ATHENS, GREECE, July 28, 2014 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase shares of the common stock of Diana Containerships Inc. (NASDAQ: DCIX) (“Diana Containerships”) for an aggregate purchase price of US$40 million. Concurrently with the Company’s investment, two institutional investors not affiliated with the Company or Diana Containerships together purchased US$40 million of common shares, and Mr. Simeon Palios, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Diana Containerships, and a member of his family, along with other members of the Diana Containership’s senior management, purchased an aggregate of $12 million of common shares. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or prior to July 29, 2014.
The Company’s investment was approved by a committee of the independent members of its board of directors. The Committee was advised by Global Hunter Securities LLC in connection with the transaction.
About the Company
Diana Shipping Inc. is a leading global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of dry bulk vessels. The Company’s vessels are employed primarily on medium to long-term time charters and transport a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.