Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

   Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial                                    Results  PR Newswire  NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2012  NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK) ("Genco" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.  The following financial review discusses the results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011.  Third Quarter 2012 and Year-to-Date Highlights    oRecorded net loss attributable to Genco for the third quarter of $38.4     million, or $0.90 basic and diluted loss per share;   oMaintained cash position of $97.9 million on a consolidated basis,     including restricted cash;         o$94.6 million at Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, including          restricted cash;        o$3.3 million at Baltic Trading Limited;    oEntered into separate agreements to amend the amortization schedule and     extend existing covenant waivers under each of our three credit facilities     through and including the quarter ending December 31, 2013; and   oContinued a short-term time charter strategy by fixing vessels on spot     market-related time charters with the option to convert to a fixed rate     and on short-term charters while the market remains volatile.  Financial Review: 2012 Third Quarter  The Company recorded net loss attributable to Genco for the third quarter of 2012 of $38.4 million, or $0.90 basic and diluted loss per share. Comparatively, for the three months ended September 30, 2011, net income attributable to Genco was $1.6 million, or $0.04 basic and diluted earnings per share.  EBITDA was $18.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 versus $57.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011.  Robert Gerald Buchanan, President, commented, "During the third quarter, we continued to employ a majority of our vessels on short-term or spot market-related contracts that preserve the ability to capitalize on future rate increases. By maintaining an opportunistic time charter approach combined with a cost-effective operating platform, we expect to increase the Company's future earnings potential when market conditions improve. As we remain focused on taking advantage of the long-term demand for essential drybulk commodities, our large and modern fleet bodes well for Genco to continue to provide customers with service that meets the highest industry standards."  Genco's voyage revenues decreased to $53.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 versus $93.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. The decrease was due to lower charter rates achieved by the majority of our vessels as well as a higher number of days that our vessels were on planned offhire to complete drydockings during the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011. The average daily time charter equivalent, or TCE, rates obtained by the Company's fleet decreased to $9,119 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to $16,447 per day for the three months ended September 30, 2011. The decrease in TCE rates resulted from lower charter rates achieved in the third quarter of 2012 versus the same period in 2011 for the majority of the vessels in our fleet. Increased vessel supply coupled with negative sentiment on the rate of growth in emerging economies were the main contributors of reduced rates during the third quarter. The effect of these contributors was partially offset by record scrapping of older tonnage. Chinese iron ore restocking commencing at the end of September along with a reverse in sentiment appears to have led to a relative rate improvement with the BDI currently at 1,026.  Total operating expenses increased to $74.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $71.0 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. Vessel operating expenses were $28.3 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $26.1 million for the same period in 2011. The slight increase in vessel operating expenses was primarily due to the increase in the size of our fleet, as well as higher expenses related to crewing and maintenance for the third quarter of 2012 versus the same period in 2011.   Depreciation and amortization expenses slightly increased to $35.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 from $34.4 million for the third quarter of 2011 as a result of the growth of our fleet. General, administrative and management fees decreased to $8.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 from $8.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. The decrease was primarily due to lower non-cash compensation offset by slightly higher third-party management fees due to the growth of our fleet and higher office-related expenses.  Daily vessel operating expenses, or DVOE, increased to $4,956 per vessel per day during the third quarter of 2012 as compared to $4,673 per vessel per day for the third quarter of 2011, mainly due to higher expenses related to crewing and maintenance. We note that our third quarter of 2012 DVOE is below our budget set forth at the beginning of the year. We believe daily vessel operating expenses are best measured for comparative purposes over a 12‑month period in order to take into account all of the expenses that each vessel in our fleet will incur over a full year of operation. Based on estimates provided by our technical managers and management's expectations, our DVOE budget for the fourth quarter of 2012 is $5,200 per vessel per day on a weighted average basis for the 53 vessels in our fleet, excluding vessels owned by Baltic Trading Limited.  