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Diana Shipping Inc. Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019

ATHENS, Greece, May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Shipping Inc. (DSX), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today reported net income of $3.0 million and net income attributed to common stockholders of $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, including a $4.8 million impairment loss. This compares to a net loss of $3.1 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $4.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2018.

Time charter revenues were $60.3 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $48.4 million for the same period of 2018. The increase in time charter revenues was due to increased average time charter rates that the Company achieved for its vessels during the quarter and was partly offset by decreased revenues due to the sale of two vessels in December 2018.

  Fleet Employment Profile (As of May 08, 2019)
  Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet is employed as follows:
                 
  Vessel Sister Ships* Gross Rate (USD Per Day) Com** Charterers Delivery Date to Charterers*** Redelivery Date to Owners**** Notes
  BUILT  DWT
  18 Panamax Bulk Carriers
1 DANAE A $ 10,000 5.00 % Phaethon International Company AG 22-Dec-17 7-Feb-19  
      $ 8,100 5.00 % 7-Feb-19 1-Apr-19 1
  2001  75,106              
2 DIONE A $ 10,350 5.00 % Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong 23-Jan-18 16-Apr-19 2,3
  2001  75,172              
3 NIREFS A $ 10,750 3.75 % Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated 11-Aug-18 11-Jul-19 - 11-Oct-19  
  2001  75,311              
4 OCEANIS A $ 10,350 5.00 % Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong 16-Nov-18 1-Jan-20 - 31-Mar-20  
  2001  75,211              
5 THETIS B $ 10,650 3.75 % Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated 16-Nov-18 16-Jan-20 - 16-Apr-20  
  2004  73,583              
6 PROTEFS B $ 11,000 3.75 % Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated 19-Sep-18 4-Sep-19 - 19-Dec-19  
  2004  73,630            
7 CALIPSO B $ 12,200 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 12-Mar-18 28-May-19 - 12-Sep-19 4
  2005  73,691              
8 CLIO B $ 10,600 5.00 % Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong 10-Nov-18 10-Sep-19 - 10-Dec-19  
  2005  73,691              
9 NAIAS B $ 10,000 5.00 % Phaethon International Company AG 26-Nov-17 26-Jan-19  
      $ 10,000 5.00 % 26-Jan-19 26-Dec-20 - 10-Apr-21  
  2006  73,546              
10 ARETHUSA B $ 12,600 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 27-Apr-18 2-May-19  
      $ 9,150 5.00 % Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong 2-May-19 2-May-20 - 2-Aug-20  
  2007  73,593              
11 ERATO C $ 10,500 5.00 % Phaethon International Company AG 30-Dec-17 27-Mar-19  
      $ 7,250 5.00 % Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong 27-Mar-19 18-Apr-19 5,6
      $ 5,500 5.00 % Tongli Shipping Pte. Ltd. 18-Apr-19 12-May-19 - 17-May-19 7,8
  2004  74,444              
12 CORONIS C $ 11,300 5.00 % CJ International Italy Societa Per Azioni 10-Oct-18 11-Aug-19 - 11-Nov-19  
  2006  74,381              
13 MELIA   $ 12,000 5.00 % United Bulk Carriers International S.A., Luxemburg 28-Apr-18 28-Sep-19 - 28-Dec-19  
  2005  76,225              
14 ARTEMIS   $ 12,600 5.00 % Ausca Shipping Limited, Hong Kong 17-Sep-18 17-Sep-19  17-Dec-19  
  2006  76,942              
15 LETO   $ 12,500 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 10-Jan-18 16-May-19 - 25-Aug-19 8
  2010  81,297              
16 SELINA D $ 12,250 5.00 % BG Shipping Co., Limited, Hong Kong 6-Feb-18 6-Jun-19 - 6-Sep-19  
  2010  75,700              
17 MAERA D $ 11,750 5.00 % ST Shipping and Transport Pte. Ltd., Singpore 4-Jul-18 10-Feb-19  
      $ 7,000 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 10-Feb-19 27-Mar-19  
      $ 9,450 5.00 % 27-Mar-19 10-Apr-20 - 10-Jul-20  
  2013  75,403              
18 ISMENE   $ 12,125 5.00 % Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 12-Dec-18 1-Jan-20 - 31-Mar-20  
  2013  77,901              
19 CRYSTALIA E $ 11,100 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 3-Oct-17 28-Jan-19 9,10
      $ 10,500 5.00 % 2-Mar-19 2-May-20 - 2-Aug-20  
  2014  77,525              
20 ATALANDI E $ 13,500 5.00 % Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf 27-Apr-18 27-Jun-19 - 27-Sep-19  
  2014  77,529              
  5 Kamsarmax Bulk Carriers
21 MAIA F $ 13,300 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 12-Nov-18 1-Jan-20 - 31-Mar-20  
  2009  82,193              
22 MYRSINI F $ 12,750 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 22-Dec-18 22-Oct-19 - 22-Dec-19  
