SOURCE: TBS INTERNATIONAL PLC

TBS International plc

November 08, 2010 16:05 ET

TBS International plc Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months 2010 Financial Results

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - November 8, 2010) - TBS International plc (NASDAQ: TBSI) announced today its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Three and Nine Months 2010 Highlights:

Metric                       Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                               September 30,            September 30,
                                2010       2009          2010       2009
Revenue (thousands)         $   99,754  $   74,332  $  311,063  $  217,726
Net (Loss) attributable to
 TBS International plc
 (thousands)                $  (10,355) $  (18,139) $  (27,876) $  (56,340)
Net (Loss) per ordinary
 share (basic and diluted)  $    (0.34) $    (0.61) $    (0.92) $    (1.89)
Weighted average ordinary
 shares outstanding (basic
 and diluted)               30,519,326  29,863,460  30,139,778  29,836,239
EBITDA (thousands) (1)      $   21,887  $   10,464  $   67,353  $   26,486
Drydock Days                       155         191         338         481


Freight Voyages
---------------
Average Daily Voyage TCE    $    13,383 $    12,296 $    14,052 $    11,726
Freight Voyage Days               3,024       2,630       8,384       8,728
Revenue tons carried for
 all cargoes  (thousands)         2,540       2,098       7,588       6,694
Average Freight Rate for
 all cargoes                $     29.60 $     27.25 $     29.02 $     27.10
Average Freight Rate
 excluding Aggregates       $     53.64 $     46.81 $     54.41 $     43.75


Time  Charter  out  Voyages
---------------------------
Average Daily Time Charter
 TCE                        $    17,260 $    11,048 $    17,498 $     9,255
Time Charter Days                 1,262       1,384       4,437       3,411


(1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP
    Reconciliations-EBITDA" following the financial statements included in
    this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Loss.

Management Commentary:

Joseph E. Royce, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President stated: "The TBS results for the third quarter 2010 reflect the continuing downward pressure on dry cargo freight rates that began in May, as evidenced by the Baltic Dry Indices, particularly the Indices for handysize and handymax vessels.

"We are concentrating on sustaining cargo volumes and seeking to increase market share, despite the lower freights rates, and we continue to employ our Five Star Service to retain our competitive advantage."

Ferdinand V. Lepere, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented: "As already announced on October 1, 2010, we have entered into forbearance agreements with our lenders expiring on November 14, 2010. As a result, during this 45-day period, we will not be making the principal payments due on such facilities. Our lenders have agreed to forbear from exercising their rights and remedies that arise from the failure to make these principal payments when due. We are in discussions with our banks to restructure the repayment terms of certain facilities and modify our loan covenants. The long-term portion of our outstanding debt as of September 30, 2010 is classified as current debt in our balance sheet. During this forbearance period, we have continued to operate our business as usual, including paying our vendors and paying interest on our debt.

"At September 30, 2010, our net debt to capitalization ratio was 37.8%. Our cash balance at the end of September 30, 2010 was approximately $15.9 million, excluding $6.6 million of restricted cash to be used to fund payments for our newbuilding program. During the nine months ended September 30, 2010, we made scheduled debt repayments in the amount of $48.0 million.

"Our newbuilding program for the six Roymar Class multipurpose tweendeckers is progressing well, and we expect bank financing with The Royal Bank of Scotland to be available for them. We took delivery of our first three vessels in September 2009, March 2010 and September 2010. The three remaining vessels are expected to be delivered in each of the first three quarters of 2011.

"In the third quarter of 2010, we continued our drydocking program and drydocked five vessels for a total of 155 drydocking days."

Results for the Three Months ended September 30, 2010:

For the third quarter ended September 30, 2010, total revenues were $99.8 million, an increase of 34.3% compared to total revenues of $74.3 million for the same period in 2009. Net loss for the third quarter 2010 was $10.4 million, after loss attributable to the non-controlling interests, which is an improvement of 42.5% compared to an $18.1 million loss for the same period in 2009. Loss per ordinary share on a basic and diluted basis were $0.34 in the third quarter of 2010, calculated based on 30,519,326 shares, compared to a loss of $0.61 per share for the third quarter of 2009, calculated based on 29,863,460 shares.

EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, increased to $21.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 from $10.5 million in 2009. Please see "Non-GAAP Reconciliations - EBITDA" following the financial statements in this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA to net (loss).

Revenues:

Total revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $99.8 million which includes voyage revenues of $75.2 million, time charter revenues of $22.7 million and logistics and other revenues of $1.9 million.

An average of 47 vessels (excluding off-hire) were operated during the third quarter 2010 compared to 44 vessels (excluding off-hire) during the same period in 2009.

