SOURCE: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

September 14, 2011 09:00 ET

Star Bulk Announces the Date of Its 2011 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and the Internet Availability of Its 2010 Annual Report on Form 20-F and Its Proxy Materials

ATHENS, GREECE--(Marketwire - Sep 14, 2011) - Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the "Company" or "Star Bulk") (NASDAQ: SBLK), a global shipping company focusing on transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced today that it plans to hold its 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting") at the Radisson Blu Hotel located at Zurich Airport 8058 Zurich, Switzerland on October 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. local time. The Company's board of directors has fixed the close of business on August 23, 2011 as the record date for the determination of the Company's shareholders entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

The Company's Notice of the Meeting and Proxy Statement were mailed to the Company's shareholders on or about September 9, 2011. These materials and the Company's annual report on Form 20-F that contains the Company's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 (the "Annual Report") may be found on the Company's website at www.starbulk.com. Shareholders may also (i) access the Annual Report, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") on March 31, 2011, on the Commission's website at www.sec.gov or (ii) receive a hard copy of the Annual Report free of charge upon written request to the Company.

About Star Bulk

Star Bulk is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Star Bulk's vessels transport major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain and minor bulks such as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Star Bulk was incorporated in the Marshall Islands on December 13, 2006 and maintains executive offices in Athens, Greece. Its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "SBLK." Currently, Star Bulk's fleet consists of fifteen dry bulk carriers, including seven Capesize vessels, eight Supramax vessels and definitive agreements for the construction of one Capesize vessel. The fleet has a combined cargo carrying capacity of 1,626,399 dwt and a dwt-weighted average age of approximately 11 years.

Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The 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. Forward-looking statements 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 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. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, examination by the Company's management of historical operating trends, data contained in its records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes 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 the Company's control, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in the Company's 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 fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in the Company's operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for the Company's vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.

Contact Information

  • Contacts :

    Company:
    Simos Spyrou
    CFO
    Star Bulk Carriers Corp.
    c/o Star Bulk Management Inc.
    40 Ag. Konstantinou Str.
    Maroussi 15124
    Athens, Greece
    www.starbulk.com

    Investor Relations / Financial Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    President
    Capital Link, Inc.
    230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
    New York, NY 10169
    Tel. (212) 661-7566
    E-mail: starbulk@capitallink.com
    www.capitallink.com