Safe Bulkers, Inc. Announces Public Offering and Concurrent Private Placement of Series B Preferred Shares

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ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2013) -  Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that it plans to offer its Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, par value $0.01 per share, liquidation preference $25.00 per share (the "Series B Preferred Shares") to the public (the "Public Offering"). In connection with the Public Offering, the Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional shares of the Series B Preferred Shares. Concurrently with the Public Offering, the Company is also selling through a private placement its Series B Preferred Shares to Chalkoessa Maritime Inc., an entity associated with its chief executive officer, Polys Hajioannou, at the public offering price (the "Private Placement").

The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the Public Offering and Private Placement for vessel acquisitions, capital expenditures and for other general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of indebtedness.

Incapital LLC and DNB Markets, Inc. are acting as joint book-runners and Evercore Partners is acting as co-manager of the Public Offering, which is being made under an effective shelf registration statement.

The Public Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. When available, the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the Public Offering may be obtained from Incapital LLC, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL 60606, attention: DCM Prospectus Department, email: prospectus_requests@incapital.com, or DNB Markets, Inc., 200 Park Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10166, telephone: (212) 551-9814.

This release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Safe Bulkers, Inc.

The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world's largest users of such services. The Company's common stock is listed on the NYSE, where it trades under the symbol "SB". The Company's current fleet consists of 26 drybulk vessels, all built 2003 onwards, and the Company has contracted to acquire eight additional drybulk newbuild vessels to be delivered at various dates through 2015.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended). 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. Statements contained in this press release are based upon information presently available to the Company and assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable. The Company is not assuming any duty to update this information should those facts change or should the Company no longer believe the assumptions to be reasonable. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, general market conditions, the market for the Company's common stock, the performance of the Company's business and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There is no assurance that the Company will complete the Public Offering or Private Placement or on what terms.

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Dr. Loukas Barmparis
President
Safe Bulkers, Inc.
Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 (210) 899-4980
Fax: +30 (210) 895-4159
E-Mail: directors@safebulkers.com

Investor Relations / Media
Nicolas Bornozis
President
Capital Link, Inc.
230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
New York, N.Y. 10169
Tel.: (212) 661-7566
Fax: (212) 661-7526
E-Mail: safebulkers@capitallink.com
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