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George Economou’s DryShips has closed a previously announced $200m refinancing deal with Sifnos Shareholders, an entity controlled by Economou, and announced its intention to begin hunting for acquisitions.

Following the closing of the deal, DryShips is sitting on cash reserves of $76.8m and has a further $79m available as part of the revolver loan facility, giving it a substantial war chest for acquisitions.

Economou commented: “We are pleased to have now completed the restoration of our balance sheet. With total available liquidity of $155.8 million we are now ready to begin looking at acquisition opportunities in all of the shipping sectors including drybulk vessels, tankers, and gas carriers, as the opportunities arise.”

New DryShips CFO Anthony Kandylidis promised the deal will “make Dryships great again” when it was announced last month.

The company has since sealed an agreement with Kalani Investments where it may sell up to $200m of its common stock to Kalani over a period of 24 months.

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Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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1 Comment

  1. Geroge Best
    January 4, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Why would you not write what will happen when even 1 million new shares are issued with under 2mill outstanding?
    The answer is the share price goes down. What about when they issue 20mill shares or potentially 40million?
    The answer is its not even worth the paper you get your stock certificate printed on.

    Anyone reading thinking about investing in DRY sh*ts. Read about George Economou what he is doing is criminal