Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that starting with its fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2008, it has elected to change its policy for accounting for vessel drydocking costs from the deferral method, under which the company deferred and amortized its drydocking costs over the estimated period of benefit between drydockings, to the direct expense method, under which the company expenses all drydocking costs as incurred.
There have been no drydocking costs that the company has incurred prior to the first quarter of 2008, therefore, there will be no impact on the Company's prior financial statements as a result of the adoption of this change in policy. The Company believes that the new direct expensing method eliminates the significant amount of subjectivity that is needed to determine which costs and activities related to drydocking should be deferred. The first effect of this change in accounting policy, will appear in the Company's results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. This change in accounting policy will not impact the Company's dividend distributions per share, given that the Company has a fixed dividend policy.