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Diana Shipping Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today reported a net loss of $17.4 million and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $18.8 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $7.7 million and net income attributed to common stockholders of $6.3 million reported in the third quarter of 2014.

Time charter revenues were $38.9 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $45.1 million for the same quarter of 2014. The decrease in time charter revenues was mainly due to decreased time charter rates in the quarter and was partly offset by revenues derived from the increase in ownership days resulting from the enlargement of our fleet.

Net loss and net loss attributed to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 amounted to $42.2 million and $46.5 million, respectively, compared to net loss and net loss attributed to common stockholders of $4.0 million and $7.7 million, respectively, for the same period of 2014. Time charter revenues were $119.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to $129.4 million for the same period of 2014.

Delivery of the Newly Built m/v New Orleans and Commencement of Time Charter Contract with SwissMarine

The Company also announced that, on November 10, 2015, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v New Orleans (formerly Hull No. H1364), a 180,960 dwt newly built Capesize dry bulk vessel that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase in April 2015. As previously announced, the m/v New Orleans is time chartered to SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, at a gross charter rate of US$11,650 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven (11) months to about fifteen (15) months. The charter commenced yesterday.

This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$3.84 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.

Including the newly delivered m/v New Orleans, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 42 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 13 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 4 Kamsarmax and 20 Panamax). The Company also expects to take delivery of one Capesize dry bulk vessel by mid-November 2015, one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016, as well as one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel and one new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessel during the third quarter of 2016. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet, excluding the four vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 4.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.3 years. A table describing the current Diana Shipping Inc. fleet can be found on the Company’s website, www.dianashippinginc.com. Information contained on the Company’s website does not constitute a part of this press release.

Fleet Employment Profile (As of November 12, 2015)
Currently Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet is employed as follows:
VesselSister Ships*Gross
Rate
(USD Per
Day)
Com**CharterersDelivery
Date to Charterers***
Redelivery Date to Owners****Notes
BUILT DWT
20 Panamax Bulk Carriers
1 DANAEA$7,650 3.75%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam16-Jan-1516-Dec-15 - 16-Mar-161
2001 75,106
2 DIONEA$9,250 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen12-Sep-1426-Nov-15 - 27-Feb-162
2001 75,172
3 NIREFSA$7,500 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam25-Dec-1425-Nov-15 - 25-Feb-163
2001 75,311
4 ALCYONA$7,750 5.00%EDF Trading Limited, UK21-Dec-126-Aug-154,5
$7,600 5.00%Transgrain Shipping B.V., Rotterdam22-Aug-1522-Apr-16 - 22-Jul-16
2001 75,247
5 TRITONA$9,250 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam24-Oct-146-Oct-15

