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Mar 05, 2020

Global Ship Lease Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2019

LONDON, March 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) (the “Company” or “Global Ship Lease”), a containership owner, announced today its unaudited results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019.

Full Year 2019 and Year to Date 2020 Highlights

- Reported operating revenue of $67.6 million for the fourth quarter 2019. Operating revenue for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $261.1 million.

- Reported net income available to common shareholders of $8.0 million for the fourth quarter 2019.? For the year ended December 31, 2019, net income available to common shareholders was $36.8 million.

- Generated $37.7 million of Adjusted EBITDA(3) for the fourth quarter 2019. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $157.0 million.

- During the year we raised $365.5 million of secured finance.? By December 31, 2019, we had utilized $268.5 million to refinance existing debt and $59.0 million to partially finance the acquisition of ships.

- During the fourth quarter, we raised $50.7 million net proceeds from issuing Class A common shares and $29.6 million net proceeds from issuing 8.00% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2024 (“2024 Notes”). By December 31, 2019, a further $7.7 million net proceeds had been raised under our At The Market (“ATM”) program for the 2024 Notes and a further $0.9 million under our separate ATM program for our 8.75% Series B Preferred Shares (“Series B Preferred Shares”). Proceeds are to be used to facilitate the refinancing of our 9.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (“2022 Notes”) and selective growth.

- During the year, we announced the acquisition of seven containerships, all with charters in place, adding an aggregate of approximately $109.0 million contracted revenue, $55.0 million of expected Adjusted EBITDA, and 21.1 years of contract cover (excluding option periods callable by the charterers). The acquisitions of four of these ships were announced in November 2019.

- In December 2019, following our Annual Mandatory Offer to purchase up to $20.0 million of our 2022 Notes, we purchased and cancelled $17.3 million of these notes on December 10, 2019 at a purchase price of 102%. The remaining $2.7 million of the offer was used to reduce our term loan facility provided by Citibank.? On February 10, 2020, we redeemed a further $46.0 million principal amount of the 2022 Notes, at a redemption price equal to 104.938%, reducing the amount outstanding under these notes to $276.7 million.

- Subsequent to the year end, our credit facility that matured on December 31, 2020 was fully refinanced through the utilization of the $38.0 million second tranche of the $268.0 million New Senior Loan, secured by Mary, and an additional facility of $9.0 million which we entered with an international bank, secured by Maira, Nikolas and Newyorker.

- Subsequent to the year end, up to March 4, 2020, a further $19.4 million net proceeds had been raised under the ATM program for the 2024 Notes and a further $3.9 million under the ATM program for the Series B Preferred Shares.

- Subsequent to the year end, up to February 28, 2020, we have agreed short charter extensions for six of our smaller ships: Manet, Maira, Nikolas, Newyorker, Athena, and GSL Valerie. The extensions are all at rates of $9,000 per day and range in duration from a few months to a year.

George Youroukos, Executive Chairman of Global Ship Lease, stated, “2019 was a year of transformation, execution, and profitability for Global Ship Lease. Following the late-2018 merger that saw GSL double its fleet and treble net asset value, the financial and strategic steps that we took throughout the year enabled us to benefit from improving market fundamentals and to enter 2020 stronger and better positioned to seize value-creative opportunities in the market. By acquiring low-slot-cost ships at attractive valuations, and securing prompt employment with top-tier counterparties, we have secured excellent risk-adjusted returns and substantially improved our cash flow generation while minimizing residual value risk.”

“Our contracted revenues of $767 million and TEU-weighted average forward contract cover of 2.5 years give us considerable comfort to overcome any short to medium-term demand turbulence caused by market disruption events such as coronavirus. ?Looking forward, our high-quality fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships will continue to benefit from its concentration in size segments where supply is set to contract in the coming years, while also being a good fit for the container trades with the strongest fundamentals. With a financial foundation that continues to grow stronger as we reduce our cost of debt, a proven ability to execute our growth strategy, and a successful track record as a platform for opportunistic growth, we believe that Global Ship Lease is well placed to create significant shareholder value for the long term.”

Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, commented, “Our improved cashflow generation and profitability have opened a number of avenues for Global Ship Lease to pursue a materially reduced cost of debt. Having successfully issued both public debt and equity in 2019, and refinanced all of our near-term debt maturities, we have made good progress in our efforts to diversify our balance sheet and improve our credit quality as we look to refinance our 2022 Notes. By continuing to reduce our cost of debt and strengthen our balance sheet, we are seizing a critical advantage in a highly competitive market where unique, countercyclical opportunities exist for those few players who have consistent access to attractively priced capital.”

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA – UNAUDITED

(thousands of U.S. dollars)

? Three Three ? ?
? months
ended
months
ended
Year
?ended
Year
?ended
? Dec 31,
2019
Dec 31,
2018
Dec 31,
2019
Dec 31,
2018
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Operating Revenue (1) 67,554 50,021 261,102 157,097
Operating Income/(Loss) 27,345 (56,205) 111,567 (10,260)
Net Income/(Loss) (2) 7,961 (72,503) 36,757 (60,426)
Adjusted EBITDA (3) 37,734 26,577 156,956 97,241
Normalized Net Income (3) 8,307 1,698 37,103 13,775
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The results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 include the results of the 19 Poseidon Containers containerships acquired on November 15, 2018 (the “Poseidon Containers Fleet”).?

