Joe Pyne, Kirby's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to announce our agreement with Penn Maritime. Penn is a well-respected U.S. Jones Act coastal tank barge operator with a well-maintained fleet, and earns the majority of its revenue from term contracts with blue chip domestic and international oil and refining customers. Penn's fleet will extend our coastal product capabilities, particularly transporting asphalt, which we expect to benefit from the need to repair and upgrade aging highway infrastructure throughout the United States. Penn also has vessels operating in the Gulf Coast crude oil trade which is benefitting from the production and transport of shale-based crude, particularly out of the Eagle Ford shale formation."Mr. Pyne further commented, "We expect this transaction to close in mid-to-late December of this year. In connection with the acquisition, we expect to incur some one-time transaction fees that will impact our earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2012. For 2013, we expect Penn to be accretive to our earnings per share, inclusive of added interest costs and dilution from stock issuance, in the range of $0.12 to $0.18. The accretion range is dependent upon integration, synergies, purchase price allocation and market conditions." Kirby has scheduled a conference call for 7:30 a.m. central time on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, to discuss the Penn Maritime acquisition, as well as the outlook for the fourth quarter. The conference call number is 800-446-2782 for domestic callers and 847-413-3235 for international callers. The leader's name is Steve Holcomb. The confirmation number is 33839230. An audio playback will be available at 10:00 a.m. central time on Wednesday, November 28, through 11:59 p.m. central time on Friday, December 28, 2012, by dialing 888-843-7419 for domestic and 630-652-3042 for international callers. Kirby's webcast and playback of the conference call will be accessible on its website at http://www.kirbycorp.com.