  2010  82,117              
23 MEDUSA F $ 14,000 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 3-Sep-18 3-Oct-19 - 3-Dec-19  
  2010  82,194              
24 MYRTO F $ 14,000 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 25-Apr-18 25-May-19 - 25-Jul-19  
  2013  82,131              
25 ASTARTE   $ 14,250 5.00 % Glencore Agriculture B.V., Rotterdam 16-Oct-18 16-Dec-19 - 16-Mar-20  
  2013   81,513              
  5 Post-Panamax Bulk Carriers
26 ALCMENE   $ 11,500 5.00 % BG Shipping Co., Limited, Hong Kong 21-Nov-18 21-Oct-19 - 21-Jan-20  
  2010  93,193              
27 AMPHITRITE G $ 11,150 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 28-Sep-17 27-Jan-19  
      $ 12,750 5.00 % Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf 27-Jan-19 27-Mar-20 - 27-Jun-20 11,12
  2012  98,697              
28 POLYMNIA G $ 16,000 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 9-Jul-18 9-Sep-19 - 9-Dec-19  
  2012  98,704              
29 ELECTRA H $ 13,500 5.00 % Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf 19-Oct-18 15-Sep-19 - 15-Dec-19  
  2013  87,150              
30 PHAIDRA H $ 12,700 5.00 % Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf 13-Jan-18 11-Apr-19  
      $ 10,800 5.00 % 11-Apr-19 27-May-20 - 26-Aug-20  
  2013  87,146              
  14 Capesize Bulk Carriers
31 NORFOLK   $ 13,250 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 1-Dec-17 1-Sep-19 - 1-Dec-19  
  2002  164,218              
32 ALIKI   $ 18,000 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 9-Apr-18 9-Dec-19 - 9-Feb-20  
  2005  180,235              
33 BALTIMORE   $ 18,050 5.00 % Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 6-Jun-18 22-May-19 - 21-Aug-19  
  2005  177,243              
34 SALT LAKE CITY   $ 16,250 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 1-May-18 24-Mar-19 13
      $ 9,750 4.75 % 24-Mar-19 24-Nov-20 - 24-Feb-21  
  2005  171,810              
35 SIDERIS GS I $ 15,350 5.00 % Berge Bulk Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 15-Dec-18 15-Dec-19 - 30-Mar-20  
  2006  174,186              
36 SEMIRIO I $ 20,050 5.00 % Pacific Bulk Cape Company Limited, Hong Kong 1-Sep-18 1-Jul-19 - 16-Sep-19  
  2007  174,261              
37 BOSTON I $ 17,000 5.00 % EGPN Bulk Carrier Co., Limited, Hong Kong 6-Dec-17 16-May-19 - 6-Jul-19 8
  2007  177,828              
38 HOUSTON I $ 19,000 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 9-May-18 17-Feb-19  
      $ 10,125 5.00 % Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 17-Feb-19 17-Apr-20 - 1-Aug-20  
  2009  177,729              
39 NEW YORK I $ 16,000 5.00 % DHL Project & Chartering Limited, Hong Kong 2-Feb-18 2-Jun-19 - 2-Sep-19  
  2010  177,773              
40 SEATTLE J $ 16,000 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 24-Dec-18 24-Apr-20 - 24-Jul-20  
  2011  179,362              
41 P. S. PALIOS J $ 17,350 5.00 % Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 24-May-18 9-Jun-19 - 24-Aug-19  
  2013  179,134              
42 G. P. ZAFIRAKIS K $ 17,000 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 31-Dec-18 31-May-20 - 31-Aug-20  
  2014  179,492              
43 SANTA BARBARA K $ 20,250 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 24-Apr-18 9-Oct-19 - 9-Dec-19  
  2015  179,426              
44 NEW ORLEANS   $ 21,000 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 24-Mar-18 10-Apr-19  
      $ 15,000 4.75 % Cargill International S.A., Geneva 10-Apr-19 26-Jul-20 - 25-Nov-20  
  2015  180,960              
  4 Newcastlemax Bulk Carriers
45 LOS ANGELES L $ 19,150 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 16-Apr-18 6-Mar-19  
      $ 13,250 5.00 % 6-Mar-19 6-Jun-20 - 6-Sep-20  
  2012  206,104              
46 PHILADELPHIA L $ 20,000 5.00 % Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 18-Jun-18 3-Feb-20 - 18-May-20  
  2012  206,040              
47 SAN FRANCISCO M $ 24,000 5.00 % Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore 14-May-18 5-Mar-19  
      $ 16,000 5.00 % 5-Mar-19 5-Oct-20 - 20-Jan-21  
  2017  208,006              
48 NEWPORT NEWS M BCI_2014 5TCs AVG + 24% 5.00 % SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva 10-Jan-17 25-Feb-19  
      $ 16,500 5.00 % 25-Feb-19 25-Jun-20 - 25-Sep-20  
  2017  208,021              
* Each dry bulk carrier is a "sister ship", or closely similar, to other dry bulk carriers that have the same letter.
** Total commission percentage paid to third parties.
*** In case of newly acquired vessel with time charter attached, this date refers to the expected/actual date of delivery of the vessel to the Company.
**** Range of redelivery dates, with the actual date of redelivery being at the Charterers’ option, but subject to the terms, conditions, and exceptions of the particular charterparty.
 