(1) Operating Revenue is net of address commissions which represent a discount provided directly to a charterer based on a fixed percentage of the agreed upon charter rate. Brokerage commissions are included in Time charter and voyage expenses.

(2) Net Income available to common shareholders.

(3) Adjusted EBITDA and Normalized Net Income are non-US GAAP measures which we consider to be a useful measure of our performance.? A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measure to net income, the most directly comparable US GAAP financial measure, is provided below.

Following the Poseidon Transaction, minor reclassifications of expenses and balance sheet items have been made.

Revenue and Utilization

Our fleet of 43 ships as of December 31, 2019, including GSL Christel Elizabeth and Verdi, which were delivered to us on December 12, 2019, generated revenue from fixed rate time-charters of $67.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2019, up $17.5 million (or 35.1%) on revenue of $50.0 million for the comparative period in 2018. There were 3,804 ownership days in the fourth quarter 2019, an increase of 43.2% compared to 2,656 in the fourth quarter 2018, due to the purchase of the Poseidon Containers Fleet in November 2018 and the acquisition of five additional ships during 2019, GSL Eleni, GSL Grania, GSL Kalliopi, GSL Christel Elizabeth and Verdi. The increase in revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2019, is principally due to the additional ownership days, offset by reduced revenue from CMA CGM Utrillo and GSL La Tour on legacy charter renewals at lower rates and increased offhire and idle days. The 195 days of offhire for dry-dockings in the fourth quarter 2019 were for five regulatory dry-dockings, two of which remained in progress at December 31, 2019, with extended completion times due to congestion in shipyards. With 114 days idle time for CMA CGM Matisseand ballast time for CMA CGM Manet and Dolphin II prior to their delivery to their new charterers and 75 days of unplanned offhire, including 45 days for repairs to the stern tube of one ship, utilization for the fourth quarter was 89.9%. In the comparative period of 2018, there were seven days of unplanned offhire and 30 idle days for one ship, which was between charters, for overall utilization of 98.6%.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, revenue was $261.1 million, up $104.0 million (or 66.2%) on revenue of $157.1 million in 2018, mainly due to additional ships as ownership days at 14,326 were up 86.7% on 7,675 in 2018, offset by increased offhire and idle days.

The table below shows fleet utilization for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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? Three months ended ? Year ended
? Dec 31, Dec 31, ? Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31,
Days 2019 2018 ? 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
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Ownership days 3,804 2,656 ? 14,326 7,675 6,570 6,588 6,893
Planned offhire - dry-dockings (195) 0 ? (537) (34) (62) (100) (9)
Unplanned offhire (75) (7) ? (105) (17) (40) (3) (7)
Idle time (114) (30) ? (164) (47) 0 0 (13)
Operating days 3,420 2,619 ? 13,520 7,577 6,468 6,485 6,864
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Utilization 89.9% 98.6% ? 94.4% 98.7% 98.4% 98.4% 99.6%
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Vessel Operating Expenses

Vessel operating expenses, which include costs of crew, lubricating oil, repairs, maintenance, insurance and technical management fees, were $24.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $18.1 million in the prior year period. The increase was due to 1,148 (up 43.2%) additional ownership days as a result of the acquisition of the Poseidon Containers Fleet and the additions of five ships. The average cost per ownership day in the quarter was $6,436, compared to $6,818 for the prior year period, down $382 per day, or 5.6%.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, vessel operating expenses were $87.8 million, or an average of $6,128 per day, compared to $49.3 million in the comparative period, or $6,420 per day, a reduction of 4.6%.

Time Charter and Voyage Expenses

Time charter and voyage expenses comprise mainly commission paid to ship brokers, the cost of bunker fuel for owner’s account when a ship is offhire or idle, and miscellaneous costs associated with a ship’s voyage. Time charter and voyage expenses were $3.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $1.0 million in the prior year period. The increase was mainly due to the addition of the Poseidon Containers Fleet, all of which incur such commission, compared to our legacy ships, where commission is paid only for those which have completed their initial charters to CMA CGM and which have been employed on a new charter obtained with the assistance of brokers.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, time charter and voyage expenses were $9.0 million, compared to $1.6 million in the comparative period.

Depreciation and Amortization

Depreciation and amortization for the three-month period ended December 31, 2019 was $11.0 million, compared to $10.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.? The increase was mainly due to the addition of the Poseidon Containers Fleet, and five additional ships during 2019, offset by the effect of lower book values for a number of ships following an impairment charge in December 2018 as well as a change in estimated scrap value per LWT with effect from January 1, 2019 from $250 to $400.

Depreciation and amortization for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $43.9 million, compared to $35.5 million in the comparative period, with the increase being due to the reasons noted above.

Impairment

The Company’s accounting policies require that tangible fixed assets, such as vessels, are reviewed for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying amounts may not be recoverable.

Whilst charter rates in the spot market and asset values saw overall improvements through 2019, taking into account the seasonal as well as cyclical nature of the container shipping industry, the recovery was not considered to have been sufficiently sustained not to undertake a review for impairment of vessel groups where the carrying value as at December 31, 2019 might not be recoverable. Consequently, the Company performed an impairment analysis (step one) to estimate the future undiscounted cash flows for each of the relevant vessel groups.?The assessment concluded that no impairment of vessels existed as of December?31, 2019, as the undiscounted projected net operating cash flows exceeded the carrying values. Step two of the impairment analysis was not required.

