Paragon Shipping Reports Of Two Newbuilding Ultramax Drybulk Carriers
Paragon Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PRGN) ("Paragon Shipping" or the "Company"), a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced today that, following the completion of its previously announced public offering of 6,000,000 common shares on September 27, 2013, it has completed the acquisition of two Ultramax newbuilding drybulk carriers from an affiliated entity. The Ultramax newbuildings have a carrying capacity of 63,500 dwt each, and are currently under construction at Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., member of Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, with scheduled delivery on May 31, 2014 and July 31, 2014, respectively.
The total consideration for these two newbuildings was $53.0 million, and on October 3, 2013, the Company paid a first installment of $8.1 million per vessel. The balance of the contract price, or $18.4 million per vessel, will be payable upon the delivery of each vessel.
Commenting on the developments, our Chairman and CEO, Michael Bodouroglou stated "We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of the two Ultramax newbuildings, which underlines our commitment to our strategy of conservative growth and maintaining a modern fleet. Both vessels are of eco-design and we expect them to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace."