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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results

Oct 31, 2007

Declares $0.66 per Share Dividend for Q3 2007

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today reported its financial results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2007.

The following financial review discusses the results for the three months and for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 and September 30, 2006.

Third Quarter 2007 and Year-to-Date Highlights

  • Declared a dividend of $0.66 per share, based on Q3 2007 results, payable on or about November 30, 2007 to all shareholders of record as of November 16, 2007;
  • Excluding the $3.6 million one-time non-cash deferred financing charge as well as the $0.5 million gain from our forward currency contracts, we recorded net income of $19.4 million, or $0.77 basic and $0.76 diluted earnings per share;
  • Recorded net income of $16.3 million, or $0.64 basic and diluted earnings per share;
  • Expanded fleet by 173% on a tonnage basis, by agreeing on the acquisition of nine capesize vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.1 billion, and the acquisition of six drybulk vessels from companies within Evalend Shipping Co. S.A. for an aggregate purchase price of $336 million;
  • Closed on a new $1.4 billion revolving credit facility with favorable terms;
  • Completed the closing of a $225 million follow-on offering of our common stock accompanied by a secondary offering by Fleet Acquisition LLC, on October 2, 2007, at the price of $67.00;
  • Accumulated an 18.2% ownership of the outstanding stock of Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited through September 30, 2007, resulting in an unrealized gain of $96.4 million based on the closing price of NOK 79.00 on October 31, 2007(a);
  • Took delivery of the Genco Augustus, Genco Tiberius and Genco London, three of the nine vessels from the Metrostar transaction;
  • Reached agreements to sell our two oldest vessels, the Genco Trader a 1990-built Panamax and the Genco Commander a 1994-built Handymax for $44.0 and $44.45 million respectively;
  • Paid a $0.66 per share dividend on August 31, 2007 based on Q2 2007 results; and

Reached agreements on the following time charters:

                                                      Time Charter Expected
    Vessel       Charterer       Charter Duration      Rate (1)    Delivery(2)
    ------------ --------------- -------------------- ------------ -----------

    Genco        Cargill         54 to 62 months from  $52,750(3)  Q2 2008
    Constantine  International   delivery date
                 S.A.

    Genco        Hanjin Shipping 35 to 37 months from   42,100
    Surprise     Co., Ltd.       delivery to new                          -
                                 charterer

    Genco Wisdom Hyundai         35 to 37.5 months      34,500
                 Merchant Marine from delivery to                         -
                 Co. Ltd.        charterer

    Genco        Korea Line      35 to 37.5 months      33,000
    Success      Corporation     from delivery to new                     -
                                 charterer

    Genco        Hyundai         35 to 37.5 months      38,750     Q4 2007
    Warrior      Merchant Marine from delivery date
                 Co. Ltd.

    Genco        Pacific Basin   35 to 37.5 months      24,000     Q4 2007
    Charger      Chartering Ltd. from delivery date

    Genco        Pacific Basin   35 to 37.5 months      24,000     Q4 2007
    Challenger   Chartering Ltd. from delivery date

    Genco        Pacific Basin   35 to 37.5 months      24,000     Q4 2007
    Champion     Chartering Ltd. from delivery date

(1) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates before the payments of brokerage commissions ranging from 1.25% to 6.25% to third parties. In a time charter, the charterer is responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses, agents' fees and canal dues.

(2) Dates for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.

(3) The Genco Constantine is scheduled to be on charter with Cargill International S.A., for 54 to 62 months at a gross rate of $52,750 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The charter also includes a 50 percent index-based profit sharing component.

(a) Based on the closing price of NOK 79.00 on October 31, 2007 and a currency swap rate of 5.875 NOK/$USD for the cost basis and a spot exchange rate of 5.356 NOK/$USD for the appreciation since the purchase of the position.

