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Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Announces Fourth Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Feb 24, 2010
NEW YORK, Feb 24, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) today reported its financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2009.

The following financial review discusses the results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008.

Fourth Quarter 2009 and Year-to-Date Highlights

  • Recorded net income of $35.5 million, or $1.13 basic and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter;
  • Took delivery of the Genco Claudius and delivered the vessel to Cargill International S.A. for the commencement of a 10.5 to 13.5 month time charter at a rate of $36,000 per day;
  • Signed one year time charter agreements for one Capesize vessel, two Panamax vessels, and one Handymax vessel.
    • Genco Augustus, a 2007-built Capesize vessel, with Cargill International S.A. for approximately 10.5 to 13.5 months at a rate of $39,000 per day
    • Genco Vigour, a 1999-built Panamax vessel, with Global Maritime Investments Ltd. for approximately 10.5 to 13.5 months at a rate of $24,000 per day
    • Genco Leader, a 1999-built Panamax vessel, with Baumarine AS for 10.5 to 13.5 months at a rate of $20,000 per day
    • Genco Muse, a 2001-built Handymax vessel, with Global Maritime Investments Ltd. for approximately 10.5 to 13.5 months at a rate of $17,750 per day

Financial Review: 2009 Fourth Quarter

The Company recorded net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 of $35.5 million, or $1.13 basic and diluted earnings per share. Comparatively, for the three months ended December 31, 2008, our net loss was $111.3 million or $3.56 basic and diluted loss per share.

EBITDA was $75.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 versus $(74.4) million for the three months ended December 31, 2008.

Robert Gerald Buchanan, President, commented, "Our strong results for the fourth quarter and full year 2009 reflect the ongoing success management has achieved in expanding Genco's time charter coverage with high-quality customers during a challenging drybulk market. This past year, we secured three Capesize newbuildings on contracts with leading multi-national companies prior to their delivery. Consistent with this important objective, we took advantage of a rising freight rate environment by signing time charters for three vessels last month at accretive levels. With approximately 57% of our fleet's available days currently secured on time charters for the remainder of 2010, we remain well positioned to obtain sizeable contracted revenue streams as we continue to deliver first-rate service to world-class charterers."

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited revenues decreased 5.3% to $96.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 versus $101.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008 due to lower charter rates achieved for some of our vessels offset by the increase in the size of our fleet.

The average daily time charter equivalent, or TCE, rates obtained by the Company's fleet decreased 13.4% to $30,567 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2009 compared to $35,304 per day for the three months ended December 31, 2008. The decrease in TCE rates resulted from lower charter rates achieved in the fourth quarter of 2009 versus the fourth quarter of 2008 for five of the Panamax vessels, six of the Supramax and Handymax vessels, and five of the Handysize vessels in our current fleet. This was offset by higher revenues on two of our Panamax vessels and higher revenue from the profit sharing agreements on two of our Capesize vessels leading to higher TCE rates in the fourth quarter of 2009 versus the same period last year.

Total operating expenses decreased to $44.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 from $93.9 million for the three month period ended December 31, 2008. Included in the three month period ended December 31, 2008 was a $53.8 million loss on the forfeiture on vessel deposits. Higher vessel operating expenses, management fees and depreciation and amortization were recorded in the 2009 period related to the operation of a larger fleet. Vessel operating expenses were $15.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to $13.5 million for the same period last year. The increase in vessel operating expenses was due to the operation of a larger fleet, higher insurance expenses and other expenses related to the purchase of spares, stores and supplies as well as the operation of more Capesize vessels for the fourth quarter of 2009 versus the same period last year.

Depreciation and amortization expenses increased to $24.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 from $19.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 as a result of the growth of our fleet. General and administrative expenses decreased to $3.2 million from $4.1 million during the comparative periods due to a decrease in costs associated with employee compensation and other administrative costs. Management fees were $0.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and $0.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008, respectively, and relate to fees paid to our independent technical managers.

Daily vessel operating expenses, or DVOE, grew to $4,817 per vessel per day during the fourth quarter of 2009 from $4,734 for the same quarter last year. Daily vessel operating expenses year to date have been below budget due to the timing of purchases of spare parts as well as lower than anticipated crew costs. We believe daily vessel operating expenses are best measured for comparative purposes over a 12month 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 full years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, the average daily vessel operating expenses for our fleet were $4,796 and $4,400 respectively. Based on estimates provided by our technical managers and management's expectations, our 2010 DVOE budget is $5,350 per vessel per day on a weighted average basis.