John C. Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "During the third quarter, we enhanced our financial flexibility by entering into agreements to amend the Company's three credit facilities. Specifically, we eliminated the scheduled amortization payments and extended the existing waivers for both the maximum leverage ratio covenant and the interest coverage ratio covenant for each facility through and including the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The ongoing support we have received from our lending group in a challenging drybulk market continues to serve as a core differentiator as we remain dedicated to maintaining a strong financial platform for the benefit of the Company and its shareholders."  Financial Review: Nine Months 2012  The net loss attributable to Genco was $99.3 million or $2.40 basic and diluted loss per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to net income attributable to Genco of $25.1 million or $0.71 basic and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Voyage revenues decreased to $174.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to $292.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. EBITDA was $70.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 versus $191.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. TCE rates obtained by the Company decreased to $10,218 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 from $17,935 per day for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, mainly due to lower rates achieved for our vessels during the first nine months of 2012 as compared to the prior year period as well as the operation of a greater number of smaller class vessels. Total operating expenses were $220.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to $206.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, and daily vessel operating expenses per vessel were $5,040 versus $4,706 for the comparative periods, mainly due to higher maintenance and crew related expenses.  Liquidity and Capital Resources  Cash Flow  Net cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $4.0 million versus $121.3 million of net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to a net loss of $108.9 million for the first nine months of 2012 compared to net income of $23.4 million for the same period of 2011, which resulted from lower charter rates achieved in the first nine months of 2012 versus the prior year period for the majority of the vessels in our fleet.  Net cash used in investing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $3.2 million and $100.4 million, respectively. The decrease was primarily due to fewer funds used for purchases of vessels during the first nine months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, cash used in investing activities primarily related to the purchase of fixed assets in the amount of $1.9 million and vessel related equipment totaling $0.9 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, cash used in investing activities predominantly related to purchases of vessels in the amount of $98.9 million.  Net cash used in financing activities was $132.9 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $39,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The increase in cash used in financing activities was primarily due to the Company prepaying an aggregate of $99.9 million under its agreements to amend the 2007 Credit Facility, the $253 Million Term Loan Facility and the $100 Million Term Loan Facility in August 2012 as well as making a scheduled debt repayment under the 2007 Credit Facility of $48.2 million in July 2012. This was offset by $49.9 million of net proceeds provided by our follow-on offering in February 2012. Cash used in financing activities for the first nine months of 2012 consisted of $118.6 million repayment of debt under the 2007 Credit Facility, $40.6 million repayment of debt under the $253 Million Term Loan Facility, $15.4 million repayment of debt under the $100 Million Term Loan Facility, $4.3 million of deferred financing costs and the $3.9 million dividend payment of our subsidiary, Baltic Trading Limited, to its outside shareholders. Cash used in financing activities during the first nine months of 2011 mainly consisted of $21.5 million of proceeds from the $253 Million Term Loan Facility related to the Bourbon vessels acquired and $40.0 million of proceeds from the $100 Million Term Loan Facility related to the Metrostar vessels acquired offset by the following uses of cash: $37.5 million repayment of debt under the 2007 Credit Facility, $14.8 million repayment of debt under the $253 Million Term Loan Facility, $3.2 million repayment of debt under the $100 Million Term Loan Facility and the $5.6 million dividend payment of our subsidiary, Baltic Trading Limited, to its outside shareholders.  