6
$6,800 5.00%28-Oct-1513-Sep-16 - 28-Dec-16
2001 75,336
6 OCEANISA$7,200 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam11-May-1522-Feb-16 - 22-May-16
2001 75,211
7 THETISB$8,300 5.00%EDF Trading Limited, UK1-Sep-1314-Jul-15
$7,000 5.00%Norden A/S, Copenhagen14-Jul-1514-Jun-16 - 14-Sep-16
2004 73,583
8 PROTEFSB$6,250 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam3-Apr-153-Mar-16 - 3-Jun-16
2004 73,630
9 CALIPSOB$6,000 5.00%China Shipping Bulk Carrier Co., Ltd., Hong Kong9-Jun-159-Apr-16 - 9-Aug-16
2005 73,691
10 CLIOB$4,500 5.00%Jaldhi Overseas Pte Ltd, Singapore1-Jun-154-Aug-15
$6,500 5.00%Transgrain Shipping B.V., Rotterdam4-Aug-154-May-16 - 4-Aug-16
2005 73,691
11 NAIASB$8,500 5.00%Bunge S.A., Geneva3-Sep-1412-Jul-15
$6,800 4.75%Cargill International S.A., Geneva12-Jul-1512-May-16 - 12-Aug-16
2006 73,546
12 ARETHUSAB$7,100 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam5-Mar-155-Feb-16 - 5-May-16
2007 73,593
13 ERATOC$7,100 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam9-Mar-159-Feb-16 - 9-May-16
2004 74,444
14 CORONISC$5,300 5.00%Norvic Shipping North America Inc., Toronto29-May-153-Jul-15
$6,500 5.00%Sandgate Maritime Ltd3-Jul-153-Apr-16 - 3-Jul-16
2006 74,381
15 MELITED$7,250 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam29-Jan-1513-Oct-15
$7,250 4.75%Cargill International S.A., Geneva13-Oct-1513-Sep-16 - 13-Dec-16
2004 76,436
16 MELIAD$7,050 5.00%Bunge S.A., Geneva19-May-1524-Oct-15
$7,200 5.00%Nidera S.P.A., Roma24-Oct-1524-Nov-16 - 24-Feb-17
2005 76,225
17 ARTEMIS $9,375 3.75%Rio Tinto Shipping Pty, Ltd., Melbourne26-Aug-1317-Jul-157
$7,500 5.00%China Shipping Bulk Carrier Co., Ltd., Hong Kong16-Aug-1516-May-16 - 16-Aug-16
2006 76,942
18 LETO $7,100 4.75%Cargill International S.A., Geneva19-Jun-154-Sep-16 - 3-Jan-17
2010 81,297
19 CRYSTALIAE$15,800 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam21-Feb-1429-Aug-15
$9,000 5.00%29-Aug-1529-Jun-16 - 29-Sep-16
2014 77,525
20 ATALANDIE$8,000 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam21-May-1521-Mar-16 - 21-Jun-16
2014 77,529
4 Kamsarmax Bulk Carriers
21 MAIAF$12,000 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen29-Sep-1414-Nov-15

8
$7,500 5.00% 14-Nov-1514-Apr-17 - 14-Jul-17
2009 82,193
22 MYRSINIF$8,250 4.75%Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore18-Feb-1518-Dec-15 - 18-Apr-169
2010 82,117
23 MEDUSAF$7,450 4.75%Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore2-Jun-152-Apr-16 - 2-Aug-169
2010 82,194
24 MYRTOF$9,850 5.00%Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam5-Jan-155-Dec-15 - 5-Mar-16
2013 82,131
3 Post-Panamax Bulk Carriers
25 ALCMENE $6,750 5.00%ADM International Sarl, Rolle, Switzerland13-May-1513-Feb-17 - 2-Jun-17
2010 93,193
26 AMPHITRITEG$11,300 5.00%Bunge S.A., Geneva15-Aug-1415-Jul-15
$7,700 5.00% 15-Jul-1530-Apr-17 - 30-Aug-17
2012 98,697
27 POLYMNIAG$7,500 5.00%Vroon Dry Cargo Chartering B.V., Breskens17-Jan-1524-Nov-15 - 17-Feb-162,10
2012 98,704
14 Capesize Bulk Carriers
28 NORFOLK $10,250 4.75%Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore4-Mar-154-Apr-16 - 4-Aug-169
2002 164,218
29 ALIKI $26,500 5.00%Minmetals Logistics Group Co. Ltd., Beijing1-Mar-111-Feb-16 - 1-Apr-16
2005 180,235
30 BALTIMORE $15,000 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen8-Jul-138-Jul-16 - 8-Jan-17
2005 177,243
31 SALT LAKE CITY BCI 4TCs AVG + 3.5% 5.00%K Noble Hong Kong Ltd., Hong Kong7-Feb-157-Nov-16 - 7-Feb-17
2005 171,810
32 SIDERIS GSH$10,000 5.00%Rio Tinto Shipping (Asia) Pte., Ltd., Singapore22-Feb-1522-Dec-15 - 22-Apr-16
2006 174,186
33 SEMIRIOH$10,000 5.00%Rio Tinto Shipping (Asia) Pte., Ltd., Singapore20-Feb-1520-Feb-16 - 20-Jun-16
2007 174,261
34 BOSTONH$14,250 4.75%Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore24-Aug-139-Aug-15