                    Financial Review:  2007 Third quarter

Excluding the $3.6 million one-time non-cash deferred financing charge, as well as the $0.5 million gain on forward currency contracts, the Company recorded net income for the third quarter of 2007 of $19.4 million, or $0.77 basic and $0.76 diluted earnings per share. Net income was $16.3 million or $0.64 basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 30, 2007. Comparatively, for the three months ended September 30, 2006 net income was $12.9 million or $0.51 basic and diluted earnings per share. Included in net income for the third quarter of 2007 is a $3.6 million one time, non-cash deferred financing charge as a result of the retirement of our previous credit facilities. Also included in net income for the third quarter of 2007 is a $0.5 million gain from forward currency contracts associated with the cost basis of Jinhui common stock.

EBITDA was $33.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007 versus $22.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2006.

Robert Gerald Buchanan, President, commented, "Our strong performance for the third quarter is testimony to the considerable success that management has achieved throughout the year in capitalizing on a robust drybulk market and locking away a large portion of our fleet on time charters at accretive levels. During the quarter, we signed time charters for an additional eight vessels over the long term at attractive rates, including five of the 15 drybulk vessels that we agreed to acquire in July and August of 2007. In addition to the revenue stream from these time charters, time charters for two of our vessels include index-based profit sharing components, enabling Genco to benefit from future rate increases without sacrificing the base rate. Currently, we have approximately 93% of our fleet's estimated available days secured on contracts for the remainder of 2007 and 76% for 2008. As we maintained our focus on expanding our significant time charter coverage, we also agreed to sell two of the oldest vessels in our fleet at favorable prices. Consistent with our goal to operate a world-class fleet that meets the highest standards, the sale of these two vessels further improves the average age of our fleet and positions Genco well to continue to provide multinational charterers with high-quality tonnage for the benefit of the Company and our shareholders."

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited recorded revenues of $45.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007 versus $32.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2006, an increase of 39.8%, primarily due to the operation of a larger fleet.

The average daily time charter equivalent, or TCE, rates obtained by the Company's fleet increased 19.5% to $24,362 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2007 compared to $20,387 for the three months ended September 30, 2006. The increase in TCE rates was due to higher time charter rates achieved in the third quarter of 2007 versus the same period last year for 2 of the Panamax and 3 of the Handymax vessels in our current fleet. Higher rates were also recorded for the Genco Leader and Genco Trader, the two vessels which operated in the Baumarine pool during the third quarter of 2006 and were subject to fluctuations of the spot market. Finally, included in Q3 2007 TCE rates are the time charter rates for the 3 Capesize vessels from the Metrostar acquisition. The increase was countered by lower charter rates achieved in the third quarter of 2007 versus the third quarter of 2006 for the five Handysize vessels on charter with Lauritzen Bulkers A/S, which commenced their time charter contracts at $13,500 per vessel per day during the third quarter of 2006. The five Handysize vessels commenced time charter extensions at higher rates of $19,500 per vessel per day on September 5, 2007.

Total operating expenses increased to $20.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007 from $15.9 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2006. Vessel operating expenses were $6.7 million for the third quarter of 2007 compared to $5.8 million for the same period last year. The increase in vessel operating expenses was due to the operation of a larger fleet, as well as higher crewing and lube expenses. Our vessel operating expenses, which generally represent fixed costs, will increase as a result of the expansion of our fleet. Depreciation and amortization expenses increased as a result of the operation of a larger fleet. General and administrative expenses increased to $3.4 million from $2.1 million during the comparative periods. The rise was due to higher legal expenses, costs associated with higher employee non-cash compensation and other employee related costs. Management fees were $0.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2007 and for the three months ended September 30, 2006, respectively, and relate to fees paid to our independent technical managers.

Daily vessel operating expenses decreased to $3,665 per vessel per day during the third quarter of 2007 from $3,681 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. Through the first nine months of 2007 daily vessel operating expenses of $3,673 compare favorably to our initial 2007 budget of $3,682 per vessel per day for our current fleet excluding the capesize vessels. Based on estimates provided by our technical managers and management's expectations, we anticipate the budget for the Capesize vessels expected to be delivered through the end of 2007 to be $4,900 per vessel per day. The Company expects an increase in its 2008 budget to reflect the anticipated increased cost for crewing and lubes.

