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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Completes Acquisitions of High Specification, Fuel Efficient Capesize and Ultramax Vessels

Takes Delivery of Two 2016-built Capesize and One 2016-built Ultramax Vessel

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) (“Genco” or the “Company”) today announced that it has taken delivery of the Genco Defender and the Genco Liberty, two 2016-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels, as well as the Genco Columbia, a 2016-built 60,000 dwt Ultramax vessel in September 2018. These deliveries complete the two vessel acquisitions that Genco announced in the second and third quarters of 2018.

The Genco Defender and the Genco Liberty are the two Capesize vessels that Genco agreed to acquire in July 2018, while the Genco Columbia is the last of four vessels that Genco agreed to acquire in June 2018. To fund the purchase of these high specification, fuel efficient vessels, Genco utilized cash on hand and drew down an additional $56.25 million under its new $108 million credit facility, utilizing its full availability.

Genco also announced today that it anticipates delivering the Genco Progress, a 1999-built Handysize vessel, to its buyers on or about September 12, 2018 and that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of the Genco Cavalier, a 2007-built 53,617 dwt Supramax vessel, as part of its fleet renewal program. The aggregate sale price for the vessel is $10 million. The sale is subject to customary conditions, and the vessel is expected to be delivered to its buyer during the fourth quarter of 2018. Genco’s completed vessel acquisitions, together with the recent or expected sale of four older vessels, is expected to reduce the average age of the Company’s fleet by approximately one year to 9.3 years and increase overall carrying capacity to approximately 5,347,000 dwt.

All six acquisition vessels delivered to Genco in the third quarter are high specification, fuel efficient vessels that are ideal for long haul trading patterns. The Company therefore plans to strategically reposition the vessels from their delivery ports in the Far East to Atlantic positions to benefit from a potential freight rate increase in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

John C. Wobensmith, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The timely acquisition of these modern, high specification drybulk vessels, combined with our success selling older tonnage, has enhanced Genco’s position for capitalizing on strong demand for drybulk commodities and multi-decade low vessel supply growth rates. The earnings environment for the Capesize and Ultramax sectors remains favorable, and we are pleased to have increased the size of our fleet and improved its overall age profile and earnings capacity during the seasonally stronger second half of the year.”

About Genco Shipping & Trading Limited
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. As of September 11, 2018, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited’s fleet consists of 17 Capesize, five Panamax, six Ultramax, 21 Supramax, one Handymax and 15 Handysize vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 5,460,000 dwt.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements use words such as “anticipate,” “budget,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of potential future events, circumstances or future operating or financial performance. These forward looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and observations.  Included among the factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in this press release are completion of documentation for vessel transactions and the performance of the terms thereof by buyers of vessels and us, the rates our vessels may be able to earn, and other factors listed from time to time in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT:
Apostolos Zafolias
Chief Financial Officer
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited
(646) 443-8550

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