Capital Expenditures  We make capital expenditures from time to time in connection with vessel acquisitions. Excluding Baltic Trading Limited's vessels, we own a fleet of 53 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, 17 Supramax, six Handymax and 13 Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 3,810,000 dwt. In addition, our subsidiary Baltic Trading Limited currently owns a fleet of nine drybulk vessels, consisting of two Capesize, four Supramax, and three Handysize vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 672,000 dwt.  In addition to acquisitions that we may undertake in future periods, we will incur additional expenditures due to special surveys and drydockings for our fleet. We estimate that one of our vessels will complete drydocking in the fourth quarter of 2012. We further anticipate that ten of our vessels will be drydocked in 2013.  We estimate our drydocking costs for our fleet, excluding the vessels owned by Baltic Trading Limited, through 2013 to be:                                Q4 2012      2013 Estimated Costs ^(1)        $0.0 million $7.8 million Estimated Offhire Days ^(2) 2            200  (1) Estimates are based on our budgeted cost of drydocking our vessels in China. Actual costs will vary based on various factors, including where the drydockings are actually performed. We expect to fund these costs with cash from operations. The Genco Hunter drydock concluded on October 2, 2012. The majority of the costs associated with this drydock were incurred during the third quarter of 2012.   (2) Assumes 20 days per drydocking per vessel. Actual length will vary based on the condition of the vessel, yard schedules and other factors. Included in the total estimated offhire days is the fourth quarter of 2012 portion of the Genco Hunter drydock which amounted to two days.  The Genco Carrier, Genco London, Genco Thunder and Genco Surprise completed their respective drydockings during the third quarter of 2012, while the Genco Hunter commenced its drydocking on September 19, 2012 and completed the same during the fourth quarter, on October 2, 2012. The vessels were on planned offhire for an aggregate of 71.4 days in connection with their scheduled drydockings at a cumulative cost of approximately $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2012.  Summary Consolidated Financial and Other Data  The following table summarizes Genco Shipping & Trading Limited's selected consolidated financial and other data for the periods indicated below.                             Three Months Ended          Nine Months Ended                         September 30,  September    September 30,  September                         2012           30, 2011     2012           30, 2011                         (Dollars in thousands,      (Dollars in thousands,                         except share and per share  except share and per share                         data)                       data)                                                                              (unaudited)                                                     (unaudited) INCOME STATEMENT DATA: Revenues:                         $        $       $        $         Voyage revenues                                                               53,603         93,484       174,740        292,614    Service revenues     828            828          2,466          2,457       Total revenues    54,431         94,312       177,206        295,071 Operating expenses:    Voyage expenses      2,693          1,702        5,099          2,595    Vessel operating     28,272         26,133       85,622         76,394    expenses    General,    administrative and   8,622          8,759        25,680         25,908    management fees    Depreciation and     35,038         34,378       103,954        101,484    amortization       Total operating   74,625         70,972       220,355        206,381       expenses Operating (loss) income (20,194)       23,340       (43,149)       88,690 Other (expense) income:    Other (expense)      (43)           31           (40)           (80)    income    Interest income      49             167          352            503    Interest expense     (21,546)       (21,793)     (65,160)       (64,654)       Other expense:    (21,540)       (21,595)     (64,848)       (64,231) (Loss) Income before    (41,734)       1,745        (107,997)      24,459 income taxes:    Income tax expense   (303)          (328)        (918)          (1,041) Net (loss) income       (42,037)       1,417        (108,915)      23,418         Less: Net loss         attributable to (3,588)        (145)        (9,626)        (1,662)         noncontrolling         interest Net (loss) income       $        $       $        $      attributable to Genco                                      Shipping & Trading      (38,449)        1,562      (99,289)       25,080 Limited Net (loss) income per   $        $       $        $      share - basic                                                                  (0.90)           0.04     (2.40)           0.71 Net (loss) income per   $        $       $        $      share - diluted^(1)                                                            (0.90)           0.04     (2.40)           0.71 Weighted average common shares outstanding -    42,885,810     35,157,110   41,290,719     35,149,912 basic Weighted average common shares outstanding -    42,885,810     35,212,840   41,290,719     35,212,041 diluted^(1)                                      September 30,               December 31,                                   2012                        2011 BALANCE SHEET DATA:                             (unaudited) Cash (including restricted        $                     $       cash)                                                                                          97,928                      237,718 Current assets                    113,414                     259,365 Total assets                      2,894,573                   3,119,277 Current liabilities               28,277                      221,702 Total long-term debt (including   1,523,165                   1,694,393 note payable) Shareholders' equity (including $197.9 million and $210.0         1,309,009                   1,361,618 million of non-controlling  interest at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)                                   Nine Months Ended                                   September 30,               September 30,                                   2012                        2011                                                 (unaudited) Net cash (used in) provided by    $                     $       operating activities                                                                           (4,012)                     121,336 Net cash used in investing        (3,242)                     (100,389) activities Net cash used in financing        (132,936)                   (39) activities  1) The convertible notes were anti-dilutive for the quarter and year to date periods ending September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011.                     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended                    September   September   September              September                    30, 2012    30, 2011    30, 2012               30, 2011                    (Dollars in thousands)  (Dollars in thousands) EBITDA             (unaudited)                        (unaudited) Reconciliation:  Net (Loss) Income $       $       $                  $      attributable to                                         Genco Shipping &   (38,449)            (99,289)               25,080  Trading Limited               1,562  +   Net interest  21,497      21,626      64,808                 64,151      expense  +   Income tax    303         328         918                    1,041      expense      Depreciation  +   and           35,038      34,378      103,954                101,484      amortization                    $       $       $                  $          EBITDA^(1)                                                              18,389    57,894    70,391              191,756                       Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended                      September   September   September              September                      30, 2012    30, 2011    30, 2012               30, 2011 GENCO STANDALONE     (unaudited)                        (unaudited) FLEET DATA: Total number of vessels at end of    53          52          53                     52 period Average number of    53.0        51.8        53.0                   50.5 vessels^(2) Total ownership days 4,876       4,765       14,522                 13,777 for fleet^(3) Total available days 4,755       4,753       14,146                 13,713 for fleet^(4) Total operating days 4,715       4,725       14,054                 13,626 for fleet^(5) Fleet                99.2%       99.4%       99.4%                  99.4% utilization^(6) AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS:                      $       $       $                  $     Time charter                                              equivalent^(7)                  17,058    10,613               18,926                      9,437 Daily vessel operating expenses   4,920       4,635       5,037                  4,692 per vessel ^(8)                           Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended                      September   September   September              September                      30, 2012    30, 2011    30, 2012               30, 2011 CONSOLIDATED FLEET   (unaudited)                        (unaudited) DATA: Total number of vessels at end of    62          61          62                     61 period Average number of    62.0        60.8        62.0                   59.5 vessels^(2) Total ownership days 5,704       5,593       16,988                 16,234 for fleet^(3) Total available days 5,583       5,581       16,603                 16,170 for fleet^(4) Total operating days 5,536       5,544       16,494                 16,069 for fleet^(5) Fleet                99.2%       99.3%       99.3%                  99.4% utilization^(6) AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS:                      $       $       $                  $     Time charter                                              equivalent^(7)                  16,447    10,218               17,935                      9,119 Daily vessel operating expenses   4,956       4,673       5,040                  4,706 per vessel ^(8)  (1) EBITDA represents net (loss) income attributable to Genco Shipping & Trading Limited plus net interest expense, taxes and depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is included because it is used by management and certain investors as a measure of operating performance. EBITDA is used by analysts in the shipping industry as a common performance measure to compare results across peers. Our management uses EBITDA as a performance measure in our consolidating internal financial statements, and it is presented for review at our board meetings. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful to investors as the shipping industry is capital intensive which often results in significant depreciation and cost of financing. EBITDA presents investors with a measure in addition to net income to evaluate the Company's performance prior to these costs. EBITDA is not an item recognized by U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other indicator of a company's operating performance required by U.S. GAAP. EBITDA is not a source of liquidity or cash flows as shown in our consolidated statement of cash flows. The definition of EBITDA used here may not be comparable to that used by other companies. The foregoing definition of EBITDA differs from the definition of Consolidated EBITDA used in the financial covenants of our 2007 Credit Facility, our $253 Million Term Loan Credit Facility, and $100 Million Term Loan Credit Facility. Specifically, Consolidated EBITDA substitutes gross interest expense (which includes amortization of deferred financing costs) for net interest expense used in our definition of EBITDA, includes adjustments for restricted stock amortization and non-cash charges for deferred financing costs related to the refinancing of the other credit facilities or any non-cash losses from our investment in Jinhui and excludes extraordinary gains or losses and gains or losses from derivative instruments used for hedging purposes or sales of assets other than inventory sold in the ordinary course of business.  (2) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each vessel was part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.  (3) We define ownership days as the aggregate number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet has been owned by us. Ownership days are an indicator of the size of our fleet over a period and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that we record during a period.  (4) We define available days as the number of our ownership days less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to scheduled repairs or repairs under guarantee, vessel upgrades or special surveys and the aggregate amount of time that we spend positioning our vessels between time charters. Companies in the shipping industry generally use available days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels should be capable of generating revenues.  (5) We define operating days as the number of our available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire due to unforeseen circumstances. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues.  (6) We calculate fleet utilization by dividing the number of our operating days during a period by the number of our available days during the period. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to measure a company's efficiency in finding suitable employment for its vessels and minimizing the number of days that its vessels are off-hire for reasons other than scheduled repairs or repairs under guarantee, vessel upgrades, special surveys or vessel positioning.  (7) We define TCE rates as our net voyage revenue (voyage revenues less voyage expenses) divided by the number of our available days during the period, which is consistent with industry standards. TCE rate is a common shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charterhire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per-day amounts while charterhire rates for vessels on time charters generally are expressed in such amounts. Since some vessels were acquired with an existing time charter at a below-market rate, we allocated the purchase price between the vessel and an intangible liability for the value assigned to the below-market charterhire. This intangible liability is amortized as an increase to voyage revenues over the minimum remaining term of the charter.  (8) We define daily vessel operating expenses to include crew wages and related costs, the cost of insurance expenses relating to repairs and maintenance (excluding drydocking), the costs of spares and consumable stores, tonnage taxes and other miscellaneous expenses. Daily vessel operating expenses are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.  Genco Shipping & Trading Limited's Fleet  Genco Shipping & Trading Limited transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Excluding Baltic Trading's vessels, we own a fleet of 53 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, 17 Supramax, six Handymax and 13 Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 3,810,000 dwt. In addition, our subsidiary Baltic Trading Limited currently owns a fleet of nine drybulk vessels, consisting of two Capesize, four Supramax, and three Handysize vessels.  Our current fleet, other than Baltic Trading's vessels, contains ten groups of sister ships, which are vessels of virtually identical sizes and specifications. We believe that maintaining a fleet that includes sister ships reduces costs by creating economies of scale in the maintenance, supply and crewing of our vessels. As of October 31, 2012, the average age of our fleet was 7.5 years, as compared to the average age for the world fleet of approximately 10 years for the drybulk shipping segments in which we compete.  