Paragon Shipping Announces That It Has Entered Into An Agreement With Commerzbank
ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN) ("Paragon Shipping" or the "Company"), announced today that it has entered into a binding agreement with Commerzbank AG, subject to certain conditions and final documentation, to amend terms in its loan agreement dated August 12, 2011.
More specifically, the Company has obtained waivers and Commerzbank has agreed to the relaxation of several financial and security coverage ratio covenants, and to the deferral of a portion of its scheduled quarterly installments. This agreement is subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions similar in nature to our agreements with other lenders of the Company announced by the Company on December 12, 2012, and includes the execution of documentation.
Commenting on the agreement, Michael Bodouroglou, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, "We are happy to announce an agreement with our largest lender, Commerzbank, as we work towards a common goal of ensuring the Company's continued stability. We believe we will enter into agreements with our remaining two lenders in due course."
About Paragon Shipping Inc.
Paragon Shipping is a Marshall Islands-based international shipping company with executive offices in Athens, Greece, specializing in the transportation of drybulk cargoes. The Company's current fleet consists of twelve drybulk vessels with a total carrying capacity of 779,270 dwt. In addition, the Company's current newbuilding program consists of two Handysize drybulk carriers that are scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and two 4,800 TEU containerships that are scheduled to be delivered in 2014. Paragon Shipping has granted Box Ships Inc., an affiliated company, the option to acquire its two containerships under construction. For more information, visit: www.paragonship.com. The information contained on the Company's website does not constitute part of this press release.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for drybulk shipping capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors, as well as other risks that have been included in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available at www.sec.gov.
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