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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Announces Fourth Quarter 2006 Financial Results

Feb 08, 2007
Declares Increased Dividend of $0.66 per Share Dividend for Q4 2006; Increases 2007 Dividend Target Rate Company Reschedules Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Conference Call and Webcast to Friday, February 9, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. ET
NEW YORK, Feb 08, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Nasdaq: GSTL) today reported its financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2006.

The following financial review discusses the results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005.

                        Fourth quarter 2006 Highlights

     -- Declared an increased dividend of $0.66 per share, based on Q4 2006
        results, payable on or about March 9, 2007 to all  shareholders of
        record as of February 23, 2007;

     -- Recorded net income of $16.4 million, or $0.65 basic and diluted
        earnings per share, excluding the unrealized non-cash gain from our
        forward interest rate swap agreements;

     -- Recorded net income of $16.5 million, or $0.65 basic and diluted
        earnings per share, including the unrealized non-cash gain from our
        forward interest rate swap agreements;

     -- Paid a $0.60 per share dividend on November 30, 2006 based on Q3 2006
        results;

     -- Agreed on January 22, 2007 to sell the Genco Glory for $13.15 million;
        and

     -- Reached agreements on the following time charters.


    Vessel            Charterer            Charter Duration    Time Charter
                                                                 Rate(1)

    Genco Carrier     Pacific Basin         11 to 13 Months       $24,000
                       Chartering Ltd.
    Genco Wisdom      HMMC                  11 to 13 Months        24,000
    Genco Trader      Baumarine AS          10 to 12 Months        25,750
    Genco Leader      AS Klaveness          23 to 25 Months        25,650
    Genco Acheron     STX Panocean          11 to 13 Months        30,000
    Genco Marine      NYK Europe            11 to 13 Months        24,000

    (1) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates
    before the payments of brokerage commissions ranging from 1.25% to 5% to
    third parties, except as indicated for the Genco Trader and the Genco
    Leader in note 3 to the table appearing below under the heading "Genco
    Shipping & Trading Limited Fleet". In a time charter, the charterer is
    responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses, agents'
    fees and canal dues.

                    Financial Review:  2006 Fourth quarter

The Company recorded net income of $16.5 million or $0.65 basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended December 31, 2006. Comparatively, for the three months ended December 31, 2005 net income was $15.1 million or $0.60 basic and diluted earnings per share. Included in net income for the fourth quarter of 2006 is a $0.1 million non-cash gain from financial derivatives, related to our two forward interest rate swap instruments as described below under "Forward Interest Rate Swap Agreements." Excluding the unrealized non-cash gain on financial derivatives, net income for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $16.4 million, or $0.65 basic and diluted earnings per share. EBITDA was $26.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006 versus $24.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2005.

Robert Gerald Buchanan, President, commented, "2006 was an exceptional year for Genco, as the Company enhanced its position in the industry and provided significant value to shareholders. Our strong results for the fourth quarter and full year are directly related to our success at further consolidating the drybulk industry and signing a large portion of our fleet on time charters at attractive rates. Building on the success we had in 2006 securing vessels on time charter, we have continued to capitalize on the favorable drybulk rate environment. Going forward, we will continue to focus on meeting this important objective, while seeking to continue to provide leading multi-national charterers with service that meets the highest operational standards."

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited recorded revenues of $35.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006 versus $33.4 for the three months ended December 31, 2005, an increase of 6.9% primarily due to the operation of a larger fleet.

The average daily time charter equivalent, or TCE, rates obtained by the Company's fleet decreased slightly to $20,435 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2006 compared to $20,725 for the three months ended December 31, 2005. The decrease was due mostly to higher charter rates achieved in the fourth quarter of 2005 versus the fourth quarter of 2006 for the five Handysize vessels on charter with Lauritzen Bulkers A/S, which commenced their extended time charter contracts at $13,500 per vessel per day during the third quarter of 2006. The decrease in TCE rates was countered by higher charter rates achieved in the fourth quarter of 2006 versus the same period last year for the Genco Leader and Genco Trader, the two vessels which until recently operated in the Baumarine pool, which were subject to fluctuations of the spot market.

Total operating expenses increased to $17.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006 from $16.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2005. Vessel operating expenses were $5.9 million for both comparative periods. General and administrative expenses decreased slightly to $2.1 million from $2.5 million during the comparative periods. Management fees were $0.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006 and $0.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2005, respectively, and relate to fees paid to our independent technical managers.

