Safe Bulkers, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Twelve Month 2012 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

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ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2013) - Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today its unaudited financial results for the three and twelve month period ended December 31, 2012. The Company's Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

  • Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 8% to $46.4 million from $42.9 million, during the same period in 2011.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 36% to $32.2 million from $23.6 million, during the same period in 2011. Adjusted net income(1) for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased by 15% to $20.5 million from $24.0 million, during the same period in 2011.
  • EBITDA(2) for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 39% to $43.9 million from $31.7 million during the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA1 for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased marginally at $32.2 million from $32.1 million during the same period in 2011.
  • Earnings per share ("EPS") and Adjusted EPS1 for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.42 and $0.27, respectively, calculated on a weighted average number of shares of 76,665,956, compared to $0.33 and $0.34, respectively, during the fourth quarter of 2011, calculated on a weighted average number of shares of 70,894,420.
  • The Company's Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012.

1 Adjusted net income, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA represent Net Income, EPS and EBITDA before early redelivery income/(cost) and gain/(loss) on derivatives and foreign currency. See Table 1.

2 EBITDA represents net income before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. See Table 1.

Summary of Twelve Month Period Ended December 31, 2012 Results

  • Net revenue for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 increased by 9% to $184.3 million from $168.9 million during the same period in 2011.
  • Net income for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 increased by 7% to $96.1 million from $89.7 million during the same period in 2011. Adjusted net income for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 decreased by 13% to $89.8 million from $102.8 million, during the same period in 2011.
  • EBITDA for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 increased by 16% to $137.5 million from $118.2 million during the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 decreased marginally to $131.2 million from $131.3 million during the same period in 2011.
  • EPS and Adjusted EPS for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012 was $1.27 and $1.19, respectively, calculated on a weighted average number of shares of 75,468,465, compared to $1.29 and $1.48, respectively, during the same period in 2011, calculated on a weighted average number of shares of 69,463,093.

Fleet and Employment Profile

In December 2012, citing excessive construction delays, the Company exercised its termination right under an agreement for the construction, sale and delivery by a shipyard to the Company of an 180,000 dwt, Capesize class newbuild vessel and delivered demands for a refund for the full amount of advances paid by the Company under such agreement, with interest, to each of the shipyard and the relevant refund guarantor (a bank rated Aa3 by Moody's Investor Services) pursuant to such agreement and the associated refund guarantees, respectively. In response, in January 2013, the Company received a notice of arbitration and initiated arbitration proceedings in London, England, with the shipyard. The arbitration dispute remains ongoing. The shipyard alleges that the Company's termination constitutes a breach of the agreement and argues that the Company is not entitled to a refund of any of the $31.8 million in advances paid, or interest. The Company has classified the $31.8 million in advances as Other current assets. The Company is and will continue vigorously pursuing the arbitration and believes that the merits in this dispute rest in the Company's favor. However, arbitration is inherently uncertain and the Company cannot provide assurance that it will prevail.

In December 2012, the Company took early redelivery of the Martine, ahead of the contracted earliest redelivery date of January 21, 2014. In connection with this early redelivery, the Company recognized early redelivery income of $8.5 million, consisting of cash compensation paid by the relevant charterer of $8.6 million, net of commissions, less accrued revenue of $0.1 million. The Company employs the Martine in the spot market.

In December 2012, the Company took early redelivery of the Maria, ahead of the contracted earliest redelivery date of February 24, 2014. In connection with this early redelivery, the Company recognized early redelivery income of $3.2 million, consisting of cash compensation paid by the relevant charterer of $3.4 million, net of commissions, less accrued revenue of $0.2 million. The Company employs the Maria in the spot market.

In December 2012, the Company agreed with the charterer of the Maritsa the early termination of a charter party of which the contracted earliest redelivery date was January 29, 2015. The vessel was redelivered to the Company in January 2013, whereupon the Company received cash compensation of $13.1 million. The Company employs the Maritsa with the same charterer in the period time charter market.

In January 2013, the Company acquired and took delivery of the Paraskevi, a second-hand, 74,300 dwt, Japanese, 2003-built, Panamax class vessel, for a purchase price of $13.8 million. The Paraskevi was delivered to the Company with dry-docking and special survey passed.

In January 2013, the Company contracted to acquire the Pedhoulas Commander, a second-hand, 83,700 dwt, Japanese, 2008-built, Kamsarmax class vessel, for a purchase price of $19.4 million. The Company believes that it will take delivery of Pedhoulas Commander sometime in March 2013.