The following table reflects the current employment of Genco's current fleet, excluding Baltic Trading's vessels:                                                               Charter        Cash Daily Vessel           Year  Charterer           Expiration (1)                                                           Rate (2)                  Built Capesize Vessels Genco Augustus   2007  Cargill             December 2012  100% of BCI                        International S.A. Genco Tiberius   2007  Cargill             September 2013 100% of BCI(3)                        International S.A. Genco London     2007  Cargill             July 2013      100% of BCI                        International S.A. Genco Titus      2007  Swissmarine         June 2013      100% of BCI                        Services S.A. Genco            2008  Cargill             October 2013   100% of BCI Constantine            International S.A. Genco Hadrian    2008  Cargill             November 2012  100% of BCI(4)                        International S.A. Genco Commodus   2009  Swissmarine         May 2013       99% of BCI                        Services S.A. Genco Maximus    2009  Swissmarine         January 2013   98.5% of BCI                        Services S.A. Genco Claudius   2010  Swissmarine         December 2012  98.5% of BCI                        Services S.A. Panamax Vessels Genco Beauty     1999  Global Maritime     May 2013       97% of BPI                        Investments Ltd. Genco Knight     1999  Swissmarine         March 2013     98% of BPI                        Services S.A. Genco Leader     1999  J. Aron & Company   December 2012  100% of BPI Genco Vigour     1999  Global Maritime     January 2013   97% of BPI                        Investments Ltd. Genco Acheron    1999  Global Maritime     December 2012  97% of BPI                        Investments Ltd. Genco Surprise   1998  Swissmarine         September 2013 97% of BPI(5)                        Services S.A. Genco Raptor     2007  Global Maritime     March 2013     100% of BPI                        Investments Ltd. Genco Thunder    2007  Swissmarine          June 2013    97% of BPI                        Services S.A. Supramax Vessels Genco Predator   2005  D'Amico Dry Ltd.    April 2013     103% of BSI Genco Warrior    2005  Pacific Basin       May 2014       101% of BSI(6)                        Chartering Ltd. Genco Hunter     2007  Pacific Basin       July 2013      105% of BSI                        Chartering Ltd.                        Great Pacific        November Genco Cavalier   2007  Navigation Corp.,   2012           $5,900                        Ltd. Genco Lorraine   2009  Pioneer Navigation  July 2013      $9,400                        Ltd. Genco Loire      2009  Clipper Bulk        July 2013      $9,950                        Shipping N.V. Genco Aquitaine  2009  Pioneer Navigation  March 2013     100% of BSI                        Ltd. Genco Ardennes   2009  Hamburg Bulk        February 2014  $10,250                        Carriers Genco Auvergne   2009  Pacific Basin       April 2013     100% of BSI                        Chartering Ltd. Genco Bourgogne  2010  Western Bulk        November 2012  $12,250                        Carriers A/S Genco Brittany   2010  D'Amico Dry Ltd.    April 2013     100% of BSI Genco Languedoc  2010  Clipper Bulk        January 2013   $8,500(7)                        Shipping N.V. Genco Normandy   2007  Bulk Marine         November 2012  $9,000(8) Genco Picardy    2005  Trafigura Beheer    December 2012  98% of BSI                        B.V. Genco Provence   2004  Hamburg Bulk        December 2012  $12,000                        Carriers Genco Pyrenees   2010  Navig8 Inc.         February 2013  100% of BSI Genco Rhone      2011  AMN Bulk Carriers   March 2013     100% of BSI                        Inc. Handymax Vessels Genco Success    1997  ED & F MAN Shipping April 2013     91.5% of BSI                        Ltd. Genco Carrier    1998  Klaveness           June 2013      91% of BSI                        Chartering Genco Prosperity 1997  SK Shipping Co.     November 2012  $8,000                        Ltd. Genco Wisdom     1997  Cargill             November 2012  $4,000(9)                        International S.A. Genco Marine     1996  ED & F MAN Shipping April 2013     91% of BSI                        Ltd. Genco Muse       2001  Trafigura Beheer    March 2013     93.5% of BSI                        B.V. Handysize Vessels Genco Explorer   1999  Lauritzen Bulkers   February 2013  Spot(10)                        A/S Genco Pioneer    1999  Lauritzen Bulkers   February 2013  Spot(10)                        A/S Genco Progress   1999  Lauritzen Bulkers    November     Spot(10)                        A/S                 2013 Genco Reliance   1999  Lauritzen Bulkers    November     Spot(10)                        A/S                 2013 Genco Sugar      1998  Lauritzen Bulkers    November     Spot(10)                        A/S                 2013 Genco Charger    2005  AMN Bulk Carriers   March 2013     100% of BHSI(11)                        Inc. Genco Challenger 2003  AMN Bulk Carriers   December 2012  100% of BHSI                        Inc. Genco Champion   2006  Pacific Basin       March 2013     100% of BHSI                        Chartering Ltd.                        Cargill                            $8,500-$13,500 with Genco Ocean      2010  International S.A.  