SOURCE: Euroseas

February 27, 2007 16:40 ET

Euroseas Ltd. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2006

ATHENS, GREECE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 27, 2007 -- Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced its results today for the Fourth Quarter and for the Fiscal Year periods ended December 31, 2006.

Fourth Quarter 2006 Results:

For the fourth quarter 2006, the Company reported total net revenues of $11.9 million and net income of $4.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2006 was $8.1 million. Please see below for Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to net income. In the fourth quarter 2005, net revenues were $9.9 million, net income was $4.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $6.3 million.

Earnings per share, basic and diluted, for the fourth quarter of 2006 were $0.38, calculated on 12,620,148 weighted average number of shares outstanding during this quarter, compared to earnings per share of $0.39 for the fourth quarter of 2005 calculated on 12,260,387 weighted average number of shares outstanding during that quarter. The share count reflects the 1-for-3 reverse stock split of the Company's common stock effected on October 6, 2006.

Full Year 2006 Results:

For the Full Year of 2006, the Company reported total net revenues of $40.3 million and net income of $20.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the period was $29.5 million. Please see below for Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to net income. In the full year of 2005, net revenues were $42.1 million, net income was $25.2 million and EBITDA was $30.4 million.

Earnings per share for the Full Year of 2006, basic and diluted, were $1.60, calculated on 12,535,365 weighted average number of shares outstanding during the year, compared to earnings per share of $2.34 in 2005 calculated on 10,739,476 weighted average number of shares outstanding during 2005. The share count reflects the 1-for-3 reverse stock split of the Company's common stock effected on October 6, 2006.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: "During 2006 and in January 2007, we completed our objectives of becoming a public company, increasing our capitalization and growing our Company with accretive acquisitions in the dry cargo seaborne transportation segments in which we operate. Following our private placement in August 2005 and up to the end of 2006, we purchased 4 vessels with an average age of 15 years for a total of $82.5 million and at the same time we sold our 3 oldest vessels (2 in 2006 and one in early 2007) averaging 26 years realizing a gain of $4.4 in 2006 and an additional gain of $3.4 in 2007. Despite the lower shipping markets for most of 2006 as compared to 2005, we provided our shareholders with consistent dividends while at the same time growing our Company and paying our debt. Our successful follow-on offering, completed in January 2007, provided us with $43 million extra equity with which we will further grow our Company; our stock now trades on the NASDAQ Global Market.

"Furthermore, the acquisition of M/V 'Gregos' in February 2007 continues our investment and fleet expansion program. The addition of this vessel to our fleet helps us capitalize on the strength of the dry bulk markets. As of today, our two handysize drybulk carriers operate in the spot market and benefit from the high charter rates. On the basis of our current fleet, charter contracts and balance sheet, we look forward to continuing growing our fleet in 2007 and beyond."

Tasos Aslidis, Chief Financial Officer of Euroseas commented: "The results of the fourth quarter of 2006 represent our best quarter since the third quarter of 2005. The average vessel daily time charter equivalent rate of our fleet during the fourth quarter of 2006 was $15,774 versus $14,536 during the third quarter of 2006 and $14,996 during the fourth quarter of the 2005. For the full year 2006, our average daily time charter rate was $14,313 versus $17,485 in 2005. Our average daily operating expense per vessel during 2006 (excluding General & Administration expenses) was $4,295 versus $4,061 during 2005. As a result, our dividend for the fourth quarter of 2006 was increased to $0.22 per share.

"Looking into 2007, and, after the acquisition of M/V 'Gregos,' about 67% of our total ship capacity days are fixed under period charters or are protected from market fluctuations earning approximately an average of $18,750 per day per vessel. Our contract coverage gives us a solid revenue base for 2007 and provides us with sufficient cash flow to continue paying out at least our minimum target quarterly dividend of $0.22 per share."

Fleet Developments:

On February 22, 2007, the company took delivery of M/V "Triada" (renamed M/V "Gregos") a handysize drybulk carrier vessel of 38,434 dwt built in 1984. On the same day, the Company delivered to its buyers m/v "Ariel," a drybulk carrier of 33,712 dwt built in 1977, the Company's oldest vessel.

Euroseas has a fleet of 9 vessels, including 2 Panamax drybulk carriers, 2 Handysize drybulk carriers, 1 Intermediate container ship, 1 Handysize container ship, 2 Feeder containerships and a Handysize multipurpose dry cargo vessel. Euroseas' 4 drybulk carrier vessels have a total cargo capacity of 212,186 deadweight tons (dwt), its 4 containerships have a cargo capacity of 6,035 teu and its 1 multipurpose vessel has a cargo capacity of 22,568 dwt or 950 teu.

