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Attached as Exhibit 1 is a press release of DryShips Inc. (the Company) dated October 26, 2011: DryShips Announces Signing of $141 Million Loan Facility for Four Tankers.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Dated: October 26, 2011
By: /s/George Economou
Chief Executive Officer
DRYSHIPS ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF $141 MILLION
LOAN FACILITY FOR FOUR TANKERS
ATHENS, GREECE October 26, 2011 - DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) (the Company or DryShips), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced the signing of a $141 million syndicated secured term loan facility to partially finance the construction costs of the tankers Belmar, Calida, Lipari and Petalidi. The Lead Arrangers are The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) and ABN AMRO Bank.
George Economou, Chairman and CEO, commented:
We are pleased to announce the signing of this loan facility with Korea Eximbank and ABN AMRO. Following the signing of this loan facility the next four tankers that deliver in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first half of 2012 are now fully financed. With credit markets tightening across the globe, the fact that we secured bank debt on competitive terms is a testament to the relationships built over the years. We will continue to leverage these relationships in our endeavors to finance the remaining drybulk and tanker newbuilding programs.
DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. Through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., DryShips owns and operates 9 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 7 ultra deepwater drillships, 3 of which remain to be delivered to Ocean Rig during 2013. DryShips owns a fleet of 34 drybulk carriers (including newbuildings), comprising 7 Capesize, 25 Panamax and 2 Supramax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 3.2 million tons, and 12 tankers (including newbuildings), comprising 6 Suezmax and 6 Aframax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 1.6 million tons.
DryShips common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol DRYS.
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Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. The U.S. 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 this 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 words believe, intend, anticipate, estimate, project, forecast, plan, potential, may, should, expect and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.
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, managements 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 charterhire and drilling dayrates and drybulk vessel, drilling rig and drillship values, failure of a seller to deliver one or more drilling rigs, 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 charterers of our ships, 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, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, 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 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.