In January 2013, the Company agreed to a new scheduled delivery of Hull 1659, to be in the first half of 2014, instead of the initial scheduled delivery in the second half of 2013.

As of February 15, 2013, the Company's operational fleet, was comprised of 25 drybulk vessels with an average age of 4.8 years and an aggregate carrying capacity of 2.28 million dwt. The 25-vessel fleet consists of seven Panamax class vessels, six Kamsarmax class vessels, 10 Post-Panamax class vessels and two Capesize class vessels, and each such vessel was built post 2003.

As of February 15, 2013, the Company, has contracted to acquire six additional drybulk newbuild vessels and one secondhand vessel, with deliveries scheduled at various times through 2015. The orderbook consists of three newbuild Panamax vessels, two Post-Panamax vessels and one Capesize vessel. The secondhand vessel is Kamsarmax.

Set out below is a table showing the Company's existing and newbuild vessels and their contracted employment as of February 15, 2013:

Vessel Name   DWT   Year Built (1)   Country of construction   Charter Rate (2) USD/day   Charter Duration (3)
Current Fleet
Panamax
Maria   76,000   2003   Japan   6,250   Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Koulitsa   76,900   2003   Japan   8,500   Dec 2012 - Feb 2014
Paraskevi   74,300   2003   Japan   8,000   Jan 2013 - Apr 2013
Vassos   76,000   2004   Japan   29,000   Nov 2008 - Oct 2013
Katerina   76,000   2004   Japan   20,000   Feb 2011 - Feb 2014
Maritsa   76,000   2005   Japan   8,000   Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
Efrossini   75,000   2012   Japan   14,800 
9,500
  Nov 2012 - Feb 2013
Mar 2013 -May 2013
 
Kamsarmax
Pedhoulas Merchant   82,300   2006   Japan   18,350   Aug 2011 - Jul 2013
Pedhoulas Trader   82,300   2006   Japan   41,850
BPI + 6.5% (4)
  Aug 2008 - Jul 2013
Aug 2013 - Jul 2015
Pedhoulas Leader   82,300   2007   Japan   13,250   Jun 2012 - May 2014
Pedhoulas Builder   81,600   2012   China   8,450   Oct 2012 - Nov 2013
Pedhoulas Fighter   81,600   2012   China   (BPI+4%) -1,000(5)   Aug 2012 - Sep 2013
Pedhoulas Farmer   81,600   2012   China   8,000   Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
 
Post-Panamax
Stalo   87,000   2006   Japan   34,160   Mar 2010 - Feb 2015
Marina   87,000   2006   Japan   41,557   Dec 2008 - Dec 2013
Sophia   87,000   2007   Japan   34,720   Oct 2008 - Sep 2013
Eleni   87,000   2008   Japan   41,738   Apr 2010 - Mar 2015
Martine   87,000   2009   Japan   8,500   Jan 2013 - Mar 2013
Andreas K   92,000   2009   South Korea   10,000   Dec 2012 - Feb 2014
Panayiota K   92,000   2010   South Korea   6,000   Dec 2012 - Feb 2013
Venus Heritage   95,800   2010   Japan   7,200   Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Venus History   95,800   2011   Japan   12,000   Sep 2012 - Jan 2013
Venus Horizon   95,800   2012   Japan   9,500   Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
 
Capesize
Kanaris   178,100   2010   China   25,928   Sep 2011 - Jun 2031
Pelopidas   176,000   2011   China   38,000   Feb 2012 - Dec 2021
Subtotal   2,282,400    
Orderbook
Newbuilds
Panamax
Hull No. 814   75,000   2H 2013   Japan        
Hull No. 1659   76,600   1H 2014   Japan        
Hull No. 1660   76,600   1H 2014   Japan        
 
Post-Panamax
Hull No. 2396   84,000   2H 2015   Japan        
Hull No. 2397   84,000   2H 2015   Japan        
 
Capesize
Hull No. 8126   181,000   1H 2014   Japan   24,376 (6)   Jan 2014 - Jan 2024
 
Second-hand
Kamsarmax
TBN Pedhoulas Commander   83,700   2008 (7)   Japan        
Subtotal   660,900    
Total   2,943,300    

