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Monday, October 21, 2019

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Star Bulk Carriers Reports Q1 Loss

Greek shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.06 loss per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.Net income for the first quarter of 2018 was $9.9 million, said the global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector."By the end of May 2019 we are on track to have 40 vessels scrubber fitted. We expect to have a fully scrubber fitted fleet by January 2020. Because we expect 2020 to be a more profitable year…

Star Bulk Carriers Acquires Own Shares

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that, pursuant to the Company’s previously announced share repurchase program, the Company purchased today 25,000 of its common shares in open market transactions at an average price of $8.76 for aggregate consideration of $219,100.The Company shall cancel all the common shares it has repurchased.On November 29, 2018, the Company announced a share repurchase program to purchase up to an aggregate of $50.0 million of the Company’s common shares.

The biggest spenders of 2018 (VV.com)

Biggest Spenders of 2018

With less than a week until Christmas and most of our presents bought, we're feeling the pinch. However, that's nothing compared to the amount that some have been spending this year. VesselsValue's Senior Analyst Court Smith gives a rundown on which countries have splashed the most cash on second hand vessel purchases over 2018.USAJP Morgan Global Maritime is the US company who has spent the most on second hand vessels: 308 million USD so far in 2018. However, they have changed their purchasing strategy half way through the year.

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Star Bulk Carriers Reports Profit for Fourth Consecutive Quarter

The global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 marks the fourth consecutive profitable one.The Marousi, Greece-based company said that the total revenues for the third quarter of 2018 increased to $188.5 million from $80.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk said: "we achieved $128.7 million in TCE Revenues, $80.1 million in Adjusted EBITDA and Net Income of $26.1 million.

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Star Bulk Carriers Announces $310mln Loan for Vessels, 50 Scrubbers

Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has entered into a $310 million loan agreement, which includes a $70 million tranche (Green Loan Tranche) that will exclusively finance the procurement and retrofitting of scrubbers for up to approx. 50 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet. According to a press release from the global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, DNB Bank, acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger, Facility Agent and Coordinator, along with ABN AMRO Bank…

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WFW Advises CMBFL on Sale, Leaseback of 15 Dry Bulker

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised CMB Financial Leasing (CMBFL) on a US$180.4m sale and leaseback transaction with Star Bulk Carriers Corp, a Nasdaq-listed global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation of dry bulk cargoes.The funds obtained by Star Bulk under this new five-year capital lease of US$180.4m entered into with CMBFL were used to part-finance the cash portion of the consideration with regards to Star Bulk’s acquisition of 15 dry bulk vessels from Norwegian shipowner Songa Bulk ASA.Founded in 2008…

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Star Bulk Carriers Back in Black

Star Bulk Carriers has announced a net income of US$10.73 million for the second quarter of 2018, a significant improvement over the company’s net loss of US$10.28 million for the same period last year.The global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes said that voyage revenues for the quarter totalled US$132.6 million, almost double the US$78.6 million generated in the second quarter of 2017.Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, said…

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Star Bulk Carriers Completes Acquisition of 16 Dry Bulk Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has consummated the previously announced acquisition of 16 dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction, from entities affiliated with Augustea Atlantica SpA and York Capital Management.The final consideration for the Augustea Vessel Purchase is 10.3 million common shares of the Company, equal to approximately 11.3% of Star Bulk’s common shares after the closing of the Augustea Vessel Purchase.As part of the transaction, the Company will assume debt of approximately $309 million.Following the closing of the Augustea Vessel Purchase…

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Star Bulk Carriers Completes Acquisition of 15 Dry Bulkers from Songa Bulk

Global shipping company Star Bulk Carriers, announced  that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of fifteen operating dry bulk vessels  from Songa Bulk  for an aggregate of 13.725 million common shares of Star Bulk  and $145.0 million in cash. Following the closing of the Vessel Purchase Transaction, (i) Arne Blystad will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Star Bulk as Class C Director and Herman Billung will join the management team of Star Bulk as Senior Vice President and (ii) Songa is expected to distribute the Consideration Shares to its shareholders.

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Star Bulk Carriers Acquires 3 Dry Bulkers from Oceanbulk Container Carriers

Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of three  newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels in an all-share transaction, from Oceanbulk Container Carriers (OCC). The final consideration for the OCC Vessel Purchase Transaction is 3,304,735 million common shares of the Company. OCC is an entity affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management and with family members of our CEO, Petros Pappas and entities affiliated to them. The three vessels are being constructed at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS)…

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Star Bulk Carriers Acquires Songa Bulk Fleet

Greece-based dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers has entered into definitive agreements to acquire 18 dry bulk vessels in two all-share transactions. 15 of the vessels will be acquired from Songa Bulk and three of the vessels will be acquired from Oceanbulk Container Carriers. The consideration for the vessels was determined based on average vessel valuations by independent vessel appraisers. The Company has agreed to issue an aggregate of 13.725 million common and pay $145 million in cash for the acquisition of all of Songa’s 15 modern dry bulk vessels .

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Star Bulk Acquires 16 Ships

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. agreed to acquire 16 vessels from entities affiliated with Augustea Atlantica SpA and York Capital Management in an all-share transaction. As consideration for the Vessel Acquisition, Star Bulk has agreed to issue approximately 10.5 million common shares to the sellers of the 16 vessels, equal to approximately 14.1% of Star Bulk’s common shares after the closing of the Vessel Acquisition. Under the terms of the agreement with the sellers, the consideration…

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Star Bulk Carriers Acquires 16 Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced that it has agreed to acquire 16 vessels from entities affiliated with Augustea Atlantica SpA and York Capital Management in an all-share transaction. As consideration for the Vessel Acquisition, Star Bulk has agreed to issue approximately 10.5 million common shares to the sellers of the 16 vessels, equal to approximately 14.1% of Star Bulk’s common shares after the closing of the Vessel Acquisition. Under the terms of the agreement with the sellers…

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Bulkers to Benefit as China Iron Ore Appetite Grows

It has been quite awhile since the global bulk carrier market has had much to cheer about, but U.S. dry bulk shippers are set to post strong revenue growth in the next two years thanks to soaring Chinese demand for high-grade iron ore from Brazil and Australia. To combat severe winter smog, China has slashed iron ore output, pushing steel mills in the world's second biggest economy to import more high-grade ore. China also wants to make pollution control a priority for the next three years.