Voyage Revenues:

Voyage revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 were $75.2 million, an increase of $18.0 million or 31.5% from $57.2 million for the same period in 2009. The increase in voyage revenue is primarily attributable to the increase in freight rates and revenue tons carried.

Total cargo volume (including aggregates) increased by 442,000 tons or 21.1% to 2,540,000 tons for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, from 2,098,000 tons for the same period in 2009. This increase is mainly attributable to the increase in aggregate revenue tons transported. Non-aggregate revenue tons carried increased by 133,000 tons for third quarter 2010 primarily due to higher steel and metal concentrate cargoes, whereas aggregate revenue tons carried increased by 309,000 tons for third quarter 2010 as compared to third quarter 2009. Freight rates excluding aggregates increased by $6.83 per ton or 14.6% to $53.64 per ton for quarter ended September 30, 2010 from $46.81 per ton during the same period in 2009 and a decrease of 5% from $56.46 per ton for the second quarter 2010.

Average Daily Voyage Time Charter Equivalent, which is an industry standard metric reflecting the daily net earnings of a voyage after deducting all voyage expenses from voyage revenues, was $13,383 per day for the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 8.8% from $12,296 per day during the third quarter of 2009 and a decrease of 7.5% from $14,463 per day during the second quarter of 2010.

Time Charter Revenues:

Time charter revenues increased by $6.7 million or 41.9% to $22.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 from $16.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The increase was primarily due to higher average charter hire rates.

Average Daily Time Charter Equivalent, which is an industry standard metric reflecting time charter-out revenues during the period reduced by commissions, was $17,260 per day for the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 56.2% from $11,048 per day during the same period in 2009 and a decrease of 6.9% from $18,532 per day during the second quarter of 2010.

Expenses:

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 increased by $16.5 million or 18.8% to $104.1 million from $87.6 million for the same period in 2009.

Voyage expenses, which include fuel costs, commissions, port call charges and stevedoring, increased by $9.3 million or 36.6% to $34.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. The rise was primarily due to increases in fuel, commission, stevedore and other cargo-related expenses. Fuel expenses increased as a result of increased average fuel costs, and commission expenses increased due to a rise in freight and time charter revenues.

Vessel expenses, which consist of operating expenses relating to owned and controlled vessels, such as crewing, stores, repairs and maintenance, insurance and charter hire fees for vessels that are chartered-in, increased by $2.6 million or 9.1% to $31.1 million for the third quarter 2010 as compared to $28.5 million for the third quarter of 2009. The increase in vessel operating expense was mainly due to the inclusion of Log-Star's results and higher crew related expenses.

General and administrative expenses increased by $2.1 million or 23.1% to $11.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, primarily due to the inclusion of Log-Star's results and an increase in salary and related expenses.

Operating expenses for the third quarter 2010 also includes an expense of $1.3 million related to TBS Logistics Incorporated, our cargo and transport management subsidiary.

Results for the Nine Months ended September 30, 2010:

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, total revenues were $311.1 million, an increase of 42.9% compared to the $217.7 million for the same period 2009. Net loss for the nine months 2010 was $27.9 million, after loss attributable to the non-controlling interests, which is an improvement of 50.4% compared to a loss of $56.3 million for the same period in 2009. Loss per ordinary share on a basic and diluted basis were $0.92 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, calculated based on 30,139,778 shares, compared to a loss of $1.89 per share for the same period in 2009, calculated based on 29,836,239 shares. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 reflects a $5.2 million loss on the sale of the M/V Savannah Belle and a $5.9 million expense for non-cash equity compensation.

EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, increased by 154.3% to $67.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 from $26.5 million in 2009. Please see "Non-GAAP Reconciliations - EBITDA" following the financial statements included in this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA to net income.

An average of 47 vessels (excluding off-hire) were operated during the nine months 2010 compared to 44 vessels (excluding off-hire) during the same period of 2009.

Total revenues of $311.1 million for the nine months 2010, which includes voyage revenues of $220.2 million, time charter revenues of $83.2 million and logistic and other revenues of $7.7 million.

Fleet Development:

On September 2, 2010, TBS took delivery of the M/V Montauk Maiden, the third in the series of six "Roymar Class", 34,000 dwt multipurpose tweendecker newbuilding vessels that the Company has ordered from China Communications Construction Company/ Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd. for a purchase price of $35.4 million each.

With the delivery of this vessel, TBS' operational fleet expanded to 49 vessels with an aggregate of 1.48 million dwt, consisting of 27 tweendeckers and 22 handymax/ handysize bulk carriers.

