DryShips shares plunge 32% on news of fourth reverse split this year

DryShips shares plunge 32% on news of fourth reverse split this year

George Economou’s DryShips has announced a 1-for-5 reverse stock split of the company’s shares effective June 22, its fourth reverse split this year.

The news sent DryShips shares plunging to new lows down 32% to $1.19.

Nasdaq-listed DryShips effected a 1-7 reverse split in May, a 1-4 reverse split in April and a 1-8 reverse split in January, with each one sending shares spiralling.

Last month, several US national securities law firms commenced investigations looking into potential securities fraud at the company, focusing on whether DryShips and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose material non-public information. The law firms cite a series of stock sales worth more than $500m in November 2016 and the sale of stock to Kalani Investments, which then sold the stock to “small investors”. 

This latest reverse stock split will reduce the number of issued and outstanding common shares to around 4.8 million shares.

DryShips shares are down over 65% in the last month alone, and have dropped 99.85% since the beginning of the year.

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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