1 ''Danae'' sold and delivered to her new Owners on April 1, 2019.
2 Vessel off hire for drydocking from December 17, 2018 to January 12, 2019.
3 ''Dione'' sold and delivered to her new Owners on April 18, 2019.
4 Vessel currently off hire.
5 Redelivery date based on an estimated time charter trip duration of about 22 days.
6 Vessel sold and expected to be delivered to her new Owners at the latest by June 10, 2019.
7 Charterers have the option to redeliver the vessel until June 2, 2019, for a charter rate of US$7,000, in case it exceeds the first twenty-nine (29) days.
8 Based on latest information.
9 Charterers have agreed to pay the average value between ''P2A_03 Skaw - Gibraltar trip to Taiwan - Japan'' and ''P3A_03 Japan - South Korea transpacific round voyage'', as published by the Baltic Exchange on January 18, 2019, for the excess period commencing from January 18, 2019.
10 Vessel on scheduled drydocking from January 30, 2019 to March 2, 2019.
11 The charter rate was US$5,000 per day for the first 5 days of the charter period.
12 Vessel currently off hire for unscheduled maintenance.
13 Charterers have agreed to pay Owners as daily hire, for the period from March 1, 2019 until the actual redelivery date and time, the current charterparty agreed hire rate.


Summary of Selected Financial & Other Data (unaudited)
      Three months ended March 31,
      2019     2018  
           
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (in thousands of US Dollars)
  Time charter revenues $ 60,301   $ 48,365  
  Voyage expenses   2,774     2,077  
  Vessel operating expenses   22,358     22,930  
  Net income/(loss)   2,976     (3,052 )
  Net income/(loss) attributed to common stockholders   1,534     (4,494 )
FLEET DATA
  Average number of vessels   48.0     50.0  
  Number of vessels   48.0     50.0  
  Weighted average age of vessels   9.4     8.6  
  Ownership days   4,320     4,500  
  Available days   4,276     4,444  
  Operating days   4,263     4,435  
  Fleet utilization   99.7%     99.8%  
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
  Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (1) $ 13,453   $ 10,416  
  Daily vessel operating expenses (2) $ 5,175   $ 5,096  


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(1) Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rates, are defined as our time charter revenues less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during the period, which is consistent with industry standards.  Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel) expenses, canal charges and commissions.  TCE is a non-GAAP measure.  TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charter hire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per day amounts while charter hire rates for vessels on time charters are generally expressed in such amounts.

