EuroDry Ltd. (NASDAQ: EDRY), an owner and operator of drybulk vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk cargoes, announced Monday (Oct 15) that it has completed the refinancing of the debt of M/V Alexandros P, a 62,000 dwt Ultramax drybulk vessel built in 2017. The new loan facility of $15 million was used to repay the previous loan facility with an outstanding balance of $9.9 million and provide additional liquidity to the Company. The new loan will have a maturity of seven years and will be repaid in twenty-eight equal quarterly instalments and a balloon payment of $8.42 million along with the last instalment.
The Company also announced that it has signed a definite term-sheet and is in the process of customary documentation to refinance the debt of three of its vessels, M/V Eirini P, M/V Tasos and M/V Pantelis, all Panamax drybulk vessels built in 2004, 2000 and 2000, respectively, with capacity ranging from 74,020 to 76,466 dwt, with a new loan facility of $15 million. The new loan facility will be used to repay the outstanding amount of the existing loans of the vessels of about $12 million and will provide additional liquidity to the Company. The new loan will be repaid via twelve equal quarterly instalments with a balloon payment of about $6.6 million along with the last instalment.
Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of EuroDry Ltd. commented: “We are extremely pleased with the refinancing of the debt of four of our vessels which significantly extends their maturities, reduces our combined interest expense and also provides us with $8 million of extra liquidity. This extra liquidity along with the rest of our funds would allow us to pursue accretive investment opportunities to expand our fleet, further reduce our cost of capital or use them for other general corporate needs. We believe we are at a point in the market cycle where the fundamentals, underpinned by limited supply growth expectations, might turn positive over the next couple of years, and in that context we strive to position EuroDry to maximize the benefits to our shareholders.”
About EuroDry Ltd.
EuroDry Ltd. was formed on January 8, 2018 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the drybulk fleet of Euroseas Ltd into a separate listed public company. EuroDry was spun-off from Euroseas Ltd on May 30, 2018; it trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker EDRY. EuroDry operates in the dry cargo, drybulk shipping market. EuroDry's operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified affiliated ship management company and Eurobulk (Far East) Ltd. Inc., which are responsible for the dayto-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. EuroDry employs its vessels on spot and period charters.
The Company has a fleet of 6 vessels, including 3 Panamax drybulk carriers, 1 Ultramax drybulk carrier and 2 Kamsarmax drybulk carriers. EuroDry’s 6 drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 453,086 dwt.