Diana Shipping Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2012

ATHENS, Greece, March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today reported net income of $5.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $20.2 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Time charter revenues were $49.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $57.4 million for the same period of 2011, mainly due to reduced time charter rates. The decrease in time charter revenues was partly offset by revenues derived from the increase in ownership days resulting from the addition to the Company's fleet of the vessels Leto, delivered in January 2012; Los Angeles, delivered in February 2012; Philadelphia and Melia, delivered in May 2012; Amphitrite, delivered in August 2012; and Polymnia, delivered in November 2012.

Net income to Diana Shipping Inc. for 2012 amounted to $54.6 million, compared to net income of $107.5 million for 2011. Time charter revenues were $220.8 million for 2012, compared to $255.7 million for 2011.

Fleet Employment Profile (As of March 13, 2013)
Currently Diana's fleet is employed as follows:


Vessel


BUILT DWT




Sister
Ships*


Gross
Rate
(USD Per
Day)





Com**





Charterer



Delivery
Date to
Charterer




Redelivery Date to Owners***





Notes
Panamax Bulk Carriers
1 CORONIS C $10,600 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
12-Mar-12 27-Nov-13 - 27-Jun-14
2006 74,381
2 ERATO C $12,200 5.00% Hyundai Merchant
Marine Co., Ltd.,
Seoul, South Korea
26-Nov-11 9-Jan-13
$6,500 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
9-Jan-13 9-Jul-14 - 9-Jan-15
2004 74,444
3 ARETHUSA B $9,250 5.00% DS Norden A/S,
Copenhagen
17-May-12 22-Nov-12
$7,300 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
22-Nov-12 22-May-14 - 22-Nov-14
2007 73,593
4 NAIAS B $9,250 5.00% Ultrabulk A/S,
Copenhagen,
Denmark
2-Sep-12 2-Feb-14 - 2-Aug-14
2006 73,546
5 CLIO B $10,750 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
22-Feb-12 22-Aug-13 - 22-Feb-14
2005 73,691
6 CALIPSO B $12,250 5.00% Louis Dreyfus
Commodities Suisse
S.A., Geneva
11-Oct-11 11-Aug-13 - 11-Dec-13
2005 73,691
7 PROTEFS B $9,000 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
14-Sep-12 14-Sep-14 - 14-Feb-15
2004 73,630
8 THETIS B $10,500 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
22-Feb-12 22-Aug-13 - 22-Jun-14 1
2004 73,583
9 DIONE A $9,700 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
19-Jul-12 19-Jul-14 - 19-Dec-14
2001 75,172
10 DANAE A $15,600 5.00% Hyundai Merchant
Marine Co., Ltd.,
Seoul, South Korea
18-Apr-11 10-Mar-13 2,3
$8,250 5.00% Intermare Transport
GmbH, Hamburg
10-Mar-13 10-Sep-14 - 10-Jan-15
2001 75,106
11 OCEANIS A $9,250 5.00% Ultrabulk A/S,
Copenhagen,
Denmark
14-Aug-12 14-Jan-14 - 14-Jul-14
2001 75,211
12 TRITON A $19,500 4.75% Resource Marine
Pte., Ltd, Singapore
11-Dec-10 11-Nov-13 - 11-Feb-14 4
2001 75,336
13 ALCYON A $34,500 4.75% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
21-Feb-08 19-Nov-12 5,6
$7,750 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
21-Dec-12 21-Nov-14 - 21-May-15
2001 75,247
14 NIREFS A $12,250 5.00% Morgan Stanley
Capital Group Inc.
18-Dec-11 29-Jan-13 7,8
$8,000 5.00% Intermare Transport
GmbH, Hamburg
29-Jan-13 29-Jul-14 - 29-Jan-15
2001 75,311
15 MELIA G $10,900 5.00% STX Panocean Co.,
Ltd., Seoul
2-May-12 2-Apr-13 - 2-Jul-13 9
2005 76,225
16 MELITE G $16,500 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
1-Feb-11 28-Dec-12 10
2004 76,436 $7,750 5.00% 28-Dec-12 1-Jul-14 - 1-Jan-15
17 LETO $12,900 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
17-Jan-12 17-Jan-14 - 17-Nov-14
2010 81,297
Kamsarmax Bulk Carriers
18 MAIA H $10,900 5.00% Glencore Grain B.V.,
Rotterdam
27-Feb-13 12-Aug-14 - 27-Feb-15
2009 82,193
19 MYRTO H $9,000 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
25-Jan-13 25-Jul-14 - 25-Jan-15
2013 82,131
Post-Panamax Bulk Carriers
20 ALCMENE $20,250 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
20-Nov-10 24-Oct-12 11
$6,250 5.00% Oldendorff GmbH
Co., KG, Luebeck
1-Nov-12 11-Dec-12
$7,000 5.00% NCS Shipping Fareast
Company Limited,
British Virgin Islands
26-Dec-12 13-Feb-13 12
$7,250 5.00% ADM International
Sarl, Rolle,
Switzerland
22-Feb-13 7-Aug-14 - 22-Feb-15
2010 93,193
21 AMPHITRITE $10,000 5.00% Bunge S.A., Geneva 15-Aug-12 31-May-14 - 30-Oct-14 13
2012 98,697
22 POLYMNIA $8,000 5.00% Sino East
Transportation Ltd,
Hong Kong
21-Nov-12 7-Jan-13
$7,600 5.00% Augustea Bunge
Maritime Limited,
Malta
16-Jan-13 16-Jul-14 - 16-Jan-15 14
2012 98,704
Capesize Bulk Carriers
23 NORFOLK $74,750 3.75% Corus UK Limited 12-Feb-08 16-Jan-13 15
2002 164,218 $10,700 4.50% Clearlake Shipping
Pte. Ltd., Singapore
16-Jan-13 16-Jul-14 - 16-Jan-15
24 ALIKI $26,500 5.00% Minmetals Logistics
Group Co. Ltd.,
Beijing
1-Mar-11 1-Feb-16 - 1-Apr-16
2005 180,235
25 SALT LAKE CITY $13,000 5.00% Morgan Stanley
