Loukas Barmparis News

16 Jan 2020

Safe Bulkers Sells, Leasebacks 8 Vessels

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The Monaco-headquartered provider of marine drybulk transportation services Safe Bulkers Safe Bulkers has sold and leased back eight ships to refinance $105.2m in loans coming due in 2023 and 2025.The New York-listed bulker owner said that it will receive $158.3m in proceeds from the transaction.Under the arrangements, two vessels were leased back, under bareboat charter agreements, for a period of six years and six vessels were leased back under bareboat charter agreements, for…

03 Sep 2019

Safe Bulkers Slips to Q2 Loss

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Monaco-headquartered provider of marine drybulk transportation services Safe Bulkers reported a net loss for the second quarter, contrary to the market’s expectations for profit.The net revenue at USD 45.5 million for Q2 was hurt by a 3% decline from the second quarter of 2018. For the second quarter, Safe Bulkers reported an adjusted loss of $0.01 per share, compared to earnings of $0.02 per share in the same period of last year.Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: “In the first half of 2019 the charter market was weak.

29 May 2019

Safe Bulkers Ready for IMO Target with Scrubbers

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Safe Bulkers, the provider of marine drybulk transportation services, said that it is on schedule in implementing its environmental investments installing scrubbers in approximately half of its  fleet during 2019 in anticipation of the effectiveness of the IMO sulphur cap regulations in 2020."We also remain committed to installing ballast water treatment systems in each of our vessels," said Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President.Safe Bulkers said that its managers are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 related to environmental performance and energy efficiency…

26 Nov 2018

Safe Bulkers Buys Japanese Post-Panamax Class Dry-Bulk Vessel

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Safe Bulkers has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with an unaffiliated seller to acquire a Japanese-built, dry-bulk, Post-Panamax class, resale, newbuild vessel. The vessel is expected to be delivered within the first half of 2020.The international provider of marine drybulk transportation services said in a press release that it has the option to finance up to 50% of the purchase price of the vessel through the periodic issuance of the Company’s common stock to the seller.

13 Aug 2018

Safe Bulkers Acquires Dry-bulk Vessel

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Safe Bulkers announced that it has acquired a 181,000 dwt, Japanese, 2009-built, dry-bulk, Capesize class vessel at an attractive price. The acquisition was financed from cash on hand.The international provider of marine dry-bulk transportation services said that following a dry docking the vessel is expected to be employed in the time charter market.As of August 13, 2018, the weighted time charter average of the Baltic Exchange Cape Index (BCI AVG5TC) was $26,059 per day. Dr.

14 Dec 2017

Safe Bulkers Acquires a Post-Panamax Class Dry-Bulk Vessel

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Safe Bulkers, an international provider of marine dry-bulk transportation services, announced today that it has acquired a 92,000 dwt, South Korean 2010 built, dry-bulk, Post-Panamax class vessel at an attractive price. The vessel is a sistership of the Company’s two existing South Korean Post-Panamax class vessels. The acquisition was financed from cash on hand. Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company commented: “In parallel with the optimization of our capital structure our Board has decided to invest in a second hand vessel which we believe it will be accretive to our revenues.

08 Nov 2017

Safe Bulkers to Install Erma First BWTS

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Safe Bulkers, an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that it has agreed with Erma First, a Greece based company, to install in all Company's vessels a Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and entered into force on 8 September 2017. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had adopted similar regulation for ballast water treatment effective on January 1, 2016.

23 Feb 2017

Safe Bulkers Reports 4Q Loss

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Greece-based Safe Bulkers (SB) has reported a loss of $4.6 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, it has a loss of 9 cents. Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by 6% to $31.7 million from $29.9 million during the same period in 2015. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $56 million, or 83 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $109.8 million. Net revenues for the twelve months of 2016 decreased by 14% to $109.8 million as compared to $127.3 million during the same period in 2015. Dr.

04 Oct 2016

Hajioannou Takes on Safe Bulkers Newbuilds

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Safe Bulkers, Inc. announced today that the Company has agreed to novate an existing newbuild contract for Hull No. S835, a Japanese Panamax class vessel, and sell, upon delivery, Hull No. 1551, a Japanese Kamsarmax class vessel, in each case, to entities owned by Mr. Polys Hajioannou, the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Each vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017. The two transactions were evaluated and approved by a Special Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors…

22 Jul 2016

Safe Bulkers to Amend Loan Pact with RBS

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Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services,  has agreed with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) to amend certain financial covenants and terms to an existing term loan facility with an outstanding balance of US $73.4 million. The total consolidated liabilities of the Company divided by its total consolidated assets charter inclusive must not exceed 90% until and including year-end 2017 and 85% from 2018 onwards. The ratio of the Company's EBITDA(1) to its interest expense must be not less than 2.0:1 on a trailing 12 month basis…