Daily vessel operating expenses decreased to $3,415 per vessel per day during the fourth quarter of 2006 from $3,794 for the same quarter last year. We believe daily vessel operating expenses are best measured for comparative purposes over a 12-month period in order to take into account all of the expenses that each vessel in our fleet will incur over a full year of operation. For the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005, the average daily vessel operating expenses for our fleet were $3,285 and $2,805 per day, respectively. As 2005 was our initial period of operations for the majority of our fleet, we believe the year ended December 31, 2006 is more reflective of our daily vessel operating expenses compared to the corresponding period in 2005. Based on management's estimates and budgets provided by our technical managers, we expect our vessels to have daily vessel operating expenses during 2007 on a weighted basis of $3,682.

                     Financial Review: Twelve months 2006

Net income was $63.5 million or $2.51 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 compared to $54.5 million, or $2.91 basic and diluted earnings per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005. Adjusted net income was $63.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 and $58.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005. The adjustment to net income and earnings per share excludes the non-cash deferred financing charge of $4.1 million during the third quarter of 2005 and was a result of the retirement of our original credit facility. Revenues increased 13.9% to $133.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 compared to $116.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005. Revenues in both periods consisted of charter payments for our vessels. The increase in revenues was due primarily to the operation of a larger fleet. EBITDA was $100.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 versus $91.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005. TCE rates obtained by the Company decreased 2.1% to $20,455 per day for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 from $20,903 for the same period in 2005 mostly due to lower charter rates achieved on the five handysize vessels on time charter to Lauritzen. The five vessels were renewed under a time charter with Lauritzen in the third quarter of 2006 at a lower charter rate than the previous time charter. Furthermore, lower charter rates were realized on the Genco Leader, which was subject to lower overall spot market in 2006 versus 2005. Total operating expenses were $62.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 compared to $48.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2005, and daily vessel operating expenses per vessel were $3,285 versus $2,805 for the comparative periods. The average daily vessel operating expenses for our fleet was $3,285 per day for the year ended December 31, 2006, as compared to our budgeted amount of $3,184.

                       Liquidity and Capital Resources

                                  Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2006 increased 2.0% to $90.1 million from $88.2 million. The increase primarily was due to higher net income and depreciation and amortization in the year ended December 31, 2006 due to the operation of a larger fleet. Net cash provided by operating activities for year ended December 31, 2006 was primarily a result of recorded net income of $63.5 million, and depreciation and amortization charges of $27.0 million. For the year ended December 31, 2005, net cash provided by operating activities was primarily a result of recorded net income of $54.5 million, and depreciation and amortization charges of $22.3 million, and amortization of deferred financing costs of $4.6 million in 2005.

The majority of our fleet was acquired in 2005 and as a result net cash used in investing activities declined to $82.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2006 from $268.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. For the year ended December 31, 2006 the cash used in investing activities related primarily to the purchase of three additional vessels for $81.6 million. For the year ended December 31, 2005, the cash used in investing activities relating to the acquisition of ten vessels was $267.0 million.

Net cash provided by financing activities for the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005 was $19.4 million and $219.3 million, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2006, net cash provided by financing activities consisted mostly of the payment of cash dividends of $61.0 million offset by $81.3 million of proceeds from our New Credit Facility used to acquire three vessels. For the year ended December 31, 2005, the primary sources of net cash provided by financing activities were net proceeds from our initial public equity offering of $230.3 million and $130.7 million in net borrowings under our New Credit Facility. In addition, we retired the $357.0 million outstanding under our Original Credit Facility and paid cash dividends of $15.2 million.

                             Capital Expenditures

We make capital expenditures from time to time in connection with vessel acquisitions. Our fleet consists of seven Panamax drybulk carriers, seven Handymax drybulk carriers and five Handysize drybulk carriers excluding the Genco Glory due to its pending sale.

    In addition to acquisitions that we may undertake in future periods, we
will incur additional capital expenditures due to special surveys and
drydockings for our fleet. We estimate our drydocking costs for our fleet
through 2008 to be:


                              Q1 2007          2007             2008
    Estimated Costs (1)    $0.7 million     $3.6 million     $3.0 million
    Estimated Offhire
     Days (2)                    40             200              120

    (1) Estimates are based on our budgeted cost of drydocking our vessels in
        China.  Actual costs will vary based on various factors, including
        where the drydockings are actually performed.  We expect to fund these
        costs with cash from operations.

    (2) Assumes 20 days per drydocking per vessel.  Actual length will vary
        based on the condition of the vessel, yard schedules and other
        factors.

