CST: 24/08/2016 06:57:00   

DryShips Inc. Announces an Increase to Its Revolver

148 Days ago

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Mar 28, 2016) - DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), or DryShips or the Company, an international owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to increase its secured revolving facility ("Revolver") provided by an entity controlled by the Company's Chairman and CEO, Mr. George Economou.

The Revolver was amended to increase the maximum available amount by $10 million to $70 million, to give Dryships an option to extend the maturity of the facility by 12 months to October 21, 2019 and to cancel the option of the lender to convert the outstanding loan to DryShips common stock. As part of the transaction the Company has also entered into a Preferred Stock Exchange Agreement to exchange the 4,000,000 (100,000,000 pre-split) Series B Preferred Shares held by the lender for $8.75 million. Following this transaction, the outstanding balance under the Revolver stands at $28.75 million and the total number of issued and outstanding shares of common stock amount to 26,881,846 with no other class of stock outstanding.

The transaction was approved by the independent members of the Company Board of Directors on the basis of a fairness opinion.

Ziad Nakhleh, Chief Financial Officer Commented:

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement to increase and extend our Revolver which will provide greater financial flexibility for the Company and remove the overhang on our share price the lender's option to convert to shares of our common stock had created."

About DryShips Inc.

DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels that operate worldwide. DryShips also owns approximately 40% of the outstanding shares of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG), an international drilling contractor. DryShips owns a fleet of 23 drybulk carriers, comprising 3 Capesize and 20 Panamax with a combined deadweight tonnage of approximately 2.1 million tons, and 6 offshore supply vessels, comprising 2 platform supply and 4 oil spill recovery vessels.

DryShips' common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market where it trades under the symbol "DRYS."

Visit the Company's website at www.dryships.com

Forward-Looking Statement
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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. 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 such safe harbor legislation.

Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may 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 forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, 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 it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

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 changes in charter rates and dayrates and vessel and drilling dayrates and drybulk vessel, drilling rig and drillship values, failure of a seller to deliver one or more vessels or drilling units, drillships or drybulk vessels, failure of a buyer to accept delivery of a drilling rig, drillship, or vessel, inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more customers, changes in demand for drybulk commodities or oil, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers and customer drilling programs, scheduled and unscheduled drydockings and upgrades, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, complications associated with repairing and replacing equipment in remote locations, limitations on insurance coverage, such as war risk coverage, in certain areas, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, changes in tax laws, treaties and regulations, tax assessments and liabilities for tax issues, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by DryShips Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 20-F.

Investor Relations / Media:

Nicolas Bornozis
Capital Link, Inc. (New York)
Tel. 212-661-7566
E-mail: dryships@capitallink.com