Genco Maximus Commences Time CharterNEW YORK, Sept 21, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today announced that it has taken delivery of the Genco Maximus, a 169,025 dwt Capesize newbuilding. The Genco Maximus is the eighth vessel to be delivered to the Company under Genco's previously announced agreement on July 18, 2007 to acquire nine Capesize vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group.
The Genco Maximus was delivered to its charterer, Cargill International S.A., on September 19, 2009 to commence a time charter for 3 to 4.5 months at a rate of $31,750 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. Currently, Genco has approximately 67% of its fleet's estimated available days secured on contracts for the remainder of 2009 and 44% for 2010.
The remaining balance of $95.3 million for the Genco Maximus was funded by a $69.7 million drawdown under Genco's amended 10-year, $1.4 billion revolving credit facility and $25.6 million from cash from operations. The Company expects the delivery of one additional newbuilding vessel by the end of 2009 and intends to utilize cash flow from operations to fund this acquisition.
The following table reflects the current employment of Genco's current fleet as well as the employment or other status of vessels expected to join Genco's fleet:
Charter Cash Revenue Expected
Year Expiration Daily Daily Delivery
Vessel Built Charterer (1) Rate(2) Rate(3) (4)
Genco 2007 Cargill December
Augustus International 2009 45,263 62,750 -
Genco 2007 Cargill January
Tiberius International 2010 45,263 62,750 -
Genco 2007 SK Shipping August
London Co., Ltd. 2010 57,500 64,250 -
Genco 2007 Cargill September
Titus International 2011 45,000(5) 46,250 -
Genco 2008 Cargill August
Constantine International 2012 52,750(5) -
Genco 2008 Cargill October
Hadrian International 2012 65,000(5) -
Genco 2009 Morgan Stanley June
Commodus Capital 2011 36,000 -
Genco 2009 Cargill December
Maximus International 2009 31,750 -
Genco 2009 To Be
Claudius (6) Determined TBD TBD Q4 2009
Genco 1999 Cargill October
Beauty International 2009 15,000(7) -
Genco 1999 Swissmarine October
Knight Services 2009 16,500(8) -
Genco 1999 Baumarine AS November
Leader 2009 20,742(9) -
Genco 1999 C Transport October
Vigour Panamax Ltd. 2009 20,000(10) -
Genco 1999 Global July
Acheron Chartering 2011 55,250 -
Genco 1998 Hanjin Shipping December
Surprise Co., Ltd. 2010 42,100 -
Genco 2007 COSCO Bulk
Raptor Carriers April
Co., Ltd. 2012 52,800 -
Genco 2007 Baumarine AS/ Dec 09/Apr 10 20,079/20,000(11) -
Genco 2005 Bulkhandling October
Predator Handymax 2009 Spot(12) -
Genco 2005 Hyundai Merchant November
Warrior Marine Co. Ltd. 2010 38,750 -
Genco 2007 Pacific Basin October
Hunter Chartering Ltd. 2009 16,000(13) -
Genco 2007 Clipper Bulk November
Cavalier Shipping NV 2009 16,750(14) -
Genco 1997 Korea Line February
Success Corporation 2011 33,000(15) -
Genco 1998 Louis Dreyfus March
Carrier Corporation 2011 37,000 -
Genco 1997 Pacific Basin June
Prosperity Chartering Ltd. 2011 37,000 -
Genco 1997 Hyundai Merchant February
Wisdom Marine Co. Ltd. 2011 34,500 -
Genco 1996 STX Pan Ocean Co. October
Marine Ltd. 2009 13,750(16) -
Genco 2001 Global Maritime November
Muse Investments Ltd. 2009 15,000(17) -
Genco 1999 Lauritzen Bulkers December
Explorer A/S 2009 Spot(18) -
Genco 1999 Lauritzen Bulkers December
Pioneer A/S 2009 Spot(18) -
Genco 1999 Lauritzen Bulkers December
Progress A/S 2009 Spot(18) -
Genco 1999 Lauritzen Bulkers September
Reliance A/S 2010 Spot(18) -
Genco 1998 Lauritzen Bulkers September
Sugar A/S 2010 Spot(18) -
Genco 2005 Pacific Basin November
Charger Chartering Ltd. 2010 24,000 -
Genco 2003 Pacific Basin November
Challenger Chartering Ltd. 2010 24,000 -
Genco 2006 Pacific Basin December
Champion Chartering Ltd. 2010 24,000 -
(1) The charter expiration dates presented represent the earliest dates that our charters may be terminated in the ordinary course. Except for the Genco Titus, Genco Constantine, and Genco Hadrian under the terms of each contract, the charterer is entitled to extend the time charters from two to four months in order to complete the vessel's final voyage plus any time the vessel has been off-hire. The charterer of the Genco Titus and Genco Hadrian has the option to extend the charter for a period of one year. The Genco Constantine has the option to extend the charter for a period of eight months.
(2) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates before third-party commissions ranging from 1.25% to 6.25%. In a time charter, the charterer is responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses, agents' fees and canal dues.
