SOURCE: Safe Bulkers, Inc.

Safe Bulkers, Inc.

November 18, 2013 16:24 ET

Safe Bulkers, Inc. Announces Closing of Its Public Offering of Common Stock

Underwriters Fully Exercise Overallotment Option

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today the closing of its previously announced public offering (the "Public Offering") of 5,000,000 shares of common stock, and the exercise by the underwriters in full of their option to purchase 750,000 additional shares of common stock, in each case at a price of $7.43 per share. The sale of the overallotment shares was also completed today. The gross proceeds from the Public Offering including the sale of the overallotment shares, before the underwriting discount and other offering expenses, were approximately $42.7 million.

Concurrently with the Public Offering, the Company also sold through a private placement 1,000,000 shares of its common stock to Bellapais Maritime Inc., an entity associated with its chief executive officer, Polys Hajioannou, at the public offering price (the "Private Placement").

The gross total proceeds from the Public Offering, including the sale of the overallotment shares, and the concurrent Private Placement, were approximately $50.2 million.

The Company plans to use such proceeds for vessel acquisitions, capital expenditures and for other general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of indebtedness.

Morgan Stanley and Evercore acted as book-running managers of the Public Offering, which is being made under an effective shelf registration statement.

The final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the Public Offering have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and are available at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the Public Offering may also be obtained from Morgan Stanley, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, telephone: 1-866-718-1649, Attn: Prospectus Department, email: prospectus@morganstanley.com, or Evercore, 55 East 52nd Street, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10055, Attn: Evercore Prospectus Department - Equity Capital Markets, email: ecm@evercore.com.

About Safe Bulkers, Inc.

The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world's largest users of marine drybulk transportation services. The Company's common stock is listed on the NYSE, where it trades under the symbol "SB". The Company's current fleet consists of 28 drybulk vessels, all built 2003 onwards, and the Company has contracted to acquire ten additional drybulk newbuild vessels to be delivered at various times through 2016.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933, as amended, and in Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events, 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 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, changes in the demand for drybulk 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 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

  • For further information please contact:
    Company Contact:
    Dr. Loukas Barmparis
    President
    Safe Bulkers, Inc.
    Athens, Greece
    Tel.: +30 2 111 888 400
    Fax: +30 2 111 878 500
    E-Mail: directors@safebulkers.com

    Investor Relations / Media Contact:
    Matthew Abenante
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
    New York, N.Y. 10169
    Tel.: (212) 661-7566
    Fax: (212) 661-7526
    E-Mail: safebulkers@capitallink.com