
Gain/ (Loss) on derivative instruments     (6,580 )     (321 )     (6,511 )     358  
Total other income (expenses)   $ (61,607 )   $ (57,081 )   $ (26,218 )   $ (18,780 )
Net Income   $ 61,510     $ 58,198     $ 17,391     $ 12,517  
                                 
                                 
Earnings per common share, basic and diluted   $ 1.02     $ 0.89     $ 0.29     $ 0.18  
Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted     60,300,000       65,582,847       60,300,000       67,800,000  
   
   
COSTAMARE INC.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
   
    As of December 31,     As of September 30,  
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)   2011     2012  
    (Audited)     (Unaudited)  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 97,996     $ 217,131  
Restricted cash     7,371       5,454  
Receivables     2,150       2,816  
Inventories     9,335       11,080  
Due from related parties     3,585       3,354  
Fair value of derivatives     -       258  
Insurance claims receivable     3,076       2,923  
Accrued charter revenue     13,428       5,041  
Prepayments and other     1,910       2,528  
Total current assets   $ 138,851     $ 250,585  
FIXED ASSETS, NET:                
Advances for vessels acquisitions   $ 148,373     $ 257,421  
Vessels, net     1,618,887       1,606,489  
Total fixed assets, net   $ 1,767,260     $ 1,863,910  
NON-CURRENT ASSETS:                
Deferred charges, net   $ 32,641     $ 33,605  
Restricted cash     38,707       41,902  
Accrued charter revenue     5,086       14,405  
Total assets   $ 1,982,545     $ 2,204,407  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 153,176     $ 158,520  
Accounts payable     4,057       5,457  
Accrued liabilities     13,455       12,979  
Unearned revenue     6,901       8,557  
Fair value of derivatives     46,481       54,725  
Other current liabilities     2,519       2,406  
Total current liabilities   $ 226,589     $ 242,644  
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES                
Long-term debt, net of current portion   $ 1,290,244     $ 1,396,733  
Fair value of derivatives, net of current portion     125,194       138,040  
Unearned revenue, net of current portion     10,532       13,942  
Total non-current liabilities   $ 1,425,970     $ 1,548,715  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
Common stock   $ 6     $ 7  
Additional paid-in capital     519,971       620,554  
Accumulated deficit     (48,854 )     (43,549 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (141,137 )     (163,964 )
                 
Total stockholders' equity   $ 329,986     $ 413,048  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 1,982,545     $ 2,204,407  
                 
Contact:

Company
Gregory Zikos
Chief Financial Officer
Konstantinos Tsakalidis
Business Development
Costamare Inc., Athens, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210-949-0000
Email: ir@costamare.com

Investor Relations Advisor/ Media
Nicolas Bornozis
President
Capital Link, Inc.
230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
New York, N.Y. 10169
Tel.: (+1) 212-661-7566
E-mail: costamare@capitallink.com
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