The Genco Trader and the Genco Marine completed their drydocking during the first half of 2006 at a combined cost of $1.0 million. The Genco Marine exceeded the budget due to the vessel drydocking in Portugal versus China. During third quarter, the Genco Muse completed drydocking at a cost of $0.9 million, exceeding its initial budget due to the vessel drydocking in the United States due to positioning rather than in China. During the fourth quarter 2006, the Company completed the drydocking of the Genco Carrier and Genco Glory at a combined cost of $1.3 million.

We estimate that ten vessels will be drydocked in 2007, of which two will be drydocked during the first quarter of 2007. An additional six vessels are estimated to be drydocked in 2008.

                Summary Consolidated Financial and Other Data

The following table summarizes Genco Shipping & Trading Limited's selected consolidated financial and other data for the periods indicated below.

                                 Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
                                December    December    December  December
                                   31,         31,         31,       31,
                                  2006        2005        2006      2005
                               (Dollars in thousands,  (Dollars in thousands,
                                except share and per    except share and per
                                    share data)             share data)
                                    (unaudited)
    INCOME STATEMENT DATA:
    Revenues                      $35,715     $33,385    $133,232    $116,906

    Operating expenses:
     Voyage expenses                1,490       1,243       4,710       4,287
     Vessel operating expenses      5,881       5,885      20,903      15,135
     General and
      administrative expenses       2,073       2,522       8,882       4,937
     Management fees                  392         344       1,439       1,479
     Depreciation and
      amortization                  7,341       6,555      26,978      22,322
      Total operating expenses     17,177      16,549      62,912      48,160

    Operating income               18,538      16,836      70,320      68,746

    Other expense:
     Income from derivative
      instruments                     107         -           108         -
     Interest income                1,049         489       3,129       1,084
     Interest expense              (3,176)     (2,185)    (10,035)    (15,348)
      Other expense:               (2,020)     (1,696)     (6,798)    (14,264)


    Net income                    $16,518     $15,140     $63,522     $54,482

    Adjusted net income(1)        $16,518     $15,140     $63,522     $58,585

    Earnings per share - basic      $0.65       $0.60       $2.51       $2.91

    Adjusted earnings per
     share - basic                  $0.65       $0.60       $2.51       $3.12

    Earnings per share -
     diluted                        $0.65       $0.60       $2.51       $2.90

    Weighted average shares
     outstanding - basic       25,302,154  25,260,000  25,278,726  18,751,726

    Weighted average shares
     outstanding - diluted     25,390,662  25,273,762  25,351,297  18,755,195



                                                December 31,    December 31,
                                                    2006             2005
    BALANCE SHEET DATA:
    Cash                                           $73,554           $46,912
    Current assets, including cash                  88,118            49,705
    Total assets                                   578,262           489,958
    Current liabilities, including
     current portion of long-term debt              15,173             5,978
    Total long-term debt, including
     current portion                               211,933           130,683
    Shareholders' equity                           353,533           348,242



                                             Twelve Months      Twelve Months
                                                 Ended             Ended
                                              December 31,       December 31,
                                                 2006               2005

    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                                    $90,068            $88,230
    Net cash used in investing activities          (82,840)          (268,072)
    Net cash provided by financing
     activities                                     19,414            219,323



                                         Three     Three    Twelve    Twelve
                                        Months    Months    Months    Months
                                         Ended     Ended     Ended     Ended
                                       December  December  December  December
                                       31, 2006  31, 2005  31, 2006  31, 2005
    FLEET DATA:                                        (unaudited)
    Total number of vessels at end of
     period                                  20       17        20        17
    Average number of vessels (2)          18.7     16.9      17.4      14.8
    Total ownership days for fleet (3)    1,722    1,551     6,363     5,396
    Total available days for fleet (4)    1,675    1,551     6,283     5,388
    Total operating days for fleet (5)    1,668    1,543     6,237     5,345
    Fleet utilization (6)                 99.6%    99.5%     99.3%     99.2%


    AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS:
    Time charter equivalent (7)         $20,435  $20,725   $20,455   $20,903
    Daily vessel operating expenses
     per vessel (8)                       3,415    3,794     3,285     2,805