1) For newbuilds, the dates shown reflect the expected delivery date.
2) Charter rate represents recognized gross daily charter rate. For charter parties with variable rates among periods or consecutive charter parties with the same charterer, the recognized gross daily charter rates represents the weighted average gross charter rate over the duration of the applicable charter period or series of charter periods, as applicable. Charter agreements may provide for additional payments, namely ballast bonus to compensate for vessel repositioning.
3) The start dates listed reflect either actual start dates or, in the case of contracted charters that had not commenced as of February 15, 2013, scheduled start dates. Actual start dates and redelivery dates may differ from the scheduled start and redelivery dates depending on the terms of the charter and market conditions.
4) A period time charter with a forward delivery date in August of 2013 at a gross daily charter rate linked to the Baltic Panamax Index ("BPI") plus a premium of 6.5%.
5) A period time charter at a gross daily charter rate linked to the BPI plus a premium of 4%. Net daily charter rate payable will be reduced by an amount equal to $1,000 per day.
6) The charter agreement grants the charterer the option to extend the period time charter for an additional twelve months at a time, at a gross daily charter rate of $26,330, less 1.25% total commissions, which option may be exercised by the charterer a maximum of two times. The charter agreement also grants the charterer an option to purchase the vessel at any time beginning at the end of the seventh year of the period time charter period, at a price of $39 million less 1.00% commission, decreasing thereafter on a pro-rated basis by $1.5 million per year. The Company holds a right of first refusal to buy back the vessel in the event that the charterer exercises its option to purchase the vessel and subsequently offers to sell such vessel to a third party.
7) Vessel is scheduled to be delivered to the Company in March 2013.

As of February 15, 2013, the contracted employment of fleet ownership days was:

  2013 (remaining) 60%
  2013 (full year) 65%
  2014 26%
  2015 13%

Capital expenditure requirements and liquidity as of February 15, 2013

As of February 15, 2013, the remaining capital expenditure requirements to shipyards or sellers, net of commissions for the delivery of the six newbuild and one secondhand vessel, amounted to $193.5 million, of which $68.1 million is scheduled to be paid in 2013, $74.2 million in 2014 and $51.2 million in 2015. We anticipate satisfying these capital expenditure requirements from existing cash and time deposits, borrowings against our long-term floating rate note investment, cash surplus from operations and existing revolving credit facilities and commitments.

As of February 15, 2013, the Company had $47.0 million in cash and short-term time deposits, $22.8 million in short-term restricted cash, $3.9 million in long-term restricted cash, $68.9 million available under existing revolving credit facilities and $40.0 million undrawn availability against our $50.0 million floating rate note.

Apart from the above loan and credit facilities and commitments, the Company utilizes cash flows from operations generated by its contracted period time charters. The Company has also the ability to borrow additional amounts secured by two existing debt-free vessels, six newbuild vessels and one second-hand vessel, on which additional financing may be contracted, upon delivery of such vessels to the Company as and if required.

Dividend Declaration

The Company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.05 per share payable on or about March 8, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of trading of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") on March 4, 2013.

The Company has 76,670,460 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of today's date.

The Board of Directors of the Company is continuing a policy of paying out a portion of the Company's free cash flow at a level it considers prudent in light of the current economic and financial environment. The declaration and payment of dividends, if any, will always be subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company. The timing and amount of any dividends declared will depend on, among other things: (i) the Company's earnings, financial condition and cash requirements and available sources of liquidity, (ii) decisions in relation to the Company's growth strategies, (iii) provisions of Marshall Islands and Liberian law governing the payment of dividends, (iv) restrictive covenants in the Company's existing and future debt instruments and (v) global financial conditions. Accordingly, the Company may reduce or not pay dividends in the future.

Management Commentary 

Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: "Our Board of Directors has declared our nineteenth consecutive dividend since our IPO in the amount of $0.05 per share. The last quarter we were focused on reducing our counter party risk through early redeliveries while strengthening our cash position. We are also focused on attractive secondhand acquisitions to better position ourselves before the next shipping cycle." 