                      Financial Review: Nine Months 2007

Net income was $49.9 million or $1.97 basic and $1.96 diluted earnings per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 compared to $47.0 million, or $1.86 basic and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. Included in net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 is a loss from our forward currency contracts of $1.1 million, a $3.6 million one time, non-cash deferred financing charge as a result of the retirement of our previous credit facilities, and a gain of $3.6 million related to the sale of the Genco Glory. Revenues increased 22.7% to $119.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 compared to $97.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. EBITDA was $88.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 versus $74.1 for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. TCE rates obtained by the Company increased 7.6% to $22,065 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 from $20,462 for the same period in 2006. Total operating expenses were $53.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 compared to $45.7 for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, and daily vessel operating expenses per vessel were $3,673 versus $3,237 for the comparative periods.

                       Liquidity and Capital Resources

                                  Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 increased 3.5% to $68.8 million from $66.3 million. The increase was primarily due to the operation of a larger fleet, which contributed to increases in net income, depreciation, accounts payable, and deferred revenues. These increases were offset by an unrealized net gain of $5.9 million, which includes an unrealized gain on currency translation on Jinhui common stock and an unrealized loss on derivative instruments, as well as a $3.6 million gain related to the sale of the Genco Glory for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 as opposed to an unrealized gain of $0.02 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 related to derivative instruments. Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 was primarily a result of recorded net income of $49.9 million, less the gain from the sale of the Genco Glory of $3.6 million, less the unrealized gain on derivative instruments of $5.9 million, plus depreciation and amortization charges of $22.8 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, net cash provided by operating activities was mostly a result of recorded net income of $47.0 million, and depreciation and amortization charges of $19.6 million.

Net cash used in investing activities increased to $648.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 from $9.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. For the nine months ended September 30, 2007, the cash used in investing activities related primarily to the purchase of $115.5 million of Jinhui stock, the purchase of vessels of $348.3 million, and deposits made on vessels of $196.6 million, slightly offset by proceeds received from the sale of the Genco Glory of $13.0 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, the cash used in investing activities primarily related to the purchase of fixed assets for $1.1 million and deposits on vessels to be acquired of $8.1 million.

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 and 2006 was $556.8 million and ($38.4) million, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2007, net cash provided by financing activities consisted of the drawdown of $77.0 million related to the purchase of the Jinhui shares, the drawdown of $826.2 million related to deposits for vessel acquisitions, the completion of three vessel acquisitions, the refinancing of our prior credit facilities, the payment of cash dividends of $50.5 million and the repayment of $288.9 million under our prior credit facilities. For the same period last year, net cash used in financing activities consisted primarily of the payment of dividends of $45.8 million.

                             Capital Expenditures

We make capital expenditures from time to time in connection with vessel acquisitions. Our current fleet consists of three Capesize drybulk carriers, seven Panamax drybulk carriers, seven Handymax drybulk carriers and five Handysize drybulk carriers. After the sale of the Genco Trader and the Genco Commander as well as the delivery of six vessels from affiliates of Evalend Shipping Co. S.A. and the six remaining vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited will own a fleet of 32 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, six Panamax, three Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with a carrying capacity of approximately 2,700,000 dwt.

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 that two vessels will be drydocked during the fourth quarter of 2007. One of these vessels, the Genco Beauty, will be drydocked for an intermediate survey and we therefore anticipate a shorter offhire period of five days. An additional four vessels are estimated to be drydocked in 2008 and five in 2009. We estimate our drydocking costs for our fleet through 2009 to be:

                                     Q4 2007         2008          2009
    Estimated Costs (1)           $1.0 million  $2.7 million   $3.8 million
    Estimated Offhire Days (2)         25             80            100

(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 (except for the Genco Beauty which will undergo an intermediate survey and is only expected to be offhire for 5 days). Actual length will vary based on the condition of the vessel, yard schedules and other factors.