Fleet Expansion and Newbuilding Program:

The TBS Newbuilding Program to construct six Roymar Class multipurpose vessels with retractable tweendecks proceeded with the delivery of three vessels: the first in September 2009, the second in March 2010 and the third in September 2010. The Company expects to take delivery of the three remaining vessels in each of the first three quarters of 2011.

Each of these vessels has box-shaped holds, open hatches and fully retractable hydraulic tweendecks and is geared with 35-and 40-ton cranes combinable up to 80 tons. Each will also have a modern fuel-efficient engine enabling the vessel to operate effectively at 15 knots.

TBS previously entered into a $150 million term loan credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders led by The Royal Bank of Scotland to finance the building and purchase of these six new multipurpose vessels. As of September 30, 2010, the Company has made cumulative payments of $77 million to the Shipyard towards the purchase of the three remaining vessels.

Drydock Program and Vessel Upgrade Program:

For 2010, TBS plans to drydock 16 vessels for approximately 425 drydocking days with a steel renewal of about 1,666 metric tons at a total cost of approximately $16.2 million. This includes two vessels that entered into drydocking during the fourth quarter of 2009.

During the first quarter of 2010, TBS had two vessels that continued in drydock from the fourth quarter of 2009 for 28 days. In addition, two vessels entered into drydock for 45 days, requiring about 100 metric tons of steel. During the second quarter of 2010, five vessels entered into drydock for 85 days, requiring about 481 metric tons of steel. In the third quarter of 2010, TBS drydocked three vessels for 124 days, requiring about 400 metric tons of steel. In addition, two vessels that had entered drydock in the second quarter continued their drydocking for 31 days in this quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2010, TBS plans to drydock four vessels for 87 days, requiring about 700 metric tons of steel.

Conference call and webcast:

Tomorrow, November 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. EST, the Company's 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: 1-888-713-4218 (from the US) or 1-617-213-4870 (International Dial In). Participant Passcode: 61223734. Participants may pre-register for the call at https://cossprereg.btci.com/prereg/key.process?key=PFUJD7RKC. Pre-registrants will be issued a PIN number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection.

Webcast:

There will also be a live- and then archived- slides and audio webcast of the conference call on the company's website www.tbsship.com, which can be accessed by clicking on the webcast link. As soon as practicable, the webcast and the corresponding slides will be archived and will also be accessible on our website.

Replay:

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available from 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 until Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by dialing 1-888-286-8010 (from the US) or 1-617-801-6888 (International Dial In). Access Code: 39424480. A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call.


                     Consolidated Statements of Income
      For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010 and 2009
      (In thousands, except per share amounts and outstanding shares)

                              Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30,           September 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenue
  Voyage revenue            $   75,196  $   57,163  $  220,194  $  181,417
  Time charter revenue          22,656      15,972      83,217      34,311
  Logistic revenue (1)           1,655       1,014       7,238       1,550
  Other revenue                    247         183         414         448
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total Revenue               99,754      74,332     311,063     217,726
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Operating expenses
  Voyage                        34,840      25,505     106,888      81,818
  Logistics (1)                  1,347         754       4,972       1,175
  Vessel                        31,081      28,502      90,520      82,001
  Depreciation and
   amortization of vessels
   and other fixed assets       25,623      23,747      76,853      70,069
  General and
   administrative               11,182       9,086      37,585      26,121
  Net loss on sale of
   vessel (2)                        0           -       5,154           -

                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total operating expenses   104,073      87,594     321,972     261,184
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

(Loss) from operations          (4,319)    (13,262)    (10,909)    (43,458)

Other (expenses) and income
  Interest expense              (6,623)     (4,863)    (18,191)    (12,840)
  Loss on extinguishment of
   debt (3)                          -           -        (200)          -
  Interest and other income
   (expense)                        57         (14)         81         (42)

                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
 Total other (expenses) and
  income, net                   (6,566)     (4,877)    (18,310)    (12,882)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

 Net (loss)                    (10,885)    (18,139)    (29,219)    (56,340)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Less: Net (loss)
 attributable to
 noncontrolling interest (4)      (530)          -      (1,343)          -
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net (loss) attributable to
 TBS International plc      $  (10,355) $  (18,139) $  (27,876) $  (56,340)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


  Loss per share

  Net (loss) per ordinary
   share
    Basic and Diluted       $    (0.34) $    (0.61) $    (0.92) $    (1.89)
  Weighted average ordinary
   shares outstanding
    Basic and Diluted       30,519,326  29,863,460  30,139,778  29,836,239




               Operating Data for the Three and Nine Months Ended
                          September 30, 2010 and 2009