04 Mar 2016

Safe Bulkers to Amend $51.8 Mln Loan Facility With Unicredit

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Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that the Company has agreed to amend an existing loan facility secured by four vessels with an outstanding balance of US $51.8 million, delaying the balloon payment initially scheduled to be made in 2019 for 2022. * The total consolidated liabilities of the Company divided by its total consolidated assets must not exceed 85%. * The aggregate market value of the four vessels…

23 Jun 2014

SafeBulkers Price Public Offering

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Greece's Safe Bulkers, Inc. has set the price of its public offering offering of shares. The Company says it plans to use the net proceeds of the public offering to fund its newbuilding program and for other general corporate purposes, which may include repayment of indebtedness. The public offering of 2,800,000 shares of its 8.00% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares, par value $0.01 per share, liquidation preference $25.00 per share (the “Series D Preferred Shares”) was priced at $25.00 per share.

27 Feb 2014

Safe Bulkers Squeeze One Percent More Revenue Out of 2013

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Greece's Safe Bulkers, Inc. reports Fourth Quarter & Twelve Months 2013 results and declares quarterly dividend on common stock of $0.06 per share for the fourth quarter of 2013. Net revenue for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013 increased by 1% to $186.7 million from $184.3 million during the same period in 2012. Net income for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013 decreased by 13% to $83.3 million from $96.1 million. Adjusted net income1 for the twelve-month period ended December 31…

04 Nov 2013

SafeBulkers Increase Q3 2013 Dividend Despite ...

Greece's SafeBulkers Inc. reports decrease in profits in its third quarter 2013 financial results but increases company dividend to reflect an improved charter market. Net revenue for the third quarter of 2013 decreased by 10% to $41.9 million from $46.8 million during the same period in 2012. Net income for the third quarter of 2013 decreased by 44% to $11.6 million from $20.7 million, during the same period in 2012. Adjusted net income1 for the third quarter of 2013 decreased by 43% to $13.1 million from $22.8 million, during the same period in 2012. EBITDA2 for the third quarter of 2013 decreased by 25% to $23.4 million from $31.4 million during the same period in 2012.

21 Feb 2013

Safe Bulkers Reports 4Q, 12-Month 2012 Results; Declares Dividend

Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today its unaudited financial results for the three and twelve month period ended December 31, 2012. The Company’s Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012. Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 8% to $46.4 million from $42.9 million, during the same period in 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 36% to $32.2 million from $23.6 million, during the same period in 2011. Adjusted net income1 for the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased by 15% to $20.5 million from $24.0 million, during the same period in 2011.

16 Nov 2012

Greece's Safe Bulkers Weather Challenging Financial Conditions

Bulk carrier owners & charterers Safe Bulkers, Inc. reports results for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2012, pays reduced dividend. Net revenue for the third quarter of 2012 increased by 10.1% to $46.8 million from $42.5 million during the same period in 2011. Net income for the third quarter of 2012 increased by 4.5% to $20.7 million from $19.8 million during the same period in 2011. Adjusted net income1 for the third quarter of 2012 decreased by 12.0% to $22.8 million from $25.9 million during the same period in 2011. Net revenue for the nine-months period ended September 30, 2012 increased by 9.5% to $138.0 million from $126.0 million during the same period in 2011.

06 Aug 2012

Greek Bulkship Owner Increases Revenue in H1 2012

Safe Bulkers, Inc. As of July 31, 2012, the Company’s current fleet was comprised of 21 drybulk vessels with an average age of 4.2 years and the Company had contracted to acquire eight newbuild drybulk vessels with deliveries scheduled at various times through 2014. Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the Company, said: "Charter market conditions are challenging, while bank financing is generally scarce. Our revenues in the current depressed charter market have been supported by agreements entered into during earlier periods. In this environment, asset prices have dropped significantly offering acquisition opportunities attractive for companies like ours which have managed to avoid financial distress and comply with their debt covenants.

10 Nov 2010

Safe Bulkersport Q3 & Nine Month Results

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced its unaudited financial results for the three- and nine- month periods ended September 30, 2010. The company also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share for the third quarter of 2010. •    Net revenue for the third quarter of 2010 increased by 11% to $40.8 million from $36.9 million during the same period in 2009. •    Net income for the third quarter of 2010 decreased by 1% to $22.0 million from $22.2 million during the same period in 2009. •    EBITDA1 for the third quarter of 2010 increased by 8% to $28.6 million from $26.5 million during the same period in 2009.

13 Oct 2010

Safe Bulkers Time Charter for Panamax Vessel

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) announced that it has entered into a new period time charter for the Maria, a 76,000 dwt Panamax class vessel, for a duration of 34 months to 36 months, with a forward delivery date in second quarter of 2011, at a gross daily charter rate of $20,250, less 3.5% total commissions. Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the company, said: “The new three-year time charter, which has a higher rate compared to the vessel’s current rate, increases our charter coverage for the coming periods and provides additional visibility to our future cash flows. Forward delivery chartering is the outcome of our extensive relations with industry’s major charterers.”