SOURCE: DryShips Inc.

DryShips Inc.

August 29, 2011 00:05 ET

DryShips Inc. Announces Exchange Offer of Common Shares by Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) (the "Company" or "DryShips"), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the commencement of an offer by its majority-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW ("Ocean Rig"), to exchange up to 28,571,428 new shares of Ocean Rig common stock (the "Exchange Shares") that have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") for an equivalent number of common shares of Ocean Rig previously sold in a private offering in December 2010 (the "Original Shares"). The exchange offer is being conducted upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the prospectus dated August 26, 2011, and the related letter of transmittal. The Exchange Shares are identical to the Original Shares, except that the Exchange Shares have been registered under the Securities Act and, therefore, will not bear legends restricting their transfer.

The exchange offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, 11:00 p.m., Oslo time, on September 27, 2011, unless extended by the Company. Tenders of the Original Shares must be properly made before the exchange offer expires and may be withdrawn at any time before the expiration of the exchange offer.

This release is does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, securities. The exchange offer is being made only pursuant to a prospectus and the related letter of transmittal and only to such persons and in such jurisdictions as is permitted under applicable law.

About DryShips
DryShips Inc. is an owner of drybulk carriers and tankers that operate worldwide. Through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., DryShips owns and operates 9 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 7 ultra deepwater drillships, 4 of which remain to be delivered to Ocean Rig during 2011 and 2013. DryShips owns a fleet of 36 drybulk carriers (including newbuildings), comprising 8 Capesize, 26 Panamax and 2 Supramax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 3.4 million tons, and 12 tankers (including newbuildings), comprising 6 Suezmax and 6 Aframax, with a combined deadweight tonnage of over 1.6 million tons.

DryShips' common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market where it trades under the symbol "DRYS."

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Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. The U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation.

Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The words "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charterhire and drilling dayrates and drybulk vessel, drilling rig and drillship values, failure of a seller to deliver one or more drilling rigs, drillships or drybulk vessels, failure of a buyer to accept delivery of a drilling rig, drillship, or vessel, inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more charterers of our ships, changes in demand for drybulk commodities or oil, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers and customer drilling programs, scheduled and unscheduled drydockings and upgrades, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by DryShips with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

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