The impairment review for fourth quarter of 2018, gave rise to a non-cash charge of $71.8 million, as the sum of the expected undiscounted future cash flows from three vessels over their estimated remaining useful lives was less than the carrying amounts.? The impairment charge was equal to the amount by which the vessels’ carrying amounts exceed their fair values.? Fair value was assessed, on a vessel by vessel basis, at third party broker assessed charter attached valuations.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses were $1.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. ?The decrease was mainly due to retention and severance costs of $2.0 million and other costs associated with the Poseidon Transaction incurred in fourth quarter 2018.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, general and administrative expenses were $8.8 million, including $1.7 million non-cash expense for stock-based compensation,?compared to $9.2 million in 2018, which included $0.1 million non-cash expense for stock-based compensation. The average cost per ownership day was $615 for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $1,201 per day for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA

As a result of the above, Adjusted EBITDA was $37.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, up from $26.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018, with the increase being mainly due to the addition of the Poseidon Containers Fleet on November 15, 2018 and the acquisition of five additional ships during the year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $157.0 million, compared to $97.2 million for the comparative period, with the increase being due to the reasons noted above.

Interest and Other Finance Expenses and Interest Income

Debt as at December 31, 2019 totaled $912.8 million, comprising $322.7 million of indebtedness under our 2022 Notes, $12.1 million of indebtedness under the Citi secured term loan, both cross collateralized by 18 ships in the legacy GSL fleet, $538.3 million of bank debt collateralized by the rest of the fleet and $39.8 million of indebtedness under our 2024 Notes. Three vessels were unencumbered as at December 31, 2019.

Debt at December 31, 2018 totaled $889.3 million.

Interest and other finance expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2019 were $18.5 million, an increase of $2.3 million, or 14.4%, on the interest and other finance expenses for the prior year period of $16.2 million, due to the assumption of debt associated with the Poseidon Transaction and the issuance of our 2024 Notes.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, interest and other finance expenses were $75.0 million, compared to $48.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, with the increase mainly for the reason noted above. Weighted average interest rate for the year ended December 31, 2019 was 6.8%, compared to 7.7% for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $0.6 million, compared to $0.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Interest income for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $1.8 million, compared to $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Other Income/(Expenses), net

Other income/(expenses), net is mainly comprised of gains/losses in bunkers following deliveries and redeliveries of ships from charterers and passenger income. Other expenses, net was $0.6 million in the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $0.2 million of other income, net in the prior year period.

Other income, net was $1.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $0.2 million in the prior year; the increase was mainly due to the addition of the Poseidon Fleet.

Taxation

Taxation for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was a debit of $43,000, compared to a credit of $4,000 in the prior year period.

Taxation for the year ended December 31, 2019 was a charge of $3,000, compared to a charge of $55,000 in the prior year.?

Earnings Allocated to Preferred Shares

The Series B Preferred Shares, carry a dividend of 8.75%, the cost of which for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $0.8 million, the same as in the comparative period. The cost was $3.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2019, the same as in the comparative period.?
Net Income / (Loss) Available to Common Shareholders

Net income available to common shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $8.0 million, compared to a loss of $72.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 after the non-cash impairment charge of $71.8 million.

Normalized net income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $8.3 million, adjusting for the premium paid on redemption of our 2022 Notes and was $1.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018, adjusting for a non-cash impairment charge, costs associated with the Poseidon Transaction, and premium paid on redemption of our 2022 Notes.

Net income available to common shareholders was $36.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $60.4 million loss in the prior year, after the non-cash impairment charge of $71.8 million.

Normalized net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $37.1 million and was $13.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. ??

Issuance of Class A common shares and 8.00% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2024

On October 1, 2019, we closed our upsized underwritten public offering of 7,613,788 Class A common shares, at a public offering price of $7.25 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $55.2 million.? This includes the exercise in full by the underwriter of its option to purchase additional shares. The net proceeds, after underwriting discounts, commissions and expenses, were $50.7 million and were to be used for general corporate purposes including the acquisition of containerships or the prepayment of debt.

In November, we closed on our underwritten public offering of 2024 Notes, issuing $31.6 million principal amount of the 2024 Notes, including the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional notes, for net proceeds of $29.6 million, after the payment of underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses. ?Use of the net proceeds of the 2024 Notes offering was to repay a portion of our 2022 Notes. In connection with the 2024 Notes, we entered into an “At Market Issuance Sales Agreement” with B. Riley, FBR. (the “Agent”) under which the Agent may, in accordance with our instructions, offer and sell from time to time new 2024 Notes. In 2019, we issued 325,593 2024 Notes under this program, for net proceeds of $7.7 million.

In December, 2019, we entered into a similar agreement with the Agent under which the Agent may, in accordance with our instructions, offer and sell from time to time, depositary shares, each of which represents 1/100th of one share of our Series B Preferred Shares. In 2019, we issued 428 Series B Preferred Shares for net proceeds of $0.9 million.

Subsequent to the year end, up to March 4, 2020, a further $19.4 million net proceeds had been raised under the ATM program for the 2024 Notes and a further $3.9 million under the ATM program for the Series B Preferred Shares.