John C. Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "During the fourth quarter and full year 2009, Genco maintained its focus on enhancing the Company's financial flexibility and expanding its industry leadership. Specifically, we utilized the significant cash flows generated by our growing high-quality fleet to increase Genco's cash position to $205.8 million at the end of 2009. In further expanding our earnings power, we took delivery of three Capesize newbuildings to complete the 2007 acquisition of nine drybulk vessels from companies within the Metrostar Management Corporation group. Going forward, we plan to draw upon our strong balance sheet and continue to execute our growth strategy. In seeking to capitalize on additional opportunities to consolidate the industry, we will maintain our disciplined approach by adhering to a strict set of return criteria for the benefit of the Company and its shareholders."

Financial Review: Twelve Months 2009

Net income was $148.6 million or $4.75 basic and $4.73 diluted earnings per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, compared to $86.6 million or $2.86 basic and $2.84 diluted earnings per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008. Included in net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 is an impairment loss of $103.9 million related to our investment in Jinhui Shipping & Transportation Limited, a $26.2 million gain from the sale of the Genco Trader, a $53.8 million loss on the forfeiture of vessel deposits associated with the cancellation of the six vessel acquisition, $7.0 million of income received from our investment in stock of Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited.Revenues decreased to $379.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 compared to $405.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008. EBITDA was $298.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 versus $208.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008. TCE rates obtained by the Company decreased to $31,656 per day for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 from $37,824 for the same period in 2008. Total operating expenses were $169.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 compared to $171.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, and daily vessel operating expenses per vessel were $4,796 versus $4,400 for the comparative periods.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 was $219.7 million and $267.4 million, respectively. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to a decrease in cash flows generated by the operation of our fleet due to lower charter rates and higher operating expenses. In addition, cash paid for interest increased during the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 as a result of an increase in the debt outstanding under the Company's 2007 Credit Facility.

Net cash used in investing activities for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 was $306.2 million and $514.3 million, respectively. The decrease was primarily due to less cash used for the purchase of vessels, and the decrease on payments on the forfeiture of vessel deposits during 2008, offset by a decline in cash provided by the sale of vessels. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, cash used in investing activities primarily related to the purchase of vessels in the amount of $287.6 million and deposits of restricted cash in the amount of $17.5 million. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, net cash used in investing activities primarily related to the purchase of vessels in the amount of $510.3 million, payments on the forfeiture of vessel deposits related to the cancellation of our six vessel acquisition in the amount of $53.8 million and the purchase of investments of $10.3 million, offset by the proceeds from the sale of the Genco Trader in the amount of $43.1 million and $13.7 million of proceeds from currency contracts.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $149.8 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 as compared to $300.3 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2008. The $150.5 million decrease in net cash provided by financing activities was primarily due to the issuance of common stock in the amount of $195.4 million, completed during the twelve month period last year, offset by the suspension of the company's dividend in 2009, for which $117.1 million of cash dividends had been paid in 2008. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2009 cash provided by financing activities consisted of $166.2 million of proceeds from the 2007 Credit Facility slightly offset by $12.5 million from the repayment of debt under the 2007 Credit Facility and $3.9 million of deferred financing costs. For the same period last year, net cash provided by financing activities consisted of the drawdown of $558.3 million related to the purchase of vessels and $195.4 million in net proceeds from our May 2008 follow-on offering. These inflows were offset by the repayment of $321.0 million under the 2007 Credit Facility and the payment of cash dividends of $117.1 million.

Capital Expenditures

We make capital expenditures from time to time in connection with vessel acquisitions. We currently own a fleet of 35 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,903,000 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 three of our vessels will be drydocked in the first quarter of 2010 and an additional six vessels will be drydocked in the remainder of 2010. We further anticipate that five of our vessels will be drydocked in 2011.

