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Costamare Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014

ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/14 -- Costamare Inc. ("Costamare" or the "Company") (NYSE: CMRE) today reported unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

  • Voyage revenues of $114.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

  • Voyage revenues adjusted on a cash basis of $117.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $82.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

  • Net income of $19.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

  • Net income available to common stockholders of $17.2 million or $0.23 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

  • Adjusted Net income available to common stockholders of $26.3 million or $0.35 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

See "Financial Summary" and "Non-GAAP Measures" below for additional detail.

Dividend Announcements- Dividend Increase

  • On April 29, 2014, the Board of Directors approved a one cent increase in the quarterly dividend and the Company declared a dividend of $0.28 per share of common stock for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, payable on May 13, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of trading of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on May 9, 2014. This will be the Company's fourteenth consecutive quarterly dividend since it commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • On March 31, 2014, the Company declared a dividend of $0.476563 per share of its Series B Preferred Stock and a $0.495833 per share of its Series C Preferred Stock, both paid on April 15, 2014, to holders of record on April 14, 2014.

New Business Developments

  • On March 14 and April 28, the Company took delivery of the 9,403 TEU newbuild containership vessels MSC Ajaccio and MSC Amalfi, both built by Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry in China. Upon delivery, both vessels commenced long term charters with MSC.

  • On April 16, 2014, the Company took delivery of the 2000-built, 1,645 TEU containership Neapolis. The vessel was purchased from an insolvency administrator. The acquisition was 90% funded out of bank financing provided by an existing lender to the Company. The vessel has been chartered to Yang Ming for a period of minimum 4 and maximum 6 months starting from around May 8, 2014, at a daily rate of $8,100.

  • The Company entered into the following charter agreements:
    • Agreed to extend the charter of the 5,928 TEU 2003-built Venetiko with PIL for a period of minimum 11 and maximum 15 months starting from April 20, 2014, at a daily rate of $12,250.
    • Agreed to extend the charter of the 3,842 TEU 1998-built Kyparissia with Evergreen for a period of minimum 20 and maximum 30 days starting from May 12, 2014, at a daily rate of $8,000.
    • Agreed to extend the charter of the 2,458 TEU 1997-built Messini with Evergreen for a period of six months starting from April 1, 2014, at a daily rate of $7,500.
    • Exercised our option to extend the charter of the 2,020 TEU 1991-built MSC Pylos with MSC for a period of approximately two years starting from February 28, 2014. The daily rate for the first year of the extension has been set at $7,600.
    • Agreed to charter the 1,504 TEU 1996-built Prosper with Evergreen for a period of minimum 4 and maximum 6 months starting from May 3, 2014, at a daily rate of $7,400.

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

"During the first quarter of the year, the Company delivered positive results while at the same time implementing its fleet renewal and expansion strategy.

Regarding our existing newbuilding program, we accepted delivery of all ten newbuildings ordered during 2011. All the ships have commenced their long-term charter employment.

Due to these business developments, we are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved a dividend increase of one cent for the first quarter of the year as a result of our increasing long term cash flows.

Recently, we acquired from an insolvency administrator a 2000-built 1,645 TEU container vessel. The acquisition was funded 90% with bank debt and forms part of a broader agreement between the Company and the vessel's current lending bank. After delivery, the vessel will commence its charter employment.

Regarding our chartering arrangements, our re-chartering risk is minimized. The charters for the vessels opening in 2014 account for approximately 3% of our 2014 contracted revenues.

Finally, on March 31, we declared a dividend on our Series B and Series C Preferred Stock, paid on April 14.

We continue to execute successfully on our growth strategy. We feel we are well positioned to continue to grow selectively and on healthy grounds."


                              Financial Summary

                                                   Three-month period ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                 ---------------------------
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except
 share and per share data):                           2013          2014
                                                 ------------- -------------


Voyage revenue                                   $      91,536 $     114,898
Accrued charter revenue (1)                      $       3,292 $       2,646
Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (2)      $      94,828 $     117,544

Adjusted EBITDA (3)                              $      61,226 $      82,082

Adjusted Net Income available to common
 stockholders (3)                                $      21,939 $      26,314
Weighted Average number of shares                   74,800,000    74,800,000
Adjusted Earnings per share (3)                  $        0.29 $        0.35

EBITDA (3)                                       $      64,022 $      72,995
Net Income                                       $      24,735 $      19,833
Net Income available to common stockholders      $      24,735 $      17,227
Weighted Average number of shares                   74,800,000    74,800,000

Earnings per share                               $        0.33 $        0.23

(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, and during the last
    years of such charter cash received will exceed revenue recognized on a
    straight line basis.
(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 three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013. 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 available to common
                 stockholdersand Adjusted Earnings per Share


                                                  Three-month period ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                 --------------------------
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except
 share and per share data)                           2013          2014
                                                 ------------  ------------

Net Income                                       $     24,735  $     19,833
Distributed earnings allocated to Preferred
 Stock                                                      -        (2,606)
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net Income available to common stockholders            24,735        17,227
                                                 ------------  ------------
Accrued charter revenue                                 3,292         2,646
Gain on sale/disposals of vessels                      (2,909)            -
Swaps breakage cost                                         -         6,712
Unrealized loss from swap option agreement held
 by a jointly owned company with York included
 in equity loss on investments                              -         2,503
Realized Gain on Euro/USD forward contracts              (190)            -
Gain on derivative instruments                         (2,989)       (2,774)

                                                 ------------  ------------
Adjusted Net income available to common
 stockholders                                    $     21,939  $     26,314
                                                 ============  ============
Adjusted Earnings per Share                      $       0.29  $       0.35
                                                 ============  ============
Weighted average number of shares                  74,800,000    74,800,000
                                                 ============  ============

Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per Share represent net income before non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates, gain/ (loss) on sale/disposals of vessels, realized (gain) /loss on Euro/USD forward contracts, swaps breakage cost, unrealized loss from a swap option agreement held by a jointly owned company with York, which is included in equity loss on investments, and non-cash changes in fair value of currency forwards and derivatives. "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 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

                                                  Three-month period ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                 --------------------------
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)             2013          2014
                                                 ------------  ------------


Net Income                                       $     24,735  $     19,833
Interest and finance costs                             17,564        25,796
Interest income                                          (209)         (150)
Depreciation                                           19,882        25,208
Amortization of prepaid lease rentals                       -           410
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey
 costs                                                  2,050         1,898
                                                 ------------  ------------
EBITDA                                                 64,022        72,995
Accrued charter revenue                                 3,292         2,646
Gain on sale/disposals of vessels                      (2,909)            -
Swaps breakage cost                                         -         6,712
Unrealized loss from swap option agreement held
 by a jointly owned company with York included
 in equity loss on investments                              -         2,503
Realized Gain on Euro/USD forward contracts              (190)            -
Gain on derivative instruments                         (2,989)       (2,774)
                                                 ------------  ------------
Adjusted EBITDA                                  $     61,226  $     82,082
                                                 ============  ============

EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income, amortization of prepaid lease, depreciation and amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest and finance costs, interest income, amortization of prepaid lease rentals, depreciation, amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs, non-cash "Accrued charter revenue" recorded under charters with escalating charter rates, gain/ (loss) on sale/disposals of vessels, realized gain/ (loss) on Euro/USD forward contracts, swaps breakage cost, unrealized loss from swap option agreement held by a jointly owned company with York, which is included in equity loss on investments, and non-cash changes in fair value of currency forwards and derivatives. "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 March 31, 2014 compared to the three-month period ended March 31, 2013

During the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, we had an average of 53.1 and 46.9 vessels, respectively, in our fleet. In the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, we accepted delivery of the newbuild vessels MSC Azov and MSC Ajaccio with an aggregate TEU capacity of 18,806. In the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, we accepted delivery of the newbuild vessel MSC Athens with a TEU capacity of 8,827, the secondhand vessel Venetiko with a TEU capacity of 5,928, and we sold the vessel MSC Washington, with a TEU capacity of 3,876. In the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, our fleet ownership days totaled 4,775 and 4,221 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,             Three-month period
      except percentages)         ended March 31,
                               --------------------
                                                                Percentage
                                  2013       2014      Change     Change
                               ---------  ---------


