Performance Shipping Inc. Announces US$2.0 Million Share Buyback Plan
ATHENS, Greece, April 4, 2023 -- Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PSHG) (“we” or the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tanker vessels, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase plan (the “Plan”).
Under the Plan, the Company may repurchase up to US$2.0 million of its outstanding common shares, representing approximately 21% of the market capitalization of its outstanding common shares as of the close of trading on April 3, 2023.
Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“Rising interest rates, global economic uncertainty and the recent banking crisis have impacted capital markets and near-term sentiment. Following the recent share price development, we find it in our shareholders’ interest that the Company has the flexibility to repurchase our common stock as part of its capital allocation strategy. Given the strength of our balance sheet and our constructive long-term tanker market outlook, we will continue to invest opportunistically, including through share buybacks under appropriate conditions.”
The Company may repurchase common shares pursuant to Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or pursuant to a trading plan adopted in accordance with Rule 10b5‐1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Any repurchases pursuant to the Plan will be made at management’s discretion at prices considered to be attractive and in the best interests of both the Company and its shareholders, subject to the availability of stock, general market conditions, the trading price of the stock, alternative uses for capital, applicable securities laws and the Company’s financial performance. The Plan may be suspended, terminated, or modified at any time for any reason, including market conditions, the cost of repurchasing shares, the availability of alternative investment opportunities, liquidity, and other factors deemed appropriate. These factors may also affect the timing and amount of share repurchases. The Plan does not obligate the Company to purchase any of its shares under the Plan. The Board of Directors’ authorization of the Plan is effective immediately and expires on March 31, 2024.