Fleet

The following table provides information about our fleet of 45 ships, of which 43 were owned as at December 31, 2019.? One ship was delivered in January 2020 and the final ship was delivered in February 2020. The table includes charters agreed up to February 28, 2020.

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Vessel?Name Capacity
in?TEUs
Lightweight
(tons)
Year
Built
Charterer Earliest?Charter
Expiry?Date
Latest?Charter
Expiry?Date
Daily Charter
Rate?$
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CMA CGM Thalassa 11,040 38,577 2008 CMA CGM 4Q25 1Q26 47,200
UASC Al Khor(1) 9,115 31,764 2015 Hapag-Lloyd 1Q22 2Q22 34,000
Anthea Y(1) 9,115 31,890 2015 COSCO 2Q20 3Q20 39,200
Maira XL(1) 9,115 31,820 2015 COSCO 2Q20 3Q20 39,200
MSC Tianjin 8,667 34,325 2005 MSC 2Q24 3Q24(2) (2)
MSC Qingdao 8,667 34,305 2004 MSC 2Q24 3Q24(2) (2)
GSL Ningbo 8,667 34,3403 2004 Maersk 3Q20 4Q20 18,000
GSL Eleni 7,847 29,261 2004 Maersk 3Q24 4Q24(3) (3)
GSL Kalliopi 7,847 29,105 2004 Maersk 4Q22 4Q24(3) (3)
GSL Grania 7,847 29,190 2004 Maersk 3Q22 4Q24(3) (3)
Mary(1) 6,927 23,424 2013 CMA CGM 3Q23 4Q23 25,910
Kristina(1) 6,927 23,421 2013 CMA CGM 2Q24 3Q24 25,910
Katherine(1) 6,927 23,403 2013 CMA CGM 1Q24 2Q24 25,910
Alexandra(1) 6,927 23,348 2013 CMA CGM 1Q24 2Q24 25,910
Alexis 6,882 23,919 2015 CMA CGM 1Q24 2Q24 25,910
Olivia I 6,882 23,864 2015 CMA CGM 1Q24 2Q24 25,910
New Purchase One 6,422 27,954 2002 Confidential 1Q20 2Q20 (4)
New Purchase Two 6,422 28.070 2002 Confidential 2Q20 4Q20 (4)
CMA CGM Berlioz 6,621 26,776 2001 CMA CGM 2Q21 4Q21 34,000
Agios Dimitrios 6,572 24,746 2011 MSC 4Q23 1Q24 20,000
Verdi 6,080 23,737 2004 Confidential 2Q24 1Q25 (5)
GSL Christel Elisabeth 6,080 23,745 2004 Confidential 2Q24 1Q25 (5)
Tasman 5,936 25,010 2000 Maersk 1Q22 3Q23(5) 12,500(6)
Dimitris Y 5,936 25,010 2000 ZIM 2Q21 3Q21 14,500
Ian H 5,936 25,128 2000 ZIM 2Q21 2Q21 14,500
Dolphin II 5,095 20,596 2007 Feedertech 3Q20 4Q20 12,500
Orca I 5,095 20,633 2006 Maersk 2Q20(6) 2Q21(6) 9,000(7)
CMA CGM Alcazar 5,089 20,087 2007 CMA CGM 4Q20 2Q21 33,750
CMA CGM Chateau d’If 5,089 19.994 2007 CMA CGM 4Q20 2Q21 33,750
CMA CGM Jamaica 4,298 17,272 2006 CMA CGM 3Q22 1Q23 25,350
CMA CGM Sambhar 4,045 17,429 2006 CMA CGM 3Q22 1Q23 25,350
CMA CGM America 4,045 17,428 2006 CMA CGM 3Q22 1Q23 25,350
GSL Valerie 2,824 11,971 2005 MSC 3Q20 3Q20 9,000
Athena 2,762 13,538 2003 MSC 1Q21 1Q21 9,000
Maira 2,506 11,453 2000 MSC 3Q20 3Q20 8,250 (8)
Nikolas 2,506 11,370 2000 MSC 3Q20 3Q20 9,000
Newyorker 2,506 11,463 2001 MSC 4Q20 1Q21 9,000
GSL La Tour 2,272 11,742 2001 MSC 4Q20 4Q20 8,800
Manet 2,272 11,727 2001 COSCO 2Q20 2Q20 9,900
GSL Matisse 2,262 11,676 1999
Utrillo 2,262 11,676 1999 CMA CGM 1Q20 1Q20 8,500
GSL Keta 2,207 11,731 2003 OOCL 1Q20 1Q20 9,400
GSL Julie 2,207 11,731 2002 CMA CGM 1Q20 2Q20 8,500
Kumasi 2,207 11,791 2002 CMA CGM 4Q20 1Q21 9,800
Marie Delmas 2,207 11,731 2002 CMA CGM 4Q20 1Q21 9,800
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(1) Modern design, high reefer capacity fuel efficient vessels
(2)?Five-year charters which commenced 2Q2019 and are expected to generate Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $25.6 million per ship for the median period.
(3)?GSL Eleni delivered 3Q2019 and is chartered for five years; GSL Kalliopi (delivered 4Q2019) and GSL Grania (delivered 3Q2019) are chartered for three years plus two successive periods of one year at the option of the charterer. Aggregate Adjusted EBITDA of $32.0 million expected to be generated for the median firm periods, increasing to $47.0 million if all options are exercised.
(4)?New Purchase One was delivered in late January 2020 and New Purchase Two was delivered in February 2020. The ships are expected to generate aggregate Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $2.1 million for the median periods of their initial charters.
(5) 52 – 60 months charters, expected to generate Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $10.5 million per ship for the median period.
(6)?12-month extension at charterer’s option callable in 2Q2022, at an increased rate of $20,000 per day.
(7)?12-month extension at charterer’s option callable in 2Q2020, at an increased rate of$10,000 per day;
(8) Rate increases to $9,000 per day from April 1, 2020;
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Conference Call and Webcast