Voyage revenue                 $    91.5  $   114.9  $    23.4        25.6%
Voyage expenses                     (0.7)      (0.7)         -           -
Voyage expenses - related
 parties                            (0.7)      (0.9)       0.2        28.6%
Vessels' operating expenses        (27.9)     (29.4)       1.5         5.4%
General and administrative
 expenses                           (0.9)      (1.1)       0.2        22.2%
Management fees - related
 parties                            (3.9)      (4.5)       0.6        15.4%
Amortization of dry-docking
 and special survey costs           (2.0)      (1.9)      (0.1)       (5.0%)
Depreciation                       (19.9)     (25.2)       5.3        26.6%
Amortization of prepaid lease
 rentals                               -       (0.4)       0.4       100.0%
Gain on sale / disposals of
 vessels                             2.9          -       (2.9)     (100.0%)
Foreign exchange gains/
 (losses)                            0.1       (0.1)      (0.2)     (200.0%)
Interest income                      0.2        0.2          -           -
Interest and finance costs         (17.6)     (25.8)       8.2        46.6%
Swaps breakage cost                    -       (6.7)       6.7       100.0%
Equity loss on investments             -       (2.3)       2.3       100.0%
Other                                0.6        0.9        0.3        50.0%
Gain on derivative instruments       3.0        2.8       (0.2)       (6.7%)
                               ---------  ---------
Net Income                     $    24.7  $    19.8
                               =========  =========



(Expressed in millions of U.S.   Three-month period
           dollars,                    ended
      except percentages)            March 31,
                               ---------------------
                                                                Percentage
                                  2013       2014      Change     Change
                               ---------- ----------

Voyage revenue                 $     91.5 $    114.9 $    23.4        25.6%
Accrued charter revenue               3.3        2.6      (0.7)      (21.2%)
                               ---------- ----------
Voyage revenue adjusted on a
 cash basis                    $     94.8 $    117.5 $    22.7        23.9%
                               ========== ==========


                                 Three-month period
                                       ended
Vessels operational data             March 31,
                               ---------------------
                                                                 Percentage
                                  2013       2014      Change      Change
                               ---------- ----------

Average number of vessels            46.9       53.1        6.2        13.2%
Ownership days                      4,221      4,775        554        13.1%
Number of vessels under dry-
 docking                                2          2          -

Voyage Revenue

Voyage revenue increased by 25.6%, or $23.4 million, to $114.9 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $91.5 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. This increase was mainly due to (i) revenue earned by the newbuild vessels delivered to us during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013 and the three-month period ended March 31, 2014; partly offset by (ii) decreased charter rates in certain of our vessels during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, compared to the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, and (iii) revenues not earned by vessels which were sold for scrap during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013.

Voyage revenue adjusted on a cash basis (which eliminates non-cash "Accrued charter revenue"), increased by 23.9%, or $22.7 million, to $117.5 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $94.8 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. This increase was mainly due to (i) revenue earned by the newbuild vessels delivered to us during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013 and the three-month period ended March 31, 2014; partly offset by (ii) decreased charter rates in certain of our vessels during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, compared to the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, and (iii) revenues not earned by vessels which were sold for scrap during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013.

Voyage Expenses

Voyage expenses were $0.7 million, during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 and $0.7 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. Voyage expenses mainly include (i) off-hire expenses of our vessels, mainly related to fuel consumption and (ii) third party commissions.

Voyage Expenses - related parties

Voyage expenses - related parties in the amount of $0.9 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 and in the amount of $0.7 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, represent fees of 0.75% on voyage revenues charged to us by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. as provided under our group management agreement.

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 5.4%, or $1.5 million, to $29.4 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $27.9 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. The increase was partly attributable to the increased ownership days of our vessels during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 compared to the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses increased by 22.2%, or $0.2 million, to $1.1 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $0.9 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. General and administrative expenses for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, included $0.25 million in each period for the services of the Company's officers in aggregate charged to us by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. as provided under our group management agreement.

Management Fees - related parties

Management fees paid to our managers increased by 15.4%, or $0.6 million, to $4.5 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $3.9 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to (i) the inflation related upward adjustment by 4% of the management fee for each vessel (effective January 1, 2014), as provided under our group management agreement and (ii) the increased average number of vessels during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, compared to the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

Amortization of Dry-docking and Special Survey Costs

Amortization of deferred dry-docking and special survey costs was $1.9 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 and $2.0 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. During the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 two vessels underwent and completed their special survey. During the three-month period ended March 31, 2013 one vessel underwent and completed her special survey while one vessel was in process.

