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Ultrapetrol Reports Financial Results For Second Quarter 2010

Adjusted EBITDA for second quarter 2010 was $17.6 million as compared with $18.1 million in the same period of 2009. For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to cash flows from operating activities, please see the tables at the end of this release.

Reported net income for the second quarter 2010 was $0.7 million or $0.02 per share, as compared with a net loss of $0.09 million, or $0.00 per share, during the same period of 2009. Second quarter 2010 net income includes a $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share, income tax benefit for unrealized foreign exchange rate losses on U.S. dollar-denominated debt of our Brazilian subsidiary in the Offshore Supply Business and does not include $1.3 million or $0.04 per share, on account of a net gain on FFAs. Considering these effects, the adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2010 was $1.7 million or $0.06 per share.

Len Hoskinson, Ultrapetrol's Chief Financial Officer, said, "During the quarter, we increased our financial strength. Our CAPEX plan is adequately funded and we continue to have ample liquidity. Our focus on conservatively financing assets ensures that the Company has a strong financial foundation for the future."

Business Segment Highlights


The River Business experienced a 57% increase in the volume of cargo loaded in the second quarter of 2010 as compared with the same period of 2009. Second quarter 2010 River segment adjusted EBITDA was $10.4 million versus $0.6 million in 2009. For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to segment operating profit, please see the tables at the end of this release.

The soybean production in Paraguay and in the whole of the Hidrovia region is expected to be a record high for 2010. The latest 2010 USDA estimate for the Paraguayan soybean crop of 7.2 million tons implies an eighty percent increase when compared to 2009 levels and is consistent with a larger seeded area and yields with a normal rainfall. River water levels are normal for this time of the year and iron ore production continued to normalize. Consequently, provided water levels do not fall beyond historical lows, we expect to carry increased quantities of iron ore during the second half of 2010.

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