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MPC Container Ships reports Q1 2023 results



  • Strong operating revenues of USD 180.1 million (+26.0% YOY) including non-recurring items of USD 25.2 million from the commercial agreement for early redelivery of the vessel AS Carlotta in January 2023
  • Adj. EBITDA excl. non-recurring items was USD 110.7 million, an increase of 11.5% from Q1 2022 despite a smaller total fleet, driven by higher average TCE per day
  • Profit for the period was USD 119.7 million. Adj. for non-recurring items, the profit for the period was USD 88.9 million, up 13.5% from USD 78.3 million in Q1 2022
  • EPS was USD 0.23 and adj. EPS was USD 0.20 (Q1 2022: USD 0.18)
  • Quarterly recurring dividend declared of USD 0.15 per share
  • Average TCE was USD 30,989 per day in Q1 2023, up from USD 24,845 in Q1 2022
  • Fleet utilization was 97.1% (Q1 2022: 98.8%)
  • Revenue backlog of USD 1.3 billion and contract coverage for 89% of operating days in 2023

As at March 31, 2023, the Group’s fleet consisted of 62 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of approximately 134,700 TEU.

Subject to certain assumptions, management confirms its 2023 financial guidance for operating revenues in the range of USD 610-630 million and EBITDA in the range of USD 420-450 million.

Commenting on the results, CEO of MPC Container Ships, Constantin Baack said:

“We are pleased to report another positive quarterly result with strong earnings and continued high fleet utilization despite ongoing macro- and geopolitical uncertainty. This was driven by our solid charter backlog and continued strong operational performance. At the end of the quarter, we had high operating days contract coverage of 89% for 2023 and 58% for 2024, which provides us with forward visibility on contracted cash flows and distribution capacity for the coming years.

Following a steep market normalization trajectory in the second half of 2022 and into early 2023, charter markets are now displaying signs of stabilization at levels well above historical averages. The current rate stability will be subject to supply-constraining measures such as increased slow steaming to comply with CII regulations. However, for intra-regional trades in particular, the supply-demand balance is encouraging when compared to the larger fleet segments, with demand outpacing supply growth and a reasonable amount of additional scrapping potential. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the supply growth in the large vessel segments will affect the overall container market going forward.

Over the last two years, by adhering to prudent capital allocation principles, we have actively deleveraged the company while distributing dividends amounting to more than USD 600 million since February 2022, including the recurring dividend declared for the first quarter. Throughout the first quarter, we continued to strengthen our balance sheet and debt structure and we are currently operating at an industry-low leverage ratio of 15.2%.”

Commenting on the outlook for MPCC, Baack added:

“Looking ahead, with high visibility on contracted cash flows and a robust and flexible balance sheet, we are ideally placed for continued value creation and remain committed to our policy of returning capital to shareholders. In the first quarter, as part of our ongoing fleet renewal strategy, we sold the 2003-built, 2,800 TEU joint venture vessel AS Carinthia and acquired two high-efficiency, scrubber-fitted vessels at 3,400 TEU and 2,800 TEU, respectively, both with existing long-term charters with strong counterparties. These value-accretive portfolio measures increase the earnings and distribution potential of the company, without any impact on the expected distributions from our existing fleet.

Going forward, we will continue to work diligently to identify and selectively execute value-accretive fleet optimization opportunities in the best interest of our shareholders and to the advancement of decarbonization in our industry.”

Key figures Q1 2023
Q4 2022 (unaudited) Q1 2022 (unaudited)
Operating revenues USD m 180.1 162.1  142.9
EBITDA USD m 141.4 127.0  137.7
Adjusted EBITDA USD m  110.7  114.3  99.3
Profit for the period USD m  119.7  103.6  116.8
Adjusted profit for the period USD m  88.9  91.0  78.3
Operating cash flow USD m 135.0 125.4  87.3
EPS USD  0.27  0.23  0.26
Adjusted EPS USD  0.20  0.21  0.18
DPS* USD 0.22 0.15 0.58
Total ownership days  5,243  5,336  5,410
Total trading days  4,928  5,079  5,307
Utilization 97.1% 97.8% 98.8%
Average TCE per day  30,989  31,279  24,845
Average OPEX per day  6,397  6,937  6,287
Leverage ratio 15.2% 16.1% 22.9%

*Dividends per share (DPS) comprises the recurring dividends per share and any event-driven dividends per share declared during the period. In Q1 2023 and event-driven dividend of USD 0.07 per share was paid on February 28, 2023. A recurring dividend of USD 0.15 per share was resolved by the Board of Directors on May 22, 2023, and will be paid on June 29, 2023.

The above information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Q1 2023 Earnings Call
Constantin Baack, CEO, and Moritz Fuhrman, CFO, will present the results in an earnings call today at 15:00 CEST / 09:00 EST, followed by a Q&A session. The earnings call can be followed live via webcast or conference call and questions can be submitted orally or in writing.

A recording of the earnings call will be available on demand at the Company's website after the live event.

The Q1 2023 report and presentation materials are attached to this release and available at the Company’s website at

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About MPC Container Ships
MPC Container Ships ASA (ticker code "MPCC") is a leading container tonnage provider focusing on small to mid-size container ships. Its main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of container ships serving intra-regional trade lanes on fixed-rate charters. The Company is registered and has its business office in Oslo, Norway. For more information, please visit


Forward-looking statements:
This announcement includes forward-looking statements. Such statements are generally not historical in nature, and specifically include statements about the Company's plans, strategies, business prospects, changes and trends in its business, the markets in which it operates and its restructuring efforts. These statements are made based upon management's current plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and therefore involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risks described from time to time in the Company's regulatory filings and periodical reporting. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of these factors. Further, the Company cannot assess the impact of each such factor on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to be materially different from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

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