Depreciation

Depreciation expense increased by 26.6%, or $5.3 million, to $25.2 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $19.9 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. The increase was mainly attributable to the depreciation expense charged for the six newbuild vessels delivered to us during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013 and for the two newbuild vessels delivered to us during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, partly offset by the depreciation expense not charged for the vessels sold for scrap during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013.

Gain on Sale/Disposals of Vessels

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, no vessels were sold. During the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, we recorded a gain of $2.9 million from the sale of one vessel.

Foreign Exchange Gains/(Losses)

Foreign exchange losses were $0.1 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014. Foreign exchange gains were $0.1 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

Interest Income

Interest income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 amounted to $0.2 million and $0.2 million, respectively.

Interest and Finance Costs

Interest and finance costs increased by 46.6%, or $8.2 million, to $25.8 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, from $17.6 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. The increase was mainly attributable to the increased interest expense charged to the consolidated statement of income in relation with the loan facilities of the eight newbuild vessels which were delivered to us during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013 and the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 and the write-off of deferred finance costs due to the refinancing of one of our bank loans; partly offset by the decreased loan commitment fees charged to us during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, compared to the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

Equity Loss on Investments

The equity loss on investments of $2.3 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, represents our share of the net losses of thirteen jointly owned companies pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York. We hold a range of 25% to 49% of the capital stock of these companies. The net loss of $2.3 million was mainly attributable to an unrealized loss of $2.5 million deriving from a swap option agreement entered into by a jointly-owned company.

Gain on Derivative Instruments

The fair value of our 25 interest rate derivative instruments which were outstanding as of March 31, 2014, equates to the amount that would be paid by us or to us should those instruments be terminated. As of March 31, 2014, the fair value of these 25 interest rate derivative instruments in aggregate amounted to a liability of $89.0 million. Twenty-four of the 25 interest rate derivative instruments that were outstanding as at March 31, 2014, qualified for hedge accounting and the effective portion of the change in their fair value is recorded in "Other Comprehensive Income" ("OCI"). For the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, a net gain of $11.4 million has been included in "OCI" and a net gain of $2.8 million has been included in "Gain 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 March 31, 2014. Furthermore, during the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, we terminated two interest rate derivative instruments that qualified for hedge accounting and we paid the counterparty breakage costs of $6.7 million, in aggregate.

Cash Flows

Three-month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013


                                                  Three-month period ended
Condensed cash flows                                      March 31,
                                                 --------------------------
(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)                  2013          2014
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities        $       34.9  $       53.9
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities            $     (149.6) $      (65.1)
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities        $       30.2  $      101.5

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

Net cash flows provided by operating activities for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, increased by $19.0 million to $53.9 million, compared to $34.9 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to increased cash from operations of $22.7 million due to cash generated from the employment of the eight newbuild vessels delivered to us during the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013 and the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, and to 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 $11.6 million, partly offset by the increased payments for interest (including swap payments) during the period of $7.5 million.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

Net cash used in investing activities was $65.1 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, which consisted of (a) $40.6 million for capitalized costs and advance payments for the construction and delivery of three newbuild vessels and (b) $24.5 million in payments, pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York, to hold an equity interest ranging from 25% to 49% in jointly-owned companies.

Net cash used in investing activities was $149.6 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, which consisted of (a) $129.2 million advance payments for the construction and purchase of three newbuild vessels, (b) $22.2 million in payments for the acquisition of one secondhand vessel, (c) $2.4 million advance payment we received from the sale of one vessel for scrap which was delivered to her scrap buyers on April 24, 2013 and (d) $0.6 million in payments for expenses related to the sale of vessel MSC Washington (the related sale price was collected in advance in 2012).

Net Cash Provided By Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities was $101.5 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2014, which mainly consisted of (a) $147.5 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $171.1 million we received regarding the sale and leaseback transaction of two newbuild vessels that we delivered during the period, (c) $20.2 million we paid for dividends to holders of our common stock for the fourth quarter of 2013, (d) $1.0 million we paid for dividends to holders of our 7.625% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares for the period from October 15, 2013 to January 14, 2014 and (e) $96.5 million net proceeds we received from our public offering in January 2014, of 4.0 million shares of our 8.50% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, net of underwriting discounts and expenses incurred in the offering.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $30.2 million in the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, which mainly consisted of (a) $36.2 million of indebtedness that we repaid, (b) $87.9 million we drew down from two of our credit facilities and (c) $20.2 million we paid for dividends to our stockholders for the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, 2012.