Capital Group Inc.
11-Aug-12 11-Jun-14 - 11-Dec-14
2005 171,810
26 SIDERIS GS D $30,500 5.00% BHP Billiton
Marketing AG
16-Oct-10 14-Mar-13 16,17
$13,500 4.75% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
14-Mar-13 14-Dec-14 - 14-Jun-15 18
2006 174,186
27 SEMIRIO D $17,350 5.00% Cargill International
S.A., Geneva
30-May-11 16-Mar-13 16
$14,000 4.75% 16-Mar-13 16-Jan-15 - 16-Jun-15 18
2007 174,261
28 BOSTON D $14,000 5.00% Morgan Stanley
Capital Group Inc.
29-Oct-11 29-Aug-13 - 29-Dec-13 19
2007 177,828
29 HOUSTON D $55,000 4.75% Shagang Shipping Co. 3-Nov-09 3-Oct-14 - 3-Jan-15 20
2009 177,729
30 NEW YORK D $48,000 3.75% Nippon Yusen Kaisha,
Tokyo (NYK)
3-Mar-10 3-Jan-15 - 3-May-15
2010 177,773
Newcastlemax Bulk Carriers
31 LOS ANGELES E $18,000 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
9-Feb-12 9-Dec-15 - 9-Apr-16
2012 206,104
32 PHILADELPHIA E $18,000 5.00% EDF Trading Limited,
UK
17-May-12 17-Jan-16 - 17-Jul-16
2012 206,040
Vessels Under Construction
33 HULL H2528 F -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 21
2013 76,000
34 HULL H2529 F -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 21
2013 76,000
* 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.
*** Charterers' optional period to redeliver the vessel to owners. Charterers have the right to add the off hire days, if any, and therefore the optional period may be extended.
1 Vessel off-hire from September 23, 2012 to October 3, 2012.
2 Vessel off-hire for unscheduled maintenance from March 04, 2013 to March 06, 2013.
3 Huyndai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., Seoul, South Korea, has agreed to compensate the owners for the early redelivery of the vessel on March 10, 2013 till the minimum agreed redelivery date, March 18, 2013.
4 Resource Marine Pte., Ltd, Singapore is a guaranteed nominee of Macquarie Bank Limited.
5 Cargill International S.A., Geneva, has agreed to compensate the owners for the early redelivery of the vessel on November 19, 2012 till the minimum agreed redelivery date, November 21, 2012.
6 Vessel off-hire for scheduled maintenance from November 19, 2012 to December 21, 2012.
7 Vessel off-hire for drydocking from September 26, 2012 to October 15, 2012.
8 Vessel off-hire for unscheduled maintenance from October 18, 2012 to November 30, 2012.
9 Vessel off-hire for drydocking from November 27, 2012 to December 10, 2012.
10 Cargill International S.A., Geneva has agreed to compensate the owners for the early redelivery of the vessel on December 28, 2012 till the minimum agreed redelivery date, January 1, 2013.
11 Vessel drydocked from October 24, 2012 to November 1, 2012.
12 Charter includes a one-time gross ballast bonus payment of US$390,000.
13 The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 11 to 14 month period at a gross charter rate of US$11,300 per day. The optional period, if exercised, must be declared on or before the end of the 21st month of employment and will only commence at the end of the 24th month.
14 The charterer has the option to further employ the vessel for about 11 to maximum 13 months at a gross charter rate of US$11,000 per day. The optional period, if exercised, must be declared on or before the 22nd month of employment and will only commence at the end of the 24th month.
15 Since September 2010 charterers' name has changed to Tata Steel UK, Limited.
16 Estimated redelivery date from the charterers.
17 Since October 25, 2012 charterers have changed to BHP Billiton Singapore Pte, Ltd.
18 Estimated date of delivery to the charterers.
19 Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. has the option to employ the vessel for a further minimum eleven (11) to a maximum thirteen (13) month period at a gross rate of US$15,000 per day starting twenty-four (24) months after delivery of the vessel to the charterer.
20 Shagang Shipping Co. is a guaranteed nominee of the Jiangsu Shagang Group Co.
21 Year of delivery and dwt are based on shipbuilding contract.
Summary of Selected Financial & Other Data (unaudited)
Three months ended December
31,
Years ended December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
INCOME STATEMENT DATA (in thousands of US Dollars):
Time charter revenues $ 49,379 $ 57,370 $ 220,785 $ 255,669
Voyage expenses 2,083 1,931 8,274 10,597
Vessel operating expenses 19,316 14,868 66,293 55,375
Net income attributed to Diana Shipping Inc. 5,016 20,241 54,639 107,497
FLEET DATA
Average number of vessels 29.5 24.0 27.6 23.6
Number of vessels 30.0 24.0 30.0 24.0
Weighted average age of vessels 6.0 6.3 6.0 6.3
Ownership days 2,710 2,208 10,119 8,609
Available days 2,675 2,156 9,998 8,474
Operating days 2,575 2,139 9,865 8,418
Fleet utilization 96.3% 99.2% 98.7% 99.3%
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (1) $ 17,681 $ 25,714 $ 21,255 $ 28,920
Daily vessel operating expenses (2) $ 7,128 $ 6,734 $ 6,551 $ 6,432

