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Performance Shipping CEO Andreas Michalopoulos expects spot charter rates to gradually recover over the successive quarters of 2021

Andreas Michalopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Performance Shipping

Performance Shipping, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tanker vessels, today reported net loss and net loss from continuing and discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders of $2.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to net income and net income from continuing and discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders of $1.3 million and $2.8 million, respectively, for the same period in 2020.  Loss per share for the first quarter of 2021 was $0.57, while earnings per share for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.60 (basic) and $0.58 (diluted).

Voyage and time charter revenues from continuing and discontinued operations were $8.4 million ($3.5 million net of voyage expenses) for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $13.5 million ($9.2 million net of voyage expenses) for the same period in 2020. This decrease was mainly attributable to the decreased time-charter equivalent rates (TCE rates) achieved during the quarter as a result of the depressed market conditions. Fleetwide, the average time charter equivalent rate for the first quarter of 2021 was $7,691, compared with an average rate of $21,386 for the same period in 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, net cash used in operating activities of continuing and discontinued operations was $1.4 million, compared with net cash provided by operating activities of continuing and discontinued operations of $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2020.

Commenting on the results of the first quarter of 2021, Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“Spot charter rates during the first quarter of 2021 remained at very low levels, as a result of a combination of weak consumer and industrial demand coupled with low crude oil and refined petroleum products production. Therefore, in accordance with our dividend policy, we will not declare and pay a dividend for our Q1 2021 results from operations. We expect spot charter rates, which continue to be at very low levels, to gradually recover over the successive quarters of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and demand for crude oil and refined petroleum products recovers. During the first quarter of 2021, we became a signatory of the Neptune Declaration and the UN Global Compact, and released our inaugural sustainability report, which can be found on our website. We remain keenly focused on our ESG efforts, which are an integral part of who we are, as we firmly believe they will meaningfully contribute to a better future for everyone”.