Diana Containerships Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Two Panamax Container Vessels and the Signing of a US$100 Million Credit Facility with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
ATHENS, GREECE, December 19, 2011 - Diana Containerships Inc. (NASDAQ: DCIX), a global shipping company specializing in owning and operating containerships, today announced that it has signed today two Memoranda of Agreement withReederei Santa Containerschiffe GmbH & Co. KG ("the Sellers") for the purchase of two Panamax container vessels, m/v "Cap San Marco" and m/v "Cap San Raphael".
The m/v "Cap San Marco" is a 2001-built vessel of approximately 3,750 TEU capacity and the m/v "Cap San Raphael" is a 2002-built vessel of approximately 3,750 TEU capacity. The purchase price for each vessel is US$33 million. The expected dates of delivery from their previous owners to the Company for both vessels are between January 5, 2012 and February 29, 2012.
Each of the two vessels is chartered back to the sellers of the vessels for a period of thirty-six (36) months plus or minus forty-five (45) days. The net daily charter hire rate for each vessel will be US$22,750 during the first twelve (12) months, US$22,850 during the second twelve (12) months and US$23,250 during the third twelve (12) months of the charter. Each charter will commence on or about the day of that vessel's delivery to the Company.
The employment of the two vessels is anticipated to generate approximately US$47.5 million of revenues for the minimum agreed period of the charters.
Separately, the Company also announced today that it has entered into an agreement for a revolving credit facility of up to US$100 million with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, which may be increased to US$150 million subject to further syndication. The credit facility has a term of five years and will bear interest at the rate of 2.75% over LIBOR. The Company will also pay a commitment fee of 0.99% per annum on the undrawn amount of the facility.
About the Company
Diana Containerships Inc. is a Marshall Islands corporation founded in 2010 to own and operate containerships and pursue containership acquisition opportunities. Diana Containerships Inc. intends to continue to capitalize on investment opportunities by purchasing additional containerships in the secondhand market, from other companies, shipyards and lending institutions, and may also enter into newbuilding contracts with shipyards for new containerships.
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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, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.
In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our 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 containership capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our 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, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.