(3) For the vessels acquired with a below-market time charter rate, the approximate amount of revenue on a daily basis to be recognized as revenues is displayed in the column named "Net Revenue Daily Rate" and is net of any third-party commissions. Since these vessels were acquired with existing time charters with below-market rates, we allocated the purchase price between the respective vessels and an intangible liability for the value assigned to the below-market charterhire. This intangible liability is amortized as an increase to voyage revenues over the minimum remaining term of the charter. For cash flow purposes, we will continue to receive the rate presented in the "Cash Daily Rate" column until the charter expires.
(4) Dates for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.
(5) These charters include a 50% index-based profit sharing component above the respective base rates listed in the table. The profit sharing between the charterer and us for each 15-day period is calculated by taking the average over that period of the published Baltic Cape Index of the four time charter routes, as reflected in daily reports. If such average is more than the base rate payable under the charter, the excess amount is allocable 50% to each of the charterer and us. A third-party brokerage commission of 3.75% based on the profit sharing amount due to us is payable out of our share.
(6) Year built for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.
(7) We reached an agreement to extend the time charter for an additional 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $15,000 per day. The extended time charter commenced following the expiration of the current time charter on May 22, 2009.
(8) We have entered into a short-term time charter for approximately 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $16,500 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The vessel entered into the time charter following the completion of its previous time charter with SK Shipping Ltd. on June 1, 2009.
(9) We reached an agreement to enter the vessel into the Baumarine Pool with an option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate, but only after June 1, 2009. We exercised the option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate on June 3, 2009 at a gross rate of $20,742 per day.
(10) We have reached an agreement to charter the vessel for 3.5 to 6 months at a rate of $20,000 per day less a 5% third-party commission which commenced on July 10, 2009.
(11) We have reached an agreement to charter the vessel for 3.5 to 6 months at a rate of $20,000 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The vessel is expected to enter into the time charter following the completion of its previous time charter on December 15, 2009.
(12) We entered the vessel into the Bulkhandling Handymax Pool with an option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate, but only after January 1, 2009. In addition to a 1.25% third-party brokerage commission, the charter party calls for a management fee.
(13) We have reached an agreement to enter into a time charter the vessel for 3 to 5 months at a rate of $16,000 per day less a 5% third-party commission which commenced on June 24, 2009.
(14) We have reached an agreement to extend the time charter for approximately 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $16,750 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The new time charter will commence following the expiration of the existing time charter on or about August 24, 2009.
(15) We extended the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $40,000 per day for the first 12 months, $33,000 per day for the following 12 months, $26,000 per day for the next 12 months and $33,000 per day thereafter less a 5% third-party commission. In all cases, the rate for the duration of the time charter will average $33,000 per day. For purposes of revenue recognition, the time charter contract is reflected on a straight-line basis at approximately $33,000 per day for 35 to 37.5 months in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
(16) We have entered into a short-term time charter for approximately 3 to 5 months at a rate of $13,750 per day, less a 5% third-party commission. The vessel entered into the time charter following the completion of its previous time charter on July 6, 2009.
(17) We have reached an agreement to extend the time charter for approximately 3 to 4.5 months. The new time charter will commence following the expiration of the existing time charter on or about August 7, 2009.
(18) We have reached an agreement to enter these vessels into a spot pool managed by Lauritzen Bulkers beginning at the expiration of their current time charters in August 2009. Under the pool agreement, we can withdraw up to three vessels with three months' notice until December 31, 2009 and the remaining two vessels with 12 months' notice. After December 31, 2009, we can withdraw up to two vessels with three months' notice and the remaining three vessels with 12 months' notice.
About Genco Shipping & Trading Limited
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Genco Shipping & Trading Limited currently owns a fleet of 34 drybulk vessels consisting of eight Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,734,000 dwt. After the expected delivery of one additional vessel the Company has agreed to acquire, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited will own a fleet of 35 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,905,000 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. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to the commencement of time charters and expected delivery dates of newbuildings and 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 the following: (i) changes in demand or rates in the drybulk shipping industry; (ii) changes in the supply of or demand for drybulk products, generally or in particular regions; (iii) changes in the supply of drybulk carriers including newbuilding of vessels or lower than anticipated scrapping of older vessels; (iv) changes in rules and regulations applicable to the cargo industry, including, without limitation, legislation adopted by international organizations or by individual countries and actions taken by regulatory authorities; (v) increases in costs and expenses including but not limited to: crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs, maintenance and general and administrative expenses; (vi) the adequacy of our insurance arrangements; (vii) changes in general domestic and international political conditions; (viii) changes in the condition of the Company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards (which may affect, among other things, our anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs) and unanticipated drydock expenditures; (ix) the number of offhire days needed to complete repairs on vessels and the timing and amount of any reimbursement by our insurance carriers for insurance claims including offhire days; (x) the Company's acquisition or disposition of vessels; (xi) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under, or the execution of customary additional documentation for, the Company's agreement to acquire one drybulk vessel; (xii) the results of the investigation into the incident involving the collision of the Genco Hunter, the possible cause of and liability for such incident, and the scope of insurance coverage available to Genco for such incident; (xiii) the Company's ability to collect amounts due from and the outcome of its pending claim against Samsun Logix Corporation with respect to the terminated charter for the Genco Cavalier; (xiv) the Company's ability to collect on any damage claim for the recent collision involving the Genco Cavalier; (xv) the completion of definitive documentation with respect to time charters; and other factors listed from time to time under "Risk Factors" and other sections of 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, 2008 and its subsequently filed reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.
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