Quarterly Dividend Declaration:

On January 8, 2007, the Company declared its sixth consecutive dividend of $0.22 per common share payable on February 15, 2007 to all shareholders of record as of January 29, 2007. This follows the Company's dividend declarations of $0.21 per common share on November 9, 2006, of $0.18 per common share on August 7, 2006, of $0.18 per common share on May 9, 2006, of $0.18 per share on February 7, 2006 and of $0.21 per share on November 2, 2005. Since its private placement in August 2005, Euroseas has declared total dividends of $1.18 per share.

Fleet Profile:

The profile and deployment of Euroseas' fleet as of February 27, 2007, is the following:

Name        Type      Dwt     TEU   Year    Employment     TCE Rate
                                    Built                   ($/day)
Dry Bulk Vessels
----------------
IRINI       Panamax   69,734        1988       Baumarine    $17,000 to
                                            Pool–‘til end    $20,000
                                                2008

ARISTIDES   Panamax   69,268        1993    TC ‘til Jan-08  $29,000
 N.P.

NIKOLAOS    Handysize 34,750        1984        Spot        $17,000
 P.

GREGOS      Handysize 38,434        1984        Spot        $18,880
(ex-TRIADA)

Total Dry       4     212,186
 Bulk
 Vessels

Multipurpose Dry
Cargo Vessels
-------------
Tasman Trader   1     22,568  950   1990    TC ‘til     $8,850 ‘til Dec-08,
                                             Mar-12     $9,950 ‘til Dec-10,
                                                        $9,000 ‘til Mar-12

Container Carriers
------------------
ARTEMIS     Inter-    29,693  2,098 1987    TC ‘til Dec-08  $19,000
            mediate

YM          Handy-    23,596  1,599 1993    TC ‘til Jul-09  $26,650
 XINGANG I   size

YM          Feeder    18,253  1,169 1990    TC ‘til Mar-07  $11,900
 QINGDAO I

KUO HSIUNG  Feeder    18,154  1,169 1993    TC ‘til Nov-07  $12,000

Total         4       89,696  6,035
 Container
 Carriers

Fleet Grand   9       324,450 6,985
 Total

Euroseas employs its vessels in the spot and time charter market and through pool arrangements. Presently, one of our panamax bulkers, the M/V "Aristides NP," our four containerships and our multipurpose vessel are employed under time charters. Two of our bulkers are under spot charters while our panamax vessel, M/V "Irini," is employed in the Baumarine pool that is managed by Klaveness, a major global charterer in the dry bulk area, and also participates in three "short" funds (contracts to carry cargo at agreed rates), minimizing its exposure to the spot market (covered at 77% for 2007 and 42% for 2008, approximately).

As of today, about 67% of our capacity days in 2007 and 38% of our 2008 days are fixed under time charter contracts or protected from market fluctuations.

Summary Fleet Data:

                                3 Months   3 Months   Full Year  Full Year
                                  ended      ended      ended      ended
                                December   December   December   December
                                31, 2005   31, 2006   31, 2005   31, 2006
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
FLEET DATA
    Number of vessels                 7.4        8.5        7.1        8.1
    Calendar days                     680        783      2,591      2,942
    Available days                    660        783      2,546      2,895
    Voyage days                       660        780      2,508      2,864
    Utilization Rate                100.0%      99.6%      98.5%      98.9%

AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS (usd/day)
    Average TCE rate               14,996     15,774     17,485     14,313
    Running Cost                    3,364      3,536      3,323      3,524
    Management Fee                    708        796        738        770
    G&A Expenses                      426        407        162        366
    Total Operating Expenses        4,498      4,739      4,223      4,660
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted our fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of calendar days each vessel was a part of our fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.

(2) Calendar days. We define calendar days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession including off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys. Calendar days are an indicator of the size of our fleet over a period and affect both the amount of revenues and the amount of expenses that we record during that period.

(3) Available days. We define available days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession net of off-hire days associated with scheduled repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels were available to generate revenues.

(4) Voyage days. We define voyage days as the total number of days in a period during which each vessel in our fleet was in our possession net of off-hire days associated with scheduled and unscheduled repairs, drydockings or special or intermediate surveys or days waiting to find employment or other offhire. The shipping industry uses voyage days to measure the number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues.

(5) Fleet utilization. We calculate fleet utilization by dividing the number of our voyage days during a period by the number of our available days during that period. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to measure a company's efficiency in finding suitable employment for its vessels and minimizing the amount of days that its vessels are off-hire for reasons such as unscheduled repairs or days waiting to find employment.

(6) Time charter equivalent, or TCE, is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. Our method of calculating TCE is consistent with industry standards and is determined by dividing revenue generated from voyage charters net of voyage expenses by available days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. TCE is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot voyage charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which the vessels may be employed between the periods.

(7) Daily vessel operating expenses, which includes crew costs, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.

(8) Daily general and administrative expense is calculated by dividing general and administrative expense by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.

(9) Total vessel operating expenses, or TVOE, is a measure of our total expenses associated with operating our vessels. TVOE is the sum of vessel operating expenses and general and administrative expenses. Daily TVOE is calculated by dividing TVOE by fleet calendar days for the relevant time period.