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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

Diana Shipping Inc. will conduct a conference call and simultaneous Internet webcast to review these results at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

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 408925.

About the Company

Diana Shipping Inc. is a leading global provider of shipping transportation services through the ownership and operation 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, 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.

(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 INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Three months ended
December 31,
Years ended December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
REVENUES: (audited)
Time charter revenues $ 49,379 $ 57,370 $ 220,785 $ 255,669
Other revenues 648 365 2,447 1,117
EXPENSES:
Voyage expenses 2,083 1,931 8,274 10,597
Vessel operating expenses 19,316 14,868 66,293 55,375
Depreciation and amortization of deferred charges 16,102 14,109 62,010 55,278
General and administrative expenses 6,009 6,275 24,913 25,123
Foreign currency gains (264) (161) (1,374) (503)
Operating income 6,781 20,713 63,116 110,916
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):
Interest and finance costs (2,054) (1,254) (7,618) (4,924)
Interest income 247 336 1,432 1,033
Gain / (loss) from derivative instruments (3) 217 (518) (737)
Income / (loss) from investment in Diana Containerships Inc. 45 229 (1,773) 1,207
Total other expenses, net (1,765) (472) (8,477) (3,421)
Net Income $ 5,016 $ 20,241 $ 54,639 $ 107,495
Loss assumed by non-controlling interests -- -- -- 2
Net income attributed to Diana Shipping Inc. 5,016 20,241 54,639 107,497
Earnings per common share, basic $ 0.06 $ 0.25 $ 0.67 $ 1.33
Earnings per common share, diluted $ 0.06 $ 0.25 $ 0.67 $ 1.33
Weighted average number of common shares, basic 80,788,412 81,180,109 81,083,485 81,081,774
Weighted average number of common shares, diluted 80,901,900 81,270,341 81,083,485 81,124,348
Three months ended December 31, Years ended December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net income $ 5,016 $ 20,241 $ 54,639 $ 107,495
Comprehensive loss assumed by non-controlling interests -- -- -- 2
Other comprehensive income / (loss) (Actuarial gain / (loss)) 306 (96) 306 (96)
Comprehensive income attributed to Diana Shipping Inc. $ 5,322 $ 20,145 $ 54,945 $ 107,401
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
2012 2011
ASSETS (unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 446,624 $ 416,674
Other current assets 20,362 16,017
Advances for vessels under construction and acquisitions and other vessel costs 11,502 63,440
Vessels' net book value 1,211,138 1,046,719
Other fixed assets, net 22,774 21,659
Other non-current assets 30,402 39,962
Total assets $ 1,742,802 $ 1,604,471
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities, including current portion of long-term debt $ 61,477 $ 48,095
Long-term debt, net of current portion and deferred financing costs 414,080 345,638
Other non-current liabilities 821 1,860
Total stockholders' equity 1,266,424 1,208,878
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,742,802 $ 1,604,471
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA (unaudited)
Three months ended
December 31,
Years ended December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities $ 22,334 $ 33,707 $ 119,886 $ 154,230
Net Cash used in Investing Activities (28,248) (9,613) (169,913) (90,428)
Net Cash provided by / (used in) Financing Activities 84 (2,687) 79,977 7,458

CONTACT: Corporate Contact: Ioannis Zafirakis Director, Executive Vice-President 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.netSource:Diana Shipping Inc.