Liquidity and Capital Expenditures

Cash and cash equivalents

As of March 31, 2014, we had a total cash liquidity of $238.0 million, consisting of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.

Debt-free vessels

As of April 29, 2014, the following vessels were free of debt.

                    Unencumbered Vessels in the water(*)
               (refer to fleet list for full charter details)

                                     Year                      TEU
Vessel Name                         Built                   Capacity
------------------------- ------------------------- ------------------------
NAVARINO                             2010                     8,531
VENETIKO                             2003                     5,928
MESSINI                              1997                     2,458
NEAPOLIS                             2000                     1,645

(*) Does not include three secondhand vessels acquired and nine newbuild
    vessels ordered pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York, which are
    also free of debt.

Capital commitments

As of April 29, 2014, we had outstanding commitments relating to our nine contracted newbuilds, aggregating approximately $ 316.8 million payable in installments until the vessels are delivered, which amount represents our interest in the relevant jointly-owned entities with York.

Conference Call details:

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., ET, 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: 1-866-524-3160 (from the US), 0808 238 9064 (from the UK) or +1-412-317-6760 (from outside the US). Please quote "Costamare".

A replay of the conference call will be available until May 30, 2014. The United States replay number is +1-877-344-7529; the standard international replay number is +1-412-317-0088, and the access code required for the replay is: 10045223.

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 40 years of history in the international shipping industry and a fleet of 68 containerships, with a total capacity in excess of 445,000 TEU, including nine newbuild containerships on order. Twelve of our containerships, including nine newbuilds, have been acquired pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York Capital Management by vessel-owning joint venture entities in which we hold a minority equity interest. The Company's common stock, Series B Preferred Stock and Series C Preferred Stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols "CMRE", "CMRE PR B" and "CMRE PR C", respectively.

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 April 29, 2014, about our fleet of containerships, including our newbuilds on order and the vessels acquired pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York. Each vessel is a cellular containership, meaning it is a dedicated container vessel.

