DryShips Re-state Amended US$1.9-Billion Credit Agreement

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
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From HQ in Athens, Greece, DryShips Inc. announce that through its majority owned subsidiary Ocean Rig, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Drillships Financing Holding Inc. (“DFHI”), and Drillships Projects Inc., have entered into an Amendment and Restatement Agreement to the Credit Agreement dated as of July 12, 2013.

George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented:
“We are pleased with the successful closing of this important transaction which extends Ocean Rig’s debt maturities. We effectively refinanced the short-term tranche of the Term Loan B Facility with a fungible add-on to the long-term tranche. Post transaction, the entire $1.9 billion facility will mature not earlier than the third quarter of 2020.”

This agreement, as amended, is among Ocean Rig, DFHI, Drillships Projects, the lenders and Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch, as administrative and collateral agent which originally comprised of tranche B-1 term loans in an aggregate principal amount equal to $1.075 billion (“Tranche B-1 Term Loans”) and tranche B-2 term loans in an aggregate principal amount equal to $825.0 million (“Tranche B-2 Term Loans”).

Pursuant to the Amendment and Restatement Agreement, the existing Tranche B-2 Terms Loans have been refinanced with additional new Tranche B-1 Term Loans the result of which is that DFHI currently has approximately $1.9 Billion of Tranche B-1 Term Loans outstanding.

All Tranche B-1 Term Loans remain guaranteed by Ocean Rig and by certain existing and future subsidiaries of DFHI and are secured by certain assets, and by a pledge of the stock of DFHI and each subsidiary guarantor.

About DryShips
DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. Through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., DryShips owns and operates 11 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 9 ultra deepwater drillships, one of which is scheduled to be delivered to the Company during 2014 and two of which are scheduled to be delivered during 2015.

NB For full details of this financial arrangement refer to the company's website at: www.dryships.com

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