                                         Three    Three    Twelve    Twelve
                                        Months   Months    Months    Months
                                         Ended    Ended     Ended     Ended
                                       December  December  December  December
                                       31, 2006  31, 2005  31, 2006  31, 2005
                                             (Dollars in       (Dollars in
                                              thousands)        thousands)
    EBITDA Reconciliation:                   (unaudited)
      Net Income                         $16,518   $15,140   $63,522  $54,482
      + Net interest expense               2,127     1,696     6,906   14,264
      + Depreciation and amortization      7,341     6,555    26,978   22,322
      + Amortization of nonvested stock
         compensation                        255       277     1,589      277
      + Amortization of value of time
         charter acquired                    466       398     1,850      398
        EBITDA(9)                         26,707    24,066   100,845   91,743

     (1) Adjusted net income is presented to provide additional information,
         in the opinion of management, with respect to the Company's ability
         to compare from period to period its operations without the non-cash
         $4.1 million charge to write-off deferred financing costs associated
         with the retirement of the original credit facility.  While adjusted
         net income is used by management as a measure of the operating
         performance, it is not necessarily comparable to other similarly
         titled captions of other companies due to differences in methods of
         calculations. Adjusted net income should not be considered an
         alternative to net income or other performance measurements under
         accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of
         America.

     (2) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted
         our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the
         number of days each vessel was part of our fleet during the period
         divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

     (3) We define ownership days as the aggregate number of days in a period
         during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us. Ownership
         days are an indicator of the size of our fleet over a period and
         affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that we
         record during a period.

     (4) We define available days as the number of our ownership days less the
         aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to
         scheduled repairs or repairs under guarantee, vessel upgrades or
         special surveys and the aggregate amount of time that we spend
         positioning our vessels. Companies in the shipping industry generally
         use available days to measure the number of days in a period during
         which vessels should be capable of generating revenues.

     (5) We define operating days as the number of our available days in a
         period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-
         hire due to unforeseen circumstances. The shipping industry uses
         operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a period
         during which vessels actually generate revenues.

     (6) We calculate fleet utilization by dividing the number of our
         operating days during a period by the number of our available days
         during the period. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to
         measure a company's efficiency in finding suitable employment for its
         vessels and minimizing the number of days that its vessels are off-
         hire for reasons other than scheduled repairs or repairs under
         guarantee, vessel upgrades, special surveys or vessel positioning.

     (7) We define TCE rates as our net voyage revenue (voyage revenues less
         voyage expenses) divided by the number of our available days during
         the period, which is consistent with industry standards. TCE rate is
         a common shipping industry performance measure used primarily to
         compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with
         daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because
         charterhire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not
         expressed in per-day amounts while charterhire rates for vessels on
         time charters generally are expressed in such amounts.

     (8) We define daily vessel operating expenses to include crew wages and
         related costs, the cost of insurance expenses relating to repairs and
         maintenance (excluding drydocking), the costs of spares and
         consumable stores, tonnage taxes and other miscellaneous expenses.
         Daily vessel operating expenses are calculated by dividing vessel
         operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.

     (9) EBITDA represents net income plus net interest expense, income tax
         expense, depreciation and amortization, amortization of nonvested
         stock compensation, and amortization of the value of time charter
         acquired. EBITDA is included because it is used by management and
         certain investors as a measure of operating performance. EBITDA is
         used by analysts in the shipping industry as a common performance
         measure to compare results across peers. Our management uses EBITDA
         as a performance measure in consolidating internal financial
         statements and it is presented for review at our board meetings.
         EBITDA is also used by our lenders in certain loan covenants. For
         these reasons, we believe that EBITDA is a useful measure to present
         to our investors. EBITDA is not an item recognized by U.S. GAAP and
         should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating
         income or any other indicator of a company's operating performance
         required by U.S. GAAP. EBITDA is not a source of liquidity or cash
         flows as shown in our consolidated statement of cash flows. The
         definition of EBITDA used here may not be comparable to that used by
         other companies.


                   Genco Shipping & Trading Limited's Fleet

Our fleet, excluding the Genco Glory due to its pending sale, currently consists of seven Panamax, seven Handymax and five Handysize drybulk carriers with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 988,000 dwt. All of the vessels in our fleet were built in Japanese shipyards with a reputation for constructing high-quality vessels. Our fleet contains four groups of sister ships, which are vessels of virtually identical sizes and specifications. We believe that maintaining a fleet that includes sister ships reduces costs by creating economies of scale in the maintenance, supply and crewing of our vessels. As of December 31, 2006, and excluding the Genco Glory, the average age of our fleet was 8.9 years, as compared to the average age for the world fleet of approximately 15.6 years for the drybulk shipping segments in which we compete. All of the vessels in our fleet are currently on long-term time charters with an average remaining life of approximately 7.5 months as of January 31, 2007.