June 2013      50% profit                                                           sharing(12)                        Cargill                            $8,500-$13,500 with Genco Bay        2010  International S.A.  January 2013   50% profit                                                           sharing(12)                        Cargill                            $8,500-$13,500 with Genco Avra       2011  International S.A.  March 2014     50% profit                                                           sharing(12) Genco Mare       2011  Cargill             May 2015       115% of BHSI                        International S.A.                        Cargill                            $8,500-$13,500 with Genco Spirit     2011  International S.A.  September 2014 50% profit                                                           sharing(12)  (1) The charter expiration dates presented represent the earliest dates that our charters may be terminated in the ordinary course. Under the terms of each contract, the charterer is entitled to extend the time charter from two to four months in order to complete the vessel's final voyage plus any time the vessel has been off-hire.  (2) Time charter rates presented are the gross daily charterhire rates before third-party commissions generally ranging from 1.25% to 6.25%. In a time charter, the charterer is responsible for voyage expenses such as bunkers, port expenses, agents' fees and canal dues.  (3) We have agreed to an extension with Cargill International S.A. on a spot market-related time charter for 11 to 14.5 months based on 100% of the Baltic Capesize Index (BCI), published by the Baltic Exchange, as reflected in daily reports. Hire is paid every 15 days in arrears less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. Genco maintains the option to convert to a fixed rate based on Capesize FFA values at 100%. The extension began on October 25, 2012.  (4) We have agreed to an extension with Cargill International S.A. for one voyage from Australia to China at a rate based on 100% of the BCI, as reflected in daily reports. Hire is paid every 15 days in arrears less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. The extension began on October 30, 2012.  (5) We have reached an agreement with Swissmarine Services S.A. on a spot market-related time charter for 10.5 to 13.5 months based on 97% of the Baltic Panamax Index (BPI), published by the Baltic Exchange, as reflected in daily reports, except for the initial 45 days in which hire is based on 97% of the rate for the Baltic Panamax 3A route. Hire is paid every 15 days in arrears less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. Genco maintains the option to convert to a fixed rate based on Panamax FFA values at 97%. The vessel delivered to charterers on October 22, 2012 after previously being fixed with BHP Billiton on a spot market-related time charter based on 100% of the Baltic Panamax 3A route.  (6) We have reached an agreement with Pacific Basin Chartering Ltd. on a spot market-related time charter based on 101% of the Baltic Supramax Index (BSI), published by the Baltic Exchange, as reflected in daily reports, except for the initial 45 days in which hire is based on 101% of the rate for the Baltic Supramax S2 route. The minimum and maximum expiration dates are May 20, 2014 and August 20, 2014, respectively. Hire is paid every 15 days in arrears less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. Genco maintains the option to convert to a fixed rate based on Supramax FFA values at 101%. The vessel will deliver to charterers on or about November 7, 2012 after previously being fixed with Trafigura Beheer B.V. on a spot market-related time charter based on 102% of the BSI.  (7) We have reached an agreement with Clipper Bulk Shipping N.V. on a time charter for 3 to 5.5 months at a rate of $7,350 per day for the initial 50 days and $8,500 per day thereafter. Hire is paid every 15 days in advance less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. The vessel delivered to charterers on October 16, 2012.  (8) We have reached an agreement with Bulk Marine on a time charter for approximately 25 days at a rate of $9,000 per day less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. Hire is paid every 15 days in advance. The vessel delivered to charterers on October 13, 2012 after repositioning. The vessel's previous time charter ended on October 6, 2012.  (9) We have reached an agreement with Cargill International S.A. on a time charter for approximately 25 days at a rate of $4,000 per day less a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. Hire is paid every 15 days in advance. The vessel delivered to charterers on October 27, 2012 after previously being fixed with Pacific Basin Chartering Ltd. on a time charter for $8,500 per day.  (10) We have reached an agreement to enter these vessels into the LB/IVS Pool whereby Lauritzen Bulkers A/S acts as the pool manager. We can withdraw up to two vessels with three months' notice and the remaining three vessels with 12 months' notice.  (11) We have agreed to an extension with AMN Bulk Carriers Inc. for an additional 60 days from the maximum expiration date of the spot market-related time charter to March 1, 2013. The rate will continue to be based on 100% of the Baltic Handysize Index (BHSI), published by the Baltic Exchange, as reflected in daily reports. Hire is paid every 15 days in arrears net of a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. Genco maintains the option to convert to a fixed rate based on Handysize FFA values at 100%.  (12) The rate for the spot market-related time charter is linked with a floor of $8,500 and a ceiling of $13,500 daily with a 50% profit sharing arrangement to apply to any amount above the ceiling. The rate is based on 115% of the average of the daily rates of the BHSI, as reflected in daily reports. Hire is paid every 15 days in advance net of a 5.00% third party brokerage commission. These vessels were acquired with existing time charters with below-market rates. For these below-market time charters, Genco allocates the purchase price between the respective vessels and an intangible liability for the value assigned to the below-market charter-hire. This intangible liability is amortized as an increase to voyage revenues over the minimum remaining terms of the applicable charters, at which point the respective liabilities will be amortized to zero and the vessels will begin earning the ''Cash Daily Rate.'' For cash flow purposes, Genco will continue to receive the rate presented in the ''Cash Daily Rate'' column until the charter expires. Specifically, for the Genco Spirit, Genco Avra, Genco Ocean and Genco Bay, the daily amount of amortization associated with the below-market rates are approximately $200, $350, $700 and $750 per day over the actual cash rate earned, respectively.  About Genco Shipping & Trading Limited  Genco Shipping & Trading Limited transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Excluding Baltic Trading Limited's fleet, we own a fleet of 53 drybulk vessels, consisting of nine Capesize, eight Panamax, 17 Supramax, six Handymax and 13 Handysize vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 3,810,000 dwt. In addition, our subsidiary Baltic Trading Limited currently owns a fleet of nine drybulk vessels, consisting of two Capesize, four Supramax, and three Handysize vessels. References to Genco's vessels and fleet in this press release exclude vessels owned by Baltic Trading Limited.  Conference Call Announcement  Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that it will hold a conference call on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss its 2012 third quarter financial results. The conference call and a presentation will be simultaneously webcast and will be available on the Company's website, www.GencoShipping.com. To access the conference call, dial (888) 438-5524 or (719) 785-1753 and enter passcode 4044657. A replay of the conference call can also be accessed for two weeks by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 and entering the passcode 4044657. The Company intends to place additional materials related to the earnings announcement, including a slide presentation, on its website prior to the conference call.  "Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995  This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements use words such as "anticipate," "budget," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of potential future events, circumstances or future operating or financial performance. These forward looking statements are based on management's current expectations and observations. Included among the factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking statements contained in this report are the following: (i) declines in demand or rates in the drybulk shipping industry; (ii) prolonged weakness in drybulk shipping rates; (iii) changes in the supply of or demand for drybulk products, generally or in particular regions; (iv) changes in the supply of drybulk carriers including newbuilding of vessels or lower than anticipated scrapping of older vessels; (v) changes in rules and regulations applicable to the cargo industry, including, without limitation, legislation adopted by international organizations or by individual countries and actions taken by regulatory authorities; (vi) increases in costs and expenses including but not limited to: crew wages, insurance, provisions, lube, oil, bunkers, repairs, maintenance and general, administrative and management fee expenses; (vii) whether our insurance arrangements are adequate; (viii) changes in general domestic and international political conditions; (ix) acts of war, terrorism, or piracy; (x) changes in the condition of the Company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards (which may affect, among other things, our anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs) and unanticipated drydock expenditures; (xi) the Company's acquisition or disposition of vessels; (xii) the amount of offhire time needed to complete repairs on vessels and the timing and amount of any reimbursement by our insurance carriers for insurance claims, including offhire days; (xiii) the completion of definitive documentation with respect to charters; (xiv) charterers' compliance with the terms of their charters in the current market environment; and other factors listed from time to time in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.  SOURCE Genco Shipping & Trading Limited  Website: http://www.GencoShipping.com Contact: John C. Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer, Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, +1-646- 443-8555