DryShips Reaches Agreement with Ocean Rig
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced the following:
It has reached an agreement with Ocean Rig UDW Inc. ("Ocean Rig") to exchange the remaining outstanding balance of $80 million owed to Ocean Rig under the $120 million Exchangeable Promissory Note, for 17,777,778 shares of Ocean Rig owned by the Company. The agreement was approved by a committee of independent directors.
Ocean Rig's Board of Directors has decided to suspend its quarterly dividend until the offshore drilling market conditions improve.