    Vessel            Charterer             Charter        Time Charter
                                          Expiration(1)      Rate (2)

    Panamax Vessels
    Genco Beauty      Cargill              March 2007       $29,000
    Genco Knight      BHP                  March 2007        29,000
    Genco Leader      AS Klaveness         December 2008     25,650 (3)
    Genco Trader      Baumarine AS         October 2007      25,750 (3)
    Genco Vigour      BHP                  March 2007        29,000
    Genco Acheron     Global Maritime      March 2007        28,500
                       Investments Ltd.
                      STX Pan Ocean        January 2008      30,000 (4)
    Genco Surprise    Cosco Bulk
                       Carrier Co., Ltd.   November 2007     25,000

    Handymax Vessels
    Genco Success     KLC                  January 2008      24,000
    Genco Commander   A/S Klaveness        October 2007      19,750
    Genco Carrier     DBCN Corporation     March 2007        24,000
                      Pacific Basin        January 2008      24,000 (4)
                       Chartering Ltd.

    Genco Prosperity  DS Norden            March 2007        23,000
    Genco Wisdom      HMMC                 November 2007     24,000
    Genco Marine      NYK Europe           March 2007        18,000(5)
                                           February 2008     24,000
    Genco Muse        Qatar Navigation     September 2007    26,500(6)
                       QSC

    Handysize Vessels
    Genco Explorer    Lauritzen Bulkers    July 2007         13,500
    Genco Pioneer     Lauritzen Bulkers    August 2007       13,500
    Genco Progress    Lauritzen Bulkers    August 2007       13,500
    Genco Reliance    Lauritzen Bulkers    July 2007         13,500
    Genco Sugar       Lauritzen Bulkers    July 2007         13,500

    (1) The charter expiration dates presented represent the earliest dates
        that our charters may be terminated in the ordinary course.  Under the
        terms of each contract, the charterer is entitled to extend time
        charters from two to four months in order to complete the vessel's
        final voyage plus any time the vessel has been off-hire.

    (2) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates
        before the payments of brokerage commissions ranging from 1.25% to 5%
        to third parties, except as indicated for the Genco Trader and the
        Genco Leader in note 3 below. In a time charter, the charterer is
        responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses,
        agents' fees and canal dues.

    (3) The Genco Leader and the Genco Trader were delivered to the charterer
        for the commencement of the time charter on January 15, 2007 and
        December 24, 2006, respectively.  For each of these vessels, the time
        charter rate presented is the net daily charterhire rate. There are no
        payments of brokerage commissions associated with these time charters.

    (4) The estimated charter expiration is based on the time charter
        beginning in March 2007, the earliest possible termination of the
        previous charterer.

    (5) The time charter rate was $26,000 until March 2006 and $18,000
        thereafter until March 2007.  For purposes of revenue recognition, the
        time charter contract through March 2007 is reflected on a straight-
        line basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
        in the United States, or U.S. GAAP.  Additionally, we have reached an
        agreement with the current charterer for an additional 11 to 13 months
        at a rate of $24,000 per day, less a 5% third-party brokerage
        commission.

    (6) Since this vessel was acquired with an existing time charter at an
        above-market rate, we allocated the purchase price between the vessel
        and an intangible asset for the value assigned to the above-market
        charterhire. This intangible asset is amortized as a reduction to
        voyage revenues over the remaining term of the charter, resulting in a
        daily rate of approximately $22,000 recognized as revenues.  For cash
        flow purposes, we will continue to receive $26,500 per day until the
        charter expires.


                        Q4 2006 Dividend Announcement

The Company's Board of Directors declared a fourth quarter 2006 dividend of $0.66 per share payable on or about March 9, 2007 to all shareholders of record as of February 23, 2007. As previously announced, the Company plans to declare quarterly dividends to shareholders by each February, May, August and November, in amounts substantially equal to its available cash from operations during the previous quarter, less cash expenses for that quarter (principally vessel operating expenses and debt service) and any reserves the Board of Directors determines the Company should maintain. These reserves may cover, among other things: drydocking, repairs, claims, liabilities and other obligations, interest expense and debt amortization, acquisitions of additional assets and working capital. The Q4 2006 dividend of $0.66 equates to an annualized yield of 8.5% based on the closing price of Genco Shipping & Trading's common stock as of February 7, 2007 at $31.05.

