SOURCE: Euroseas

February 05, 2007 16:10 ET

Euroseas Ltd. Announces Closing of Public Offering and Underwriters' Exercise of Option to Purchase Additional Shares

MAROUSSI, ATHENS, GREECE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk carriers and container vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced today the simultaneous closing of its 5,000,000 share follow-on public offering and the full exercise of the underwriters' over-allotment option to purchase an additional 750,000 shares at a price of $8.25 per share. Net proceeds to Euroseas after underwriting discounts and estimated offering expenses were approximately $43.1 million. Euroseas shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "ESEA."

As previously announced, the Company intends to use $7.0 million of the net proceeds to repay a portion of the debt that was used to acquire m/v "YM Xingang I," with the remaining proceeds being used to acquire additional vessels in the drybulk and container sectors. Oppenheimer & Co. acted as the lead manager in the offering and Ferris, Baker Watts, Incorporated, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Fortis Securities LLC acted as co-managers.

A registration statement relating to these securities was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 30, 2007. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The common stock offering may be made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., 125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004.

About Euroseas Ltd.

Euroseas Ltd. was formed in May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 136 years. Euroseas common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market where it trades under the ticker ESEA; until January 30, 2007 it traded under the previous ticker symbol (OTCBB: EUSEF).

Euroseas operates in the dry cargo, drybulk and container shipping markets. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2000 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements.

Following the sale of the M/V "Ariel" (expected to be delivered to its buyers on or about February 15, 2007), the Company will have a fleet of 8 vessels, including 2 Panamax drybulk carriers, 1 Handysize drybulk carrier, 1 Intermediate container ship, 1 Handysize container ship, 2 Feeder container ships and a multipurpose dry cargo vessel. Euroseas' 3 drybulk carriers will have a total cargo capacity of 173,752 dwt, its 4 container ships have a cargo capacity of 6,235 teu and its 1 multipurpose vessel has a cargo capacity of 22,568 dwt or 950 teu.

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 or 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.

Contact Information

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    Company Contact
    Tasos Aslidis
    Chief Financial Officer
    Euroseas Ltd.
    2693 Fair View Drive
    Mountainside, NJ 07092
    Tel. (908) 301-9091
    E-mail: aha@euroseas.gr

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