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Monday, September 16, 2019

Star Bulk Carriers Corp News

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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.

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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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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 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 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 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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Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co. In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier built by Japan Marine United. Following these deliveries, Star Bulk owns seventy-two dry bulk vessels on the water, consisting of three Newcastlemax, eighteen Capesize, four Post-Panamax…

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Sale of m.v. Star Mega

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Mega, a 170,631 dwt Capesize vessel, built in 1994, to an unaffiliated third party. The Company delivered the Vessel to the Buyers on June 18, 2015. On a fully delivered basis, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 95 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 11.0 million dwt, consisting of Newcastlemax, Capesize, Post Panamax, Kamsarmax, Panamax, Ultramax, Supramax and Handymax vessels with carrying capacities between 45,588 dwt and 209,529 dwt.

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Star Bulk Adds Jennifer

Star Bulk Carriers Corp has added M/V Star Jennifer (ex "Ore Hansa), a 82,290 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier, built in 2006, to its fleet. The Company completed the acquisition of 34 vessels from Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd under an "en bloc" transaction announced on August 19, 2014. Pursuant to the completion of the Excel Vessel Fleet acquisition, the Company has currently 162,684,541 shares of common stock outstanding. Star Bulk currently owns seventy dry bulk vessels on the water…

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Star Bulk's PO to Finance New Builds

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced today that it plans to make an underwritten public offering of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for its new building program and general corporate purposes. Jefferies LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional shares of its common stock. The offering is subject to market conditions…

Star Bulk Collects $8.016m From Sale of Its Claim Against Pan Ocean

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) announced that following the settlement and adjudication of the company's subsidiary Star Borealis LLC claim for damages and due hire related to the repudiation of the long-term time charter of the M/V Star Borealis by charterer Pan Ocean  Co Ltd., previously filed with the Seoul Central District Court, Korea, Star Bolrealis negotiated, sold and assigned the rights to the Adjudicated Claim to an unrelated third party against a consideration of eight million sixteen thousand dollars collected in full.

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Star Bulk to Acquire 34 Drybulk Vessels

Star Bulk entered into a definitive agreement with Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd., and as a result, will acquire 34 drybulk vessels for an aggregate of 29.917 million shares of common stock of Star Bulk and $288.39 million in cash. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements with Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. pursuant to which the company will acquire 34 secondhand operating drybulk carriers, consisting of six Capesize vessels, 14 sistership Kamsarmax vessels…

Bulk Shipping Company Shaves Loss by Good Housekeeping

Greece's Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announce its unaudited financial & operating results for the 3 & the 12 months ended December 31, 2012. Star Bulk is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Its vessels transport major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain and minor bulks including bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. The company reported a net loss of about US$315-million in 2012. On January 2…

Star Bulk Redeploys Star Sigma

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK) said that the vessel Star Sigma which was time chartered to Pacific Bulk Shipping Ltd. of Hong Kong until October 2013 at a gross daily rate of $38,000, was redelivered to the Company. Pacific Bulk has agreed to pay the Company a lump sum of $5.734 million in cash for the early redelivery of this vessel. The Company received a cash installment of $3.5 million on January 5, 2012 and the remaining balance of $2.234 million is scheduled to be paid by Pacific Bulk on/or about January 20, 2012.

Star Bulk Extends Share Repurchase Plan

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK), said that its Board of Directors approved the extension of the Company’s Share Repurchase Plan, which has been in place since 2010, to December 31, 2012. The plan calls for the repurchases of Common Stock for up to $30 million to be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions in compliance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, subject to market and business conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors.

Star Bulk Carriers sold the 150, 940 dwt, 1991-built Star Ypsilon for $9.12m. (Photo: Star Bulk Carriers)

Star Bulk Sells Capesize Ship, Settles Deiulemar Claim

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK) has entered into an agreement to sell the Star Ypsilon, a 150,940 dwt Capesize vessel, built 1991, to a third party for a contracted sale price of $9.12 million. The Company plans to deliver the vessel to the buyers within March 2012. Also, Star Bulk announced that its subsidiary Star Beta LLC and Deiulemar Shipping S.p.A ("Deiulemar") agreed to settle all claims that were the subject of an ongoing arbitration. In connection with the settlement…

Star Polaris Damaged Entering Turkish Port

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK) announced that one of its vessels, the STAR POLARIS, sustained bottom damage when entering the port of Eregli, Turkey. Following a survey of the damages, the vessel proceeded for permanent repairs to Daewoo Mangalia shipyard in Romania. The repairs are expected to be completed in approximately thirty days. As a result of the incident, the vessel has been declared off hire by its charterers. The Company has commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and has reserved its rights relating to the unsafeness of the port.

Ultramax Bulk Carrier Delivered to STAR

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK) took delivery of M/V Star Challenger (formerly M/V “Supra Challenger”), a 61,462-dwt Ultramax bulk carrier of built in Japan by Imabari Shipbuilding Group in November of 2012. The ship has been employed on a short-term time charter for a period of 40 days at a gross hire rate of $13,700 per day. Star Challenger is the first of the two modern Ultramax bulk carriers to be delivered to the Company, pursuant to the relevant definitive agreement announced on November 18, 2013. by the end of December 2013.

Star Bulk Ship Off Hire Following Engine Failure

Greece's Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announce that their Star Polaris sustained main engine failure while sailing from the port of Dangjin, South Korea. The ship is currently docked in South Korea where it is undergoing repairs, which are expected to be completed in approximately four months. As a result, Star Polaris has been declared off hire by its charterers. Subject to the completion of an investigation into the cause of the engine failure, the Company…

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Star Bulk CEO Discusses Latest Developments

Spyros Capralos, President & Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk Carriers Corp., global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, was recently interviewed by Barry Parker of BDP1 Consulting. Parker, a frequent contributor to Maritime Professional, asked Capralos to discuss Star Bulk’s latest developments. The audio interview can be accessed from the Star Bulk Carriers website, under Media Interviews or by pasting the following link on your web browser http://www.starbulk.com/en/media.