We estimate our drydocking costs for our fleet through 2011 to be:

                                    Q1 2010       Q2-Q4 2010        2011
                                    -------       ----------        ----
    Estimated Costs (1)          $1.7 million   $3.7 million    $3.7 million
    Estimated Offhire Days (2)         50            120             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. Actual length will vary based on the condition of the vessel, yard schedules and other factors. One of the Capesize vessels drydocking in 2010 is anticipated to complete the required maintenance in only ten days.

The Genco Predator completed its drydocking during the fourth quarter of 2009 at a cost of approximately $0.6 million. The vessel was on planned offhire for 18 days in connection with its scheduled drydocking.

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, 2009    31, 2008    31, 2009    31, 2008
                            ---------   ---------   ---------   ---------
                            (Dollars in thousands,  (Dollars in thousands,
                              except share and         except share and
                               per share data)          per share data)
                                 (unaudited)             (unaudited)
                            ---------------------   ---------------------
    INCOME STATEMENT DATA:
    Revenues                  $96,231    $101,572    $379,531    $405,370

    Operating expenses:
      Voyage expenses           1,158       1,901       5,024       5,116
      Vessel operating
       expenses                15,075      13,515      57,311      47,130
      General and
       administrative
       expenses                 3,249       4,052      15,024      17,027
      Management fees             910         738       3,530       2,787
      Depreciation and
       amortization            23,971      19,942      88,150      71,395
      Gain on sale of
       vessel                       -           -           -     (26,227)
      Loss on forfeiture
       of vessel deposits           -      53,765           -      53,765
                                  ---      ------         ---      ------
        Total operating
         expenses              44,363      93,913     169,039     170,993
                               ------      ------     -------     -------

    Operating income           51,868       7,659     210,492     234,377
                               ------       -----     -------     -------

    Other (expense) income:
      Impairment of
       investment                   -    (103,892)          -    (103,892)
      Income from
       investment                   -           -           -       7,001
      Other expense               (14)      1,935        (312)        (74)
      Interest income              71         149         240       1,757
      Interest expense        (16,430)    (17,156)    (61,796)    (52,589)
                              -------     -------     -------     -------
        Other (expense):      (16,373)   (118,964)    (61,868)   (147,797)
                              -------    --------     -------    --------

    Net income (loss)         $35,495   $(111,305)   $148,624     $86,580
                              =======   =========    ========     =======

    Earnings (loss) per
     share - basic              $1.13      $(3.56)      $4.75       $2.86
                                =====      ======       =====       =====

    Earnings (loss) per
     share - diluted            $1.13      $(3.56)      $4.73       $2.84
                                =====      ======       =====       =====

    Weighted average
     shares outstanding -
     basic                 31,355,007  31,229,565  31,295,212  30,290,016
                           ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

    Weighted average
     shares outstanding -
     diluted               31,518,537  31,229,565  31,445,063  30,452,850
                           ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


                                    December 31, 2009  December 31, 2008
                                    -----------------  -----------------
    BALANCE SHEET DATA:                (unaudited)
    Cash & cash equivalents
     (including restricted cash)             $205,767           $124,956
    Current assets, including cash            218,068            140,748
    Total assets                            2,336,802          1,990,006
    Current liabilities (including
     current portion of long-term
     debt)                                     79,013             30,192
    Total long-term debt
     (including current portion)            1,327,000          1,173,300
    Shareholders' equity                      928,925            696,478



                                             Twelve Months Ended
                                    December 31, 2009  December 31, 2008
                                    -----------------  -----------------
                                       (unaudited)

    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                              $219,729            267,416
    Net cash used in investing
     activities                              (306,210)          (514,288)
    Net cash provided by financing
     activities                               149,792            300,332



                               Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
                               December   December      December   December
                               31, 2009   31, 2008      31, 2009   31, 2008
                               --------   --------      --------   --------
    FLEET DATA:                     (unaudited)             (unaudited)
    Total number of
     vessels at end of period       35         32             35         32
    Average number of
     vessels (1)                  34.0       31.0           32.7       29.3
    Total ownership
     days for fleet (2)          3,130      2,855         11,949     10,711
    Total available
     days for fleet (3)          3,110      2,823         11,831     10,582
    Total operating
     days for fleet (4)          3,080      2,772         11,713     10,461
    Fleet utilization (5)         99.0%      98.2%          99.0%      98.9%


    AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS:
    Time charter
     equivalent (6)            $30,567    $35,304        $31,656    $37,824
    Daily vessel
     operating expenses
     per vessel (7)              4,817      4,734          4,796      4,400
                                 -----      -----          -----      -----


                              Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
                              December   December      December   December
                              31, 2009   31, 2008      31, 2009   31, 2008
                            (Dollars in thousands)    (Dollars in thousands)
                            ----------------------    ----------------------

    EBITDA Reconciliation:        (unaudited)               (unaudited)
      Net Income (loss)        $35,495  $(111,305)      $148,624    $86,580
      +  Net income expense     16,359     17,007         61,556     50,832
      +  Depreciation and
          amortization          23,971     19,942         88,150     71,395
                                ------     ------         ------     ------
         EBITDA (8)             75,825    (74,356)       298,330    208,807
                                ======    =======        =======    =======

(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 and depreciation and amortization. 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 our consolidating internal financial statements, and it is presented for review at our board meetings. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful to investors as the shipping industry is capital intensive which often results in significant depreciation and cost of financing. EBITDA presents investors with a measure in addition to net income to evaluate the Company's performance prior to these costs. 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

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 35 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,903,000 dwt.

Our current fleet contains ten 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 February 24, 2010, the average age of our current fleet was 7 years, as compared to the average age for the world fleet of approximately 15 years for the drybulk shipping segments in which we compete. The majority of the vessels in our current fleet are currently on long-term time charters with an average remaining life of approximately 9 months as of February 24, 2010.

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:



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

     Capesize Vessels
     ----------------
                           Cargill
                           International       December
     Genco Augustus  2007   S.A.                2010         39,000

                           Cargill
                            International
     Genco Tiberius  2007   S.A.               March 2010    45,263

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

                           Cargill
                            International      September
     Genco Titus     2007   S.A.                2011         45,000(4) 46,250

                           Cargill
     Genco                  International
      Constantine    2008   S.A.               August 2012   52,750(4)

                           Cargill
                            International      October
     Genco Hadrian   2008   S.A.                2012         65,000(4)

                           Morgan Stanley
                            Capital Group
     Genco Commodus  2009   Inc.               June 2011     36,000

                           Cargill
                            International
     Genco Maximus   2009   S.A.               March 2010    31,750

                           Cargill
                            International      November
     Genco Claudius  2010   S.A.                2010         36,000(5)


     Panamax Vessels
     --------
                           LD Commodities
     Genco Beauty    1999   Suisse, Geneva     March 2010    19,125

                           Swissmarine
     Genco Knight    1999   Services S.A.      March 2010    16,500

                           Klaveness           December
     Genco Leader    1999   Chartering          2010         20,000

                           Global Maritime     November
     Genco Vigour    1999   Investments Ltd.    2010         24,000

                           Global Chartering
     Genco Acheron   1999   Ltd                July 2011     55,250
                           (a subsidiary of
                            ArcelorMittal
                            Group)

                           Hanjin Shipping     December
     Genco Surprise  1998   Co., Ltd.           2010         42,100

                           COSCO Bulk
                            Carriers Co.,
     Genco Raptor    2007   Ltd.               April 2012    52,800

                           Klaveness
     Genco Thunder   2007   Chartering         April 2010    20,000


     Supramax Vessels
     ----------------
                           Bulkhandling
     Genco Predator  2005   Handymax A/S       April 2010    Spot(6)

                           Hyundai Merchant    November
     Genco Warrior   2005   Marine Co. Ltd.     2010         38,750

                           Pacific Basin
     Genco Hunter    2007   Chartering Ltd.    March 2010    17,000

                           Clipper Bulk
     Genco Cavalier  2007   Shipping NV        April 10      20,000(7)


     Handymax Vessels
     ----------------
                           Korea Line          February
     Genco Success   1997   Corporation         2011         33,000(8)

                           Louis Dreyfus
     Genco Carrier   1998   Corporation        March 2011    37,000

     Genco                 Pacific Basin
      Prosperity     1997   Chartering Ltd     June 2011     37,000

                           Hyundai Merchant    February
     Genco Wisdom    1997   Marine Co. Ltd.     2011         34,500

                           STX Pan Ocean Co.
     Genco Marine    1996   Ltd.               March 2010    15,500

