SOURCE: Excel Maritime

August 05, 2009 16:27 ET

Excel Maritime Announces Public Offering of 5,000,000 Shares of Class A Common Stock

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - August 5, 2009) - Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd (the "Company") (NYSE: EXM), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it plans to offer 5,000,000 shares of the Company's Class A common stock ("Class A Shares") in a public offering. As part of the offering, the Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 750,000 Class A Shares to cover over-allotments, if any. The Company expects to use the net offering proceeds for repayment of debt as well as to build up its committed capital expenditure reserve account, which the Company may utilize for future capital expenditure requirements.

The Class A Shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EXM."

The joint book running managers for this offering are Citi, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and UBS Investment Bank.

This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus related to this offering may be obtained from: Citi, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (tel: 1-800-831-9146), Deutsche Bank Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, 100 Plaza One, Jersey City, NJ 07311 (tel: 1-800-503-4611) and UBS Investment Bank, Attention: Prospectus Department, 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171 (tel: 1-888-827-7275).

The registration statement on Form F-3 relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and was declared effective on August 9, 2007. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

ABOUT EXCEL MARITIME CARRIERS LTD

Excel 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. Excel owns a fleet of 40 vessels and, together with 7 Panamax vessels under bareboat charters, operates 47 vessels (5 Capesize, 14 Kamsarmax, 21 Panamax, 2 Supramax and 5 Handymax vessels) with a total carrying capacity of approximately 3.9 million DWT. Excel Class A common shares have been listed since September 15, 2005 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EXM and, prior to that date, were listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) since 1998.

Forward-Looking Statements

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. 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 which 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 the ability to satisfy the closing conditions of the acquisition, changes in the demand for dry bulk 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 SEC. 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

  • Contacts:

    Company:

    Eleftherios Papatrifon
    Chief Financial Officer
    c/o Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd.
    17th Km National Road Athens-Lamia & Finikos Street
    Finikos Street
    145 64 Nea Kifisia
    Athens, Greece
    Tel: 011-30-210-62-09-520
    Fax: 011-30-210-62-09-528
    E-Mail: ir@excelmaritime.com