SOURCE: Britannia Bulk Holdings Inc.

October 29, 2008 08:50 ET

Britannia Bulk Holdings Inc. Provides Additional Financial Update

LONDON--(Marketwire - October 29, 2008) - Britannia Bulk Holdings Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: DWT), an international provider of dry bulk shipping and maritime logistics services with a focus on transporting dry bulk commodities in and out of the Baltic region, today announced that, following the Company's press release of October 28, 2008, the lenders under the US $170.00 million term loan facility (the "Facility") of Britannia Bulk Plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the "Borrower"), have provided notice to the Borrower of the acceleration of all of its obligations under the Facility and the set off of the Borrower's cash accounts on deposit with one of the lenders. The Company has guaranteed the Borrower's obligations under the Facility. The acceleration notice alleges that certain events of default under the Facility have occurred, including material adverse changes in the Borrower's financial condition, and demands immediate repayment of the loan, accrued interest thereon and other amounts due thereon, aggregating approximately US $158.7 million without taking into account the set off of the Borrower's cash accounts.

Following further discussion with the Company, the lenders have advised the Company that they are prepared, subject to certain conditions, to make funds available to ensure that the vessels securing the Facility continue to operate normally and meet their commitments. Such understanding is in the context of ongoing negotiations with the lenders regarding a sale of certain of the Company's assets, which, if consummated, is not expected to result in any return to the Company's common shareholders.

ABOUT BRITANNIA BULK HOLDINGS INC.

Britannia Bulk Holdings Inc. is an international provider of drybulk shipping and maritime logistics services with a focus on transporting drybulk commodities in and out of the Baltic region. The current owned fleet consists of 22 vessels, including 13 drybulk vessels, five of which are ice-class, five ocean going ice-class barges, and four ice-class tugs. The Company also charters-in additional vessels to increase its overall deadweight tonnage capacity and enhance its service to its customers. As at June 30, 2008, the number of chartered-in drybulk vessels under the Company's control was 53, 9 of which were ice-class.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as expects, intends, plans, believes, anticipates, hopes, estimates, and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for dry bulk vessels and container ships, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company 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 the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Fariyal Khanbabi
    Chief Financial Officer
    Tel. +44 (0)20 7264 4900

    Investor Relations / Media:
    Paul Lampoutis
    Vice President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    Tel. (212) 661-7566
    E-mail: britanniabulk@capitallink.com