The Genco Wisdom completed its drydocking during the third quarter of 2007 at a cost of approximately $0.8 million.

                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      Nine Months Ended
                                September   September   September   September
                                 30, 2007    30, 2006    30, 2007    30, 2006
                                (Dollars in thousands,  (Dollars in thousands,
                                 except share and per    except share and per
                                     share data)             share data)
                                     (unaudited)             (unaudited)
    INCOME STATEMENT DATA:
    Revenues                      $45,630     $32,642    $119,697     $97,516

    Operating expenses:
     Voyage expenses                1,853       1,056       4,284       3,220
     Vessel operating expenses      6,702       5,757      19,536      15,022
     General and
      administrative expenses       3,395       2,055       9,642       6,808
     Management fees                  414         353       1,157       1,047
     Depreciation and
      amortization                  8,159       6,681      22,778      19,638
     Gain on sale of vessel           -           -        (3,575)        -
      Total operating expenses     20,523      15,902      53,822      45,735

    Operating income               25,107      16,740      65,875      51,781

    Other (expense) income:
     Gain (Loss) income from
      derivative instruments          475      (2,195)     (1,119)          2
     Interest income                  823         827       2,777       2,080
     Interest expense             (10,085)     (2,468)    (17,655)     (6,859)
      Other (expense) income:      (8,787)     (3,836)    (15,997)     (4,777)


    Net income                    $16,320     $12,904     $49,879     $47,004

    Earnings per share - basic      $0.64       $0.51       $1.97       $1.86

    Earnings per share -
     diluted                        $0.64       $0.51       $1.96       $1.86

    Weighted average shares
     outstanding - basic       25,336,587  25,288,695  25,319,479  25,270,831

    Weighted average shares
     outstanding - diluted     25,481,948  25,371,882  25,453,502  25,338,031



                                          September 30, 2007 December 31, 2006
    BALANCE SHEET DATA:                         (unaudited)
    Cash                                           $51,238           $73,554
    Current assets, including cash                 316,271            88,118
    Total assets                                 1,338,347           578,262
    Current liabilities, including
     current portion of long-term debt             283,680            15,173
    Total long-term debt, including
     current portion                               826,200           211,933
    Shareholders' equity                           438,661           353,533


                                                      Nine Months Ended
                                        September 30, 2007  September 30, 2006
                                                         (unaudited)
    Net cash provided by operating activities      $68,800           $66,321
    Net cash used in investing activities         (647,955)           (9,251)
    Net cash provided by (used in)
     financing activities                          556,840           (38,383)



                                        Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                       September September September September
                                        30, 2007  30, 2006  30, 2007  30, 2006
    FLEET DATA:                              (unaudited)         (unaudited)
    Total number of vessels at end of
     period                                   22        17        22        17
    Average number of vessels (1)           19.9      17.0      19.5      17.0
    Total ownership days for fleet (2)     1,829     1,564     5,319     4,641
    Total available days for fleet (3)     1,797     1,549     5,231     4,608
    Total operating days for fleet (4)     1,792     1,535     5,163     4,571
    Fleet utilization (5)                  99.7%     99.1%     98.7%     99.2%


    AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS:
    Time charter equivalent (6)          $24,362   $20,387   $22,065   $20,462
    Daily vessel operating expenses
     per vessel (7)                        3,665     3,681     3,673     3,237

                                        Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                       September September September September
                                        30, 2007  30, 2006  30, 2007  30, 2006
                                             (Dollars in       (Dollars in
                                              thousands)        thousands)
    EBITDA Reconciliation:                   (unaudited)       (unaudited)
      Net Income                           $16,320  $12,904  $49,878  $47,004
      +   Net interest expense               9,262    1,641   14,878    4,779
      +   Depreciation and amortization      8,159    6,681   22,778   19,638
      +   Amortization of nonvested stock
           compensation                        470      318    1,641    1,334
      +   Amortization of value of time
           charters acquired                (1,176)     466     (259)   1,383
          EBITDA(8)                         33,035   22,010   88,915   74,138