Global Ship Lease will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's results for the three months ended December 31, 2019 today, Thursday March 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. There are two ways to access the conference call:

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(1) Dial-in: (877) 445-2556 or (908) 982-4670; Passcode: 9278676
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? Please dial in at least 10 minutes prior to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time to ensure a prompt start to the call.
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(2) Live Internet webcast and slide presentation: http://www.kefade.com
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? If you are unable to participate at this time, a replay of the call will be available through Saturday, March 21, 2020 at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. Enter the code 9278676 to access the audio replay. The webcast will also be archived on the Company’s website: http://www.kefade.com.
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Annual Report on Form 20-F

The Company’s Annual Report for 2018 is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.? A copy of the report can be found under the Investor Relations section (Annual Reports) of the Company’s website at http://www.kefade.com?? Shareholders may request a hard copy of the audited financial statements free of charge by contacting the Company at info@globalshiplease.com or by writing to Global Ship Lease, Inc, care of Global Ship Lease Services Limited, Portland House, Stag Place, London SW1E 5RS or by telephoning +44 (0) 207 869 8806.

About Global Ship Lease

Global Ship Lease is a leading independent owner of containerships with a diversified fleet of mid-sized and smaller containerships. Incorporated in the Marshall Islands, Global Ship Lease commenced operations in December 2007 with a business of owning and chartering out containerships under fixed-rate charters to top tier container liner companies. On November 15, 2018, it completed a strategic combination with Poseidon Containers.

Including the two Post-Panamax containerships delivered in early 2020, Global Ship Lease owns 45 ships, ranging from 2,207 to 11,040 TEU, of which nine are fuel efficient new-design wide beam, with a total capacity of 249,160 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, of 12.8 years as at December 31, 2019.

Adjusted to include all charters agreed up to February 28, 2020, the average remaining term of the Company’s charters at December 31, 2019, to the mid-point of redelivery, including options under the Company’s control, was 2.5 years on a TEU-weighted basis. Contracted revenue on the same basis was $767 million. Contracted revenue was $852 million, including options under charterers’ control and with latest redelivery date, representing a weighted average remaining term of 2.8 years.

Reconciliation of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

A. Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income available to common shareholders before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and earnings allocated to preferred shares.? Adjusted EBITDA is a non-US GAAP quantitative measure used to assist in the assessment of the Company’s ability to generate cash from its operations.? The Company believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Adjusted EBITDA is not defined in US GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternate to Net income or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.

Adjusted EBITDA is presented herein on a forward-looking basis in certain instances. The Company has not provided a reconciliation of any such forward looking non-US GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable US GAAP measure because such US GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis are not available to the Company without unreasonable effort.

ADJUSTED EBITDA - UNAUDITED

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(thousands of U.S. dollars)

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? Three Three ? ?
? months months Year Year
? ended ended ended ended
? Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31,
? 2019 2018 2019 2018
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Net income (loss) available to common shareholders
7,961 (72,503) 36,757 (60,426)
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Adjust: Depreciation and amortization 11,028 10,752 43,912 35,455
? Impairment - 71,834 - 71,834
? Interest income (593) (441) (1,791) (1,425)
? Interest expense 18,510 16,174 74,994 48,686
? Earnings allocated to preferred shares 785 765 3,081 3,062
? Income taxes 43 (4) 3 55
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Adjusted EBITDA
37,734 26,577 156,956 97,241


B. Normalized net income
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? Normalized net income represents net income (loss) adjusted for the premium paid on redemption of 2022 notes, impairment charges and the staff retention and severance costs associated with the Poseidon Transaction. Normalized net income is a non-GAAP quantitative measure which we believe will assist investors and analysts who often adjust reported net loss for items that do not affect operating performance or operating cash generated. Normalized net income is not defined in US GAAP and should not be considered to be an alternate to net income or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.? Our use of Normalized net income may vary from the use of similarly titled measures by others in our industry.
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NORMALIZED NET INCOME - UNAUDITED
(thousands of U.S. dollars)
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? ? months months Year Year
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? ? Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31, Dec 31,
? ? 2019 2018 2019 2018
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Net income (loss) available to common shareholders 7,961 (72,503) 36,757 (60,426)
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Adjust: Impairment charges - 71,834 - 71,834
? Staff retention and severance costs associated with the Poseidon transaction - 1,967 - 1,967
? Premium paid on redemption of 2022 Notes 346 400 346 400
Normalized net income 8,307 1,698 37,103 13,775
? ? ? ? ?

