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Genco Shipping Says Definitive Debt Accord Needed by April 4

April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd., the operator of dry-bulk cargo ships that’s seeking to avert bankruptcy, said it must reach a “definitive agreement” to restructure its debt by April 4 to keep new accords with lenders in place.

Genco agreed on terms for waivers or forbearances with some lenders of its 2007 credit facility, $100 million term loan portion and $235 million term loan slice through April 21, provided such a plan is concluded in time, the company said today in a regulatory filing.

The company is negotiating to stave off a Chapter 11 filing after a supply glut in the dry-bulk shipping industry pushed rates down. The New York-based shipper hired Blackstone Group LP in February to advise it on a possible restructuring. In a March 17 filing, Genco forecast a net loss of $157 million for 2013, little changed from $158 million the year before. It was unable to file its annual report for 2013 on time due to its restructuring talks, it said in that filing.

Aaron Palash, a company spokesman, declined to comment.

Genco fell 6.2 percent to $1.51 at the close in New York. The shares have plunged 40 percent this year.

Genco’s $125 million of senior unsecured convertible bonds due next year rose 2 cents to 82 cents on the dollar to yield 20.6 percent as of March 25, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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To contact the reporters on this story: Lauren Coleman-Lochner in New York at llochner@bloomberg.net; Mary Childs in New York at mchilds5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Faris Khan at fkhan33@bloomberg.net Chapin Wright

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