(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

(6) 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. Since some vessels were acquired with an existing time charter at a below-market rate, we allocated the purchase price between the vessel and an intangible liability for the value assigned to the below-market charterhire. This intangible liability is amortized as an increase to voyage revenues over the minimum remaining term of the charter.

(7) 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.

(8) 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 current fleet consists of three Capesize, seven Panamax, seven Handymax and five Handysize drybulk carriers with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1,522,000 dwt. Our current 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 September 30, 2007, the average age of our current fleet was 8.3 years, as compared to the average age for the world fleet of approximately 16 years for the drybulk shipping segments in which we compete. All of the vessels in our current fleet are currently on long-term time charters with an average remaining life of approximately 19 months as of September 30, 2007.

    The following table reflects the current employment of Genco's current
fleet as well as the employment or other status of vessels expected to join
Genco's fleet:

                                                              Revenue
                                         Charter               Daily  Expected
                   Year                  Expiration Cash Daily Rate   Delivery
    Vessel         Built   Charterer      (1)        Rate (2)   (3)    (4)
    -------------- ------- ------------- ---------- ---------- ------ --------

    Capesize
    Vessels
    --------

    Genco Augustus 2007    Cargill        December  45,263     62,750    -
                           International  2009

    Genco Tiberius 2007    Cargill        January   45,263     62,750    -
                           International  2010
                           S.A.

    Genco London   2007    SK Shipping    August    57,500     64,250
                           Co., Ltd       2010

    Genco Titus    2007(5) Cargill        48 to 62  45,000(6)  46,250 Q4 2007
                           International  months
                           S.A.           from
                                          delivery
                                          date

    Genco          2008(5) Cargill        54 to 62  52,750(7)         Q2 2008
    Constantine            International  months
                           S.A.           from
                                          delivery
                                          date

    Genco Hadrian  2008(5) To be          TBD       TBD               Q4 2008
                           determined
                           ("TBD")

    Genco Commodus 2009(5) TBD            TBD       TBD               Q2 2009

    Genco Maximus  2009(5) TBD            TBD       TBD               Q2 2009

    Genco Claudius 2009(5) TBD            TBD       TBD               Q3 2009

    Panamax
    Vessels
    --------

    Genco Beauty   1999    Cargill        May 2009  31,500               -
                           International
                           S.A.

    Genco Knight   1999    SK Shipping    May 2009  37,700               -
                           Ltd.

    Genco Leader   1999    A/S Klaveness  December  25,650(8)            -
                                          2008

    Genco          1990    Baumarine AS   November  25,750(8)            -
    Trader(9)                             2007

    Genco Vigour   1999    STX Panocean   March     29,000(10)           -
                           (UK) Co. Ltd.  2009

    Genco Acheron  1999    STX Panocean   February  30,000               -
                           (UK) Co. Ltd.  2008

    Genco Surprise 1998    Cosco Bulk     November  25,000               -
                           Carrier Co.,   2007
                           Ltd.

                           Hanjin         35 to 37  42,100               -
                           Shipping Co.,  months
                           Ltd.           from
                                          delivery
                                          to new
                                          charterer

    Supramax
    Vessels
    --------

    Genco Predator 2005(5) Intermare      January   22,500(11) 41,000 Q4 2007
                           Transport GmbH 2008

    Genco Warrior  2005(5) Hyundai        35 to     38,750            Q4 2007
                           Merchant       37.5
                           Marine         months
                           Co. Ltd.       from
                                          delivery
                                          date

    Genco Hunter   2007(5) TBD            TBD       TBD               Q4 2007

    Handymax
    Vessels
    --------

    Genco Success  1997    Korea Line     March     24,000/              -
                           Corporation    2008/     33,000(12)
                                          January
                                          2011

    Genco          1994    A/S Klaveness  November  19,750               -
    Commander(13)                         2007

    Genco Carrier  1998    Pacific Basin  February  24,000               -
                           Chartering     2008
                           Ltd.