Safe Harbor Statement

This communication contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements provide Global Ship Lease's current expectations or forecasts of future events. Forward-looking statements include statements about Global Ship Lease's expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, intentions, assumptions and other statements that are not historical facts. Words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "ongoing," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "will" or similar words or phrases, or the negatives of those words or phrases, may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that may be incorrect, and Global Ship Lease cannot assure you that these projections included in these forward-looking statements will come to pass. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

  • future operating or financial results;

  • expectations regarding the future growth of the container shipping industry, including the rates of annual demand and supply growth;

  • the financial condition of our charterers, particularly CMA CGM, our principal charterer and main source of operating revenue, and their ability to pay charter hire in accordance with the charters;

  • Global Ship Lease’s financial condition and liquidity, including its level of indebtedness or ability to obtain additional financing to fund capital expenditures, ship acquisitions and other general corporate purposes;

  • Global Ship Lease’s ability to meet its financial covenants and repay its credit facilities;

  • Global Ship Lease’s expectations relating to dividend payments and forecasts of its ability to make such payments including the availability of cash and the impact of constraints under its credit facility;

  • risks relating to the acquisition of Poseidon Containers and Global Ship Lease’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition;

  • future acquisitions, business strategy and expected capital spending;

  • operating expenses, availability of crew, number of offhire days, drydocking and survey requirements and insurance costs;

  • general market conditions and shipping industry trends, including charter rates and factors affecting supply and demand;

  • assumptions regarding interest rates and inflation;

  • changes in the rate of growth of global and various regional economies;

  • risks incidental to ship operation, including piracy, discharge of pollutants and ship accidents and damage including total or constructive total loss;

  • estimated future capital expenditures needed to preserve its capital base;

  • Global Ship Lease’s expectations about the availability of ships to purchase, the time that it may take to construct new ships, or the useful lives of its ships;

  • Global Ship Lease’s continued ability to enter into or renew long-term, fixed-rate charters or other ship employment arrangements;

  • the continued performance of existing long-term, fixed-rate time charters;

  • Global Ship Lease’s ability to capitalize on its management’s and board of directors’ relationships and reputations in the containership industry to its advantage;

  • changes in governmental and classification societies’ rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities;

  • expectations about the availability of insurance on commercially reasonable terms;

  • unanticipated changes in laws and regulations including taxation;

  • potential liability from future litigation.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Global Ship Lease's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements for many reasons specifically as described in Global Ship Lease's filings with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).? Accordingly, you should not unduly rely on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Global Ship Lease undertakes no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events after the date of this communication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. You should, however, review the factors and risks Global Ship Lease describes in the reports it will file from time to time with the SEC after the date of this communication.

Global Ship Lease, Inc.

Interim Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in thousands of U.S dollars)

? ? As of,
? December 31, 2019 ? December 31, 2018
ASSETS ? ? ? ? ?
CURRENT ASSETS ? ? ? ? ?
Cash and cash equivalents $ 138,024 ? ? $ 82,059 ?
Restricted cash ? 3,909 ? ? ? 2,186 ?
Accounts receivable, net ? 2,350 ? ? ? 1,927 ?
Inventories ? 5,595 ? ? ? 5,769 ?
Prepaid expenses and other current assets ? 8,132 ? ? ? 6,214 ?
Due from related parties ? 3,860 ? ? ? 817 ?
Total current assets $ 161,870 ? ? $ 98,972 ?
NON - CURRENT ASSETS ? ? ? ? ?
Vessels in operation $ 1,155,586 ? ? $ 1,112,766 ?
Advances for vessels acquisitions and other additions ? 10,791 ? ? ? - ?
Other fixed assets ? - ? ? ? 5 ?
Intangible assets - charter agreements ? 1,467 ? ? ? 5,400 ?
Deferred charges, net ? 16,408 ? ? ? 9,569 ?
Other non - current assets ? - ? ? ? 948 ?
Restricted cash, net of current portion ? 5,703 ? ? ? 5,827 ?
Total non - current assets ? 1,189,955 ? ? ? 1,134,515 ?
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,351,825 ? ? $ 1,233,487 ?
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY ? ? ? ? ?
CURRENT LIABILITIES ? ? ? ? ?
Accounts payable $ 9,052 ? ? $ 9,586 ?
Accrued liabilities ? 22,916 ? ? ? 15,407 ?
Current portion of long - term debt ? 87,532 ? ? ? 64,088 ?
Deferred revenue ? 9,987 ? ? ? 3,118 ?
Due to related parties ? 109 ? ? ? 3,317 ?
Total current liabilities $ 129,596 ? ? $ 95,516 ?
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES ? ? ? ? ?
Long - term debt, net of current portion and deferred financing costs $ 809,357 ? ? $ 813,130 ?
Intangible liability-charter agreements ? 6,470 ? ? ? 8,470 ?
Deferred tax liability ? - ? ? ? 9 ?
Total non - current liabilities ? 815,827 ? ? ? 821,609 ?
Total liabilities ? 945,423 ? ? ? 917,125 ?
Commitments and Contingencies ? ? ? ? ?
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY ? ? ? ? ?
Class A common shares - authorized
214,000,000 shares with a $0.01 par value
17,556,738 shares issued and outstanding (2018 – 9,017,205 shares)
? 175 ? ? ? 90 ?
Class B common shares - authorized
20,000,000 shares with a $0.01 par value
nil shares issued and outstanding (2018 – 925,745 shares)
? - ? ? ? 9 ?
Series B Preferred Shares - authorized
44,000 shares with a $0.01 par value
14,428 shares issued and outstanding (2018 – 14,000 shares)
? - ? ? ? - ?
Series C Preferred Shares - authorized
250,000 shares with a $0.01 par value
250,000 shares issued and outstanding (2018 - 250,000 shares)
? 3 ? ? ? 3 ?
Additional paid in capital ? 565,586 ? ? ? 512,379 ?
Accumulated deficit ? (159,362) ? ? ? (196,119) ?
Total shareholders' equity ? 406,402 ? ? ? 316,362 ?
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY ? 1,351,825 ? ? ? 1,233,487 ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Global Ship Lease, Inc.

