Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Closing of US$80.5 Million Public Offering

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Closing of US$80.5 Million Public Offering

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today closed its previously announced underwritten public offering of a total of 20,125,000 common shares, par value US$0.01 per share, at a price of US$4.00 per share, including the full exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters to purchase up to 2,625,000 additional common shares. Following this offering, the Company has 106,131,017 common shares outstanding, par value US$0.01 per share.

As part of the offering, entities affiliated with Simeon Palios, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, executive officers and certain directors, purchased an aggregate of 5,500,000 common shares at the public offering price.

The gross proceeds from the offering before underwriting discounts and other offering expenses were US$80.5 million.

Substantially all of the net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used to fund the acquisition costs of additional dry bulk vessels, including two 2013-built Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels that the Company has agreed to purchase from unaffiliated third parties and one 2013-built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel that the Company has agreed to purchase from an unaffiliated third party. The Company also announced today that approval by the Board of Directors of the Company, previously announced as a condition to the acquisition of the three vessels, has been received. Any net proceeds from the offering not used for the vessel acquisitions will be used for general corporate purposes.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc. acted as joint book-running managers in the offering and BNP Paribas Securities Corp. acted as co-lead manager.
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The offering was made pursuant to a registration statement previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The final prospectus supplement relating to the offering and the accompanying base prospectus has been filed with the SEC and is available at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may also be obtained from Wells Fargo Securities, Attention: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, New York, 10152, at (800) 326-5897 or email a request to cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com or Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc., 280 Park Avenue, 21st floor, New York, NY 10019, (or by phone at (212) 317-7080, or by e-mail at prospectuses@clarksons.com).

About the Company

Diana Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of dry bulk vessels. The Company’s vessels are employed primarily on medium to long-term charters and transport a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes. Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 48 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 4 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax). The Company also expects to take delivery of two 2013-built Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels and one 2013-built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during June 2017. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet, excluding the three vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 5.7 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.9 years. A table describing the current Diana Shipping Inc. fleet can be found on the Company’s website, www.dianashippinginc.com. Information contained on the Company’s website does not constitute a part of this press release.
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