9
$13,000 4.75%9-Aug-1525-May-17 - 24-Oct-17
2007 177,828
35 HOUSTONH$12,750 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen4-Jan-154-Jan-16 - 4-Apr-16
2009 177,729
36 NEW YORKH$12,850 4.75%Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore17-Dec-1417-Feb-16 - 17-Jun-169
2010 177,773
37 CHURCHILL BULKERI - - --- - -11
(tbr. SEATTLE)
2011 179,362
38 P. S. PALIOSI$18,350 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen3-Dec-1318-Sep-15
$13,000 5.00%18-Sep-1531-Dec-16 - 31-Mar-17
2013 179,134
39 G. P. ZAFIRAKISJ$25,250 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen23-Aug-1414-Feb-16 - 23-Jun-16
2014 179,492
40 SANTA BARBARAJ$12,000 5.00%RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen13-Jan-1513-Dec-15 - 13-Jan-162
2015 179,426
41 NEW ORLEANS $11,650 5.00%SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva11-Nov-1511-Oct-16 - 26-Feb-17
2015 180,960
2 Newcastlemax Bulk Carriers
42 LOS ANGELESK$18,000 5.00%EDF Trading Limited, UK9-Feb-129-Dec-15 - 9-Jan-162
2012 206,104
43 PHILADELPHIAK$18,000 5.00%EDF Trading Limited, UK17-May-1217-Jan-16 - 17-Jul-16
2012 206,040
3 Vessels Under Construction
44 HULL DY6006 - - --- - -12
2016 82,000
45 HULL H2548L - - --- - -12
(tbn. SAN FRANCISCO)
2016 208,500
46 HULL H2549L - - --- - -12
(tbn. NEWPORT NEWS)
2016 208,500
* Each dry bulk carrier is a "sister ship", or closely similar, to other dry bulk carriers that have the same letter.
** Total commission percentage paid to third parties.
*** In case of newly acquired vessel with time charter attached, this date refers to the expected/actual date of delivery of the vessel to the Company.
**** Range of redelivery dates, with the actual date of redelivery being at the Charterers’ option, but subject to the terms, conditions, and exceptions of the particular charterparty.
1 Vessel off-hire for drydocking from September 13, 2015 to October 6, 2015.
2 Based on latest information.
3 Vessel off-hire for drydocking from August 9, 2015 to August 21, 2015.
4 In May 2015, owners and charterers mutually agreed to extend the maximum redelivery date.
5 Vessel on scheduled drydocking from August 6, 2015 to August 22, 2015.
6 Vessel on scheduled drydocking from October 6, 2015 to October 28, 2015.
7 Vessel on scheduled drydocking from July 17, 2015 to August 16, 2015.
8 Estimated date.
9 Clearlake Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore is a member of the Gunvor Group.
10 Charter includes a one time gross ballast bonus payment of US$237,500.
11 Expected date of delivery to the Company by mid-November 2015.
12 Year of delivery and dwt are based on shipbuilding contract.


Summary of Selected Financial & Other Data (unaudited)
Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (in thousands of US Dollars):
Time charter revenues$ 38,852 $ 45,147 $ 119,427 $ 129,442
Voyage expenses 3,053 2,568 12,105 7,207
Vessel operating expenses 21,573 21,997 64,695 64,587
Net income / (loss) (17,396) 7,742 (42,216) (4,033)
Net income / (loss) attributed to common stockholders (18,838) 6,300 (46,543) (7,671)
FLEET DATA
Average number of vessels 41.0 38.4 40.4 37.5
Number of vessels 41.0 39.0 41.0 39.0
Weighted average age of vessels 7.5 6.8 7.5 6.8
Ownership days 3,772 3,537 11,030 10,234
Available days 3,695 3,463 10,798 10,120
Operating days 3,691 3,454 10,697 10,063
Fleet utilization 99.9% 99.7% 99.1% 99.4%
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (1)$ 9,688 $ 12,295 $ 9,939 $ 12,079
Daily vessel operating expenses (2)$ 5,719 $ 6,219 $ 5,865 $ 6,311

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(1) Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rates, are defined as our time charter revenues less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during the period, which is consistent with industry standards. Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel) expenses, canal charges and commissions. TCE is a non-GAAP measure. TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charter hire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per day amounts while charter hire rates for vessels on time charters are generally expressed in such amounts.