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Star Bulk to Repay Debt Principal

Star Bulk Carriers announced that, in light of the improved performance of the Company and the dry bulk market in general, it is planning to make debt principal repayments that are in total at least equivalent to the amortization payments scheduled prior to the commencement of debt amortization holidays. The repayment will start from January 1st 2018, under the “cash sweep” mechanism incorporated in its loan agreements. Star Bulk had previously agreed with its Lenders debt amortization holidays that commenced on June 1st 2016 and were due to end on June 30th, 2018.

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Star Bulk Rolls Out Logistics Venture

Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced the expansion and diversification of the Company's commercial activity with the launch of the new subsidiary Star Logistics Management S.A. Star Logistics will focus on servicing the end user by connecting origination and destination of dry bulk commodities. The move is expected to further expand the commercial capability of Star Bulk through additional commercial expertise and advanced tools on the Kamsarmax and geared bulk carriers.

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Star Bulk Acquires Supramax

Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a Supramax dry bulk carrier from an unaffiliated third party. The acquisition will be partly financed through debt secured from a financial institution. The Vessel has a carrying capacity of 56,582 deadweight tons and was built to high specifications at Jiangsu Hantong Shipyard, China in 2011. The Vessel is expected to be delivered to Star Bulk during the month of July 2017.

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Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately US$30.3 million. Each of the Vessels has a carrying capacity of 81,713 deadweight tons and was built with high specifications at Jiangsu New Yangzijiang in 2013. The Vessels are expected to be delivered to Star Bulk between March and May 2017.

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Star Bulk Awarded USCG Qualship 21 for 30 Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator. The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags. In a letter to Star Bulk, Rear Admiral Paul Thomas of the USCG stated, “Less than 10 percent of all [non-U.S. flagged] ships that operate in the [U.S.] meet the eligibility requirements of this program, putting [Star Bulk's] qualified vessels in an elite class.

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Star Bulk Carriers Reports 1Q Loss, Adds 3 Vessels.

The Athens, Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) has reported a loss of $48.8 million in its first quarter. The shipping company posted revenue of $46.3 million in the period. Star Bulk has added three vessels during this period. On April 1, April 4 and May 30, 2016, the vessels Indomitable, Obelix and Star Michele respectively, were delivered to their buyers. On June 6, 2016, it took delivery of the Newcastlemax vessel Star Libra (ex-HN 1372), which is financed under a bareboat charter accounted for as a capital lease, from CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited.

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Star Bulk Sets Terms on Reverse Stock Split

Athens-based Star Bulk Carriers Corp has determined to effect a 1-for-5 reverse stock split of the Company's common shares. The Company's shareholders approved the reverse stock split and granted the Board the authority to determine the exact split ratio and proceed with the reverse stock split at the Company's annual general meeting on December 21, 2015. When the reverse stock split becomes effective, every five shares of the Company's issued and outstanding common shares will…

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Star Bulk Enters Chartering Pool

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that  it has entered into a Capesize vessel pooling agreement (“CCL”) with BOCIMAR INTERNATIONAL NV, GOLDEN OCEAN GROUP LIMITED and C TRANSPORT HOLDING LTD. Star Bulk has agreed to market nine  of the Company’s Capesize dry bulk vessels, which had previously been operating in the spot market, as part of the CCL fleet. Together with Star Bulk’s nine vessels, CCL initially consists   of 65 modern Capesize vessels and will be managed in Singapore and in Antwerp.

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Outlook for Listed Dry Bulk Companies in 2016

Investors suffered massive wealth erosion in 2015, as share prices of dry bulk companies kept tumbling during the year, says Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER). DMER’s shipping index, which is based on the market cap of leading dry bulk companies, was down ~43% in 2015. Asset values failed to find a bottom with ship owners putting their vessels on the block in a bid to fix their balance sheets. Investors, enticed by cheap valuations, were caught on the wrong foot as stock prices breached critical support levels during the year.

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Star Bulk Offloads Four Capesize Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers has entered into agreements to sell four newbuilding Capesize vessels to unaffiliated third parties for an aggregate gross price of $148mln. The vessels are currently under construction in China at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. The Vessels are expected to be delivered to the Buyers during the first and second quarter of 2016. Star Bulk, a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk, intends to use a portion…

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Star Bulk Sells Bulker Quartet

Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector,  has reached agreements to sell four modern vessels, two capesize and two kamsarmax vessels. The vessels were sold for an aggregate gross price of $122m and are expected to be delivered to the new buyers during the first quarter of 2016. "We have entered into agreements to sell two modern Capesize vessels and two modern Kamsarmax vessels to unaffiliated third parties, for an aggregate gross price of $122 million," says a company statement.

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Star Bulk Carriers Sold Three Vessels in Q3

Star Bulk Carriers has sold three vessels during the third quarter, a modern Supramax and two 90s built Panamax says Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer. Net sales proceeds for completed vessels sales were approximately $27.9 million in Q3 and we also received approximately $3.8 million of gross sales, proceeds from the sale of an unlevered 90’s built Panamax and we expect 11 million in net equity proceeds from the transfer of a newbuilding which proceeds will be received in 2016.