SOURCE: Excel Maritime

October 10, 2007 12:27 ET

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. Announces Closing of $150 Million Convertible Senior Notes

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - October 10, 2007) - Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. (NYSE: EXM) today announced the closing of its offering of $150,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2027 to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. Excel Maritime recently announced the pricing of $125,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the notes subsequent to which, in connection with the closing, the initial purchaser exercised in full its option to acquire an additional $25,000,000 of the notes to cover over-allotments.

If certain conditions are met, the notes will be convertible into cash, shares of Excel Maritime's Class A common stock or a combination of cash and Class A common stock, at Excel Maritime's option.

The notes will pay interest semiannually at a rate of 1.875% per annum. The notes will be convertible at a base conversion rate of approximately 10.9529 shares of Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes. The initial conversion price is set at $91.30 per share. There is also an incremental share factor of 5.4765 shares of Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes.

The net proceeds to Excel Maritime from the offering were approximately $145.3 million, after deducting the initial purchaser's discount and estimated offering expenses of approximately $4.7 million.

Excel Maritime plans to use the net proceeds from the note offering for general corporate purposes, which may include potential vessel acquisitions and repayment of debt.

This notice does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. Any offers of the securities will be made only by means of a private placement memorandum. The notes and the shares of Excel Maritime's Class A common stock issuable upon conversion have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

About Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd.

The Company is an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, such as iron ore, coal and grains, as well as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. The Company's current fleet consists of 16 vessels (ten Panamax and six Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of 965,249 dwt. In addition, the company has agreed to acquire two Supramax vessels, expected to be delivered to the Company within the fourth quarter 2007. Upon delivery of these vessels the Company will have a fleet of 18 vessels (ten Panamax, two Supramax and six Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of 1,074,022 deadweight tons. The Company was incorporated in 1988 and its common stock had been listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) since 1998. As of September 15, 2005 Excel Maritime is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol EXM. For more information about the Company, please go to our corporate website www.excelmaritime.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements and information included in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Excel Maritime to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include the risk that the notes offering is not timely consummated or is not consummated at all. Additional discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management's projections, estimates and expectations is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and the other documents Excel Maritime files with the SEC from time to time. Excel Maritime undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • Investor Relations / Financial Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue - Suite 1536
    New York, NY 10160, USA
    Tel: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526

    E-Mail: nbornozis@capitallink.com
    www.capitallink.com

    Company:
    Christopher Georgakis
    Chief Executive Officer
    Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd.
    17th Km National Road Athens-Lamia & Finikos Street
    145 64 Nea Kifisia
    Athens, Greece
    Tel: 011-30-210-62-09-520
    Fax: 011-30-210-62-09-528

    E-Mail: info@excelmaritime.com
    www.excelmaritime.com