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StealthGas CEO Discusses Q3 2010 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

We continue to look to sell some of the older and less productive LPG tonnage as we make way for the five brand new ships that are slated to join this fleet in February of next year. Moving them from the fleet, I believe will improve the overall performance of the company going forward. Already, the exports we have made this year and last have resulted in improvement on the average time chart equivalent rate achieved by the fleet compared to the third quarter in first nine months of last year. These measures coupled with the 12 period charters we announced recently at and average rate flows being $1000 per day more than the current diverse TC rate per day of $7017 per day for a fleet should result in an improving outlook for financial performance for the company going forward.

We have no further scheduled deliveries of ships until the first quarter of 2011 and as we have previously highlighted the circa of $11 million of States payments during 2010 for the five LPG new buildings we have in Norway would be made comfortably from our internally generated cash flows. After taking into consideration the total fleet of 38 ships at the end of third quarter 2010, our net debt-to-capitalization ratio stood at 45% which coupled with our employment profile I have just highlighted an overall quality of our charters continue to underpin the financial stability of our company.

We continue to (inaudible) secure and visible revenue stream with stable and predictable cash flows. The charts we have announced recently have enhanced our profile both in terms of days now fixed and the improved rates being obtained I have just discussed.

At the moment system governance for the remainder of 2010 stands at 78% for this year with about 60% already covered for 2011 and above 35% already fixed for 2012. We have announced a number of attractive pay-off [ph] features in the last few weeks which should enhance our performance going into 2011.

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