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                                                                     Average
                                                                      Daily
                                                                     Charter
                                                 Current              Rate
                                                  Daily               Until
                          Year Capacity   Time   Charter Expiration Earliest
   Vessel Name Charterer Built   (TEU)  Charter   Rate       of      Expiry
                                        Term(1)   (U.S.  Charter(1)    of
                                                dollars)             Charter
                                                                      (U.S.
                                                                    dollars)
                                                                       (2)
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1  COSCO       COSCO      2006   9,469     12    36,400   December   36,400
   GUANGZHOU                             years              2017
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2  COSCO       COSCO      2006   9,469     12    36,400    January   36,400
   NINGBO                                years              2018
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3  COSCO       COSCO      2006   9,469     12    36,400   February   36,400
   YANTIAN                               years              2018
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4  COSCO       COSCO      2006   9,469     12    36,400  April 2018  36,400
   BEIJING                               years
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5  COSCO       COSCO      2006   9,469     12    37,519   May 2018   37,519
   HELLAS                                years
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6  MSC AZOV    MSC        2014   9,403     10    43,000   November   43,000
                                         years              2023
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7  MSC AJACCIO MSC        2014   9,403     10    43,000   February   43,000
                                         years              2024
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8  MSC AMALFI  MSC        2014   9,403     10    43,000  March 2024  43,000
                                         years
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9  MSC ATHENS  MSC        2013   8,827     10    42,000    January   42,000
                                         years              2023
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10 MSC ATHOS   MSC        2013   8,827     10    42,000   February   42,000
                                         years              2023
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11 VALOR       Evergreen  2013   8,827  7 years  41,700     April    41,700
                                          (i)              2020(i)
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12 VALUE       Evergreen  2013   8,827  7 years  41,700     April    41,700
                                          (i)              2020(i)
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13 VALIANT     Evergreen  2013   8,827  7 years  41,700     June     41,700
                                          (i)              2020(i)
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14 VALENCE     Evergreen  2013   8,827  7 years  41,700   July 2020  41,700
                                          (i)                (i)
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15 VANTAGE     Evergreen  2013   8,827  7 years  41,700   September  41,700
                                          (i)               2020
                                                             (i)
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16 NAVARINO    MSC        2010   8,531    1.0             February
                                          year              2015
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17 MAERSK      A.P.       1997   7,403     10    37,000   December   37,000
   KAWASAKI    Moller-                   years              2017
   (ii)        Maersk
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18 MAERSK KURE A.P.       1996   7,403     10    37,000   December   37,000
   (ii)        Moller-                   years              2017
               Maersk
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19 MAERSK      A.P.       1997   7,403     10    37,000   February   37,000
   KOKURA      Moller-                   years              2018
   (ii)        Maersk
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20 MSC METHONI MSC        2003   6,724     10    29,000   September  29,000
                                         years              2021
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21 SEALAND NEW A.P.       2000   6,648     11    30,375  March 2018  26,127
   YORK        Moller-                   years     (3)
               Maersk
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22 MAERSK KOBE A.P.       2000   6,648     11    38,179   May 2018   26,612
               Moller-                   years     (4)
               Maersk
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23 SEALAND     A.P.       2000   6,648     11    30,375   June 2018  26,429
   WASHINGTON  Moller-                   years     (5)
               Maersk
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24 SEALAND     A.P.       2000   6,648     11    25,375    August    26,020
   MICHIGAN    Moller-                   years     (6)      2018
               Maersk
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25 SEALAND     A.P.       2000   6,648     11    30,375    October   26,678
   ILLINOIS    Moller-                   years     (7)      2018
               Maersk
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26 MAERSK      A.P.       2003   6,644     11    38,865   November   29,918
   KOLKATA     Moller-                   years     (8)      2019
               Maersk
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27 MAERSK      A.P.       2003   6,644     11    38,461   February   30,334
   KINGSTON    Moller-                   years     (9)      2020
               Maersk
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28 MAERSK      A.P.       2003   6,644     11    38,418  April 2020  30,384
   KALAMATA    Moller-                   years    (10)
               Maersk
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29 VENETIKO    PIL        2003   5,928    2.0    12,250  March 2015  12,250
                                         years
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30 ENSENADA    Hapag      2001   5,576    2.0    19,000   May 2015   19,000
   EXPRESS     Lloyd                     years
   (*)
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31 MSC ROMANOS MSC        2003   5,050    5.3    28,000   November   28,000
                                         years              2016
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32 ZIM NEW     ZIM(**)    2002   4,992     13    23,150   September  23,150
   YORK                                  years    (11)      2015      (11)
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33 ZIM         ZIM(**)    2002   4,992     13    23,150   September  23,150
   SHANGHAI                              years    (11)      2015      (11)
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34 ZIM PIRAEUS ZIM(**)    2004   4,992     10    22,150   September  22,150
                                         years    (11)      2015      (11)
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35 OAKLAND     Hapag      2000   4,890  8 years  30,500   September  30,500
   EXPRESS     Lloyd                                        2016
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36 HALIFAX     Hapag      2000   4,890  8 years  30,500    October   30,500
   EXPRESS     Lloyd                                        2016
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37 SINGAPORE   Hapag      2000   4,890  8 years  30,500   July 2016  30,500
   EXPRESS     Lloyd
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38 MSC         MSC        1988   4,828    7.8    20,000    August    20,000
   MANDRAKI                              years              2017
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39 MSC MYKONOS MSC        1988   4,828    8.2    20,000   September  20,000
                                         years              2017
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40 MSC ULSAN   MSC        2002   4,132    5.3    16,500  March 2017  16,500
                                         years
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41 MSC KYOTO   MSC        1981   3,876    9.5    13,500   September  13,500
                                         years    (12)      2018
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42 KORONI      Evergreen  1998   3,842  2 years  11,500   May 2014   11,500
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43 KYPARISSIA  Evergreen  1998   3,842  2 years  11,500   June 2014   9,379
                                                  (13)
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44 KARMEN                 1991   3,351
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45 MARINA      Evergreen  1992   3,351    1.8     7,000   June 2014   7,000
                                         years
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46 KONSTANTINA PIL        1992   3,351    0.1     3,750   May 2014    3,750
                                         years
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47 AKRITAS     Hapag      1987   3,152  4 years  12,500    August    12,500
               Lloyd                                        2014
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48 MSC         MSC        1986   2,633    4.8    10,000   July 2015  10,000
   CHALLENGER                            years
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49 MESSINI     Evergreen  1997   2,458    2.0     7,500    October    7,500
                                         years              2014
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50 MSC REUNION MSC        1992   2,024  6 years  11,500   June 2014  11,500
   (iii)
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51 MSC NAMIBIA MSC        1991   2,023    6.8    11,500   July 2014  11,500
   II                                    years
   (iii)
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52 MSC SIERRA  MSC        1991   2,023    5.7    11,500   June 2014  11,500
   II                                    years
   (iii)
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53 MSC PYLOS   MSC        1991   2,020  5 years   7,600    January    7,600
                                                            2016
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54 X-PRESS     Sea        1998   1,645    2.0     7,650   June 2015   8,104
   PADMA       Consortium                years    (14)
   (*)
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55 NEAPOLIS    Yang Ming  2000   1,645    0.4     8,100   September   8,100
                                         years              2014
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56 PROSPER     Evergreen  1996   1,504    0.4     7,400   September   7,400
                                         years              2014
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57 ZAGORA      MSC        1995   1,162    3.7     5,700  April 2015   5,700
                                         years    (15)
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58 PETALIDI    CMA CGM    1994   1,162    1.0     6,300   June 2014   6,300
   (*)                                   years
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59 STADT       CMA CGM    2001   1.078    1.7     6,400   July 2014   6,400
   LUEBECK                               years    (16)
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Newbuilds