(2) Daily vessel operating expenses, which include crew wages and related costs, the cost of insurance, expenses relating to repairs and maintenance, the costs of spares and consumable stores, tonnage taxes and other miscellaneous expenses, are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company’s management will conduct a conference call and simultaneous Internet webcast to review these results at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Investors may access the webcast by visiting the Company’s website at www.dianashippinginc.com, and clicking on the webcast link. The conference call also may be accessed by telephone by dialing 1-877-407-8291 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-201-689-8345 (for international callers), and asking the operator for the Diana Shipping Inc. conference call.

A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call and will be accessible for 30 days on www.dianashippinginc.com. A telephone replay also will be available for 30 days by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-201-612-7415 (for international callers), and providing the Replay ID number 13624218.

About the Company

Diana Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of dry bulk vessels. The Company’s vessels are employed primarily on medium to long-term time charters and transport a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.

Cautionary Statement Regarding 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, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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 our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our 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 our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our 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, vessel 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.

(See financial tables attached)

DIANA SHIPPING INC.
FINANCIAL TABLES
Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share and per share data
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME / (LOSS)
Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
REVENUES:
Time charter revenues$ 38,852 $ 45,147 $ 119,427 $ 129,442
EXPENSES:
Voyage expenses 3,053 2,568 12,105 7,207
Vessel operating expenses 21,573 21,997 64,695 64,587
Depreciation and amortization of deferred charges 19,274 17,998 56,538 52,212
General and administrative expenses 5,977 6,203 17,874 18,736
Management fees to related party 85 - 85 -
Foreign currency gain (77) (130) (558) (280)
Operating loss (11,033) (3,489) (31,312) (13,020)
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):
Interest and finance costs (4,791) (2,198) (10,684) (6,261)
Interest and other income 834 899 2,635 2,742
Income from derivative instruments - - - 68
Income / (loss) from equity method investments (2,406) 12,530 (2,855) 12,438
Total other income / (expenses), net (6,363) 11,231 (10,904) 8,987
Net Income / (loss) (17,396)$ 7,742 $ (42,216)$ (4,033)
Dividends on series B preferred shares (1,442) (1,442) (4,327) (3,638)
Net income / (loss) attributed to common stockholders (18,838) 6,300 (46,543) (7,671)
Earnings / (loss) per common share, basic and diluted$ (0.24)$ 0.08 $ (0.59)$ (0.09)
Weighted average number of common shares, basic 79,562,705 81,745,223 79,462,836 81,864,186
Weighted average number of common shares, diluted 79,562,705 82,065,783 79,462,836 81,864,186
Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income / (loss)$ (17,396)$ 7,742 $ (42,216)$ (4,033)
Comprehensive income / (loss)$ (17,396)$ 7,742 $ (42,216)$ (4,033)



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA (unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
September, 30, 2015 December 31, 2014
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents$242,520$218,901
Other current assets 19,829 19,333
Advances for vessels under construction and acquisitions and other vessel costs 38,275 29,500
Vessels' net book value 1,387,553 1,373,133
Other fixed assets, net 23,585 23,887
Due from related parties, non-current 45,000 50,866
Equity method investment and joint venture 64,764 67,546
Other non-current assets 5,952 3,956
Total assets $1,827,478$1,787,122
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities, including current portion of long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs, current$54,179$98,092
Long-term debt, net of current portion and deferred financing costs, non-current 532,819 405,522
Other non-current liabilities 1,312 1,282
Total stockholders' equity 1,239,168 1,282,226
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,827,478$1,787,122


OTHER FINANCIAL DATA (unaudited)
Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net Cash provided by operating activities$ 8,186 $ 11,610 $ 22,452 $ 32,410
Net Cash used in investing activities (551) (102,841) (77,418) (141,102)
Net Cash provided by/(used in) financing activities$ (39,866)$ (16,699)$ 78,585 $ 69,235


Corporate Contact: Ioannis Zafirakis Director, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary Telephone: + 30-210-9470100 Email: izafirakis@dianashippinginc.com Website: www.dianashippinginc.com Investor and Media Relations: Edward Nebb Comm-Counsellors, LLC Telephone: + 1-203-972-8350 Email: enebb@optonline.net

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