                                          Three Months      Nine Months
                                             Ended             Ended
                                          September 30,     September 30,
                                        ----------------- -----------------
                                          2010     2009     2010     2009
                                        -------- -------- -------- --------
Other Operating Data:
Controlled vessels (at end of period) (5)     49       48       49       48
Chartered vessels (at end of period) (6)       4        -        4        -
Freight Voyage days (7)                    3,024    2,630    8,384    8,728
Vessel days (8)                            4,650    4,425   13,634   13,151
Revenue tons carried for all cargoes (9)   2,540    2,098    7,588    6,694
Freight rates for all cargoes (10)      $  29.60 $  27.25 $  29.02 $  27.10
Revenue tons carried other than
 aggregate cargoes (9) (11)                1,196    1,063    3,516    3,513
Freight rates for other than aggregate
 cargoes (10) (11)                      $  53.64 $  46.81 $  54.41 $  43.75
Time Charter days                          1,262    1,384    4,437    3,411
Daily charter hire rates                $ 17,953 $ 11,540 $ 18,756 $ 10,059
TCE per day-Freight Voyages (12)        $ 13,383 $ 12,296 $ 14,052 $ 11,726
TCE per day-Time Charters-Out (13)      $ 17,260 $ 11,048 $ 17,498 $  9,255



(1)  TBS Logistics represents revenue and related costs for cargo and
     transportation management services as part of TBS' Five Star Service
     to customers which began operations in the fourth quarter of 2007.

(2)  On June 29, 2010, the Company signed a Memorandum of Agreement to sell
     the M/V Savannah Belle. The cost of vessel and improvements less
     accumulated depreciation totaled to $7.6 million on September 30,
     2010. The sale was completed in July 20, 2010. Net proceeds from the
     sale were used to pay down the BOA Revolver. A $5.2 million charge was
     recorded on June 30, 2010 to adjust the vessel held for sale to its
     net realized value.

(3)  In 2010 the loss on extinguishment of debt represents the write-off of
     unamortized deferred financing costs in connection with the loan
     modifications subsequent to March 31, 2010.

(4)  Represents a 30% non controlling interest held by LOG.STAR NAVEGACAO
     S.A.

(5)  Controlled vessels are vessels that are owned or chartered-in with an
     option to purchase. As of September 30, 2010, two vessels in the
     controlled fleet were chartered-in with an option to purchase.

(6)  Represents vessels that were both chartered-in under short-term
     charters (less than one year at the start of the charter) and
     chartered in under long-term charters without an option to purchase.
     Includes three Brazilian flagged vessels chartered in under a bareboat
     charter through our joint venture LOG.STAR NAVEGACAO S.A.

(7)  Represents the number of days controlled and time-chartered vessels
     were operated by the Company performing freight voyages. Freight
     voyage days exclude both off-hire days and time chartered out days.

(8)  Represents the number of days that relate to vessel expense for
     controlled and time-chartered vessels. Vessel expense relating to
     controlled vessels is based on a 365-day year. Vessel expense relating
     to chartered-in vessels is based on the actual number of days the
     vessel is operated, excluding off-hire days.

(9)  In thousands.

(10) Revenue tons is a measurement on which shipments are freighted.
     Cargoes are rated as weight (based on metric tons) or measure (based
     on cubic meters), whichever produces the higher revenue will be
     considered the revenue ton.

(11) Aggregates represent high-volume, low-freighted cargo, which can
     overstate the amount of tons that is carried on a regular basis and
     accordingly reduces the revenue per ton. TBS believes that the
     exclusion of aggregates better reflects their cargo shipping and
     revenue per ton data for their principal services.

(12) Daily Time Charter Equivalent or "TCE" rates are defined as voyage
     revenue (excluding relets) less voyage expenses during the period
     divided by the number of available freight voyage days during the
     period. Voyage expenses include: fuel, port call, commissions,
     stevedore and other cargo related and miscellaneous voyage expenses.
     No deduction is made for vessel or general and administrative
     expenses. TCE includes the full amount of any probable losses on
     voyages at the time such losses can be estimated. TCE is an industry
     standard for measuring and analyzing fluctuations between financial
     periods and as a method of equating TCE revenue generated from a
     voyage charter to time charter revenue.

