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Diana Shipping's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

And with that, let me turn the call over to Mr. Simeon Palios, Chairman and CEO.

Simeon Palios

Thank you, Ed. Good morning and thank you for joining us today. Diana Shipping Inc. continued to operate in a steady and prudent manner despite the challenging conditions that have prevailed in our industry for some time. The company delivered reliable revenues and profits, continued to expand our fleet and maintain a sound capital structure.

During the quarter we announced the delivery of the newly built Philadelphia, a Newcastlemax dry bulk carrier that was contracted in 2010. In addition, in March 2012, we agreed to purchase the Melia, a Panamax dry bulk carrier. Built in 2005, it will join our fleet in May 2012. Just last week we agreed to acquire a new-building Post-Panamax dry built by Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding Inc. The vessel, to be named Amphitrite, is expected to be delivered to the company later this month.

With the delivery of the Amphitrite, we will operate a total of 29 dry bulk carriers. We also have 2 Ice Class Panamax vessels under construction, which would bring the vessels of our fleet to 31 vessels. Considering that we own 21 vessels at the commenced our carrier and fleet investment strategy in 2008, this represents significant progress in the growth of our fleet. We continue to manage our fleet in a responsible manner that promotes a balance of time-charter maturities and produces a predictable revenue stream.

Currently, our fixed revenue days are 69% for 2012. The vast majority of our vessels are chartered for periods ranging from 2013 through 2015 and beyond. We continue to enjoy excellent relationships with many of the industry’s strongest and most respected charterers.

Now let me briefly summarize our financial performance for the second quarter of 2012. Net income to Diana Shipping Inc. was US$17.4 million for the 2012 second quarter compared to US$27.7 million a year ago. Time charter revenues for the latest quarter totaled US$57.6 million versus US$64.6 million in the second quarter of last year. Time charter rates averaged US$22,256 for the 2012 second quarter compared with US$30,597 in the same period of 2011.

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