NewLead Holdings Ltd. Announces Coal Supply and Delivery Contract Expected to Generate $148.0 million of Revenue and Extension of Previously Announced Mine Acquisition Agreements

PIRAEUS, Greece, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NewLead Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NEWL) ("NewLead") today announced that the Company has signed an agreement to supply and deliver 1.48 million metric tons of steam coal to a third party buyer. The contract is expected to generate approximately $148.0 million in revenue over the period of the contract. NewLead also announced that the Company has entered into an agreement to extend previously announced mine acquisition agreements.

Coal Supply and Delivery Contract

The contract provides for the sale of 130,000 metric tons of coal, commencing in March 2013, followed by 150,000 metric tons per month beginning in April 2013 until the end of 2013. All tonnage is subject to a variation of 10%. The price was established based on the prevailing market price for steam coal at the time the contract was entered into. Loading of the steam coal is expected to commence by the end of March 2013. Delivery of the coal will be completed by NewLead's fleet, whether by existing vessels or newly chartered-in from the market.

Michael Zolotas, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, stated, "We are integrating our commodity and transport operations. We secured a contract not only to profitably supply steam coal, but to also profitably transport this coal to our buyer, a creditworthy counterparty. Our vertically integrated operation provides various profitable sectors and, we believe, an advantage over other competitors."

Extension of Mine Acquisition Agreements

The Company also announced that it entered into an agreement to extend the date until March 5, 2013, by which the Company must acquire title and mineral excavation rights to 5,000 acres of land in Kentucky and ownership and leasehold interests in 18,335 acres in Tennessee. The extension was required to accommodate the needs of the sources of financing for these mines. However, there is no assurance that the acquisitions will be consummated by March 5, 2013 or at all.

About NewLead Holdings Ltd.

NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international, vertically integrated shipping and commodity 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 www.newleadholdings.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release includes assumptions, expectations, projections, intentions and beliefs about future events. These statements, as well as words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "plan," and "expect," are intended to be ''forward-looking" statements. We caution that assumptions, expectations, projections, intentions and beliefs about future events may vary from actual results and the differences can be material. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, such matters as the creditworthiness of our counterparties, the reliability of the reserve reports, our ability to extract or acquire coal to fulfil contracts, the consummation of conditional contracts, future operating or financial 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 
Email: egerouki@newleadholdings.com

 

SOURCE NewLead Holdings Ltd.



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