ATHENS, GREECE, February 18, 2020 – Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: DCIX), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of vessels, today announced that it has signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to purchase a 2007 built Aframax tanker vessel, the M/T FSL Shanghai, from an unaffiliated third party seller for a total purchase price of US$26.0 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company by the end of March 2020.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, stated:
“We are very pleased with this acquisition, which brings us one step closer to the creation of the only publicly listed pure-play Aframax company. We believe that the Company is well positioned to take advantage of favorable charter rates in the future.”
Upon completion of the abovementioned acquisition, as well as the previously announced sale of the Post-Panamax container vessel, the M/V Rotterdam, Performance Shipping Inc.’s fleet will consist of four (4) Aframax tanker vessels and one (1) Panamax container vessel. A table describing the Company’s current fleet can be found on the Company’s website, www.pshipping.com
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About the Company
Performance Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of vessels. The Company’s current fleet of vessels is employed primarily on charters with leading charterers.
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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 our vessels, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking 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, vessel 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.