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January 14, 2010

Horizon Lines trims debt

Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ) announced today that it reduced funded debt by $38.1 million during the fourth quarter and completed its fiscal year with $28.0 million less in funded debt than a year ago.

The company says it achieved stronger-than-projected free cash flow during the fourth quarter ended December 20, 2009. Cash was deployed to voluntarily pay down $35.0 million on a revolving credit facility and $1.5 million on a crane loan, as well as for a $1.6 million scheduled term-loan amortization payment.

The fourth-quarter voluntary payments followed voluntary payments of $10.0 million in the third quarter and $5.0 million in the second quarter. At December 20, 2009, funded debt totaled $542.5 million, compared with $570.5 a year earlier.

"In the face of a still challenging fourth-quarter business environment, we were able to produce very strong cash flow and voluntarily pay down debt," said Chuck Raymond, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While our revenue continued to be negatively impacted by lower volumes relative to last year, the rate of the volume decline lessened, continuing the improvement that we first experienced in the third quarter. EBITDA was in line with our internal expectations. We believe we are well positioned both financially and operationally for 2010, and view the year with cautious optimism."

Horizon Lines will report fourth-quarter and full-year financial results on January 29, 2010, at which time management will conduct a conference call with investors to more fully discuss its financial and operating results and discuss the outlook for 2010.


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