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                                                       Expected Delivery
   Vessel Name Shipyard                 Charterer  (based on latest shipyard
                                                           schedule)
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1  NCP0113(*)  Hanjin Subic Bay                         4th Quarter 2015
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2  NCP0114(*)  Hanjin Subic Bay                         1st Quarter 2016
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3  NCP0115(*)  Hanjin Subic Bay                         2nd Quarter 2016
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4  NCP0116(*)  Hanjin Subic Bay                         2nd Quarter 2016
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5  S2121(*)    Samsung Heavy            Evergreen       2nd Quarter 2016
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6  S2122(*)    Samsung Heavy            Evergreen       2nd Quarter 2016
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7  S2123(*)    Samsung Heavy            Evergreen       3rd Quarter 2016
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8  S2124(*)    Samsung Heavy            Evergreen       3rd Quarter 2016
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9  S2125(*)    Samsung Heavy            Evergreen       3rd Quarter 2016
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Our newbuilds on order have an aggregate capacity in excess of 110,000 TEU.

(1)  Charter terms and expiration dates are based on the earliest date
     charters could expire. Amounts set out for current daily charter rate
     are the amounts contained in the charter contracts.
(2)  This average rate is calculated based on contracted charter rates for
     the days remaining between April 29, 2014 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) The amounts in the table reflect the charter terms currently in effect,
     although Zim has not paid the full contracted amounts. The aggregate
     amount of the shortfall for the first quarter of 2014 is approximately
     $2.5million. We are participating in ongoing discussions among Zim, its
     shareholders and its creditors, including vessel and container lenders,
     shipowners, shipyards, unsecured lenders and bond holders, to
     restructure its debt and charter obligations which, if successful, will
     result in our granting concessions to the existing charter rate and
     receivables from Zim, in exchange for charter extensions for two out of
     our three vessels currently chartered to Zim, as well as the issuance
     to us of debt and equity securities of Zim. If we reach such an
     agreement, we will revise our contractual obligations table
     accordingly.
(12) 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.
(13) This charter rate changes on May 12, 2014 to $8,000 per day until the
     earliest redelivery date
(14) This charter rate changes on July 27, 2014 to $8,225 per day until the
     earliest redelivery date.
(15) This charter rate changes on May 1, 2014 to $6,200 per day until the
     earliest redelivery date
(16) The charterer has a unilateral option to extend the charter of the
     vessel for a period of six months at a rate of $8,500 per day.

(i)   Assumes exercise of Owners unilateral options to extend the charter of
      these vessels for two one year periods.
(ii)  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.
(iii) Owners have a unilateral option to extend the charters of the vessels
      for an additional period of two years at market rate, to be defined
      annually, based on the closest category on the Contex index.
(*) Denotes vessels acquired pursuant to the Framework Agreement with York.
The Company holds an equity interest ranging between 25% and 49% in each of
the vessel-owning entities.



                               COSTAMARE INC.
                     Consolidated Statements of Income

                                                     Three-months ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                 --------------------------
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except
 share and per share amounts)                        2013          2014
                                                 ------------  ------------
                                                         (Unaudited)


REVENUES:
Voyage revenue                                   $     91,536  $    114,898

EXPENSES:
Voyage expenses                                          (679)         (685)
Voyage expenses - related parties                        (692)         (862)
Vessels' operating expenses                           (27,880)      (29,384)
General and administrative expenses                      (963)       (1,097)
Management fees - related parties                      (3,890)       (4,471)
Amortization of dry-docking and special survey
 costs                                                 (2,050)       (1,898)
Depreciation                                          (19,882)      (25,208)
Amortization of prepaid lease rentals                       -          (410)
Gain on sale/disposals of vessels                       2,909             -
Foreign exchange gains/ (losses)                           75           (63)
                                                 ------------  ------------
Operating income                                 $     38,484  $     50,820
                                                 ------------  ------------

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):
Interest income                                  $        209  $        150
Interest and finance costs                            (17,564)      (25,796)
Swaps breakage cost                                         -        (6,712)
Equity loss on investments                                  -        (2,278)
Other                                                     617           875
Gain on derivative instruments                          2,989         2,774
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total other income (expenses)                    $    (13,749) $    (30,987)
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net Income                                       $     24,735  $     19,833
                                                 ============  ============
Distributed earnings allocated to Preferred
 Stock                                                      -        (2,606)
                                                 ------------  ------------
Net Income available to common stockholders      $     24,735  $     17,227
                                                 ============  ============

Earnings per common share, basic and diluted     $       0.33  $       0.23
                                                 ============  ============
Weighted average number of shares, basic and
 diluted                                           74,800,000    74,800,000
                                                 ============  ============



                               COSTAMARE INC.
                        Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                                     As of        As of
                                                 December 31,    March 31,
                                                 ------------  ------------
    (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)         2013          2014
                                                 ------------  ------------
                                                   (Audited)    (Unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents                        $     93,379  $    183,619
Restricted cash                                         9,067         6,681
Accounts receivable                                    16,145        11,114
Inventories                                            11,005        12,091
Due from related parties                                2,679           382
Insurance claims receivable                             1,429         2,252
Prepaid lease rentals                                       -         3,328
Accrued charter revenue                                   409           409
Prepayments and other                                   2,450         3,470
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total current assets                             $    136,563  $    223,346
                                                 ------------  ------------
FIXED ASSETS, NET:
Advances for vessels acquisitions                $    240,871  $     81,370
Finance lease - Asset                                       -       170,500
Vessels, net                                        2,187,388     2,162,872
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total fixed assets, net                          $  2,428,259  $  2,414,742
                                                 ------------  ------------
NON-CURRENT ASSETS:
Investment in affiliates                         $     23,732  $     45,939
Prepaid lease rentals, non-current                          -        29,579
Deferred charges, net                                  29,864        29,149
Accounts receivable, non-current                        7,334         7,334
Restricted cash                                        49,826        47,652
Accrued charter revenue                                10,264        10,164
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total assets                                     $  2,685,842  $  2,807,905
                                                 ============  ============
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt                $    206,717  $    198,370
Accounts payable                                        5,814         7,694
Finance lease - obligation                                  -         8,245
Accrued liabilities                                    14,386        14,873
Unearned revenue                                        9,601        10,850
Fair value of derivatives                              55,322        47,700
Other current liabilities                               3,140         2,425
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total current liabilities                        $    294,980  $    290,157
                                                 ------------  ------------
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES
Long-term debt, net of current portion           $  1,660,859  $  1,521,727
Finance lease - obligation, net of current
 portion                                                    -       162,220
Fair value of derivatives, net of current
 portion                                               47,890        41,269
Unearned revenue, net of current portion               25,164        26,692
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total non-current liabilities                    $  1,733,913  $  1,751,908
                                                 ------------  ------------
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock                                     $          8  $          8
Additional paid-in capital                            762,142       858,665
Accumulated deficit                                   (20,047)      (23,016)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                  (85,154)      (69,817)
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total stockholders' equity                       $    656,949  $    765,840
                                                 ------------  ------------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity       $  2,685,842  $  2,807,905
                                                 ============  ============

Contacts:

Company Contact:
Gregory Zikos
Chief Financial Officer
Konstantinos Tsakalidis
Business Development
Costamare Inc., Athens, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210-949-0050
Email: Email Contact

Investor Relations Advisor/ Media Contact:
Gus Okwu
Allison+Partners, New York
Telephone: (+1) 646-428-0638
Email: Email Contact

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