NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Safe Bulkers (NYSE: SB) is Monday, August 22, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $7.18 as of 10 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for Safe Bulkers has been 201,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Safe Bulkers has a market cap of $535.9 million and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are down 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Safe Bulkers, Inc. provides marine drybulk transportation services worldwide. The company transports various bulk cargoes, primarily coal, grain, and iron ore. As of July 15, 2011, it had a fleet of 16 drybulk vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 1,443,800 deadweight tons. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.5, below the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 5.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Safe Bulkers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally poor debt management. You can view the full Safe Bulkers Ratings Report.

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