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Performance Shipping Inc. Announces the Initiation of a Variable Quarterly Dividend Policy and Declaration of Quarterly Dividend


ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:PSHG), (the "Company"), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tankers, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new dividend policy pursuant to which the Company may declare and pay a variable quarterly cash dividend. If declared, the quarterly dividend is expected to be paid each February, May, August and November.

The Company's Board of Directors has declared its first such dividend on its common stock of $0.01 per share, in accordance with the newly approved policy. The cash dividend will be payable on or around November 9, 2020 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on October 30, 2020.

The amount of the Company's quarterly dividend for each quarter, if any, will be determined based on available cash from operations during the previous quarter after cash payments for debt repayment and interest expense and reserves for the replacement of vessels, reserves for the statutory maintenance capital expenditures of vessels and other purposes as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine are required, after taking into account contingent liabilities, the terms of any credit facility, the Company's growth strategy and other cash needs as well as the requirements of Marshall Islands law.

Commenting on the dividend payment, Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company's Chief Executive Officer stated:

"We are pleased to commence the process of returning cash to our shareholders. The Company has a strong cash position, which as of September 30, 2020, was equivalent to approximately $0.74 per share in cash and cash equivalents. The initiation of a variable common stock dividend reflects our commitment to delivering shareholder value and emphasizes our confidence that a variable dividend policy will provide the groundwork for our long-term growth and value-creation. Today's important development follows the completion of our transition, which started in June 2019, to a pure tanker owning company with a fleet of four (4) modern Aframax tankers. Moving forward, we believe we have the resources to grow our fleet further and maintain our low net financial leverage to our goal of less than 35% of the value of our vessels, which will complement our variable dividend policy".

About the Company
Performance Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of four Aframax tankers. The Company's current fleet of tanker vessels is employed primarily on short to medium term charters with leading energy companies and traders.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for our vessels, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, the length and severity of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the demand for seaborne transportation of petroleum and other types of products, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

Corporate Contact:
Andreas Michalopoulos
Chief Executive Officer, Director and Secretary
Telephone: +30-216-600-2400

Investor and Media Relations:
Edward Nebb
Comm-Counsellors, LLC
Telephone: + 1-203-972-8350
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