DryShips Exercises Second Option to Acquire a Very Large Gas Carrier with a 5 Year Time Charter Attached to an Oil Major
Athens, Greece - March 6, 2017
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) (the “Company”), a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that it has exercised its second option under the previously announced option agreement to acquire up to four Very Large Gas Carriers (“VLGCs”) currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (“HHI”) for a purchase price of $83.5 million. Part of the purchase price (approximately 25%) will be paid on closing, expected within March 2017, with the balance payable in installments until the vessel’s delivery from HHI. The VLGC will be employed on a fixed rate time charter with five years firm duration to an oil major. The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to three years. The Company expects the total gross backlog associated with this time charter to be $54.0 million, or $92.7 million including the optional periods, and expects to take delivery of the vessel in September 2017.
The transaction was approved by the independent directors of the Company based on third party broker valuations.
George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are very pleased to have declared our second option to purchase a high specification VLGC with long term employment to an oil major at above market rates. This second investment in the gas carrier segment marks our confidence to the expected positive long-term fundamentals of the gas market and allows us to deploy the Company’s available liquidity immediately.”
About DryShips Inc.
The Company is a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels that operate worldwide. The Company owns a fleet of 13 Panamax drybulk carriers with a combined deadweight tonnage of approximately 1.0 million tons, 1 Very Large Gas Carrier newbuilding, 1 Very Large Crude Carrier and 1 Aframax tanker newbuilding, each of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017 and 6 offshore supply vessels, comprising 2 platform supply and 4 oil spill recovery vessels. The Company’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market where it trades under the symbol “DRYS.”
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