Euroseas Ltd. Announces Acquisition of a Vessel and the Sale of One of Its Vessels for Scrap

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MAROUSSI, ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Jun 18, 2013) - Euroseas Ltd., (NASDAQ: ESEA) an owner and operator of drybulk carriers and containerships and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced today that it sold for scrap one of the oldest container vessels in its fleet, the M/V Anking, a 950 teu multipurpose vessel built in 1990 for approximately $3.7 million. The vessel will be delivered to her new owners by the end of June 2013.

Furthermore, the Company announced that it signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase the M/V Wehr Flottbek, a geared containership of 22,301 dwt and 1,738 teu built in 1999 for approximately $5.9 million. The vessel, to be renamed "Joanna", is expected to be delivered to the Company by the end of June 2013.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, commented: "With containership prices having again dropped near their all-time low levels, we believe, it is an opportunity to renew our fleet at minimal capital cost. In that respect, we have sold for scrap our vessel M/V Anking, a 1990 built multipurpose vessel, and invested the proceeds along with an incremental investment of less than $2.5 million in a vessel which is 9 years younger, almost twice as large and more flexible commercially." 

After the sale of M/V Anking and the acquisition of M/V Wehr Flottbek, Euroseas Ltd. fleet profile will be as follows:

                         
Name   Type   Dwt   TEU   Year Built   Employment  
TCE Rate ($/day)
Dry Bulk Vessels                        
PANTELIS   Panamax   74,020       2000  
TC until' Jan-14 + 1 Year Charterer's Option
 
$11,200 +50/50 Profit Share, $14,200
ELENI P   Panamax   72,119       1997   Baumarine Pool   Spot Earnings since February 2013

IRINI
  Panamax   69,734       1988   Open    

ARISTIDES N.P.
  Panamax   69,268       1993   TC 'til Feb-14   $7,500

MONICA P
  Handymax   46,667       1998   TC'Till Sep-13   $12,375
Total Dry Bulk Vessels  
5
  331,808                
Container Carriers                        

EVRIDIKI G (ex-MAERSK NOUMEA)
  Intermediate   34,677   2,556   2001  
TC 'til Apr -14
 
$8,000
TIGER BRIDGE   Intermediate   31,627   2,228   1990   TC till Nov-13 +
12 Months in Charterers Option
  $6,000

$8,000

AGGELIKI P
  Intermediate   30,360   2,008   1998   TC till Feb-14   $6,000

DESPINA P
  Handy size   33,667   1,932   1990   TC 'til Aug-13   $6,000
CAPTAIN COSTAS(ex-OEL TRANSWORLD)  
Handy size
 
30,007
 
1,742
 
1992
 
TC till Mar-14
12 Months in Charterers Option
  $6,500

$11,500

JOANNA
  Handy size   22,301   1,738   1999   (to be delivered by end of June-13)    

MARINOS
 
Handy size
 
23,596
 
1,599
 
1993
 
TC 'til Aug-13
  $6,250

MANOLIS P
 
Handy size
 
20,346
 
1,452
 
1995
 
TC 'til Oct-13
 
$6,750

NINOS
 
Feeder
 
18,253
 
1,169
 
1990
 
TC 'til Dec-13
 
$7,690
KUO HSIUNG  
Feeder
 
18,154
 
1,169
 
1993
 
TC till Feb-14
12 months in Charterers Option
  $7,700

$11,500
Total Container Carriers   10   262,988   17,593            
Fleet Grand Total   15   594,796   17,593            
                         
                         

Note: Charter duration indicates the earliest redelivery date.

About Euroseas Ltd.
Euroseas Ltd. was formed on May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 136 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker ESEA since January 31, 2007.

Euroseas operates in the dry cargo, drybulk and container shipping markets. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements.

Following the sale of its multipurpose vessel and addition of a handy size containership, the Company will have a fleet of 15 vessels, including 4 Panamax drybulk carriers and 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 3 Intermediate containership, 5 Handy size containerships and 2 Feeder containerships. Euroseas 5 drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 331,808 dwt, its 10 containerships have a cargo capacity of 17,593 teu.

Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for dry bulk vessels and container ships, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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Contact:
Company Contact

Tasos Aslidis
Chief Financial Officer
Euroseas Ltd.
11 Canterbury Lane
Watchung, NJ 07069
Tel. (908) 301-9091
E-mail: aha@euroseas.gr

Investor Relations / Financial Media

Nicolas Bornozis
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230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
New York, NY 10169
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E-mail: euroseas@capitallink.com
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