Conference Call

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. EST, the Company's management team will host a conference call to discuss the financial results.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (866) 819-7111 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(800) 953-0329 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452-542-301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Safe Bulkers" to the operator.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until February 28, 2013 by dialing 1 (866) 247-4222 (US Toll Free Dial In), 0(800) 953-1533 (UK Toll Free Dial In) or +44 (0)1452 550-000 (Standard International Dial In). Access Code: 1859591#

Slides and Audio Webcast

There will also be a live, and then archived, webcast of the conference call, available through the Company's website (www.safebulkers.com). Participants in the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

Management Discussion of Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Net income increased by 36% to $32.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 from $23.6 million for the same period in 2011, mainly due to the following factors:

Net revenues: Net revenues increased by 8% to $46.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $42.9 million for the same period in 2011, mainly due to an increased number of operating days. The Company operated 23.6 vessels on average during the fourth quarter of 2012, earning a time charter equivalent rate, or TCE3 of $20,845, compared to 17.41 vessels and a TCE rate of $26,330 during the same period in 2011.

Vessel operating expenses: Vessel operating expenses increased by 36% to $9.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $7.2 million for the same period in 2011. The increase in operating expenses is attributable to the increase in ownership days by 36% to 2,171 days for the fourth quarter of 2012 from 1,602 days for the same period in 2011. Daily vessel operating expenses increased slightly by 0.5% to $4,511 for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $4,487 for the same period in 2011.

Depreciation: Depreciation increased by 33% to $8.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $6.6 million for the same period in 2011, as a result of the increase in the average number of vessels owned and operated by the Company during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Early redelivery income: During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded $11.7 million of early redelivery income, versus $0.1 million for the same period in 2011. Early redelivery income recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012 as a result of the early termination of the charter party agreements of the Maria and Martine.

Interest expense: Interest expense increased by 93% to $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2011, as a result of the increase in the average amount of loans and credit facilities by the Company during the fourth quarter of 2012.

3 Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rates, represent the Company's charter revenues less commissions and voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during the period.

 
 
Unaudited Interim Financial Information and Other Data
 
SAFE BULKERS, INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
  (In thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)
 
    Three-Months Period Ended December 31,     Twelve-Months Period Ended December 31,  
    2011     2012     2011     2012  
REVENUES:                        
  Revenues   43,715     47,191     172,036     187,557  
  Commissions   (798 )   (828 )   (3,128 )   (3,261 )
  Net revenues   42,917     46,363     168,908     184,296  
EXPENSES:                        
  Voyage expenses   (947 )   (1,379 )   (1,987 )   (7,286 )
  Vessel operating expenses   (7,188 )   (9,793 )   (26,066 )   (34,540 )
  Depreciation   (6,571 )   (8,755 )   (23,637 )   (32,250 )
  General and administrative expenses   (2,471 )   (2,741 )   (8,489 )   (9,946 )
  Early redelivery income   106     11,677     207     11,677  
  Operating income   25,846     35,372     108,936     111,951  
OTHER (EXPENSE) / INCOME:                        
  Interest expense   (1,510 )   (2,885 )   (5,250 )   (9,072 )
  Other finance costs   (187 )   (243 )   (1,055 )   (1,268 )
  Interest income   259     288     1,046     1,122  
  (Loss)/gain on derivatives   (175 )   65     (12,491 )   (5,384 )
  Foreign currency loss   (390 )   (15 )   (799 )   (3 )
   Amortization and write-off of deferred finance charges    (290 )    (359 )    (653 )    (1,226 )
  Net income   23,553     32,223     89,734     96,120  
                         
  Earnings per share   0.33     0.42     1.29     1.27  
Weighted average number of shares   70,894,420     76,665,956     69,463,093     75,468,465  
                         
 
SAFE BULKERS, INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
 (In thousands of U.S. Dollars)  
 
    December 31, 2011   December 31, 2012
ASSETS        
  Cash, time deposits & restricted cash   28,121   125,524
  Other current assets   9,838   46,305
  Vessels, net   655,356   810,001
  Advances for vessel acquisition and vessels under construction   122,307   39,902
  Restricted cash non-current   5,423   3,923
  Long-term investment   50,000   50,000
  Other non-current assets   6,226   6,559
  Total assets   877,271   1,082,214
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
  Current portion of long-term debt   18,486   19,199
  Other current liabilities   33,187   28,294
  Long-term debt, net of current portion   465,805   596,468
  Other non-current liabilities   27,951   12,397
  Shareholders' equity   331,842   425,856
  Total liabilities and equity   877,271   1,082,214
           
 
Fleet Data
 
 
 