(13) Daily Time Charter Equivalent or "TCE" rates for vessels that are time
     chartered out are defined as time charter revenue during the period
     reduced principally by commissions and certain voyage costs (for which
     TBS is responsible under some of the time charter contracts) divided
     by the number of available time charter days during the period.
     Commission for vessels that are time chartered out for the three and
     nine months ended September 30, 2010 and September 30, 2009 were
     $1.0 million and $3.7 million and $0.7 million and $1.4 million,
     respectively. Voyage costs incurred under some time charters were
     $1.9 million and $1.3 million for the nine months ending September 30,
     2010 and 2009, respectively. Voyage costs in 2010 relate to port costs
     incurred in connection with some of the time charter out of vessel in
     the Brazilian coastal trade. Additionally voyage costs in 2010 and
     2009 reflect fuel costs related to fuel price differentials (caused by
     volatility in the fuel market) and the cost for ballasting vessels to
     time charter delivery ports. No deduction is made for vessel or
     general and administrative expenses. TCE is an industry standard for
     measuring and analyzing fluctuations between financial periods and as
     a method of equating TCE revenue generated from a voyage charter to
     time charter revenue.



Balance Sheet Data
Please find below TBS' selected balance sheet data


                                                September 30, December 31,
                                                    2010          2009
                                                ------------  ------------
Balance Sheet Data (In thousands):
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $     15,938  $     51,040
  Restricted cash                                      6,575         8,675
  Working capital (deficit)                         (297,663)     (285,823)
  Total assets                                       906,794       953,588

  Total debt, including current portion              328,259       351,247
  Total shareholders' equity                         513,154       537,728





Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Please find below TBS' EBITDA reconciliation for the three and nine months
ended September 30, 2010 and 2009.


                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,         September 30,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2010       2009       2010       2009
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
EBITDA Reconciliation
 (In thousands):
  Net (loss) attributable to
   TBS International plc        $ (10,355) $ (18,139) $ (27,876) $ (56,340)
  Net interest expense              6,619      4,856     18,376     12,757
  Depreciation and Amortization    25,623     23,747     76,853     70,069
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
EBITDA                          $  21,887  $  10,464  $  67,353  $  26,486
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Forward-Looking Statements "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current beliefs and assumptions.

Included among the factors that, in the company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are the following:

-- the company's ability to reach agreements with its lenders to amend its credit facilities and its ability to obtain waivers of, or cure, defaults under its credit facilities;

-- the company's ability to maintain financial ratios and comply with the financial covenants required by its credit facilities as amended;

-- the company's ability to finance its operations and raise additional capital on commercially reasonable terms or at all;

-- changes in demand for and pricing of the company's services, both of which are difficult to predict due to continuing economic uncertainty;

-- the effect of a decline in vessel valuations;

-- changes in rules and regulations applicable to the shipping industry, including legislation adopted by international organizations such as the International Maritime Organization and the European Union or by individual countries;

-- actions taken by regulatory authorities;

-- changes in trading patterns, which may significantly affect overall vessel tonnage requirements;

-- changes in the typical seasonal variations in charter rates;

-- volatility in costs, including changes in production of or demand for oil and petroleum products, crew wages, insurance, provisions, repairs and maintenance, generally or in particular regions;

-- additional material declines or continued weakness in shipping rates;

-- changes in general domestic and international political conditions;

-- changes in the condition of the company's vessels or applicable maintenance or regulatory standards which may affect, among other things, the company's anticipated drydocking or maintenance and repair costs;

-- increases in the cost of the company's drydocking program or delays in its anticipated drydocking schedule;

-- China Communications Construction Company Ltd./Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Group Co., Ltd.'s ability to complete and deliver the remaining multipurpose tweendeckers on the anticipated schedule and the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions in the shipbuilding agreements;

-- the possible effects of pending and future legislation in the United States that may limit or eliminate potential U.S. tax benefits resulting from the company's jurisdiction of incorporation;

-- Irish corporate governance and regulatory requirements which could prove different or more challenging than currently expected; and

-- other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" sections of reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About TBS International plc

TBS is a fully-integrated transportation service company that provides worldwide shipping solutions to a diverse client base of industrial shippers. Through the TBS Five Star Service consisting of ocean transportation, operations, logistics, port services, and strategic planning, TBS offers total project coordination and door-to-door supply chain management. The TBS shipping network operates liner, parcel and dry bulk services, supported by a fleet of multipurpose tweendeckers and handysize and handymax bulk carriers, including specialized heavy-lift vessels and newbuild tonnage. TBS has developed its business around key trade routes between Latin America and China, Japan and South Korea, as well as select ports in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Visit our website at www.tbsship.com

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:

    Company Contact:
    Ferdinand V. Lepere
    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    TBS International plc
    Tel. 914-961-1000
    InvestorRequest@tbsship.com

    Investor Relations / Media:
    Nicolas Bornozis
    Capital Link, Inc. New York
    Tel. 212-661-7566
    E-mail: tbs@capitallink.com