Conference Call and Webcast:

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. EST, Euroseas' management will host a conference call to discuss the results.

Conference Call details:

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 866 819 7111 (from the US), 0800 953 0329 (from the UK) or +44 (0)1452 542 301 (international standard dial in). Please quote "Euroseas."

In case of any problems with the above numbers, please dial 1 866 869 2352 (from the US), 0800 694 1449 (from the UK) or +44 (0)1452 560 304 (international standard dial in). Quote "Euroseas."

A recording of the conference call will be available until March 7, 2007 by dialing 1 866 247 4222 (from the US), 0800 953 1533 (from the UK) or +44 (0)1452 550 000 (international standard dial in). Access Code: 6973591#

Audio webcast - Slides Presentation:

There will be a live and then archived audio webcast of the conference call, via the internet through the Euroseas website (www.euroseas.gr). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

A slides presentation on the fourth Quarter 2006 Results in PDF format will also be available 30 minutes prior to the conference call and webcast accessible on the company's website (www.euroseas.gr) on the webcast page. Participants to the webcast can download the PDF presentation.

                              Euroseas Ltd.
                Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income
      (All amounts expressed in U.S. Dollars - except share amounts)


                       Three Months Three Months   Full Year    Full Year
                           Ended        Ended        Ended        Ended
                        December 31  December 31  December 31  December 31
                            2005         2006         2005         2006
                         (unaudited)  (unaudited)  (unaudited)  (unaudited)
Revenues
  Voyage revenue         10,431,896   12,441,416   44,523,401   42,143,361
  Commissions              (540,449)    (549,129)  (2,388,349)  (1,829,534)
Net revenues              9,891,447   11,892,287   42,135,052   40,313,827

Operating expenses
  Voyage expenses           534,327      140,355      670,551    1,154,738
  Vessel operating
   expenses               2,287,602    2,768,869    8,610,279   10,368,817
  Management fees           481,392      623,447    1,911,856    2,266,589
General &
 Administrative
 Expenses                   289,891      318,603      420,755    1,076,884
Amortization and
 depreciation             1,401,904    2,303,081    4,208,252    7,292,838
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total operating
 expenses                 4,995,116    6,154,355   15,821,693   22,159,866

Gain from vessel sale             0            0            0    4,445,856
Operating income          4,896,331    5,737,932   26,313,359   22,599,817
Other income/(expenses)
 Interest and finance
  cost                     (386,609)  (1,139,908)  (1,495,871)  (3,398,858)
  Trading derivative gain         0            0     (100,029)           0
   Foreign exchange
    (loss)/gain                  (1)        (534)         538       (1,598)
     Interest income        211,757      149,495      460,457      870,046
  Other expenses, net      (174,853)    (990,947)  (1,134,905)  (2,530,410)

Net income for the
 period                   4,721,478    4,746,985   25,178,454   20,069,407
Earings per share -
 basic and diluted             0.39         0.38         2.34         1.60
Weighted average number
 of shares outstanding
 during period - basic
 and diluted             12,260,387   12,620,148   10,739,476   12,535,365
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
EBITDA Reconciliation:

Euroseas Ltd. considers Adjusted EBITDA to represent net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and gains (or losses) from sale of vessels. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which we assess our performance and because we believe that it presents useful information to investors. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as that used by other companies in the shipping or other industries.

                              Euroseas Ltd.
              Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
                  (All amounts expressed in U.S. Dollars)
                                (unaudited)

                     Three Months  Three Months   Full Year     Full Year
                         Ended         Ended        Ended         Ended
                     December 31,  December 31,  December 31,  December 31,
                          2005          2006          2005          2006

Net income              4,721,478    4,746,985     25,178,454   20,069,407
Interest and
 finance costs, net
 (incl. Interest
 Income)                  174,852      990,413      1,035,414    2,528,812
Depreciation and
 amortization           1,401,904    2,303,081      4,208,252    7,292,838
Amortization of
 Fair value of the
 above market time
 charter acquired               -      380,003              -      380,003
Amortization of
 Fair value of the
 below market time
 charter acquired               -     (361,566)             -     (731,372)

Adjusted EBITDA         6,298,234    8,058,916     30,422,120   29,539,688
About Euroseas Ltd.

Euroseas Ltd. was formed on 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 trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker (ESEA); until January 29, 2007 it traded under the ticker symbol (OTCBB: EUSEF), and, until October 5, 2006 it traded under the ticker symbol (OTCBB: ESEAF).

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.

The Company has a fleet of 9 vessels, including 2 Panamax drybulk carriers, 2 Handysize drybulk carriers, 1 Intermediate container ship, 1 Handysize container ship, 2 Feeder container ships and a multipurpose dry cargo vessel. Euroseas' 4 drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 212,186 dwt, its 4 container ships have a cargo capacity of 6,035 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 carriers, container ships and multipurpose vessels, 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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