Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK), announced that debt finance had been agreed for a pair of Capesize newbuildings.The Company signed commitment letters with a major European bank for senior debt financing of both capesize vessels, currently under construction, for up to 60% of the vessels' price at favorable financing cost and terms. The loans cover the entire remaining payments to the shipyard for both vessels, therefore the Company is not required to contribute any additional equity until their completion.
Star Epsilon: One Year Time Charter: The company has entered into a time charter contract with Norden for the Star Epsilon for one year, plus an option for one additional year, at a gross daily rate of $16,100. The Star Epsilon is a Supramax vessel of 52,402 dwt built in 2001. The new contract will contribute a minimum of $5.8 million to a maximum of $11.6 million in gross revenue.
Akis Tsirigakis, President and CEO of Star Bulk, said: "We are pleased to enjoy the continued support of senior debt lenders for our growth plans and to have demonstrated the ability to source competitive financing. We also continue with our strategy of stable contracted employment with quality counterparties. Currently, our fleet is contracted for 69% of 2011 operating days, amongst the highest contract coverage in the industry, which amply covers our dividends and finance commitments allowing positive cash flows. We continue to focus on enhancing shareholder value supported by our strong balance sheet and liquidity."