    Genco          1997    Pacific Basin  April     26,000               -
    Prosperity             Chartering     2008
                           Ltd.

    Genco Wisdom   1997    Hyundai        February  24,000               -
                           Merchant       2008(14)  34,500
                           Marine         January
                           Co. Ltd.       2011

    Genco Marine   1996    NYK Bulkship   February  24,000               -
                           Europe S.A.    2008

    Genco Muse     2001    Qatar          November  26,500(15)           -
                           Navigation QSC 2007

    Handysize
    Vessels
    --------

    Genco Explorer 1999    Lauritzen      August    19,500               -
                           Bulkers A/S    2009

    Genco Pioneer  1999    Lauritzen      August    19,500               -
                           Bulkers A/S    2009

    Genco Progress 1999    Lauritzen      August    19,500               -
                           Bulkers A/S    2009

    Genco Reliance 1999    Lauritzen      August    19,500               -
                           Bulkers A/S    2009

    Genco Sugar    1998    Lauritzen      August    19,500               -
                           Bulkers A/S    2009

    Genco Charger  2005(5) Pacific Basin  35 to     24,000            Q4 2007
                           Chartering     37.5
                           Ltd.           months
                                          from
                                          delivery
                                          date

    Genco          2003(5) Pacific Basin  35 to     24,000            Q4 2007
    Challenger             Chartering     37.5
                           Ltd.           months
                                          from
                                          delivery
                                          date

    Genco Champion 2006(5) Pacific Basin  35 to     24,000            Q4 2007
                           Chartering     37.5
                           Ltd.           months
                                          from
                                          delivery
                                          date

(1) The charter expiration dates presented represent the earliest dates that our charters may be terminated in the ordinary course. Except as indicated for the Genco Titus in note 6 below, 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 6.25% to third parties, except as indicated for the Genco Trader and the Genco Leader in note 8 below. In a time charter, the charterer is responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses, agents' fees and canal dues.

(3) For the vessels acquired with a below-market time charter rate, the approximate amount of revenue on a daily basis to be recognized as revenues is displayed in the column named "Revenue Daily Rate" and is net of any third- party commissions. Since these vessels were acquired with existing time charters with below-market rates, we allocated the purchase price between the respective vessel and an intangible liability for the value assigned to the below-market charterhire. This intangible liability is amortized as an increase to voyage revenues over the minimum remaining term of the charter. For cash flow purposes, we will continue to receive the rate presented in the "Cash Rate" column until the charter expires.

(4) Dates for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.

(5) Year built for vessels being delivered in the future are estimates based on guidance received from the sellers and/or the respective shipyards.

(6) The Genco Titus is scheduled to be on charter with Cargill International S.A., for 48 months at a gross rate of $45,000 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The charter, which is due to expire in December 2011, also includes a 50 percent index-based profit sharing component. The charterer has the option to extend the charter for a period of one year.

(7) The Genco Constantine is scheduled to be on charter with Cargill International S.A., for 54 to 62 months at a gross rate of $52,750 per day, less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The charter also includes a 50 percent index-based profit sharing component.

(8) For the Genco Leader and the Genco Trader, the time charter rate presented is the net daily charterhire rate. There are no payments of brokerage commissions associated with these time charters.

(9) We have entered into an agreement to sell the Genco Trader to SW Shipping Co., Ltd. for approximately $44 million, less a 2% brokerage commission. The delivery is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2008.