(2) Daily vessel operating expenses, which include crew wages and related costs, the cost of insurance, expenses relating to repairs and maintenance, the costs of spares and consumable stores, tonnage taxes and other miscellaneous expenses, are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company’s management will conduct a conference call and simultaneous Internet webcast to review these results at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Investors may access the webcast by visiting the Company’s website at www.dianashippinginc.com,  and clicking on the webcast link. The conference call also may be accessed by telephone by dialing 1-877-407-8291 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-201-689-8345 (for international callers), and asking the operator for the Diana Shipping Inc. conference call.

A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call and will be accessible for 30 days on www.dianashippinginc.com. A telephone replay also will be available for 30 days by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-201-612-7415 (for international callers), and providing the Replay ID number 13689902.

About the Company

Diana Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of dry bulk vessels. The Company’s vessels are employed primarily on medium to long-term time charters and transport a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intends,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, Company management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in the Company’s records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond the Company’s control, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in the Company’s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in the Company’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for the Company’s vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(See financial tables attached)

DIANA SHIPPING INC.
FINANCIAL TABLES
Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share and per share data
           
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)
      Three months ended March 31,
      2019     2018  
           
REVENUES:        
  Time charter revenues $ 60,301   $ 48,365  
  Voyage expenses   2,774     2,077  
  Vessel operating expenses   22,358     22,930  
  Depreciation and amortization of deferred charges   12,449     12,977  
  General and administrative expenses    7,535     6,989  
  Management fees to related party   512     600  
  Impairment loss   4,750     -  
  Other loss/(gain)   (60 )   324  
  Operating income $ 9,983     2,468  
           
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):        
  Interest and finance costs   (7,704 )   (6,947 )
  Interest and other income   716     1,412  
  Gain/(loss) from equity method investment   (19 )   15  
  Total other expenses, net $ (7,007 )   (5,520 )
           
Net income/(loss) $ 2,976   $ (3,052 )
Dividends on series B preferred shares   (1,442 )   (1,442 )
Net income/(loss) attributed to common stockholders   1,534     (4,494 )
           
Earnings/(loss) per common share, basic and diluted $ 0.02   $ (0.04 )
           
Weighted average number of common shares, basic   100,654,177     103,124,133  
           
Weighted average number of common shares, diluted   100,685,910     103,124,133  
           
      Three months ended March 31,
      2019     2018  
           
Net income/(loss) $ 2,976   $ (3,052 )
Other comprehensive loss (Actuarial loss)   (9 )   (7 )
Comprehensive income/(loss) $ 2,967   $ (3,059 )


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA      
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)      
               
      2019     2018 *  
ASSETS    (unaudited)        
               
Cash and cash equivalents $ 111,874   $ 126,825  
Other current assets   28,225     15,147  
Vessels, net of depreciation   961,596     991,403  
Other fixed assets, net   22,359     22,425  
Restricted cash   24,582     24,582  
Investments in related parties   3,244     3,263  
Other non-current assets   3,695     4,151  
  Total assets $ 1,155,575   $ 1,187,796  
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
               
Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs $ 506,246   $ 530,547  
Other liabilities   28,314     29,565  
Total stockholders' equity   621,015     627,684  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,155,575   $ 1,187,796  
               
* The balance sheet data have been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date.


OTHER FINANCIAL DATA (unaudited)
      Three months ended March 31,
      2019     2018  
           
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 18,122   $ 9,805  
Net cash provided by investment activities   3,000     30,190  
Net cash used in financing activities $ (36,073 ) $ (15,939 )

Corporate Contact:
Ioannis Zafirakis
Director, Chief Strategy Officer and Secretary
Telephone: + 30-210-9470100
Email: izafirakis@dianashippinginc.com
Website: www.dianashippinginc.com

Investor and Media Relations:
Edward Nebb
Comm-Counsellors, LLC
Telephone: + 1-203-972-8350
Email: enebb@optonline.net