DryShips Inc. Announces Ocean Rig UDW Inc.'s Offering of Common Stock
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) (the "Company" or "DryShips"), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. ("Ocean Rig"), of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced today that Ocean Rig has launched an offering of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share. As part of this offering, George Economou, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, has indicated his intention to purchase, at the public offering price, a number of common shares that maintains his direct ownership in Ocean Rig, representing approximately five percent of its common stock.
Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc., Pareto Securities Inc. and Seaport Global Securities LLC are acting as joint lead managers, joint bookrunners and placement agents in the offering. Clarksons Platou Securities AS and Pareto Securities AS are acting as placement agents. Clarksons Platou Securities AS and Pareto Securities AS are not U.S. registered broker-dealers and to the extent that this offering is made within the United States, their activities will be effected only to the extent permitted by Rule 15a-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Ocean Rig intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes, including the acquisition of drilling rigs.
Ocean Rig's common shares trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "ORIG."
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and will be available on the SEC's website located at www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc., 410 Park Avenue, Suite 710, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Raquel Lucas (or by e-mail at officeNY@platou.com), Pareto Securities Inc., 150 East 52nd Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Kjersti Berg Tufta (or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org), or Seaport Global Securities LLC, 400 Poydras Street, Suite 3100, New Orleans, LA 70130, Attention: Amanda McAdams (or by e-mail at email@example.com).
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