Interim Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Expressed in thousands of U.S dollars except share data)

? Three months ended December 31, ? Year ended December 31,
? 2019 ? ? 2018 ? ? 2019 ? ? 2018 ?
OPERATING REVENUES ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Time charter revenue $ 26,780 ? ? $ 16,667 ? ? $ 107,441 ? ? $ 30,890 ?
Time charter revenue - related parties ? 40,774 ? ? ? 33,354 ? ? ? 153,661 ? ? ? 126,207 ?
? ? 67,554 ? ? ? 50,021 ? ? ? 261,102 ? ? ? 157,097 ?
OPERATING EXPENSES: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Vessels operating expenses ? 21,609 ? ? ? 17,170 ? ? ? 77,906 ? ? ? 47,584 ?
Vessels operating expenses-related parties ? 2,874 ? ? ? 938 ? ? ? 9,880 ? ? ? 1,689 ?
Time charter and voyage expenses ? 2,449 ? ? ? 739 ? ? ? 7,177 ? ? ? 1,352 ?
Time charter and voyage expenses-related parties ? 517 ? ? ? 222 ? ? ? 1,845 ? ? ? 222 ?
Depreciation and amortization ? 11,028 ? ? ? 10,752 ? ? ? 43,912 ? ? ? 35,455 ?
Impairment of vessels ? - ? ? ? 71,834 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 71,834 ?
General and administrative expenses ? 1,732 ? ? ? 4,571 ? ? ? 8,815 ? ? ? 9,221 ?
Operating Income / (Loss) ? 27,345 ? ? ? (56,205) ? ? ? 111,567 ? ? ? (10,260) ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
NON OPERATING INCOME/(EXPENSES) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Interest income ? 593 ? ? ? 441 ? ? ? 1,791 ? ? ? 1,425 ?
Interest and other finance expenses ? (18,510) ? ? ? (16,174) ? ? ? (74,994) ? ? ? (48,686) ?
Other income/(expenses), net ? (639) ? ? ? 196 ? ? ? 1,477 ? ? ? 212 ?
Total non operating expenses ? (18,556) ? ? ? (15,537) ? ? ? (71,726) ? ? ? (47,049) ?
Income / (Loss) before income taxes ? 8,789 ? ? ? (71,742) ? ? ? 39,841 ? ? ? (57,309) ?
Income taxes ? (43) ? ? ? 4 ? ? ? (3) ? ? ? (55) ?
Net Income / (Loss) ? 8,746 ? ? ? (71,738) ? ? ? 39,838 ? ? ? (57,364) ?
Earnings allocated to Series B Preferred Shares ? (785) ? ? ? (765) ? ? ? (3,081) ? ? ? (3,062) ?
Net Income / (Loss) available to Common Shareholders $ 7,961 ? ? $ (72,503) ? ? $ 36,757 ? ? $ (60,426) ?
Earnings / (Loss) per Share ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Weighted average number of Class A common shares outstanding ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Basic ? 17,556,738 ? ? ? 7,613,495 ? ? ? 11,859,506 ? ? ? 6,514,391 ?
Diluted ? 17,630,765 ? ? ? 7,613,495 ? ? ? 11,906,906 ? ? ? 6,514,391 ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Net Gain / (Loss) per Class A common share $ ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Basic ? 0.26 ? ? ? (5.09) ? ? ? 1.48 ? ? ? (7.42) ?
Diluted ? 0.26 ? ? ? (5.09) ? ? ? 1.48 ? ? ? (7.42) ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Weighted average number of Class B common shares outstanding ? nil ? ? ? 925,745 ? ? ? nil ? ? ? 925,745 ?
Basic and diluted ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Net Gain per Class B common shares $ n/a ? ? ? nil ? ? ? n/a ? ? ? nil ?
Basic and diluted ? n/a ? ? ? nil ? ? ? n/a ? ? ? nil ?
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Global Ship Lease, Inc.

Interim Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

? ? Three months ended December 31, ? ? Year ended December 31,
? ? 2019 ? ? ? 2018 ? ? ? 2019 ? ? ? 2018 ?
Cash flows from operating activities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Net income / (Loss) $ 8,746 ? ? $ (71,738) ? ? $ 39,838 ? ? $ (57,364) ?
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Depreciation and amortization $ 11,028 ? ? $ 10,752 ? ? $ 43,912 ? ? $ 35,455 ?
Vessel Impairment ? - ? ? ? 71,834 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 71,834 ?
Amortization of deferred financing costs ? 864 ? ? ? 1,498 ? ? ? 3,108 ? ? ? 4,629 ?
Amortization of original issue discount/premium on repurchase of notes ? 533 ? ? ? 605 ? ? ? 1,140 ? ? ? 1,207 ?
Amortization of intangible liability/asset-charter agreements ? 497 ? ? ? 24 ? ? ? 1,933 ? ? ? (1,305) ?
Share based compensation ? 429 ? ? ? (86) ? ? ? 1,717 ? ? ? 50 ?
Changes in operating assets and liabilities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
(Increase)/decrease in accounts receivable and other assets $ (1,151) ? ? $ 7,361 ? ? $ (1,393) ? ? $ 5,019 ?
(Increase)/decrease in inventories ? (282) ? ? ? 331 ? ? ? 174 ? ? ? (2,250) ?
(Decrease)/increase in accounts payable and other liabilities ? (4,528) ? ? ? (15,252) ? ? ? 2,284 ? ? ? (9,117) ?
Increase/(decrease) in related parties' balances, net ? 626 ? ? ? (22) ? ? ? (6,251) ? ? ? (625) ?
Increase in deferred revenue ? 3,152 ? ? ? 972 ? ? ? 6,869 ? ? ? 214 ?
Unrealized foreign exchange loss/(gain) ? 61 ? ? ? (9) ? ? ? 50 ? ? ? (5) ?
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 19,975 ? ? $ 6,270 ? ? $ 93,381 ? ? $ 47,742 ?
Cash flows from investing activities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Acquisition of vessels $ (39,500) ? ? $ - ? ? $ (72,997) ? ? $ (11,436) ?
Cash paid for vessel expenditure ? (24) ? ? ? (89) ? ? ? (9,528) ? ? ? (239) ?
Advances for vessel acquisitions and other additions ? (3,281) ? ? ? - ? ? ? (9,184) ? ? ? - ?
Net proceeds from sale of vessels ? - ? ? ? 14,504 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 14,504 ?
Cash paid for drydockings ? (4,208) ? ? ? (532) ? ? ? (7,390) ? ? ? (2,636) ?
Cash acquired in Poseidon Transaction, net of capitalized expenses ? (826) ? ? ? 24,037 ? ? ? (826) ? ? ? 24,037 ?
Net cash (used in)/provided by investing activities $ (47,839) ? ? $ 37,920 ? ? $ (99,925) ? ? $ 24,230 ?
Cash flows from financing activities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Proceeds from issuance of 2024 Notes $ 39,765 ? ? $ - ? ? $ 39,765 ? ? $ - ?
Repurchase of 2022 Notes, including premium ? (17,623) ? ? ? (20,400) ? ? ? (17,623) ? ? ? (20,400) ?
Proceeds from drawdown of credit facilities ? 34,000 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 327,500 ? ? ? 8,125 ?
Repayment of credit facilities ? (25,686) ? ? ? (27,771) ? ? ? (63,505) ? ? ? (37,771) ?
Repayment of refinanced debt ? - ? ? ? - ? ? ? (262,810) ? ? ? - ?
Deferred financing costs paid ? (3,692) ? ? ? (246) ? ? ? (7,904) ? ? ? (2,058) ?
Proceeds from offering of Class A common shares, net of offering costs ? 50,710 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 50,710 ? ? ? - ?
Proceeds from offering of Series B preferred shares, net of offering costs ? 1,056 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 1,056 ? ? ? - ?
Series B Preferred Shares-dividends paid ? (784) ? ? ? (765) ? ? ? (3,081) ? ? ? (3,062) ?
Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities $ 77,746 ? ? $ (49,182) ? ? $ 64,108 ? ? $ (55,166) ?
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash ? 49,882 ? ? ? (4,992) ? ? ? 57,564 ? ? ? 16,806 ?
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period ? 97,754 ? ? ? 95,064 ? ? ? 90,072 ? ? ? 73,266 ?
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period $ 147,636 ? ? $ 90,072 ? ? $ 147,636 ? ? $ 90,072 ?
Supplementary Cash Flow Information: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Cash paid for interest ? 25,536 ? ? ? 18,931 ? ? ? 70,630 ? ? ? 42,390 ?
Cash paid for income taxes ? - ? ? ? 26 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 84 ?
Non-cash Investing activities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Unpaid capitalized expenses ? - ? ? ? (826) ? ? ? - ? ? ? (826) ?
Unpaid drydocking expenses ? 1,217 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 3,676 ? ? ? ? ?
Unpaid vessel additions ? 3,567 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 1,641 ? ? ? - ?
Working capital acquired ? - ? ? ? (11,331) ? ? ? - ? ? ? (11,331) ?
Vessels and other intangibles acquired ? - ? ? ? 622,925 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 622,925 ?
Debt acquired ? - ? ? ? (509,673) ? ? ? - ? ? ? (509,673) ?
Non-cash financing activities: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Issuance of Class A common shares ? - ? ? ? (23,564) ? ? ? - ? ? ? (23,564) ?
Issuance of Series C preferred shares ? - ? ? ? (101,569) ? ? ? - ? ? ? (101,569) ?
Unpaid offering costs ? 200 ? ? ? - ? ? ? 200 ? ? ? - ?
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