NewLead Holdings Ltd. Completes Financial Restructuring and Launches Commodity Unit

NewLead Holdings Ltd. Completes Financial Restructuring and Launches Commodity

$578.3 Million Reduction of Indebtedness

PR Newswire

PIRAEUS, Greece, Dec. 3, 2012

PIRAEUS, Greece, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ:
NEWL) ("NewLead" or the "Company") today announced that the Company has signed
definitive agreements completing its financial restructuring. Closing of
transaction is subject to certain conditions and is expected to occur  within
December 2012.

Michael Zolotas, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, stated,
"Almost two years ago, we perceived the market would be deteriorating for the
foreseeable future, so we made the difficult decision to approach our
commercial partners and commence a voluntary restructuring of our business and
balance sheet. With the expert advice of Moelis & Company, S. Goldman Advisors
LLC, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, we have emerged from
this process as a vital and competitive organization. I am deeply grateful to
the people of NewLead for their hard work and loyalty during this challenging

Michael Zolotas continued, "With the restructuring effectively complete, we
will seek to grow the Company by exploring existing and new business segments.
With our newly stable balance sheet and business, we believe that we will be
able to profitably expand our business within a short period of time."

Post Restructuring Debt and Shares Outstanding

NewLead reduced the amount of debt in its balance sheet by approximately
$578.3 million to around $108.0 million. Of this amount, $50 million will be
represented by a 4.5% convertible note due in 2022. At the option of the
Company, annual interest payments and principal repayment upon the maturity of
the note may be satisfied by issuing additional shares of common stock.

As of November 30, 2012, NewLead had 309,510,713 shares of common stock
outstanding. Upon closing of the final phase of the restructuring, expected
during December of 2012, NewLead expects to have a total of 442,880,573 shares
of common stock outstanding.

NewLead's initial fleet will consist of four vessels under control. Management
will now focus on leveraging longstanding shipping relationships to build
their fleet in the tanker and dry bulk sector.

Commodity Unit

NewLead has also launched its commodity unit, which seeks to take advantage of
the attractive transportation market for international commodities and the
attractive commodity prices for the underlying commodities. Management
believes that this segment will allow them to take advantage of emerging
dynamics in the maritime industry.

About NewLead Holdings Ltd.

NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international, vertically integrated shipping
company that manages product tankers and dry bulk vessels. NewLead currently
controls four vessels, two tankers and two dry bulk vessels. NewLead's common
shares are traded under the symbol "NEWL" on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
To learn more about NewLead Holdings Ltd., please visit the new website at

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results; our liquidity position and cash flows, our ability to borrow
additional amounts under our revolving credit facility and, if needed, to
obtain waivers from our lenders and restructure our debt, and our ability to
continue as a going concern; statements about planned, pending or recent
vessel disposals and/or acquisitions, business strategy, future dividend
payments and expected capital spending or operating expenses, including
dry-docking and insurance costs; statements about trends in the product tanker
and dry bulk vessel shipping segments, including charter rates and factors
affecting supply and demand; expectations regarding the availability of vessel
acquisitions; completion of repairs; length of off-hire; availability of
charters; and anticipated developments with respect to any pending litigation.
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, management's examination of historical operating
trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third
parties. Although NewLead believes 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, NewLead cannot assure you that it will achieve or
accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections described in the forward
looking statements. 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 changes in charter rates and vessel values,
failure of a seller to deliver one or more vessels, and other factors
discussed in NewLead's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission from time to time. NewLead expressly disclaims any obligations or
undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any
forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in NewLead's
expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or
circumstances on which any statement is based.

Investor and Media Relations:
Elisa Gerouki
NewLead Holdings Ltd.
Telephone: + 30 213 014 8023

SOURCE NewLead Holdings Ltd.

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