                           Global Maritime     December
     Genco Muse      2001   Investments Ltd.    2010         17,750


     Handysize Vessels
     -----------------
                           Lauritzen Bulkers
     Genco Explorer  1999   A/S                May 2010      Spot(9)

                           Lauritzen Bulkers
     Genco Pioneer   1999   A/S                May 2010      Spot(9)

                           Lauritzen Bulkers   February
     Genco Progress  1999   A/S                 2011         Spot(9)

                           Lauritzen Bulkers   February
     Genco Reliance  1999   A/S                 2011         Spot(9)

                           Lauritzen Bulkers   February
     Genco Sugar     1998   A/S                 2011         Spot(9)

                           Pacific Basin       November
     Genco Charger   2005   Chartering Ltd.     2010         24,000

     Genco                 Pacific Basin       November
      Challenger     2003   Chartering Ltd.     2010         24,000

                           Pacific Basin       December
     Genco Champion  2006   Chartering Ltd.     2010         24,000



(1) The charter expiration dates presented represent the earliest dates that our charters may be terminated in the ordinary course. Except for the Genco Titus, Genco Constantine, and Genco Hadrian under the terms of each contract, the charterer is entitled to extend the 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. The charterer of the Genco Titus and Genco Hadrian has the option to extend the charter for a period of one year. The Genco Constantine has the option to extend the charter for a period of eight months.

(2) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates before third-party commissions generally ranging from 1.25% to 5.00%. 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 "Net 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 vessels 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. The minimum remaining term for the Genco Tiberius expired on January 13, 2010, the Genco London expires on August 30, 2010 and the Genco Titus on September 26, 2011 at which point the respective liabilities are amortized to zero and the vessels begin earning the "Cash Daily Rate". For cash flow purposes, we will continue to receive the rate presented in the "Cash Daily Rate" column until the charter expires.

(4) These charters include a 50% index-based profit sharing component above the respective base rates listed in the table. The profit sharing between the charterer and us for each 15-day period is calculated by taking the average over that period of the published Baltic Cape Index of the four time charter routes, as reflected in daily reports. If such average is more than the base rate payable under the charter, the excess amount is allocable 50% to each of the charterer and us. A third-party brokerage commission of 3.75% based on the profit sharing amount due to us is payable out of our share.

(5) We have reached an agreement to charter the vessel for 10.5 to 13.5 months at a rate of $36,000 per day, less a 5% third-party commission and commenced on January 4, 2010.

(6) We entered the vessel into the Bulkhandling Handymax Pool with an option to convert the balance period of the charter party to a fixed rate, but only after January 1, 2009. In addition to a 1.25% third-party brokerage commission, the charter party calls for a management fee.

(7) We reached an agreement to extend the time charter for an additional 2 to 4 months at a rate of $20,000 per day less a 5% third-party commission. The charter commenced following the completion of the previous time charter on February 20, 2010.

(8) We extended the time charter for an additional 35 to 37.5 months at a rate of $40,000 per day for the first 12 months, $33,000 per day for the following 12 months, $26,000 per day for the next 12 months and $33,000 per day thereafter less a 5% third-party commission. In all cases, the rate for the duration of the time charter will average $33,000 per day. For purposes of revenue recognition, the time charter contract is reflected on a straight-line basis at approximately $33,000 per day for 35 to 37.5 months in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

(9) We have reached an agreement to enter these vessels into the LB/IVS Pool whereby Lauritzen Bulkers A/S acts as the pool manager. Under the pool agreement, we can withdraw up to three vessels with three months' notice until December 31, 2009 and the remaining two vessels with 12 months' notice. After December 31, 2009, we can withdraw up to two vessels with three months' notice and the remaining three vessels with 12 months' notice.

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 35 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, four Supramax, six Handymax and eight Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 2,903,000 dwt.

Conference Call Announcement

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that it will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its 2009 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 (888) 503-8169 or (719) 325-2322 and enter passcode 1246198. A replay of the conference call can also be accessed available through Thursday, March 11, 2010 at (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and entering the passcode 1246198. 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 Company's acquisition or disposition of vessels; (x) the completion of definitive documentation with respect to time charters; (xi) charterers' compliance with the terms of their charters in the current market environment; 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 Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

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