   
Three-Month
Period Ended
December 31,
    Twelve-Month
Period Ended
December 31,
 
    2011     2012     2011     2012  
                                 
FLEET DATA                                
Number of vessels at period end     18       24       18       24  
Average age of fleet (in years)     4.29       4.50       4.29       4.50  
Ownership days (1)     1,602       2,171       5,992       7,716  
Available days (2)     1,594       2,158       5,976       7,703  
Operating days (3)     1,588       2,154       5,962       7,654  
Fleet utilization (4)     99.1 %     99.2 %     99.5 %     99.2 %
Average number of vessels in the period (5)     17.41       23.60       16.42       21.08  
                                 
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS                                
Time charter equivalent rate (6)   $ 26,330     $ 20,845     $ 27,932     $ 22,979  
Daily vessel operating expenses (7)   $ 4,487     $ 4,511     $ 4,350     $ 4,476  
                                 

(1) Ownership days represent the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us.
(2) Available days represent the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession net of off-hire days associated with scheduled maintenance, which includes major repairs, drydockings, vessel upgrades or special or intermediate surveys.
(3) Operating days represent the number of our available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to any reason, excluding scheduled maintenance.
(4) Fleet utilization is calculated by dividing the number of our operating days during a period by the number of our ownership days during that period.
(5) Average number of vessels in the period is calculated by dividing ownership days in the period by the number of days in that period.
(6) Time charter equivalent rates ("TCE rates") represent our charter revernues less commissions and voyage expenses during a certain period divided by the number of our available days during the period.
(7) Daily vessel operating expenses include the costs for crewing, insurance, lubricants, spare parts, provisions, stores, repairs, maintenance, statutory and classification expense, drydocking, intermediate and special surveys and other miscellaneous items. Daily vessel operating expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.

 
 
TABLE 1
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME, EBITDA, ADJUSTED EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EPS
 
    Three-Month
Period Ended December 31,
  Twelve-Month
Period Ended December 31,
 
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars except for share and per share data)   2011   2012   2011   2012  
Net Income - Adjusted Net Income                  
Net Income   23,553   32,223   89,734   96,120  
Less Early redelivery income   (106 ) (11,677 ) (207 ) (11,677 )
Plus Loss/(gain) on derivatives   175   (65 ) 12,491   5,384  
Plus Foreign currency loss   390   15   799   3  
Adjusted Net Income   24,012   20,496   102,817   89,830  
                   
EBITDA - Adjusted EBITDA                  
Net Income   23,553   32,223   89,734   96,120  
Plus Net interest expense   1,251   2,597   4,204   7,950  
Plus Depreciation   6,571   8,755   23,637   32,250  
Plus Amortization   290   359   653   1,226  
EBITDA   31,665   43,934   118,228   137,546  
Less Early Redelivery Income   (106 ) (11,677 ) (207 ) (11,677 )
Plus Loss/(gain) on derivatives   175   (65 ) 12,491   5,384  
Plus Foreign currency loss   390   15   799   3  
ADJUSTED EBITDA   32,124   32,207   131,311   131,256  
                   
EPS - Adjusted EPS                  
Net Income   23,553   32,223   89,734   96,120  
Adjusted net income   24,012   20,496   102,817   89,830  
Weighted average number of shares   70,894,420   76,665,956   69,463,093   75,468,465  
EPS   0.33   0.42   1.29   1.27  
Adjusted EPS   0.34   0.27   1.48   1.19  
                   
                   

EBITDA represents net income before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before, early redelivery income/(cost) and gain/(loss) on derivatives and foreign currency. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not recognized measurements under US GAAP. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA assist the Company's management and investors by increasing the comparability of the Company's fundamental performance from period to period and against the fundamental performance of other companies in the Company's industry that provide EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA information. The Company believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are useful in evaluating the Company's operating performance compared to that of other companies in the Company's industry because the calculation of EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions and the calculation of adjusted EBITDA generally further eliminates the effects of early redelivery income/(cost) and gain/(loss) on derivatives and foreign currency, items which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under US GAAP. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as substitutes for net income and other operations data prepared in accordance with US GAAP or as a measure of profitability. While EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are frequently used as measures of operating results and performance, they are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation.

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 marine drybulk transportation 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 25 drybulk vessels, all built post-2003, and the Company has contracted to acquire six additional drybulk newbuild vessels and one secondhand to be delivered at various times 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) concerning future events, 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 drybulk vessels, 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 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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Dr. Loukas Barmparis
President
Safe Bulkers, Inc.
Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 (210) 899-4980
Fax: +30 (210) 895-4159
E-Mail: directors@safebulkers.com

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Nicolas Bornozis
President
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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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