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Genco to acquire three modern, fuel-efficient ultramax vessels in exchange for six older non-core handysize vessels

Genco, the largest U.S. headquartered drybulk shipowner focused on the transportation of major and minor bulk commodities globally, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire three modern, eco Ultramax vessels in exchange for six older Handysize vessels. The transaction, which is part of Genco’s efforts to modernize its fleet and create a more focused asset base while reducing its carbon footprint, is structured as an asset swap without monetary consideration or additional capital required. The vessels are scheduled to deliver to both parties through the first quarter of 2021.

Through the execution of this transaction, which is cash and asset value neutral, Genco will maintain its sizeable liquidity position and accomplish a number of other key objectives including the following:

  • Continue to build scale in the core Ultramax sector and complement our in-house commercial platform while divesting non-core assets;
  • Reduce the average age of Genco’s fleet by 0.3 years;
  • Avoid drydocking and ballast water treatment system costs in 2021 of approximately $3.6 million relating to three of the Handysize vessels included in the transaction;
  • Preserve exposure to the upside of the Capesize sector

A breakdown of the vessels included in the deal is below:

Genco is to acquire the following three Ultramax vessels…
Vessel Type DWT Yard Built Year Built
TBR: Genco Vigilant Ultramax 63,671 Jiangsu 2015
TBR: Genco Freedom Ultramax 63,671 Jiangsu 2015
TBR: Genco Magic Ultramax 63,446 Jiangsu 2014
…in exchange for the six Handysize vessels below
Vessel Type DWT Yard Built Year Built
Genco Ocean Handysize 34,409 SPP 2010
Baltic Cove Handysize 34,403 SPP 2010
Genco Avra Handysize 34,391 SPP 2011
Genco Mare Handysize 34,428 SPP 2011
Genco Spirit Handysize 34,432 SPP 2011
Baltic Fox Handysize 31,883 Hakodate 2010

Separate from this vessel swap transaction, we have also agreed to sell two other vessels as part of our fleet renewal plan: the Baltic Cougar, a 2009-built Supramax vessel, for $7.60 million, and the Baltic Hare, a 2009-built Handysize vessel, for $7.75 million.

Following the conclusion of the transactions, Genco will have fully exited the Handysize sector while creating a more focused fleet consisting of Capesize, Ultramax and Supramax tonnage.

Genco’s pro forma fleet will consist of 41 vessels including 17 Capesize, nine Ultramax and 15 Supramax vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 4,422,000 dwt and an average age of 10.0 years.

John C. Wobensmith, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to continue to efficiently execute our fleet renewal strategy, acquiring three modern, fuel-efficient Ultramax vessels, while divesting older, less fuel-efficient tonnage, as we further implement our barbell approach to fleet composition. In one transaction, we were able to expand within a key growth sector for Genco while completing a strategic goal of the Company to exit the ownership of older Handysize tonnage. This transaction further builds scale in our Ultramax and Supramax sector that we believe will seamlessly integrate into our world-class in-house commercial operating platform. Furthermore, the addition of these Ultramax vessels, which will improve the overall age profile, earnings capacity, and carbon footprint of our fleet, complements our strong presence in the Capesize sector, enhancing our ability to take advantage of a favorable drybulk market.”