(10) We have entered into a time charter for 23 to 25 months at a rate of $33,000 per day for the first 11 months, $25,000 per day for the following 11 months and $29,000 per day thereafter, less a 5% third-party brokerage commission. For purposes of revenue recognition, the time charter contract is reflected on a straight-line basis at approximately $29,000 per day for 23 to 25 months in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or U.S. GAAP. The time charter, commenced following the expiration of the vessel's previous time charter on May 5, 2007.

(11) The Genco Predator is currently on charter with Intermare Transport GmbH at a gross rate of $22,500 per day. The charter is due to expire between January 2008 and March 2008.

(12) We intend to extend the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $33,000 per day less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The new charter will commence following the expiration of the previous charter on March 1, 2008.

(13) We have entered into an agreement to sell the Genco Commander to Dan Sung Shipping Co. Ltd for approximately $44.5 million, less a 2% brokerage commission. The delivery is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2007.

(14) We have reached an agreement to extend the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $34,500 per day less a 5% third party brokerage commission. The new charter will commence following the expiration of the previous charter on March 1, 2008.

(15) 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 was being 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. Effective September 3, 2007, we will record the full $26,500 per day as revenue, since the amortization period has ended.

                        Q3 2007 Dividend Announcement

The Company's Board of Directors declared a third quarter 2007 dividend of $0.66 per share payable on or about November 30, 2007 to all shareholders of record as of November 16, 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 Q3 2007 dividend of $0.66 equates to an annualized yield of 3.9% based on the closing price of Genco Shipping & Trading's common stock as of October 30, 2007 at $67.05.

John C. Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "We are pleased to declare a third quarter dividend of $0.66 per share, our fourth consecutive dividend under the Company's increased quarterly target for 2007. With our agreements to acquire nine Capesize vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group and six drybulk vessels from affiliates of Evalend Shipping Co. S.A. entered into in the third quarter, Genco continues to successfully execute its growth strategy. These acquisitions, which adhere to our strict return criteria, further Genco's goal to become the industry bellwether and enhance our ability to distribute sizable dividends going forward. Of the 15 vessels Genco has agreed to acquire, we have already taken delivery of three Capesize ships and expect to take delivery of seven additional vessels by the end of 2007."

Mr. Wobensmith added, "During a time when we continue to consolidate the drybulk industry utilizing our disciplined approach, Genco improved its financial flexibility in the third quarter by entering into a new 10-year, $1.4 billion revolving credit facility at an attractive rate. We also received strong support from the capital markets by recently completing a follow-on offering of our common stock. Our equity offering was significant in that it generated approximately $213.9 million in net proceeds, which enabled us to pay down debt and position the company for further growth."

                    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 currently owns a fleet of 22 drybulk vessels consisting of three Capesize, seven Panamax, seven Handymax and five Handysize vessels, with a carrying capacity of approximately 1,522,000 dwt. After the sale of the Genco Trader and the Genco Commander as well as the delivery of six vessels from affiliates of Evalend Shipping Co. S.A. and the six remaining vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited will own a fleet of 32 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, six Panamax, three Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with a carrying capacity of approximately 2,700,000 dwt.

                         Conference Call Announcement

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that it will hold a conference call on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its 2007 third 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 (877) 857-6173 or (719) 325-4832 and enter passcode 3416172. A replay of the conference call can also be accessed through November 15, 2007 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and entering the passcode 3416172. 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 number of offhire days needed to complete repairs on vessels and the timing and amount of any reimbursement by our insurance carriers for insurance claims including offhire days; (x) the Company's acquisition or disposition of vessels; (xi) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under the Company's agreement to acquire the remaining six drybulk vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group; (xii) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under the Company's agreements to acquire the six drybulk vessels from affiliates of Evalend Shipping Co. S.A.; (xii) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under the Company's agreement to sell the Genco Commander; (xiii) the fulfillment of the closing conditions under Company's agreement to sell the Genco Trader; and other factors listed from time to time in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its 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

CONTACT:
John C. Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer of Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, +1-646-443-8555

Web site: http://www.gencoshipping.com
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