John C. Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are pleased to increase our dividend by 10% for the fourth quarter of 2006 to $0.66 per share, which is our new quarterly target rate for 2007. Our ability to increase the dividend is testimony to Genco's significant earnings power. During the fourth quarter of 2006, we took delivery of two Panamax vessels and one Handymax vessel acquired earlier in the year, growing our fleet by 23% on a tonnage basis and expanding our leading role in the drybulk industry. As we have executed our plan to grow our fleet and distribute strong cash flows to shareholders, we also further strengthened our balance sheet to pursue additional strategic acquisition opportunities that meet our strict return criteria. With $407.8 million in total proforma liquidity and a unique dividend policy with a reserve for growth, we remain well positioned to further consolidate the industry in a prudent manner that meets our objectives related to earnings and cash flow accretion as well as return on capital."

                    Forward Interest Rate Swap Agreements

On March 24, 2006, the Company, entered into a forward interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $50.0 million, and has a fixed interest rate on the notional amount of 5.075% from January 2, 2008 through January 2, 2013 (the "5.075% Swap") The change in the value of this swap for this swap agreement was recognized as income or expense from derivative instruments and was listed as a component of other expense until the Company had obligations against which the swap was designated and was an effective hedge. In November 2006, the Company designated $50.0 million of the swap's notional amount against the Company's debt and utilized hedge accounting whereby the change in value for the portion of the swap that was effectively hedged was recorded as a component of OCI.

On March 29, 2006, the Company, entered into a forward interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $50.0 million and has a fixed interest rate on the notional amount of 5.25% from January 2, 2007 through January 2, 2014 (the"5.25% Swap"). The change in the value of this swap income or expense for this swap agreement was recognized as expense from derivative instruments and was listed as a component of other expense until the Company had obligations against which the swap was designated and was an effective hedge. Effective July 2006, the Company designated $32.6 million and in October 2006 designated the remaining $17.4 million of the swap's notional amount against the Company's debt and utilized hedge accounting whereby the change in value for the portion of the swap that was effectively hedged was recorded as a component of OCI.

For the portion of the Company debt which has been hedged and the rate differential on the swap is in effect, the total interest rate is fixed at the fixed interest rate of swap plus the applicable margin on the debt of 0.95% in the first 5 years of the New Credit Facility and 1.0% in the last five years.

About Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Genco Shipping & Trading Limited owns a fleet of 19 drybulk vessels, excluding the Genco Glory due to its pending sale, consisting of seven Panamax, seven Handymax and five Handysize vessels, with a carrying capacity of approximately 988,000 dwt.

Conference Call Announcement

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that it will hold a conference call on Friday, February 9, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time, to discuss its 2006 fourth quarter financial results. The conference call and a presentation will be simultaneously webcast and will be available on the Company's website, www.GencoShipping.com. To access the conference call, dial (800) 289-0548 or (913) 981-5535 and enter passcode 2917745. A replay of the conference call can also be accessed until February 23, 2007 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and entering the passcode 2917745. The Company intends to place additional materials related to the earnings announcement, including a slide presentation, on its website prior to the conference call.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements are based on management's current expectations and observations. Included among the factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in this report are the following: (i) changes in demand or rates in the drybulk shipping industry; (ii) changes in the supply of or demand for drybulk products, generally or in particular regions; (iii) changes in the supply of drybulk carriers including newbuilding of vessels or lower than anticipated scrapping of older vessels; (iv) changes in rules and regulations applicable to the cargo industry, including, without limitation, legislation adopted by international organizations or by individual countries and actions taken by regulatory authorities; (v) increases in costs and expenses including but not limited to: crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs, maintenance and general and administrative expenses; (vi) the adequacy of our insurance arrangements; (vii) changes in general domestic and international political conditions; (viii) changes in the condition of the Company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards (which may affect, among other things, our anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs) and unanticipated drydock expenditures; (ix) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under the Company's agreement to sell the Genco Glory; and other factors listed from time to time in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and our reports on Form 8-K. Our ability to pay dividends in any period will depend upon factors, including the limitations under our loan agreements, applicable provisions of Marshall Islands law and the final determination by the Board of Directors each quarter after its review of our financial performance. The timing and amount of dividends, if any, could also be affected by factors affecting cash flows, results of operations, required capital expenditures, or reserves. As a result, the amount of dividends actually paid may vary.

SOURCE Genco Shipping & Trading Limited

John C. Wobensmith
Chief Financial Officer
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited
1-646-443-8555 http://www.gencoshipping.com